Category: Councillor Report

June 17th, 2018 by Na1lst0n3

Link to May 2018 Interim Report

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March 31st, 2018 by Na1lst0n3

Finance

The Government is to allow a 20% increase in planning fees charged by local authorities.

Trade waste collection (which the council runs) is making a profit of £92k.

Parish Council Initiative fund it to increase up to £150k in 2019 with a contingency fund to finance very good schemes that come in and meet the criteria, but at present there are too many applications submitted, so scrutiny of schemes is very tight.

Bagworth Parish Council is the highest rated area, with Market Bosworth in 2nd place and Barlestone 3rd.  Newbold Verdon is 10th.

The Borough Council is showing a return of £300k on block ‘C’ of the Crescent and they are hoping to let the two remaining units.

The Borough Council is proceeding with the plans to build a Crematorium in the Borough and is looking to borrow £4.75m to fund this.

Fly Tipping

This is proving to be a major issue.  The County Council closure of it’s ‘bring’ sites and an increase in charges levied is being pointed at as the reason.  HBBC is showing an increase in fly tipping of 47%, with some 863 tips being collected at a cost of £33.340k in a year!  To try to counteract some of this, the Borough is proposing to bring down its charges for the collection of bulky waste.  3 large items (i.e. a 3 piece suit) will now cost £15.

Waste Management

The number of properties in the Borough has risen by 11.3% in 8 years, resulting in an extra 250k bins needing collection.  This means we can no longer absorb the extra increase of refuse, so an extra lorry and crew will need to be employed.  The Borough is having to purchase/rent a new fleet of vehicles as the existing fleet is becoming unreliable.  The council has set aside £320k towards this in 2018/19.  Dry recycling is to come ‘In House’ with the contract with ‘PALM’ coming to an end and major increases in costs being forecast for any future contracts as the previous contract was extremely favorable.

Conway County and Borough Council have voted to go to a 4 weekly collection to save £400k per year.  But they do collect food waste and nappies as a separate collection already.

 

Open Space & Recreation Study

The Borough Council is producing a list of all open spaces in the Parish areas with a map showing them.  This will include the quality of the open spaces, accessibility and distance to walk to these.  Members may remember we produced the results of one of these studies some years ago.

Councillor W J Crooks

Ward memeber for Barlestone, Nailstone & Osbaston

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March 2nd, 2018 by Na1lst0n3

General:

I have attended 28 meetings this month, and also attended 6 parish council meetings.

Major meetings that I attended included Cabinet on 9.01.18, County Council on 21st, feedback from a Peer Review of Special Educational Needs provision in Leics., 3 Strategy Co-ordination meetings, 2 Celebration of Achievement evening events at the Walker’s Stadium, Leicester, for Children in our Care, a visit to the Child Protection Team at Loughborough, attending the Regional Migration board in Melton, the launch of the Transgender Toolkit for Schools, (a joint venture with the City), Schools Forum, and attending the Community Engagement Meeting at the George Eliot Hospital to discuss their recent grading ‘Requires Improvement’ from the Quality Control Commission.

Within the Division I also attended a site meeting in Stoke Golding regarding drainage issues, and formally supported requests from Sheepy Parish Council and Market Bosworth Links Group.

Police Matters:

My guess is that you are already aware of the Market Bosworth Police Facebook page. However, in case you are not, it is well worth a visit and contains information on road traffic accidents, as well as the usual policing matters. I find it very comprehensive and usually visit daily.

Local Issues:

Individual Casework in Parishes currently stands at 5 issues in Witherley, 2 in Sheepy, 2 in Twycross, 2 in Higham, 2 in Stoke Golding, 1 in Cadeby, 3 in Shackerstone, 1 in Market Bosworth, and 2 in Nailstone. Parish Council casework is often more protracted.

I am pleased to report that Carlton’s target of last month has been successfully resolved, and that I have involved the Highways Department regarding A5 issues raised with the Chair of Higham Parish Council. I have responded to proposals by Midlands Connect regarding the future development options for the A5. One such option, Number 2, is being opposed by me as this would involve an expressway along the route of the B5000. My formal objections have been copied to Higham, Witherley, and Sheepy Parish Councils. It is pleasing to report there is movement on drainage issues affecting Sutton Cheney Parish Council.

Highways have become involved, at my request, in the damage to verges adjacent to Twycross Zoo and the issues involving the school bus for Market Bosworth Academy.

One local issue that continues to cause much angst regards planning applications for ancient hedge removal in Shackerstone Parish. It would appear that the requirement for me to be impartial could not be delivered, as I’m already on record as stating that I’m against ancient hedgerow removal, and the applicant is constituent of this Division. As such he is entitled to expect me to be impartial, so I have not commented.

Cabinet met on Friday 9th February. Items on the agenda were: The Medium Term Financial Strategy, Delayed Transfers of Care performance update, Fire Safety in Leicestershire Schools, a reconfiguration of In-House Learning Disability residential accommodation, Highways Authority Planning and Charging review, and an item from which the press and public were excluded.

County Council:

This was a one item agenda, the adoption of the Medium Term Financial Strategy based around a council tax increase this year of 5.99%. Although amendments were proposed by the Liberal Democrats, and backed up by Labour, both amendments were lost. Effectively we balance the budget for the next 2 financial years but by 2022 there will have to be a further £13M of cuts to be found.

Further details and reports for each subject can be found at politics.leics.gov.uk, just type in cabinet reports and agendas.

Ivan Ould

County Councillor for the Market Bosworth Division

Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Lead Member for Children & Young People’s Service

County Hall

Glenfield

Leics LE3 8RA

Tel: 0116 305 6369

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March 2nd, 2018 by Na1lst0n3

General:

I have attended 26 meetings this month, and attended 5 parish council meetings. Unfortunately I missed two parish meetings due to my wife’s medical appointment and a clash with the Children in Care council. Casework has expanded, with specific issues involving 5 of the 12 parish councils, and constituent issues numbering 16 in total. Planning and highways, plus who owns what, and the impact of inconsiderate behaviour have been the predominant issues this month.

Major meetings that I attended included Cabinet on 9.01.18, chairing the Children’s Partnership on 11th, attending the A5 Strategy Group in Market Harborough on 12.01.18, attending Children and Families Overview & Scrutiny on 15th, speaking at a National Conference in London regarding school funding, visiting the Disabled Children’s Tem at Coalville, attending the Health & Wellbeing Board on 25th, meeting the police & Crime Commissioner on 30th, attending a meeting regarding an improvement strategy for both the City and County Councils.

Local Issues:

A minor victory occurred, in that the ‘Keep Left’ signs on the A444 have been replaced at the junction with Watery Lane. Carlton have set me a new target regarding getting a bulb replaced that has been reported ad nauseam. I will do my best.

One local issue that is causing much angst regards planning applications for ancient hedge removal in Shackerstone Parish. I’m not yet fully up to speed on this issue yet, as it involves the Borough Council more than County, but I am aware of public concern over prairie farming and its impact on the landscape and wildlife.

Cabinet met on Tuesday 9th January. Items on the agenda were: The Early Help Review, the School Funding Formula, In-house Fostering Fees review, Adult Social Care Transport policy, Suicide prevention and Stop Suicide campaign. Further details and reports for each subject can be found at politics.leics.gov.uk, just type in cabinet reports and agendas.

Ivan Ould

County Councillor for the Market Bosworth Division

Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Lead Member for Children & Young People’s Service

County Hall

Glenfield

Leics LE3 8RA

Tel: 0116 305 6369

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