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.

Bus services consultation

Have a say on bus services

The county council is working closely with local bus operators to come up with bold plans to improve public transport – and encouraging more people to use it.

The Government has pledged £3 billion to help progress these plans across the country – and Leicestershire is aiming to secure a fair share of the funding.

However, to secure this funding, the council must develop a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). The council needs input to help it develop the plan.

It wants to find out what people think would improve local bus services and what would encourage them to use local buses more.

It would like to hear from people who already use buses, those who currently don't, as well as from public, private and voluntary organisations.

There's a questionnaire at https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/have-your-say/current-consultations/national-bus-strategy-engagement-survey for people to have their say.

The closing date is Friday, 30th July.

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.

Report a problem

Use the above link to report fly-tipping, problems on the roads, street lamps not working, missed bin collections or unauthorised tree works.

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.

Neighbourhood Plan

Use the link above to view the plan and the referendum results.

Hoton's coronavirus support network and other coronavirus related information

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 May 2021

Chairman's annual report

The following report was given at the annual parish meeting:

Thank you to our county councillor and our borough councillor for their continued support and interest; to the Village Hall committee, who work so hard to give the village an extraordinarily rich social life for such a small community; and to my fellow councillors - who give their time and energy to make the village an even better place to live. Each of them has made a substantial contribution to the work of the council, and I thank them for it. More »

This has obviously been a year like no other, the format of this meeting being a reminder of that fact. Clearly the pandemic has constrained our activities in many respects, but I'd like to mention the Hoton Support Network operating on WhatsApp and Facebook; set up jointly by the Parish Council and the Village Hall committee. I believe it's played a very important part in supporting residents and maintaining a village spirit.

Our main priorities remain largely as in previous years: the maintenance and continuing development of the playing field; seeking to implement further speed reduction measures and to address other traffic issues; joint working with the Village Hall committee; identifying possibilities for enhancing the appearance of the village, including focussing on the maintenance of the burial ground. The condition of village assets is reviewed regularly, and action taken where necessary. We consider and respond to a range of types of planning applications. Sometimes we raise objections, and sometimes the outcome is not as we would wish, but we monitor developments to help ensure that they are being carried out in conformity with permissions.

After many years of effort, we finalised our joint work with Burton, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council on the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, (the referendum took place a couple of days after presenting this report). This has been one of the areas which has shown the benefit of having an efficient and very knowledgeable Parish Clerk. It was also an opportunity for members of the village other than parish councillors to make a contribution - there are others.

If anyone would like further detail of any parish council activities, including becoming a councillor or sitting on one of our working parties, please speak to one of your councillors or contact our clerk. Similarly, if you have any items that you think we should be taking action on, please let do get in touch. Details of our finances are published on our website.

The Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
Following the referendum, the neighbourhood plan is now planning policy that must be used by Charnwood Borough Council when determining planning applications. There were 468 votes in favour and 85 against, with a turnout of 44.16%.

HGVs
A working party has been established to tackle the increasing problem of HGVs on Wymeswold Road. So far, correspondence with the local highways authority has proved fruitless and it is clear we will need to gather evidence of the extent of the use before pressing for a solution. If you would like to join the working party, or are willing to help in gathering evidence, please contact the clerk.

Survey
Thank you to all those who took the time to complete our Green Spaces Questionnaire with your views on the burial ground and playing field. We had an excellent response. A report will be presented to the Council at the end of June and the information collected will be used to form our future decisions on these local green spaces.

Road closure
Vinetree Terrace will be close on Tuesday 22 June to enable the county council to install a new gully.

Police report
One theft was reported in March, and a vehicle crime reported in April.

Councillor vacancy
Would you like to be involved in improving the village and making decisions on how your council tax is spent? 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.

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

Parish Council Playing Field Committee
A committee of the parish council has been established to manage Hoton Playing Field. If you would like to join the committee please contact the clerk.

Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of Hoton Parish Council will take place on Monday 28th June 2021 at 8 p.m. in Hoton Village Hall. 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, 11 May 2021 14:22 by The Parish Clerk

Hoton Parish Council News March 2021

Wanted - your views
Your parish council would like residents' opinions on Hoton Playing Field and Hoton Burial Ground. You will receive a leaflet through your door with details of how to access an online survey, or request a paper copy if that is easier for you to complete. Details will also be available on our website and noticeboards.

Annual Parish Meeting
Each year, your parish council presents a report at the annual parish meeting on what it has accomplished in the past year, and how your money is spent. This meeting is also an open forum for residents to express their opinions on what the council is doing, and has planned. More »

This year the annual parish meeting is provisionally scheduled for 7.45 p.m. pm Monday 10 May 2021. We are waiting for confirmation as to whether this will be permitted to take place virtually and it is possible that this date may change. Please keep an eye out on our website and noticeboard, where the agenda will be posted a week in advance of the meeting.

New dropped kerb
You may have noticed that the dropped kerb, which the parish council asked the county council to install 15 months ago, has now been put into place to make it easier for those with prams, wheelchairs and limited mobility to cross Vinetree Terrace by the old forge.

Bus shelter seat
We are hoping that by the time you read this, a seat will have been installed in the bus shelter on Loughborough Road. This is to aid our older residents when waiting for buses and has been specially designed for this purpose. Please allow those needing it most to be seated when waiting for a bus.

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
The referendum on the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan will take place on 6 May 2021, alongside the local council elections. You will be asked to answer 'yes' or 'no' to the question: 'Do you want Charnwood Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Wolds Villages to help it decide planning applications in the 449Neighbourhood Area?' The Neighbourhood Area comprises the parishes of Hoton, Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold. The plan, produced jointly by the two councils, is the result of many years of collaboration and consultation with residents, local businesses, landowners. A copy of the referendum version of the plan can be downloaded from our website. A general information sheet will be made available by Charnwood Borough Council on 22 March. A link to this will be provided on our homepage.

Public rights of way
You may have noticed signs along the public rights of way across the Prestwold Estate. The Estate has asked us to reassure residents that there is no intention to remove or alter any public rights of way, it is an exercise in establishing the correct lines of the footpaths and bridleways. The notice both acknowledges the existence of existing rights of way and serves a statement which acts to prevent new rights of way from being established across their land. This is common practice amongst landowners.

Please keep to the footpaths and bridleways to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds.

Census 21
You should have received a digital code in the post for the national census, which is on Sunday 21 March 2021. You will be able to get support from local contact centres, or request paper copies online at www.cenus.gov.uk .Census Helpline is 0800 141 2021.

Police report
In January there was a burglary from a business reported in the area of Wymeswold Road.

Councillor vacancy
Would you like to be involved in improving the village and making decisions on how your council tax is spent? 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.

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.

Communications
If you have any suggestions or wish to raise an issue with the parish council, the best means of communication is by emailing the clerk, or telephone if preferred. You are also welcome to contact one of your councillors using the details on our website and noticeboards, but please be aware that they are unable to speak on behalf of the council or take action on matters by themselves. They will, with your permission, pass on your query to the clerk to respond to or take the appropriate action.

You may prefer to report some matters directly to the relevant organisation. The links below can be used to deal with common problems:

If the links do not open, the information is also available on our home page.

Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of Hoton Parish Council is planned to take place following the annual parish meeting (details above). 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.

Website
The parish council's website can be found at www.hotonparishcouncil.org.uk and contains

meeting agendas and minutes, current planning applications in Hoton, local news, playing field information and information on events at the Village Hall. You can also sign up to the parish council email mailing list to receive items of news and agendas for meetings. » Less

Posted: Fri, 19 Mar 2021 19:10 by The Parish Clerk

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

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