Parish Assembly hears review of the year

The Annual Assembly of East Keswick Parish Council took place on Tuesday 16th April at the Village Hall.

Shortly after the Chairman’s welcome by Andrew Batty, two Police Officers gave details of crime in the village over the year. There had been an increase in crime attributed to two individuals who are the subject of an ongoing police investigation. On a brighter note, a prolific burglar known to be responsible for offences in various villages including ours, had recently been jailed for eight years.

The Parish Council outlined its responsibilities and the work it gets involved with, such as planning applications. Andrew Batty, Chairman, mentioned some of the events the Parish Council had run. One was the Newcomers Lunch which welcomed new residents. Another was the Remembrance Sunday service which saw over a hundred people take part in the open air service in what was the centenary year of the Armistice. To mark the event, the Parish Council placed eighteen large poppies around the village, each to represent one of the young men named on the War Memorial.

Ward Councillor Matthew Robinson attended and was thanked by the Chairman for being a true friend to the village.

The second part of the meeting included a talk by two leading members of East Keswick Parish Council’s sub committee on the Neighbourhood Plan. Janet Thornton and Melanie Smith – both former Parish Councillors – have been key members of a group which has been actively working on the project for five years. The Neighbourhood Plan is now in its final stages and is expected to be put to a village referendum late this year or early next.