Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall application to become a children’s discovery playground has now been decided and agreed, albeit with some restrictions on opening times. It’s a really exciting project that should encourage a lot more families visiting the town to walk up the High Street and hopefully it will benefit neighbouring businesses as well as there will be limited opportunities for refreshments in The Old Town Hall so families will be able to visit the surrounding cafes and shops instead.
A number of planning applications have been registered that will be of interest to residents. A revised application for a doctors surgery in Rock a Nore Road has been received and another for siting the Cyril and Lilian Bishop lifeboat at the junction of The Bourne and Harold Road. These and all other planning applications are available online. If you want to keep an eye on applications in your area it is possible to sign up for altered as well as track individual applications. Comments in support or opposition to applications can be submitted online as well as by letter.
Collections were a day late three weeks in a row in some Old Town streets following the breakdown of the smaller collection lorry. Unfortunately the council’s contractors failed to inform the council leading to bags being ripped open overnight. Kier have assured the council that the lorry is now back in use however if a bin is not collected on the correct day please report it here.
Southern Water are planning to replace the water main between High Bank and where the service road rejoins Old London Road from 16th February to early March. It looks like this will cause considerable disruption for residents and Cllr Tania Charman will be looking for assurances from the county council about how the work will be managed to ensure the least disruption.
Overhanging vegetation in Croft Road
This work is now scheduled to take place before the end of March 2017. As soon as a date is confirmed residents will be informed so they can prepare for a short road closure.