PARISH COUNCIL: The monthly meeting of the parish council took place last Wednesday with district and county councillor Clive Holt present. Among the items of business was further news about the proposed building in Leys Road; a letter from Rooftop Housing stated that they would now be resubmitting their application for development of the site in the light of the risk assessment recently completed by Severn Trent Water Authority. A letter from Mrs Liz Nunn, supporting the plan, made reference to the doubt which has been expressed about the need for affordable housing in Harvington and went on to inform the meeting that housing at Newing Court was now taken by previous residents of Harvington, including a number of young people. Discussion prompted an instruction to the parish clerk to write to Rooftop requesting the names of the people in Harvington who, according to their claim, need affordable housing and to Mrs Nunn, also requesting pertinent information and confirming that the contents of her letter will be borne in mind when the application is resubmitted.

On the question of the safety of the two tall trees at The Grange, it was reported that the council had received a tree preservation order from Wychavon but that no fruitful discussion and no decision could take place until more detailed information was available. The point was made that Wychavon had not consulted the council before proceeding thus far in the matter and the clerk was instructed to write and say this and also to request a written tree surgeon's report.

A letter from Severn Trent informed the meeting that a large sand filter was due to be installed temporarily on its sewage treatment site until June/July 2005 and the council was requested to notify villagers. In a report read in his absence, Cllr Redman said that the Calor gas heating suggested for the village hall had now been installed and was working well. He reminded everybody concerned about the arrangements for the presentation of development plans for the village hall: March 8, exhibition of plans in the hall from 3.30pm followed by a presentation at 8pm; March 12, exhibition of plans in the hall from 10am to 3.30pm. Completed opinion forms must be handed in at the collecting boxes in the Post Office and Spar shops by 4.30pm on March 14; the result of the opinion poll to be announced at the village hall annual meeting on March 17 at 7.30pm.

FIRST SCHOOL: The members of the PTFA have announced that there is to be a fun quiz in the school hall tomorrow at 7.30pm to raise money for further plans to benefit the school. Teams of 4-6 are required and all entries will be welcomed. Anyone who can make up a team is invited to register with Becky Muir on 870775; the cost is £5 a head, which will include a ploughman's supper. There will be a bar available.