Parish Council Round Up – January 2018

Cheveley Parish Council unanimously welcomed Cllr Alison Day as a co-opted Councillor for North Ward at this, our first meeting for 2018.

District Cllr Peter Cresswell updated the meeting on the ECDC’s plans for 2018, which focus strongly on improvement to major roadways and junctions including the A14/A142 junction, Quy junction and the Nine Mile Hill junction.  The Local Plan is now at approval stage and he mentioned the acknowledgement increasing need for housing.

Cllrs offer congratulations to local MP, Lucy Frazer who was recently promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.

A number of points were discussed.  A number of actions are now underway to ensure the PC is compliant with the new GDPR regulation by May.  It was agreed that the accounting process currently in place will be revised at year-end to ensure accounts are split between the PC and the Pavilion and Recreation Ground Charity.  Councillors agreed to continue to support the objection to the closure of the Weatherby Crossing, Network Rail in Newmarket as many North Ward residents in particular, use this crossing regularly.

The Pavilion and Recreation Ground Charity was discussed following a presentation on the history of this complex set-up.  It was agreed that some quotes would be obtained to engage a solicitor with the view of giving Cllrs a solid view of the ‘pros and cons’ of the set-up and any beneficial changes which could be made to ensure administration and costs are kept to a minimum.

The date for the Annual Meeting of the Parish was set for 24th April at 7.30pm at The Community Rooms.

The date for the Cemetery Annual Spring Clean Up is set for 24th March from 10am to 12pm at the Cemetery. All Residents are welcome to join in!  Enthusiasm is all that is required!

David Cudby, biodiversity volunteer for the PC, has recently launched a wildlife website and blog – The Ecologist in the Park (

The Pavilion and Recreation Ground Charity Meeting update:

It was agreed that the Charity would request the necessary funds from the PC to repair damage to matting on the zip wire.

It was agreed that a factual document regarding the proposed skate park would be sent out in early February with the Parish Council newsletter which goes to all households in the parish.  Cllrs agreed to hold an event in the Community Room to allow residents to view the options and put forward their views.  Further promotion will be sent out as completed. All responses or comments on this project should go to Marilyn Strand, Clerk at  The project decision will be made at the March meeting.