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Thurmaston Parish Council

Serving the people of Thurmaston

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Clerk: Tracey Kunne
Elizabeth Park Sport Centre
Checkland Road, Thurmaston
Leicester LE4 8FN

Tel: 0116 269 6347

Report From Chairman Mark Lowe

Posted: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:35 by Julie Preston

Request to support Church Hill C of E Junior School bid for swimming pool

The Parish Council received a letter asking to support the school's swimming pool bid.

'As you may be aware, Church Hill C of E Junior School has an onsite swimming pool that was originally built by the community many years ago.

Unfortunately, the building is falling into disrepair and the boiler/heating system has now broken. This pool was used not only by the Junior School, but also Church Hill Infants School and Eastfield School. Therefore, it effectively taught the children of Thurmaston to swim.

The pool has been closed for two years now; however, we are keen to get it back up and running again. We are hoping to make a bid to the Education and Skills Funding Agency to receive funding to replace the boiler/heating system, renovate the building and extend it slightly to accommodate a larger area for changing. As part of this bid, we would very much appreciate a letter of support from our Parish Council to include in the bid that would demonstrate that you would back this project and how it would be beneficial to our local area. We feel that the success of the bid would be enhanced by your support.

The Council agreed to support the school's bid.

Application submitted for Petrol Station at Costco Store

Costco have submitted a planning application for the erection of a petrol station, reconfiguration of car park, landscaping and associated works at their store at Unit 3, Westmoreland Avenue, Thurmaston. The proposed opening hours of the station are: Mon-Fri 6am - 9.30pm, Sat 6am - 8pm, Sun & Bank holidays 6am - 6pm.

At the January meeting of Thurmaston Parish Council, Councillors discussed the proposal and voted to write to the planning department with the following comments;

We would like to request that the Petrol Station opening hours are restricted to the Costco Store opening hours, we are also concerned about the impact of increased traffic in the area.

Children's Memorial Garden

Members of Thurmaston Parish Council met with children from Eastfield School Council to discuss the Children's Memorial Garden which will be part of the cemetary extension and we wanted Thurmaston schoolchildren help us to design and plan the new Memorial Garden.

The Clerk presented a plan of the proposed layout of the new cemetery to the children and various options included a varied range of memorials including sculptures of children, animals, trees, toadstools and benches.

Children discussed the options and made the following comments and suggestions based on their preferences: large memorial for the centre of the circle, benches around the circle, poem or nice words for inscription on the benches or on a plaque large tree stump memorial including animals, squirrel sculpture, dog sculpture and owl sculpture.

There was a unanimous preference for the animals, especially the squirrels.

The children liked the memorial benches incorporating the animals, however commented that one bench should include a back. The preferred option for the centre piece was the tree stump incorporating woodland animals.

Church Hill Junior School Council also took part in the consultation and agreed with the choices. Bishop Ellis School Council will also be involved in the consultation to plan the Memorial Garden.

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