The following minor maintenance works should be undertaken during the summer: clearing moss from the roof of the bus shelter and treating woodwork; replacing the missing slat from the bench on Silhalls Close Green; repainting the railings at the side of the Wavior Pond.
Capacity to fund other more expensive works is to be considered once the annual ROSPA safety report on the play area is received in early May. Works services under consideration comprise: renewal of path from High Street to The Pavilion; replace rotten posts at the Pavilion Car Park; annual hedging and pruning at the recreation ground; annual hedging trimback at Ickneield Way Footpath (part); pollarding of lime trees in the closed churchyard.
The Council is now ready to talk with communities about meeting their future transport needs. A working group, including parish representatives, has been formed and will be holding its first meeting at the Ellesmere Centre, Stetchworth, on June 18th 2014.
Anyone using the recreation ground during the winter months would have been well aware of its very wet condition, particularly at the far end by the ditch, which at times overflowed.
Although the winter months were very wet, part of the problem can be attributed to water flowing along a ditch on the opposite side of the B1063, then travelling under the road and into the recreation ground ditch, which is also receiving run-off from the road itself and the adjoining field, which forms part of Hascombe Stud.
Following a meeting on April 3rd with representatives of Darley Stud (the owners of the field that abuts Silhalls Close), they agreed that they would find the fitting o and “elbow” that would force the excess water from that field down the hill towards Silverley and away from the under-road tunnel. The Parish Council would continue to monitor the situation and consider the need for further remedial works in conjunction with Hascombe Stud and Fairhaven Estates, as lessor of the Recreation Ground.
Ashley has been invited to nominate any building as Buildings of Local Interest. The Council believes that most, if not all buildings of merit have already been given a listed status, but it was agreed that two vintage water hydrants located in The Green and on Mill Road, could be nominated as worthy of conservation.
Whilst the new give way feature in the High Street has slowed traffic from the Lidgate direction, traffic leaving the village in the opposite direction is still able to accelerate. This has resulted in several near misses as drivers arrive at the new island with too much speed.
The Parish council believes there could be some spare capacity within the County’s budget to enable a speed cushion or pavement extension to be put in place a short distance from the existing island and is currently in discussion about this with Highways officials. It is thought that the effectiveness of the scheme could be greatly improved by adding a chicane.