As many of you will be aware, the new Police and Crime
Commissioner, Lord Bach, recently held a Community Consultation
event in Countesthorpe, in response to the increase in reports of
anti social behaviour (ASB) we have received over recent months.
I would like to take this opportunity to let you
know what your local police and our partners, such as Blaby District
Council, are doing to tackle the problem.
COMMBUS offers a real Door-to-Door dial-a-ride service
five days a week from a large number of villages within Blaby district
to large shopping centres and towns with regular additional day
trips to further places of interest.
COMMBUS is a local charity run entirely by volunteers
and is designed to be of service to the elderly and disabled. It
offers passengers, who have difficulty or are unable to use public
transport, personal independence to go shopping at an affordable
You will be aware the Parish Council decided not to
take up its option to take over the Country Park due to the extra
cost required after the Developers had put so much waste material
on it. However, Blaby District Council spoke to us just before Christmas
asking us to be on a joint working party with them to discuss its
future when it finally came into their hands. As far as we know
the legalities have not yet been completed so the land still belongs
to the Developer but we are unaware what the holdup is. To our astonishment
at our meeting with BDC’s Director of Place Mark Alflat informed
us that the copse was not part of the Country Park even though our
plans told us it was.
Sadly Z44 path is suffering from lack of attention and as owners
Leicestershire County Council have been informed. Our thanks to
St. Andrews Church who at the end of May did a Sunday litter pick
in The Country Park.
Changes and Consolidation --
posted May 20th 2016
At their last Parish Council Meeting, the council
heard that Christine Samuels after interviews has been promoted
to Parish Council Manager. We wish her well. The council had previously
set aside a small team with delegated powers to advertise and interview
for this post. The post of Deputy Council Manager will now be advertised
in the same way. The new Assistant to the Council Manager has also
been named as Helen Kenney.
The council have unanimously voted to continue with Revd. Mick Gillespie
as chairman and David Ball as vice chairman. A new councillor will
be co-opted shortly to replace the councillor who resigned due to
New Footpath --
posted March 16th 2016
The Parish Council are to fund a footpath from the
Redrow Homes Estate into Ladbroke Grove. The council have taken
this decision as it believes children on their way to school could
be in danger as they try to navigate their way between the new houses
on the Redrow estate and the roads leading through to the schools.
Leicestershire County Council had a camera placed
to record activity at this junction but as the camera only recorded
low activity it has decided the path was to be low priority. Despite
this the Parish Council felt it was not prepared to wait in case
an accident happened so have accepted LCC’s estimate of costs.
We now await the work to start.
Parish Council take over the Library --
posted March 15th 2016
On Monday 14th March the Parish Council took over
the running of the Library from Leicestershire County Council. Although
little will change in the first few months it is the council’s
long term aim to make the Library area more usable for other activities
such as a café and new meeting room. This will also include
some major alterations to the building currently under discussion.
The library will now open on a Tuesday from 10.00am
to 2.00pm with a long term aim to be open during the same hours
as the Parish Office. Evening and Saturday opening hours remain
Change of ownership has brought with it lots of extra
work as we put in place new contracts and procedures ceased when
LCC relinquished their control. A mixture of permanent staff and
volunteers under the management of the Parish Council manager will
oversee this exciting new venture for the council.
Please bear with us as we make necessary changes.
If you have questions, please approach our Parish
Council office staff in the usual way.
Public Participation at Council Meetings --
posted February 18th 2016
After many years, the 15 minutes allowed at 8.00pm
for the public to raise topics at the Parish Council meetings is
to change. Councillors have agreed the time should be brought forward
in the meeting as topics raised have often been on the agenda but
later on making it difficult for the chairman. The 15 minutes will
remain but will now be brought forward so that it is nearer the
front of the agenda. This change will take place in the March meeting.
Parking at the Bank --
posted February 18th 2016
The Parish Council have decided to request from LCC
Highways parking at the Bank is returned to its original adjacent
parking. Although this reduces the number of parking slots in their
opinion, there are too may safety issues to allow herring bone parking
to continue. Backing out onto a busy road when it is sometimes difficult
to see (and illegal) beyond the car parked next to you is an accident
waiting to happen.
Highways suggested a six month review with a camera observing the
parking but the Parish Council felt in that six months an accident
could happen so were not prepared to wait for that length of time.
War Memorial – Press Release --
posted January 2016
The Parish Council value highly the sacrifices made
by service men and woman and recognise that there are instances
which will not quite match our criteria for war memorial addition.
To this end we are to put a memorial board in the chapel in the
cemetery where others may be commemorated.