The latest news from Castle Donington Parish Council.
Spital Park Youth activities
All going to plan
Watch this space!!!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Historic Car Festival
Saturday 2 May 2015
Mediaeval May Market
Monday 4 May 2015
10am - 3.00pm
Castle Donington Community Library
Find Out More At The Medieval Market
The Parish Council will have a Castle Donington Community Library stall at the Medieval Market on 4th May. You will be able to find out more information about project, sign up as a member or become a volunteer.
Open Meeting 14th May @ Castle Donington Library
There will be an open meeting at Castle Donington Library on 14th May at 7:30pm.
Come along and find out more about the proposed Community Library.
Donington Park Schedule of Events - April 2015
All nomination papers are available from NWLDC at the Coalville offices and applications are to be submitted to NWLDC as detailed below.
Broad Election Timetable
• Notice of election
–No later than 25 days before polling (30thMarch) Election Papers
• Nomination Papers
-No papers to arrive at the North West Leicestershire District Council Offices, Coalville before 26th March and must not be dated before 9th March.
• Delivering Nomination Papers
-Hours of delivery must be during office hours – 8.45 am – 5pm and MUST be delivered by HAND. More »
• Nominations and consent
–4pm 9th April
• Last day for withdrawal of candidature
–Not later than 4pm of 9th April
• Notice of poll
–6 days before polling (28th April)
• May 7th 2015 polling day » Less
The Parish Council has now set the Precept for 2015-16. The Parish Council has looked very closely at keeping increases to a realistic and reasonable amount, balancing potential additional spending responsibilities against the adverse economic background.
During the past year, the Parish Council:
- Has secured the public car parking facility at the Catholic Church on Castle Hill (NWLDC would no longer continue to fund this!)
- Has agreed to take-over the urban grass cutting from the LCC. This will happen on a fortnightly basis in all urban areas around the village!
- Has introduced another FREE village event into its calendar of events – The Historic Car Festival. This has been achieved by working in conjunction with Donington Park and The Historic Car Company.
- Has worked closely with the local Police to reduce antisocial behaviour throughout the village.
- Has worked with other partners, including the local Police and new head teacher to improve and enhance the play facilities for the teenagers.
- Has secured Section 106 funding from the new housing developments. This will be used on leisure and recreation facilities, improved highway works, enhancements for the local library and schools.
- Has secured and retained a local library service within Castle Donington. Plans for this are still to be finalised and will continue to emerge.
- Worked with the local voluntary services and clubs, giving much needed funding to the Volunteer Centre, the Friday Group, the Bowls Club – to name a few.
- Is working on a Recreational and Leisure Strategy to ensure that the funding to be received through the Section 106 agreements can be maximised to the best and provide what is needed and wanted for the local community.
- Is working with other partners in objection of the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange yet also trying to work with the developers and other partners to ensure that the best can be achieved for the local communities if it does come
This is just a snapshot of the things from 2014-15! If you want to find out more then, either look at the Parish Council minutes on its website www.cdpc.org.uk, speak to the Clerk or a councillor or pop in to the office for a chat! More »
The door is always open for a chat and a coffee!
Below is a list of the things the Parish Council already does, not including the new activities and projects throughout the last year and also going forward:
- Provides, maintains and manages four playing fields;
- Provides, maintains and manages two sporting facility buildings
- Provides and maintains twelve children's play areas plus a skate park;
- Provides and maintains various areas of open space, including many tree belts, village entrance islands and other grassed areas (that the LCC and NWLDC no longer do!);
- Provides and maintains the bus station area, including the provision of bus shelters;
- Provides and maintains litter and dog bins on Parish Council owned land;
- Provides, maintains and manages the BarroonCemetery;
- Provides, maintains and manages the Turf allotments
- Provides, maintains and manages other community buildings including the Dovecote (used by the Bowls Clubs)
- Provides and maintains festive lighting displays;
- Provides and maintains floral displays;
- Organises and manages FIVE annual village events;
- Comments on planning applications to the Local Planning Authority (NWLDC and beyond);
- Comments on matters it is consulted upon by the District and County councils;
- Supports local charities and organisations including Castle Donington Volunteer Centre, CD Museum, the Bowls Clubs, Sports Clubs, etc;
- Maintains the Closed Churchyard at St Edwards's church, including contributing to the ongoing maintenance of the external lights and church clock.
The Parish Council is very keen to promote the local community and a feeling of pride. It feels very strongly that the events it runs actively bring the local community together and give people a sense of well-being. The Precept and additional grants and donations support the running of five major events, including the Medieval May Market and Christmas Cheer Event. Music in the Park has become a "village favourite" and although subsidised in the main by a donation from Livenation, who runs Download at Donington Park, it is your Parish Council staff and Council members who organise and run this and all the other events!
The Parish Council is very lucky in having an additional funding stream through the Market Charter that levies stallage charges on the Sunday Market at Donington Park. This has decreased substantially over the recent years (from over £25k to about £7k, due to the changes in shopping habits), however, it is valuable source of funding for use on many capital projects, including new play areas, Christmas lights, new street furniture, etc.
The Parish Council is always looking at alternative ways to fund projects and has been successful recently in securing grants towards the new Youth Activities, Chelsea's Choice (a play internet safety and child exploitation), CCTV cameras at the allotments, highway verge improvement works, new daffodil bulb and tree planting at various locations around the village plus many other projects.
The final Precept was increased minimally, mainly due to the effect of taking over the urban grass cutting from LCC, at 4.8%. It was felt that it was necessary to have this minimal increase; otherwise the good work of budgeting correctly for the future of this Parish would be unstainable.
The Parish Council actual increase, based on a band D property is approximately 10p per week.
Following on from last month's report about much needed youth activities enhancement in Castle Donington, the Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has placed an order for approximately £68,000 to purchase a Multi-Use Games Area, outdoor gym equipment, play wall to go with the MUGA and also a zip wire.
This was thanks to some much needed grant funding, recreation budgets from the Precept and also a very kind and generous donation form the local young people on Castle Donington College School Council. This donation was extremely well received by the Parish Council and it is hoped that the young people will take pride in their new facilities and have great fun too. More »
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As part of an ongoing community based initiative to advocate safe internet usage to local young people there is planned a presentation by the AlterEgo Creative Solutions Applied Theatre Group of 'CHELSEA'S CHOICE' on the 25th February at Castle Donington College. This will be screened to years 8 and 9 and is open for their parents in the evening.
This has been funded by Castle Donington Parish Council from a NWLDC Safer North West Partnership Grant having been sign posted by the local Police. This is one example of the Castle Donington Parish Council's commitment to pro-actively engage the younger members of the community and work with local community partners to enhance their life experiences. More »
'CHELSEA'S CHOICE' is an innovative 35 minute long Applied Theatre play followed by a 25 minute long plenary session.
There are three shows, 09:00hrs for year 9 students, 11:20hrs for year 8 students and 18:00hrs for parents.
The College pastoral team and local Police Beat Team will be on hand to help with student disclosure.
Cllr Gary Roberts, Chairman of Castle Donington Parish Council, said: "It is great news that by proactively working together we are able to provide the needed funding to allow the College to put on such a worthwhile production for the benefit of the young people and their parents!"
Mr Mark Mitchley, Head teacher at Castle Donington College, said: "I cannot thank the Parish Council enough. Chelsea's Choice came to the College last year and then its funding was cut which meant that we couldn't possibly afford it this year. It made a huge impact on our Year 9s and I am thrilled that they can come back and, this time reaches Year 8 and parents. It will make a difference and it is a very positive sign of the new collaborative approach between the College and the Parish Council".
Cllr Trevor Pendleton Chairman of The Safer North West Partnership NWLDC which awarded the initial funding to Castle Donington Parish Council said
'I am delighted that Castle Donington College students and their parents will have the opportunity to see this innovative production. By raising awareness of grooming and exploitation we can all work together to tackle the abuse of young people in our communities'. » Less
Update: The Parish Council's Expression of Interest has been accepted, now the hard work begins! An outline business plan needs to be submitted by the 14 March 2015.
The Parish Council is looking to purchase the building, dependant on agreed amount, thus ensuring the sustainability of the library project. It is also looking at facilitating the setting-up of a legal entity to run the library provision in some form. This will be run by a group of active volunteers.
A number of public consultation events will be held over the next few months to ensure that a modern and thriving library facility can be provided and retained for the benefit of the local community. More »
The Parish Council is keen to hear from local residents who would like to become active volunteers within the proposed new library service provision. » Less
Donington Park Schedule of Events - February 2015
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Youth activities in Castle Donington are to receive a welcome boost thanks to a successful funding bid by Castle Donington Parish Council. They have been awarded £20,000 from North West Leicestershire District Council's '£20,000 for 7' grant programme to help install recreational equipment at Spital Park. The money, alongside further funding from the Parish Council, will help pay for a new MUGA (multi use games area), alongside informal exercise equipment and a zip wire.
The funding was determined through an online voting system, with seven areas across the district receiving £20,000 each. The Parish Council consulted with students at Castle Donington Academy to find out their views and drum up support for the project. All the hard work paid off with the awards' announcement just before Christmas. More »
Colin Burton, Chairman of the Recreation committee at the Parish Council, said: "This was a wonderful Christmas surprise for us and great news for the young people in the village. They have taken the time to go online and vote for this project, so we're confident that the new facilities will be well received. The next step will be to consult with them again about the sort of exercise equipment to purchase and we're looking forward to further input from the students." » Less