Quorn Parish Council News - November 2019
Posted to website November 20th 2019
The Council met on Tuesday 5th November.
The meeting was attended by PC Rachel Chapman who delivered the monthly crime figures for the Parish, County Councillor Hilary Fryer with a County Council report and Borough Councillors, Richard Shepherd and Jane Hunt presented an update on village parking and the draft local plan. Members of the public were present and addressed the meeting regarding council administration and car crime.
There were three resolutions resulting from the November meeting. The Clerk's decision on expenditure for the repair and replacement of the village Christmas lights was ratified, approval was given for consultants to be commissioned to prepare an options report for the Old School and the Parish Council approved increased use of social media to further transparency.
The recommendation was received from the Finance and General Purposes Committee to introduce Service Level Agreements to regulate working arrangements with voluntary external bodies and individuals.
Councillors also reported back and updated members on the progress of recent meetings about the raised footpath between villages and lack of burial space within the village.
The Finance and General Purposes Committee met on the 28th October and it was approved that changes to the Financial Regulations be incorporated and that the 2020/21 budget be presented to the December Council meeting.
The Planning Committee held on the 18th November reviewed recent applications and comments were agreed upon to go to Council for approval with regards to the Miller Homes application, Loughborough Road, Quorn.
The next Parish Council Surgery is on Saturday 25th January between 11.00am and 12.00noon at the Old School Community Rooms. These surgeries are intended to enable residents to be able to pop along for a chat with Councillors about any issues or concerns they may have within the Parish.
Don’t forget that you can follow Quorn Parish Council on our Facebook page or @QuornParish on Twitter.
Official Welcome of HMS Quorn Bell and Ensign
Posted to website November 18th 2019
It was almost two years ago that the village learned that the ship, HMS QUORN to which it was affiliated, was to be withdrawn from service and that the Parish Council was to become custodian of the ship’s bell and ensign..
View the PDF and photographs.
Quorn Parish Council News - October 2019
Posted to website October 22nd 2019
There were no resolutions resulting from the October meeting of council.
The Facilities and General Purposes Committee met on 9th October at the
Village Hall and Old School working group updated the meeting and their
work is continuing. The committee approved the amended hall and room hire
conditions and an increase in the Village Hall and all the council rooms
hire rates by £2.00 an hour to be implemented from 1st April 2020.
This being the first increase in rates for some years and it is necessary
because of increased operational costs. It was agreed that the Old School
Community Hall published charge will immediately be reduced to be in line
with the Village Hall charge.
The contract for the supply of next year's hanging baskets
costing £2,777 was approved. The committee were informed that the
picnic bench ordered last year for the Church View Gardens and costing
£1,090 will be installed shortly. Quorn in Bloom have agreed to
maintain this bench.
Whilst the council continues its support of local organisations
they would very much like organisations and businesses to consider taking
on some of the events the council has inherited such as Band in the Park,
the Christmas Carol Service and Live and Local. It was agreed to commit
only to the existing event bookings calendar so if your organisation or
business could help by taking on an event then please contact our Parish
The Planning Committee held on 21st reviewed the recent
applications, assessed the Neighbourhood Plan Community Actions progress,
received a progress update on the Emergency Response Plan and agreed to
support a Neighbourhood Scheme. The public meetings and more details associated
with both the Response Plan and Neighbourhood Scheme initiatives will
be publicised soon.
The council's second 'away day' was held at the LRALC centre
in Anstey and was another successful session with the Visioning Exercise
leading to the Business Plan being completed.
The Council has received a letter from the Borough Council
which asks for comments as part of a consultation being carried out by
BT on the removal of several public phone boxes in the area, one of which
is situated on Loughborough Road in Quorn. The committee agreed to the
removal of this phone box as there has been zero calls made from it in
The Parish Councillor surgery sessions that are designed
to allow residents to pop by and have a chat about any issues or concerns
they may have about Parish Matters continue and the next one will be held
at the Old School Community Room on Saturday 26th October between 11.00am
and 12.00noon. The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 5th
Quorn Community Speed Watch
Posted to website October 18th 2019
Thanks to a group of residents organised by Pat Green and supported by
the Parish Council, the Community Speed Watch initiative is taking place
on many of the village roads. This is an educational scheme that helps
to reduce speeding traffic and improve the safety of our roads. It is
also important as the data produced can assist in producing the evidence
necessary to support decision making.
Quorn Parish Council News - September 2019
Posted to website September 26th 2019
The September meeting of council resolved to authorise that an offer of
employment be made to the successful candidate for the new Senior Administrative
Officer position and it received a recommendation to repay the current
Public Works Board Loan covering the purchase of the Old School with a
new loan with reduced terms be considered in setting the 2020/21 budget.
The Police Neighbourhood Officer Rachel Chapman was welcomed, and informed
council of several crimes committed in the village during August.
The Planning Committee held on 16th reviewed the recent applications and
acknowledge the work of the Neighbourhood Plan Community Action group.
The council's first ever Strategy/Business Planning away-day
session was facilitated by the Leicestershire and Rutland Association
of Local Councils and took place at Ratby on Friday 20th as council moves
towards its plan. This was well received, and the next session is planned
for the end of October.
The Council are supporting the establishment of an Emergency
Response Plan for the village and are pleased to be supporting the Community
Speed Watch initiative. This has been organised by community volunteers
and will be taking place during October.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 1st October
where a section of the agenda is set aside for public participation with
the opportunity for members of the public to address council on agenda
items. From Saturday 28th September, Quorn Parish Councillors are hosting
regular surgery sessions to allow residents to pop by and have a chat
about any issues or concerns that they may have about Parish matters.
These run monthly at the Old School Community Room on the last Saturday
of each month (except August and December). The surgeries run between
11.00am and 12.00noon. Please pop by if there is something you would like
an elected Parish Council representative to be aware of.
Community Defibrillator Seminar
Posted to website September 14th 2019
As part of its well-being programme, the Parish Council is hosting a community
defibrillator seminar in the Old School Community Hall on Saturday 21st
September at 10.00am. The Community Heartbeat Trust will be demonstrating
the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment works and their
benefits to the community in saving precious minutes in the treatment
of sudden cardiac arrest.
Everyone is welcome to this initiative that can help save lives. No special
skills are required, just a willingness to play an important role in a
Posted to website August 31st 2019
Would you like to learn the fascinating craft skill of bookbinding and
try your hand at making a book?
Quorn Bookbinders began over 30 years ago as an evening
class at Rawlins taught for all that time by professional bookbinder,
Nick Wells. When the local authority withdrew funding for the evening
class, the group formed a self-financing co-operative to continue their
work. The group meet every Monday in term-time at Rawlins.
Quorn folk are welcome to join a workshop hosted by Nick
Wells, the tutor of Quorn Bookbinders. All the necessary tools and materials
for the project will be provided. All you need do is sign-up and come
along on the day.
At £35 the cost of this course has been kept low because
of a generous subsidy from the Rawlins Community Trust for which we are
The course takes place at Rawlins Academy on Saturday 14th
September, 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Places are available: see our website at www.bookbindingclass.uk.
Quorn Parish Council News - August 2019
Posted to website August 27th 2019
At the August meeting, council resolved to authorise that an offer of
employment be made to the successful candidate for the new Grounds and
Facilities Officer position, to make an initial enquiry to the local police
to attend a public meeting in the village and that council consider and
agree the implementation of recommendations contained in a letter from
the Monitoring Officer detailing with the findings of the Members Conduct
Panel. The Police Neighbourhood Officer Rachel Chapman was welcomed and
informed council about the small number of crimes committed in the village
during July. Reports were provided by Councillors regarding the recent
LRALC AGM and the 'Parish Councils of the Soar Valley' meetings.
The Village Hall and Old School Working Group have been
busy working on the Old School Improvements Programme which is aimed at
addressing improvements requested by the users and repairing some of the
leaks highlighted during the recent storms. Other improvements being considered
include the addition of kitchen facilities, extra toilets, floor covering,
double glazing and ramped access from the front of the building. A review
of the hiring conditions for both facilities and the hire charges have
also been carried out. The intention to move the Parish Office into a
new site within the Old School is progressing and once the connectivity,
floor covering, and furniture are in place an announcement of the changeover
date will be made.
The month has seen several committee meetings. The Grounds
and Facilities Committee agreed to install memorial plaques at the Old
School and the Mills Flats, adopt a proposal for a Library Operations
Working Group and to review the Parish Council sponsored events on an
annual basis. An Extraordinary Meeting took place to receive and review
a cost analysis of the quotes to provide the village Christmas Lights
and a supplier was approved.
The Planning Committee reviewed the recent applications
and acknowledge the work of the Neighbourhood Plan Community Action working
groups and accepted two enabling proposals, one regarding burial spaces
and the other improvement of footpath signage in the parish.
The Finance and General Purposes committee reviewed a report
regarding the councils Public Works Loan Board loan arrangements and the
councils Financial Reserve Policy. A proposal for the introduction of
a template Service Level Agreement, a revised publicity Policy and Procedure
and a Job Description for an Administrative Assistant were all agreed.
The first Councillors Surgery will take place on Saturday
28th in the Old School community room between 11.00am and 1.002noon when
residents are being encouraged to 'drop in' and chat about their concerns
and views on Parish Council Matters with councillors. The kick-off meeting
for the Quorn Community Response Plan will take place in the Council Chamber
at 7.00pm on Monday 30th September. It is hoped that residents will take
the opportunity to participate in both of these initiatives.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 3rd September
2019 where a section of the agenda is set aside for public participation
with the opportunity for members of the public to address council on agenda
For more information, please see the Quorn
Parish Council pages on this website.
Community Response Plan
Posted to website August 21st 2019
Quorn Parish Council is in the process of promoting the concept of a Community
Response Plan to cover civil emergencies.
The council foresees this as a community project with funding,
support and coordination provided through the council, drawing on the
expertise embedded in the Quorn community and in collaboration with the
local Resilience Partnership. Once completed the plan will be adopted
by the Parish Council and will be used in the case of an emergency.
Why do we need a Community Response Plan?
Emergencies happen. Recent illustrations include the Gas
Explosion in Birstall. Flooding at Mountsorrel and Sileby and of course
the dam breach at Whaley Bridge.
The Emergency Services will always have to prioritise those
in greatest need, especially where life is in danger. There may be times
when the Quorn community is affected by an emergency, but lives are not
in immediate danger. Being able to help yourselves and those around you
will assist the emergency responders and reduce the impact of an emergency
on our community, both in the short and longer term.
What is involved?
There is a Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Community
Response Plan Toolkit and a local Resilience Officer, Mark Warden, to
help us. The Response Plan Toolkit details ten steps in the process. The
important thing is for us to get started and invite the stakeholders and
the allocated Resilience Officer to meet up and establish the protocols
and produce and indicative plan. This will include a Community Response
Team, Local Risk Assessment, Local Resources, Places of Safety, etc.
We are looking for existing community organisations, within
the community to come forward as volunteers in the case of such an emergency.
Initially we would like to invite local organisations and volunteers to
join us to get things underway.
We are holding a 'kick-off' meeting at the Village Hall
Council Committee Room on Monday 30th September at 7.00pm.
If you think you could help and would like to put yourself
or organisation forward, please contact the Parish Council Clerk: Christina
Gibbs as follows:
Phone: 01509 414 491
Additional information is available at: www.llrprepared.org.uk.
Loughborough Road Development - consultation
Posted to website July 31st 2019
Miller Homes is preparing an application for residential development at
a site on Loughborough Road, north of Quorn. The proposals include development
for 105 homes, alongside areas of landscaping, open space and amenity.
Read the full Miller Homes consultation
Stafford Orchard Green Flag Award
Posted to website July 22nd 2019
Stafford Orchard has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as
one of the very best in the world.
Read the full press