Saturday, 18 October 2014

Thringstone Fire - Update

Following a fire in his flat on Shrewsbury Walk on 15 October, an elderly gentleman was left with only what he stood up in.  His whole flat was destroyed, along with, sadly, his companion dog, Ben.
Residents from Shrewsbury Walk helped evacuate the gentleman and his neighbour and were themselves subject to problems from smoke inhalation.
Thringstone has a close community, and wheels were put in motion within 24 hours to try to help.  Thringstone Stores and post office has a collection tin, members of the housing department have organised clothing and will be helping with housing once the gentleman is out of hospital, and Friends of Thringstone have put out an appeal for help with clothing, household items and furniture. 
So far many offers have been made, and NWLDC housing officers are working on providing some storage facilities, so that any furniture donated can be kept safe until the rehoming process takes place, which is hoped to be very soon. Thringstone Co-op have also pledged their support.
If anybody wishes to help with donation of items, they are asked to contact Friends of Thringstone direct on 01530 223434.  Those wishing to give cash should go into Thringstone Stores.
Nita Pearson
Chair of Friends of Thringstone

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Call for action at Whitwick accident hotspot

A County Councillor is calling for safety measures to be considered further at a Whitwick accident hotspot.

Councillor Leon Spence is regularly contacted by local residents about speeding traffic and accidents along Hall Lane in Whitwick. However, after contacting engineers at County Hall he has been informed that although accidents are commonplace nothing will be done.

In an email from a council officer Councillor Spence was informed 'There have been eight recorded injury accidents along the one mile length of Hall Lane in the last five years. We have looked at the individual circumstances of each accident and unfortunately do not consider that there are any cost-effective measures that we can implement at the moment.'

Councillor Spence responded angrily 'We know Hall Lane is a dangerous road. There have been at least 8 accidents where people have been injured in the past few years, some seriously, and there will be more.

'Let's be clear the reason nothing will be done is about money.

'County Hall have told me they would happily introduce an improvement scheme if it was paid for by the Parish Council or an individual.

'I'm calling out to anyone affected by speeding traffic and dangerous driving on Hall Lane to contact me so that we can work out how to take this issue forward.

'With a proven accident record it's only a matter of time before someone else is very seriously injured or killed. It will be disgraceful if that could be avoided through a sensible improvement scheme but nothing is done.'

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Thringstone housing application approved

Outline proposals to build 85 new homes in Thringstone have been approved by North West Leicestershire District Council.

The application, which was approved with cross party support, will see homes built on land off Loughborough Road - but not until a developer has been found to progress the proposals.

District Councillor, Leon Spence, said 'I'm very pleased the application has been approved.

'Thringstone has been fortunate to avoid much of the development which has blighted the rest of North West Leicestershire. We were always going to have to have some development and it's good to know that these high quality proposals will fill much of that need.

'Of course there are important issues which still need addressing. We must make sure highways access is safe as we must also ensure that sewers are fit for purpose, not only at the site but also up and down stream. These issues were raised during the planning committee meeting and I am confident they will be address by planning condition.

'One concern which has been raised with me on a couple of occasions has been a worry that local schools will not have sufficient places available to cope with the number of new homes. It's pleasing to see that any developer will have to make sure they provide sufficient funds to allow schools to expand as needed.

'As local councillors Dave Everitt and I both also queried the possibility of any developer providing financial support to secure the long term future of Thringstone Community Centre.

'Any significant new development in Thringstone needs to contribute to the sustainability of our village, I'm hopeful that any potential developer will be committed to that aim.

'No development is ever going to please everyone, although the exceptionally low number of objections is perhaps a good sign.

'Approving planning applications is often a balancing act. I'm sure that when built these new homes will be a great addition to Thringstone as were Springfield and Bakery Court in the past.'

Danger warning - toy 'Worry Dolls'

Worry Dolls
Parents are being warned of a potentially dangerous a toy called Worry Dolls, after three of the four products failed basic safety tests.
Leicestershire Trading Standards tested four of the dolls, which were purchased online, and found that some of the dolls could be a choking hazard for younger children and some had concealed sharp points.
Children tell the small doll their worries and put it under their pillow before they go to sleep after which a parent will carefully remove it. The child wakes in the morning to find the doll has gone, taking their worries with it. 
David Bull, head of the county council’s Trading Standards Service said: “Three of the four dolls we tested, failed to comply with toy safety regulations.
“The dolls posed a choking hazard for young children and some were made with thread wrapped around sharp wires. There was also inadequate labelling, to warn consumers about the risks the toy posed to very young children and to allow the manufacturers to be traced. All these products have been removed from sale by the suppliers.
“I am asking parents or guardians to check their children’s worry dolls and if you are in any doubt - throw it away. We cannot be sure that all items in the supply chain have either been removed or recalled, as there are many other suppliers.”
Joe Orson, county council cabinet lead member for Trading Standards said: “Parents and carers should look for a CE mark on labelling, never give them to children under three, and feel for any sharp points. Remember that children aren’t good at recognising hazards, especially when they are sleepy.”
People can report products they think might be unsafe to the Trading Standards Service Citizens Advice Helpline on 03454 04 05 06; trading standards work with this Helpline to identify unsafe products.

Secondary school place closing date looming

A local County Councillor is reminding parents that the closing date for school place applications is looming and is urging them not to miss the deadline.
Last month, Leicestershire County Council sent around 10,500 letters to mums and dads, explaining the process for children who transfer to secondary school in the autumn term 2015.
Moving to the next school is not automatic and parents are encouraged to apply before the 31st October closing date.
The transfer process is the same for a local authority school or a recently-converted academy.
If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child may not get a place.
Anyone expressing a preference for a non-catchment school is urged to also apply for a place at their child’s catchment school.

Leon Spence, County Councillor for Whitwick, said: “I can't stress how important it is for parents to apply on time to get the very best chance of being offered a place at the school they want their child to attend.

"We are lucky to have some very good and popular schools in North West Leicestershire which are often over subscribed. It could be very tough to get a place at your preferred school if you apply late."

Last year, 96.2 per cent of children were offered a place at their first-choice school and 98.5 per cent were given a place at one of their top three however a small number of pupils, typically those who apply late, were only offered places at non-preferred schools.
To find out more, please visit , email or call 0116 305 6684.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Thringstone looking tidier than ever!

Friends of Thringstone have had a busy month, but not necessarily one they want to repeat!

During September members picked 170 bags of litter from around the village, the most since April.

In total volunteers from the group have collected 1,395 bags so far in 2014.

County Councillor Leon Spence said 'We are so lucky in Thringstone to have dedicated volunteers who continually strive to make our community a better place to live.

'The actions of a few thoughtless individuals could quite easily turn Thringstone into an eyesore. We owe a debt of thanks to those people who quietly but consistently make a real difference.'

Coalville Tip - winter opening hours

County Councillor for Whitwick, Leon Spence, would like to remind local residents that Coalville Tip has now changed to it's winter opening hours schedule.

Until 31 March 2015 Coalville tip will open from 9.00am to 4.00pm five days a week. The tip will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

Councillor Spence said 'This is the second year of reduced opening hours in the winter but it is easy to forget that Coalville tip is closed on Thursday and Friday.

'I would like to remind local residents that they can use both Lount and Shepshed when Coalville is closed.'

*Lount and Shepshed recycling sites are both closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the winter period.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Whitwick Remembrance service and parade

Details have been announced for the Whitwick branch of the Royal British Legion's annual Remembrance service and parade.

The parade will take place on Sunday 9 November. As in previous years the parade will leave Hermitage Leisure Centre at 2.15pm before marching to a service of Remembrance at St John the Baptist Church.

Further details will be published as the become available.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Special 2 for 1 Offer: Top quality entertainment comes to Thringstone Community Centre

This Saturday (4 October) Thringstone Community Centre plays host to top rated jazz singer Sarah Moule and as a special offer tickets are available at an unrepeatable 2 for 1 deal.

Described by BBC Radio 2's Russell Davies as 'a great talent' Sarah brings her one woman show 'Songs For Scarlet Women' to an intimate licensed venue with cabaret seating.

Tickets are just £9.00 each and are available from Thringstone Community Centre by phoning 01530 222337 or emailing