SPOTLIGHT – The Journal of Syston Town Council for November 2018

East Midlands in Bloom Awards – Silver Gilt for Syston
Syston Town Council are very proud to have achieved a Silver Gilt in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom Awards. We would like to thank everyone who helped the town achieve this award. The volunteers, in particular the U3A gardening club and the U3A art club and Syston in Bloom group for their tremendous transformation of Syston Railway Station. To the Council’s own parks team, David, Gary and Clive. Thank you to all those who entered the Best Front Gardens Competition and for embracing the theme of environmental responsibility. To the public houses; the Grosvenor Snooker Club, Queen Victoria, Syston Social Club and the Fox and Hounds for making their pub gardens so welcoming and attractive. The Judges also recognised the colourful residential gardens at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Court. Thank you to all the local shops and businesses that sponsored flower tubs and the majority of the 133 stunning hanging baskets on display this year, and finally, to the local schools and allotment gardeners for their valuable contributions to Syston and our entry.
The Portfolio which showed the judges how Syston blooms during the other seasons along with a copy of the judges reports are available to view on the Syston Town Council website. Paper copies are available at the Council office.
A jovial presentation evening was held at the Queen Victoria in September and was attended by the many volunteers that worked so hard towards our entry.
The Chairman, Cllr Paul Henry presented the results that were given to him, Dave Smith and myself when we attended the awards event, which were: Large Town Category – Syston – Silver Gilt Award
Best Pub Garden – The Grosvenor Snooker Club – Silver Gilt Award
Best Front Garden – Mr Sai Baba, who is pictured above with his family receiving his Shield and Certificate from the Chairman Cllr Paul Henry.
Runner up – Ms Lorraine O’Brien.Judges Award – Syston in Bloom for the Railway Station Landscaping.
If you would like to volunteer to help the town improve our award, please contact me on 0116 260 7150.
Councillor Vacancies
Syston Town Council have four vacancies for Councillors in the following Wards:
 Merton Ward
 St Peters East Ward
 St Peters West Ward
 New Barkby Ward
In recent months, Syston Town Council has wished a fond farewell to Cllrs S. Visavadia, E. Gill, H. Asmal and K. Asmal. The Council would like to express sincere thanks to each departing Councillor for their valuable contributions to the Council and the Town; in particular to Cllrs H. and K. Asmal for their services to the Council over many years.
Why be a Councillor?
Being a Councillor is a way of giving back to your community by either being elected or co-opted onto Syston Town Council. By accepting this civic office you can make a real difference to the people of Syston and the Town. The work can be challenging, exciting and at times frustrating. As a Councillor you benefit from regular training which enables you to gain experience, build confidence in the role and gain satisfaction from knowing that you have made a difference!
Please contact me in the first instance if you are interested in becoming a Councillor.
Syston Regeneration Project
An action plan generated from this consultation will be available soon.
CCTV Coverage
Additional CCTV coverage for Central Park and for Melton Road, close to the Railway Station has been approved by Council and works are currently being processed.
Replacement Windows and Fire Door at the Community Centre
Quotes have been approved by Council and will be actioned soon. A Climate Change funding grant is currently being sought from Leicestershire County Council to assist with the cost.
WWI End Centenary and Procession
This year the Council has employed a private traffic management company to oversee the road closure for the Remembrance parade so we no longer require any volunteers but would like to thank all those members of the public who
did offer to marshall.
All households affected by the road closures and half road closures have been informed about the likely impact, along with shops, businesses and bus companies.
The parade itself is being managed by the Royal British Legion. Further details of the parade and the excellent presentation by the Syston Local History Group and Friends of St Peter and St Paul Church can be found on the front page and page 9 of this issue.
Commemorative Bench
A commemorative bench has been installed close to the Peace Gardens as well as two ‘Silent Soldiers’ at the Community Centre and Central Park. The silhouettes are near-life sized profiles of First World War ‘Tommys’. Transparent ‘Silent Soldiers’, donated by the Royal British Legion can also be found at St Peter and St Paul Church.
The Royal British Legion campaign is a really visual way to remember those who gave their lives for our today!
New Flag Pole and Flag at Central Park
Syston Town Council and the Royal British Legion have pooled resources to fund the installation of a new flag pole and flag which will be placed close to the Memorial in Central Park.
War Memorial Clock
Quotations are being obtained for the replacement/refurbishment of the Memorial Clock as it is in need of repair.
New Cemetery
Contractors, Glymptons, have been appointed and will begin work in November, weather permitting, to prepare the ground, buildings and infrastructure, completion is estimated at 12 to 20 weeks.
Syston Town Council have been in talks with the Football Association whom have expressed an interest in providing some funding for the refurbishment of the Pavilion. Discussions are on-going, as it is likely that pitch improvements will also have to be made before any financial assistance for the Pavilion is secured.
Tree Panel
As part of the rolling tree maintenance schedule. A quote has been approved by Council for the assessment of Council owned trees in The Merton Ward and the Cemetery, which will be the area of concentration for the remainder of the 2018/19 financial year. The exception to this will be for any unforeseen urgent works, which will be attended to immediately.
St Peter and St Paul Church Yard Panel
Contractors have now embarked on a thorough clearance of the remaining ivy and weeds in the Church Yard. As recommended by East Midlands in Bloom judges, small areas of it will be left in an effort to maintain sustainable areas to encourage as diverse a range of insect species as possible, knowing that they form an essential part of the eco-system. Even the smallest wildflower meadow will provide homes for many of the creatures that enrich our lives.
Christmas Event 2018
Plans for the 2018 Christmas Event are now underway. The exciting new style event this year, will take place on Sunday 2nd December on Melton Road and car park. A separate notice and advertisements can be found in the printed edition of Syston Town News.
SOS Charity Fashion Show
Following the success of the last two SOS fashion shows held at the Community Centre in October 2017 and May 2018, a third show is planned for Friday, 2 November, raising funds for the Chairman’s Charity for 2018/19 The Woodland Trust, a charity set up to protect Britain’s native woodlands from being desecrated by developments and new roads.
Diary Dates
2 November 2018 – SOS Fashion Show in aid of Woodland Trust at Syston Community Centre 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start
3 November from 7.30 pm – Queniborough Village Hall – Armistice Dance arranged by Royal British Legion, tickets £8 per person (civilian & military dress encouraged – 1900 – 1940s)
3 November 10 am – 11 am Syston Community Centre – Councillors Surgery
11 November 10.30 – 11.30 am Remembrance Parade, meet at Melton Road Car Park from 10.30 am – followed by short Church Service at St Peter and St Pauls Church and excellent display of WW1 memorabilia including photographs and history of our heroic Syston soldiers that did not come home
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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
St Peters East Ward
Cllr Sue Gerrard
Cllr Stephen Hampson
Cllr Maureen Pacey
Cllr David Pepper
St Peters West Ward
Cllr Tom Barkley (Vice Chairman)
Cllr Josie Branston
Cllr Malwyn Carnall
Cllr John Lucas
New Barkby Ward
Cllr Charlotte Booth
Cllr Claire Rushby
Cllr Lara Towell
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
Senior Administrator: Kay Liquorish
Assistant to the Town Manager: Sophie Brown
Phone: 0116 260 7150
Council Meeting Dates
November 2018
Tuesday, 06 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday,13 Amenities
Tuesday, 20 Resources
Tuesday, 27 Full Council
December 2018
Tuesday, 04 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 04 Amenities (Starts at 8pm)
Tuesday,11 Resources
Tuesday, 18 Full Council
January 2019
Tuesday, 08 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 15 Amenities
Tuesday, 22 Resources
Tuesday, 29 Full Council
All meetings take place in the Brookside Suite at the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, unless stated otherwise