SPOTLIGHT – The Journal of Syston Town Council (November 2020) written by Catherine Voyce (Town Manager)

All Councillors and Officers of the Council wish to acknowledge the work of the late, former Councillor, Paul Henry, he served a term of eight years as a Syston Town Councillor, during which he was Chairman of the Council for three years.  He made a great contribution to the town, residents and Council. He will be greatly missed.


I will start with an update on Council services during the current Covid-19 pandemic situation:
Syston Town Council offices are open from Monday to Friday 9am to  4.30 pm. The office is normally manned at 75% capacity, to enable social distancing, but at times this is reduced to 50%; when not in the office, Officers are homeworking and still able to access their emails.
Mobile phone numbers for the Town Manager and Deputy Town Manager are as follows:
Town Manager: 07780 005642
Deputy Town Manager: 0778 0881897

Estates team are working as normal.

The public toilets on Melton Road and the disabled use toilet on Central Park, are open as usual with additional cleaning measures in place to help protect against the spread of Covid-19 virus. The toilets are temporarily closed whilst our cleaner is sanitising the facilities.

Bookings are being taken for room hire at the Community Centre and Government guidelines for room capacities and community room hire are being adhered to. Please contact the office if you would like to hire a room.

Council meetings are taking place each Tuesday evening 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.

Car Parking in Syston
Week commencing 26th October, the public car park on Melton Road will have been resurfaced; this is carried out by Charnwood Borough Council. Car parking at this Council-owned car park is free of charge but restricted to two hours. There is additional free parking along the certain parts of the roadside of Melton Road and along St Peters Street. The car park on Walkers Way is in private ownership and operated by Euro Car Parks. This is a pay and display car park and monitored by CCTV. Please do not think you can park for a few minutes and without paying; you will receive a penalty charge notice with a hefty bill to pay; there doesn’t appear to be any leniency to appeals. If you do pay to park in this car park, I recommend that you retain your car parking ticket receipt for at least two weeks after you have parked, in case you have to prove payment, or pay using the mobile phone option.

Football at Memorial Park
It is with great pleasure that we have been able to allow county league football games to start up again. Syston Town Juniors, Syston Brookside and Kirklands FC all play at Memorial park and we worked with the clubs to enable as many games to take place at any one time as is safe to do so, within Government guidelines.

Public Consultation – Highway Parish and Community Funding
Leicestershire County Council have provided several funding streams to support our local community to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to encourage people to shop in Syston, by making it a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists as well as providing social distancing and Covid-19 guidance. During August a public consultation was held to establish where signage and speed restrictions in the town might be helpful, to encourage people back into Syston town centre to support our local retailers and businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you to all those that took part in the consultation, our application was submitted in September, based on public requests and has progressed through to the next stage of the application process at Leicestershire County Council.

Syston & District Cemetery
An e-brochure is available on the Syston Town Council website for reference and downloading. Printed versions are being circulated to the local funeral directors.

Local Council Accreditation
Syston Town Council is one of only nine councils out of 197 in the Leicestershire and Rutland area that has secured an LCAS award. Unfortunately we do not qualify for Gold Standard as the criteria states that two thirds of our Councillors should have been elected at the last election and this was the only item that we fell short on (by three Councillors). Some of our Councillors have be co-opted onto the Council since the last election, but this does not qualify. However, the fact that we are in the top 5% of all councils in Leicestershire and Rutland should demonstrate what an achievement this is.

Remembrance Day, Sunday, 8 November 2020
Sadly there will not be a parade this year, I hope you will join in with the Syston branch of Royal British Legion and display the poppy poster (in this edition of Syston Town News), in your window at home and stand on your doorstep at 11 am to hold a community two minutes silence in remembrance of those that fought for our country, for those that did come home and those who didn’t.
The lamppost poppies will be displayed in the town centre streets as usual and we are selling poppies at the Community Centre.

Community Emergency Plan
We have a plan in place that is filed with the emergency services and related agencies should an emergency situation arise in Syston. This plan is reviewed each year to ensure that the contacts and other information remains up to date. The new plan has been reviewed in September and submitted to the relevant organisations.

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.

New Councillors
Syston Town Council extends a warm welcome to our new Councillor Scott Walker, who joined us in September and is serving the Merton Ward.
We still have 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 Cllr listed

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; what we are doing, when we are doing, how we are doing and why we are doing it!

Catherine Voyce
Town Manager

Contacting your Council:
SYSTON TOWN COUNCILLORS

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

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

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

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

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
Facilities Manager: Jason Green
Phone: 0116 260 7150
Email: mailbox@systontc.org.uk
Council Meeting Dates
November 2020
Tuesday, 03 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 10 Amenities
Tuesday, 17 Resources
Tuesday, 24 Full Council
December 2020
Tuesday, 01 Development and General Purposes (7pm)
Tuesday, 01 Amenities (8pm)
Tuesday, 08 Resources
Tuesday, 15 Full Council
January 2021
Tuesday, 12 Development and General Purposes
Tuesday, 12 Amenities
Tuesday, 19 Resources
Tuesday, 26 Full Council
All meetings take place via Zoom at 7.30 pm, unless stated otherwise. Details are posted on Council noticeboards, website, Facebook and Twitter.