Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Whitwick County Councillor reminds local groups closing date is looming for grant applications

The closing date is nearing for funding applications to a new grant scheme which will help offer more support to the vulnerable, young and elderly in Leicestershire.
The ‘Your Shire’ community grant, launched by the county council, has a £160,000 ‘pot’ which offers up to £2,500 to smaller groups and charities to develop activities they currently offer – or to give them a springboard to start something fresh.
There will be two rounds of funding and the closing date for round one is Sunday, October 19.
County Councillor for Whitwick, Leon Spence, said 'I would urge local groups to consider bidding for this important smaller grant funding pot.
'You Shire grants are very much aimed at groups looking to help vulnerable people as early as they possible can. Any local group who has identified a need and have innovative ideas how it can be addressed should visit www.leicestershireforums.org.uk as soon as possible.'
The funding will help to:
•        Support vulnerable people in the community (£15,000 available each round);
•        Encourage young people to achieve their potential (£15,000);
•       Support older people to live independently (£15,000);
•        Getting active in the community (£15,000);
•        Eating healthily for less (£20,000, round one only);
•        Supporting Carers (£20,000, round two only);
For more information, you can also call 0116 305 7034, e-mail leicestershireforums@leics.gov.uk or visit www.leicestershireforums.org.uk

Monday, 29 September 2014

Damage to motor vehicle - Church Lane, Whitwick

A motor vehicle has been damaged along Church Lane, Whitwick.

The incident, which happened some time between 9.00am on Saturday 20 September and 9.00am on Monday 22 September, resulted in the roof and sides of a vehicle being damaged.

Police are calling for witnesses to the incident. If you know anything please contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Hensons Lane, Thringstone burglary - do you know anything?

Police are calling for witnesses following a burglary at a property on Hensons Lane, Thringstone.

The incident happened around midday last Tuesday, 23 September, when a property was entered and a wooden casket stolen.

Anyone with information should contact the Police on 101 or Crimstoppers on 0800 555111.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Temporary road closure of Mammoth Street, Coalville

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the closure of the above road.

The closure is required from the junction with Whitwick Road for its entire length.
The road will be closed from 07:30 hours on Monday 6th October 2014 for up to 4 weeks.

This will safely allow Leicestershire County Council carry out Footway Resurfacing.

During the closure, the alternative route for users will be : Signed and coordinated on site.


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pedestrian crossing in Whitwick Market Place gets nearer

Over the years concerned residents of Whitwick have called for a pedestrian crossing in Whitwick Market Place.

Petitions have been signed and councillors, not least Tony Gillard my predecessor as County Councillor, have made the case forcefully at County Hall that a crossing is needed.

In fact approval for a zebra crossing was given some time ago.

Since becoming County Councillor in May 2013 I have continued to apply pressure for a crossing to be built as soon as possible.

One issue holding the crossing up has been the fact that Midlands Co-operative Society (who are opening a convenience store on the Sports and Social Club site), will be responsible for part payment of the build costs and their financial obligations do not fall due until their project has started.

I have confirmed to council officers that the Co-op project is now well underway and hopefully we are one step closer to seeing a zebra crossing in Whitwick Market Place.

I will update residents as soon as I get more information.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Coalville Library - temporary closure

It's a little way off but I have been advised about a temporary closure of Coalville Library.

Works are due to be carried out to build additional meeting rooms to 'facilitate further adult learning classes' and increase capacity for hiring rooms to other organisations.

As a result the library will be closed from Monday 24 November to Saturday 6 December inclusive

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

School place planning consultation

Leicestershire, like many parts of the country, is facing in the very near future a shortage of school places for our children.

With an increasing population and demands for significant numbers of new homes it has become clear that we need more capacity in county schools.
Unless action is taken there is a real possibility that in many parts of Leicestershire we could run out of school places in just two or three years.
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight Leicestershire County Council's current consultation exercise to seek the views of local people as to how we ensure our education places strategy is fit for the future.
I would urge parents, teachers and developers to respond to the County Council consultation.
You can give your views by visiting www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/schoolplaces .
The consultation is open until Friday 17th October but its outcomes will be felt for many years to come.
Our children deserve the very best facilities please take a few minutes to let the County Council know how that can be delivered.