Corona Virus update
The village is closely followiing the government advice concerning its response to Corona Virus.
The current advice involving social distancing means that most organisations and buildings are closed.
The current restrictions are in force until 31st March. The current closures will be reviewed in line future conditions.
It has been decided not to hold any coffee mornings in the near future but this will be reconsidered at the beginning of 2021.
The Council has welcomed two new members, Alan Connor and Joanne Bateman, so the council now has its full complement of councillors
In this year of the Covid pandemic and in spite of lockdown, the council has continued to hold meetings- initially through e-mail and phone contact and later face to face meetings following covid guidance and with safety measures in place.
The Council is grateful to the community spirit shown in helping others and awarded seven Certificates of Appreciation to individuals and organisations in the parish.
It has been proposed to build a small structure on the Peacock Lane garden to incorporate covid 19 stones painted by children from St Luke's school and others.
During the year some work has continued on the recreation field and improvements to the drainage are evident with a large drier grassed area. However there is some disappointment that all is not yet completed by the contractors because of hold ups due to lockdown and a backlog of work. There is work to be done on the boardwalk which has been closed because of safety concerns.
It is planned to install a Multi Use Games Area with floodlights on the old tennis court and work on a planning application is progressing.
Some improvement work was carried out on the foreshore. However there have been problems with overnight stays of motor homes, camper vans both on the area over the level crossing and on the road off Marine Drive. Both these areas are parish council land. Work has been carried out to reduce parking and to form a safer walkway along the path off Marine Drive and is still on-going. Due to erosion the decision was taken not to have any more memorial benches on the foreshore.
A decision was taken to discontinue the Village Newsletter as it was not fulfilling its purpose reaching residents. Improved communication through social media with a council designated Facebook page and improvement of the website is being worked on.
The council is very grateful for all the time and effort by the Steering Group in formulating the Neighbourhood Plan. It has been an enormous task and on final approval it will help to guide the development of the parish in the future.
The council has supported the Local First Responder s Group -two members of which live in the village- by making a donation towards the purchase of equipment.
The council thanks Mr Stuart Brade, our groundsman, for his work at the cemetery and on maintenance of other open spaces helping to keep the parish in good shape.
Thanks go to council members who continue to work for the benefit of the parish and its residents.
Just in case you thought nothing was happening with the Slyne with Hest Neighbourhood Plan we thought we'd give you an update. Following the Consultation about the proposed Plan the steering group have very carefully considered all responses and have been making appropriate changes. A heartfelt thanks to all who responded. We have produced a Consultation Statement recording all responses and explaining changes to be made as a result of those responses.
Lancaster City Council planning department then suggested we employ a professional consultancy firm to ensure the Plan meets all legal requirements. With the support of the Parish Council we have successfully applied for a grant of £4000 to pay for this. The Plan is now with the firm we have engaged to carry out the work. So hopefully not too long and we can publish the Plan and the Consultation Statement.
After that Lancaster City Council conducts a Consultation prior to appointing an independent examiner to review the Plan. Finally it's the turn of Slyne with Hest residents to vote on whether to accept it.
Any comments or queries please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Our Slyne with Hest is a rural village north of Lancaster. The village borders Morecambe Bay with farmland to the other three sides within the parish. The open green spaces with many mature trees within the village enhance the historic identity of this settlement and instil residents with an appreciation for rural life, the natural environment and a wish to nurture and protect these assets.