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

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17 February 2020

Love Parks wins national award




Love Parks event in Fosse Meadows, which has won a national award


A popular annual family day to celebrate the district’s parks and open spaces has won a prestigious award from Keep Britain Tidy.

For more than a decade Love Parks Week has been one of Keep Britain Tidy’s campaigns to celebrate the UK’s best green spaces and the community groups bringing them to life. Blaby District Council’s Health and Leisure team mark this week with the Love Parks event.

Hosted at Fosse Meadows in Sharnford in the summer, the occasion attracts hundreds of families each year to enjoy a variety of inflatable activities, stalls and attractions as well as the opportunity to explore the Fosse Meadows Nature Area.

The successful event is now in its eleventh year and won the Love Parks Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference and Awards, at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham. The awards ceremony recognises local authorities who are making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorstep.

One of the most naturally stunning open spaces in the area, Fosse Meadows features beautiful woodlands, bird hides, a wildlife lake and a children’s play area with a zip wire set in the historic area of Sharnford.

Further work for Love Parks has included partnership working with local charity Menphys, enabling the park to become fully accessible for disabled people, including the bird hide.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “We are delighted to have won this award. The Love Parks event is one of the best parts of the summer, especially seeing so many families enjoying the sun in an open space that we are incredibly proud of.

“A lot of hard work goes into organising the event and it’s especially rewarding to showcase Fosse Meadows to those living in and out of the district. We’re looking forward to this year’s event and have our fingers crossed for good weather!”

More information on this year’s Love Parks event will be available on the Blaby District Council website and social media. Information on the parks and open spaces in the district can be found on the Council’s Parks Page.

Pavement Parking !


Community Safety Partnership wins award

The Blaby District and Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety Partnership has been recognised for its crime protection and prevention work by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

It was honoured with the ‘Special Award for a project which has made an outstanding contribution to support the Police and Crime Plan’ at the 2020 Safer Community Celebration Awards.

Focusing on vulnerability protection and victim services as well as prevention and engagement work with young people, the partnership has worked hard to ensure both individuals and the community receive long-term, effective support.

Working with people with vulnerabilities in both areas has included practical and emotional support to more than 500 victims of domestic abuse, including delivery of mental health and wellbeing courses. Nearly 300 children affected by domestic abuse have also received positive one to one and group assistance, helping to improve their wellbeing.

Joined up work to prevent homelessness and antisocial behaviour has also taken place through a Work and Housing Skills for Life programme.

Work to engage young people and give them the information they need to make informed choices from an early stage has included delivering sessions from the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in district secondary schools, an alcohol awareness play in school and an intensive focus to make young people aware of exploitation and knife crime.

More than 4,500 young people took part in interactive workshops on anti-social behaviour, healthy relationships, road safety, drugs and personal safety.

Councillor Les Phillimore, Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Joint Chair of the Partnership, said: “We are so proud of this recognition. The team have worked creatively and brilliantly across our communities with young people and shown commitment to help victims and people with vulnerabilities.
“This is a triumph of partnership working, not only with Hinckley and Bosworth but also Leicestershire Police, health partners and the Fire Service.”

Executive Lead for Community Safety at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Councillor Michael Mullaney, said: “We are all very rightly proud of this award and all that it represents but to be recognised by your peers is an accolade in itself.

The partnership works incredible hard to support young people, individuals and the community and this award recognises the commitment and dedication of the team.”

More information about the Community Safety Partnership is available on the Council’s website and on the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council website.

Advance notice of highway construction works – Whetstone, Cambridge Road

Leicestershire County Council is to carry out footway widening works on Cambridge Road in Whetstone between the junction with Dog and Gun Lane and the existing Pelican Crossing outside The Whittle Estate. The extent of works is as shown on the drawing below.

The construction work is to be undertaken by Leicestershire County Council’s Operational Highways Team and shall commence on 17th February 2020; lasting for approximately 6 weeks. During this time, the footway on the east side of Cambridge Road shall be closed to pedestrians and traffic shall be managed by temporary traffic signals between the hours of 0900 – 1530. The footway on the west side (Whittle Estate side) shall be unaffected and will remain open at all times.




Residents Survey launched


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Residents in the District of Blaby are being urged to have their say to help shape Blaby District Council’s priorities in the Residents Survey.

The six-part survey takes place every two years and looks to find out what people think about the Council’s services, resident satisfaction and how money is spent. It is also an opportunity to feedback to help identify where the Council can make improvements.

A household’s average contribution to Blaby District Council is just £3.14 per week from the total amount paid by a household’s Council Tax, with the rest going to the County Council, Police, Fire and local parish councils.

Waste and recycling, Environmental Health, Council Tax and Benefits, Planning and Housing are just some of the areas Blaby District Council is responsible for.
The form is available online to complete before Friday 14 February.

Results of the survey will be made publicly available in the weeks following the consultation’s closing date.

Former Council depot deal finalised

Littlethorpe site of former Depot

The District of Blaby will be boosted by at least 32 affordable houses following the sale of the old depot in Littlethorpe.

A £1.125 million deal for the site on Warwick Road, Littlethorpe has been agreed with emh group and approved by Councillors. The deal will see emh group undertake work including decontamination of the site and the removal underground tanks, before turning it into housing.

Once completed, 32 affordable properties are expected to be built on the site, including much-needed bungalows, two bed and three bed properties.

Blaby District Council left the Littlethorpe site in 2016, moving to a bespoke, state-of-the-art depot in Whetstone. Work has been undertaken since the site became vacant to ensure that the Council received the best deal possible, and that any development on the site was in the best interests of residents.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “This is an excellent result for the council even taking into consideration the costs associated with ensuring that full de-contamination of the site is undertaken.

“Affordable housing is in high demand across the country, and we are glad to be able to continue supporting local people by enabling the building of affordable properties in existing and sustainable communities.

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with EMH, and the money from this sale will be used wisely across other Council projects going forward.”

Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, said: “This deal demonstrates the strength of our partnership with Blaby District Council, which has gone from strength to strength since the stock transfer in 2008.”

Any development of the site will need to be granted full planning permission before it can begin.

Beat the Street returns

The innovative physical activity game that took Blaby District by storm last year, Beat the Street, is set to return from 26 February to 08 April.

Nearly 11,000 people across the district took part and together walked, cycled, ran and scooted 93,000 miles over the six-week game in 2019.

Results from a survey at the end of the game showed that participants made healthy lifestyle changes after taking part. Key findings were that the proportion of children who met the national recommended guidelines of physical activity (60 minutes per day) rose from 47% of child players before the game to 65% afterwards.

Among adult players, prior to the game, 21% of adult players were completely inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week). After the game this dropped to just 11% of players.

Beat the Street is part of Blaby District Council’s Green Agenda, and will aim to reduce single car occupancy – encouraging people to actively travel to school and to work throughout the duration of the game and beyond.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services at Blaby District Council, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street back to the district and we can’t wait to see if we can beat our previous mileage of 93,000.

“The idea of the game is to encourage people to ditch the car, walk to school or work and to get more active. The feedback from participants was incredibly positive- not only did people enjoy walking, cycling and running, but they also reported less congestion, more family and social time plus finding new places close by that they’d not visited before.

“It’s open to everyone, so please keep an eye out for more information including where you can pick up a free card.”

Pupils at participating primary schools will be provided with fobs while their parents and teachers will receive a card from the school so they can accompany the children. These can then be registered to the school team to help them to score points.

The wider community can pick up a contactless card from a distribution point which will be listed on Beat the Street’s website. Players then walk or cycle between the 105 Beat Boxes which are spaced half a mile apart – tapping the fobs or cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score.

Residents are also encouraged to enter workplaces, community groups and sports groups into the game.

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and funded by Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council, a National Lottery funding grant from Sport England and the Canal and River Trust.

More information is available on the Beat the Street website, on Twitter and Facebook.