Spotlight – The journal of Syston Town Council – written by Catherine Voyce

East Midlands in Bloom Competition 2017
Judging took place on 11th July. Syston Town Council would like to thank all sponsors including the 106 shops that sponsored hanging baskets, all were recognised in the Portfolio submitted to the judges. A total of 126 hanging baskets are on display this summer.
A special thanks to our regular gardening volunteers, David, Simon, Tim and Barry, to the U3A Gardening Group and to the lovely people who generously gave up their time for making the judging route a pleasure to behold. Thank you also to Syston in Bloom for their tremendous work at Syston Railway Station and other areas of the Town. The Portfolio will be uploaded to the Syston Town Council website. The Awards Ceremony takes place on 13th September 2017. More pictures can be seen on the Stn website.
Emergency Community Plan
The Emergency Community has now been agreed with Charnwood Borough Council and will be implemented and circulated to relevant agencies in Syston and Charnwood.
RoSPA Inspections
All five playgrounds in Syston have been assessed by RoSPA inspectors in May. There were no urgent issues to contend with. Some minor remedial action is need in some playgrounds and these will be addressed over the next few months.
Defacing the Brook
You will see from this photograph, that throwing bread rolls into the brook is not feeding the ducks, it is feeding rats. This photograph was taken on 12th July at 3.00pm. Rats spread disease and bread is harmful to ducks. Syston Town Council has invested in additional signage around the Brook advising of the consequences of ‘feeding the ducks’; please kindly refrain from this activity and help Syston to continue to be a pleasant place to live.
Melton Road Public Toilets and Central Park Disabled Toilets – Signage
Syston Town Council is current investing in new signage which will give a clearer indication of the opening and closing times and other important information.
Notice Boards
We are currently in the final stages of replacing all seven Syston Town Council notice boards. You will always find the latest Council Agenda and other important public notices displayed.
Free Crab Apples at Winfield Park
We are very lucky to have two crab apple trees in Winfield Park which produce an abundance of crab apples. The apples are free to anyone who wishes to pick them, when the fruits ripen in early Autumn.
New Inclusive Play Ground at Winfield Park
Council have appointed a contractor to replace all of the children’s play ground equipment at the park. It is hoped that this project will be funded from S106 contributions, controlled by Charnwood Borough Council.
To enhance efforts to provide recreational facilities for young people and adults in the town, the Council are considering possible sites for a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area). A public consultation will take place before any permanent decision on the site is taken.
New Cemetery
Project Managers, Perfect Circle, have been appointed to oversee the construction of the new Cemetery on Millstone Lane. They have recently carried out a Feasibility Study on the plans and will be reporting to Council imminently.
Perfect Circle have also arranged for a Feasibility Study to be conducted on the Pavilion development plans and will be reporting to Council imminently.
Tree Panel
The Tree Panel are maintaining their work in visiting and following up concerns raised by residents relating to trees. Now that the nesting season is over, remedial works will be carried out from August.
Diary Dates
5th August; 10.00 to 11.00am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre
Throughout August; Childrens Activity Days – see for full schedule of activities
2nd September; 10.00 to 11.00am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre
2nd September 2017; Syston Carnival – Central Park
1st to 3rd September 2017; Syston Rotary Club Beer Festival – Syston Community Centre
10th to 24th September 2017; Billy Bates Fair – Central Park
7th October 2017; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre
2nd December 2017; Syston Christmas Event
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Catherine Voyce, Town Manager.
Contacting your Council:
Merton Ward
Cllr Paul Henry (Chairman)
Cllr Phillip Knight
Cllr Ken Pacey
Cllr Harold Screaton
Cllr Satish Visavadia
St Peters East Ward 
Cllr Sue Gerrard
Cllr Stephen Hampson
Cllr Maureen Pacey
Cllr David Pepper
St Peters West Ward 
Cllr Kirti Asmal
Cllr Tom Barkley (Vice Chairman)
Cllr Josie Branston
Cllr Malwyn Carnall
Cllr John Lucas
New Barkby Ward 
Cllr Hanif Asmal
Cllr Claire Dolan
Cllr Howard Midgley
Cllr Janet Midgley
Cllr Eric Vardy
All Councillors can be contacted via Syston Town Council:
Syston Town Council, Community Centre, School Street, Syston.LE7 1HN
Town Manager: Catherine Voyce
Deputy Town Manager: Ursula Southan
Office Co-Ordinator: Kay Liquorish
Phone: 0116 260 7150
Council Meeting Dates
August 2017
There are no Council meetings scheduled for August at the time of printing this publication.
September 2017
Tuesday 5th Development and General Purposes
Tuesday 12th Amenities
Tuesday 19th Resources
Tuesday 26th Full Council
October 2017
Tuesday 3rd Development and General Purposes
Tuesday 10th Amenities
Tuesday 17th Resources
Tuesday 24th Full Council
All meetings take place in the Brookside Suite at the Community Centre at 7.30pm, unless stated otherwise.