MARKET BOSWORTH ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 4 May 2010 at 6.30 p.m. at The Parish Hall, Park
Street, Market Bosworth
Chairman Cllr H Whitehead; Cllrs R Symonds, G Betts, K Hughes, K Coleman, S Ward and P
Winchester; Parish Clerk Mrs C Monkman; County Cllr I Ould; Borough Cllr M Aldridge; 3 members of
1 Apologies for Absence:
The Chairman declared the meeting open at 6.30 p.m. Apologies were received from Cllr J
Wiffill. Apologies accepted.
2 Minutes of the last meeting:
Cllr G Betts proposed that the Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 5 May 2009 be approved
and signed as a true and accurate record. Cllr S Ward seconded the proposal. All those present
agreed, and Cllr H Whitehead signed the Minutes accordingly.
3 Matters arising from the Minutes:
There were no matters arising.
4 Parish Council Report:
Chairman Harry Whitehead presented the Market Bosworth Parish Council Annual Report
2009/2010 as follows:
The Parish Plan that was compiled by a group of volunteers was completed during the year and was
handed over to the Parish Council for action. The Action Plan contained within that document prompted
the Parish Council to buy new litter bins, review the seating arrangements around the town and initiate a
Speedwatch Scheme which will take place in August and September this year. The Council has also
liaised with the Primary School and County Highways regarding speed restriction signs on Station Road,
has liaised with the Police about traffic problems on Station Road at school start and finish times and has
chased up the installation of an extra street light in Back Lane.
The Parish Council has worked with County Highways to introduce a safer pedestrian crossing point in
Rectory Lane at the entrance to the Bowling Club where a dropped kerb and a green pedestrian sign are
now in place.
Further representations relating to the LDF Core Strategy have been sent to the Borough Council
questioning the validity of generic data and its relevance to Market Bosworth, and challenging the
affordable housing percentages.
Local environment issues have been of great concern to the Parish Council this year. Maintenance
contracts have been set up for the Northumberland Avenue Open Space, the flower beds in the car park
and the beech hedge around the Parish Field and the Memorial Gardens. The fencing has been replaced
around the Stanley Road Open Space and a donation to Bosworth in Bloom enabled the team to purchase
hundreds of bulbs, currently flowering around the town. The Council has also liaised with St Peters DCC
with the aim of clearing parts of the churchyard.
A Parish Council representative now regularly attends the Patient Participation Group at the Newbold
Verdon and Market Bosworth Medical Practice. Members of the Parish Council distributed leaflets on
behalf of the practice to all the households in the Parish. The Parish Council continues to be represented
on the Parish Hall Management Committee.
Two pop up shelters have been purchased for use by the PC and local groups. These have already
proved popular, with requests to use them having been received from Bosworth in Bloom, Market
Bosworth Festival, the Christmas festivities organizers and Market Bosworth branch of the Royal British
In partnership with the Bosworth Chamber of Trade the Parish Council worked hard to ensure that the
Christmas Festivities in November were a success, with more people than ever attending. However, this
success has created car parking problems which will need to be resolved before the next switch on event.
The Borough Council has confirmed that the Christmas lights will continue for the next three years
provided that the Parish Council pays for the electricity consumed.
Shenton Lane Cemetery continues to elicit favorable comments. It won a special ‘Judges Award’ from the
Britain in Bloom judges when they judged Bosworth in Bloom’s entry last year. Recent improvements
have been the installation of wooden gates to hide the wheelie bins, setting back the gate to the Public
Footpath and the installation of two more benches.
Bosworth in Bloom won a Gold Medal in the Regional Britain in Bloom competition, with the highest
points scored to date. This has prompted the team to enter the National competition this year. Our thanks
and congratulations go to all the volunteers who have contributed to this success.
Representatives continue to attend Parish and Community Forums to keep abreast of some of the issues
and policies that affect us, such as recycling, landfill, flooding, land drainage, street lighting, road safety,
general highways matters and the many other issues that affect local authorities.
The Register of Assets has been updated to ensure that the Parish Council’s property is properly
accounted for, insured and maintained. The finances of the Council continue to be in a healthy state and
have not raised any adverse comments from the auditors.
May I take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the Council for the time and consideration they
have given to me and the residents of Market Bosworth. I cannot, of course, let this opportunity go
without thanking our Clerk for the effort that she has put in during the last twelve months. We
acknowledge that a lot of the time that Cathy has put in is above and beyond the call of duty and deserves
a special word of thanks.
5 Other Reports:
Market Bosworth Society:
Mr P Loseby reported on the activities of the Market Bosworth Society, referring to the completed,
successful Town Trail and the plans for an oral history, virtual heritage site, archive of photographs and a
display cabinet in the library. Mr P Loseby advised that the Society had commented on 11 planning
applications affecting the Market Bosworth Conservation Area, and had taken part in consultations
relating to the Local Development Framework, the Ashby Canal Conservation Area and English Heritage.
(A full report is available to view in the Parish Council office).
Bosworth in Bloom:
Mr P Loseby presented a review of the year. The committee had been delighted to be awarded 1st place in
the Large Village category of East Midlands in Bloom despite the inclement weather of 2009. Mr P
Loseby explained that plans are well in hand for the 2010 season and that the team is competing in the
Champion of Champions Competition as well as representing the East Midlands in the National
Competition; he also explained that, as part of these competitions, several new initiatives had been
undertaken in conjunction with the local schools, the Beavers, Brownies and Guides, to promote
environmental awareness. Mr P Loseby drew attention to a successful year of fundraising which had
involved taking part in the Christmas Festivities and launching a major fund raising initiative to seek
sponsorship of the baskets, troughs and flower beds. Mr P Loseby was grateful to those businesses and
individuals who had supported Bosworth in Bloom and was of the opinion that the strength of support
shown confirmed that the floral displays are not only admired for aesthetic reasons but are acknowledged
as having a part to play in generating income for Market Bosworth. Mr P Loseby thanked the Parish
Council for its continuing financial and practical support. (A full report is available to view in the Parish
Cllr S Ward reported that the WI continues to attract new members and that membership now totals
approximately 60. Cllr S Ward advised that the WI is very involved with community events and had
donated towards purchase of a Dutch Elm Disease resistant elm tree for the Country Park, a planter for
Bosworth in Bloom and the cost of redecorating the Parish Hall. Cllr S Ward confirmed that members
will help the Bosworth in Bloom team with the deadheading of flowers during 2010.
Cllr R Symonds reported that sales of the magazine are going well despite competition from other
publications, and confirmed that the magazine’s finances are sound. However, Cllr R Symonds reported
that Aspect may have to consider relocating from the High School. Cllr R Symonds explained that this is
because the High School is requiring Aspect to affiliate to the school and pay around £400 per year,
something the magazine has not done before and which is difficult as Aspect is not a club or society as
such and does not meet the criteria required on the forms. Cllr R Symonds stated that this is a
disappointing turn of events as the magazine had been compiled at the school for the past 37 years.
The meeting closed at 6.54 p.m.
Signed ……………………………………………………… Date ……………………………
Prepared by Catherine Monkman, Parish Clerk, 11 May 2010.