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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 medical emergency.

Quorn Bookbinders

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 most grateful.

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 items.

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
Email: parishclerk@quorndon.com

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 leaflet.

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 release.

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