Monday, 31 March 2014

FREE Health Checks - your health matters!

North West Leicestershire residents can get a free health check on Tuesday 8 April at Whitwick Methodist Church.

The health checks, which are held by North West Leicestershire District Council’s Stronger and Safer Communities Team will take place between 2pm and 6pm.

Activities for children and fun exercise challenges with prizes for all ages and fruit juice sampling will go alongside the tests in the health check, which include:

·         Cholesterol levels

·         Blood pressure

·         Body mass index screenings

Those attending the event will also be able to get a range of health and well-being advice, including the new posture analysis screening, advice on how to stop smoking, diet and nutrition, back to basics cookery and much more.

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “These free health checks can highlight any problems that need to be addressed, and they can also reassure people who might be worried about their health unnecessarily.  The team is well trained and very approachable, and I would encourage anyone who has a spare half hour on Tuesday to head down to Whitwick Methodist Church and get their free health check.  It promises to be a fun, family event.”

For further information contact Julie Summerton 01530 454541 or e mail

Grass-cutting season to start today!

Leicestershire County Council's lawnmowers will soon be hitting the streets to start their annual rounds.

The council maintains nearly four million square metres of urban verges and grassy areas – the equivalent size of nearly 400 football pitches.

The usual start date has been set back by roughly three weeks this year because of the heavy winter rainfall.

Peter Osborne, county Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We are starting the grass cutting season later than we would normally like this year to allow our green areas a chance to recover.

"Despite a slightly drier March, the water table level is still high across the county and the last thing we want to do is ruin our open spaces by sending heavy mowing machinery to churn up the grass.

"We expect to begin our rounds on March 31 but, should the weather take a turn for the worse, then we will have to review our start date again."

County Councillor for Whitwick and Thringstone, Leon Spence, welcomed the news: "The cutting of our grass verges is a highly visible indicator of how the County Council is performing.
"Last year I received many complaints from local people that verges had been left uncut or simply missed.
"I would urge all local residents to contact me if they notice any problems this year. We all pay a great deal of Council Tax and it's not unreasonable to expect that our verges are maintained to a reasonable standard."

The county council cuts grass verges on the highways in towns and villages up to nine times each year, generally between March and October.

To contact the council with any problems on the roads, call Roadline on 0116 305 0001 or email

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Thringstone Post Office move - public consultation to close

Local residents are reminded that the public consultation on moving Thringstone Post Office from it's current location to Thringstone Stores, Loughborough Road closes on 21 March.

If you would like to take part in the consultation you can do so by clicking here and quoting branch code 28721799.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

County Councillor welcomes new cycling route

County Councillor for Whitwick, Leon Spence, has welcomed plans to construct a new cycling route in the village.

The route, which is being paid for from central government 'sustainable transport' funding, will run from Stephenson Way to Hall Lane, predominantly following the route of the disused mineral railway line and alongside Coalville Rugby Club, and will connect up with other cycle routes in the area.

Councillor Spence said 'Whitwick has benefitted significantly from improvements to the cycle network. In the current economic climate the changes have  been controversial amongst local people but will undoubtedly be good for the long term future of the village, and hopefully for our health.

'Whilst the new route, along the old mineral line, has been used by walkers for many years it is great news that it will be widened and surfaced to allow cyclists access. The route will be fantastic for both leisure cyclists who want to link up with the wider cycling network and those who want to use more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work in Coalville.'

The scheme is subject to final approval with construction work likely to take place within the next 3 to 4 months.

Monday, 10 March 2014

East Midlands Housing has 11 traineeship places up for grabs!

Hey – if you’re 16-24, unemployed and from the Coalville area and you are really motivated to work, why not apply for one of our new traineeship places – and we have eleven places up for grabs.
Are you a mum, dad or guardian who has a son/daughter who is unemployed and, is motivated to work but lacks some confidence because of previous knock-backs? Then a traineeship with us could be a great move.
Want to know more? Why not drop into one of our open sessions? Our next one is this Thursday - 13th March, 0930 until 12 noon. Why not drop in? We are Memorial House, Stenson Road, Whitwick Business Park (near to Morrison’s supermarket), Coalville, LE67 4JP. If you need help finding us, ring our Personnel team on 01530 276 012.
The event will be laid out in a market hall style, where we will have a series of ‘stalls’ where local people from around the Coalville area will be able to ‘drop in’ have a nosey and ask any questions. Stalls will include:
1. Employability qualification stall – to find out about the qualification trainees will undertake as part of their traineeship.
2.  East Midlands Housing group Academy stall – staffed by our apprentices. To find out more about our Academy, what it means and the real low down on what it’s like to work here as an apprentice.
3. Team information stall – staffed by a range of different staff representing the different teams that will be hosting a trainee. To find out more about the different teams and what they do.
4. National Apprenticeship Service stall. Staffed by NAS so that if we get someone who is ‘over qualified’ we can still offer them IAG and a route through to an apprenticeship.
5. Functional Skills stall– Maths and English. Staffed by Loughborough College.
6. Applications stall. Staffed by our HR apprentice, Mhairi, to support potential applicants complete an application form.
We will also have a further session on:
· Monday 17th March (1200-4pm)
Of course, if you feel you know enough through looking at our website, including the FAQs at: you can download our emh-group-traineeship-application-form-2014 and emh-group-Traineeship-Person-Specification and crack on. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 20th March.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Fox - further update

District Councillor for Thringstone, Leon Spence, has held a meeting with executives from East Midlands Housing Association and developers Westleigh to discuss the next steps for the future use of The Fox site on Main Street, Thringstone.

Local residents will be aware that a planning application has been submitted to build 23 shared ownership and socially rented homes on the site, it is now expected that that application will be considered by the Planning Committee of North West Leicestershire District Council in late Spring - possibly the May or June meetings of the committee.

Development of the site is still dependent on a number of business confidential factors but it is hoped that building may commence as early as Spring 2015.

Councillor Spence said 'It's good news that EMHA and Westleigh are being so transparent with their plans for the site.

'We all know that currently The Fox is an eyesore and obviously, if plans are approved, it would be preferable to start building work sooner rather than later but unfortunately and understandably that may not be possible.

'I have asked the developers if it would be possible to clear the site and make it secure as soon as possible. They have agreed to investigate this.'

Councillor Spence also confirms that he held discussions about potential neighbour concerns: 'East Midlands Housing Association understand that neighbours have expressed concern during both the previous planning application for a nursing home, as well as this one.

'We discussed the necessity for adequate parking and drainage as well as potential impact on neighbours. The developers are investigating minor amendments to plans to accommodate concerns.'

Councillor Spence went on ask for help with one more problem associated with the development: 'If approved the development will effectively create a new small road. Both I and the developers are keen to hear suggestions for what it should be called. Maybe something to commemorate the fallen of Thringstone on the centenary of the First World War?, or maybe another suggestion? views would be very much appreciated.'

Keeping Thringstone Tidy - Scouts and Friends of Thringstone team up

Whitwick Scouts yesterday (Saturday 8th March) teamed up with the Friends of Thringstone to litter pick around the village.

15 scouts spent the morning working alongside 7 village residents to collect discarded televisions, old tents and many sacks of litter.

County Councillor Leon Spence said 'We owe a huge thank you to all of those people who turn out, sometimes day after day, to make our village a better place to live. Both the Scouts and Friends of Thringstone have done an amazing job.

'It's such a shame that we need community spirited residents to litter pick but whilst there are thoughtless people willing to inconsiderately throw away rubbish I would encourage everyone to do their bit to improve our villages.' 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque Awards - Please take a minute to vote for Charles Booth

Charles Booth of Thringstone
Leicestershire people are being asked to vote for the first recipients of the inaugural Green Plaque Awards.

From a shortlist of 12 nominees, each an historic person or building from around the county, 6 plaques will awarded and erected as a result of the public vote.

Victorian businessman, philanthropist and social reformer Charles Booth, from Thringstone, has been nominated as one of the 12 shortlisted.

On a national scale Mr Booth was instrumental in addressing poverty and the introduction of the universal old age pension. On a local level Mr Booth purchased Thringstone House (now Thringstone Community Centre) for the people of the village.

Please take just a couple of seconds to vote for Charles Booth by clicking here (you can also view the other 11 nominees).

Whitwick and Thringstone Projects shortlisted for Green Awards

Two environmentally aware projects have been shortlisted for North West Leiestershire District Council's annual 'Green Footprint Awards'.

The Central England Cooperative has been shortlisted for the coveted Sustainable Urban Design award for its new Thringstone store which 'offers local residents a new facility within a short walk or cycle from their homes and blends well into its surroundings'.

Meanwhile Whitwick Community Enterprises and Friends of Holly Hayes Wood have been jointly nominated for two awards, Children and Young People and Partnerships and Community Groups, for their work with 43 young people developing forestry and general employability skills.

The award winners will be announced at The Green Footprints Challenge Awards 2014 on Friday 4 April at Radisson Blu, East Midlands Airport.

Details of those shortlisted for all awards can be viewed by clicking here.

Good luck to our local nominees!