At the Parish Council Meeting on the 16th May, Councillor Susanne van Daesdonk was elected as Chair and Councillor Lynn Bennett was elected Vice Chair. All committees were reviewed, and details can be found on our website.
At the meeting on the 6th June, Derek Lord was co-opted onto the council to fill one of the three vacant positions. We would welcome further applications from residents wishing to support the activities of the council. If you are interested in being a Councillor, please contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01283 716059 for more information.
As mentioned last month, the County Council have approved a capital project to do further traffic mitigation works around the Infants School with their highways partner Amey. An exhibition where the public can view the proposals and make comment will be held on the 10th July at Thomas Russell Infants School between 2pm and 7pm.
We were delighted to hear that the works done at the War Memorial last summer have been awarded the Mercian Area’s Institute of Highways Engineers award for the best small project (<£1m) in 2018.
Sadly, the Village Hall Management Committee have been informed by David Moore that, after many years as treasurer, he would like to step down at the end of the year. If you would be interested in volunteering for this important role and have the appropriate skills, please contact Pam Jepson, the Chair of the committee, on 01283 716747. There will be a period of handover prior to David retiring.
The Parish Council have written to our MP, the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police expressing residents’ concerns about the lack of visible policing in the Parish given the general increase in crime, anti-social behaviour and supply of drugs. The letters ask them to provide reassurance confirming what they are going to do to reduce crime, how they can make reporting crime easier, how they will demonstrate that they are dealing with crime etc. We are hoping for a positive response and that the authorities can work together and in partnership with residents to make Barton a safer place to live and work. We urge residents to report crime so that its frequency and scale are made apparent.