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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Planning Disarray in Harborough District!

by simongalton on 6 March, 2015

Control over planning decisions in Harborough District has reached a crisis point after shock new figures show that 700 houses will have to be built each year if the Council is to meet its new 5 year housing target. The news came after the Conservatives on the Council’s Executive Committee agreed to sign a Memorandum […]

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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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Gigaclear has recently announced that it has received enough expressions of interest from the Welland Valley area that it is now able to go into stage two of deploying superfast broadband and start taking orders. If you live in one of the Leicestershire villages of Blaston, Bringhurst, Cranoe, Drayton, Hallaton, Horninghold, Nevill Holt, Medbourne, Slawston […]

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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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Update on Home to School Transport Policy

by simongalton on 9 May, 2014

I am writing to provide an update on the situation on home to school transport policy as there have been significant developments since my last post on it. When the Cabinet first announced the consultation on changes to school transport, the proposal was simply to the ‘nearest school’ with an available place. This would have […]

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Pushing for an Alternative School Transport Policy

by simongalton on 12 March, 2014

When the Conservatives announced their intentions last November to pursue a new Home to School Transport policy based on ‘nearest school only’, Simon Galton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, left comments exposing the flaws with such an approach. Finding the Tory approach completely unacceptable, the Liberal Democrats have used the time to work up […]

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Simon Galton has published a list of sites put forward to Harborough District Council to be protected as Green Space. The National Planning Policy Framework specifes that local communities through Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans should be able to identify green areas of particular importance to them for special protection. This is the list of […]

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