Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council May 22

The parish council held its 7 April public monthly meeting in the Studio at the Kibworth Grammar School Hall. This report was too late for the April Chronicle.

Community Facilities Improved

Cllr. Feltham updated members on the news that Section106 money (used to improve community facilities) has been obtained. This will be used to extend the CCTV network across the railway line and into Warwick Park. It is expected to go live in a couple of months.

An open letter has been sent by Robert Smyth Academy about reducing anti-social behaviour. It has been endorsed by the MP, the police and district council as well as local county councillors.

The vehicle activated signs along Main Street and Albert Street are awaiting structural load testing of the lamp columns in late April.

The second part-time joint Groundsperson, Stephen Beasley, has now started, so it is hoped the two Betty Ward memorial benches can be installed.

Pedestrian Safety Bid Rejected

Leicestershire County Council: A bid for £58m to help improve bus services across the county has been rejected by the government; this will increase pressure on maintaining the existing subsidised services.

The request to look at guard rails or bollards for pedestrian safety along the A6 has been rejected due to parts of the pavement being too narrow.

Platinum Orchard is Planted

Joint Recreation Board. The bid for inclusive play equipment funding for Smeeton Road has been successful.

Work is progressing with preparing bids for a zip wire, skate park and trim trail. The new 30- tree Platinum Orchard has been planted in Warwick Park.

Joint Burial Board. An architect’s survey report on the Lychgate has been received with suggestions for reducing the few damp patches. These will be added to the plan for a new tarmac footpath around the natural burial area.

22/00691/FUL Manor Farmhouse, Main Street. Councillors were content that access to the new garage block was using the western access and not the Slang as in the previous plans.

Neighbourhood Plan – Councillors agreed the documentation can now be submitted to HDC for the Regulation 16 consultation.

All financial statements, reconciliations, summaries, and shared costs with KBPC were approved.

The clerk reported that all councillors had finally been included in the bank mandate.

Councillor Vacancy Remains

The parish council still has a vacancy for a councillor to be co-opted.

If anybody is interested in joining the council and helping plan many improvements, please contact the Clerk to find out more.

Our monthly meetings are open to the public to come along to meet councillors and see what we do.

The next public meeting, which was also the Annual meeting, was on 5 May in the Kibworth Grammar School Hall and will be reported on in the June Chronicle.

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