SPOTLIGHT – The Journal of Syston Town Council May 2019 written by Catherine Voyce

Great British Spring Clean – April 2018
36 enthusiastic volunteers turned out on a sunny but cold Sunday morning in April and generously gave up their valuable time to help clean up all the discarded litter that spoils the town centre and parks in Syston. An incredible amount of litter was collected on Sunday – staff from Wilkinsons, Sharon, Laura and Jemma followed up on Monday morning with a further litter pick of Central Park and the surrounding area and collected another three and a half bags. It is clearly evident as you walk around Syston what a difference the litter pick has made to the appearance and cleanliness of the town.
I received several suggestions to hold a litter pick on a regular basis, which is an excellent idea. The Council will publicise some more ‘litter pick’ dates very soon.
Chairman’s Civic Reception 2019

Chairman: Cllr Paul Henry and Mrs Fiona Henry

A great turnout for the Civic Reception which is held to commemorate all the good works in Syston by our regular volunteers that run community groups and other voluntary organisations. Pictured left are the Chairman Cllr Paul Henry and his wife Fiona Henry. More pictures are showing at the end of this article.

A raffle held to raise money for the Chairman’s Charity of the year, The Woodland Trust, raised £318 on the night and a raffle held in November raised £302 – all prizes were generously donated by Syston businesses, other local companies and local community groups and residents.

Syston Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Colin Grimes, pictured below receiving his certificate from the Deputy-Lieutenant of Leicestershire and the Chairman, for his long-standing commitment to Syston Volunteer Centre, U3A, Syston Bowling Club and Syston, as well as previously to Wreake Valley Lions.
His contribution and time given to improving the lives of Syston and its residents is outstanding and has not been achieved without selfless dedication and commitment.

Syston Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Eleanor Wilkinson, pictured left receiving her award from the Vice Lord-Lieutenant Colonel Murray Colville and the Chairman Cllr Paul Henry. She also recently won The Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the Charnwood Sports Awards 2018 held at Burleigh Court, Loughborough.
The Award was in recognition of all the hard work she has put into the last year in which she coaches Ashby RFC girls section, referees all over Leicestershire for Leicestershire society Rugby Union Referees, is a member of the Leicestershire Rugby Union Women and Girls Forum, plays for Loughborough RFC and now has been appointed as a coach to the Leicestershire Rugby Union county girls U15 squad. Both awards were present by the Chairman Cllr Paul Henry and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Colonel Murray Colville.
East Midlands in Bloom 2019
Having achieved a Silver Gilt Award in last year’s East Midlands in Bloom Awards, with help from our regular volunteers, U3A Gardening Club and Syston in Bloom group, we are now making plans for our entry for 2019. If you are interested in volunteering in our parks, to help with planting, weeding and watering, particularly during the Summer, please contact
Front Garden Competition
We will be holding the Front Garden Competition again this year, an entry form will be printed in this newspaper next month, but in the meantime, please see the Syston Town Council website for further information.
Councillor Vacancies
The recent local elections, although not concluded have left Syston Town Council with ten vacancies for Councillors in the following Wards:
* Merton Ward
* St Peters West Ward
* New Barkby Ward
There will be opportunities to co-opt onto the Council after the election and I am already receiving requests from people that wish to join the Council but have missed the election deadline.
Why be a Councillor?
When you are elected or co-opted onto Syston Town Council, you are taking up a civic office that can make a real difference to Syston and its people. Council work can be challenging, exciting and at times frustrating. As you benefit from training, gain experience and build your confidence, you will have the personal satisfaction of knowing you and your Council have made a difference. All Committee meetings and Full Council meetings are held on Tuesday evenings.
Please contact me in the first instance if you are interested in becoming a Councillor.
Syston Regeneration Project
The final draft action plan and strategy have been circulated to all those that took part in the consultation, as well as copies being available at the Community Centre and on the Syston Town Council website. If you want to have a say in the future shaping of Syston, please obtain a copy of the documents and advise me of your thoughts generating from this.
CCTV Coverage
Central Park now has CCTV coverage throughout. An additional CCTV camera is being installed near the railway station on Melton Road.
Replacement Windows and Fire Door at the Community Centre
A Climate Change funding grant from Leicestershire County Council has been awarded which will contribute towards replacement double-glazed windows and a new UPVC fire door for the Brookside Suite at the Community Centre. This will greatly improve the energy efficiency of the building as well as enhance security.

New Cemetery
The cemetery on Millstone Lane is due to complete at the end of April/beginning of May 2019.
Cemetery – Barkby Road
As this cemetery is almost full, a Friends of Syston Cemetery group is being formed. This is open to members of the public as well as Councillors. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact
Final plans have been submitted for planning approval, I am liaising with the Football Association to try and obtain funding for these improvements to be made.
Tree Panel
As part of the rolling tree maintenance schedule, all trees are being assessed and maintained on a regular rota. However, as the nesting season for birds is now in full swing, only urgent works will be carried out until the season is over on 30 July. Our Tree Policy can be found on the Syston Town Council website.
St Peter and St Paul Church Yard Panel
A small wildflower area has recently been planted and will provide homes for many of the creatures that enrich our lives. The gates have also been repainted and extensive weeding of the area has been carried out. The churchyard is steadily becoming a sanctuary to be proud of.
Diary Dates
2 May – Local Council Elections
19 May – 2 June – Harrison Aspinal Circus at Central Park
23 May – European Elections (potentially)
26 May – Gusto Syston Food Festival, Central Park
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Catherine Voyce
Town Manager
Contacting your Council:
Election 2nd May 2019
All Councillors can be contacted via Syston Town Council
Syston Town Council, Community Centre, School Street, Syston, Leics. LE7 1HN
Town Manager: Catherine Voyce
Deputy Town Manager: Ursula Southan
Senior Administrator: Kay Liquorish
Assistant to the Town Manager: Sophie Brown
Phone: 0116 2607150
Council Meeting Dates
May 2019
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 – Annual Town Meeting
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 – Annual Meeting of the Council
June 2019
Tuesday, 04 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 11 Amenities (Starts at 8pm)Tuesday, 18 Resources
Tuesday, 25 Full CouncilJuly 2019
Tuesday, 02 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 09 Amenities
Tuesday, 16 Resources
Tuesday, 23 Full Council
No meetings during August 2019
All meetings take place in the Brookside Suite at the Community Centre at 7.30 pm, unless stated otherwise.