Hoton Parish Council News - January 2021
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.
If you want to make a difference by getting involved, please contact the clerk (details below) or speak to one of the current councillors.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 11:18 by The Parish Clerk