Whitwell Parish Council Meeting – October 2011

The October 2011 Whitwell Parish Council (WPC) meeting will be held on the 12th October 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Community Centre (in the meeting room, past the main hall).

As usual you can find the agenda on the Whitwell Parish Council website.  This month the only addtional items of interest are:

  • Cemetery Contract
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Unfortunately this month we won’t be able to bring you as detailed minutes as we have for the past two meetings due to work commitments, but we will still be trying our best to make them more detailed than WPCs own minutes.

Reminder: Whitwell Against Alkane Public Meeting

Just to remind you all that the next public meeting for Whitwell Against Alkane (Alkane Energy PLC) will take place on 8th September 2011 from 7:30PM at the Whitwell Community Centre.  As usual the bar will be open from 7PM.

As we all know, one of the concerns with Alkane is an increase in the levels of HGVs using the village – of course they assure us they won’t use the village, but we all know the drivers themselves will use whatever route they think is the quickest – and Alkane in the past haven’t answered if they will impose fines on drivers who do use the village, which here we think says it all.  With that in mind WAA have invited the people behind a campaign to stop HGVs using Whitwell completely to come and do a brief talk.

As well as the HGV issue, the following items will also be discussed:

  • Residents Liaison Committee
  • Chemical and pathogens
  • Wind Direction
  • The Rumour Mill
  • Review of 2010/2011

If you’re going to come to the meeting (and we hope you do, and urge everyone to try and bring a neighbour or three) then why not set out a bit earlier and come along to the Safer Neighbourhood Police Panel meeting the hour before at the community centre?

Next Gen Broadband Dates Set

It looks like OpenReach have set Ready For Service (RFS) dates for the Whitwell Telephone Exchange (SLWHT) for both 21CN (The national next generation network that connects telephone exchanges) and for their Fiber To The Cabinet (FTTC) products.

21CN will allow many more providers to offer services up to 24Mbit/s download speeds instead of the 8Mbit/s we have now (Unless you’re a Carphone Warehouse/TalkTalk customer – in which case in theory you get those speeds already).  The RFS date is set for 1st March 2012.

FTTC will allow providers to initially offer up to 40Mbit/s download speed.  The RFS date is set for 1st June 2011.

Although RFS dates have been set, it’s not unusual for them to drift still, so we’ll keep an eye on it and see what happens. Fingers crossed!

Whitwell Against Alkane Meeting – September 2011

The next public meeting for Whitwell Against Alkane (Alkane Energy PLC) will take place on 8th September 2011 from 7:30PM at the Whitwell Community Centre.  As usual the bar will be open from 7PM.

As we all know, one of the concerns with Alkane is an increase in the levels of HGVs using the village – of course they assure us they won’t use the village, but we all know the drivers themselves will use whatever route they think is the quickest – and Alkane in the past haven’t answered if they will impose fines on drivers who do use the village, which here we think says it all.  With that in mind WAA have invited the people behind a campaign to stop HGVs using Whitwell completely to come and do a brief talk.

As well as the HGV issue, the following items will also be discussed:

  • Residents Liaison Committee
  • Chemical and pathogens
  • Wind Direction
  • The Rumour Mill
  • Review of 2010/2011

If you’re going to come to the meeting (and we hope you do, and urge everyone to try and bring a neighbour or three) then why not set out a bit earlier and come along to the Safer Neighbourhood Police Panel meeting the hour before at the community centre?

Whitwell Parish Council Meeting – 10th August 2011

1. Apologies

  • Cllr. Maiden
  • Cllr. Ellis
  • Cllr. Burdett
  • Cllr. Kerr

As Cllr. Maiden was unable to attend this meant that Cllr. Frow was chair of the meeting.  The meeting proceeded with Cllr. Frow explaining some changes that had been made to the meeting format, these changes are:

  • District & County Councillors as well as Police representatives to sit in the public “gallery” rather than around the table
  • Anyone who declares an interest in an agenda item other than in either of the two open forums must leave the room and not return until the item is dealt with

Both of these changes have been made to fall in line with current best practice for council meetings and help with the council obtaining “Quality Council” status (more of which later).

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An image of Whitwell – Finally

The more observant of you will have noticed that the background image on the site has always been one of Creswell Crags rahter than one of Whitwell – In our defence, part of the Crags used to be in the parish of Whitwell until recently and it was the best local image we had that was suitable for a background.

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