Monday, 16 February 2015

Changes ahead for county waste sites

Residents, charities and businesses can help shape the county council’s proposals to save £1.1 million at household waste and recycling sites.

The council wants to hear people’s views on a variety of proposals to reduce costs, without having to close sites completely.

Blake Pain, county cabinet member for waste, said: “The council needs to save £1.1 million from its household waste and recycling sites budget, as part of its overall £120 million savings.

“We have a range of ideas and we now want to hear people’s views on how they could work.”

Proposals for waste sites include:

•       Restricting free use of the sites by those living outside of Leicestershire county
•       Restricting free access to use of the sites by charities, parish councils and other groups
•       Restricting free disposal of non-household waste such as bricks, rubble and other DIY waste
•       Reducing site opening times

At the moment, the council spends £27.4 million per year on waste and recycling and it needs to reduce that figure by £4.9 million by 2018/19.

Alongside proposed changes to household waste and recycling sites, the council is also reviewing recycling and reuse credits. Around £120,000 is paid each year to approximately 40 charity and community groups that collect household waste for reuse and recycling.

Charities and community groups will be directly engaged with to shape proposals to ensure they are supported in the most effective way. 

Options for making savings could include only paying credits for materials where other recycling or reuse facilities are not available - e.g. mattresses or carpet.

The consultation will run from February 2 to April 26.

You can have your say at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurewastemanagement

The council’s cabinet will consider the results of the consultation and decide on which proposals to take forward later this year.

For details of the sites and what you can recycle there, please see www.leics.gov.uk/recycling_household_waste_sites

The end of an era - coffee shop to close


Whitwick Community Enterprises are very sad to announce the closure of their coffee shop facility at the end of February. This community facility has been a much loved by the village and a lifeline for many people who have used the café daily in their later years. However the café has always run at a loss, and had to be supported by local donations, grants and subsidised by other projects. This has become unsustainable over the last year – and the trustees have made the reluctant decision to close the current café.
Whitwick Community Enterprises will continue their work with NEET young people, based in the training centre in Coalville. These projects are thriving and thanks to grants for building works from the local authorities that building will be completed very shortly and offer a really good facility for that training.
We will also continue our other community projects in Whitwick, including Party in the Park and Close Knit magazine. We are currently examining ways that we could keep the meals on wheels service and lunch clubs going, and will have that information in the next week or so.
The trustees are very sad to close the café, but the current building and location does not really allow any scope for diversification or expansion to make the project viable. However they are committed to providing a community space for Whitwick, but it needs to be self financing . They are currently working on ideas for a project to provide a community centre, with a new café – and information about this will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone interested in working on this project would be most welcome to get involved – please contact Rhonda.dean@whitwickce.org

Friday, 13 February 2015

Community group receives national award

Big Tidy Up Award
A Thringstone community group has won a prestigious national award at a ceremony held in front of government ministers and TV celebrities.

Friends of Thringstone picked up the 'Big Tidy Up Award' in recognition of innovative and dedicated environmental volunteering during Keep Britain Tidy's Diamond Jubilee Awards.

Nita Pearson, Chair of Friends of Thringstone, said 'I can only say I am very proud and quite ecstatic that we have won such a national accolade. This is a real big deal.'

Fellow Friends of Thringstone member and County Councillor Leon Spence accompanied Nita to the awards ceremony, he said 'It's great that in Friends of Thringstone's 10th anniversary year their outstanding work has been recognised. The award is amazing for our dedicated band of volunteers who make a difference to our village every single day.'