Ivan Ould’s February 2018 Report (County Councillor)

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

March 2nd, 2018 by