Spotlight on Syston Town Council Autumn Report

Profile of New Syston Town Manager
Catherine VoyceI have recently been appointed to the post of Syston Town Manager, and welcome this opportunity to introduce myself; my name is Catherine Voyce and I join you after spending eight years working as Clerk to the Corporation at Loughborough College. I feel very privileged to be the Town Manager and guarantee that I will work to the best of my ability for the councillors and residents of Syston.
Originally from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, I moved to Leicester in 1988, and qualified with a degree in Business Studies from De Montfort University. Since then I have achieved the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) certificate in FE Governance which I gained at Ashridge Business School in Hertfordshire and I also hold marketing certificates from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
I gained substantial marketing experience during my employment at Mettler Toledo Ltd (subsidary of Ciba Geigy) and also spent some time working in the Marketing Department at the Leicester Mercury.
Although not a resident of Syston, I am a regular visitor here as I really appreciate the diversity of the shops and eating outlets and know the town and its parks very well.
I have a keen interest in environmental issues, enjoy gardening and am a regular theatre goer. I am quite a sporty person, having run two marathons and 100s of half marathons, but chronic injury has recently forced me to hang up my running shoes and switch to cycling. I love the countryside and frequently escape there to enjoy long walks with my dogs.
My office base is at the Community Centre, School Street, Syston, LE7 1HN and I can be contacted on a direct line 0116 2645972; mobile 07780 005642; email [email protected]

Archdale Street Park
Work has now begun to transform Archdale Street Park with a range of new and refurbished play equipment. The project is due to be completed by the end of November with an official opening date of Saturday 29th November 2014.
This will provide youngsters with some exciting new play equipment and an area kept free for ball games. The Council has worked hard to develop this project in order to create an attractive area for families to enjoy.

Adult Recreational Equipment
Adult Equipment ribbon cutA selection of attractive, modern and environmentally friendly, free to use outdoor exercise stations have now been installed in front of the children’s play area on Central Park. The fitness stations include a skier, chest/shoulder press and a cross rider providing something for everyone from the casual user to the fitness enthusiast. The picture above shows Cllrs D Hosueman, S Hampson with Cllr S Gerrard cutting the ribbon to officially open the adult equipment.

What do you want form your local Sports Pavilion?
The council are considering refurbishing the Sports Pavilion on Memorial Park which currently serves local football teams. We would like to hear views from current users and anyone who has an interest in using it. Please contact [email protected] or Tel: 0116 2607150.

Community Flood Wardens – URGENTLY NEEDED
Syston Town Council needs you!
Since the year 2000, a large number of communities have been devastated by some of the worst flooding for 50 years.
A Community Flood Warden scheme brings people together during difficult times and helps the community to be prepared for flooding. Community Flood Wardens are members of the local community- individuals, Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Watch or any local community groups. Each Community Flood Warden will have a specified area to look after, and by working together with the local authority and the Environment Agency, ensure that their community is prepared for the catastrophic effects which flooding can bring.
Anyone interested in being part of such an important role should contact the Clerk on 0116 2607150 or email [email protected]

Best Dressed Christmas Shop Window Competition
Be part of the festive cheer in Syston and help keep shopping local. Syston Town Council would like to acknowledge our local shops who decorate their shop windows this Christmas by presenting an award of £100 to the best dressed shop Christmas shop window. Judging will take place on 6th December at 11.30am. As part of the Council’s Christmas Event our judges will present the prize and certificate on the day. This award reflects on the message to the public that our shop keepers are there for them.
Contact Ursula on 0116 2607150 or e mail [email protected] if you are interested in entering.

Objection to Planning Application
Area of Separation
The Council find it quite unacceptable that a designated “area of separation” should be reduced to a highway with a few trees and bushes either side which is what will effectively happens if this application is passed. It is our understanding that the Borough Council supports the continuing separation of settlements, each with their own distinct identity. This will be surely be lost if Syston and Thurmaston become literally across the road from each other.

Highway Issues
The Council are deeply concerned about the volume of traffic which the development will funnel into Barkby Lane – a highway which is already under considerable stress. This will be a further source of congestion particularly in the vicinity of the railway bridge and at the junction of Barkby Lane and Melton Road. There is little doubt that local highways are already creaking under the strain of the multiple developments which have taken place over the past twenty years or so.

The concept of “sustainable development” is much bandied about in these times, but the Council believes that this development does not conform to the “sustainability” principle. In addition to the matter of settlement separation and traffic generation there is also the matter of increased pressure on social amenities such as schools, surgeries etc.
Syston Town Council has an establishment of 20 town councillors and manages a community centre, 4 parks, a cemetery, allotments, a sports field and pavilion.

Contacting Your Council
Merton Ward
Cllr. Ken Pacey
Cllr. Harold Screaton
Cllr Paul Henry
Cllr Nilesh Patel
Cllr John Lucas
New Barkby Ward
Cllr Claire Dolan
Cllr Hanif Asmal
Cllr Valerie Henshaw
Cllr Eric Vardy
Cllr Paul Turner
St. Peter’s East Ward
Cllr Stephen Hampson
Cllr Susan Gerrard
Cllr John Lillie
Cllr Maureen Pacey
Cllr David Pepper
St. Peter’s West Ward
Cllr Tom Barkley
Cllr Mal Carnall
Cllr Nick Gee
Cllr Renata Jones
Cllr Kirti Asmal
All councillors can be contacted at
The Community Centre
School Street
Leicester LE7 1HN
Our email address is:
[email protected]
Tel: 0116 260 7150
Fax: 0116 269 6904
Catherine Voyce Town Manager
Ian MacDonald Consultant
Ursula Southan Office Manager
Kay Liquorish Office Co-Ordinator
Council meetings for November and December are as follows:
4th November -Development Committee
11th November – Amenities Committee
18th November – Resources Committee
25th November – Full Council
2nd December Development Committee
2nd December Amenities Committee
9th December -Resources Committee
16th December Full Council
All committee and full Council meetings take place in the Community Centre in School Street on Tuesday evenings and all residents are welcome to attend.

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