A lively December Parish Council Meeting was held last night, with lots of current issues being discussed!
With Police Constable Gigg in attendance and reporting back on issues such as poor parking in the village and the continuing problem of dog fouling, we urge 'Tattenhallers' to attend the Open Forum and to raise issues that are relevant to the Community, thereby gaining a fuller understanding of the role of our Parish Council.
The disregard with which some individuals continue to treat the road signage within our village and the scant regard others have for legal parking within Tattenhall was raised yet again. For information, PC Gigg confirmed that he has issued 5 tickets/enforcement penalty notices in the last two weeks – one might, therefore, want to consider a more responsible approach to parking.
We all acknowledge that there is a fine line in reconciling the continuing vibrance and vitality of our village centre on the one hand, with restrictions to parking on the other. No-one wants to see businesses on the High Street suffering because of parking restrictions, but PC Gigg urges everyone to park lawfully, thus avoiding unnecessary and wilful obstruction in some areas of the village, whilst in other locations causing a visual obstruction too. He cited the two junctions as one approached the centre of the village from either Tattenhall Road or Chester Road and the T Junction itself on the High Street. Parking is clearly not permitted on the junctions themselves, yet some individuals continue to flaunt the law in this respect and PC Gigg announced that he will be robustly enforcing legal parking in the coming days and that he will report back to the Parish Council in January/February.
Of concern again, is the entire dog fouling issue which remains a problem within the village and which continues to be specific to areas of 'The Park' and 'The Flacca' as well as some areas of 'Harding Avenue' and generally on paved areas. It is not only anti-social behaviour in failing to clear up after your pet, but it is a danger to health, particularly on public areas such as playing fields. The Parish Council is absolutely supportive of the Dog Control Orders throughout Tattenhall, that dogs be kept on short leads in certain areas and that dog fouling is dealt with by owners. Quite simply, carry more plastic bags if there is a need! Varying measures were discussed and we ask everyone to consider socially acceptable behaviour in this respect.
Dare we report that 'Fallen Leaves' were again mentioned and the continuing failure on the part of CWaC to deal with their removal (it being the responsibility of CWaC to deal with such issues). Our Ward Councillor, Mike Jones, who was also in attendance, intends to add his weight to this debate as well as addressing issues relating to the ongoing, uncut, overhanging hedges at Keysbrook/The Avenues. This topic was hotly debated at the November meeting too, albeit that 'Tattenhallers' continue to await an 'enforcement action' to address this particular problem.
We repeat – if you see a sweeper before us, then do send a picture to the Website!