Rugby could be coming to Over Wyre, with a new team having asked for permission to use the playing field next to the bowling green from next August. Councillors welcomed the plans in principle, indicating that a one-year trial could be possible, but further discussion was needed before permission could be granted. Councillors expressed fears over the possible impact on the land, which has very poor drainage, and the need to keep this as a useable space for all. They were also concerned about what the plans might mean for the neighbouring wood and plans for a wildlife habitat. If the scheme goes ahead representatives from the team have said portable posts and removable netting, to prevent balls entering adjacent land, would be used for each match.
Councillors are increasingly concerned at the number of vehicles driving at speed along the narrow, winding lanes around the village. Some drivers seem unaware that the national speed limit is the absolute maximum and does not mean it is safe to drive at that speed irrespective of conditions. Police advice is that driving at speeds too fast for the road and traffic conditions is dangerous. You should always reduce your speed when:
§ the road layout or condition presents hazards such as bends
§ sharing the road with pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, particularly children and motorcyclists
§ weather conditions make it safer to do so
§ driving at night as it is more difficult to see other road users.
County highways officials have been advised that the council would support any move to lower speed limits.
Dog owners are again urged to pick up after their pets as fouling remains a big concern. Warning signs are to be investigated, to remind people that it is an offence for owners not to remove droppings.
Councillors believe working more closely with neighbouring councils to discuss issues relating to Over Wyre would be useful and wider opinion is to be sought on whether such a meeting would be appropriate and worthwhile.
The next meeting of the council will be on Tuesday 10 September 2019 in the village hall at 7.00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The councillors for Stalmine-with-Staynall are: Cllr Terry Williams (Chairman), tel: 01253 702734; Cllr D Booth, tel: 01253 701711;
Cllr F Cardwell, 01253 700150; Cllr A Haydock (Vice-Chairman), tel: 07879 477779; Cllr Sue Pelham, tel: 01253 700750 and
Cllr J Wilson, 01253 701119.
Clerk to Stalmine-with-Staynall Parish Council