PUBLISHED: 15:05 30 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 06 May 2010
Topics in the meeting included an update on the Village of the Year situation, planning issues and grants to village organisations. Councillors are preparing submissions for the next stage of the Village of the Year National Competition, which have to be
Topics in the meeting included an update on the Village of the Year situation, planning issues and grants to village organisations. Councillors are preparing submissions for the next stage of the Village of the Year National Competition, which have to be lodged with the competition organisers by the end of November. Three judges will visit the village in April to decide if we are good enough to pass through the regional stages. The presentations going forward include how the village provides for young and older people, businesses, managing the environment, the interaction of all organisations into community life and how our website is maintained and updated for outside information. Objections were heard from residents of Walnut Way protesting against a planning application for change of use of the former store/Post Office into a fish and chip shop, and a petition has already been signed by over 140 residents for lodging with North Herts Planning Dept. The Parish Council have added their support in requesting refusal to the application. Grants were allocated to the Sports Club, Village Hall, Pre-School and St Katharine's Friends of God Youth, in response to applications for support within their organisations. Comments have also been made about the forthcoming development of new houses on the former rectory site, and whether the sale of the land would financially benefit the village in any way given the excellent efforts made by members of St Katharine's Church. The sale proceeds are totally absorbed by the Diocese who look at the bigger picture for how best the funds can be used, which does not specifically include Ickleford, so the village fundraising has to continue.
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