Simon Galton

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Following publication of Beauchamp’s plans to open a 6th Form Free School, County Councillors Simon Galton, Jeff Kaufman and Dean Gamble requested a meeting with the chair of governors and head teacher at Beauchamp College to learn more of what is planned.   Simon Galton said: “The meeting was very helpful in gaining a better […]

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Addressing the Problem of Parking on Pavements

by simongalton on 17 April, 2015

One of the more common complaints I get as a councillor is about vehicles parking on pavements. On narrow roads where there isn’t much room for cars to park either side, it can be quite common for drivers to park their vehicles partially on the pavement. This can often be very frustrating for pedestrians who […]

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  Like many parents I only became aware recently that Gartree, Manor and Beauchamp are consulting on changing their age range and have concerns over the potential consequences. Having read the information on the school’s websites I believe the issues and concerns can be summarised as follows: The effect of these proposals mean that the […]

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At the last meeting of the Cabinet there was a report on the new School Place Planning strategy which should have been uncontroversial. Unfortunately the recommendations also included a late addition of a new key priority aimed at removing primary schools which take pupils aged 4 – 10 years old. This would have significant consequences […]

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Update on Rural Broadband

by simongalton on 31 July, 2014

Residents in rural areas have had the short end of the stick when it comes to broadband. New infrastructure has always been rolled out in densely populated areas first, and the further your property is from an exchange, the more broadband signals degrade under copper wires. For this reason, the Government set up a rural […]

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Residents in Thurnby & Houghton Ward which comprise the villages of Scraptoft, Thurnby, Bushby, Houghton and Stoughton will get the chance to vote twice this Thursday! Once for Simon Galton for the Leicestershire County Council elections who has served the area for over 24 years, and once for Peter Elliott to join the Harborough District […]

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A Government appointed Inspector has rejected 4 out 5 planning appeals by developers and landowners and upheld the decision taken by Harborough District Council’s Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for a total of 325 houses.  The sites where planning permission has been refused are: Coles Nursery – 175 dwellings, East of Station Lane, Scraptoft […]

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Changes to Planning rules announced

by simongalton on 24 April, 2012

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning polices for England and reduces more than 1000 pages of guidance and requirements on Councils to just over 50 pages. This key document is now a “material consideration” when dealing with planning applications and preparing local plans. Since the draft NPPF was published in […]

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Simon Galton has given strong support to SHIRE grant applications in Tilton and Skeffington. Both applications have recently been approved by the County Council, helping projects put forward by local communities to go ahead. A project group set up in Tilton to build a new children’s play area has worked hard over the past two […]

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Leicestershire County Council is currently consulting on proposals to reduce or cut public transport in Leicestershire for students, the disabled and the elderly, which could go ahead if too few people respond to the Consultation. Local Councillor Simon Galton said: “The old phrase ‘use it or lose it’ springs to mind here. If people don’t […]

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