Wednesday, 9 July 2014

County Councillor allowances information published

Every year Leicestershire County Council are obliged to publish details of the allowances paid to all County Councillors.

Details for the financial year 2013/14 have just been published.

In the interests of full transparency I feel that it is only right that I publish details of the amounts paid to me on this website.

Since being elected on 6th May 2013 until 31 March 2014 I was paid £12,544.55. This amount was made up of £9,169.55 basic allowance which is paid to all councillors and  £3,375.00 special responsibility allowance paid to me as Chairman of the Children and Families Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

Records show that I also received £324.05 in respect of public transport. This amount was not paid to me directly but relates to rail tickets to London on two separate occasions. When travelling by rail the protocol is that officers book tickets on a councillors behalf. Typically open return tickets are booked which I believe prove to be very expensive. Should I need to take rail travel in the future I will ask that wherever possible specific off-peak trains are booked to reduce costs. 

I have not claimed for any other public transport, mileage, subsistence or other costs.

All allowances are subject to income tax.

Full details of expenses and allowances paid to all county councillors can be viewed here.

Friday, 4 July 2014

What should North West Leicestershire look like in 20 years?

Map of North West LeicestershireNorth West Leicestershire residents are being asked what should be included in a new Local Plan for the district, which will set out how the area will develop and change over the next 15 to 20 years.

The plan will shape how the district will look in the future – how many homes, roads, offices, and shops are built and where, and which open spaces will be created and protected.

Local people now have the chance to say what they think should be included in the Local Plan at this early stage, using an online form at www.nwleics.gov.uk/localplanmysay.

The proposed contents include, amongst other subjects:
  • Affordable housing numbers
  • Sites identified for housing
  • Suitable sites for employment
  • Sites of ecological importance and value
  • The National Forest and Charnwood Forest
  • Transport – including HS2, the National Forest line and Ashby Canal.
Over the next two years, the public will be asked for their thoughts on various other aspects of the plan.

A draft Local Plan is planned for summer 2015 with the council’s preferred version being produced in early 2016. This plan will then go through an independent examination, probably in autumn 2016, and the aim is to adopt the Local Plan in December 2016.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The Local Plan will guide the development of our district over the next 15 to 20 years. These decisions affect everyone. They affect where our children can live when they leave home, how we spend our leisure time, what jobs are available to us and how we feel about our surroundings.

“We hope that local people will take a look at what we think should go into the plan at this stage, and let us know where they feel the focus should be. We need to get this plan right for communities, so we’re hoping local people will help us do that.”

Members of the public have until Friday 19 September 2014 to make comments on what should and should not be included in the Local Plan.

10th July 2014 Public sector strike - Local impact

A number of trade unions, including NUT, Unison, GMB and UNITE, have announced a strike on Thursday 10th July 2014.

This page will be updated with detail of how the strikes will affect services accessed by most Whitwick and Thringstone residents.

This page will be updated as further information becomes available.

Schools

Whitwick St John the Baptist: School will be open as normal but kitchen will be closed, please send children with a packed lunch.

Whitwick Holy Cross: School will be open to Years 1, 4 and 5. School will be closed to Years 4+, 2, 3 and 6. Pupils attending must bring a packed lunch.

New Swannington Primary School: Closed

Castle Rock High School: Open as normal.

De Lisle School, Loughborough: Open as normal.

The above schools have provided notification to parents of their plans on Thursday. It is, of course, possible that circumstances may change which will affect their status.

Other Services

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue: A reduced service will be available from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Leicestershire County Council - Coalville Community Resource Centre: Closed