The latest news from Glenfield Parish Council.
Have your say on libraries
You can have your say on the county council's proposals for communities to run up to 36 libraries in Leicestershire.
Consultation is taking place from today (April 7th) till July 7th and full details are on www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries, including dates and venues of public meetings in May and June.
Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries, said: "I'm encouraging people to have their say and to consider coming forward to run some of our libraries. This has proven a success in other areas, such as Warwickshire. More »
"If people are interested, we will give them massive support, as I believe these libraries could become real community hubs."
The council is proposing changes 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
The council is proposing to:
• 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. Any closures would be covered by a weekly mobile library service.
The council's 16 most-used libraries are: Ashby; Birstall; Blaby; Broughton Astley; Coalville; Earl Shilton; Glenfield; Hinckley; Loughborough; Market Harborough; Lutterworth; Melton Mowbray; Oadby; Shepshed; Syston; Wigston Magna.
They account for: 77 per cent of library visits; 74 per cent of loans; 72 per cent of active borrowers; and 84 per cent of computer use.
The 36 community libraries are: Anstey; Barrow; Barwell; Bottesford; Braunstone Town; Burbage; Castle Donington; Countesthorpe; Cosby; Desford; East Goscote; Enderby; Fleckney; Glenhills; Great Glen; Groby; Hathern; Ibstock; Kegworth; Kibworth; Kirby Muxloe; Leicester Forest East; Market Bosworth; Markfield; Measham; Mountsorrel; Narborough; Newbold Verdon; Quorn; Ratby; Rothley; Sapcote; Sileby; South Wigston; Stoney Stanton; Thurmaston. » Less
Leicestershire County Council has granted the temporary closure of the above road.
This road will be closed in a westerly direction from the roundabout at Leicester Road, for 100 metres.
The road will be closed on Sunday the 19thJanuary 2014 for 1 day. This will allow contractors to safely cut back a large tree adjacent to the carriageway.
The alternative route for vehicles affected will be via:-
Leicester Road, Groby Road, New Parks Way, Dominion Road, Stamford Street, The Square, and Station Road.
We have seen off the Grinch and the Christmas Lights in Glenfield are back on! Anyone for a mince pie and a Christmas Jumper.
Philip Parkinson, Interim Chair of Healthwatch Leicester writes:
You said….what did we do?
During September and October Healthwatch Leicester (HWL) held a number of public meetings at which HWL members and those attending were able to raise a number of issues about local health and social care services.
Over the last few weeks, Healthwatch Leicester have been engaging with a number of local groups and communities, to gain further understanding of the issues that communities are facing.
Healthwatch Leicester recently met with members of the Zimbabwean Community to understand their issues with accessing mainstream mental health services.
The three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are asking parents, families and carers of children to give their views on how to improve the children's emergency services across the county.
For more information contact Liz Mattock:
0116 295 4159
STREET LIGHTING IS CHANGING IN GLENFIELD
The County Council are proposing to change street lighting in Glenfield. The Proposal is that Glenfield has "part night lighting" This means that in residential areas street lights will turn off at Midnight and will be put on again at 5.30am.
Street Lights will not be switching off in areas which meet certain criteria set by the County Council.
Large scale plan of the proposal can be viewed in the Parish Council Office.
Our lights on the tree in The Square will be switched on this year on Friday 29th November. Carols and refreshments will be served at the Methodist Church on Station Road from 6:30 pm and the ceremony to light up the tree will take place at 7:00 pm. After the lights are on, festivities will continue at the Methodist Church.
We thank the Glenfield Churches for once again putting on this Christmas event. The churches have asked us to stress that all are invited, from the youngest to the oldest.
Please make a note in your diary and join us for this village
The footpath leading from Lane Close to Tournament Road has been closed. You can download a map of this route below
In response to requests from local residents Glenfield Parish Council are working to have this footpath recognised as a public right of way. If the route can be defined as a public right of way it must be kept open and useable.
In order for to assist in our application we need to provide evidence that the route has been used for a period of twenty years or more as of right. We are therefore asking local residents who have used the route for 20 years or more to complete the evidence form below and return them to the Parish Office. More »
The Parish Council will attach all the necessary maps and collate
all the evidence for presentation to the County Council. We will keep you informed of the progress of this application through our website and noticeboards.
The process that Glenfield Parish Council are using to try and have the route designated as a Public Right of Way is known as "an application for a definitive map order modification". You can
view more information here.
If you have any queries at all on this process please do not hesitate to contact me on 0116 231 2498, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling into the Parish Office at Park House Stamford Street, normal office hours are from 9am to 4pm each week day. » Less
Leicestershire County Council's Trading Standards Service
has received reports of cold-callers in the Groby area offering to carry out driveway work. This trader states that they are working for Leicestershire County Council, which is not true.
Trading Standards always advises residents to be aware of
rogue traders as some take advantage of road work being carried out in the area such as the A50/A46 road island improvements, by going from door to door offering to re-surface drives with "left over" material. Neither Leicestershire County Council nor its contractors would operate in this way. More »
Leicestershire County Council has granted the temporary closure of the above road. The closure is required between Mill Lane and Elm Tree Avenue.
The road will be closed on the 9th and 10th November 2013. This will enable contractors to safely complete alterations to the carriageway for a new development.
During the closure the alternative route will be via:
Kirby Road, Glenfield;
Ratby Lane, Kirby Muxloe;
Ratby Lane, Leicester Forest East;
Hinckley Road, New Parks Way, Dominion Road, Leicester;
Dominion Road, Park Drive, Elm Tree Avenue, Glenfield, and vice versa More »
A map showing the diversion route is available below » Less
Glenfield Parish Council currently has vacancies for Parish Councillors, if you are interested in helping to shape your local area then becoming a Parish Councillor may be for you.
Have you ever wanted to help shape how facilities in Glenfield are run? Park House, Glenfield Sports Pavilion, Glenfield Youth Club, Allotments, Sports Pitches, Station Park and Glenfield Meadow are all owned and managed by Glenfield Parish Council becoming part of the Council can give you direct input into how these are run. More »
You will also being involved in shaping development, neighbourhood planning, highways and traffic issues and measures to reduce crime!
Interested? Then contact Kate Houlihan Parish Clerk on 0116 231 2498 to find out more. Or take a look at the booklet below "It takes all sorts" to find out ore about becoming a Parish Councillors » Less
Apply online for secondary school places
Leicestershire County Council is urging Parents to look at the school place application packs for children who transfer to secondary school in the autumn term 2014 that were delivered across Leicestershire at the beginning of September.
Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31st October 2013 closing date.
The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools. If parents apply late - even if they live
next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »
The audit of the councils accounts for the year ended 31st March 2013 has now been concluded and the accounts and annual return are now available for inspection.
The link below gives you the notice of conclusion of audit and a copy of the audited annual return. The full accounts are available for you to view in the Parish Office. Copies of the accounts are also available on request.
The latest edition of the Parish Pen is now available.
Hard copies will be distributed to every house in Glenfield via the Glenfield Gazette.