Parish News September 2012

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Those of you whose children or grandchildren play in The Links Play area will have noticed that the repair and maintenance works have not yet been carried out, as promised in last month’s edition. This is because whilst quotes were being sourced, the council received the annual inspection report, which RoSPA carry out every year. It was felt that all necessary actions, including those mentioned in RoSPA’s report should be dealt with all at once.

There is some work needing to be carried out as a result of RoSPA’s findings, in Forest Side play area too. The main action being the wear of the floor within the multiplay unit.

‘This is an excellent facility. Well used and well maintained’ is how RoSPA described the BMX track in Forest Side. This is lovely to hear and still the Council receives positive comments on this facility. Users of the track will have noticed that the ‘start’ has been re-aligned, making it a more natural, start and finish.

Just a reminder of the road closure at the end of Kennington Road, from 29 October for one week, due to the flood relief works being carried out around the 1st roundabout along the Kennington Road at the bottom of Upper Road. A shuttle bus is being arranged which will run at the same intervals as the normal service, with the scheduled bus turning into St Swithun’s Road and using Bagley Wood Road to bypass Kennington.

The Parish Council considered two grant requests: The Apple Café was awarded £1000 and the Kennington Village Hall £1500. The Apple Café is a non-profit making community café, run by volunteers. Although it operates out of St Swithun’s Church Hall, it is a community rather than church-run venture.

The £1500 awarded to the Kennington Village Hall is supporting an application to the Vale of the White Horse District Council for a funding grant. Together, monies generated will enable the Kennington Village Hall Management Committee to replace the 22 year old light fittings within the main hall and toilets with LED fittings. This type of fitting is 70% more energy efficient and has a very long life span of around 40,000 hours. As well as this energy/cost saving, the other big advantage will be that renewing lights will be far less frequent, as this task is always hard due to access.

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