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Barrow Voice is published by Barrow upon Soar Community Association. Opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the editorial committee or the Community Association.

Barrow Community Association is a registered Charity No: 505692.

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Barrow Focus

Parish Council Members

Cllr. P Cantle Cllr. H Fryer Cllr. P Ranson Cllr. M Slater – Chairman
Cllr. A Childs
– Vice Chairman
Cllr. A Goater Cllr. EJ Rodgers Cllr. L Smith
  Cllr. J Hind Cllr. J Rodgers Cllr. J Spence
Cllr. R Forrest Cllr. K Pepper Cllr. S Rodgers Cllr. W Woodhouse
Full council Meetings in Village Diary
5th Planning Committee 12 noon
3rd Planning 12 noon
6th Planning 12 noon
19th Playing Fields 9.30am
15th Cemetery 11.00am
26th Policy and Finance 2.00pm
21st Millennium Park 11.00am

STRENGTHS – Barrow upon Soar fulfils the requirement of a ‘Service Centre’ and retains a good community identity, it has an excellent ‘Community Association’ and a committed and hard working Parish Council. Its proximity to the river Soar provides recreational facilities and makes it an attractive place to live. It has both junior and high schools, is in close proximity to the A6 and has good access to the A60 and A46. It has both bus and rail links to neighbouring villages, Loughborough and the cities of Leicester and Nottingham. It has good local roads to the Wolds villages, Hoton, Seagrave and Sileby and many narrow picturesque streets with historic buildings within the designated ‘conservation area’. Barrow is fortunate to have a relatively low crime rate. Barrow’s Churches, Holy Trinity, Methodist and Baptist are welcoming and a very active part of our community. The Bishop Beveridge Club caters for all residents over the age of sixty years.

Church halls, Bishop Beveridge, the Sports Hall and Community Centre based at Humphrey Perkins High School offer room hire to the community and wider area.

Businesses in Barrow are supported by an active local Business Forum.

Barrow also enjoys the following facilities:

Selection of retail outlets mainly situated along the High Street corridor which include a small supermarket, a newsagents, a butchers, a florist, an upholsterer, a gents barber, several hairdressing and beauty salons and two craft/gift/furniture shops, Health Centre, Dentist, Optician, Chiropodist, Pharmacy, Post Office, Library, Bank, 2 public car parks (Old Station 33 spaces/North Street 8 spaces)

All of the above facilities serve the following neighbouring villages:

The Wolds villages; Walton, Burton, Prestwold, Wymeswold Hoton, Cotes, Seagrave and to a lesser degree Quorn and Sileby

WEAKNESSES – Barrow has recently taken in a substantial development of 360 homes, not yet complete and in addition numerous smaller sites creating an additional 200+ homes, some recently completed and others under construction. The full impact of ongoing development is therefore not yet evident.

Traffic trends are chaotic. Barrow is a main trunk corridor along the east of the Soar and for access to and from A6 and A60. Links to the A6 are seriously affected due to difficulties at the South Street/Bridge Street junction and by the traffic controlled bridge at Bridge Street exacerbated when Slash Lane is in flood, which is a regular occurrence, causing delays affecting junctions at Cotes Road, Grove Lane, South Street and beyond.

Its narrow picturesque streets are hampered by on street parking which restricts access to emergency services. This is further exacerbated at areas adjacent to both schools at dropping off and picking up times.

There are difficult junctions between South Street/Melton Road and South Street/Grove Lane both of which are a part of the bus route through the village.

There is no parking provision at the railway station only a pick up/drop off point. Streets in this area are already over subscribed with regard to on street parking. The level of rail service is limited with only a single train to Leicester and one to Loughborough/Nottingham during a typical weekday morning peak. The service does not support shop or shift workers and seriously restricts leisure opportunities. Local evidence would suggest that current services are at best unreliable and also overcrowded at peak times, making rail an unattractive alternative mode of travel. The station is accessible only to the very fittest residents due to its stepped access.

The village is served by two bus services one of which provides two buses into Leicester (journey time of 45minutes) during a typical peak period weekday morning. Neither service supports shop or shift workers and again seriously restricts leisure opportunities.

There are no designated cycle routes within the village. Cycle access is dangerous in places.

Existing public car park facilities are inadequate.

Barrow’s traditional employment base has all but gone and its working population commutes out of the village. Shopping outlets have reduced greatly and those existing include a number of takeaway outlets which are closed during the day. Those businesses still in existence rely to some extent on new technology and existing broadband speeds are inadequate. Young families simply move away be it for reasons of securing suitable employment or suitable affordable housing.

Both of the schools in the village are currently at capacity. Hall Orchard school is land locked and is located near old lime mines. There is therefore little or no opportunity for expansion.

The Health Centre is land locked and has no direct road access; development of this site is limited. Evidence would suggest basic health care is failing. The doctors are over subscribed and patients queue outside early in the morning in all weathers in order to secure an appointment. Our pharmacy is also overstretched and its service to the community is deteriorating. Repeat prescriptions now take seven working days.

Barrow currently has no community focal point/facility Lack of available land for allotment purposes.

There are two sites which residents have access to, both of which are privately managed and both are heavily over subscribed

OPPORTUNITIES – There is potential to refine and enhance Barrow as a service centre within the constraints of limiting its audience base.

To provide a community focal point/facility (e.g. village hall).

To reverse the trend of employment leaving the village.

Improved internet speeds.

Provision of a new doctors surgery on the Wolds side of the village.

Improved signage to existing public car parks and provision of additional spaces, (derelict land at the Three Crowns could provide additional spaces at the North Street car park)

Provision of improvements to signage to indicate alternative routes to the A6 avoiding Bridge Street. Strengthening of the Bridge at Bridge Street, creation of a footbridge alongside the bridge and introduction of two way traffic.

Upgrade to the Essex bridge and to Slash Lane, to alleviate flooding, thus providing access to the A6 at all times and the matter of flooding in other areas addressed.

Creation of a car park/drop off area at land at Hall Orchard school to alleviate congestion in this area.

Provision of suitable housing for our aging residents.

To provide allotments/land gifted to the Parish Council to facilitate provision.

THREATS – Traffic issues in and around Barrow will deteriorate further given the housing infill and additional development in progress.

The impact in respect of schooling and health provision of current and projected developments will have significant negative impact on their infrastructure. It is not in their interest to admit to their difficulties and failings.

Migration of both the younger and older generation through a lack of suitable living accommodation, and with regard to the younger, employment opportunities.

Impact on public transport will affect those commuting to their workplace and for leisure opportunities. Community identity will be adversely affected by any additional substantial development.

Climate change alone is likely to have an adverse effect on existing flooding issues. Our close proximity to the river Soar and existing issues relating to flooding of Fishpool Brook exacerbated by recent development are a very real concern.

Erosion of the surrounding countryside by extensive development and loss of green areas to infill development clearly has a detrimental effect on biodiversity.

Barrow has many specific sites of archaeological interest which are at risk.