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Rock Parish Council

Chairman's report for 2021-2022

The end of April 2022 draws my third year as Chair to a close, and I am pleased to present my Report.

The year 2021-2022 has again been very exceptional as COVID19 continued to impact on all of us. Life, in general, began to return to some semblance of normality. Although and despite triple vaccinations face masks continue to be the norm in crowded places, particularly for the most vulnerable amongst us. We are still advised to self-isolate if we have Covid19 symptoms, wear face masks, use hand sanitising, and be generally aware of your health and self-care.

We as Rock Parish Council continue to thank our NHS, its doctors, nursing staff, care home staff and all backroom workers who have provided such magnificent care throughout the last two years. Also we give thanks to all of our essential workers for their continued service in what has been be very challenging circumstances.

Working practices have been changed forever. Our work as a Parish Council has returned to some form of normality with our monthly meetings that are now held at the Callow Hill Sports Pavilion. I am pleased to report that many residents have attended the meetings, some to express concerns, some to just observe.

We are grateful to West Mercia Police, in particular CSO Jenni Bray for her attendance and monthly updates.

We would like to thank our New Worcestershire County Councillor, Dan Morehead for his attendance and support to the Parish throughout the year, particularly regarding traffic noise, targeting speeding and speed reduction activities.

Our WFDC representatives, Anna and Roger Coleman, continue to give support particularly in their generous donations to Parish funds.

Since April 2021 we have discussed, agreed to support or recommended refusal of some 72 planning applications, of which 57 were voted for approval.

The Parish of Rock continues to be an attractive area for potential developers. We believe that our local housing needs have been met and so we strongly resist the proposed development of parcels of land listed as greenbelt or open-countryside. There is also strong resistance in the Parish for the further development or expansion of caravan parks as there is already a preponderance of these in existence.

The New WFDC Local Plan is now complete and will be voted on by Wyre Forest District Council at its meeting  later this month.

When setting the annual budget for the Parish Council we agreed that there should again be no annual increase and that the monies received from WFDC , the precept, would remain at the 2020/21 levels.

The work of our New lengthsman Dan Johnson has continued throughout the year with tasks including grass cutting, drain clearance, road sign maintenance, grit bin top ups, litter removal, and much work that we don’t see or hear about.

Thanks must also be given to a host of volunteers led by Councillor Sally Watkins, who have been recruited to tackle the litter problem in the Parish. Thank you Sally for your, and your teams work in keeping the Parish looking so splendid.

This year we awarded grants of £555 each to the following local organisations: Nightstop, Rock Sports Football Club, Clows Top Village Hall, Far Forest School PTA, Little Acorns, Rock and Far Forest Nursing Charity, Heightington Village Hall, Far Forest Village Hall, and Far Forest Scouts. We hope that these grants will help to continue the valued work they do for our residents and young people.

Rock Parish Council is the second largest parish council in England and has 13 elected councillors representing every village community within the parish. We are a diverse council with members having a wide range of experiences from a range of professional backgrounds, from farming, to education, to law, to health care, to industry and commerce. I continue to pay tribute to our Parish Clerk, Stephen Clee, who has the unenviable task of managing the council and its members. Stephen works tirelessly for the parish and its communities.

Finally, I sincerely hope that the year 2021-22 will bring a more settled world, and that the community of Rock Parish will return to some semblance of normality very soon.

Richard Williams

Chair, Rock Parish Council

25th April 2022

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