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Romsley Parish Council
Update July 2015

From the Chair – Richard Arrowsmith, Parish Council Chairperson

Dear Romsley Resident
It is my great privilege to be able to write to you in this first edition of Romsley Parish Council update. On behalf of all the elected Parish Councillors I would like to say a big thank you to everyone in the Parish for the tremendous support you gave us in the recent elections. All of us recognise the trust you have placed in us and we will do all that we can to provide an effective, visible and representative Parish Council for everyone.
Since the election we have been very busy. We have started to review several areas of Council business and have identified several changes that will improve effectiveness and increase visibility. There are several items in this update that provide more detail on these initiatives.

There has also been another very successful Romstock and in the Newsletter you can find an update on the 2015 event as well as what we intend to do in the future. Much of the success of the event is dependent on the hard work of many people from across the Parish and I would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day. I would also like to give special mention to Councillor David Powell who worked tirelessly in the final 3 weeks to bring it all together. Additionally I would like to thank John Price, Sue Hemmings and Amy Cooper for their work on the 2015 event and also their work to establish the success of the event in previous years .
On a personal note, over the last 8 weeks I have received lots of positive feedback from across the community. However, I have also talked to several people who have made it clear that they had been upset with a number of the questions raised in the leaflets distributed by the Romsley Together candidates during the election campaign. 

On behalf of myself and the other Romsley Together candidates we would like to make it clear that it was never our intention to personally criticize or upset anyone during the campaign. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the previous members of the Council for the role they have played in our community. 

Elected office at any level is a difficult but vital part of our society and we should always acknowledge anyone who is willing to try and make a positive difference to our community. l fully recognise the foundation they have given us and look forward to building on this through increasing the effectiveness and visibility of Romsley Parish Council in the years to come.
Regarding another personal matter you may be aware that traditionally the Council Chairperson receives a bursary payment each year which supports the Chair in undertaking their role. However I have decided that for my tenure as Chair I will be donating this annual payment to good causes in the Parish. This year I have chosen to support Romsley Pre-School Nursery with £150 of resources.
Finally, I would like to thank Bloore & King estate agents who have sponsored this edition of Romsley Parish Council Update. Through their kind support we are able to produce this newsletter without any cost to the Romsley Parish taxpayer.
May I wish you all the best for a good summer and I hope you all get chance to enjoy some of the fabulous countryside we have around our Parish. You could follow one of the many walks we have, such as the new Penny Fields Walk which we are opening on July 18th, details of which you can find on page 3.
Kind regards
Richard Arrowsmith, Parish Council Chairperson

Action Plans for the Coming Year

Council communications

Keeping people well informed about what your Parish Council is doing is vital to build trust and confidence. We are reviewing the communication channels that we have to find the most appropriate way of keeping residents informed.

Finance & Budgets

Effective financial control is crucial and we are moving to a computer based approach. This will give us stronger financial control and allow us to produce open and easy to understand accounts which we will share with everyone in the community.

Parish Plan

 The absence of a Parish Plan is one of the most critical gaps that we currently face.
A robust and community endorsed Parish Plan will describe the future for Public Services, Utilities, Housing, Planning, Environment, Transport, etc. 

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