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Petitions received

Below are details relating to recent and current petitions received by us, during the 2017/18 council year.

Petition to Stop CBC building a Cemetery on recreation field at Allendale Road

Lead Petitioner:   Cllr. David Hayes

Number of signatures: 342

Date Submitted: 06.11.2017

Response:

An additional meeting of the Scrutiny Management Board will be held on Tuesday, 14th November 2017 at 6.00pm at Woodgate Chambers.  The meeting is for the purpose of considering the call-in of the Cabinet decision set out in Cabinet Minute 41 (19th October 2017), Future Cemetery Provision for Loughborough.  The Scrutiny Management Board can decide to:

•        support the decision, which can then be implemented immediately or

•        send the decision back with its comments to the decision taker (i.e. Cabinet) who    

          will then take a final decision

At that meeting reference will be made to submission of the petition to Council on 6 November. 

Petition to Apply protection to the status of Loughborough Market Place by enforcing the law that prohibits things such as public entertainment etc. that have not been authorized by the Council from taking place within 6 and 2 third miles of Loughborough Market Place and apply the conditions for authorizing these events that are defined in the petition

Lead Petitioner:  Mr Jonathan Hayes

Number of signatures: 255

Date Submitted: 17.10.2017

Response:

Whilst Charnwood Borough Council is responsible for delivery of the Loughborough Market, your Petition lacks particularity with regard to which festival(s) have impacted in the way described.  All requests to host an event within the area of Loughborough Market will be considered on an application by application basis by the relevant Council department.  Please note in the event that disorder is occasioned by a festival, the police do have powers should they be satisfied that an offence has been committed. 

 I am satisfied having considered your Petition that the 6 and ⅔rd mile prohibition, as contained within the Markets Charter, does not apply based on the information as contained within the Petition.

Petition against the service charge on freehold properties in Cedar Walk, Birstall

Lead Petitioner:  Ms Sadna Dan / Cllr Renata Jones

Number of signatures: 69

Date Submitted: 04.09.2017

Developers of new estates are required to provide elements of critical infrastructure that are needed to support the communities that are going to live in the houses provided.

This is covered in an agreement between the Council and the developers called a section 106 agreement. Section 106 is the relevant section of the Town and Country

Planning Act that refers to the provision of facilities for residents. Developers can either provide the necessary facilities within the development, at their own cost, or provide funding to public bodies to deliver facilities “off-site”.

Where open spaces/sports pitches are provided within the development, the developer can choose to transfer the ownership and/or maintenance of the open spaces/pitches to a management trust/company. Where this happens, residents are usually charged a management/service charge to cover the costs associated with maintaining the area.  Developers are under no legal obligation to transfer the land to the Council or other public body. The requirement for residents to pay a management/service charge should be flagged to the new owners by their solicitor as part of the conveyancing process.

Petition regarding ASB Long Meadow Way, Birstall

Lead petitioner: Councillor Iain Bentley

Number of sugnatures: 15

Date submitted: 26.06.2017

I have this morning liaised with my Head of Service Julie Robinson with a view to progressing this matter. Our initial assessment is that this case fits the criteria for a Community Trigger and I am proposing that it is this course of action that we will follow. A Community Trigger forms a part of the legal powers implemented by the ASB, Crime & Policing Act 2014. Once a trigger is activated, it places a statutory duty upon the Council to undertake a review of the service a complainant has received in respect of their case.

From the papers I have started to review, I believe that the case has reached the threshold for the activation of a Community Trigger. This would result in myself conducting a full review of the case and ultimately chairing a meeting with key stakeholders involved in the case. This course of action, under the banner of a Community Trigger, will provide a professional and accountable process for the complainant.

I have appointed my colleague Sarah Fisher as a point of contact for the Community Trigger and she is undertaking the process of pulling together all the necessary papers for my assessment. I have also attached a brief summary of the process which hopefully will assist yourself and the complainant.

Tim MCCabe


Petition regarding school/student parking on Gracedieu Road, Loughborough, Leics

Lead petitioner: Councillor Ted Parton/ Councillor Julie Bradshaw MBE

Number of signatures: 73

Date submitted: 24.04.2017

You recently submitted 2 petitions to the Charnwood Highway Forum regarding the following issues:

  1. Return of buses to Southfield Road, Loughborough
  2. Student parking on Gracedieu Road, Loughborough

As you know the Charnwood Highway Forum meeting has now been cancelled pending consideration of a report by the Cabinet on 23rd June 2017 regarding their future.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and note that the issues on your petitions will continue to be investigated and responded to by the relevant Service Director within the timescales set out for petitions (6 months from receipt). - Chasing Email sent to LCC 18.10.2017


Petition asking for the return of the bus services to Southfields Road and Bedford Square

Lead petitioner: Councillor Ted Parton

Number of signatures: 144

Date submitted: 27.02.2017

The responsibility for the provision and routing of bus services in Loughborough town centre lies with Leicestershire County Council and local bus operators.  Leicestershire County Council have received a copy of the petition and have informed us that it will be presented at the next Charnwood Highways Forum in June 2017.


Petition regarding saving the fence at 140 and 142 Peel Drive

Lead Petitioner: Local Residents

Number of signatures: 84

Date submitted: 12.09.2016

Thank you for visiting the Council Office to discuss the repositioning of the fence erected to the front of your property and 140 Peel Drive as requested in my letter dated 26th September 2016.  As you pointed out, to the front of the pathway there are drainage pipes which obviously would affect you trying to reposition the fence.  We cannot allow any area that has Pipework buried beneath to be disturbed because. Of the consequences. We appear to have exhausted a resolution to this problem therefore Charnwood Borough Council request that you remove the fence totally repairing any damage to the Communal grassed area.


Petition regarding removal of trailer used for storage at Loughborough College

Lead petitioner: Local Councillor

Number of signatures: 23

Date submitted: 05.09.2016

Thank you for your enquiry recently received by the Planning Enforcement team. I have visited the site and have met with the university and we have agreed the container will be removed by the end of October. I will continue to monitor the situation until we are sure the container has been removed.


Petition regarding improvements to the public realm in Devonshire Square, Ward's End and Bedford Square

Lead petitioner: Local Businessman

Number of signatures: 76

Date submitted: 01.03.2016

Consultants have been instructed to prepare preliminary drawings and costings for an improvement scheme within Bedford Square, Wards End and Devonshire Square. That project is scheduled for completion by the end of April 2016 and will inform a subsequent stakeholder consultation event.

A report will subsequently be submitted to our Cabinet seeking authority to seek external funding and to make applications for financial support as appropriate to secure the implementation of the proposed improvements. Any funding secured will be taken into account by the Council in the autumn of 2017 when it embarks upon its next scheduled review of the Capital Plan covering the period 2018/19 – 2020/21.

In the meantime we are continuing to work with the Leicester and Leicester Enterprise Partnership in promoting the Loughborough Town Centre Improvement Scheme.


Petition regarding the noise and smell issues with GLW Feeds, Shepshed

Lead petitioner: Local resident

Number of signatures: 343

Date submitted:  08.02.2016

Activities at this installation fall under the jurisdiction of the Environment Agency (EA) as the company operate a prescribed activity, namely the production of animal feeds.

I have therefore forwarded a copy of your letter and petition to the EA for their attention and have asked them to contact you directly with a response.


Petition regarding a bus shelter and raised kerbs on Wanlip Lane Birstall

Lead petitioner: Local Resident

Number of signatures: 128

Date submitted: 19.01.2016

We do not have responsibility for any of the requests in this petition, therefore it has been sent to the bus stops team at LCC – emailed 20.1.2016 and a letter sent to the Lead petitioner advising accordingly.

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