SPOTLIGHT – THE JOURNAL OF SYSTON TOWN COUNCIL SPRING 2015

Spotlight ImageI am sure you will be enjoying the beautiful Spring flowers and blossoming trees in the parks around Syston at the moment. Hanging baskets are now being prepared and will be in full splendour very soon.
Please let me update you on the mystery of the disappearing flower towers from Melton Road – firstly allow me to assure you that they are safely located at the Community Centre in Syston until a suitable home can be found for them. (Picture attached).
The landowners, LF Developments have insisted on their removal to avoid the risk of any insurance claims against them arising from their presence. It is very disappointing to have to remove them, as I know that the flower towers have been enjoyed by the people of Syston for many years. The Town Council, working with Syston in Bloom, are in the process of finding an alternative site to locate them where they can continue to be enjoyed by all. If you have any suggestions, please contact me or a member of Syston in Bloom during the month of May and your idea will be considered at the next Council Meeting in June.
Syston Town Council now has its own Facebook Page which will be regularly updated with Council news and events happening in Syston – please take a look, ‘like’ us and share with your friends. The site will also be useful when consulting with the community on new developments in the town. Syston Town Council Facebook site can be found at: [email protected]
We also have a new and improved Syston Town Council website which is informative and easy to use; this will ensure that you have all you need to know about Syston Town Council and its activities at your fingertips.
I am now working on a Linked-in Page aimed at businesses, to promote the use of the Community Centre as a corporate venue.
New PavilionPlans are almost at approval stage for the re-development of the new Pavilion at Necton Street, we have been consulting with the users of the Pavilion and have come to an agreement that will suit their needs and come within an affordable budget. External funding is being sought to take this forward.
I am disappointed to have to communicate that the Pavilion has again been subject to mindless vandalism recently. Expensive ridge tiles, roofing tiles, the gas flue and guttering were kicked off the roof and broken, replacement is an unnecessary and costly expense to the Council at a time when finances are already stretched. In an effort to deter vandalism, the roof has now had Anti Vandal Paint applied to it and an exterior wall has been lowered making access to the roof more difficult.
The fencing around the Play Ground and Skate Park at Central Park, as well as around the playground at De Ville Park will be in place by the summer.
SignageFinal quotations for signage have been received and all old and deteriorating signs around Syston are expected to be replaced during the late Spring. Once the signs are complete, work will start on replacing Town Council notice boards.
Skate Park and BMX TrackUsers of Skate Park and BMX track are to be consulted on proposed plans received for their redevelopment and improvement.
Neighbourhood PlanProgress is being made on the Neighbourhood Plan – more members of the community are being sought – please contact me if you are interested in influencing building developments affecting Syston.
Performing Arts – Centre StageHaving recently attended a showcase of shows for the new season, consideration is being given to bringing one or two acts to Syston Community Centre. The scheme is part of a network of national and rural community touring acts and may well be a welcome addition to the culture of Syston.
Council StaffWe have one staff promotion to celebrate, the Office Manager, Ursula Southan has been promoted to Deputy Town Manager, I trust that you join me in congratulating Ursula on her well-deserved promotion.
Please remember to join up to our FaceBook page for further developments at Syston Town Council. [email protected]
Contacting Your Council
Syston Town Council currently has 20 Councillors
Merton Ward – election of councillors on 7th May – Nominees are:
Cllr Paul Henry Cllr Renata Jones Cllr John Lucas Cllr Ken Pacey Cllr Nilesh Patel Cllr Harold Screaton Cllr Paul Turner
New Barkby Ward – Uncontested Cllr Hanif Asmal Cllr Claire Dolan Cllr Howard Midgley Cllr Janet Midgley Cllr Eric Vardy
St Peter’s East Ward – Uncontested Cllr Sue Gerrard Cllr Stephen Hampson Cllr Maureen Pacey Cllr David Pepper Cllr Pat Wright
St Peter’s West Ward – Uncontested Cllr Kirti Asmal Cllr Tom Barkley Cllr Josephine Branston Cllr Mal Carnal Cllr John Lillie
Councillors can be contacted at: The Community Centre, School Street, Syston, Leicester. LE7 1HN email: [email protected]: 0116 260 7150Catherine Voyce – Town Manager
Ursula Southan – Deputy Town Manager
Kay Liquorish – Office Co-ordinator
Council Meetings for May are:
Tuesday 19th May is the only meeting to be held in May this year due to the elections.
7.00pm for the Annual Town Meeting and 7.30pm for the Annual General Meeting.
These meetings take place at the Community Centre in Syston; all residents are welcome to attend.