What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.

  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.

  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Co-Opted Parish Councillors

The Parish Council welcome two new Councillors, co-opted at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 20th June 2019

Mr. Matthew Green of Thurcaston was co-opted to Thurcaston Ward

Mr. Adrian Jarvis of Cropston was co-opted to Cropston Ward

Both Councillors signed their Declaration of Acceptance of Office on the night and were then invited to join the existing members to the table for the remainder of the meeting.

Surface Dressing Notification of works on Cropston Road in Cropston from 30mph sign to junction with Causeway Lane

Surface Dressing Notification of Works.


The following road in the Parish have surface dressing works programmed for this summer period. 


Cropston Road – from 30mph sign to junction of Causeway Lane.


Surface dressing is a preventative maintenance treatment that seals the road surface, extends the life of the road, reduces the occurrence of potholes and increases skid resistance by laying chippings on a bitumen “glue” and then rolling them into the surface.  Excess chippings are swept up and then compacted further by vehicular traffic.  Road markings are replaced afterwards.  The works are quick moving and, dependent upon the road length numerous sites can be completed in a day. The scheduling of the visit will depend upon the size of stone being used, and it may be necessary to visit your village at the beginning and end of the season.  The treatment is weather dependant, and whilst we will try to work to a programme some slippage will be expected for wet weather, and some roads may have to be reprogrammed for either later this year or for next year. 

Become a Parish Councillor for Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council.

Become a Parish Councillor...

4 Councillors were elected in May 2019 and there are now 2 vacancies, one for Thurcaston Ward and one for Cropston Ward. If you would like to become a councillor please read the information below before deciding to put yourself forward for consideration to fill any vacancies on the Parish Council.

What is a Parish Council?: A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. As it is the authority closest to the people, Parish Councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason they are a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?: If you've never been to a Parish Council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall. If, however, you live in a community where something 'big' has happened, you'll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the Parish Council that is turned to.

By becoming a Parish Councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support? A community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped to make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?: Parish Councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that Parish Councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It's true to say that on their own, Parish Councils have limited powers to make decisions. But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the borough council, health authorities, police etc).

In this respect Parish Councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a Parish Council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?: The Council meets once a month except for July and December when there are no meetings. There are 2 of these meeting held in Cropston. In addition to the regular meetings, councillors may be required to attend other meetings and represent the Parish Council? Such meetings won't happen every day, so it's not going to take over your life. Parish Councillors are encouraged to help out at the Parish Film nights which are held normally on the 2nd Friday of each month. There is no film shown in July or August.

How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?: Once elected, Parish Councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election. However, you don't have to wait for the elections, you can put yourself forward for co-option onto the Council at any time between elections once a casual vacancy occurs.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?: To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;

  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;

  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;

  • be a least 18 years old.

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • be an elector of the parish, or;

  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;

  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;

  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

What powers do parish councils have?: They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after the Cemetery, Memorial Hall, Jubilee Park, Grass verges, planters and bus shelters. The Council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept. The precept is the Parish Council's share of the council tax. The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the borough council, which collects the tax for the Parish Council.

Parish Duties: Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council have 6 Councillors, 3 for each ward who stand for election every four years. The duties and functions of a Parish Council are many and varied. All meetings are open to the public and there is 15 minute public participation during the meeting at which members of the public can raise concerns and ask questions. There is also an annual meeting which all parishioners are invited to attend. All meetings are advertised on the council notice boards and the Council's website. Residents can bring to the attention of the Parish Council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the Clerk. If matters raised are not the responsibility of the Parish Council, the Clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.

Don't take our word for it!: The best way to find out what it's like to be a Parish Councillor is to talk to someone who's doing it now. Come along to a Parish Council meeting, or speak to one of our Councillors and find out what they think of the job.

If you are interested in applying to become a Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerk on Tel: 0116 2367626 or email

We look forward to hearing from you,

Annual Parish Council Meeting - 16th May CANCELLED - rescheduled with Extraordinary Meeting called by Chairman on Thursday 23rd May 2019

Please note that the Annual Parish Council meeting has been cancelled and has been rescheduled by the calling of an Extraordinary Meeting by the Chairman for Thursday 23rd May at 7.30pm in Memorial Hall, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston.

Click here for agenda

Members of public and press more than welcome to attend.