New village hall
We are nearing the end of the long wait for the new Abingworth community assets, with the new Village Hall on track for handover by early December. The Parish Council (PC) is also pressing for progress on finalising the exact arrangements and timeline for the new village shop, next-door to the Hall. A gathering to say farewell to the old village hall is planned for Saturday 8th December, from 4pm. Further details will be posted on the Thakeham Parish Community’s Facebook page.
‘Pinch point’ scheme
The pinch points installed to calm traffic on B2139 in the Abingworth 30mph zone were reviewed by safety experts in October. We await confirmation of any changes arising, but at the time of the assessment ideas mentioned included an extra northern build-out and other improvements to sight-lines and visibility. When complete, the impact of the scheme on traffic speed and volume will be assessed. After recent constructive dialogue with Monaghans Mushrooms about their planning commitment to route HGVs from the south, and to reshape their entrance, we expect to see progress soon. Lastly on road safety, we welcome news from WSCC Highways that designs are in hand for a new light-controlled crossing at Water Lane roundabout, although the timeline for this still needs clarifying.
As our Neighbourhood Plan anticipated, the owners of Thakeham Tiles on Rock Road have now submitted an outline planning application for 90 houses, with a view to financing the business moving to a more suitable location in the area. Thakeham PC’s decision not to object is subject to some important conditions, including a better-balanced housing mix with more smaller/affordable units (without increasing the total), and further work on environmental aspects, including measures to mitigate additional car journeys via electric vehicle charging and community transport provision. The PC’s detailed response can be read at thakehamparish.co.uk/housing-developments
Latest information on what is happening can be found and shared on Thakeham Parish Community’s Facebook page.
Owen Richards, Thakeham Parish Clerk. For more information please visit: www.thakehamparish.co.uk