Roughlee Parish News

1st April – Parish Update: COVID-19

Although things are changing on a day by day basis it is clear that we are in for a long period of restrictions. As announced in the last Parish News, your Council is ready to help with any specific problems and there are a number of other agencies which may be able to help with individual issues. If you do have any matters which require help, or if you know of a neighbour who may benefit from assistance, then Mary Reed, our Parish Clerk, is your first point of contact. Alternatively please speak to any member of the Parish Council.

As previously announced the next meeting of the Parish Council scheduled for 6th April has been cancelled and future meetings are under review. The Council will, however, continue to exercise its statutory duties and to deal with any matters of concern raised by villagers. Currently concerns are being expressed about the closure of public footpaths which are much used by local people. Such arbitrary closures by land owners are unauthorised unless sanctioned by the police or highway authority. The current situation has been referred to the appropriate agency.

The Government advice on staying home except for essential journeys and local exercise seems to be working in Roughlee where things are much quieter. These are times when we need to look out for one another but we also need to remember that people from outside our area are also facing similar problems and are also trying to cope with this strange new normal the best they can. As a village, we very much look forward to the day when we can all safely share the local landscape together again – hopefully before too long.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council