Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Great news for Thringstone

Since being elected in May the thing I have been asked for more than anything else by local people is to try and improve local play facilities for children.

The new Miners Welfare coincided with the removal of the pocket park off clover place which was recognised as being a regular site for anti-social behaviour.

In particular comments have been made that there are no play facilities for children on the cusp of leaving primary school and starting high school.

As a result Dave Everitt and I have been working closely with council officers to seek to improve the Melrose Road play area and develop it into a designated playhub, a larger play area with a wide range of facilities.

I am absolutely delighted to report that at the Coalville Special Expenses meeting last night the working group approved a significant grant for the development of the play area.

Exact specification has to be worked out but depending upon Cabinet approval (part of the formal budgeting process) and neighbour consultation we should see a range of skating, scootering and sports facilities being installed in 2012.

Great news!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Car Parking Charges

Councillor Nick Clarke, our spokesperson for Business and Economic Regeneration has asked me to put the following media release on this blog.

MEDIA RELEASE

Local politician launches petition against hikes to car park charges

A local politician has today launched a petition against proposed increases to car park fees in North West Leicestershire.

Councillor Nick Clarke, Labour spokesperson for business and economic regeneration, said ‘The Conservative administration at London Road have proposed major changes to parking charges on council car parks in response to their efficiency program.’

Councillor Clarke continued ‘At a time when families are finding it tough to make ends meet businesses throughout North West Leicestershire are struggling. Now is not the time to deter local people from using our towns and villages.’

At a Cabinet meeting of North West Leicestershire District Council on 18 October proposals were approved for consultation to increase long stay parking charges (3 hours and above), extend chargeable hours, introduce an overnight charge and to instigate a feasibility study to introduce charging to other currently free car parks throughout the district.

Councillor Clarke said ‘Huge numbers of local people and business owners have expressed to me their deep concern about the effect that increasing parking charges will have. Irreparable damage could well be caused to retailers, our night time economy and the service sector throughout the district as a result of these changes.’

Councillor Clarke continued ‘At worst these increases will contribute to numerous businesses being forced to close, at best we will see significant problems with increased on-street parking. Whichever way you look at it these Tory proposals will be bad for North West Leicestershire.’

Labour party members will be collecting signatures to the petition throughout the district over the coming weeks or alternatively e-signatures may be made to an e-petition which will available through the district councils website.

Ends
31 October 2011

I will post a link to the e-petition just as soon as I have it.