What Hythe and Dibden Parish Council will be doing in 2018
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and I also hope that, like me, you are looking forward to what 2018 holds for us. To kick off 2018 I wanted to let you know of a few things that we are doing and how things are getting on.
Our Christmas Lights are something to be proud of. The village looked lovely and I have received so many positive happy comments about the lights, the trees and the bunting. We will be having our ‘wash up’ meeting soon and we would be delighted to hear your ideas and receive your offers of help for what we could do next year; incredibly we need to plan for December 2018 very soon to make sure the orders are placed in time! Thank you to Hythe Alive and our Maintenance Team for all of their hard work.
The Tuesday markets are carrying on and we will be also be returning to bank holiday markets that you told us you missed. We are planning to introduce monthly Saturday markets and we will let you know the dates as soon as we can.
We have the funds available and we have the support of Hampshire Police to provide an extra two Police and Community Support Officers for Hythe and Dibden. We are just waiting for the police to complete their staffing review after which they have assured us they will be in a position for Mr Lane, the Police and Crime Commissioner to sign the agreement and for us to get started. We will let you know as soon as we have news; I want the extra PCSOs in place as soon as possible.
The maintenance team are already getting ready for the new planting season and we will soon see the daffodils blooming in glorious colour once again. I love seeing the flowers around the Parish and recognise the commitment of the team to getting them to look so good.
I am very grateful for everyone that donated decorations to the community tree in the library and it was wonderful to see and read all of the memory baubles on the Christmas Tree in the Marsh. We are thinking of doing a thank you tree for 2018 – is that a good idea or have you got any other ideas for the tree?
2018 will also see a national day commemorating 100 years since the guns fell silent in World War One. We are planning an evening where we will join others around the UK lighting a beacon so please pop 11th November at 7.00pm in your diaries. We will let everyone know what is happening where once the details are finalised.
If you have any ideas for what we should be doing as your Parish Council please do not hesitate to contact me at Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org and I would like to encourage you to come to the Council meetings and see how your councillors work; you might find it interesting.
I wish you a good 2018.
Councillor Maureen McLean
Hythe and Dibden Parish Council