Leicestershire County Council Re-opening of seven county waste sites



The selected sites will open seven days a week to county residents – with a booked appointment only – from Monday, 18th May. They are at Barwell, Lount, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Mountsorrel, Oadby and Whetstone.

All visits will need to be book by appointment using the link below


The council is anticipating there will be a high level of demand for bookings and is reassuring residents that more slots will be made available over the coming weeks.

People are being asked to only bring what they cannot safely store at home for the time being, or cannot wait for their kerbside collection services, many of which are being reinstated by district councils

Social distancing will be in operation at the sites, and plans will also include traffic management arrangements.

There will be parking restrictions in place around the immediate vicinity of the waste sites.

There will be restrictions on the type of items people will be able to bring to county locations – so some waste types will still have to wait.



Unnamed road off of Enderby Road, Whetstone

A prohibition of parking is required on the un named road from its junction with Enderby Road for approx. 200 m on both sides of the carriageway.



Covid 19 – Updated Government Advice FAQ’s

Please use the link below for full updated Government Advice and Frequently Asked Questions taken from the GOV.UK website

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs_ what you can and can’t do – GOV.UK

Some helpful information also reproduced below for ease of reading.

  1. Public spaces / outdoor activities / exercise

1.1 What can I do from Wednesday 13 May that I couldn’t do before?

There will be a limited number of things you can do on Wednesday that you cannot do now:

  • spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
  • go to a garden centre

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

1.2 I don’t have to stay at home anymore?

You should stay at home as much as possible. The reasons you may leave home include:

  • for work, where you cannot work from home
  • going to shops that are permitted to be open – to get things like food and medicine
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

These reasons are exceptions and a fuller list is set out in the regulations. Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent away from the home and ensuring that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

1.3 Are you reopening tennis courts / golf courses / basketball courts etc

Yes. Sports courts can re-open, but you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. You should take particular care if you need to use any indoor facilities next to these outdoor courts, such as toilets.

You should not use these facilities if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

1.4 Can I meet my friends and family in the park?

You can meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from different households are prohibited in law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.

1.5 On what date can I expand my household group?

The government has asked the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to advise on the concept of “bubbles”, which would mean allowing people to expand their household group to include one other household. For the time being, you cannot visit friends or family, except to spend time outdoors with up to one person from a different household.

1.6 Can I go out to help a vulnerable person?

You can go out to care for or help a vulnerable person, or to provide other voluntary or charitable services, following the advice set out here. You should not do so if you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

Wherever possible, you should stay at least two metres away from others, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available).

1.7 Are there restrictions on how far I can travel for my exercise or outdoor activity?

No. You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance. You shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing – for example by cycling. Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home is not allowed.

1.8 Can I share a private vehicle with someone from another household?

No. You can only travel in a private vehicle alone, or with members of your household.

1.9 Are day trips and holidays ok? Can people stay in second homes?

Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted. You should practise social distancing from other people outside your household.

Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes.

Premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will remain closed, except where providing accommodation for specific reasons set out in law, such as for critical workers where required for a reason relating to their work.

1.10 Can students return to their family home if they’ve been in halls all this time?

In general, leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home is not allowed.

If a student is moving permanently to live back at their family home, this is permitted.

1.11 Is there a limit on the number of people attending funerals?

There is no change to the guidance on attending funerals at present.

1.12 Can weddings go ahead?

There’s no change at this time, but we have set out our intention to enable small wedding ceremonies from 1 June. We understand the frustration couples planning a wedding must be feeling at this time. As with all the necessary coronavirus restrictions on register offices, places of worship and other venues, we will look to ease them as soon as it is safe to do so. We will work closely with faith leaders and local government over the coming weeks to go through the practicalities.

  1. Vulnerable groups, shielding, 70 year olds and over, and care homes

2.1 Does easing restrictions apply to healthy 70 year olds and over?

The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

If they do go out more frequently, they should be careful to maintain distance from others. They and everyone should continue to comply with any general social distancing restrictions.

We know that those aged 70 and over can be absolutely fit and healthy and it’s not the case that everybody over 70 has a chronic health condition or an underlying disease.

But unfortunately, we also know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of coronavirus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions.

Anyone who has been advised to shield by the NHS or their GP, including those 70 and over, should continue to do this until at least the end of June.

2.2 How long will shielding be in place?

We’ve advised individuals with very specific medical conditions to shield until the end of June and to do everything they can to stay at home. This is because we believe they are likely to be at the greatest risk of serious complications from coronavirus.

We know this is challenging guidance to follow, which is why we have a support scheme in place to provide help with access to food and basic supplies, care, medicines and social support.

We are keeping the guidance to shielded people under review.

2.3 What safety standards will need to be put in place in care homes?

We have issued detailed guidance about infection control and staff safety in care homes to help admit and care for residents safely and protect care home staff.

This includes isolation procedures, PPE and infection control training for all staff, cleaning and how to provide personal care safely.

As with all of our advice, this guidance is kept under constant review and updated frequently, in line with the latest scientific evidence.

  1. Going to work / Safer spaces

3.1 Who is allowed to go to work?

In the first instance, employers should make every effort to support working from home, including by providing suitable IT and equipment as they have been already. This will apply to many different types of businesses, particularly those who typically would have worked in offices or online.

Where work can only be done in the workplace, we have set out tailored guidelines for employers to help protect their workforce and customers from coronavirus while still continuing to trade or getting their business back up and running. We will be publishing even more detailed COVID-19 secure guidelines in the coming days, which has been developed in consultation with businesses and trades unions.

These ‘back to work’ guidelines apply to those in essential retail like:

  • supermarkets
  • those in construction and manufacturing
  • those working in labs and research facilities
  • those administering takeaways and deliveries at restaurants and cafes
  • tradesmen, cleaners and others who work in people’s homes
  • those who are facilitating trade or transport goods
  • and so on

Non-essential retail, restaurants, pubs, bars, gyms and leisure centres will remain closed. They will reopen in a phased manner provided it is safe to do so.

There are specific guidelines for those who are vulnerable, shielding, or showing symptoms.

3.2 What is a critical worker?

Critical workers are those working in health and care and other essential services, who can still take their children to school or childcare and can use hotels and other accommodation services for work related purposes – for example if they can’t get home after a shift or need to isolate from their families. This critical worker definition does not affect whether or not you can travel to work – if you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided if you cannot reasonably work from home.

3.3 What is meant by the phased approach?

Not all forms of work will return to normal at once. People will have to prepare for a new type of normal. We need to make sure that any changes we do make are carefully monitored and that we aren’t doing anything to increase the risk of infection and push the Reproductive value (R0) above 1. R0 describes how many people on average will be infected for every one person who has COVID-19.

We will ensure that businesses have time to prepare their premises to operate as safely as possible.

We will set out more detail about the phasing in due course.

3.4 Will you open pubs / cinemas / hairdressers in July?

The roadmap sets out that some businesses (like pubs, cinemas or hairdressers) will not open until Step 3 is reached.

The government’s current planning assumption is that this step will be no earlier than 4 July and subject to further detailed scientific advice, provided closer to the time, on how far we can go. When they do reopen, they should also meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

3.5 What are the ‘Covid-Secure’ safety guidelines workplaces have to be put in place?

We have set out clear, practical steps that businesses should take to ensure their workplaces are safe and give their staff the confidence to return back to work. We will be publishing even more detailed COVID-19 secure guidelines.

These include how to keep as many people as possible safely apart from those they do not live with in various workplace settings.

3.6 Do people need to wear face coverings at work?

Face coverings are not compulsory. However, if you can, people are advised to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible or where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet. For example, on public transport or in some shops. Face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used as part of personal protective equipment by healthcare and other workers; these should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace such as health and care workers and those in industrial settings like those exposed to dust hazards.

3.7 Will a face covering stop me getting COVID-19?

The evidence suggests that face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

To protect yourself, you should continue to follow social distancing measures and isolation guidance and wash your hands regularly.

  1. Workers’ rights

4.1 My employer is asking me to come to work but I’m scared.

Employers and staff should discuss and agree working arrangements.

Employers should make all efforts to help people to work from home where they can. But where work cannot be done at home, employers should take clear, practical steps to help protect workers and create safe places to work, such as shift working or staggering processes. To identify the precautions needed to manage risk, your employer should discuss the workplace risk assessment with you to identify the practical ways of managing those risks.

If you remain concerned that your employer is not taking all practical steps to promote social distancing then you can report this to your local authority or the Health and Safety Executive who can take a range of action, including where appropriate requiring your employer to take additional steps.

We are publishing further specific “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines on how to make workplaces safe, which have been developed in consultation with over 200 business leaders and trades union organisations.

4.2 What if they try to fire me because I won’t go to work but cannot work at home?

We urge employers to take socially responsible decisions and listen to the concerns of their staff. Employers and employees should come to a pragmatic agreement about their working arrangements.

If individuals need advice, they should approach ACAS where they can get impartial advice about work disputes.

  1. Public Transport

5.1 Who is allowed to travel on public transport?

If you cannot work from home and have to travel to work, or if you must make an essential journey, you should cycle or walk wherever possible. Before you travel on public transport, consider if your journey is necessary and if you can, stay local. Try to reduce your travel. This will help keep the transport network running and allows people who need to make essential journeys to travel.

We’ll be setting out further guidance for passengers with more advice on how to stay safe during your journeys later this week.

5.2 Should people wear face coverings on public transport?

If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example on public transport or in some shops. The evidence suggests that face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are suffering from coronavirus, but not showing symptoms.

If people choose to wear them, we are asking people to make their own face coverings at home, using scarves or other textile items. We are publishing guidance to help illustrate the process.

We urge the public not to purchase medical or surgical masks as these should be reserved for health and social care workers.

5.3 Can I use public transport to get to green spaces?

You should avoid using public transport wherever possible.

  1. Schools and Childcare

6.1 Can children go back to early years settings, schools or university?

We initially urge those who are currently eligible to use school provision (children of critical workers and vulnerable children) to attend. As soon as it is safe to do so we will bring more year groups back to school in a phased way when it is safe to have larger numbers of children within schools, but not before. Keeping children and staff safe is our utmost priority.

Schools should prepare to begin opening for more children from 1 June. The government expects children to be able to return to early years settings, and for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to be back in school in smaller class sizes from this point.

Secondary schools and further education colleges should also prepare to begin some face to face contact with Year 10 and 12 pupils who have key exams next year, in support of their continued remote, home learning.

The government’s ambition is for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month if feasible.

6.2 How will you make sure it is safe?

Schools can now operate if they are organised in a way that is compatible with minimising the spread of the virus. The next phase of measures will require the development of new safety standards to set out how physical spaces, including schools, can be adapted to operate safely.

We will publish guidance advising schools on reopening to ensure schools can adequately prepare for the next phase. One of the main protective measures we can take to reduce transmission is to have small consistent group and class sizes.

6.3 Will children be compelled to wear face coverings at school?

No this will not be required. We will publish further advice on protective measures in schools in the coming weeks.

  1. Borders / international visitors

Please note – these measures will NOT come into force on Wednesday 13 May. We will set out further detail, including from when these will be in force, in due course.

7.1 Are you isolating people at the border now?

The scientific advice shows that when domestic transmission is high, cases from abroad represent a small amount of the overall total and make no significant difference to the epidemic. Now that domestic transmission within the UK is coming under control, and other countries begin to lift lockdown measures, it is the right time to prepare new measures at the border.

7.2 What is self-isolation and which countries will it apply to?

We will be asking people travelling to the UK to make some sacrifices to stop coronavirus cases from being imported. In the same way as people in the UK have made large sacrifices to control the spread of coronavirus.

So what we will be asking people to do on entering the UK is supply their contact details and details of their accommodation, and to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days, other than those on a short list of exemptions.

We will set out further details shortly.

7.3 Is this for foreign travellers only or British people returning home from holiday or living overseas?

All arrivals including British nationals will be required to provide their contact information and self-isolate upon arrival, other than those on a short list of exemptions.

  1. Enforcement

8.1 How will police enforce the new rules?

The police and local authorities have the powers to enforce the requirements set out in law if people do not comply with them. The police will act with discretion and common sense in applying these measures, but if you breach the law, the police may instruct you to go home, leave an area or disperse, and they may instruct you to take steps to stop your children breaking these rules if they have already done so. The police can also take you home or arrest you where they believe it is necessary.

If the police believe that you have broken the law – or if you refuse to follow their instructions enforcing the law – a police officer may issue you with a fixed penalty notice of £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days), an increase of £40 from the previous £60 fixed penalty amount. If you have already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount for further offences will increase in line with the table below.

First offence £100
Second offence £200
Third offence £400
Fourth offence £800
Fifth offence £1600
Maximum penalty £3200

For both individuals and companies, if you do not pay your fine you could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.

  1. Devolved administrations

9.1 Does this guidance apply across the UK?

This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland additional guidance is available:


Coronavirus (COVID-19)




Insight into the Community Hub


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A  lot is made of the Community Hub and the work it is doing with local residents. The Hub’s success wouldn’t be possible without the work of the 17 community groups who are contributing so much to their individual villages

Thank You

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the incredible groups below who have worked with the hub over the last few weeks. These groups will soon receive funding from the Council to support them going forward.

  • Connect Blaby Together and Blaby Parish Council
  • Braunstone Town Council
  • Cosby Community Support
  • Countesthorpe Support and Volunteers Group
  • Countesthorpe Community Fund
  • Croft Good Neighbour Scheme
  • Helping the Vulnerable in LE19
  • Glenfield Support Group (Supported by Glenfield Parish Council)
  • Kirby Muxloe Free Church
  • Leicester Forest East Parish Council
  • Littlethorpe Community Association
  • Lubbesthorpe Alive
  • Sapcote Parish Council
  • Sharnford COVID-19 Support Group
  • Stoney Stanton Good Neighbours
  • Thurlaston Parish Council
  • Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme

The Hub’s involvement with these groups includes providing food donations to foodbanks to help keep their supplies boosted. The community groups are contacted weekly to check what help they need, including donations and driver assistance.

We have been overwhelmed by the offers of help from residents. We are looking at how best we can use people to support residents across our district and will be in contact with volunteers as soon as possible.


Poster thanks for bin men


A picture with the thank you poster for residents


Youngsters can now join in on passing their thanks to our bin crews by brightening up your front windows and bins with posters available to colour in.

The posters, one of which has been created by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, can be downloaded to show their support for the bin crews, who continue to collect thousands of bins per week from properties across the district.

Amazing support has already been received in all villages, including many thank you cards.
We’d love to see what you do with the posters. Email public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or send a picture on Blaby District Council’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

.pdf file iconDownload the Thank You colouring in posters (596.9kb).

Waste collection latest

blaby logoInformation accurate as of Friday 03 April

Our top priority is to continue delivering essential services to you at the same time as maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff.

Minimising the spread of the virus means that we have fewer staff available as our regular staff need to self-isolate. As a result we need to reduce or suspend some services.

Refuse and Recycling arrangements

Refuse and Recycling collections are continuing as normal.

Advice for households affected by Coronavirus:

  • Make sure all contaminated waste items are placed into a plastic bag and tied at the top
  • Please double bag for 72 hours in a place that cannot be accessed by pets or people
  • After 72 hours put the bag in your refuse wheeled bin. Do not put the bag on the kerbside where people could have contact with it

How you can help

The crew on your round may have been redeployed from other teams in the Council, volunteers, or new workers and will not be as familiar with the round as the regulars. With more people at home and cars outside properties, please can you park considerately to enable the bin trucks to make their way safely down the street and to ensure that crews can collect and deliver bins safely.

To help the crews, please make sure your bins are presented on time before 7am and make sure they are highly visible and accessible.

If you are willing and able we would appreciate it if residents can sanitise the handles of the bins before collection.

Please note that our policy of not collecting side waste still applies and all waste should be contained within the bin. This is especially important to ensure our crews do not handle potentially contaminated waste.

If you having difficulty with your bin capacity visit the Waste and Recycling pages for more information.

Interacting with the Crew

Our crews are a friendly bunch but we’ve asked them not to interact with residents and to observe the social distancing guidelines and keep a two metre distance. Please could you do the same for the time being.

Garden Waste

Our main priority has to be the collection of Refuse and Recycling, we will do our best to collect garden waste but if we are short staffed it may mean that we cannot collect your garden waste.

Please put your bin out as usual and we will attempt to collect garden waste on your scheduled collection day where possible. Please leave your bin out and if it has not been collected by 4pm please return it on to your property and represent it on the next scheduled collection of garden waste.

Bulky waste collections

This service has been suspended and is not available until further notice.

Thank you

Gov.uk Covid -19 information

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.


Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Annual Awards Scheme for Whetstone Parish


Annual Parish Council Awards Scheme


Whetstone Parish Council would like to invite you to submit nominations for either one or all of the following three awards, and also for Letters of Commendation.


The Environmental Award is awarded to the person who has done something to improve the appearance or understanding of the local environment within the Parish.


The Pride of Whetstone Award is awarded to the person judged to have made the most noteworthy contribution to life in the Parish of Whetstone.


The Young Achiever Award is awarded to the young person under the age of 18 years, in recognition of achieving something exceptional or bringing credit to the community


Letters of Commendation are awarded for instances of good service to the community by an individual or organisation.


Forms are available from the Clerk  and the Parish Council website ( please click on the link below) and nominations can be submitted via email or post.

The decision over whether and to whom the awards should be presented remains with the Parish Council. However, Councillors would want to reflect the views of the villagers.  If you know of an “unsung hero”, please submit a nomination form and your reasons for choosing them.



Please register your nomination by any of the two methods:

  1. Post or Deliver, in a sealed envelope to: The Clerk, Whetstone Parish Council, Council Offices, Cemetery Road, Whetstone, LE8 6LL.
  2. Email your nominations to the Clerk at: clerk@whetstonepc.org.uk


Closing Date is 31st March 2020.

Presentation of the Awards are to take place on Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Council Offices at Whetstone Parish Council.


Whetstone’s been wombled !!

We’ve Been Wombled!!

Residents of Whetstone could be forgiven if they thought aliens from above had dropped dozens of bags of rubbish overnight on Saturday 11th January on the corner of Cemetery Road!    In fact, Whetstone had been targeted by the South Leicestershire Litter Wombles (‘Wombles’ for short), headed up by Bob Lee, Mastermind of the group, which now boasts after only being operational since March last year, several hundred active volunteer followers mainly located in South Leicestershire but now fast becoming county-wide.

The Wombles take it upon themselves, individually or in groups, to seek out locations where there is a litter problem that needs cleaning up – and there are many, many places to choose from!  As residents of Whetstone, we thought it was a fairly clean village but how wrong we were!   We’d observed over a few months how much rubbish is deposited on our highways and byways and we were quite angry that folk are happy to treat our much loved village as a dumping ground for their waste.  In fact, certain areas around Whetstone have already undergone a couple of litter picks last year.

Glass bottles, some still containing alcohol, empty drinks cans, empty nitrous oxide canisters, nappies, dog poo bags that should be deposited into specific waste bins, car tyres & other car parts including door panels, etc. fast food containers, plastics of all descriptions that just will not decompose, a bathroom sink pedestal, a typist’s chair recklessly thrown into the brook, food wrappers, etc. etc. the list continues and is endless, were all picked up by around 30 enthusiastic volunteers on Saturday morning.  Volunteers worked for around 3 hours spread out around the perimeter of the village in all directions and their bounty amounted to 75 bags of pure unwanted dross discarded at will on the pavements, roadside, hedges, ditches, the brook by thoughtless people who care little for their environment.

There are plenty of excuses for dumping rubbish but there is absolutely NO reason to do so!

By way of a huge blessing, the empty aluminium drinks cans that are tossed into ditches and hedges, can, in fact, be turned into something amazing.  The Wombles have teamed up with The Rotary Club of Leicester Novus which has an aim of saving empty crushed aluminium cans (1 million!) that will go towards being recycled and funding the cost of a new helipad for Leicester Royal Infirmary.  This may be news for many people but the great thing is, every can saved will be a can towards this amazing new facility for the people of Leicester and beyond.  The helipad will be used by Air Ambulance to land emergency cases for treatment at the LRI.  So everyone – we are putting a plea out to SAVE YOUR EMPTY CANS – they are valuable!  We’d welcome support in collecting cans from local church groups, schools, businesses, friends, family, neighbours, in fact anyone who has an interest in helping to fund this valuable resource for our community.  Please pass the word along.

South Leicestershire Litter Wombles – Our slogan:   Action Not Words!

Please feel free to contact the following for more information:-

Bob Lee – via the ‘South Leicestershire Litter Wombles’ facebook page

Geoff Walker – via the ‘South Leicestershire Litter Wombles’ facebook page

Leslie & June McWatt, Whetstone residents & volunteer Wombles via the ‘South Leicestershire Litter Wombles’ facebook page




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Leicestershire County Council has made an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The Order came into force on 17th February 2020 and will have a maximum duration of 6 months. The works will be completed within the period of the Order. The works will commence when the appropriate signs are erected and may last for up to 121 days. The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being enforced for public safety to allow Ecosulis Ltd to undertake works on behalf of the Environment Agency to improve flood protection measures. During the closures, the alternative routes available to all traffic can be viewed at https://one. network

Footpath Z75 on the border of Enderby and Whetstone

Dated 20th February 2020

Lauren Haslam,

Director of Law and Governance. County Hall Glenfield Leicester LE3 8RA

Agencies work round-the-clock during Storm Dennis

Do not drive through flood water” is one of the main messages from councils, fire, police and the Environment Agency who are continuing to work together to tackle flooding.

Agencies have been working round-the-clock since Saturday (15 Feb) to close roads, give out sandbags, rescue drivers and keep people safe as Storm Dennis took hold across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Areas particularly affected were in the north of the county and include Long Whatton, Measham, Diseworth, Sileby, Loughborough and Appleby Magna.

Flood warnings remain in place across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – and residents are asked to sign up for alerts if they haven’t already.

County council highways teams received 130 reports over the weekend and 33 road closures remain in place including the A6 northbound near Zouch – drivers are urged to listen to local radio, follow Area Traffic Control on Twitter or visit https://one.network/ for the latest information.

Councillor Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Extra highways team were on duty 24/7 over the weekend helping to close roads and clear drains. We’re still monitoring the weather and would urge drivers to check before they travel and take care.”

Toby Willison, Executive Director of Operations at the Environment Agency, said: “Every home flooded is a tragedy for that family and our hearts go out to all those who have been flooded during Storm Dennis.

“Our teams will continue to work 24/7, alongside the Police, Fire and Rescue and local authorities to reduce the risk of flooding and keep communities safe.

“We expect disruptive weather into the middle of this week bringing a significant flood risk and there are flood warnings in place across much of England.

“Operational teams are out across England today. We have deployed temporary barriers and are operating 90 pumps across the country. We are also ready to operate our large flood defences as required, and so far we have protected nearly 20,000 properties from the impacts of Storm Dennis.

“With the effects of climate change, we are seeing more frequent periods of extreme weather. It is important for people to be aware of their flood risk and stay safe by signing up for flood warnings, making a flood plan and remembering not to drive or walk through flood water – it’s not worth the risk.”

Leicestershire Police has been working across the weekend with partner agencies including local authorities, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency to keep people safe, provide advice and to monitor the areas affected by the weather and flooding.

Inspector Graeme Baxter said: “We received more than 50 calls between the early hours of Sunday and Monday morning in relation to flooding and traffic issues regarding Storm Dennis and I know our partner agencies were also extremely busy with calls and responding to these. We’d like to thank everyone for your patience and co-operation.

“We continue to have officers out, working with partner agencies, to help keep areas safe, put in road closures where necessary and to ensure people are taking the right steps in order to ensure their own safety.”

Residents are urged to:

Sign up for flood warnings at www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk

Keep up-to-date with traffic and travel on local radio and Twitter by following: @ATCLeicester @LeicsCountyHall @Leicester_News @Leicspolice

Use https://one.network/ for information on flooded roads and roadworks

Read .pdf file iconpublic health advice

17 February 2020