Simon Galton

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The Conservative-run Council has taken a decision to shortlist 4 housing options for further detailed analysis. By the autumn the Council hopes to announce a single preferred option for consultation which will allocate land across the District for development up to 2031. The 4 options selected for further assessment are: Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution […]

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The Secondary Schools in Oadby have just finished consulting on their updated plans to change their age ranges to 11+ I submitted the following response. I welcome the fact that the management teams appear to have listened carefully to the feedback from the previous consultation and made a great effort to address the concerns. I’m […]

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With less than one week left to respond, we want to make sure local residents are aware of a really important public consultation taking place which will influence where thousands of new houses will be built in Harborough District. The Harborough District Council Local Plan document looks at nine different ways new housing could be […]

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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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