There were 18 Councillors (Cllrs), two officers by zoom present.
Apologies received from Cllrs S. Visavadia, M. Carnall, H. Screaton, S. Brown and County Cllr J. Poland.
Police Report was received highlighting an increase in violent and sexual offences in Syston. Clarity on these figures would be obtained.
The Council approval of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting Held on 22nd June 2021
Charnwood Local Plan: Leicester Urban: Birstall, Syston and Thurmaston 7,358 new houses planned.
Five new primary schools planned to be built, one of these in Syston.
Pavilion Refurbishment Funding Provision
The revised building costs had been presented and approved at Amenities and Resources on the assumption that HSSP would work with Bison to determine the best price and value for money. The QS had met with Bison to check that revised costings were still offering best value available.
Deville Park Boundary Fence – Reinforcement
The boundary in question was owned by a local farmer and he had complained that people were accessing his farm from Deville Park and damaging his crops.
The council had recently replaced broken fencing with substantial six feet high fencing but this was trampled down within days of the fence being installed.
Council Meeting Arrangements – Post July 2021
After the August Recess Council meetings would revert back to;
• the normal room layout
• the Zoom log in facility would be stopped
• the wearing of face masks would be optional
Queens Platinum Jubilee
The Council considered suggestions for the most appropriate way in which to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years as a Monarch and Leader of the Commonwealth.
To approve a Commemorative Granite bench at the Community Centre for approximately £750 with engraving and an Oak tree with a commemorative plaque to be planted in Central Park.
County and Borough Councillors’ Reports
County Cllr J. Poland reported on a scheme to help unemployed young people being offered jobs at the county council through the government’s Kick start scheme. He also spoke about the Go Learn adult learning courses now open for enrolment. And the ambitious new plan to make Leicestershire greener and boost biodiversity by planning to plant 700,000 trees, which equals one per resident in the county.
Cllr T. Barkley reported on Work+, a free one-to-one service offering support, advice and information to people looking for secure paid employment, plus the chance to learn new skills or to find out more about volunteering or becoming self-employed. It’s open to everyone. To find out more or to register your interest contact the Work+ team on 0800 988 0308 or go to work-plus.co.uk. A £5m boost for roads which will include repairs, looking after verges, cleaning signs, emptying drains and gullies, refurbishing bus stops and improving rights of way. He then reported on Borough council with regard to Leisure Centres with Fusion Lifestyle announces that capacity will increase in a phased approach. Finally about the Social Supermarket set up at John Storer House, Loughborough to help people access affordable shopping and support.
Cllr S. Bradshaw reported on the Consultation of the Charnwood Local Plan 2021-37 and the consultation which ran until 23rd August. He then spoke about the Syston yard sale which will take place on Saturday 11th September, stall holders can advertise on a dedicated facebook page. Registrations start from 1st August until 9th September. See What’s On page.
Fiona Henry, Editor.
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