The latest news from Glen Parva Parish Council.
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.
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Glen Parva Parish Council Telephone 016 2771450. Email email@example.com
Blaby District Council Telephone 0116 2727703. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stepping Stones Project, Leicestershire County Council Telephone 0116 3057221 Email email@example.com
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
For further details of proposals for new development click the link below:
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
An exhibition to display these proposals has been arranged for Tuesday 28 January 2014 at the Memorial Hall, Dorothy Avenue, Glen Parva, LE2 9JD - Between 3pm and 8pm.
Budget proposals announced by Leicestershire County Council
Major changes to services, to save £110 million by 2018, are being proposed by Leicestershire County Council.
More community-led services, reduced grants to voluntary groups and changes to highways maintenance, museums and libraries are among the savings proposals. Saving £110 million means a reduction of one third in the council's budget.
The proposals have been guided by last summer's budget consultation. Around 7,200 people had their say on which services should be protected or reduced and what the Council Tax level should be. More »
You are invited to comment on the draft proposals. Any feedback will be considered before final decisions are made.
Following the Cabinet meeting on 15th January, the recommendations will be discussed by the scrutiny committees, before the full Council makes the final decisions on Wednesday 19th February.
All these meetings can be viewed online at www.leics.gov.uk/webcast
Have your say…
You can comment on the council's budget proposals from 7th – 20th January 2014.
Have your say on community safety priorities in Blaby District
Residents are being asked what they think are the priorities for community safety in Blaby District.
The Community Safety Partnership, a range of agencies who work together to make the district a safer place to live, work and visit, are carrying out a consultation to find out what concerns are most important to the local community.
The results of the survey will then be used to inform the Crime and Community Safety Priorities for the area from 2014 to 2017. More »
Councillor Maggie Wright, portfolio holder for Community Services at Blaby District Council, said: "This is the residents' opportunity to directly influence how the Community Safety Partnership sets its priorities for the next few years. We want to reach as many people as possible to get involved in sharing their views."
The public consultation runs from Friday 20 December 2013 until Monday 20 January 2014.
To fill out the survey online visit www.blaby.gov.uk/communitysafetyconsultation.
Paper copies will be available at the council offices in Narborough, the Blaby Joint Service Shop, and other key community buildings during the consultation period.
Notes to editors
The Community Safety Partnership is made up of Blaby District Council Community Services Team, Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service, Leicestershire County Council, Probation Service and Leicestershire Youth Offending Service.
Issued by: Blaby District Council
Council Offices,Desford Road,Narborough,Leicester,LE19 2EP
Contact: Kirsty Wilby - Communications Officer Tel: 0116 272 7577 » Less
The Parish Council has recently installed a new lockable notice board outside Glen Parva War Memorial Hall. This new facility has been jointly funded by the Parish Council and Blaby District Council in order to improve facilities for the local and the Parish Council is pleased to work in partnership with the District Council in this area.
Healthwatch England has responded to a government-backed review into the NHS hospital complaints system which calls for significant changes in how the NHS handles complaints and deals with problems with patient safety.
Healthwatch Leicester have now teamed up with Healthwatch Leicestershire and Healthwatch Rutland to look at the impact of the Clwyd-Hart review on Healthwatch locally and on the NHS trusts in the area.
Healthwatch Leicester members are invited to a half day event on Tuesday 3 December to help plan how the NHS and social care will face the challenges of the future. The event will be held from 1-4pm at Braunstone Leisure Centre, 2 Hamelin Road, Leicester, LE3 1JN.
Leicester City Council (LCC) and Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have responded separately to a letter from Healthwatch Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Chairs about concerns with Leicester Royal Infirmary A&E.