29th March 2017
Leigh Village - welcome
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Leigh Neighbourhood Plan
The Leigh Neighbourhood Plan is now entering a new phase with funding being approved.
The Steering Group would welcome at least three new members to help engaging with our villagers. I will personally visit you, without obligation, to discuss how you can help.
Anyone interested please contact me.
Richard Smith - Leigh Steering Group Chairman
A Village Green for Leigh?
Leigh Parish Council (LPC) encourages Leigh Village residents to attend the next LPC meeting at the Leigh Village Hall at 7.30pm on:
Tuesday 21 March 2017
when the above topic will be discussed. LPC is considering approaching the owner of the field adjacent to the Village Hall, with a view to purchasing c.2 acres in order to establish a Village Green. Prior to this, and before making any decision, LPC wishes to hear residents’ views on the desirability of this concept. A sketch of the envisaged area is below.
What would the Village Green look like, and what would it be used for?
LPC envisages the 2 acres to be a mowed grass area, surrounded by a post-and-rail fence (or equivalent). Council members envisage no buildings or other facilities on it. It would be intended for use as open space that anyone could enjoy, for activities such as: stalls during village annual events, picnics, informal family games and other such activities that families without access to a suitable garden might otherwise not be able to enjoy. It would secure the area as an open, green space for all future generations. WDCC have previously indicated that they would be likely to look favourably on the necessary planning consent.
How would it be paid for?
While at this stage costs are only outline, it is envisaged that a capital expenditure of some £30k would be required. This includes purchase, minimal landscaping and fencing. Thereafter, annual maintenance costs of c.£600pa would be incurred (grass cutting, occasional fence maintenance) – this annual maintenance cost would be paid by LPC.
The capital sum would be raised initially by securing a loan, probably for a period of not more than 10 years. This loan would be paid off by a combination of fund raising, securing of grants, and, if required, by a proportion of the parish charge element of residents’ Council Tax. In any event, in order to pay back any part of the loan, it is not intended to increase the parish charge above what has previously been agreed for FY2017-18 (Band D property: c.£37 per annum).
At the LPC meeting on 21 March, there will be an opportunity for all attending to give their views on the above concept. While LPC do not intend to make a decision at this meeting on the issue, at the end of this agenda item, LPC may:
The Site Plan