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Coleorton Special Expenses

Coleorton Parish Council is aware of discussions and concerns raised by parishioners regarding Coleorton Special Expenses, and the increase for the coming year as shown on their council tax bill. North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) sets the Coleorton Special Expenses and these are paid directly to NWLDC. Coleorton Parish Council has no input to, or control over these expenses. The parish council’s annual precept of £14,348 has not been increased since 2016.

Essentially the elements of the special expenses are for routine grounds maintenance of the closed churchyard of St. Mary’s Church, routine grounds maintenance of Forrester Close play area, cleansing services for emptying a bin at the play area and some planned preventative maintenance for 21/22 covering tree works at St. Mary’s closed churchyard. There was a query raised during these discussions regarding ownership of the Forrester Close play area. NWLDC owns this land.

The parish council was in discussion with NWLDC last year regarding a possible change of ownership but ultimately this did not happen. It is quite possible this is where a misunderstanding has arisen; the discussions are minuted, as is the decision of the parish council to decline the offer to take ownership. You can of course contact the Finance Team directly at NWLDC for further information and a detailed breakdown of the special expenses.

We hope this clarifies the situation.

HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the sad death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Councillor Martin Farrand, said “This is indeed a very sad day for our country. Coleorton Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the death of HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh”.

HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh dedicated his life to the service of our Queen and Country, the Commonwealth and became our longest serving Prince Consort. Councillor Farrand continued “I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to The Queen and all members of the Royal family at this very sad time.”

Book of Condolence

“I’d encourage local people to leave tributes and messages in the virtual book of condolence which is available via the following links.

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/book-of-condolence / https://www.royal.uk/condolence

Coleorton Wood Spring and Summer Opening

Coleorton Wood Spring and Summer Opening

Last year we trialled extended opening times at Coleorton Wood during Spring and Summer and if successful we committed to making this a permanent change.
We are pleased to confirm that the wood will be open again until 8.00 p.m. starting from 4th April through to 30th September. However, please bear in mind that during the first few days of April and the last few days of September it may still be dark before 8.00 p.m. and in this case the car park will be closed before dark.
As reported previously, problems in the wood are rare. Whilst the majority of dog walkers are very responsible, occasionally we are made aware that dog waste is not being picked up and removed.
The volunteer group which manages the woodland will be working there from time to time using a variety of power and hand tools so you should stay a safe distance from their work area, and particularly during continuing COVID restrictions please observe government guidance with respect to social distancing from the volunteers and other members of the public.
If you witness any issues that are a cause for concern whilst in the wood (fly tipping, anti-social behaviour, etc.) please don’t hesitate to contact Cllr. Terry Betts 01530 811269 / 07840 140281 or any councillor listed on the Coleorton website if Cllr. Betts is not available.
Please enjoy your Spring and Summer evening walks in the wood!

Road Closure A512 Ashby Road Coleorton

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
A road closure is required on Ashby Road between Flagstaff Roundabout and Rempstone Road on the 10th April 2021 for two nights, 20:00 to 06:00.  The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety for Leicestershire County Council to facilitate pre-surface dressing carriageway patching.  The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: Rempstone Road, Coleorton; Rempstone Road, Top Brand, Worthington; Breedon Brand, Breedon; A42 J14 to J13, and vice versa. During the closures, alternative routes available to all traffic can be viewed at one.network



Crime Prevention is better than cure!

Crime Prevention is better than cure!

Safer NWLDC Partnership is working with the local police and councils to encourage residents to take measures themselves to prevent crime from happening. As part of this campaign, they are making some fairly simple items available, free of charge, to Coleorton residents. Our Crime Prevention champion Colin Jones has acquired a fresh stock of these items, some of which are pictured above and they include:

  • Personal alarm with a 130dbs siren activated on a keyring and includes an LED torch.
  • Car Key Wallets: these key protectors aim to prevent vehicle thefts following a rise in the number of thefts of keyless cars in recent months. The car key protectors prevent criminals from using a device to bounce a signal from the key to the vehicle in order to gain entry and steal it.
  • Window Shock Alarm. Fitted to window or patio doors emits 110dBs siren if the window is shaken due to entry attempt.
  • Two-in-one permanent UV/Ink marker pen and also immoveable stickers to mark your valuables. Valuables can be registered with www.immobilise.com to enable them to be traced if stolen or lost.
  • Shed or van motion detector PIR with security light – and weather-proof “This Shed is Alarmed!” notices.
  • Fence spikes
  • Simple but effective – small bells to attach to handbag, phone, purse etc which jingle if moved.

These items are available TO COLEORTON RESIDENTS ONLY by contacting our Crime Prevention Champion Colin Jones
Telephone: 0795 806 1508 or email colinjones15@gmail.com

Daffodils on the Green

Daffodils on the Green

Last Autumn an enthusiastic group of councillors and local residents undertook the planting of hundreds of daffodil bulbs on Beaumont Green. They approached the task with great gusto, with a wonderful feeling of camaraderie, enjoying a socially distanced day out in the lovely Autumn sunshine. And the next few months in a state of trepidation wondering if they would ever see the fruits of their labours!

Excitement mounted as little green shoots poked through the grass and the planting team all watched in amazement to see a host of golden daffodils appear in March. Wordsworth would have been proud!

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Keeping Coleorton Clean and Tidy

During the last few months our fly tipping champion Cllr. Michael Akroyd has been quietly and diligently working in the background with the local district authority to find a way to reduce incidences of and ultimately stop fly tipping in our village. In the last three years the cost to NWLDC was more than £95k to clear up after fly tips in the Farm Town area with only one successful prosecution. After a spate of seemingly daily fly tips, the incidences have reduced but it is still happening.

Very recently a meeting was held with senior enforcement officials from NWLDC (ultimately fly tipping is the responsibility of the District Council) and the outcome is that they are happy to support and be involved in a working group to address the problem.

The group will comprise NWLDC officials, parish councillors and local residents. The remit for the group will also include the problem of dog waste; this issue has been raised with the Council recently by a local resident.

We would be happy to see more residents from the local community joining the working group; if you are concerned about keeping our lovely village clean and tidy and want to help to protect the environment, please contact Cllr. Michael Akroyd makroyd@coleorton.org.uk who will be happy to give you more information.

Wreath laid on behalf of Coleorton parishioners

Wreath laid on behalf of Coleorton parishioners

Government guidelines advised against groups meeting for Remembrance Sunday. However, On Sunday Cllr. Betts attended and laid two wreaths – one on behalf of St Mary’s Church and the other on behalf of Coleorton parishioners and, as is our usual custom read out the names of the war dead from Coleorton parish.

Revd. Mary Gregory, Rector of St Mary’s Church, Coleorton, writes: Usually, St Mary’s Church and Coleorton Parish Council would be welcoming the village to a simple Act of Remembrance at Coleorton’s war memorial. This year, North West Leicestershire District Council have asked us all to ‘Remember at Home’, rather than risk gathering in numbers and spreading Covid-19 amongst us.

So with the help of local film makers Pudding Bag Productions, we pre-recorded our Remembrance Sunday service. The film, shot in Ashby and in our villages, includes the central Act of Remembrance, together with beautiful prayers, readings and music from the St Helen’s choir. See the video on YouTube





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