Spotlight – The Journal of Syston Town Council August 2019 Written by Catherine Voyce

Great British Spring Clean – July 2019
Following the fantastic work carried out by the Syston public and Wilkinson staff, in April and by popular request, a second litter pick took place on Sunday, 28 July. A third litter pick will take place in September.
East Midlands in Bloom
Judging took place on Friday 5th July, thankfully this year, it was a gloriously hot day which ensured that blooms were shown off to their absolute best.
With emphasis more on more on sustainability and wildflower meadows in urban settings, Head Gardener, David Smith has been nurturing several wildflower areas in Central Park, which this year are looking splendid. Plant diversity attracts insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals. A small wildflower area has also been planted in St Peter and St Paul Churchyard. A big thank you to all our sponsors of hanging baskets; out of 119 baskets, 75 have been sponsored by local businesses. All sponsors are recognised in the Portfolio (the Portfolio shows the judges how Syston looks in Spring, Autumn and Winter). A copy of the Portfolio is available on the Syston Town Council website, paper versions at the Council office.
A big thank you to everyone that has helped us with our entry:
• Syston Town Council Head Groundsman, David Smith and the Garden Master contractors, Syston Allotments, U3A Gardening Group, and Syston in Bloom; also independent volunteers, Peter, Simon and Nathan for the huge planting projects and hanging baskets
• Gary Harrison and Clive Summerfield for the regular mowing of the parks and daily emptying of the bins
• Maree Hodgson, who walked ahead of the judges on the route to make sure any fresh litter and/or dog fouling was promptly removed
• Charnwood Borough Council contractors, SERCO for the street cleaning and IdeVerde
• Cllr Paul Henry for providing the transport for some of the route
• Syston Town Council Officers for the administration
Every element of effort contributes towards the appearance of the town and the judge’s sharp eyes!
There are also awards for:
• Best Pub Garden – entries Queen Victoria, Fox and Hounds (Grosvenor won in 2018 so unable to enter this year)
• Best Front Garden – entries from Chapel Close, Roundhill Close, The Stiles, University Close
• Best School Garden – entries from Merton School, The Syston Day Nursery
The winners will be announced at a Presentation evening in September after the official results are out. All winners may also be nominated by the East Midlands in Bloom judges for national awards. Thank you to all those that took the trouble to enter the competition and make their gardens look beautiful for the benefit of Syston.
Councillor Vacancies
There are six vacancies at the Council in wards:
• Merton Ward
• St Peters West Ward
• New Barkby Ward
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. The minimum commitment is one Tuesday evening meeting each month (excluding August when the Council is in recess).
Please contact me in the first instance if you are interested in becoming a Councillor, mark the subject heading Councillor Vacancy.
Skate Park Flood Lighting until 8pm
Syston Town Council will be applying for planning permission for the flood lighting of the skate park in Central Park until 8pm in the darker evenings. This is after a request from the users as they have limited use of the facility in the Autumn and Winter. An added advantage of the lighting up of the area is that it will help reduce anti-social behaviour for longer as this tends to take place when it is dark.
Syston and District Volunteer Centre
Huge congratulations to our neighbours, the Syston and District Volunteer Centre in being awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This is well deserved, Syston and surrounding areas are very lucky to have such an active and supportive service for it’s citizens.
Tree Panel
As part of the rolling tree maintenance schedule, all trees are being assessed and maintained on a regular rota. Work is now being scheduled for after the bird nesting season which ends on 31st July. Only urgent works have been carried out between March and July. Our Tree Policy can be found on the Syston Town Council website.
Syston and District Cemetery
The cemetery on Millstone Lane was officially opened on Friday 19th July. Rules and prices will be available from the Council offices and for downloading from the Syston Town Council website. Cllr David Pepper has been on site nearly every day of construction from day one, a project lasting nine months – a huge commitment by Cllr Pepper and very much appreciated.