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A Village Green for Leigh?

Residents will recall the Parish Poll held in June 2017 to ascertain the views of the Leigh electorate on the question ‘Do you support the concept of a community open space for Leigh?’.  In a 40.4% turnout, 117 voted ‘Yes’, and 57 voted ‘No’.  Leigh Parish Council subsequently engaged with the owner of the 4 acre field adjacent and immediately to the West of the Village Hall, but was later advised by the owner’s agent that it was not at that stage for sale.

More recent enquiries however have now resulted in the owner provisionally agreeing to the sale of a 99 year lease to LPC, subject to an undertaking by LPC as to its intended use.  As publicised prior to the Parish Poll, LPC envisages a mowed grass area, for use as an open space that anyone could enjoy for short term occasional activities such as village events, picnics, informal family games and other such activities that families without access to a suitable garden might otherwise not be able to enjoy.  This c.2 acre village green would be established on the northern end of the field, adjacent to the road; the section to the south would remain as agricultural land.

The cost of purchase of the 99 year lease is expected to be £30,000.  It is estimated that up to a further £15,000 will be required to cover purchase costs, fencing and preparation of the ground etc.  LPC accordingly intends to apply for up to a £40,000 fixed rate loan for a period of up to 20 years (the remaining £5,000 coming from currently unallocated reserves).  At current rates, it is expected that the combined principal and interest repayment for a £40,000 loan would be c.£2502 pa.  Other than annual inflation-linked increases, there is no requirement or intention to increase the Parish Charge to cover this (Band D parish charge for FY 2018-19 is £36.84 per annum).

LPC will be formally considering the issue at its next scheduled meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19 March; further details will be on the agenda.  There will be an opportunity for Leigh parish’s electors to discuss the issue with Councillors before the start of the meeting; the Village Hall doors will accordingly be open from 7.00pm.

Alan Bennett

Chairman, Leigh Parish Council

Local Elections 2nd May 2019

Local Elections 2 May 2019 – standing for Parish Councillor

Our Local Elections are due on Thursday 2nd May 2019, across all of Dorset Local Councils and of course it includes our Parish Council in Leigh. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in helping the local community.  At these 4 yearly elections, all current Councillors must stand down (but may offer themselves for re-election if wishing to continue).  So there are seven vacancies that will need to be filled at this election.

Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should email the Parish Clerk on ku.vo1563727977g.ctp1563727977a-tes1563727977rod@h1563727977giel1563727977 to find out what is involved and if it is for you.

Nomination packs for potential candidates are available on the Dorset for You, through https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/councillors-committees-elections/elections-and-voting/current-elections-and-referendums/dorset-council-area-elections-referendums-and-local-polls.aspx and it is indicated which forms should be completed for a nomination to the Parish Council.

If you wish to stand, completed nomination papers must be submitted to the Returning Officer in Dorchester before the deadline of 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Note that these nomination forms must be delivered by hand – by law, they cannot be accepted if they arrive in the post.   Dorset CC is operating an appointments system to receive nomination papers and the timetable showing where and when appointments can be made is on their webpage.

Leigh Playpark Update

The BIG move has finished thanks to the lovely, helpful people at Gregorys Landscapes and we are really pleased with the new layout. We will have to keep the park out of bounds until grass has grown through the saftey matting, otherwise the matting might move. Hopefully, it will be ready for the GRAND OPENING PARTY on the 6th APRIL.
Just in case you are wondering – the big mound is for a new slide, but have to wait a year until the earth has settled. So, that will be Phase 2. We are also fundrasing for some new equipment for toddlers and teens.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped to fund the move and to the Village Hall and Parish Council for all the support.

Leigh Lottery – January winners

Here are the winners of the January Lottery Draw:

1st     No 99      Duncan Moore      £40
2nd    No 78      Selwyn  Awdry      £ 20
3rd     No  24     Paul Orchard        £ 10
4th     No  44     Hilary Clark          £   5

FOR SALE – Play Park Slide

The Giant slide from the old playpark is up for sale as it can’t be moved to the new site.

The slide will be available from Mid November and will be dismantled but the buyer must arrange transport.

If you are interested, then submit a bid to Julia Jepson on 01935 873 824 or by post to Julia at The Old Stores, Leigh, Dorset, DT9 6HW

Closing date for bids is Friday 20th Oct. Proceeds from the sale will of course go to the new playpark.

Leigh Lottery – October winners

Here is the result of the October Lottery Draw:

1st   No   24    Paul Orchard              £40
2nd  No     8    M. Hosie                     £20
3rd  No  110    K. Brazier                    £10
4th  No    93    J. Drabik                      £ 5

 

A Leigh Samaritan

We received an e-mail last week from Ken McGregor who was delighted to be helped out by a Leigh resident. He kindly wrote to us asking to convey his thanks.

 

Myself and a friend were doing a circular walk in the area which meant we were in Leigh for our picnic lunch, when I discovered that my two water bottles were contaminated. With another 4 miles to walk I needed to replace the water.

A mature lady happened to be passing, walking her two dogs and I asked her if there was a local shop where I could buy some water. She advised me of the local garage shop, but it was about to close.  Before I could start scratching my head for a solution she offered to take my bottles to her house and fill them up for me.

I gratefully accepted her offer and it meant carrying on the walk with two full bottles of water on what was a very warm day.

I just thought that such an act of kindness was worthy of a mention. We see so much miserable news on the media and I feel it is important to recognise that in actuality a lot of good things are occurring all the time but so often go unnoticed.

Many Thanks

Ken McGregor

Leigh Lottery – September winners

1st    No 40    Dave Vincent             £40
2nd   No143   Karen Hardy               £20
3rd    No  85    Plaxy  Arthur             £10
4th    No 163   Keith Cranstone        £  5

August results (not previously published)

1st    No 140     Sylvia Bryon                £40
2nd   No  81     Mrs  Fry                      £20
3rd    No 166    Mel Price                    £10
4th    No   29    Abdon Karim Zadeh    £ 5