SPOTLIGHT – The Journal of Syston Town Council August 2020 written by Catherine Voyce

The Coronavirus pandemic has been a worrying and challenging time for everyone. Although Syston Town Council Officers are working remotely, all Officers have access to their email accounts and their computers and have been working hard to answer all concerns raised.

Ground staff have continued to carry out the daily mowing of our five parks as well as the emptying of waste bins throughout the lockdown and they returned to work full time in June.

The litter picker has been working weekends, clearing litter at Central Park and the Parks/Dog Warden has continued to patrol the parks and streets.

Barkby Road and Syston & District Cemeteries were temporarily closed but are now open as usual and contractors are working hard to keep the flower beds and cemetery areas maintained.

Central Park, Deville Park, Winfield Park, Archdale Park and Memorial Park are all open for exercising. Play areas and the skate park have been closed in line with Government guidance but are now open (please see safety/hygiene notices displayed at each park).

The public toilets on Melton Road and the disabled use toilet on Central Park, previously closed are now open for the public to use from 9am until 5pm in the evening from Monday to Saturday. Cleaning measures have been increased in order to help protect against the spread of Covid-19 virus. The toilets will be closed whilst our cleaner is sanitising the facilities.

Council meetings are taking place each week by Zoom; agendas are posted on noticeboards, Syston Town Council website as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Council meetings are public meetings.

Monthly Council Surgeries take place on the first Saturday of each month, currently by Zoom. Our local County and Borough Councillors are in attendance to assist with queries relating to borough and county issues. I am also attending these events in my role of Town Manager to allow you the opportunity to raise any Syston Town Council specific concerns.
See our website, Facebook and Twitter notices for the Zoom log in details.

The Community Centre and Council Office is open from Monday to Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm. There are strict hygiene measures in place to protect our visitors and staff. A queue system will be in place outside the building and only one person will be invited to reception at any one time, please try to keep your enquiries to email or telephone if possible.

Budget Review
The national lockdown from March 2020 inevitably impacted on the income streams for the Council with the cancellation of all room bookings and football pitch hire. Council committees have been reviewing budgets for each area accordingly and some planned expenditure has either been withdrawn or temporarily suspended until we have a clearer idea of how much our income has been affected. Final decisions on some withheld expenditure will take place in September/October when we take stock of our net budget code balances for the year and are planning our budgets for year 2021/22.
Syston Town Council thank you for your patience and support during these unprecedented times, and assure you that we are working very hard to ensure the continuation of all the important services that we provide to the community of Syston.
Syston Town Council would like to thank the NHS workers, Emergency service, supermarket workers and all other essential workers for everything they are doing to help the Country through the Pandemic.

Events in Syston
Sadly all Council-run spring and summer events in Syston were/have been cancelled, these include:
• Chairmans Civic Reception
• VE Day Celebration
• Syston Food Festival on Central Park (Food Gusto)
• Funtopia on Central Park (Pick n Mix)
• Pinders Circus on Central Park
• Syston’s entry into East Midlands in Bloom (national cancellation)
• VJ Day Celebration
There is uncertainty about the November Remembrance Parade for 2020 but no decision has been made to date.
Council have had to make the agonising decision not to hold the ever-popular Syston Christmas Event this December. Plans are still in place to install a live Christmas Tree in Central Park and for the Christmas decorations around the town.

New Councillors
Syston Town Council extends a warm welcome to two new Councillors (Cllr), Professor of Education and businessman, Cllr Satish Visadvadia, pictured left, has re-joined us after a brief interlude; and Cllr Phil Walden, pictured below right, a volunteer with the Royal British Legion and also the proprietor of Dude and Dudette of Town Square, Syston. Both Councillors will be serving Merton Ward.
We still have three vacancies at Syston Town Council, if you are interested in becoming involved with the Council or would like to find out more, please contact catherine@systontc.org.uk.
If you wish to find out who your local Councillor is, please see our website; look up your street on the grid and you will find your Town Councillor listed

Welcome to Jason Green
Our new Facilities Manager, Jason Green joined us in June. Jason previously worked within the education sector as a Site Manager for a large Leicester City special school. He is also a qualified locksmith with vast experience of working within the domestic and commercial sectors. Prior to this he worked for 12 years as a Police Sergeant with Lincolnshire Police. Jason says that he is looking forward to working with such a great team of people here at Syston and would be delighted to speak with you, so please say hello if you see him out and about the town. Jason is overseeing the running of the parks and parks teams and Council buildings.

Annual Meeting of the Council
At the meeting held on 23rd June, Syston Town Council appointed Cllr Tom Barkley as Chairman and Cllr John Lucas as Vice Chairman. Both position run for twelve months.

Annual Town Meeting
The Annual Town Meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.00pm followed by the meeting of Full Council

Syston Topic
Keep a look out for our own Council Newsletter, Syston Topic. For now, the newsletter is restricted to e-copies and can be found on the Syston Town Council website, with links via Facebook and Twitter. Topic provides you with the most up to date information from Syston Town Council.
Catherine Voyce – Town Manager

Contacting your Council:
SYSTON TOWN COUNCILLORS

Merton Ward
Cllr Charlotte Booth
Cllr Lyn Gillard
Cllr John Lucas (Vice Chairman)
Cllr Ken Pacey
Cllr Satish Visavadia
Cllr Phil Walden

St Peters East Ward
Cllr Sharon Brown
Cllr Susan Gerrard
Cllr Stephen Hampson
Cllr Mike Mcloughlin

St Peters West Ward
Cllr Tom Barkley (Chairman)
Cllr Malwyn Carnall
Cllr Phillip Knight

New Barkby Ward
Cllr David Pepper
Cllr Harold Screaton
Cllr Lara Towell
Cllr Judy Gurney

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
Facilities Manager: Jason Green

Phone: 0116 2607150

Council Meeting Dates
August 2020 – Council in Recess

September 2020
Tuesday, 01 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 08 Amenities
Tuesday, 15 Resources
Tuesday, 22 Annual Town Meeting 7.00 pm
Full Council 7.30 pm

October 2020
Tuesday, 06 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 13 Amenities
Tuesday, 20 Resources
Tuesday, 27 Full Council
All meetings take place via Zoom at 7.30 pm, unless stated otherwise – please check our Website, Facebook or Twitter, as well as Syston Town Council notice boards for log in details.