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Thorney Parish Council snippets

Reports from Thorney Parish Council meeting on Monday, January 14.

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Allotment holders can’t reach their plots due to the muddy track across the field at the bottom of Gas Lane.

Helen Baker said her car, with two children on board had got stuck in the mud. She asked if the Parish Council could improve the surface of the track.

She was told the field was owned by Peterborough City Council and rented to a farmer who would object to a track being laid.

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Sheila Reeves has been co-opted onto Thorney Parish Council.

Sheila, who worked for Peterborough City Council before she retired, has lived in the village for 16 years.

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People outside the village living alongside the A47 are prisoners in their own homes, Les Lazell told Thorney Parish Council’s January meeting.

He was seeking their support to campaign for a walkway alongside the main road to the east of the village. He said there had been a footpath, but this was removed when the road was widened.

“The road is dangerous,” he said. “There’s an accident every five days. If someone was in a mobility scooter or using a pushchair, they’d have no choice but to go on the road. What happens if you break down?”

The Parish Council said this was a Highways Agency matter and Mr Lazell should write to his MP.

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The Parish Council is to purchase a notice board for £479. The board will be placed inside the bus stop in front of the Duke of Bedford School and will be big enough for four A4 sheets.

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A local tradesman will be asked if it’s possible to repair the level crossing gates by Kingsline Close.

The gates are rotten, but it was felt they could be repaired in-situ by using wood filler or splicing in new wood.

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One of Thorney’s village signs is to be taken down to obtain quotes from a specialist company to provide new signs in cast aluminium.

The signs are becoming rotten and replacing all four signs may cost £20,000.

Dorothy Halfhide suggested that the four signs might be replaced by one on The Green and there was an alternative suggestion that the grassed area next to the traffic lights would be a better location.

A decision will be made once alternative costs have been obtained.

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Thorney Parish Council is to give the church £1,300 to remove a dangerous tree in the graveyard and also cut back another. The total cost of the work is £1,800, but John Bartlett said the church had been given an anonymous donation of £500.

Some parish councillors thought the church ought to pay the entire amount, but a motion to that effect was defeated.

Ray Wood said if the tree was in his garden, the Parish wouldn’t pay.

Russ Bevington agreed that the diocese ought to pay but said they wouldn’t. “The tree is in a dangerous state and needs to come down quickly. The graveyard is a major village amenity, tourist attraction and is used by many people to walk through to the park.”

He said part of the order was for a replacement tree to be planted and he thought this should be an orchard-type tree that wouldn’t grow too tall.

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A new hedge along the field boundary of the cemetery is being planted on January 26. Any villagers willing to help are invited to come along.

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New LED street lighting will be installed along Northside in February,

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The extended 30mph speed limit on Whittlesey Road is not being obeyed, Dorothy Halfhide told the council. She said she’d been overtaken by two cars travelling very fast and there was nothing from the end of the village to tell drivers it was still a 30 limit.

The city council is being asked to paint 30-signs on the road.

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Ray Wood asked if the Parish Council could see the surveys on the state of Woburn Drive. He was concerned that the road had not been resurfaced following completion of the Thorney Meadows estate.

He also raised concerns about parents parking illegally when picking their children up from the Duke of Bedford School. “They take no notice of double yellow lines,” he said.

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Thorney Parish Council is to hold a closed meeting on January 24 to agree their policy towards Bedford Hall.

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The Parish Council will write to the police thanking them for their efforts when a man went missing in the village last week.

Russ Bevington said four vans, eight policemen and a helicopter with infra-red camera were deployed and a family-liaison officer had been with the family throughout. Along with numerous villagers who turned out to help after seeing an appeal on Facebook, a thorough search of the village had been done.

Dorothy Halfhide said the police had been surprised by the village’s response. Happily, the missing person was safe.

Sycamore tree is felled at Abbey

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The sycamore tree at the south-east corner of Thorney Abbey churchyard was felled in July.

Half of the tree was brought down during storm Doris in the spring and damaged some grave stones. The rest of the tree was inspected and found to be diseased and with a clear structural weakness.

Permission was obtained from all the relevant authorities to get this removed. Jeff Rowlett and his team had the task of removing the remainder of the tree. This was no mean feat due to its close proximity to both the Abbey and to Whittlesey Road.

Adrian Tasker, a member of the PCC, said: “The tree was removed in sections and the stump levelled off. This now opens up the south-east corner and lets in considerably more light. It also removes a real risk to public safety for the village. I would especially like to thank the Parish Council for their assistance in this matter.”

The only problem the tree surgeons had was a Victorian nail which was embedded in the tree, which their chainsaw struck.

Please vote for Abbey

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Thorney people are being asked to help the Abbey secure a grant of up to £25,000 by voting on the Aviva community fund website.

Monies are awarded according to public votes, so yours might be critical.

To vote, go to: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1417

You will need to register, but this is free and only takes a few minutes.

Money will be used towards the Abbey’s £200,000 appeal to finance internal alterations, including new entrance doors, a gallery, toilets and kitchen.

Quiz night for Abbey funds

Thorney Quiz

Thorney Abbey is staging another quiz night on Friday, November 18 and entries are being taken already.

The quiz is at the former Methodist Church at the crossroads, starting at 7.30pm and teams of six (£30) or eight (£40) are invited.

Price includes supper and quizzers should bring their own drinks and glasses.

Entries to Adrian Tasker on Adrian.tasker@gmail.com or Jane Crossland on barnowl56@hotmail.com

All profits go to the upkeep of the abbey.

Quiz night fundraiser for Abbey

Thorney Abbey

Thorney Abbey is staging a quiz night at the Bedford Hall on Friday, January 29 (7.30pm start) and is looking for entries from teams of eight.

It is £40 per team to enter and supper (with a vegetarian option) will be available.

Do you recognise this man?

Attempted theft at Thorney Abbey

Do you recognise this man? He and an accomplice entered Thorney Abbey on June 18. They had a good look around, tried to remove the collection box and also tried to move CCTV cameras so their actions would not be recorded.

By adjusting the camera, one of the men provided a very good close up.

Volunteers on the church cleaning rota spotted the collection box had been disturbed and also that one of the CCTV cameras had been moved. Once the film was checked, it became clear this was an attempted theft.

A member of the PCC told Thorney Post there was only a few pounds in the collection box, but theft from churches was sadly becoming more and more common which is why Thorney has a CCTV system covering the whole of the church. “We don’t look at it unless there has been an incident and in this case it quite clearly showed the would-be thief.”

If anyone recognises the man, you can e-mail thorneypost@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll pass names on to the PCC.