Closure of Ware Road

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On the 29th May the Ware road will be closed for five days. The exact location is thought to be between Abbotts Lane and the church.

Bus Shelter News

At the last Parish Council meeting the quote for repairing the bus shelter was agreed and to avoid further damage the shelter will be moved so it covers the seat where the pavement is wider. The bus stop and the road markings will not be moved.

Parish Council Vacancy

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Unfortunately one of our councillors has resigned because of work commitments leaving a vacancy on the Parish Council and we are now looking for someone to step into the breech. Glen Parcell has been on the Parish Council for several years and will certainly be missed. For more information please speak to Jill Buck or one of the other councillors.

Notice of Vacancy – Widford Parish Council 3 May 2017

Verdant Verges

Wet weather and building sites are not a good mix and in Widford we have had an excess of both over the last few months. The grass area outside Ashview Nursing Home is particularly badly affected and the Parish Council have been in contact with Eric Buckmaster who has confirmed that this area is the property of the County Council.  He has passed on our concerns to the powers that be at County and asked for an investigation into the damage. Ideally parking on this patch of grass should be prohibited but in a village where parking spaces are at a premium this may not be possible, especially as the Parish Council has no powers to control parking. We wait to see what County says about the matter.
At the recent Parish Council meeting it was agreed that the Parish Council will approach the owner of Ashview nursing home to ask if their staff could avoid parking on the grass verge while the grass recovers.

General Data Protection Regulation

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On 25th May 2018 the Data Protection laws will be updated and we will all be subject to GDPR. Currently marketing companies consider information about each of us to be their property but under GDPR personal data will always remain the property of the subject. All organisations will have to obtain permission to use personal data and will have to take much better care of it. Any breach of security leading to loss of data will result in very serious financial penalties. Unlike the current Data Protection laws organisations will also have to take responsibility for data which is processed by all third parties, so it will not be possible to sell personal data to a marketing company based abroad thereby reducing the risk of spam and cold calls.
The current definitions of “Personal Data” and “Processing” are very wide and as a result there are potentially serious implcations for the Parish Council as well as all the other small businesses of Widford. The next few months are certainly going to be interesting.