Following an appeal by the Parish Council in the summer of 2012 a group of residents have volunteered their time, expertise and energy to contribute to a Steering Group that will oversee the development of the Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).
This group known as Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Forum will, through consultation with residents and stakeholders, identify and analyse key themes and issues which are regarded as important to the future of the town.
The group initially produced an NDP Forum Constitution which, together with the Area Plan, was available for public consultation for the required 6 week period. The group membership is effectively a steering group and welcomes co-opted members who may be able to offer their expertise in a particular area or who are willing to offer time to help with the gathering of evidence. We welcome all members of the community who wish to be involved to do so. See the Getting Involved page
(This page has been updated as of August 2016)
Neighbourhood Development Plan Forum Members
A list of forum members is given below. A pen portrait illustrating their community involvement and interests can found at the end of the list.
John Pope Chair
Richard Brooks Vice- Chair
Cathy Monkman Secretary/Treasurer
Harry Whitehead Parish Council
John Wasteney Parish Council
Advisers, stakeholders and community links
Samuel Hatfield Hinckley and Bosworth Council
Market Bosworth Parish Council
John Preston Consultant RCC
John Pope Chair
A resident of Cedar Drive since 1986, married to Jackie with two children (Laura and Graham). Employed by Enterprise Control Systems in Wappenham, Towcester as their EMC Manager having previously worked at MIRA, Nuneaton for 20 years where he was the Electrical Group Manager.
A Member of Leicester Tigers and previously Mini-Junior Co-ordinator at Market Bosworth Rugby Club. He coached the teams his son played in (1992-2002) that were Junior County Champions from U12-U16.
As one of the founding Members of Market Bosworth & District Bridge Club he has been the Club Secretary for over 10 years. Currently serving as a Parish Councillor (Market Bosworth Parish Council).
Richard Brookes Vice-chair
I have lived in Market Bosworth for 30 years and am employed as General Manager of a Leicester based company which designs and installs smoke control systems to aid the escape of occupants from and fire brigade access to burning buildings. My wife and I have two adult children, one living in County Durham and one in London, and six grandchildren. Prior to moving to Market Bosworth we lived in Bingham where I was chairman of the Community Association and that taught me that community involvement in a town’s social and physical development is important; for this reason I joined the NDP team with the intent that the community has a say in how the town develops in the future. The alternative is that decisions on how the town is developed are made by people who do not live or work here.
Cathy Monkman Secretary/Treasurer
I moved to Market Bosworth in 2001. As I am not from this area I decided the best way to get to know people would be to become involved in local groups of interest to myself. My recent work background had been secretarial /proofreading based so one of the things I did was join the Aspect compilation group. At various stages during the next few years I found myself taking Minutes for the Aspect Committee, typing the bulk of the text of the magazine and working as advertising manager. I also took the Minutes for the Market Bosworth Festival Committee for a couple of years and I joined the Bosworth in Bloom team where I took yet more Minutes. The thing that struck me about each of these groups and the people I met through them was how welcoming they all are, how hard they work for the benefit of Market Bosworth and what a wonderful community exists in Market Bosworth. When the role of Parish Clerk became vacant in 2008 it was an ideal opportunity for me to apply for the role to become even more involved in this friendly community. I was fortunate to be appointed to the role and as such I have been involved with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan since the idea was first discussed by the Parish Council in 2011.
John Wasteney Market Bosworth Parish Council
I have lived in Market Bosworth for over 40 years. During this time I have been involved in many and varied community activities such as Parent Teacher groups when my children the schools, the Carnival, Community Centre, Parish Council and with the original Aspect and New Aspect. I served on the Parish Council from the late 1970s for almost 20 years and again in 2011. I am also a member of the Bridge Club and more recently the Bowls club. Market Bosworth has seen many changes, but has a durable community that, if allowed to develop a little at a time as it has in the past, will grow harmoniously. However, too much development too quickly usually gravitates against community cohesion and creates ‘communities within’. The people who live and want to live in Market Bosworth value many different things, not least the relatively unique approaches and proximity to open countryside. It is a fine balance to find solutions for development which do not destroy the things we value, but it is also one of the many challenges I hope that this group can effectively resolve.
Harry Whitehead Market Bosworth Parish Council
Derek Chamberlain (past Chair and Vice Chair)Born in the Borough and spent most of my life either living or working in Leicestershire – resident of the Parish for the last eight years. A Chartered Surveyor and Project Manager currently working on major hospital developments.
Through my working life I have become familiar with town planning issues and property development processes. I joined the NDP working group to help in giving residents of Market Bosworth a greater say in the future development of the Parish.
Gill Williams I have had the privilege of living in Market Bosworth for 27 years and love the rural community feel with the countryside literally on our doorstep. I worked in Hinckley for 15 yrs, then following the birth of my daughter I became a full time mum. This put me in touch with the local community through pre-school groups and being an active member of the Friends of St Peters group helping with numerous fundraising events for the school for 5yrs.
Currently I work from home as a commissioned portrait artist, some of my other paintings have sold locally and for the last 2yrs I have exhibited at the Bosworth Festival Art Exhibition . As a daily dog walker I am able to enjoy and appreciate easy access to the surrounding countryside – numerous walks without getting the car out.
I joined the Market Bosworth Forum in 2012 to support the group in their bid to secure the future of the Bosworth I know and love, allowing it to evolve gradually and in keeping with the character and at the same time providing for the future generations. I believe that empowering the residents through the Neighbourhood Plan to have a voice on such issues as housing development, traffic/parking and the protection of our beautiful living landscape can only be a good thing.
Philippa Barber I have lived in Market Bosworth for the last eight years. Apart from the five years I spent living in Amsterdam, Paris and Sydney, I have always lived in the Leicestershire/Warwickshire area. I have two children who both attended St. Peter’s C. of E. Primary School and are now at The Market Bosworth School. I work part-time as a tutor at De Montfort University and am also studying for a Master’s Degree in Education.
I became a member of the NDP committee when it was first formed as I saw this as an excellent opportunity for local people to have a say in how they want Market Bosworth to develop in the future. I feel this is particularly important in today’s climate as there is significant pressure to increase the housing stock in rural communities like Market Bosworth, and I believe our Neighbourhood Plan should be used to protect the unique characteristics of our town, as voted for and valued by its residents.