Parish Council November Meeting

The parish council held its monthly public meeting on 23 November in the Studio at the Kibworth Grammar School Hall.

The public participation involved several representatives from Tanglewood Care Services and a planning consultancy describing outline plans for a new 72 bed care home on a location off Fleckney Road. Plans have not yet been submitted to HDC. Although the parish council will wait to formally comment on the plans when available, councillors expressed deep concern over many issues that were presented, particularly as the development would be outside the permitted limits to development.

Planning discussed

Planning. Several planning applications were discussed, and all supported save for 21/01835/FUL – Erection of garden gym room with decked area, erection of carport/storage/workshop and construction of a wooden fence above the existing stone wall (revised scheme of 21/00499/FUL), 39 Church Road.  The recommendation from the Planning Committee to object was accepted because details for the new excessively high, boundary wall/fence/hedge had not been provided. Also, the proposal does not comply with Neighbourhood Plan policy H4/3.  The extent of the new high fence from Harborough Road to Church Road is also not specified.

Finance. All financial payments and statements were approved. The draft budget for 2022/23 was discussed and approved in principle; a special meeting to confirm the precept will be held on 11 January 2022.

Christmas. The clerk reported that volunteers have agreed to install the 40+ Christmas trees and light sets along High Street, Station Street and Fleckney Road where businesses or homeowners have confirmed they would like them.  They are due to be installed on 4/5 December in time for the Christmas event on 8 December when High Street will be closed to through traffic.

Apple Tree Orchard

Platinum Orchard. The council is still awaiting a formal quotation from the Orchard Society for planting trees in a triangle of land on Warwick Park beside the primary school sports field. The apple tree orchard is to be known as Platinum Orchard to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth’s forthcoming Jubilee in June 2022.

Youth activities. The Tuesday evening free sessions run by Fiesta Sports Coaching in the Grammar School Hall are going well with increasing numbers attending.

Consultation Event. 332 responses were received for the Open Space Strategy and more comments from 11-15-year olds at the Kibworth Mead Academy are awaited.

The clerk will contact the Scouts/Guides about the land off Robin Drive, for which David Wilson Homes obtained outline planning permission for a Community Centre in 2018, to see if they wish to take the project on.

Joint Recreation Board. Quotations are being obtained for:

  • inclusive play equipment for the Smeeton Road play area.
  • work on the Rookery Close pond, and
  • a Zipwire in Warwick Park.

Tenders are due to be issued soon for a skatepark.

Horses breaking through the cemetery’s hedge

Joint Burial Board. There have been several occasions when horses have broken through the hedge alongside the cemetery’s natural burial area and despite the grounds person blocking up the gaps, quotations are being obtained for a new boundary post and rail fence using some cemetery s106 funding.

County Council Report. Cllr Feltham said the County Council has signed a Tree Charter with the National Forest. They will work with partners such as District and Parish Councils to deliver campaigns,which will engage residents and other partners by raising awareness of the benefits of trees and to encourage tree planting.

At the next monthly public meeting on 11 January in the Kibworth Grammar School Hall there is to be a trial of live streaming of the parish council meeting on Zoom.

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Maria Smith