Quorndon - National Local Council of the Year
At the annual dinner of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC),
held at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston on Saturday 15th
June, John Hutchinson, Chairman of Quorn Parish Council was presented
with the award for National Council of the Year - 2002.
The award from the National Association is sponsored by AON Insurance
and Quorn was voted the best Parish Council out of over 40 entrants from
Councils in England and Wales. The runner-up was Waters Upton Parish
Council in Shropshire.
This follows on the village’s previous successes as Leicestershire’s
Best Kept Village two years running and leading in 2000 to the Daily
Telegraph/Calor Gas National Environmental Village of the Year award.
The judging panel was particularly impressed with the following aspects
of Quorn Parish Council’s work:
The Council has published and regularly updates ‘A Plan for Quorn’,
the Council’s policies and plans for the future, arrived after
consultation with the community. It covers development and planning
issues, conservation and restoration, highways and traffic, community
environmental issues, recreation and leisure, and business. It is delivered
free to every household and a copy is displayed on the central notice
The environment is closely monitored by the Council. Although the central
areas are mostly urbanised, there are a number of ecologically important
sites in, and surrounding the village. These are listed and the Council
and volunteers work together to ensure that they are sensitively managed
and plans and policies exist for their maintenance and preservation.The
Council relies on information supplied by volunteer tree, footpath and
The centre of the village is a conservation area and the Council has
projects in hand to restore original features such as granite walls,
wrought iron fences and churchyard gates, period lighting columns and
paved or cobbled lands. Old ‘jitty’ or alleyway names have
been resurrected and commemorated with stylish new nameplates. The parish
and Baptist churches have been floodlit, the capital and running costs
met by the Parish Council.
A greening project in the conservation area is ongoing. Projects to
date include movable planters and permanent beds sited on formerly unkempt
areas in the village and the refurbishment of the central War Memorial
garden with prize money from a Charnwood Council sponsored Enviromental
competition. The Parish Council also judges an annual Best Kept Garden
competition and awards prizes.
Quorn has a lack of affordable housing for young people and families
wanting to live or remain in the village. The Parish Council has sought
and received outline planning permission to develop part of some publicly
owned land in the centre of the village for this purpose. East Midlands
Rural Housing has completed a survey of housing need in the village in
conjunction with the Parish Council.
For younger people, the Council owns and maintains a central, large
park with a newly refurbished children’s playground, and basketball
practice ground. A half-pipe ramp for skateboarding and cycling has recently
been constructed and a youth shelter has been built alongside it. These
have proven extremely popular.
The Council has been involved in a campaign to prevent housing development
on the village cricket ground and has now bought the ground and will
retain it as a cricket pitch and amenity space.
The Council has part-funded the award-winning village magazine ‘The
Quorndon’ produced by volunteers and distributed free to every
household in the village. The magazine is now self-supporting from its
The Quorn village website is at www.quorndon.com . This contains pages
on all aspects of life in Quorn, including a major section on the Parish
Council. The site is run by two volunteers partly financed by a grant
from the Council.
There is a new parish notice board in a heritage style in front of the
main parade of shops and a Millennium Map commissioned to depict Quorn’s
heritage and provide a current street guide has been installed at The
The Council sponsors an annual Art Exhibition and Craft Exhibition at
which local artists are encouraged to display their work to the public.
The village clubs occasional in need of financial assistance can apply
to the Council.
The Council has formed a sculpture garden adjacent to the churchyard
and other stone work around the village. Much of this is by final year
students at Loughborough University, using stone recovered from a demolished
mill chimney in the village.
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