What’s Going On
Arising from comments at the parish meeting recently, a proposal was submitted by a resident outlining a plan to improve the playing fields in Bury Lane. At the same time a grant giving body SITA announced a new one off opportunity to fund improvements to community spaces!
An application has now been submitted based on work undertaken by one of our residents. Adjudication will not be until mid August. A proposed plan for the community field will be published on this site shortly.
If we are successful then we will be needing volunteers to play their part in this project which will benefit everyone, young and old alike, in the village.
Unfortunately our grant application was not accepted – no specific reason was given but it appears that the fund was over subscribed and we were not high enough up the list. We will look for alternative funds.
A search for alternative funding continues.
The nominated councillors taking the lead on this are:
- Anne Gilbert
- Vic Harnett
- David Gardiner
- Bryan Casbourne – sub committee chair
For more details go to the Neighbourhood Planning page
This is a funded project that enables the group parish to undertake some maintenance on community owned verges, ditches, hedges, drainage etc.
It does not currently cover potholes or other maintenance work associated with roads.
The group parish are in discussion with Hereford Council to see whether an extension to the lengthsman project can be put in place.
The group parish council are in active discussions with both Herefordshire Council and their contractors, regarding village signage, repairs to the millennium gardens wall, speed markings, and appropriate road markings for the cross roads by the Olde Oak.
This is an ongoing activity and is subject to funding at the LA level being available and as everyone knows Herefordshire are having to make significant cuts to many services. However this will not deter the council from continuing to raise these matters.
The Wigmore Summer Event in 2013 was a great success and included activities in St James, the Village Hall, and the lower playing fields in the evening. Approx 375 people attended and the defibrillator fund benefited by some £275.
One outcome was a suggestion that the village bring together all the old pictures, photographs of the area into a book or similar publication. The parish council will see how this can be achieved. The council made one application for funding for this project which unfortunately was not accepted. However since then a further application has been compiled and submitted to an alternative funder and we await their decision – due around mid February 2014.
We are planning an event for 2014 and this year the focus will be on the Neighbourhood Plan and all things local – local food, local people, local businesses, in fact local everything. There will be lots of free samples and will be supported by your local pubs, musicians and food producers.Of course, as usual, all of this is subject to us getting a grant to cover most of the costs!
It will also provide an opportunity to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan and make your views known on a wide range of local issues. However anyone interested in helping to plan, organise and do some of the ground work please contact the editor – all offers will be gratefully received!