Simon Galton

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The pressure to build large numbers of houses on greenfield sites in Thurnby and Scraptoft continues with the news last week that Jelsons  submitted an appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse permission for up to 130 houses off Pulford Drive in Thurnby. This means that a Government appointed Inspector will review the Council’s decision and will be able […]

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The County Council has published plans to switch off most street lighting between 12 midnight and 5.30am in the Houghton on the Hill. This is the latest village to be chosen for “part-night lighting” in the area I represent following approval of the Energy Reduction policy about 2 years ago. The main driver for the […]

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Rural Broadband

by simongalton on 6 October, 2011

A number of local residents have contacted me recently to raise the issue of broadband speed in their village. This is a particular problem in parts of Houghton on the Hill but is by no means limited to just this area and residents in other rural villages are also reporting slow download speed. The Coalition […]

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Leicestershire is to have two representatives on a national board responsible for the Environment and housing issues in Local Government. Following internal party elections, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Leicestershire County Council, Simon Galton, will join David Parsons on LGA’s Environment and Housing Programme Board. One of the Board’s key responsibilities is planning […]

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Following repeated arson attacks and criminal damage on the Hall in recent weeks, Cllr Amanda Burrell and I attended a site meeting on 26th May with owners of the Hall and key agencies including Planning, Building Control, English Heritage and the Police. I was shocked at the deterioration of the hall since I was last on […]

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Outcomes of Planning Committee Meeting

by simongalton on 9 March, 2011

Many local residents will be pleased to hear that all four planning applications were turned down at the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, including the Davidson application which had been recommended for approval by the Planning Officers.  Having considered all the information presented, my colleague Cllr Amanda Burrell and I argued that as this […]

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Planning officers at Harborough District Council have released their recommendations in respect of the 5 major planning applications In Scraptoft, Thurnby and Bushby ahead of the special Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday 8th March. The full report on each application can be accessed on the Council’s website www.harborough.gov.uk. In a surprise development, the application on land south […]

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Planning officers at Harborough District Council have now confirmed that a special meeting of the Planning Committee will take place on Tuesday 8th March to consider the 5 major applications in Scraptoft, Thurnby and Bushby. The meeting will start at 6pm in the Council Offices, Market Harborough and is open to the public, press, applicants […]

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County Budget survey launched

by simongalton on 17 December, 2010

Conservative controlled Leicestershire County Council is planning to make cuts of up to £90m over the next four years. Most of this is due to reductions in government grant brought about by the budget deficit, but the County Council has considerable choice over how cuts are made and which services are affected. The severity of […]

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With three major planning applications pending for 565 dwellings and the prospect of two more in the next few weeks, many people are asking why developers are targeting the Thurnby, Bushby and Scraptoft area.  There is probably no single answer to this question and a check of large applications submitted throughout Leicestershire shows other districts […]

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