Spotlight – The Journal of Syston Town Council – February 2018 – Written by Catherine Voyce


Welcome to Sophie Brown – Assistant to the Town Manager
Syston Town Council is pleased to welcome Sophie Brown to its Full Time office staff. Sophie has worked as an Apprentice for the last 18 months and now she is qualified in her NVQ Level Three in Business Administration, she is well prepared to be a valuable asset to Syston Town Council and its team.
New Inclusive Play Ground at Winfield Park
The new playground is now installed, it has a variety of play equipment and provides a fully inclusive play area for children.
MUGA (Multi Use Games Area)
A Public Consultation to discuss the possible siting of the MUGA at the Memorial Park, Syston was held on Friday, 8 December. Thank you to all those that took the trouble to come along and give their views as well as those that completed the Consultation Questionnaire. The documentation is currently with the Wicksteed Play Equipment Suppliers, for analysis and recommendations. No further action will be taken until the outcome of the Consultation is known.
Syston Regeneration Project
As a result of the Syston Socio-Economic and Environmental Appraisal carried out by Charnwood Borough Council. Borough and Town Councillors are working towards a Stake Holder Meeting as a start in taking the recommendations and objectives forward for Syston. This ambitious project is in its early stages and promises to take Syston forward
To be an effective and well run multi-agency partnership within neighbourhoods /estates
To achieve partnership consistency in the provision of high quality [estate] management and maintenance standards and services
To ensure that local facilities are used to their full potential and that community activities are supported.

Information and questionnaires have been issued widely amongst the local businesses in Syston and this will be followed up with a Stakeholder Meeting facilitated by Charnwood Borough Council.
Environment and Sustainability
In February, we will be upgrading the lighting in the Community Centre to energy efficient LED lighting; this work has been partially funded by the utilisation of a Shire Community Climate Change Grant from Leicestershire County Council.
LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb resulting in a dramatic decrease in power costs. The long life span of LEDs provides savings in maintenance and replacement bulb costs.
This is a ‘Win Win’ situation for all, as the savings from lighting the building, will help towards keeping room hire charges affordable for users.
In addition, Movement Sensors will be installed in all the washrooms to ensure further lighting efficiencies.
Benefits for the Environment
Taking care of the environment is very important to Syston Town Council and is something we should all take a responsibility for. LED lights are one of the many ways we can help to save the planet. Leicestershire County Council provide Climate Change Grants to community groups as well as town and parish councils – please take a look at the Leicestershire County Council website – Climate Change Grants to find out if your community group is eligible for climate change funding.
Community Emergency Response Plan
Successful management of a disaster begins at a local level. When a community is prepared to deal with a disaster, the impact can be minimized and lives may be saved.
Syston’s Community Emergency Response Plan is in its final stages of approval by The Community Resilience Officer at Charnwood Borough Council. Once approved, the Plan will be issues to local agencies in the town as well as available to download from the Syston Town Council website.
CCTV Coverage
Syston currently has seven CCTV cameras in the town which are monitored for 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Syston Town Council are now looking to add an eighth camera to the CCTV provision. CCTV operatives and Leicestershire Police have recommended an area close to the Railway Station on Melton Road; as an additional camera in this area will greatly enhance the coverage and service of CCTV in Syston. Those living or working in close proximity to this site are being consulted and if there are no major objections, the additional camera will be installed within the first quarter of 2018.
New Cemetery
New Cemetery Development is progressing, the Project Manager is finalising invitations to tender for the construction of the site including a Facilities building.

Council are planning to take the refurbishment project forward on a stage by stage basis as and when funds become available.

Tree Panel
In accordance with a tree survey carried out in late 2015, all trees identified as requiring moderate action works have now been maintained. The remaining budget for this year will be utilised on currently non-essential tree works in Syston, with the aim of reducing larger costs in the long term.

Memorial Procession 2017
The Memorial Procession took place without any major problems. The Police were able to support the Procession, although this was not guaranteed. The procession route was restricted to the road between Melton Road Car Park and the War Memorial in Central Park. A huge thank you to all those volunteers that helped to steward the event, as well as The Royal British Legion, the Procession could not have taken place without you.
World War I End Centenary

Plans are underway to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 in 2018. Syston Town Council are in discussions with The Royal British Legion and Syston History Society. If anyone has any suggestions on how to recognise such an important occasion, please contact the Council Office.
Christmas Event 2017
The Christmas Event was an entertaining and enjoyable occasion for all the family, with an interesting variety of stalls and some excellent entertainment. The Fireworks finale, provided, as always, an impressive and exciting conclusion. Many thanks to Syston Town Council staff and volunteers for helping to make the event run so smoothly.
SOS Charity Fashion Show
A sell out fun night of entertainment in the form of a fashion show was held at the Community Centre in October. The audience were treated to a catwalk show by volunteer models, with the opportunity of purchasing high street brand clothing at knock down prices. The proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle and refreshments raised £550 which was donated to the Chairman’s charity for the year – The Warning Zone. A big thank you to Syston Town Council staff, friends and those that supported the show, for working so hard to make the event a success. Another fashion show is planned for Friday 4th May 2018.
Diary Dates
• Saturday 3rd February 2018; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre
• Saturday 3rd March 2018; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre
• Saturday 7th April 2018; 10-11am Councillors Surgery at Syston Community Centre
• Friday 20th April 2018; Syston Town Council Civic Reception
• Friday 4th May 2018; Syston Town Council hosts SOS Charity Catwalk and Fashion Show
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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 Elizabeth Gill
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 Janet Midgley
Cllr Eric Vardy
All Councillors can be contacted via Syston Town Council
Syston Town CouncilCommunity Centre, School Street,Syston. LE7 1HN
Town Manager: Catherine Voyce
Deputy Town Manager: Ursula Southan
Office Co-Ordinator: Kay Liquorish
Assistant to the Town Manager Sophie Brown
Phone: 0116 260 7150
Council Meeting Dates
February 2018
Tuesday, 06 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 13 Amenities
Tuesday, 20 Resources
Tuesday, 27 Full Council
March 2018
Tuesday, 06 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 13 Amenities
Tuesday, 20 Resources
Tuesday, 27 Full Council
April 2018
Tuesday, 03 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 10 Amenities
Tuesday, 17 Resources
Tuesday, 24 Full Council
All meetings take place in the Brookside Suite at the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, unless stated otherwise.