Village Maintenance

The Parish Council has the responsibility for parts of the villages' maintenance, such as grass cutting, repairing road name signs, repairing notice boards and also bus shelters in the villages. The trees and grass of the closed Graveyard of the Church are also maintained. Structures in this cemetery are the responsibility of the District Council.

Allotments

There are allotments at Stamford Road and Woolsthorpe Road. The rents are currently £30 a year for a full allotment and £15 a year for a half allotment.

Play Areas

The Council maintains the Play Areas at Colster Way, Woolsthorpe Road and by North Witham village hall; this not only includes repairs caused by general wear and tear but also the mending damage done by deliberate vandalism. By painting the play equipment using our own labour we make financial savings.

We have to do regular compulsory safety inspections and also pay for major inspections under Health & Safety rules.

The Parish Council is investigating the provision of more recreational amenities and facilities for all ages as soon as we can.

Old Post Lane Cemetery

The management of the Old Post Lane cemetery includes the provision of burial plots, the keeping of up to date burial records and plans, as well as its maintenance.

Consultation

The Parish Council is consulted by the District Council, County Council and the Police Authority on many issues. Parish Councillors spend many hours each month on reading reports and other correspondence.

Both the County Council and the District Council are signatories to the 'Councils Charter' in which they have agreed to 'listen to and consult with' Parish Councils. Our County Councillor (Colsterworth Rural) and the District Councillor for the Isaac Newton Ward are regular attendees at Parish Council meetings.

North Witham is in Morkery Ward and is represented by a different District Councillor although we all share the same County Councillor.

Finance

The Council has the authority to raise a precept to finance its expenditure. The Council has the responsibility of ensuring that the finances are in good order and value for money is obtained when purchasing services and goods.

Traffic and Highways

The Parish Council has regular contact with LCC Highways. There are ongoing discussions with LCC Highways on resolving the parking and speeding problems in consultation with the Police.

Policing and Crime Prevention

The Council is active in working with the Police in reducing and preventing crime in the villages. The Police are routinely invited to Parish Council meetings

Street lighting

The Parish Council reports faulty streetlights that should be fixed by the    contractor within 10 days.

Clearing Litter

A Litter-picker is employed to keep the villages tidy. The District Council is responsible for the provision and emptying of litterbins. The District Council will not provide ‘doggie’ bins.

Planning

The Council is a statutory consultee in planning but has no decision-making powers.

Parish Plan

The implementation of the Parish Plan is a high priority.

Publicity

The parishioners are kept informed by the Parish Notice Boards, ‘In Touch’ the parish magazine, and by this website.

Footpaths and Rights of Way

The Council is active in having footpaths and rights of way kept open and clear.

Grants

Grants may be given for local bodies but are proportionate to the number of people who would benefit.

Seats

The Council will consider the provision of seat that would benefit parishioners and not cause a nuisance to residents.

War Memorial

There is an ongoing project to investigate the deterioration of the War Memorial and potential repair.

Nature & Wildlife

The Council is active in supporting biodiversity projects in the Parish.

Register of Members’ Interests

The Register of Councillor’s Interests can be viewed by contacting the Parish Clerk.