It is disappointing that our Annual Parish Meeting, when we report to you on the activities of your Parish Council will have to be held remotely on Zoom this year.
Despite this difficult year when we have had to deal with unprecedented circumstances, the business of your Parish Council has carried on as usual thanks to the dedication of Staff and Councillors.
Due to pressure of work, Max Jamieson resigned from the Parish Council in November. We thank him for his work as a Parish Councillor.
We were pleased to welcome Lea Dodds in February as our new Councillor.
Full Parish Council meetings have been held twice each month remotely on Zoom. We have learned to adapt to this way of working and are used to Councillors suddenly disappearing or freezing on screen. We all look forward to being able to meet and conduct our business in person again.
The four Working Groups continue to meet regularly and make recommendations which can be actioned once they have been approved by Full Council.
These Groups are:- Finance and General Purposes, Assets and Environment, Community, Leisure and Sport, and Safety. However we do acknowledge that there can be some overlap of responsibilities between Groups. The Chair of each Group has written a detailed report on their activities your information.
We are pleased that our unisex, accessible public toilet with baby changing facilities, situated behind the Jubilee Reading Room is open daily between 9 am and 5 pm.
The Gardiner Memorial Hall refurbishment Project is continuing with all meeting taking place remotely on Zoom. To date, grants have been obtained from Cambridge County Council and CIL 123 funding from East Cambridgeshire District Council. Our Project Team has gone out to tender so that modernisation of the existing main hall can be completed. Grants towards the new extension are still being sought.
Unfortunately, the village wide year long Safety Campaign has had to be put on hold until 2022.
Facilities at the Recreation Ground continue to be popular and well used, although Football and Tennis have been severely restricted.
Hopefully, you will have noticed that our new website is up and running.
The Council has adopted a Climate Change Policy together with a Climate Emergency Action Plan and many Environmental issues are being pursued.
Action With Communities in Rural England (ACRE) held their annual meeting remotely by Zoom in October. We were honoured to be chosen as a progressive Parish Council and two of their Officers can to Burwell in between Lockdowns and made a 15 minute film highlighting the many buildings and open spaces for which we are responsible and manage on behalf of our Community. Several Councillors and the Clerk were interviewed as part of this presentation.
We will continue to be a proactive Council striving to benefit the residents of Burwell.
We acknowledge the work carried out by George, Debbie and Martyn and I would like to express my thanks to Yvonne our Clerk and Sarah, Assistant to the Clerk and to my fellow Councillors for their help and support during my time as Chair of Burwell Parish Council.
Liz Swift (Chair of The Parish Council)