Monday, 30 June 2014

'Choose how you move' coming to Whitwick and Thringstone

Leicestershire County Council have announced plans to extend their 'Choose how you move' personal travel planning project to Whitwick and Thringstone over the next two months.

The project, which is supported by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, aims to reduce car use and transport costs for 8,000 residents of the area.

Throughout July and August homes in Whitwick and Thringstone will be visited by 'travel advisors' who will be able to provide personalised advice, maps and discount schemes on cycling, walking and public transport.

In previous years participants reported an 18% reduction in car trips for work and a 14% increase in pedestrians.

County Councillor Leon Spence said 'We all know that roads are getting more congested and car use is constantly costing us more.

'I'm hopeful that this project will show that there are realistic options for many of us to use other than simply jumping in the car.' 

1200 tonnes of plastics recycling sent to landfill and incineration

A County Councillor has expressed shock at discovering that plastics disposed of at local tips are not being sent for recycling but are in fact being sent to landfill or for incineration.

On a recent visit to a local tip County Councillor Leon Spence was informed by a staffmember that 'there was no point in recycling plastics as it all goes to landfill'.

A disbelieving Councillor Spence undertook to take the point up with officers at the County Council.

He has since been informed that due to worsening market conditions no plastics dumped at tips throughout Leicestershire have been sent for recycling since Summer 2013.

Whilst plastics make up for only 0.4% of all materials disposed of for recycling at tips in the county there has been over 1200 tonnes sent to landfill and incineration in the past year.

Councillor Spence said 'I am absolutely astonished that this is happening. I can understand that there may be financial reasons why recycling is not possible but at the same time a lot of Leicestershire residents people have take the time and trouble to separate their rubbish when they go to the tip.

'This is about trust and transparency. Local residents should be told when their rubbish is not being recycled. Otherwise how can anyone really believe that any materials are being put to use?

'We've all heard apochryphal tales about how rubbish isn't really recycled. It's vitally important that when it actually isn't we tell people otherwise we begin to lose trust.'

It is important to note that the landfilling and incineration of plastics does not include household waste collections for which North West Leicestershire District Council have given assurance that recycling DOES take place.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

End of an era at the George & Dragon

This coming Saturday (28 June) marks the end of an era at a Thringstone pub when landlords and local business owners Pete and Ann Gough & Steve and Margaret Fern move out of the George & Dragon.

The four owners have been responsible for the business for 7 years during which time they have consistently sought out diversification opportunities, including business breakfasts and selling local produce, to ensure that in a world where village pubs were regularly closing the George & Dragon continued to thrive.

Peter said 'It has been a long,difficult road but among all the bad times there have been lots of really good ones and we have made some wonderful friends along the journey.
'We are also delighted to tell you that the pub has been sold to a local businessman (I think you know who it is) and his intention is to uplift the whole of the ambiance and decor of the Dragon to enable people to carry on eating and drinking in the last of the original Thringstone pubs.
The management team have done an incredible job over the years in ensuring that Thringstone could be proud of its last real pub. Thanks will go out from every villager for the good times that Pete, Ann, Steve and Margaret have provided at the pub. Everyone will wish them well in their future endeavours.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Police appeal for witnesses following aggravated burglary in Thringstone

Crime number: LN/2977/14-2
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two elderly people were burgled in Thringstone.

The incident took place at approximately 8:15pm on Saturday June 21, 2014, when two men entered a house in the Booth Road area of Thringstone.

One of the men entered the property carrying what is believed to be an imitation weapon. The men stole cash before leaving on foot.

One of the suspects is described as white, approximately 30 years old, around 6’tall and slim to medium build. The man was wearing a baseball cap and waist length coat with dark trousers and shoes.

The second man is described as white, approximately 30 years old, 5’ 10” and of a stocky build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket and all dark clothing.

Detective Constable 4433 Melanie Fisher said: “This is a serious incident which has shook up two elderly residents, it was very distressing for both of the victims. It is an isolated incident and we have not received any further similar reports in the area, however, we are taking the incident very seriously and need to catch the people responsible.

“I would like to speak to anyone who saw two men dressed in dark clothing that fit the descriptions provided, it was a very warm day and the suspects were not really dressed for the weather conditions if you thought that was unusual or had any suspicions please contact us.

“I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to come please get in touch”

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

The battle to protect the Green Wedge recommences

A developer has reignited the spectre of mass house building on the Whitwick Green Wedge after writing to local residents to tell them of their intention to apply for planning permission for a new housing estate.

Jelson Homes have contacted residents off Hall Lane, Tiverton Avenue and surrounding roads to tell them of their plans to build 240 homes on fields which local campaigners have been fighting for years to protect.

Local residents are acutely concerned that approval of the development will set a dangerous precedent for further house building across the Green Wedge and will simply lead to the vital separation between Whitwick and Coalville being eventually closed up by stealth.

Jelson's documentation states that their proposals will 'keep the vast majority of the... Green Wedge free from development and whilst maintaining a significant degree of separation between Coalville and Whitwick.' The same document shows additional fields being part of the parcel of land subject to proposals with sufficient highway space left to build more homes.

County Councillor for Whitwick Leon Spence said 'The fight for the green wedge was hard won by councillors, residents and most of all the Whitwick Action Group.

'We always knew these developers would be back and would have a different approach. These 240 homes are just that. Be in no doubt, given the opportunity, developers will seek to build across the Green Wedge.

'Major developers want to take the Green Wedge by stealth. Everyone who played a part last time worked far too hard to let them be successful now. The difference is this time we are battle hardened and ready to fight tooth and nail to protect our precious open space.'

Further information about Jelson's proposals can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Plaque unveiled commemorating Charles Booth

Glorious sunshine was the backdrop to an important day for Thringstone with the unveiling of Leicestershire County Council's first ever green plaque erected to commemorate the lives of important people in the history of the county.

Civic dignitaries, lead by Lord Lieutenant Lady Jennifer Gretton, descended on the community centre to mark the life of Victorian social reformer and philanthropist Charles Booth.

Descendants of Mr Booth were joined by children from Thringstone Primary School and residents from the nearby Meadows care home to celebrate the historic day.

Local community volunteer Nita Pearson, who nominated Booth for the award, said 'It was a cracking event. I am so proud of the village.'

Lady Gretton with Cllr Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council

Cllr Rushton with Cllrs David Snartt (Vice-Chair of LCC) and Graham Allman (Chair of NWLDC)

Dignitaries, relatives and local residents celebrate the unveiling of the green plaque

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Air Cadets join up with Friends of Thringstone for community litterpick

Members of community group Friends of Thringstone joined up last Saturday (14 June) with young people from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron of the Air Training Corps to spruce up the village by carrying out a community litter pick.

The litter pick has become a regular event over the years for the ATC, who are one of a number of young peoples organisations who have shown a commitment to improving the environment for the benefit of local residents.

Local Councillor Leon Spence joined the cadets on the litter pick, he said 'I never fail to be amazed at the hard work our young people put in to making our villages better places to live.

'All too often we hear about children being responsible for anti-social behaviour. We hear all too rarely about the significant good that they do.

'Thanks must go out to the ATC, and not forgetting Friends of Thringstone, for the commitment they show to the community.'

Monday, 2 June 2014

Anger at 'ludicrous' planning decision

A councillor has expressed his anger at the decision of a planning inspector to grant planning permission at a controversial site in Whitwick, overturning a previous decision of North West Leicestershire District Council, who had previously rejected the application.

Following an appeal by applicant Hazleton Homes a Government Inspector, Chris Preston, has granted permission for 8 homes at land adjoining Whitwick Filling Station on Talbot Street in Whitwick.

The site has been subject to significant concerns being situated at a locally recognised accident black spot on Talbot Street, and directly on top of a steep bank which many residents strongly feel will worsen problems along the already flood prone Grace Dieu Brook.

District and County Councillor Leon Spence said 'The decision of the Planning Inspectorate is frankly idiotic. I doubt very much whether the Inspector will be around when local peoples homes are flooded or a pedestrian is killed as a direct result of this ludicrous decision but local people will be.

'It's a sad day for the residents of Talbot Street and Coverdale. The Planning Inspectorate should hang their heads in shame.'