To say that this year has been an extremely challenging year is probably somewhat of an understatement and I would like to begin by thanking our Clerk Ms Jacqui Peskett and my Vice Chairman Councillor Ian Morris for their continued support during this time. With the whole country currently dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic it has put an enormous strain on us all, not only as a Parish Council, but as private individuals as well.
As St Breock Council’s Chairman it is important for me to thank all our Councillors for the way in which they have accepted and dealt with all of the restrictions and numerous changes that have been placed upon us over the past twelve months.
With our monthly face to face meetings being cancelled and those meetings we were able to have being carried out via video links, proved to be very challenging, and a completely new experience for many of us. However despite all of these changes being introduced our Council has managed to meet and carry on with our business as usual. This would not have been possible without the extra commitment and dedication from all of you and for that I am extremely grateful.
At the beginning of last year when the first ‘lockdown’ was introduced every community nationally was requesting some form of help or support from their local Council.
Whenever St Breock received such a request we responded immediately and through the allocated monies we receive from the St Breock Wind Farm Community Fund we were able to offer our support to the various voluntary groups within our local area. These included a small group making swabs for the N.H.S., Wadebridge Food Bank, and Concern Wadebridge who were delivering hot meals to those parishioners who were either self isolating or shielding. More recently we contributed to an ‘Emergency Fund’ that was put in place to assist those groups in our local area that were requesting financial help for their businesses.
Because of what we managed to achieve St Breock Parish Council has been very successful in contributing financially towards supporting our local communities and small businesses during this pandemic.
All of the projects our Council has undertaken e.g. the refurbishment of the play area in Burlawn; the replacing of all of the public seating and signage within the parish and installing a defibrillator in each of the parish’s five hamlets. These have all been successfully completed apart from the defibrillators which are a ‘rolling programme’ and there are currently three more to be installed in Trevanson, St Breock village and Edmonton, when funds are available.
Looking ahead and with the ‘road map to recovery’ progressing as well as it is then it is hoped that our long awaited face to face meetings will now be allowed to continue for the foreseeable future.
In conclusion I would like to emphasise the fact that St Breock Parish Council is committed to providing the best possible service and representation to all of its parishioners and that we are constantly appraising ourselves in order to achieve that.
I feel privileged to have been your Chairman and I wish the Council every success for the future.
Councillor R. Jarratt (Chairman to St Breock Parish Council)