Parish Council Report February 2012

Police Report

There was only one crime reported in Wymeswold in January. The date of the next Police beat surgery is yet to be finalised, but this will be updated in the ‘Neighbourhood Policing’ section of the Leicestershire Constabulary website ( In addition to surgeries held at Barrow Parish Council office, the Police are also hoping to hold a beat surgery in Wymeswold and/or Burton on the Wolds in the near future. The Force website will be updated with the details. Please feel free to come along, your neighbourhood team will be happy to meet you and talk about issues in your area.

If you need to contact the Police in non-emergency situations, please dial 101. You can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing team directly – PC 2983 Richard Gosling and PCSO 6438 Stu Venables – by telephoning 101, selecting option 2 and when prompted, tap in identification numbers 2983 or 6438 to leave a message.  The Police beat team will get back to you as soon as possible.  You can also send an e-mail by logging onto the website at and clicking on the ‘Neighbourhood Policing’ icon. Alternatively, if you wish to prove information and remain anonymous then you can contact Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Reports from the County and Borough Councillors

County Councillor Richard Shepherd reported that he had asked MP Nicky Morgan to enquire of the Transport Minister if there could be a request nationally for HGV’s to be fitted with Satellite Navigational systems which would help to avoid HGV’s getting stuck on narrow lanes and roads. He has now received a response and unfortunately there are currently no plans to take this idea further.

Borough Cllr Bokor has also asked for an update on Holly Lodge Farm to ascertain the situation regarding planning permission, and also reported that there is a proposed plan to install a Solar Farm on Wymeswold Airfield.

Proposal to install a pedestrian crossing on Far Street.

On Saturday 4thFebruary Cllr Ling, Borough Cllr Bokor , County Cllr Shepherd and MP Nicky Morgan had a meeting to establish how plans can be taken forward to install a pedestrian crossing on Far Street. Cllr Shepherd has contacted lead cabinet member Lesley Pendleton to see if there is any Section 106 money available that could be used towards the cost of the pedestrian crossing, however this was met with a negative response.

Other funding possibilities can be looked into such as lottery funding or private funding and Cllr Bokor is researching other funding streams that are designated to help and support rural communities.

County Councillor Shepherd will continue to campaign for the crossing referring to the LTP3 document, the fact that LCC have established the crossing is feasible and that the vehicle count shows that the traffic coming through the village warrants the installation of a pedestrian crossing.

Cllr Ling reported that a survey to establish if there is a need for a crossing patrol person for the A6006 has been undertaken and the figures showed over and above that the A6006 does indeed qualify for a crossing patrol person.

Cllr Shaw concluded the discussion establishing that the way forward is to contact LCC to find out how the Parish Council would take this project further should the Council agree to approach private companies and invite them to tender for the work.

2012 – Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Flame

Cllr Shaw presented further developments on the plans to install a village sign on Queens Park.  A small sub-committee has been formed to take this project further and plans are running smoothly. There has been a site meeting and it has been confirmed that the planned location for the sign has been approved. It has also been agreed to create some floral displays on The Stockwell to help with the celebrations.

We have had some great ideas coming through from parishioners and we still would welcome your views and ideas of scenes to be included on the sign.

Community Speedwatch Campaign

The idea of a Community Speedwatch scheme has again been raised and we would be interested in hearing your views and asking if anyone would be prepared to volunteer for the campaign.

The next meeting of Wymeswold Parish Council will held on Monday 5th of March 2012 in the Jubilee Room, Wymeswold Memorial Hall, Clay Street, Wymeswold, starting at 7:15pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

Alice Gardam
Clerk to Wymeswold Parish Council