Hoton Parish Council

Serving the people of Hoton, Leicestershire

Wymeswold Road Character Property

Clerk: Hellen Jarvis
52 Springfield Close, Burton
on the Wolds, Loughborough
LE12 5AN

Tel: 01509 880596

  • Hoton Playing Field

    Hoton Playing Field

    Visit out playing field pages for more information.

Hoton Parish Council provides your local services. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

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MAKE A CHANGE, BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR

Would you like to be a 'voice' for your community?
Hoton has a vacancy for one councillor

Hoton Parish Council is asking any resident passionate about their community to consider becoming a Parish Councillor.

Being a parish councillor is a very rewarding way of contributing to your community, and in particular making a difference to the way things get done locally. It need not involve a huge commitment, but does give you the opportunity be involved in making decisions and producing plans for the benefit of the Hoton community.

Find out how to get involved.

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Temporary closure of the A60 at Cotes

A temporary road closure will be in place 10th February 2021 for 3 nights, 20:00 till 06:00 each night. The road will be closed between the junction of Station Boulevard (Loughborough) to the junction of Barrow Road (Cotes). The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety to allow Leicestershire County Council undertake carriageway patching works.

The diversion route is shown below.

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Hoton's coronavirus support network and other coronavirus related information

For further information on how to obtain help or to volunteer to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic please visit our dedicated page using the link above.

The page also contains links to Government and NHS advice on helping to delay the spread of the virus.

Latest News

Hoton Parish Council News - January 2021

Councillor vacancy
A vacancy has arisen for a councillor in Hoton. Parish councillors serve the local community by engaging with local residents and deciding what services and projects the parish council will deliver to improve the quality of life for those living in the village of Hoton and elsewhere in the parish. Your current councillors find this an enjoyable and rewarding position.

The role is not time consuming, no more than a couple of hours a week on average, with meetings held on the first Monday of each month. The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision-making processes of the parish council. You don't need any qualifications - just commitment and enthusiasm. More »

If you want to make a difference by getting involved, please contact the clerk (details below) or speak to one of the current councillors.

Volunteers sought
In addition to the vacant councillor position, we are seeking volunteers to join our working parties. If you have time to commit to a single issue, such as speeding, the playing field or any other village improvement projects please speak to a councillor or contact the clerk.

Advance notice of road closures and events
Roadworks are planned on the A60 in Cotes for up to three nights commencing 10th February 2021. This will involve the closure of the road between the junction with the B676 near the Cotes Bridge and the traffic lights near the station. Road users will need to use alternative routes to reach Loughborough there may be additional traffic travel through the village.

The annual Leicestershire Half Marathon that due to take place on 28 February has been postponed until Sunday 18 April. The organisers are constantly assessing their procedures to ensure that the competition is covid-safe and enjoyable for all. As usual, there will be temporary road closure in place during the morning on Wymeswold Road, Vinetree Terrace and Old Parsonage Lane. There will also be no parking allowed along Vinetree Terrace, Old Parsonage Lane or Prestwold Lane during this time. You may wish to plan where you walk on that day to avoid coming into contact with competitors. Please pass this information on to residents who may not use the internet.

Census 21
As you will be aware, every 10 years there is a national Census which records information about people and households to give a complete picture of the nation and it is used by government departments and other bodies to formulate policies on subjects such as transport, education and healthcare. The next census day is Sunday 21 March 2021. It is vital that the census counts everyone to ensure that public money is spent on the places and people who need it most.

For the first time, people will be able to complete the Census online and it is hoped that most people will be able to do this. To ensure that the census is as accessible and inclusive as possible, support centres will be set up to help those without access to the internet. It is not known at the time of writing where our nearest centre will be.

Tennis courts and kiosk library
It is with regret that, due to the national restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the tennis courts and telephone kiosk have been closed until government guidelines permit them to be reopened.

Litter
We have discussed litter on the verges along the roads around Hoton with Councillor Boker, and she has advised that Charnwood Borough Council will respond by removing any litter reported to them. They will also collect dead animals from the road and verges if they are made aware of them and respond to incidents of fly-tipping. To report any of the above, email cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk or go online to https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/street_management and use the relevant button. Residents are urged to report any litter to improve enjoyment of the countryside for all.

Next Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday 1 March 2021. This will be via the Zoom platform and details of how to 'attend' the meeting will be posted on our website and the noticeboards with the agenda. If you wish to be sent an agenda you should sign up to our mailing list at https://www.hotonparishcouncil.org.uk/emailing-lists.html . Residents are always welcome at our meetings; time is allocated for your questions or comments. » Less

Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 11:18 by The Parish Clerk

Hoton Parish Council News - October 2020

New councillor for Hoton
Welcome to Katie Smith, who responded to the request for residents to step forward and has been formally co-opted as a parish councillor. We have now filled all of the parish councillor vacancies but are still seeking volunteers to join our working parties. If you have time to commit to a single issue, such as speeding, the playing field or any other village improvement projects please speak to a councillor or contact the clerk. More »

Obstruction of pavements
The Parish Council is cognisant of the limited parking in certain areas of the village but it would be appreciated if cars are not parked so as to obstruct the pavements. Shrubs and vegetation should be trimmed back to not overhang property's boundaries obstructing pedestrians. This is the individual property owner's responsibility.

As winter draws in, adequate access for pedestrians along the pavements becomes more important. The Parish Council requests all neighbours to think of others in this respect and act accordingly.

Telephone kiosk
We are sorry, but the increase in coronavirus cases means the telephone kiosk book share remains out of bounds. There is a risk of passing Covid-19 via the books and door-handle and we do not currently have the ability to operate the facility safely. This position will be reviewed in November.

Police report

There were no reported crimes in July. In June, police attended a road traffic accident; the injured parties fled the scene due to driving whilst under the influence. A theft and a burglary from a business were reported in August.

Advance notice of road closures and events
Roadworks are planned on Melton Road in Burton on the Wolds for three days commencing 19th October and from 2nd November for ten days. The diversion routes for these will pass through Hoton and may result in increased traffic.

As a trial for covid-safe competition, English Athletics are planning to hold cross country events on 17th and 31st October around the Prestwold Estate. These events will operate with staggered arrival times and reduced numbers which should reduce any traffic congestion that might otherwise have occurred on Prestwold Lane. You may, however, wish to plan where you walk on these days to avoid coming into contact with competitors.

Next Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday 2 November 2020. This will be via the Zoom platform and details of how to 'attend' the meeting will be posted on our website and the noticeboards with the agenda. If you wish to be sent an agenda you should sign up to our mailing list at https://www.hotonparishcouncil.org.uk/emailing-lists.html . Residents are always welcome at our meetings; time is allocated for your questions or comments. » Less

Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 11:23 by The Parish Clerk

Hoton Parish Council News - August 2020

New councillor for Hoton
Welcome to Helen Dargie, who responded to the request for residents to step forward and has been formally co-opted as a parish councillor. We have one more vacancy, so if you would also like to be a 'voice' for your community, please do think about taking on this rewarding role. Contact the clerk or speak to one of the current councillors if you are interested; further details of what is involved can be found on our website at www.hotonparishcouncil.org.uk/how-to-become-a-councillor.html More »

Planning application
The parish council has concerns about plans to lift restrictions on the operation of Hoton Stores which could lead to an increase in traffic, and in particular HGVs, using Wymeswold Road. The application documents can be viewed on the Charnwood Planning Portal using reference P/20/1079/2 and any comments should be sent to development.control@charnwood.gov.uk using that reference number. The deadline for submitting comments is 11 August 2020, although they may take into consideration comments made after that date if a decision has not yet been made. A direct link to this and all other local planning applications may be found in the planning section of our website.

Playing Field
The playing field, tennis courts and play equipment have re-opened; please read the instructions for use on the notice board at the entrance to the field and observe social-distancing guidelines at all times.

The playing field has traditionally been looked after by a working party of volunteers, mainly parents of those using the field. We need a new generation of enthusiastic residents to help with the upkeep of this valued community asset. If you have used the play equipment recently you will have noticed that following the long closure it needs a little TLC and cleaning to make it pleasant to play on, and a couple of items need minor repairs or repainting. New swings seats have been ordered and we could do with a handyman to swap them with the old ones. We also have a community orchard and a wildlife area which needs some 'garden maintenance' work.

Our new councillor, Helen Dargie, has volunteered to co-ordinate a response to this need. Please email helendargie.hpc@gmail.com if you are willing and able to get involved in this village activity, which will be organised in accordance with Covid-safe guidelines.

Highways funding
We will be applying for funding from Leicestershire Parish Council to support residents' active travel in a Covid-19 environment. There are a number of options designed to aid walking, cycling and bus travel, which include edging back of overgrown vegetation to create more space for pedestrians and temporary speed restrictions on minor roads. Cllr Melanie Doherty is collating suggestions for improvements to help our residents get about more easily on foot or by bike in and around Hoton; please email any ideas to mel.HotonParishCouncil@gmail.com . A full list of the options available can be downloaded from our website.

Burial Ground
For the past few years, the parish council has supported the parochial church council by using our contractors to maintain Hoton's burial ground, with the church making a contribution towards the costs. Unfortunately, the loss of income from weddings has meant that the church is not able to fund the maintenance in the current climate and we are working to find a suitable solution because it is a part of the village that we care about. We are hoping that like-minded residents will donate their time and gardening skills to help maintain the burial ground so that it is an attractive place to visit and pay respects. If you are willing to be added to a rota for maintenance please contact the clerk.

The burial ground is open to anyone to visit; there are many interesting gravestones to explore, including a Commonwealth War Grave dedicated to one of the two residents of Hoton who lost their lives in World War I. It can be accessed through the gate on the corner of Wymeswold Road and extends round the back of the church.

Telephone kiosk
The telephone kiosk book share remains out of bounds. This is because there is a risk of passing Covid-19 via the books and door-handle. This position will be reviewed in September.

Publication of accounts
The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 will be available for public inspection between Monday 10 August and Friday 23 September. Further information will be published on the financial page of the website.

Police report
There were three crimes reported in May; a vehicle crime, criminal damage and an attempted residential burglary. At the time of writing, no police report has been received for June or July.

Next Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting will be on Monday 7 September 2020. This is likely to be via the Zoom platform and details of how to 'attend' the meeting will be posted on our website and the noticeboards with the agenda. If you wish to be sent an agenda you should sign up to our mailing list at https://www.hotonparishcouncil.org.uk/emailing-lists.html . Residents are always welcome at our meetings; time is allocated for your questions or comments. » Less

Posted: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:52 by The Parish Clerk

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