The latest news from Glen Parva Parish Council.
As the Blaby Central Community Forum Decision Night approaches, there is still time to register for a space! 14 projects have been put forward for consideration, and range from Scout Hut repairs to Notice boards and musical equipment. Whilst the budget for the Blaby Central area is £15,000, the total funding requested for these 14 projects is over £45,000.
On 5th June the Blaby Central Community Forum area will have its Decision night taking place in Glen Parva from 6pm – 9pm. If you are interested in finding out more about these projects, and would like the chance to come along and vote for your favourites, register your interest here by 29th May 2013. More »
Xplorer is a free fun family outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy - for further details see the attached link
Leicestershire Street Lighting Energy Reduction Project – 'Part-night' Lighting Scheme Glen Parva
Leicestershire County Council is proposing a part-night lighting scheme (where lights are to be switched off between midnight
and 5.30 am GMT), for the parish of Glen Parva. Leicestershire County Council are currently undertaking a project to reduce street lighting levels in the County in order to make savings on energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and reduce light Pollution.
This formal consultation will run until 31st May 2013 More »
A plan outlining the proposals can be found on theCounty Council's website and available at www.leics.gov.uk/lighting. There is already useful information on this site giving more details about the changes to street lighting in Leicestershire.
For further information, please contact:
Environment & Transport Department, Leicestershire County Council 0116 3050001 or email@example.com
Press Release - 11 April 2013
If you have a food or drink business in Leicestershire, don't miss the opportunity of getting involved in this year's Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight.
Over 55 individual businesses took part in last year's initiative to raise the profile of food and drink in the county – and there were a staggering 75 individual food-based events for people to visit. Businesses reported increased footfall and sales and more importantly their visibility in the community was raised with a national and local PR campaign, online listings on the dedicated website and entry into the Leicester Mercury Events Guide – which is all free to the businesses and community groups taking part.
Work on this year's Food Fortnight has already started and Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council are calling for all food and drink businesses or community groups in Leicester and Leicestershire to get in touch. Could you hold a special event? Could you offer customers tastings of local produce or hold demonstrations? Could you offer a special offer or promotion during the Fortnight? What could you do to raise the profile of your business by being involved in this year's Food Fortnight? Could you organise an event for your local community – perhaps celebrating its local or heritage foods? We are open to ideas and would love to hear from you.
Comments from some of last year's businesses: More »
Pete Gardner, Chocolate Alchemy, Loughborough
"Every chocolate tasting session I did was fully booked and I promoted it with a poster in my shop window for a couple of days on top of the promotion in the Leicester Mercury and online. I would definitely do it again next year as it is a very good way for me to promote my business in the run up to Christmas."
Ted Tann-Watson, Organiser of Donisthorpe Apple Day
"We had a turnout of over 300 people to our event – the best ever. We were delighted with the coverage both in the Leicester Mercury events guide and on promotional posters and fliers, which really helped encourage visitors to our event, from all over the County. I would definitely take part in the Food Fortnight again in the future.
Jessica Edmonds, Born and Bread – Bread-making Demonstrations, Hinckley
"My event was booked up immediately the Events Guide came out. I would definitely take part in Food Fortnight again as it really helped to raise my profile."
For information about getting involved in this year's event, please contact Rachel Dorsett, Silver Pear Communications on 01476 879215 or 07584 166629 » Less
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Leicestershire County Council has made available £320,000 per year for local communities to invest in local improvement of their choice. The funding is available through the 25 Community Forums.
This Community Forum Budget is not a regular grant fund, because local residents are involved in all aspects of the process and they will be making the decision which projects should receive a share of the funds.
Community groups can put forward project ideas for which they are seeking funding. All those project proposals are then made available on the forum's website so residents can view and comment on them. The community groups and other local residents then come together for a Decision Night to discuss the projects and vote for their favourites. More »
All proposals will benefit from advice by a panel of experts, including advice on further sources of funding.
Don't miss out! Dates for your diaries:
Submit a Project Proposal: 8th May
View and Comment: 8th May - 5th June
Register your interest to attend: 9th May - 29th May
Decision Night: 5th June
Information about how to apply, view and comment on projects and register your interest to attend your local Decision night is available on your forum homepage. You can also call 0116 305 7034 for more information. » Less
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Is your internet stuck in the slow-lane?
What could you do with super-fast speed?
Leicestershire County Council, working with a range of partners, including District Councils, is seeking to improve broadband speeds across Leicestershire.
Local authorities and the Government will invest almost £8.5m. A supplier will be contracted in the summer 2013 and the rollout will take 2 years after this.
A briefing session has been organised to help communities and businesses get up to speed on the project. More »
This will be held on;
11th February 2013 - 6.30-8.00pm (refreshments available from 6.00pm) at Sparkenhoe Committee Room, Leicestershire County Council
This event is open to community broadband groups, Parish Councils and local businesses.
If you wish to attend please contact Kate Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0116 305 7016) and provide the following information:
Name; Village or Parish Council represented; business name (if relevant); email address.
The deadline for registration is the 25th January 2013.
If you have any specific queries regarding broadband please contract Matthew Kempson (email@example.com, 0116 305 6179) » Less
Leicestershire County Council is asking the public to comment on its proposals to save £79 million over the next four years.
Due to continued reductions in Government grant and loss of funding to academies, the council is proposing to:
•Find £79 million of savings and extra income over four years
•Use a Government grant to freeze Council Tax next year
•Increase Council Tax by 1.5 per cent for each of the following three years
•Stage further consultation next year to look at the shape and future of the council
Byron Rhodes, the council's deputy leader and resources spokesman, said: "We face a very challenging situation of reduced grants, increased demand for services and lots of uncertainties.
"Although we've taken prudent decisions to balance our budget over the last four years, faced with further pressures, we have to save more and consider small tax rises in the next few years. But even that isn't enough – we know from the Chancellor that austerity cuts will continue until at least 2018.
"In the next couple of years, we will have to look at making radical changes to the shape of the council - the scale of the savings required means we can no longer find most of them from doing the same things more efficiently.
"We will have a breathing space over the next year to involve the public in how we meet the remaining £30 million of savings that are required in 2015/16 and 2016/17."
Last year, the council agreed to save £74 million over four years and it has saved £25 million of this so far. The latest proposals are to save £79 million over the next four years – of which £49 million has been identified.
An estimated 1,100 full time equivalent council posts will go over the next four years, although compulsory redundancies will be lower, through staff turnover and vacancy control. The council has made 750 redundancies over the last three years.
Savings are required due to:
•A £29 million reduction in Government grant over the next two years
•increased demand for key services, including social care for adults and children and waste disposal
Proposed areas for savings include:
•£300,000 from rural bus subsidies (down from the original target of £1 million)
•£2.5 million from restructuring the children and young people's service
Efficiency savings proposals include:
•£3 million from reducing senior management and administration
•£16 million from reducing overheads and simplifying processes
Extra investment is also proposed in the following, priority services:
•£1.7 million extra for children's social care next year
•£15.4 million extra for adult social care over the next four years
Capital investment proposals include:
•£3 million extra from the Government for highway maintenance
•£1.2 million to develop extra care accommodation in Blaby, in the first phase of a county-wide scheme
The council's ruling cabinet will meet at 2pm on Wednesday, January 16th, to discuss the proposals.
People can comment on the proposals by visiting
http://www.leics.gov.uk/budgetconsultation from January 11th until January 27th . The results will be considered by the cabinet on February 6th, before the full county council takes a final decision on the budget and Council Tax precept at 2.30pm on February 20th.
The latest financial plan is guided by the following principles:
•Planning spending within the resources available.
•Maximising the contribution from efficiency savings.
•Being clear about priorities in terms of growth and service reductions that are needed.
•Targeting scarce resources at those with greatest need.
•Achieving value for money for Council Tax payers.
The next meeting of the Blaby Central Community Forum will take place on 7th February at the Enderby Civic Centre, King Street, Enderby, Leicestershire, LE19 4NT.
The meeting part of the Forum will commence at 7.00pm with an Information and Networking session taking place between 6.30pm and 7.00pm, and will cover the following (links to relevant websites are available and indicated in blue):
Information and Networking: 6:30 – 7:00pm
• Find out what changes are to be made to your local recycling collection and why?
• Find out how the 2012 Community Forum Budget Projects are progressing
• Looking forward to Community Forum Budgets 2013
• Options for the future of libraries and museums service delivery – what do we know so far? More »
Please do let me know if you have anything you wish to add to the Information & Networking session, where display boards can be made available.
• Local residents can have their say about what they feel are community safety issues for the district. Find out more via an interactive presentation, about how much it costs to deal with a burglary, anti social behaviour or domestic abuse and how you can support your community and the vulnerable to make the district a safer place to live, work and visit.
• Find out more about Welfare Reform
• Find out more about Leicestershire's Flood Risk Strategy:
- What is the strategy to reduce flood risk?
- Who is responsible for what actions?
- What you can do to reduce damage to your property from flooding? » Less
Blaby district's new refuse and recycling scheme, which launches soon, will now include weekly recycling collections instead of fortnightly.
The original plan for the new scheme was to continue weekly refuse collections, but for recycling to be collected fortnightly with residents receiving a larger 240 litre wheeled bin.
However Blaby District Council has received £2 million funding from the Government's Weekly Collection Support Scheme, and this will allow the Council to retain weekly recycling collections for at least five years. More »
It also means a reduction of only two posts as opposed to the eight posts that were to be originally lost in the move to a fortnightly co-mingled collection.
Weekly collections will utilise the existing 140 litre bins that residents already have, removing the need to supply everyone in the district with larger bins.
This will make the change over to the new co-mingled system much simpler and easier to manage.
Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services said: "During the two trials conducted earlier this year, the preference from residents was clearly for weekly recycling collections and many expressed a desire to keep the current 140 litre bins.
"It is therefore brilliant news that we are now able to do this, as well as being able to retain more of our staff than originally thought."
The new scheme will allow residents to put all their cans, plastics, paper and cardboard into the same wheeled bin, and offers environmental improvements by reducing the number of vehicles and the amount of fuel used, and providing less congestion on the roads.
For more information on the new scheme visit www.blaby.gov.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call customer services on 0116 272 7555. » Less
KURLING CLASS TO START IN GLEN PARVA
Glen Parva Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of £735 funding from Community Action Partnership, Blaby District for the purchase of indoor kurling equipment. (www.communityactionpartnership.org.uk)
Cheque presentation to Mr S Sidorowicz, Parish Council Vice Chairman and Mrs J Small Parish Council Manager by Pauline Fergusson, Finance Manager, Community Action Partnership and Grants Panel Member.
Indoor Kurling is played on a smooth surface and has been adapted from the original curling which is played on ice. Sessions cost £1 each and are open to anyone aged over 16 no matter what level of fitness or ability and provides a great opportunity to meet new people, have fun and get some exercise More »
The weekly indoor kurling class is starting on 8th January 2013 from 2pm to 3pm at Glen Parva War Memorial Hall, Dorothy Avenue, Glen Parva.
The Parish Council is delighted to continue its partnership and collaboration with Community Action
in order to improve facilities for the local community.
For further information, please contact Mrs J Small Parish Council Manager on 0116 2771450 or email@example.com
Mrs J Small
Parish Council Manager
December 2012. » Less