Agenda and draft minutes

Hinckley Area Committee
Wednesday, 3 April 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Owen  Democratic Services Manager

Items
No. Item

437.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Nichols.

438.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.

 

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Bill, seconded by Councillor Witherford and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 21 January 2019 be confirmed and signed by the chairman.

439.

Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from Members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.

Minutes:

No interests were declared at this stage.

440.

Presentation by Friends of Hinckley Station

Minutes:

In receiving a presentation from the Friends of Hinckley Station, members heard about recent work including flower tub planting, maintaining the wildlife garden on platform 1, starting a book swap and occasional yarn bombing. It was noted that the group had an environmental policy which included no pesticides.

 

Members were informed that local businesses had sponsored the flower tubs on platform 2 and there was involvement from the community in watering the plants. It was noted that Network Rail was due to replace the canopy on platform 1 and East Midlands Trains would be repainting the benches and yellow lines. Whilst members welcomed the replacement canopy, they felt it unfortunate that it would not be in keeping with the rest of the station building.

 

The need for the bridge to be cleaned was discussed and members were informed that neither the rail companies nor the county council would take responsibility for it so a cleaning party would be organised.

 

Whilst it was noted that the Burbage side of the railway looked attractive and support had been sought from the parish council to install suitable signage, disappointment was expressed about the Hinckley side of the railway which had poor hedgerows to the car park, a blocked drain and experienced drug and alcohol issues which the police had agreed to look into. In relation to the hedgerows, it was agreed that support would be requested from the Green Spaces team who had been supportive previously. A member suggested that the council’s heritage officer may be able to signpost funding.

 

Members commended the Friends of Hinckley Station for its hard work.