In his annual report to the parish, the chairman Richard Roffe confirmed that the parish council met seven times during the year, including the annual parish meeting.
Attendance of parish councillors, RAF and police representatives throughout the year was excellent and visits by the two Peterborough City ward councillors, John Holdich OBE and Diane Lamb were made as as often as they could fit them into their busy schedules.
All meetings begin with a declaration of members’ personal or prejudicial interests in any items on the agenda, followed by a session of public participation when parishioners are present.
Following the resignation of parish councillors Henry Gordon and Philip Portess, Robin Talbot and Nadine Fountain – both residents of Wittering, were unanimously co-opted to the council as no parish bye-election was applied for by parishioners in response to the public notice
This council year turned out to be one of the busiest ever – with major projects successfully completed on time and within budgeted financial resources and risk assessment.
These included the new sports pavilion, renovation of the children’s play area, a rebuilt bowls pavilion with community meeting room, vandal proof security fencing with entrance gates and landscaping of the area.
There were however a few major shocks for the parish, notably the withdrawal of the Harrier aircraft from RAF Wittering, the abandonment of the A1 flyover scheme, the withdrawal of the MOD co-operation with Cambridgeshire Constabulary from the effective policing of the village over the past nine years.
The new commander for the area, Insp. Rob Hill reported to the March meeting, that Cambridgeshire Constabulary was currently undergoing a full restructuring to take effect from April, designed to meet stringent government budget cuts and ensure maximum efforts to improve service to the community.
We can only hope that this will be successful.
Clerk to the council Hubert Warren, has asked to retire after 22 years in office and his successor Mrs. Deirdre McCumiskey was appointed as clerk after an independent statutory selection process chaired by ward councillor John Holdich OBE supported as scrutineer by ward councillor Diane Lamb.
Hubert Warren will work alongside the new clerk for a short period to facilitate a smooth handover of responsibilities, change of address of the parish council office and contact details etc.
The council were grateful for the support of Peterborough City Council, Thornhaugh Environmental Committee, Augean, architect David Wilkinson and the contractors and suppliers throughout the year all of whom made possible the successful achievement of the planned projects on time and to budget.
In these times of national economic problems – the parish pouncil is committed to continue its efforts to provide the best possible service to the community within its power.