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Each month a report of some of the town activities is given by the Chairman/Mayor to the Town Council. Here is the latest.

Recognising some who served the town
There is a focus in this months report on people who have served our in various capacities.

Firstly we must pay our thanks to Cllr Rebecca Jordan who has now stepped down after steering us through our deliberations on our budget. Rebecca was a fantastic asset to the Council and her clear thinking helped enormously. She will be missed but we wish her all the best in her new home.

Secondly I propose a vote of thanks to Gerry our Street Cleaner who has retired after many years keeping our town as clean and tidy as he was able. Whether it was empying the bins, sweeping the streets or clearing up last night’s chips, it was all carried out with a level of commitment that deserves everyone’s thanks.

Those who have lived here some time will also remember ‘Tommy’ Brooks who sadly passed away just before Christmas. Tommy, known to many as ‘Mr Whitchurch’ devoted his life to the people of our town and was a local Borough Councillor for 18 years, helping many a local resident with their problems especially over housing. Let us pause to give him our respect.

And lastly to ourselves as a Town Council. Over the last year we have stabilised and have a very good team – indeed I was much encouraged when this year was recently described as “calm”. That meant a lot and shows we are working well together.
We go into the next year in a good stable financial position and with some massive opportunities as funds from developments start to become available. Next year’s ‘team’ will need to up-a-gear in leading towards the best for our residents – it is going to get very busy with a full commitment will be required.

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Some other recent highlights
On other matters, our support for Parsonage Meadow both as open space and for the Cricket Club’s use has had positive progress with the Club being revitalised with new members and a plan for the future. Meanwhile the application for an Asset Community Value for the Meadow is has been made by the Town Council to Basingstoke & Deane.

Town Hall smThe Town Hall refurbishment plans progress, for which we must thank Cllr Andy Klemz, and I understand details will be presented soon. Most importantly we have also set a very balanced Precept for 2018/19 which not only looks to the coming year but is also aimed at future opportunities. Times may start to look a little more rosy as developer funding becomes available although we must be ever vigilant due to cuts being imposed from elsewhere.

LSO 06 P1140372Some functions and meetings
Regarding functions, it has been a very busy time with attendance at several meetings and activities.
The Christmas Lights evening was a wonderful event with support from many of the traders, Annie and her Whitchurch in Lights, and Colin with the Lantern Procession. Over 50 business windows were judged in the Shop Window Decoration Competition, with the Jubilee Shield being awarded to Kingsley Financial Management.

Xmas Mayor Walk smAn invitation to the Christmas Walking for Health event with the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane resulted in me subsequently buying some walking boots and discovering some muddy footpaths as well as some long lost muscles. I fully recommend these walks every Wednesday from the GNC!

On more formal business I attended Hampshire Highways briefing at the Castle on the future strategic transport and travel plans for the County, while closer to home was the Millennium Meadow AGM and hearing of the wonderful work the volunteers are doing to keep our natural meadow.
We have lots to deal with!

John Buckley
Chairman Whitchurch Town Council and Mayor of Whitchurch

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