East Langton Parish Council
Annual Parish Meeting Report
Again, it has been another busy year for the Parish Council. Our main achievements have been some reorganisation of the Parish Council with the appointment of Alison Gibson as Clerk and the co-option of John Loney who has moved from being our Responsible Financial Officer to Parish Councillor. We thank both Robin Johnson and Dr. Suzie Imber for their service to the Parish Council.
Alison has been adopting and bringing up to date the policies necessary to run the Parish Council. She has also overseen the input and launch of our new website. All agendas, minutes, accounts and news items are regularly displayed on there. Our meeting days are the first Wednesday of the month, alternating full Parish council meetings with planning meetings. Agendas are posted on the Friday before the meeting.
There has been our change of County Councillor from Dr Kevin Feltham, Gartree Division to Dr. Sarah Hill, East Market Harborough Division. Sarah, along with our District Councillors, Chris Holyoak and Phil King have attended our Parish Council meetings. We are very pleased to have their interest and involvement.
The Examiner’s Report on the Neighbourhood Plan was received at the end of February after a very long wait. We had good attendance at its presentation to the community and are very grateful for the involvement and feedback from the Parish in what has been a lengthy but ultimately rewarding process. It now proceeds to referendum when all members of the Parish will have the opportunity to vote on it on Thursday 21 June.
The Referendum Version Plan can be viewed at Market Harborough and Kibworth libraries, The Symington Building, Market Harborough, the Bell and Cricket Club, East Langton and the Langton Arms and Community Hall, Church Langton as well as on the Parish Noticeboards.
Planning Applications come to us regularly. Notably the Application for 5 houses and a children’s play area on the Diocesan Field at the back of Old School Walk, this has just been refused by Harborough District Council; and the proposal by the Brudenall Estate for 15 houses behind Thornton Crescent. We have not received a formal application yet. A pleasant addition to the village has been the completion of the Langton Arms planning application and its opening.
Some of the annual £2,495 from Lightsource, the installers of the solar panels at Thorpe Langton, along with donations, has gone to fund training and two defibrillators, proposed to be sited at the school and the Bell. The awareness training will take place at the Community Hall on Sunday 13 May at 2.00pm. All are encouraged to attend, just book your place by contacting our Clerk.
Looking to the year ahead, the financial cutbacks are also threatening the continuation of the 44 bus. A Consultation is open until the 13 June.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Clerk and Parish Councillors for their hard work and support. You can be assured your Parish Councillors look forward to representing your interests in the year ahead.