On May 5th this year there will be three important democratic events in Denton. There will be district council elections and (probably?) the referendum on a change to the parliamentary voting system but, perhaps most important of all for the local community, there will also be parish council elections.
All seven members of the current council step down together and though most will probably seek re-election at least one has indicated that he will be retiring after many years service. We will mark this in an appropriate fashion in due course but it seems that there will be a vacancy for at least one new councillor. As discussed at the January meeting of the PC, it would be even better if several residents put themselves forward and there was a contested election in May.
Anyone interested in standing who requires more information about what the job entails or the process of standing for election should contact the parish clerk, Pauline Sandell.
Work on Denton’s magnificent new children’s playarea is now complete.
Despite the appalling weather the construction team finished the work in excellent time and the scheme is the first of a group of 12 similar projects to be completed in the county. It was completely funded by a DoE grant and monies raised from events.
This marks the end of a long running campaign to upgrade the village’s facilities for young people. The recent Parish Council meeting were told that there was still some minor painting and planting to do but the area was ready for use. An official opening ceremony would be organised later in the year. The Council paid tribute to Annie Whitemen and Peter Hill who had driven the project through to completion.
The January meeting of the Parish Council agreed to support the proposed extension of the new 30 MPH speed limit through the village.
Residents of the Trunch Hill area had sent a petition calling for the area covered by the limit to be expanded down to the old school. Although the change would delay the introduction of the scheme slightly councillors voted unanimously to support the change.
Our local oil purchasing syndicate is now under new management.
Julie Oxley was the driving force to establish the Denton and Alburgh Bulk Buying Oil Syndicate several years ago and has run it very effectively ever since. She recently expressed a wish to stand down and Katrina Cattermole has kindly agreed to take over.