Thursday, 28 March 2013

What would you like to see done to make Whitwick and Thringstone better?

Over the past few weeks I have been asking local people what they want done to make Whitwick and Thringstone better places to live.

Here are just a few of the responses:

'Street lighting has affected us. It is very dangerous on a main road that doesn't have cats eyes, and very dangerous when cars are parked at the road side.'

'Stop dog fouling! It's disgusting and continually seen on footpaths in Whitwick - so unpleasant when walking the children to school.'

'No street lights after 12 midnight / Grit bin placed at the top of the hill / Revamp Coalville Town Centre - Get better shops.'

'I live alone and in a quiet residential part of Whitwick. The loss of night street lighting has made my area Dickensian. It has depressed me beyond words and I feel unsafe. Regarding gritting, I did not (dare not) leave the house for 21 days.'

'Street lighting in our street - it makes it very frightening and dark.'

All of the comments come from ordinary residents.

All of the comments relate to services provided by your local Conservative controlled Councils.

The same Councils who tell us about the great job they are doing.

I cannot promise that if you elect me everything will magically be sorted. I do promise that I will work tirelessly to address the issues that matter to local people.


  1. Hugglescote & Donington le Heath Parish Council have undertaken some consultation exercises and come up with similar issues.

    It is frustrating that the Tories insist that cuts to services are not happening. Calling the changes 'transformation' when in fact we are facing real reductions is unhelpful.

    Communities need to know that a 30% cut in funding will mean that potholes won't get filled, libraries won't get staffed and sheltered housing will lose on-site warden support.

    As politicians, we will be doing our communities no service if we whip up expectations. Some honest recognition that we all need to pull together might be better.

    For example our Parish has responded to the gritting problem by taking up LCCs Snow Warden scheme. Our development worker is using a community assets approach to work with the youth and elderly.

    Recognising we have been abandoned by the Tories and their banker friends is the first step to finding real responses to the ConDems 30% cuts.

  2. Lady on facebook has just put that she didn't know the lights were off at night, wondered if we had gone back to wartime, and was scared stiff walking home in the early hours today from Ashby Road way in Thringstone to the middle of the village. She isn't elderly, but a young mum, and was alone and was afraid. People shouldn't live in fear in this day and age.

    1. Thanks for your comment.

      I agree. Part night lighting is a real worry for local residents but realistically it is going to be very difficult, if not impossible, to get all of the lights switched back on.

      If I am lucky enough to be elected I will work very hard on a case by case basis as requested by local people.

      Kind regards


  3. why is there a park being built right next to a park?!

    1. Thanks for your comment. The Melrose Road play area is being expanded to provide a more comprehensive 'playhub'.

      There are lots of benefits to having playhubs, rather than smaller 'pocket parks', including giving children a better play experience, making maintenance easier and comparative reductions in anti social behaviour.

      I hope you enjoy the new facilities.

      Kind regards


  4. I would like to see the double yellow lines reinstated on Main Street at the bottom of the John Street jitty to all ow traffic to pull in when coming up Main Street. It is very difficult on that bad bend to see what is coming down from the Green and if there is oncoming traffic there is nowhere to pull in to allow traffic to pass safely. this area is an accideent waiting to happen.

  5. Hi Margaret, thanks for the comment. My first task, if I am lucky enough to be elected, will be to ask County to look at traffic issues throughout the division, there are so many but to name just a few: Talbot Street, Leicester Road, Talbot Lane, Main Street, Church Lane and Lily Bank.

    It's clear that there is traffic calming where virtually no one believes there should be and in other places nothing where roads are dangerous.

    There are spots where street lighting is needed and others where part night lighting just isn't working.

    Whitwick and Thringstone need a strong advocate at County Hall, hopefully that will be me.

  6. dave Smith thringstone i world like to see some form of traffic calming on main st thringstone. when coop opens i can imagine some people using main st as a cut through for the a 512. however i cant want for it to open, it will improve the Green and thringstone considerably

  7. Hi Dave, thanks for your comment.

    If I'm lucky enough to be elected a review of our roads (including traffic calming, yellow lines and street lighting) will be one of my top priorities.

    I agree about the Co-op by the way. As a Labour and Co-op Councillor having a Co-operative store in our village will be a great benefit!