Lambourn’s Parish Chair’s report at the Annual Parish Meeting on 15 May 2024

Lambourn’s Annual Parish Parish Meeting took place on 15 May and, for anyone who missed it, you can find the full text of the Chair’s address below. The official minutes of the meeting will be available here in due course.

Good evening everyone,

It is a pleasure to welcome you all to this year’s Annual Parish Council Assembly. First, I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out tonight. Your presence demonstrates the strong sense of community we share here in the Parish of Lambourn.

This past year has been another busy and productive one for the Parish Council. We’ve faced some challenges, of course, but I’m proud to say we’ve also achieved a great deal.  So let’s take a moment to reflect on some of our key accomplishments:

  • We’ve undertaken a large street light project, repairing and replacing 74 street lights in the area for which we managed to obtain £25,000 of funding from West Berkshire Council.
  • We’ve granted our first freewoman of the Parish award.
  • Provided a grant to support the village’s Christmas lights.
  • After repeated issues with overflow, we’ve engaged a new dog waste disposal contractor.
  • Our ongoing negotiations with Thames Water have had an impact on the village and we remain focussed on guiding TW in providing long-term solutions to our problems.
  • We are now a living wage employer.
  • We used our contractual rights to help the Lambourn Youth Juction find a permanent home at the Lambourn Centre.
  • For the second year in a row we have come in on budget and received a clean audit report.

In addition to specific projects, the council has also focused on ensuring responsible use of public funds, improving our local amenities and trying to address residents’ concerns.

Of course, there’s always more to be done and I encourage you to participate in the open forum later. Your input is invaluable in shaping the future of our parish.

Before moving forward, I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to my fellow council members. Their dedication, diverse skills, and willingness to work together are part the backbone of this council.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and support of all our staff, their expertise and commitment are essential to the smooth operation of the parish council.

Finally, a thank you to all the volunteers who give their time and energy to make our community a better place. Your efforts are deeply appreciated.

As we look ahead, I’m confident that by working together, the Parish Council can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of everyone in the Parish of Lambourn.

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