Wednesday, 29 January 2014

'Green Bin Tax' plan dropped

Leon Spence, Labour County Councillor for Whitwick, has expressed his delight at news that North West Leicestershire District Council have announced plans to scrap the introduction of its 'Green Bin Tax' even before it has been implemented.

In a press release issued earlier today the Conservative controlled District Council confirmed that it would drop plans to introduce the charge which promised to be vastly unpopular.

Councillor Spence said 'My Labour colleagues and I have been campaigning against the introduction of the green bin tax for many months.

'It was clear how unpopular and financially misguided the scheme would be when a poll on my website showed 92% of local people would simply send their bin back.

Councillor Spence continued 'I am delighted the administration at North West Leicestershire have seen sense and dropped the charge from their budget proposals.'

Reward offered after two incidents of damage at Whitwick Park

Crime number: LN/00021/14-9 & LN/00022/14-2
 
A reward has been offered for information after two incidents of damage in Whitwick Park.
 
The first incident took place sometime between Tuesday December 24, 2013 and Sunday December 29, 2013 at Whitwick Park in North Street when damage was caused to a number of newly installed bollards.
 
North West Leicestershire District Council had recently installed the lighting bollards to enhance the appearance of the entrance driveway at the park and to increase lighting for the safety and reassurance of the local community.
 
The second incident took place sometime between Monday December 30, 2013 and Tuesday December 31, 2013 in Whitwick Park when the toilet seats within the toilets had been damaged beyond repair which has resulted in the unwanted cost of them being replaced.
 
PC James Broomfield is investigating the incidents, he said: “Despite previous appeals for information we haven’t identified the suspects, a reward has now been offered for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the damage.
 
“If you know anything about the incidents or have any information about who may be responsible we would urge you to contact us.”
 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 2925 James Broomfield on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 2925. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
 
Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile ‘phones and land lines. Please note some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for the call to Crimestoppers.

Friday, 24 January 2014

'Kids First' at Coalville: First Club in Leicestershire for New RFU Initiative



Darren Gourley, with mini/junior coaches from Coalville RFC.
Coalville RFC has become the first club in Leicestershire to be called a ‘Kids First’ rugby club as part of a new RFU initiative that wants to put children at the heart of its development programme.

The award forms part of England Rugby’s grassroots programme and is aimed at taking advantage of the build up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Ruckley, England’s world cup mascot, is the face of the Kids First initiative and is set to appear prominently as the build-up gains momentum.

Coalville’s mini and junior section was selected because of its record in ensuring that the needs of children are always put first. Managers and coaches recently underwent training from Darren Gourley, the RFU’s Player Development Officer, which was partly classroom and practical based. The course involved the creation of a club manifesto, the planning and implementation of player development pathways and making sure that children’s enjoyment is always fundamental to the training and playing at Coalville. Children will receive a sticker book which they complete as they work towards different aspects of their development.

‘It’s a great honour to be chosen to become a Kids First club. We got some great feedback from our training and I know that coaches are itching to use the Kids First resources in their games and training sessions. A lot of hard work has been put in to get us to where we are today but the future looks even better with the needs of the children placed firmly at the heart of our philosophy.’ commented Martin Lester the Mini Coordinator at Coalville.

Monday, 20 January 2014

For the sake of safety planning application must be rejected




Talbot Street, Whitwick
County Councillor, Leon Spence, is calling on the Planning Committee at North West Leicestershire to turn down an application which he claims, if granted, will result in a significant threat to the lives of pedestrians and motorists alike.

Cllr Spence explains that the application to build 8 houses off Talbot Street, Whitwick will mean that traffic to and from the site will have to pull across the flow of traffic and pull out onto a particularly dangerous part of the road.

'Anyone who has travelled along the road can quite clearly see how narrow the road is and how narrow the footpaths are.

'Locally we know that most cars speed along Talbot Street, even independent research shows that 85% of vehicles are travelling at 38 mph when the speed limit is just 30mph.

'Residents in the area tell me about the all too regular accidents and near misses they have had both in their cars and as pedestrians.

'But Highways officers tell me that the risks are not 'severe' enough to legally warrant them objecting to the development.

'I would ask the planning committee to turn the application down. The phrase 'it's an accident waiting to happen' is used all too often, in this case however it just happens to be true.'

Saturday, 18 January 2014

The Fox, Thringstone to become housing development?

An application has been received by North West Leicestershire District Council to convert the site of The Fox, 137 Main Street, Thringstone into 23 new homes.

Plans submitted by Westleigh Developments indicate that, working with East Midlands Housing, the proposed homes will be a mixture of rented and part owned flats and semi-detached properties with off-road parking.

District Councillor, Leon Spence, said 'The Fox has for a number of years now been an eyesore for local residents.

'Clearly it would be great to see the site developed but it's important that any future use is right for Thringstone.

'Over the coming weeks I will be speaking with neighbours to ascertain their views on the proposals.

'I feel certain that in particular neighbours will be concerned about any added strain to nearby drains. I will be seeking reassurance from planners that sewers can cope with a significant number of new homes.

Councillor Spence added 'Previously planning permission was given to develop the site into a residential home for elderly people but clearly the market did not support that development going ahead.'

Anyone wishing to inspect the plans and make comment should either visit the Council Offices on Whitwick Road or view them online by clicking here and quoting planning reference 14/00013/FULM.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Labour Councillors speak out in defence of our libraries and museums

Robert Sharp, Spokesperson for libraries and museums

The Labour Group at Leicestershire County Council are fully supporting North West Leicestershire’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Jamie McMahon’s call to be ‘ambitious for Coalville’.
 
Labour’s Spokesperson for Museums and Libraries, Robert Sharp, has called for an 18 month moratorium on the closure of all libraries and museums, including the Snibston site, at risk of closure.
 
He is calling on the ruling Conservative group to set up a council led, cross party team to look at securing a viable future for all sites.

Cllr Sharp said: “No stone should be left unturned in securing the future of these vital community assets.

“Inaction by the council will result in the loss and closure of these community treasures."

Labour Leader, Max Hunt is calling on Council Leader, Nick Rushton to: “work with us to deliver the viable future for libraries and museums demanded by the public.”

Talbot Street, Whitwick - planned road closure on 15 January

Leicestershire County Council has granted the temporary closure of Talbot Street, Whitwick. 

The closure is required at Talbot Street from Gracedieu Lane to Talbot Lane, Whitwick.
  
The road will be closed from 08.00 hours on the 15th January 2014 for a period of 1 day.
 
This will enable Leicestershire County Council contractors to safely carry out carriageway resurfacing works.
 
There will be no waiting at any time on Talbot Street for the duration of these works.
 
During the closure the alternative route will be via :  
Talbot Lane, Whitwick; Church Hill, Loughborough Road Swannington; Ashby Road, Loughborough Road, The Green Thringstone and vice versa.
  



Map of approved diversion

Monday, 6 January 2014

Criminal damage caused to bollards in Whitwick

Crime number: LN/00021/14-9
 
Police are investigating a report of criminal damage to a number of newly installed lighting bollards in Whitwick.

The incident happened sometime between Tuesday December 24 and Sunday December 29 at Whitwick Park, North Street.

North West Leicestershire District Council had recently installed the lighting bollards to enhance the appearance of the entrance driveway at the park and to increase lighting for the safety and reassurance of the local community.

The estimated cost of installation and subsequent repair is estimated to be thousands of pounds.
Investigating officer PC 2925 James Broomfield said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about this instance of criminal damage which has resulted in unnecessary and costly repairs for the local authority.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 2925 James Broomfield on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 2925. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile ‘phones and land lines. Please note some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for the call to Crimestoppers.

Castle Street Wall Collapse

A stone retaining wall has today partially collapsed in Castle Street, Whitwick scattering debris across the road

Workmen have now cleared the road of rubble and are working towards making the wall, to the rear of the old Whitwick Sports and Social Club site, secure however this is likely to take two to three days.

Temporary 'Road Closed' signs have been erected but unfortunately many motorists are ignoring them.

County Councillor, Leon Spence, warned 'the road is clear but at this time the wall is not safe. Motorists should be aware that the wall could collapse at any moment and to ignore the road closed signs is taking an unnecessary risk.

Councillor Spence continued 'The workmen are working flat out to secure what's left of the retaining wall but are awaiting equipment which will allow them to fully secure the site.'