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Thursday January 21st 2021

Bletchingley Parish Council November to February 2020 Report

Bletchingley COVID- 19 Volunteer Group

Calls had significantly slowed down over the Summer and early Autumn but started picking up again before Christmas especially as the COVID-19 positive cases increased in and around Bletchingley. To this effect, just before Christmas we sent out an email to our volunteers to ascertain whether they were still available if needed.  We are glad to report that we have a good number of volunteers who continue to be available to collect prescriptions, shopping and general errands for those that are shielding or whose household is temporarily in self-isolation due to a positive case of COVID-19.

The Parish Council has also received a small grant from Tandridge District Council for those parishioners who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19. The Parish Council can provide food parcels or other non-food items such as medicines, sanitary items, nappies, toiletres etc.

Please do not hesitate to email sally.ray@btinternet.com or ring Pat Glenn on 01883 744 069 should you require assistance. All details will be kept confidential.

 Possible closure of Pondtail Surgery

Our attention was only drawn to the on-line survey that was being conducted by Surrey Heartlands Care Commissioning Group (CCG) by the vigilance of a resident as unlike Godstone Parish Council we were not formally notified. Following our December meeting, we wrote to the CCG/District Councillors/County Councillor and MP pointing out :

  • Many residents in the village have no access to the internet – particularly the more elderly and vulnerable
  • Even those with internet access would only have their attention drawn to the survey if, for some reason, they had needed to access the surgery website
  • Every address where a patient was registered with the surgery should have been informed, by post
  • The importance of the surgery being, for patients from Bletchingley, on a bus route, as many patients do not have a car or access to one
  • The fact that the surgery has a full list of patients is a clear indication of the need for a GP surgery to remain in the vicinity

At the time of writing we are awaiting a response.  Meanwhile, we have been encouraging residents with whom we are in contact to complete the survey.

 

The New Bletchingley Green Cemetery

The Parish Council has  received the sum of £25,000 from the Public Works Loan Board, to assist in the funding of the extension and ongoing works required which will include the construction of a link path between the old and new Cemetery as well as the laying of a water supply pipe and various signage. We will also be looking at additional landscaping  including the planting of trees and shrubs which we hope to have completed by the Spring.

The new Cemetery will be open by Spring and the Parish Council is currently reviewing the Cemetery rules for both the Old and New Cemetery which will be available on the Bletchingley website as usual.

The Clerk 

Geoff Dessent, our clerk since 2019, has left us as of December due to ill health. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.  Kim Wantling (who had been Clerk for 13 years until January 2019) has been covering as locum clerk since the beginning of July 2020 but this was only meant to be on a short term basis so at the time of writing this report we are once again seeking a permanent replacement.

Duties include: supporting the council and village including but not limited to minute taking, compilation of correspondence, liaising with the District and County Councils, filing, being responsible for the Parish Council accounts and financial records, update the Councils register of Burials and maintain the council’s assets (such as the Cemetery, CCTV and Allotments) and a willingness to undertake training in all aspects of local government administration.

This is a part-time permanent post and the post holder will work approximately 60 hours a month. The starting salary is dependent on experience. For further information please see the Bletchingley Village Website (www.bletchingley.org.uk) or contact sally.ray@btinternet.com. Closing Date for Applications is the 28th February. Interviews expected to take place in early March.