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Joint update from Kegworth Parish Council and North West Leicestershire District Council: Funding for Kegworth improvements extended for a year

The Parish and District Councils are pleased to announce that their request to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to extend the availability of funding for improvements in the village has been approved. Originally the £500,000 from the Pooled Business Rates managed by the LLEP, plus £450,000 from North West Leicestershire District Council and £50,000 from Kegworth Parish Council, needed to spent by 31 March 2021. This has now been revised to 31 March 2022.

The extension provides time for completion of all the project's different elements – work on Market Place, a new cycleway, the relocation of bus shelters and new gateways on the main routes into the village. All must still comply with the plans agreed to secure the LLEP funding which specify it must be used for public realm improvements.

More information about the project will be shared with businesses, residents and other interested parties in the coming months – with new designs for Market Place expected to be ready for publication in the summer. At that point people will be invited to give their views on the revised proposals. This feedback will inform the creation of the final Market Place designs. It is planned that these will be ready for implementation by autumn 2021.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE

1. Date of announcement: 28 June 2021

2. Each year the Council's Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Peter Leppard, Locum Parish Clerk, clerk@kegworthparishcouncil.gov.uk

commencing on Tuesday 29 June 2021

and ending on Monday 9 August 2021

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
    • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Council.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The Council's AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO's Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD

(sba@pkf-l.com)

5. This announcement is made by Peter Leppard, Locum Parish Clerk

Latest News

Chair of Kegworth Parish Council’s (KPC) report to 2021 Annual Parish Meeting

Posted: Mon, 05 Jul 2021 12:15 by Peter Leppard

Good evening. Our Clerk, Vicky Roe is unable to be here and we have the stand-in services of Peter Leppard. I will refer to Kegworth Parish Council as KPC or 'we' from now on. There is a lot to say so I need to go quickly. There are headings to help you follow. All reports will be published on our website. More »

Introduction

We celebrate the chance to come together as a parish after a year's gap. Thanks to the OYO Kegworth Hotel for enabling this to be a face to face meeting so soon after we all took the Road Map step 3 last Monday.

My name is Ray Sutton. I have been Chair of KPC for just a week. Tonight is not primarily about KPC. We have enabled the meeting to happen just in time before the legal window closes at the end of May. We are assembled to hear from, and celebrate, the rich community we all live in. It is you who make it tick, nay even chime and vibrate. I think litter is a good litmus test of a community. Our joint care and attention to this issue across the patch, from the quarry to the Notts boundary to the bypass, tells me that we pass the test with distinction. My award goes to the gentleman who slowly pushes along his walker and places the litter in the shopping compartment. What dedication and what a privilege to live in the same village as him.

From the time Vikings sailed down the River Soar under Keggi The Red Beard, Kegguth has been welcoming East Winders like me and adapting to change. The early establishment of the Derby- Leicester route ensured that in culture, business and outlook, our people have been a canny, learning and developing lot, enterprising, fiercely caring for one another, defending their community and making the most life on a crossroads of river, road, and now rail and air. Learning and developing is the right aim for most organisations and especially for KPC just now.

People

I would like to acknowledge the time, effort and skill freely given by the ten members who have left the Council since the last parish meeting in 2019, some with a good number of years' service. Councillors Bishop, Carter, Forster, Hignett, Hirst, Hogan, Maguire, Mellan, Pendleton, Tansley thank you. In that time, four of these served as chair and it is right that we single out David Hignett's time in the 'first among equals' role. Thank you.

The council is carrying four vacancies, one unfilled on May 6th due to a lack of nominees for the election to be re-run by NWLDC. Three vacancies are currently being advertised as the law requires. The six remaining councillors, myself, Martin Hawksworth, Susie Nolan, Andrew Priestley, Rod Pritchard and Carol Sewell hope for lots of interest in the vacancies from those willing to make the commitment. All of us live in Kegguth and Martin and Carol are long serving. We would like to end up with a balance across sex/gender.

We need younger people in the 18-50 bracket and there are many other under-represented groups. A Council dominated by retired white males is as ancient as Keggi himself and not fit for the 21st century and the challenges the village faces.

Public Relations

We hear you when you say that we are not listening. Please try to use our website so that you follow decisions we make. It is due for a makeover. When that happens please let us have your constructive comments and suggestions. In an area that for years has had no comprehensive local media coverage, and receives only sporadic newsletters and public briefings, we rely on just two notice boards for a village of 3000, plus word of mouth, our fantastic voluntary networks and, of course, Facebook groups, an acquired taste which can often be more bitter than sweet. Communication is a therefore a high priority for KPC going forwards.

Partnerships

Regardless of the 2018 by-pass, some would say it was inevitable that we now find ourselves trying to be a historic village on the very edge of a central UK airport and distribution centre, a prime development site at the power station, and the Clifton based expansion plans. The intended Freeport area embraces all of these, plus the Toton/HS2 site, and wraps around Kegworth. Therefore KPC's voice at, and work with neighbouring Parishes County and District are essential if we are to be embraced and nurtured rather than strangled.

To that end, councillors themselves have recently drafted and finalised a parish response to the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan. KPC will continue to find the best ways of advocating and influencing, so that the balance between heritage, environment, local business, housing and amenity in the village can be maintained for the well being of all. It is not all bad news and the expected arrival of a dentist, KPC's work on cycle way development, the continued investment in this hotel and the new pet shop are all positive signs.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

Our understanding is that this has now lapsed. KPC is taking advice. Enquiries should be addressed in writing to the Clerk.

Project - Kegworth Public Realm

KPC continues to work in partnership with District on this £1m scheme centred on Market Place. Because of the slow start to project consultation and planning during the unexpected year of lockdown, the Local Enterprise Partnership confirmed in March a new set of milestones for their £0.5 million contribution taking us on to March 2022. Most recently, Zoom meetings were recently held with local businesses, backed up by questionnaires for those who couldn't attend, and we awaits the findings. Councillors attended as silent observers. Informal reports are encouraging. I wrote 'eminent common sense' by the side of my notes. Advice so far tells us that significant traffic calming and a pedestrian crossing cannot be covered within this project.

Project - Church Wall

The wall collapse in January this year confirmed the need for a rebuild and not merely maintenance. Plans aimed at a rebuild had been in hand for a year. Fortunately, attention to the complex conservation and planning issues related to a churchyard and former burial ground were all being professionally addressed by due process. . For instance, tree reports, planning permission, traffic management tenders were all in place. The Council hastened its business case for borrowing, now accepted, confining the Kegworth Parish precept increase for the current year to 1% for inflation. The business case for borrowing was flagged in your February copy of the Life magazine and the full version is on our website. The minutes of several 2021 meetings refer to the Wall. Do have a look. Last week we accepted and approved a tender for the rebuild that was significantly over budget. KPC is approaching NWLDC with a view to using reserves towards the wall linked to the completion of SEGRO East Midlands Gateway. Further work on financing will, we hope ensure that the contract can be signed soon and the work started. It would be foolish to predict an end date, given all the unknowns. We regret the disruption and the weekly cost of the traffic management system and will do all in our power to minimise both.

Normal operations

It is not widely known what the Parish Council does and doesn't do. For instance, Highways, including pavements, air quality, water pollution and most street lighting are County, as are strategies for business and housing growth. Fly tipping clearance and planning permission are District. The Kegworth projects already described are bold and enterprising for a small parish. What is routine for KPC? Our KPC-owned allotments continue to be popular as 'grow your own' becomes more attractive. The work at the KPC-run Cemetery is inevitably constant. Our lengthsman, Stuart Cox, is always busy helping us to maintain a safe, tidy and healthy local environment, especially the KPC public spaces like Market Place. There is always something to do, often with legal and financial implications. This ranges from the weighty: at the King George V Playing Field keeping up to date with KPC's obligations under the 1950 Deed of Covenant set up to safeguard usage by groups in our community when we bought it and the community raised money for a Village Hall; to the more routine: deciding how much to spend on Christmas trees and lights.

The future

The last two years has not been easy for any of us, not least KPC. Immediately there are many difficult decisions to take. I hope many of you will stay for our Annual Meeting which, as always, includes up to 15 minutes' public participation. I close with edited and selected comments from a resident at weekend:

"I can't sit by any longer, moaning and whingeing about how I am unhappy with how things are being handled. The time has come to do something about it. With the above in mind, I would like to acknowledge the time and effort that all of the existing councillors have put in so far. Bolstering the existing team, restoring faith, and bringing new skills to the council which complement those of the existing council members is the answer." » Less

Chair of Kegworth Parish Council’s (KPC) report to 2021 Annual Parish Meeting

Posted: Mon, 05 Jul 2021 12:15 by Peter Leppard

Good evening. Our Clerk, Vicky Roe is unable to be here and we have the stand-in services of Peter Leppard. I will refer to Kegworth Parish Council as KPC or 'we' from now on. There is a lot to say so I need to go quickly. There are headings to help you follow. All reports will be published on our website. More »

Introduction

We celebrate the chance to come together as a parish after a year's gap. Thanks to the OYO Kegworth Hotel for enabling this to be a face to face meeting so soon after we all took the Road Map step 3 last Monday.

My name is Ray Sutton. I have been Chair of KPC for just a week. Tonight is not primarily about KPC. We have enabled the meeting to happen just in time before the legal window closes at the end of May. We are assembled to hear from, and celebrate, the rich community we all live in. It is you who make it tick, nay even chime and vibrate. I think litter is a good litmus test of a community. Our joint care and attention to this issue across the patch, from the quarry to the Notts boundary to the bypass, tells me that we pass the test with distinction. My award goes to the gentleman who slowly pushes along his walker and places the litter in the shopping compartment. What dedication and what a privilege to live in the same village as him.

From the time Vikings sailed down the River Soar under Keggi The Red Beard, Kegguth has been welcoming East Winders like me and adapting to change. The early establishment of the Derby- Leicester route ensured that in culture, business and outlook, our people have been a canny, learning and developing lot, enterprising, fiercely caring for one another, defending their community and making the most life on a crossroads of river, road, and now rail and air. Learning and developing is the right aim for most organisations and especially for KPC just now.

People

I would like to acknowledge the time, effort and skill freely given by the ten members who have left the Council since the last parish meeting in 2019, some with a good number of years' service. Councillors Bishop, Carter, Forster, Hignett, Hirst, Hogan, Maguire, Mellan, Pendleton, Tansley thank you. In that time, four of these served as chair and it is right that we single out David Hignett's time in the 'first among equals' role. Thank you.

The council is carrying four vacancies, one unfilled on May 6th due to a lack of nominees for the election to be re-run by NWLDC. Three vacancies are currently being advertised as the law requires. The six remaining councillors, myself, Martin Hawksworth, Susie Nolan, Andrew Priestley, Rod Pritchard and Carol Sewell hope for lots of interest in the vacancies from those willing to make the commitment. All of us live in Kegguth and Martin and Carol are long serving. We would like to end up with a balance across sex/gender.

We need younger people in the 18-50 bracket and there are many other under-represented groups. A Council dominated by retired white males is as ancient as Keggi himself and not fit for the 21st century and the challenges the village faces.

Public Relations

We hear you when you say that we are not listening. Please try to use our website so that you follow decisions we make. It is due for a makeover. When that happens please let us have your constructive comments and suggestions. In an area that for years has had no comprehensive local media coverage, and receives only sporadic newsletters and public briefings, we rely on just two notice boards for a village of 3000, plus word of mouth, our fantastic voluntary networks and, of course, Facebook groups, an acquired taste which can often be more bitter than sweet. Communication is a therefore a high priority for KPC going forwards.

Partnerships

Regardless of the 2018 by-pass, some would say it was inevitable that we now find ourselves trying to be a historic village on the very edge of a central UK airport and distribution centre, a prime development site at the power station, and the Clifton based expansion plans. The intended Freeport area embraces all of these, plus the Toton/HS2 site, and wraps around Kegworth. Therefore KPC's voice at, and work with neighbouring Parishes County and District are essential if we are to be embraced and nurtured rather than strangled.

To that end, councillors themselves have recently drafted and finalised a parish response to the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan. KPC will continue to find the best ways of advocating and influencing, so that the balance between heritage, environment, local business, housing and amenity in the village can be maintained for the well being of all. It is not all bad news and the expected arrival of a dentist, KPC's work on cycle way development, the continued investment in this hotel and the new pet shop are all positive signs.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

Our understanding is that this has now lapsed. KPC is taking advice. Enquiries should be addressed in writing to the Clerk.

Project - Kegworth Public Realm

KPC continues to work in partnership with District on this £1m scheme centred on Market Place. Because of the slow start to project consultation and planning during the unexpected year of lockdown, the Local Enterprise Partnership confirmed in March a new set of milestones for their £0.5 million contribution taking us on to March 2022. Most recently, Zoom meetings were recently held with local businesses, backed up by questionnaires for those who couldn't attend, and we awaits the findings. Councillors attended as silent observers. Informal reports are encouraging. I wrote 'eminent common sense' by the side of my notes. Advice so far tells us that significant traffic calming and a pedestrian crossing cannot be covered within this project.

Project - Church Wall

The wall collapse in January this year confirmed the need for a rebuild and not merely maintenance. Plans aimed at a rebuild had been in hand for a year. Fortunately, attention to the complex conservation and planning issues related to a churchyard and former burial ground were all being professionally addressed by due process. . For instance, tree reports, planning permission, traffic management tenders were all in place. The Council hastened its business case for borrowing, now accepted, confining the Kegworth Parish precept increase for the current year to 1% for inflation. The business case for borrowing was flagged in your February copy of the Life magazine and the full version is on our website. The minutes of several 2021 meetings refer to the Wall. Do have a look. Last week we accepted and approved a tender for the rebuild that was significantly over budget. KPC is approaching NWLDC with a view to using reserves towards the wall linked to the completion of SEGRO East Midlands Gateway. Further work on financing will, we hope ensure that the contract can be signed soon and the work started. It would be foolish to predict an end date, given all the unknowns. We regret the disruption and the weekly cost of the traffic management system and will do all in our power to minimise both.

Normal operations

It is not widely known what the Parish Council does and doesn't do. For instance, Highways, including pavements, air quality, water pollution and most street lighting are County, as are strategies for business and housing growth. Fly tipping clearance and planning permission are District. The Kegworth projects already described are bold and enterprising for a small parish. What is routine for KPC? Our KPC-owned allotments continue to be popular as 'grow your own' becomes more attractive. The work at the KPC-run Cemetery is inevitably constant. Our lengthsman, Stuart Cox, is always busy helping us to maintain a safe, tidy and healthy local environment, especially the KPC public spaces like Market Place. There is always something to do, often with legal and financial implications. This ranges from the weighty: at the King George V Playing Field keeping up to date with KPC's obligations under the 1950 Deed of Covenant set up to safeguard usage by groups in our community when we bought it and the community raised money for a Village Hall; to the more routine: deciding how much to spend on Christmas trees and lights.

The future

The last two years has not been easy for any of us, not least KPC. Immediately there are many difficult decisions to take. I hope many of you will stay for our Annual Meeting which, as always, includes up to 15 minutes' public participation. I close with edited and selected comments from a resident at weekend:

"I can't sit by any longer, moaning and whingeing about how I am unhappy with how things are being handled. The time has come to do something about it. With the above in mind, I would like to acknowledge the time and effort that all of the existing councillors have put in so far. Bolstering the existing team, restoring faith, and bringing new skills to the council which complement those of the existing council members is the answer." » Less

Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme: apply for a voucher

Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme: apply for a voucher

Posted: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:26 by Peter Leppard

The Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fix-your-bike-voucher-scheme-apply-for-a-voucher?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=8d93ef26-b762-4f1c-aac7-14c0fb69a4e3&utm_content=daily