The latest news from Glen Parva Parish Council.
Fibre broadband has arrived in Glen Parva
More than 24,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire now have access to fibre broadband, thanks to the county council's £18.8 million Superfast Leicestershire project. Now that fibre broadband has arrived in Glen Parva, over 100 homes and businesses can upgrade to high-speed fibre broadband. To find out if your property or business can upgrade please use the line checker www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where and view the coverage map http://blpc.atkinsgeospatial.com/Default.htm or contact your broadband supplier. More »
There are lots of benefits for both residents and businesses; for example everything online will be quicker, so if you use services such as iPlayer you won't waste time while the program buffers. Or, if you have several people in a house using the internet at the same time, there won't be a drop in service. Alternatively, if you work from home where you regularly download and upload large files or you need to share assets and collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time, require high quality video conferencing or upload web site content then you'll also benefit.
What is superfast fibre broadband?
Superfast fibre broadband is the new generation of broadband – much faster, more reliable and it uses a different technology.
Whilst most traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, superfast fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable as part of the link between the customer and the telephone exchange. Through this people can access download speeds of up to 50Mbps.
There are three simple steps you need to follow:
Step 1) Visit the line checker on the Superfast Leicestershire website: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where
Step 2) Review your current broadband contract and research potential broadband providers.
Step 3) Contact your chosen broadband provider and arrange the upgrade.
What happens if I don't upgrade?
If you choose not to upgrade to superfast fibre broadband, you'll be able to continue using your existing broadband service as normal.
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Officers from Hinckley and Blaby Neighbourhood Policing area will be visiting residents on Grosvenor Close, Glen Parva between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday 12 February 2015. This will give residents the opportunity to meet their local beat officers.
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Residents and businesses from the Glen Parva area are invited to attend a free Dementia Friends information evening this February.
The one hour session will take place on Tuesday 10 February, 7-8pm at Glen Parva War Memorial Hall, on Dorothy Avenue, LE2 9JD.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative to help members of the public understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
Blaby District Council is working in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society and other members of the Leicestershire Dementia Action Alliance to make the district a dementia-friendly community. More »
It is estimated that 1 in 3 people over 65 will develop dementia before they die. Blaby District has an increasing ageing population and it is expected that the number of people living with dementia locally is expected to almost double by 2030.
Becky Haines, Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Less than half of us think we know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends is the perfect opportunity to be able to invite everyone up and down the country to improve their knowledge.
"Dementia Friends isn't about creating experts, it's about helping people understand a little bit more about what it's like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend."
For more information or to book your place contact Zoe Coulson, Partnership Co-ordinator at Blaby District Council at email@example.com or call 0116 272 7566.
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Officers will be calling on residents on Bayswater Drive and Knightsbridge Road, Glen Parva between 9.30am and 11.30am on Saturday 13 September 2014 to enable residents to meet their local beat officers.
WHEN 13 September 9.30am - 11.00am
WHERE Bayswater Drive and Knightsbridge Road Glen Parva
LOCAL NATURE RESERVE NAMED ONE OF BEST IN BRITAIN
Glen Parva and Glen Hills Local Nature Reserve has been named one the best parks and green spaces in the country.
It is among a record-breaking 1,476 places to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The national award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the UK. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. More »
Located in Glen Parva the site is home to a wide range of wildlife, provides a green route into the city and a peaceful place for people to walk and keep fit.
Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time at this site. This award recognises and highlights that people in the Blaby District are benefitting from a green space of the very highest quality."
Jan Martin, Chair of Glen Parva Parish Council, said: "This is a jointly owned site and we owe the Glen Parva team of volunteers a debt of gratitude. The whole site has never looked better and I want to thank Andy Jackson and Sam Village of Stepping Stones for all their help and advice over the last few years, which has culminated in this fantastic achievement."
The site benefits from the hard work of local volunteers. If you would like to become a volunteer please contact Glen Parva Parish Council on 0116 2771450
The nature reserve is owned by Glen Parva Parish Council, Leicester City Council, and Blaby District Council, who together have developed a joint management plan to help improve the site.
NEW IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SITE
Glen Parva Parish Council is pleased to announce the installation of new signage, benches and interpretation lecterns to the Local Nature Reserve Site.
These improvements have been made possible due to the collaboration and partnership working between Glen Parva Parish Council, Blaby District Council, The Stepping Stones Project at Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.
The signage includes two new welcome signs, two noticeboards, two interpretation lecterns, two finger posts and two new benches. The benches have been provided by Blaby District Council. More »
The 12 hectare site contains a fantastic mosaic of wildlife habitats from ponds and meadows to woodland and hedges. It is home to an array of wild flowers and animals such as green woodpecker, meadow pipit, dragonflies and bats. With footpaths across the whole site it's a real gem on the doorstep of Glen Parva for everyone to explore.
Volunteers work hard to keep the woodland and surrounding area in good order for the public and wildlife. The work of the volunteers includes traditional methods of managing woodland such as coppicing, tree planting, path maintenance and wildflower planting.
Different parts of the reserves are owned by Glen Parva Parish Council, Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council. The Reserves' Working Group meets regularly to discuss the management and joint working and is represented by all and owners of the site.
For further information about the site or about volunteering opportunities, please contact the Parish Council on 0116 2771450.
Notes for the Editors:
Glen Parva Parish Council Telephone 016 2771450. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blaby District Council Telephone 0116 2727703. Email email@example.com
Stepping Stones Project, Leicestershire County Council Telephone 0116 3057221 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
During 2013, Leicestershire County Council announced that it was facing its biggest ever financial challenge.
Last year, we consulted widely about how we should respond to this challenge. Based on the feedback to this consultation, we are aiming to prioritise, as far as possible, services for vulnerable people.
Clearly, many people value their local library service, but we believe that the public is also open to ideas about how this service could be delivered differently by the community.
From 7 April to 7 July the county council is consulting on the following proposal: More »
- Continue to operate the 16 most-used libraries but reduce their opening hours
- Support communities to run the other 36 local libraries - if community groups do not come forward, some libraries may close
These changes are being proposed because:
- From 2015, the council plans to save £800,000 per year from its current £5.6 million libraries budget
- People are increasingly using E-books and the internet instead of borrowing books from libraries
- Libraries are increasingly being used as community hubs, hosting a series of activities
Your views are important so that we can better understand how the proposals could affect you and how we can make these changes work best for you.
The consultation is taking place from today 7 April till 7 July and full details are on www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries, including dates and venues of public meetings in May and June and other consultation events.
Officers will be calling on residents in Knightsbridge Road, Glen Parva on Saturday June 21st between 2pm and 4pm to enable them to meet their local beat officers.
WHEN IS IT?
21 June 2014 between 2pm and 4pm
WHERE IS IT?
Knightsbridge Road Glen Parva
Are you aged 50 years or over and living in Blaby District? Do you want to have your say and keep informed about local issues and services that affect you? If so come along to the Blaby District Older Persons' Forum.
The next one is the Annual General Meeting taking place on Monday 3 March from 2pm until 4pm at the main council offices in Narborough.
The AGM will be an opportunity to review the achievements of the forum for the last year as well as plan what to focus on during 2014-15.
Chair of the Older Persons' Forum, Cllr Marian Broomhead, said: "The meetings provide an opportunity for you to get lots of useful information and advice as well as share any knowledge you have about local services or community groups. We're a friendly and relaxed group and we are always keen to welcome new members." More »
During the past 12 months, a range of different speakers have been invited to cover the following issues:
- Keeping warm and budgeting during the winter months
- Free health checks and nutritional information
- Carers' support services including dementia awareness
- Crime and personal safety
- Overcoming isolation and local support groups
- Welfare Reform
- Seated exercise session
- IT support
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See details below for Free Micro Chipping from Dogs Trust at Glen Parva War Memorial Hall, Dorothy Avenue on 7 February 2014
Glen Parva Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has been successful in its financial bid to the Leicestershire County Council's Big Society Fund in order to provide a community defibrillator, to be located at Glen Parva War Memorial Hall, Dorothy Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicestershire in association with the Community Heartbeat Trust.
Following the launch of the fund by Leicestershire County Council in 2011, its main aim is to help communities to help themselves as part of the Government Big Society programme, which encourages local people to take responsibility and participate in local initiatives to improve their area. More »
A defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur.
An AED is a portable defibrillator which uses intelligent technology to shock a "shockable" heart rhythm. When applied to a patient, a sequence of voice commands and screen messages guide the user through the defibrillation process. This means that the machine can be used safely by people with no medical background. The simplicity of modern AED technology has opened a window for the public to take on a key role supporting the emergency services who may be hindered by the time it takes to reach a patient.
Donations have also been received from Blaby & District Lions and local businesses to support the provision of this community facility. » Less