Sileby Parish Council

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Parish Council Office

Clerk: Rosemary Richardson
41 High Street, Sileby
Loughborough LE12 7RX

Chairman's Blog

From Cllr Mrs Julie Jones - May 2019


MAY 2019

Well it's Spring, soon to be summer, and as I write this it's raining! It can only get better!! We're through the election period now and your Parish Council is getting ready for another year of work in our fabulous village.

We've got a number of ambitious plans firming up. The Neighbourhood Plan is with Charnwood Borough Council awaiting an independent review before hopefully proceeding to a village vote to see if there is a majority in favour. This has the potential to be a strong support to us in our efforts to control the expansion of the village which I know is important to a lot of people. As well as, of course, mapping out our plans to improve and develop Sileby to be a great place to live and work over the coming years. We're also at the point of getting some expert advice as to how we might develop the Pavilion on the Memorial Park to enable it to be used by more people and in a more flexible way. Most importantly we want to make it available for a wider range of activities for the young people in the village. If you're particularly interested in this aspect then The Sileby Project is holding a Youth Club Planning Meeting on 17th May, 7.00 – 9.00pm at the Pavilion and needs volunteers to bring ideas for getting an Open Event ready for the Sileby Youth Club.

Your Parish Councillors are acutely conscious of concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in the village. We have been working with our Police Officers and Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) to ensure we work together effectively to reduce incidents. I'm conscious that there have been a couple of particularly upsetting incidents recently. Please be assured that all of our CCTV cameras are working and are maintained extremely well. If ever they do break down then they are repaired as a matter of urgency by our security providers. The cameras are situated in the following locations:

  • Sileby Convenience Store where Swan St meets Ratcliffe Road
  • Pavilion on the Memorial Park
  • Tescos, High St
  • King Street Car Park
  • Parish Council Office, High St
  • King St/High St
  • Cemetery

Councillors met with NHW and our Police Sergeant to pull together a strategy that ensures we are all aware of our respective responsibilities. The strategy will further ensure that the things we are supporting, like the Neighbourhood Plan and The Sileby Project, will contribute to a reduction in anti-social behaviour in the village. We'll publish the strategy shortly but in the meantime there's one important thing we can all do and that is to report each and every instance of crime and anti-social behaviour to the Police. This is critical to us influencing the level of Police support we get in the village. It's also a gateway to other support services from the Police and Leicestershire County Council. You can report via the non emergency line 101 or online.

As I've already mentioned, future expansion of the village is an important issue to a lot of people. On this point please be aware that the appeal against the Barnards Road development is to be held in Loughborough from 6th August and could go on over a few days. I'll let you have more details nearer the time but if you could spare some time to come along it would be welcome. It really helps to show the strength of feeling in the village.

Your Parish Councillors are passionate about improving the quality of life in Sileby and we need to know what's important to you so don't forget that you're welcome to join us at our fortnightly meetings. See our website for dates and agendas etc.

Finally, Sileby Parish Council was successful in securing a substantial lottery grant to provide a free Sports Holiday Club at the Memorial Park for 5 – 12 year olds. Again, check out the website for details or contact the Parish Office. It should be fantastic! Qualified sports coaches will coach various sports and activities including football, tennis, athletics, cricket, boxercise, dodgeball, gymnastics, dance and lots more fun games. Not to be missed!!

Lot's going on!! Enjoy!!

Posted: Thu, 09 May 2019 11:57 by Rosemary Richardson

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From Cllr Mrs Julie Jones - February 2019

I cannot believe it is nearly March!! We seem to have escaped any really bad weather so far and the Spring flowers are pushing through. Happy days!!

In my last blog I mentioned the need to review the Sileby Christmas Light Switch-On Event. Please come and have your say on Thursday, 21st February 2019 at 6.00pm in the Community Centre. It will be a chance to have an informal chat with Councillors about the event and help us make it safe for people, so we can continue with what is an increasingly popular event. If you cannot make it you can also email your views to the Clerk by the 8th March 2019. Have a look at the Parish Council website for details of the issues on which Councillors are seeking your opinion.

There are a few planning issues rumbling on uncomfortably. Firstly, we finally got a response from Charnwood Borough Council regarding the listed building on King Street. They do not consider that there has been any wrong doing. We disagree and have reported the actions to English Heritage and asked for it to be considered as a heritage crime. We are now waiting to hear about the plans for the restoration work. Secondly, you will probably know by now that the developers wishing to build off Barnards Way have appealed Charnwood Borough Council's decision not to give planning permission. Sileby Parish Council will be doing everything in their power to support the Borough Council's decision during the appeal but we also need villagers to make their views clear during the appeal process.

We are continuing work to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour and crime in the village. The IMPACT project has concluded in the village and we are reviewing the final report. The IMPACT team were referred by our Police Officers and they come to the village to work with the community where young people are perceived to be engaging in anti-social behaviour. Councillors will be meeting with the team and our Neighbourhood Watch colleagues to consider recommendations for further crime prevention activity. I will keep you posted on this issue.

Councillors are currently considering, as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, how we can make better use of our property in the village. We want to ensure that we maximise the flexibility of the buildings so that they can be used by more people for social and sports activities and, that we provide facilities that enable inclusivity for people of differing ages and abilities. This is really exciting work and we'll be seeking your views shortly.

Keep your fingers crossed for continuing good weather and I hope you are enjoying the increasingly longer days!!

Posted: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:30 by Julie Lovatt

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From Cllr Mrs J Jones - December 2018

Well, I've just been looking over the last few weeks and to say it's been busy is an understatement!

We took our Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, and his team on a tour of the village to help them understand some of the policing issues we face as a village. They were very receptive to our concerns and we have established an ongoing conversation with them to ensure our issues stay on their agenda. Willy's advice, as has been given before, is to ensure we report every incident. It really does make a difference the the level of policing we get and can now be done very easily online.

Our new HD CCTV cameras have now been installed and the difference in the picture quality is amazing. We've also shifted some cameras to give better coverage and installed a new camera at the cemetery. This will all go to help support the police in pursuing convictions where appropriate.

We're still pursing answers from Charnwood Borough Council regarding the destruction of the wall at 7 King Street. We made enquiries regarding the wall on Brook Street and there were no planning restrictions preventing the work being carried out. Thank you to those of you who have contacted Charnwood Borough Council Planning Department directly regarding these properties. It really helps when the strength of feeling in the village is clear to them.

On a more positive note, we've received some really fantastic feedback regarding the WW1 commemorations, thank you! We're really glad that you felt we did our village proud. A lot of people worked really hard to make this happen. We've also listened to your feedback regarding the event at the Memorial Park and hope to ensure that the PA system is improved for future village events.

The Christmas light switch on also seemed to go well. It was great to see so many people having a really good time and thankfully the rain held off. There were some fantastic stalls and the singing was wonderful. Again, people worked really hard to make the event a success, thank you!! The council will be having a debrief in January to discuss how we can make it an even better experience. The event is growing in size, which is understandable given our village is growing, so we need to make some changes if we are to continue and to ensure that people are safe to enjoy themselves and hear and see what's going on. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Just a couple more things before I sign off. The Sileby Neighbourhood Plan has been published for consultation. This runs until 11/01/19 so please make sure you have your say on the proposals. Also please 'Like' the Parish Council Facebook page to keep up to date with things that are going on in the village.

Finally, on behalf of Sileby Parish Council, I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas!!!

Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:03 by Julie Lovatt

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From Cllr Mrs Julie Jones - October 2018 (update)

Here's a bit of an update on a couple of things:

Firstly as, I mentioned before, Lord Bach, our Police and Crime Commissioner, will be visiting the village on 24th October. He's interested in hearing your views on crime and policing in the village. If you'd like to catch him for a chat here's his estimated itinerary:

- 10.00 Parish Office
- 10.15 Walk around High St and King St
- 11.00 Cemetery
- 11.15 Memorial Park
- 11.30 - 12.00 The BREWery Cafe

Alternatively, let the Parish Office know you want to chat with him and I ensure we make the necessary arrangements for that to happen.

Secondly, back in August I mentioned that the Parish Council was reviewing the CCTV in the village. I'm really pleased to say that the Councillors have now agreed to update all of the cameras in the village. This is great news as the new cameras will be HD infrared and will provide us with much better protection with clearer evidence to support potential prosecutions. We are also relocating one of the cameras to improve coverage in front of Tesco's and installing a much needed new camera at the Cemetery.

Lot's going on as usual!!

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:22 by Julie Lovatt

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from Cllr Mrs Julie Jones - October 2018

Hello! Well despite it still being unseasonably warm, Autumn is definitely in full swing with the trees displaying some amazing colours and the nights quickly drawing in.

It's been a busy few weeks in the Parish. We had a really good response to our Neighbourhood Plan open day and the following online survey, thank you to those of you that took part! The team are now busy tweaking the plan to reflect the feedback given. Watch this space!

Unfortunately, there was a disappointing response to the recent Police Surgery event and to be honest, I'm not sure why given the recent spate of anti social behaviour in the village and the call on social media for something to be done about it. We had a really good turn out from our Parish Councillors, the Police and the Sileby Neighbourhood Watch, but unfortunately very few others. However, on the back of this we have Lord Bach, our Police and Crime Commissioner, visiting the village again on the morning of 24th October. He's keen to hear people's views on crime and policing in the village. Please let the Parish Office know if you'd like to chat with Lord Bach but we will post more details about his visit nearer the time. Antisocial behaviour is still featuring in the village and it's really important that every incident is reported either via 101 or online.

Along with others, I was very sad to see that the wall at the Grade 2 listed 7 King St had been demolished. The Parish Council is still waiting for some answers as to how this situation arose and in particular, when the wall will be restored. We are vigorously pursuing this and will keep you posted on progress.

Finally, our WW1 commemorations are about to get into full swing and it all looks absolutely amazing. I really hope you'll be impressed with the events we've got planned. The advertising for the film shows on 27th October is going live so keep the date free and get ready to head down to the parish office to pick up your free tickets!! I hear that the local Sileby Women's Institute is putting on the refreshments so there'll be lots of homemade cake to enjoy!

Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:06 by Julie Lovatt

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from Cllr Mrs Julie Jones - August 2018

Hello and welcome to our new website and my first blog! It's hoped that this will be so much more than just a Parish Council website and more a useful place for people to contribute to what's going on in the village.

My aim, through this blog, is to keep you up to speed with what the Parish Council is doing. The agendas and minutes of our meetings will also be available via this website and you're always welcome to attend meetings of course.

One of the most exciting things that's coming to fruition is our Neighbourhood Plan. This is going to really help shape the village into an even better place to live, based on what you have told us you want. It will be a powerful tool to enable us to have more influence over planning decisions for the village and, where developments are approved, how we spend contributions from the developer. Another important outcome will be what services we provide for our young people. A lot of great people in the village are doing some fabulous things but we know we need to provide more for young people to do locally. Please consider coming to the Neighbourhood Plan open day at the community centre on 08/09, 10.00 to 1.00, to give your views on the proposals.

On a not so positive note I know a lot of you, along with the Parish Council, are very concerned about the levels of anti social behaviour in the village at the moment. The Councillors have had a couple of very productive meetings recently with our local Police Officers. Patrols have increased and we're setting up a surgery so you can come and discuss the issues that have been happening directly with the Police. They have also helped us to start of a review of our CCTV to ensure we're getting the best out of it and that it's covering the right areas. I'll keep you posted on this. The most important thing to note is how critical it is to report every single incident on 101 or online. By doing this we ensure we give the Police information that influences the level of policing we get in the village. I'm keeping our Neighbourhood Watch group appraised of progress.

Finally, I know the summer is drawing to a close and we'll soon be into Autumn but there's still lots to look forward to in the village. The events planned to commemorate the end of WW1 look fabulous. I'm particularly looking forward to the film shows being held in the Community Centre on 27/10. Hope to see lots of you there!

Posted: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:58 by Julie Lovatt

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