Village Council

Brief History

This organisation was established in 2007 to serve the community by bringing the issues of village residents to the attention of authorities that may be able to resolve them. Its committee meets at least four times a year in Prickwillow Village Hall and elects its officers at an Annual General Meeting each January. Committee members have been able to represent Prickwillow at its Parish Council, Ely City Council and to be elected to the District Council, in the past. This has given a voice to the people of Prickwillow and provided them with closer links to the activities of the local authority who, in turn, can address the needs of the village.

The Constitution was  inaugurated at the first AGM when the Officers and Members were formally elected.  The meetings are regularly attended by representatives from Ely City Council, ECDC and latterly Cambridgeshire County Council. It operates on a shoestring budget of a small grant and some annual fund-raising. The agenda comprises matters raised by village residents.

The 16th AGM was held on Monday, 24th January 2022 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Annual reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer were given and new officers were elected. New members were registered. Thanks were expressed to the outgong Chair, Virginia Mull, for tireless work during the last 2 years and a gift was presented to Wendy Wilson who has held the post of Secretary for more than 10 years of the lifetime of the council.

Officers for 2022:

Chair – Dan Littler (07854 374750)

Secretary – Chantal Epp (07966 132091)

Treasurer – Pat Del Grazia (07786 247560)

Please contact any of the above if you have any questions about the function of the PVC.

The focus this year will be on having more Community events, partaking in the Queen’s Green Canopy and various maintenance projects.

Representative on Ely City Council: Richard Morgan & Sarah Bellow (election due 11th August).

Committee meeting dates for 2022, all at 8.00pm in the village hall: -

Monday 28th March

Monday 23rd May

Monday 25th July

Monday 26th September

Monday 28th November

The 17th AGM is scheduled for Monday 23rd January 2023 at 7.30pm. ALL WELCOME. This is followed by the January Village Council Meeting at 8.00pm.

Village Newsletter

This is produced to keep residents informed of events and meetings in the village and is distributed to all properties monthly. For a small fee, anyone wanting to place an advert in the newsletter can contact Mike Wilson at mike.tollhouse@gmail.com. Thank you to all the advertisers who support the newsletter.

The July 2022 edition included items on the Engine Museum, Forthcoming Roadworks, ECDC Consulatation on rented housing, the Book/Wine Club, River Use and Holiday Events events.

Broadband

Prickwillow received its new broadband infrastructure in December 2014, connecting up to a hundred properties in the hub of the village. Residents now have a greater choice of providers. There is no marketing of suppliers through the village council. More detail of the changes on www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk. A further service is available by Air Broadband, for out of reach properties, see www.airbroadband.co.uk.

BT have since installed a second broadband cabinet with another 96 new lines and a new connection from the Putney Hill Road which has given access to residents at Ely Road.

Hard to reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing a Gigabit-capable cable to their premises when part of a group of households or businesses. Check if you qualify on www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

Farm Traffic

G’s Farms have implemented a tracking and recording system for all their farm machinery vehicles, each labelled for easy recognition and monitored for speed. This is now restricted to 20 mph through the village. We thank the farmers for attending to this so promptly and decisively. Anyone noticing poor driving, speeding above 20mph or drivers using mobile phones can report the date, time and vehicle label via one of the committee members.

St Peter’s Church

The Church has been sold to a private buyer as a residential property. There is discussion on the potential availability of its main hall for some community art projects.

Village Sign

The village sign was officially unveiled at a ceremony on June 3rd, 2017, by Dame Ottoline Leyser, who lived in the village and in whose husband’s memory, Stephen Day, the idea of the sign was initiated. There was a large gathering in the fine weather and a social event at Hiam afterwards. Every component and aspect of the sign, from design, build, treatment, surrounding brickwork and planting was provided by residents of Prickwillow. We can all be very proud. Following a car accident in August 2017, in which the raised bed was severely damaged, the sign has had to be rebuilt and replanted. Thanks also to Virginia Mull for caring for and providing the planting.

INAUGURATION OF VILLAGE SIGN

Speed Calming Measures

The proposal put forward by our Parish Council to the County Council for consideration in respect of funding for speed calming measures at the entrances to the village from the Ely Road, Shippea Hill Road and Putney Hill Road approaches, has been approved and implemented. There are now sets of gates with speed signs at the three entrances to the village and 40mph approach zones before the 30mph limits apply. Let’s hope this reduces speeding through the village.

Achievements of the residents via Prickwillow Village Council

In the past 15 years, the following wide range of topics have been addressed: –

a) the cutting of communal grass areas, maintenance of verges encroaching on pathways, provision of dog litter bins;

b) the repair of broken pavements, extension of pavements and walkways, access to allotments

c) the overhaul of the crumbling structure of the War Memorial, maintenance of its green surround, associated memorial service and door-to-door poppy collection

d) assessment of village needs from a questionnaire to all residents

e) new ownership of a Speedwatch scheme, with checks by village volunteers scheduled at intervals over the many months

f) listed buildings and those of historic or cultural interest including the Baptist Chapel and the Drainage Museum

g) implementation of high-speed broadband in the village

h) regular fund-raising activities in association with the Village Hall committee

i) a new village notice board

j) ownership and development of the phone box into an Art Gallery

k) substantial road repairs at Lark Bank

l) slowing and reduction of farm traffic through the village

m) protection for the village green from turning lorries

n) creation and erection of a new village sign

o) coppicing of the Sycamore tree near the memorial

p) implementation of speed calming measures in the village

q) stopping the ‘hooting’ of trains

r) renovation of the War Memorial

s) installation of a defibrillator at the village hall

t) planting of 70 trees to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee

CURRENT ISSUES UNDER DISCUSSION

u) representation on the Queen Adelaide crossings Action Group committee

https://phase2b.elyareacapacity.com/queen-adelaide-level-crossings/

v) construction of disabled ramp access to War Memorial

w) formal registration as a Community Interest Company

x) more social events

Anyone wishing to advertise in the village newsletter should contact mike.tollhouse@gmail.com

 

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