Leisure and Recreation Committee.

Clearing Paths, Allotments, Dogs and even Trampolines were all on the Agenda of what was an interesting meeting in the Town Hall Chamber, which showed the wide range of activities the Town Council undertakes.
The Whitchurch Leisure and Recreation Committee is chaired by Cllr Jackie Day, who this year also holds the honour of being the Town Mayor.

Clearing paths

After the usual admin matters, this month’s Agenda was opened with a special presentation from walkers from the Whitchurch Walking for Health group.

Many footpaths become impassible.

Local Walk Leader Barry Carter explained that the group had started in 2009 and from 7 to 8 a week had now grown to over 50 taking part, providing both a healthy activity and important social interaction.
A problem encountered is that many paths become overgrown with nettles and brambles and ideas were for presented for holding volunteer working parties. Path clearing would require robust strimmers and Barry suggested this is where the Town Council might be able help. Supported by fellow Walk Leader Russell Bainbridge, he called for consideration to be given to investment in equipment and a “common sense framework” for undertaking clearance. The matter is to be considered further, although during the discussion the Millennium Meadow kindly offered use of a strimmer.

The rain has helped the growing season.

Green Fingers
Councillor Mike Kean gave an interesting report on the town’s Allotments, explaining that a number of visits had been made to the Winchester Road site. Many plots were looking to be well-kept although there are still a few that seem untended. With the Allotment Competition progressing more visits will be undertaken, and numbers will added to plots. With valuable prizes on offer, competition will be fierce, so get those rakes and forks working! The judges will soon be wriggling their green fingers and making their deliberations.
See our previous article on this Competition: Turnips, Flowers and maybe Weeds.

Some dog owners still leave mess.

Take a deep breath
Finally Dogs – a subject that often raises the heckles, so we take a deep breath. Or on second thoughts is that a good idea? No one likes the mess that some owners leave in the Recreation grounds and elsewhere, and the Council has decided to work on some new signs. Slogans are being considered with a favourite being ‘Keep it Clean, Keep it Green’.
Dog Mess is one of the issues that children of our town would like to ‘sorted’. Recently children of the Primary School met with the Mayor in the Council Chamber as part of their Citizenship programme and expressed some items they would like progressed. One or two of the ideas fell into the longer-term ‘hope for’ category, although seeing the Mayor on a ground trampoline could certainly be fun!

Down at the Mill
The other main item was discussion on the Silk Mill and the importance of its status in the town as a historic working mill and tourist attraction. This is covered separately in our report: Support urged for Silk Mill.

Time well spent
If anyone wants to see how the Town Council works, this website can thoroughly recommend spending an hour or so one evening watching the proceedings. It shows what a lot of good work goes into running the town by our volunteer Councillors. Meetings are advertised on the Town Hall Noticeboard and on the Town Council’s Website.
You may even be offered a coffee!

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