Have a say on bus services
The county council is working closely with local bus operators to come up with bold plans to improve public transport – and encouraging more people to use it.
The Government has pledged £3 billion to help progress these plans across the country – and Leicestershire is aiming to secure a fair share of the funding.
However, to secure this funding, the council must develop a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). The council needs input to help it develop the plan.
It wants to find out what people think would improve local bus services and what would encourage them to use local buses more.
It would like to hear from people who already use buses, those who currently don’t, as well as from public, private and voluntary organisations.
There’s a questionnaire at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/bus-strategy-survey for people to have their say. The closing date is Friday, 30th July.
On Monday the NHS launched a GP practice survey exploring views and experiences of GP-led (primary care) services during the Covid-19 pandemic to help us build on the things that people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland like about the service and to identify areas of care that could be improved.
Over the last year, Coronavirus has placed enormous strain on all areas of the NHS, including your General Practice. Despite that, General Practices have remained ‘open’ providing more than 6 million appointments over the last 12 months, with the majority still providing face-to-face. Some changes have been made to keep both patients and staff safe though, including increased use of both telephone assessment and, in some cases, online consultation where appropriate. Right now, your GP and GP practice is handling more appointments than ever before.
The NHS would love to hear your opinion and about your experiences that will help them to plan for service delivery in the future. Even if you haven’t visited your General Practice recently it’s still really important that they hear from you so that they can understand the way care needs to be provided to you in the future. The gathered feedback will inform a series of discussions going forward to help create a shared vision for modern, sustainable primary care.
The survey closes on Monday 12th July 2021.
Link to survey: www.bit.ly/PrimaryCareLLR
The Council has today published, in accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27 and The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Notice of the Public Rights and Publication of the unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2020-21. For further information click the link
Copies of the unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2020-21 can be downloaded from the Council’s website. Please click on the tab titled Finance and go to the 2020-21 Year. Alternatively you can request a copy from the Parish Office by emailing the Clerk on
Have your say on proposed changes to Parliamentary constituencies
Hinckley and Bosworth residents are being urged to have their say on proposed changes to Parliamentary constituencies.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has now published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries and launched an eight week public consultation to enable members of the public to provide feedback on the proposals.
The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched in January this year. The Commission is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. The Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and will present final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.
In the Hinckley and Bosworth area, the following changes are proposed:
- Bosworth constituency renamed to Hinckley & Bosworth constituency
- Markfield Stanton & Field Head and Ratby Bagworth & Thornton wards to move to Mid Leicestershire constituency (formerly known as Charnwood constituency) from Bosworth constituency. Please note that Groby ward is currently already part of the existing Charnwood constituency.
- Appleby and Oakthorpe & Donisthorpe wards to move to Hinckley & Bosworth constituency from North West Leicestershire constituency.
Now the public is encouraged to have their say on the proposals by visiting https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/ to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and to provide feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August 2021. There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022.
Printed copies of the proposals will also be available for viewing at the Electoral Services Office, Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leics, LE10 0FR.
Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received and form its final recommendations.
Tim Bowden, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Today’s proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of Parliamentary constituencies might look like. But they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts. Help us draw the line to make the number of electors in each Parliamentary constituency more equal. Each constituency we recommend is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, meaning there will be significant change to current boundaries. We want to hear the views of the public to ensure that we get the new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies right.”
“We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area. It is easy to get involved – view our proposals and have your say on our online consultation portal – www.bcereviews.org.uk.”
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
MARKFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
There is a Parish Councillor vacancy on Markfield Parish Council and this position will be filled by co-option at a meeting of the Council. Should more than one application be received for the vacancy, the Parish Councillors will decide the appointment by a vote, or series of votes, in order to obtain a majority decision.
To be considered for co-option, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria (Local Government Act 1972 s. 79):
- Be registered as a Local Government Elector for the Parish on the current Electoral Register.
- Have during the whole of the previous 12 months occupied as tenant or owner any land or other premises in the Parish. Or Has had his/her principal or only place of work in the previous 12 months in the Parish of Markfield.
- Have resided either in the Parish or within 3 miles thereof during the previous 12 months.
- Must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor
A person is disqualified if they (Local Government Act 1972 s. 80)
- Hold any paid office or employment to which they have been appointed by the Council
- Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
- Have within five years of the day of co-option been convicted of any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than three months (whether suspended or not) without option of a fine
- Have been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices or have been responsible for incurring unlawful expenditure and the court orders their disqualification
Applicants should note that Councillors are expected to attend monthly meetings usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm and to represent the electors of Markfield in raising and discussing issues of interest on which the Parish Council is empowered to act. Applicants are invited to attend a monthly meeting prior to submitting their application.
Anyone wishing to be considered for co-option should contact the parish office for an application pack (containing a Person Specification, eligibility form and meeting dates).
The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 12 July 2021
The Police have published its latest newsletter.
We are delighted to tell you that the Examiner of the Markfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2020-2036 has produced his report and recommended that, subject to some changes, the Plan should proceed to a referendum.
The publication of the Examiner’s Report means that as Section 70 (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) provides that a Local Planning Authority, must have regard to a post examination draft NP. HBBC now has 5 weeks to carry out the final statutory process and issue a decision statement which will include the reasons for doing so and allow us to move to referendum.
Leicestershire County Council have published its latest Trading Standards Newsletter that contains some useful information.
Leicestershire County Council have agreed a temporary road closure of Ashby Road, Markfield between the junctions of Main Street and Hill Lane on 14 June 2021 between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.
Details of the alternative route is available at https://one.network/?tm=GB121951441
A copy of the Press Release is attached for information.