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The matters of detail dealt with at Parish Council meetings would, I am sure, surprise many. We don’t attempt to report them all in this column (and would you want to read about them?) but as an example here are the items dealt with at the May meeting. Road repairs and numerous individual potholes, litter, fly-tipping, speeding traffic, crime figures and specific crimes, sandbags, flooding and the maintenance of streams, drainage, traffic from the industrial estate, the Commons Act 2006, planning applications and decisions, the Local Development Framework, new facilities for children (Parish Go Extreme project), maintenance of street lighting, a telephone wire, repairs at the recreation ground, fences, picnic tables, nettles in the Millennium Copse, replacement of notice board, local bus services, payments to Clerk, Village Warden and five contractors, statement of accounts and annual return and assorted official correspondence. That someone does all this stuff for us makes a difference. By the way, Parish Councillors may want me to add that they receive no payment, don’t claim expenses and are not eligible for a second homes allowance!