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 - 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

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.

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

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