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