The Council is pleased to present its Annual Report for the year ending 31 March 2014. The current Parish Council has just completed its third year. Details of your Councillors and all Parish Council activities can be found on the Parish Council website at:

Parish Council Activities. Your Parish Council has once again been active working on behalf of the Community this year:

The Parish Council:

The Parish Information Board will contain a map of the Parish, showing points of interest and key local services.

Parish Council Property. The Council owns land, throughout the Parish.

  1. Land at Nibley Knoll. The Council’s 6 acres at Nibley Knoll are continuing to be managed with the Nibley Knoll Trust to ensure the long term future of the Hill for the Community.

  2. Land at Breakheart Hill. Following completion of the improvements to the Parish Council’s 4 acres at Breakheart Hill, it has been leased for use by horses.

  1. The Cemetery. Further work has been carried out to maintain the Cemetery in accordance with the long term Maintenance Plan. In 2012 the Council decided that it was essential to develop a new path to provide access to the “new” area of the Cemetery at the rear of the site. The plans for this work were explained at last year’s Parish Meeting and in November 2013 the work was completed. Treecreeper Arborists have carried out an assessment of the trees in accordance with the Council’s Five Year Property Maintenance Plan. As a result maintenance work to a number of the trees has been commissioned for April/May 2014. Following the severe storms in February the Council received a written report on the damage to trees in the Cemetery. The Clerk has instructed Treecreeper Arborists to carry out further work to ensure they are safe. Thanks are appropriate to Mrs Palmer, Mrs Baxter and Mrs Bunn who have continued to work voluntarily in the Cemetery.

  1. Jubilee Recreation Field. The Council through their representative on the Trust (Mr Keith Larkin) have continued to work with the Recreation Field Trust.

  2. The Closed Churchyard at St Martin’s Church. The Council received a letter from St Martin’s PCC requesting that the Parish Council take on full responsibility for the Closed Churchyard at St. Martin’s Church. (Local Government Act 1972 S 215 (2)). The Churchyard continues to be the property of the Church, but its maintenance is now the Parish Council’s financial responsibility. Immediately following the transfer of responsibility a further area of the south side wall collapsed. The Council has agreed that the work should be carried out and instructed a contractor.

Parish Council Finances.

In 2013/14 the Council increased the Precept to £13,500, in order to carry out some essential works in the Cemetery. The Council funded most of this work from Council Reserves (£4,000) but had to increase the Precept by £1,500.

Looking ahead to 2014/15

All Parishioners are welcome to attend the monthly Council meetings held in the Village Hall.

Mr David Purnell. Chairman of North Nibley Parish Council.