Parish Council members
All the members of the PC have been very active this year, working on the various responsibilities and tasks that you will hear about this evening – my thanks to everyone for the time and energy that they have invested. Thanks in particular to David Gobbett who is leaving the PC due to moving out of Stoke Row, his enthusiasm and energy have been much appreciated.
We lost Ian Roy this year as our local officer. He has was replaced by Keith Brockington, who has now retired. For the moment we do not have a designated officer for the area, but eventually we should have a part share in the Community Police Support Officer, as and when that programme is finally rolled out.
The playground continues to consume a significant amount of PC time and money. Many thanks to Rita for her work on the playground safety checks and other activities. We have had one incident of vandalism (graffiti) this year, but apart form that the playground seems to be well used and enjoyed by many local people.
There has been an increase in the erosion of the edges of the Village Green, perhaps due to the wet weather over the winter. We are engaged with some of the residents adjoining the green to implement a plan to prevent further damage whilst maintaining the access.
Stoke Row Club
The PC continues to be the leaseholder on the basis that the recreation ground is an asset to the village, however we shouldn’t forget that the facilities and activities are there because of the investment made by the Club members and donors.
District & County representation
I would like to thank David Nimmo-Smith (Oxfordshire CC) and Jules Thompson (SODC) for their attendance at our PC meetings, providing updates on the activities and for representing Stoke Row on local issues. Jules is retiring at the upcoming election and we would like to thank him for all his work on our behalf over the last few years.
Stoke Row is a very pleasant place to live. We have more facilities within the village than many of our near neighbours: a wonderful village school, shop, garage, Village hall, playground, well orchard, 2 pubs/restaurants, Stoke Row Club, Stoke Row Players, various informal groups and of course the Stoke Row News (many thanks to Angela Spencer-Harper and all who work with her on the magazine).
The PC will continue to work to ensure the maintenance and improvement of the facilities for which we are responsible. We hope that residents will do their bit by continuing to use the village amenities and by participating and organising the many activities that contribute to the life of our village.
Finally, my thanks to the PC members and Stephen Fox, and in particular for all the work Claire Dunk puts in to ensuring the PC runs smoothly – we very much appreciate it.
April 11th, 2007