STN Editors Report on the Full Syston Town Council Virtual Zoom? meeting held on Tuesday 28th July 2020

There were 11 Councullors (Cllrs), 1 Borough Cllr and 1 County Cllr and five members of the public present via the Zoom meeting.

The Reflection was given by the Chairman Cllr T. Barkley.

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs: C. Booth, M. Carnell, J. Gurney, P. Knight and L.Towell.

An adjournment for matters to be raised, by the public: Sam Chambers of Syston Town Juniors FC, represented the football team managers and said she had communicated to Council regarding the restarting of football matches at Memorial Park, she had also had contact with the Town Manager and Facilities Manager of the council. The FA had provided guidance on how to bring back the playing of football using Council facilities. She asked the council to consider in depth, ways to get the children back to playing football, and Syston Town Juniors would follow guidance.

Another member of the public asked whether there would be an additional charge for room hire at the Community Centre to include the extra cleaning during the pandemic. The town manager said that each room would be used once per day and cleaned and sanitised afterwards, the Community Centre and toilets were always cleaned daily and so there was no additional cost to the Community Centre room hire.

The Chairman said that the Council had not made a decision on the playing of football matches on its parks, and that football teams had been made aware of this by the town manager. The council were positively looking for a solution to allow football to be played and the use of the pavilion to be managed safely.

Announcements and Communications: The town manager said that two wreaths would be laid at the War Memorial to commemorate VJ Day. One from Edward Argar MP and one from the council.

The council were informed that Cllr David Snartt was the new Mayor of Charnwood, Lady Mayoress was Mrs Joan Snartt. Their chosen charities were LOROS (end of life care) and Admiral Nurses (Dementia).

The town manager introduced Jason Green, the new Facilities Manager to Council. He commenced work on 29th June.

No Police were present so their beat newsletter had been circulated to members.

County/Borough Councillors Reports: Cllr T Barkley gave his Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) report covering Grant funding for community groups and entry closed on the 7th August. He then spoke about the reopening of the local leisure centres operated on behalf of the Council by Fusion which closed in March due to the Corvid-19 but which were now working through the guidance with its leisure partner on how and when it will be possible to safely reopen its leisure centres on a phased return. He spoke about the Summer Activities for Children and the a virtual activity timetable will help families in Charnwood stay active this summer. He also spoke about the work the District and Borough councils in Leicestershire have have distributed over £119 million of vital government coronavirus funding to thousands of local businesses in the county. A further support package of £1.65 million is being shared by 185 Charnwood businesses struggling because of the pandemic and businesses not eligible under the first round have benefited. 8000 Food parcels have been delivered by Community Action Charnwood to residents in the borough who are shielding and vulnerable. A huge achievement with supermarkets and charities donating supplies.
In his County Council report he spoke about the Community fund and Green Projects funding available to groups, see the county council website for more details.
He finished bay saying that both at CBC and LCC the budgets for 2020/21have been affected by the Coronavirus and will have to be reviewed.

Cllr Simon Bradshaw – Charnwood Borough Council – spoke about the Borough owned car parks that had been free from March through to the end of July. Changes were being made to make them Covid-19 secure with contactless payments where necessary. He reported that the Council was losing around £75,000 a month in lost parking income which is used to maintain the car parks and contribute towards other services. CBC also lost funding from other sources, including leisure centres, the town hall and fees and charges. He then spoke about the Loughborough Town deal which we have featured on page 22 of this issue.

County Cllr J Poland spoke about the Leicester lock-down and why Oadby and Wigston remained in the Lockdown after the 24th July as well as the City. He gave the figures, these can be seen on the LCC website.?He also reported on the £750k Leicestershire business Recovery Fund, details again can be found on the LCC website. This is open to all businesses in the county.

Cllr K Pacey reported that he had stepped down as chair of licencing after 5 years but would remain as vice-chair.

Cllr S. Gerrard reported that she had been involved in delivering parcels to vulnerable residents in Syston. She continues to be a champion for elderly helping to them active during this time.?The council approved the annual review of standing orders.

The Civic reception in 2020 had been cancelled due to the coronavirus and it was agreed to hold it on Friday 14th May 2021. The chairman had nominated Living without Abuse a domestic abuse charity based in Loughborough as his charity for this year.

Funding for of £10k was available to the council to put temporary measure in place to support social distancing around Syston. A panel had been set up and recommendations had been put to the full council which included: temporary 20 mph speed restrictions, Social distancing signs, edging back of overgrown vegetation, pedestrian guidance or one-way system.
A consultation had been put on social media in the first two week of August and the application would be submitted to LCC by the end of August. For more details of the recommendations please see the Syston Town Council website.

A recess panel was agreed for August and was made up of the chairs and vice chairs of the council and committees.

It was agreed that Mrs Elaine Yarwood would be re-elected as the town council’s nominated trustee of the H A Taylor Trust for the next four years.

All minutes were agreed, with amendments.

The town manager gave her report and up dated members on any changes since her report was circulated.