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.
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%.
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.
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.
Vinetree Terrace will be close on Tuesday 22 June to enable the county council to install a new gully.
One theft was reported in March, and a vehicle crime reported in April.
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.
Posted: Tue, 11 May 2021 14:22 by The Parish Chairman