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 Parish Council News May 2020

Meetings
The ban on public gatherings led to new legislation allowing parish councils to meet 'remotely' and on 4th May Hoton Parish Council's first ever 'virtual' meeting was successfully held via the Zoom platform, when councillors were joined by members of the public and the county councillor. Meetings will be held in this format until rules on social distancing allow face-to-face meetings. You do not need access to the internet to 'attend' as it is possible to join by telephone.

The new legislation did not cover the annual parish meeting and this was postponed until gatherings of more than two people are permitted.

Neighbourhood Plan
We are pleased to report that Charnwood Borough Council have issued a decision statement that the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan may proceed to referendum. Unfortunately, the current 'lockdown' will prevent any referendum taking place in the near future, but this does mean that the plan can be given significant weight in decision-making when planning applications are determined. The referendum version of the plan will be available to view on our website in due course.

Closure of the play equipment and tennis courts
The government has required, by law, that communal places within parks, such as playgrounds and tennis courts are closed to the public. This is to reduce social contact and because coronavirus (Covid-19) survives on surfaces. Please do not allow your child(ren) to use the play equipment at Hoton Playing Field.

The open spaces within Hoton Playing Field remain open for your daily exercise, but please adhere to the government's social-distancing guidelines.

Telephone kiosk
The book share in the telephone kiosk has also been put out of bounds to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Visiting the kiosk is not an essential journey.

Coronavirus information
The parish council website has a page dedicated to coronavirus information, including how to access help from the village support group. Go to https://www.hotonparishcouncil.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and.html

Garden waste and bonfires
Please be considerate and respect the needs of others and avoid burning garden waste if possible. People with respiratory problems are extremely vulnerable to the effect of smoke inhalation and requiring treatment for this puts them at risk of exposure to Covid-19. In addition, many residents are spending more time at home and the nuisance from bonfire smoke may prevent them from spending time in their gardens, which may be the only place where they can get exercise, relax or enjoy some fresh air.

The brown bin collections of garden waste have started again on a four-weekly cycle (the next is on Monday 18th May) and some of the County Council tips will open on the same day – the nearest ones to Hoton will be those at Mountsorrel and Melton Mowbray.

Councillor vacancies
We have two vacancies for seats on the parish council 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.

Police report
There were no crimes reported in either March or April.

Next Parish Council Meeting
The date of the next meeting has not been set but details will be posted on the website at least three days in advance of the meeting. 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.

Posted: Sat, 09 May 2020 13:31 by The Parish Clerk

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