Quorn Parish Council Chairman steps down
Posted to website January 14th 2020
We are sorry to announce that the Quorn Parish Council Chairman, Dennis Marchant has stepped down as a Councillor.
Dennis joined the Council in 2016 and immediately made an impact, taking the lead on the Quorn Neighbourhood Plan and as a member of several committees. In May 2019 he was elected as Chairman and has been leading the work to implement the changes recommended by last year's governance review and to develop a strategy for the Council.
Dennis commented that “much has been achieved but now’s time for a break”.
A new Chair is to be elected at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 4th February..
Quorn Parish Council
Posted to website December 20th 2019
Armed Forces Covenant
The Quorn Parish Council agreed at its December meeting to support the ‘Parish Councils in Charnwood’ initiative to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community.
The council already promotes events such as the Remembrance Day commemorations and the local breakfast club as well as actively supporting commemoration activities in the village. The council is also trophy holder of the HMS QUORN ships bell and houses a display in the Community Library.
Signing the Covenant means that Council will continue this activity but will commit to treating military personnel, veterans and their spouses and families with respect. This fits with the Council’s role in helping to ensure there is an absence of negative discrimination generally in the village, which includes all vulnerable or at risk groups and individuals and fits with the councils other well-being projects such as the Neighbourhood Scheme.
Amongst other things the council commits itself and by encouragement local organisations and businesses to consider supporting employment of ex-service members and reservists, offering discounts and incentives to members of the Armed Forces in our community and to help in any way they can.
Quorn Emergency Response Plan
Working closely with the County Council lead for this project, Mark Warden, the Parish Council has been testing interest in creating a plan for the village of Quorn. This plan would come into effect in the event of a significant emergency in the area. This could be extreme flooding, an explosion, a transport disaster or a major influenza epidemic. Although flooding is a real problem and something we have experienced recently, the impact of a ‘flu pandemic (which is quite likely in the next 10 years or so) would be felt by almost everyone in the village and the wider community.
At this stage, a small group is working on a survey to be carried out in the New Year. This will aim to find out what local interest there is in developing a plan, and also to discover what resources are already in the community which might be helpful as a supplement to the usual excellent care from the Emergency services.
The references for more information are here:
LR Prepared - https://www.llrprepared.org.uk
Residents - https://www.llrprepared.org.uk/prepared-residents/
Communities - https://www.llrprepared.org.uk/prepared-communities/
Businesses - https://www.llrprepared.org.uk/prepared-businesses/
If anyone wishes to register their interest in either project, please get in touch with Quorn Parish Council via the Clerk.
Quorn Parish Council News - December 2019
Posted to website December 11th 2019
The Council met on Tuesday 3rd December.
The meeting was attended by County Councillor Hilary Fryer and Borough Councillors, Richard Shepherd and Jane Hunt. Borough Councillor Shepherd gave an update on village parking, confirming that a questionnaire was being prepared for local residents and businesses.
One member of the public was present and addressed the meeting about noise from the rear playground of the Old School. Council was asked to consider closing the area to customers of the Old School Tea Room.
A number of resolutions were carried at the December meeting including support of the Armed Forces Covenant, mounting a campaign to appoint a Community Champion and the formation of a working party to assist with an assessment of the Stafford Orchard by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
A presentation was given on the proposed budget by the Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee for the financial year 2020/21, the resolution of which was that the motion to agree the budget and Parish precept be carried.
Members received proposed comments from the Planning Committee on an application for the erection of 105 dwellings on Loughborough Road, Quorn. It was proposed that the comments be approved and this was carried.
The Grounds and Facilities Committee met on the 11th December and there were a number of resolutions. The draft remit for Stafford Orchard and Grounds Support Group was approved as were the proposals to seek sponsorship for the village hanging baskets and Christmas lights for 2020. A Parish Community Events Policy was also approved. The proposal to resurface the gravel paths around Stafford Orchard with a more hard-wearing product was rejected and a decision made to repair the paths.
On Thursday 5th December a meeting was held regarding Quorn’s Emergency Response Plan. The parish Council, working closely with the County Council lead for this project, Mark Warden, have been gauging interest in creating a plan for Quorn. This plan would come into effect in the event of a significant emergency in the area. This could be extreme flooding, an explosion, a transport disaster or a major influenza epidemic. Although flooding is a real problem and something we have experienced recently, the impact of a ‘flu pandemic (which is quite likely in the next 10 years or so) would be felt by almost everyone in the village and the wider community. At this stage, a small group is working on a survey to be carried out in the New Year. This will aim to find out what local interest there is in developing a plan, and also to discover what resources are already in the community which might be helpful as a supplement to the usual excellent care from the Emergency Services. If anyone wishes to register their interest in this project, please get in touch with Quorn Parish Council.
Quorn Parish Council are also facilitating a Good Neighbour Scheme which will begin to operate in 2020. There is an initial meeting for anyone interested in finding out more on Monday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Old School Community Rooms.
The next Parish Council Surgery is on Saturday 25th January 11am – 12pm at the Old School Community Rooms. These are designed for 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.
Finally, Quorn Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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 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.
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
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.