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Minutes:

Legal Matters – For Information

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that he had received information on the powers of meetings in parishes without Council’s from Paul Clayden, Chief Executive of Local Councils Advisory Service.

 

Blaby South Community Forum

 

The Chairman reported that he had attended the Blaby South Community Forum on 5 March 2012, he explained that the Forum gave parishioners the opportunity to discuss local services with the County, District and Parish Councillors and representatives from other agencies such as the Health Service and the Police.

 

The Chairman said that the Forum was very useful for local people as you are able to share problems and thoughts on various issues with others attending the meeting.

 

Planning Matters

 

The Chairman informed the meeting that a planning application for a conservatory had been approved, Hinckley Road/Aston Lane.

 

Site adjacent to the Manor House

 

The Chairman also informed the meeting that he had held a meeting with K Downes and an architect in relation to the site and  comments were made in respect of the following should a development take place:

 

  • The number of houses on the site, one only had previously been discussed
  • Planning obligations
  • There was no current zoning for additional/ new housing in the village
  • The Locality Bill may affect planning policy
  • Overgrown trees at the site should be addressed with sensible landscaping
  • No Affordable/Social Housing was referred to

 

The Shades Sharnford

 

The Chairman reported that there had been a planning application seeking approval for the use of hovercraft for training and competitions and that there had been over 50 objections to the application.

 

Councillor E White advised the meeting that when the full application was submitted a public meeting would be held in Sharnford in respect of the site.

 

A parishioner who used the facility explained how the site would be used for the use of hovercraft.

 

Note – Since the Parish meeting the Chairman had been advised that the Planning Application had been withdrawn. However, it was anticipated that a further Planning Application for a revised proposal would be submitted shortley

 

 

 

 

Highways

 

The Chairman reported that one stretch of Lychgate Lane had been partly resurfaced and added with kerbs. During that work other stretches of the lane with grass verges and kerbs had been damaged in the process, and he confirmed that he would write to Leicestershire County Council to request that they be

 re-instated.

 

Broadband Leicestershire

 

The Chairman advised the meeting that a survey had been carried out by Leicestershire County Council to assess current speeds, usage and demand for superfast broadband.

 

He stated that the broadband speed in rural areas such as Aston Flamville was not good, he informed the meeting that the government have offered financial support in conjunction with Leicestershire County Council if the investment is worth the gain.

 

The parishioners agreed that the broadband speed was not very good at the moment and asked if there was any way that it could be improved

 

The Chairman and parishioners talked about holding a survey with all residents to see if they would be in favour of paying for a loop – fibre optics to improve the broadband like some other villages have done.

 

30 Years Celebration at Burbage Post Office

 

The Chairman announced that Patricia Cox had been the Post Mistress at Burbage Post Office for 30 years, and that she was also a photographer who had take photographs of the local area.

 

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

 

The Chairman informed the meeting that Diamond Jubilee Celebrations were to be held at  High Cross on 4 June 6.00pm to 10.00pm and that leaflets the information on the event were available at the meeting.

 

He also informed the meeting that Aston Flamville villagers were invited to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee on 2 June at 2.30pm for lunch at The Cottage.

 

Councillor E White

 

Councillor E White spoke to the meeting about the new  refuse and recycling trial collection service. The trial will take place in parts of Narborough and Leicester Forest East for four weeks where refuse and recycling will both be collected every week, using only two bins and one vehicle.

 

He stated that the Council wanted to reduce the amount of containers, the sorting required by residents and the number of vehicles involved. The aim was to make it easier for people to recycle whilst reducing the cost and environmental impact of the service.

 

He also informed the meeting  that webcasting would be used as a trial for  Development Control Meetings up until the Lubbesthorpe Planning Application is to be determined and then webcasting would be reviewed again after that meeting for future use at Development Control Committee.

 

He also mentioned that a Blaby District Business Survey had taken place on manufacturing, local businesses and that in some cases the workforce had increased.

 

 

Bonfires

 

A number of  Parishioners reported that garden bonfires were being lit, sometimes on Sundays/Mondays within the village and  concern was expressed for the consideration of neighbours when smoke drifted onto neighbouring properties. When asked about courtesy needed and what enforcement regulations were available in respect of bonfires,the Clerk confirmed that a copy of the leaflet would be forwarded to all Parishioners with the minutes.

 

A copy of a leaflet entitled Garden Bonfires which is produced by Environmental Protection UK is attached to these minutes.

 

Also Blaby District Council’s Environmental Protection Services can be contacted on 0116 272 7556 for advice.