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Venue: Wigston Parva Parish Church
Contact: Mrs D Johnson
Election of Chairman
The Clerk invited nominations for the election of Chairman of the Wigston Parva Parish Meeting.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 May 2014 (enclosed).
The minutes of the meeting held on 6 May 2014 ,as circulated, were approved as a correct record.
Matters arising from the Minutes
Hovercraft - The Shades, Coventry Road, Sapcote
The Chairman spoke about the current situation and the planning permission that had been granted by Blaby District Council’s Planning Committee. He stated that he was very disappointed at the decision taken by the Planning Committee held on 30 April 2015.
He reported that the noise from the hovercraft was still an issue for residents in surrounding properties.
Extracts from the Planning Application and the Environmental Health Departments Comments
Events had been monitored for over a year during the previous temporary event activities.
Environmental Health had reported that noise monitoring had taken place in a number of locations to include Wigston Parva, and a location on Bumble Bee Lane.
On no occasion did noise from the site breach the 77db LAeq set out the decision notice during our monitoring.
Although noise from the site could be heard it was only experienced as being similar to other agricultural practises that would be expected in the area. Noise from the site was also somewhat mitigated further by noise generated from traffic on the busy B4114 that runs adjacent to the site. Often this meant that noise from the craft was either indistinguishable or masked by the noise emanating from the road.
The recommendation was that the noise related conditions previously stipulated remain in force.
The conditions that were included in the planning application and the extra condition that was added at the Planning Committee Meeting was put in place to alleviate the concerns of residents in respect of the noise and disturbance and also monitoring of the site would continue.
Residents and Councillors discussed the planning application and the issues relating to noise.
Any Other Business
The Chairman and residents discussed the upgrading of broadband services within Wigston Parva.
Prior to the meeting the Clerk had received an email from a resident which set out concerns that a community as small as Wigston Parva would continue to fall behind others with the modernisation of the communications infrastructure.
The resident had been in touch with Leicestershire County Council and the officer there had responded as follows:
Wigston Parva fell within the purview of Warwickshire County Council who have confirmed that it is not included in the current contract but that it may be included in the extension contract.
A contact e–mail for the Warwicks programme is firstname.lastname@example.org – Joanna Smith.
Cllr S Scott
Cllr Sheila Scott reported on the following:
· Spoke about the recent election and was very pleased to be elected again along with Cllr Iain Hewson and welcomed a new member of the team Cllr Deanne Woods.
· Community Grants will be in place for a further year, any further wishes can be passed on through Liz Oakes for grants in 2015/16
· The Outstanding Achievements Awards –another successful event was held in October 2014.
· Sports Award at Countesthorpe College, this was the first time that the event was held at this venue and it was a huge success.
· A Place to Grow – our Community Garden. This is a mental health project and we have been fortunate to have been given a legacy of £50,000.. This has enabled us to continue work on site – electricity – water – a new ‘LODGE’. The Lodge will enable schools and colleges to come along and work on their own patch and to meet and interact with users with mental health concerns.
· The launch of the Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Awareness Week had taken place at Blaby District Council.
· The Older Persons Forum has changed title to The Over 50’s Forum. This is a good place to meet and discuss various issues with like minded people.
· The Pavilion at Huncote now has a new ‘Gym’ and relaxation areas alongside a children’s play area.
· Fosse Meadows – a fantastic area of open space, Children from Blaby schools planted 100 trees in the Arboretum. There is also a new Bird Hive overlooking the water.
The Chairman wished to thank Malcolm Hemmings on behalf of residents for the provision of daffodils and also grass cutting around the village.
Cllr E White
The Chairman and residents wished to thank Cllr E White for all his hard work during his time as a District Councillor and Leader of the Council.
Date of next meeting
The date of the next Parish Meeting to be arranged in consultation with the Chairman.