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Leicestershire County Council is currently consulting on school term and holiday dates for the academic years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.
If you are the parent or carer of a child aged under 17 or an employee of a Leicestershire school there are two options for your consideration:
Option A - which follows the pattern of neighbouring local authorities and
Option B - which follows Leicestershire's own pattern
For more information and to complete the survey online visit: www.leics.gov.uk/school_term_holiday_consultation.htm More »
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Trading Standards officers have launched an appeal for residents to help them crack down on criminals selling cut-price cigarettes and tobacco, which are usually not of UK origin.
Trading Standards want to hear from anyone who has information about cheap cigarettes being sold in the county.
Information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Cheap cigarettes are usually either smuggled or fake and are usually not of UK origin.
Illegal tobacco causes damage to communities and like all cigarettes are harmful. There are additional health issues with illegal tobacco as they are not manufactured in a regulated way and in some cases they have even been made from sweepings up and rat droppings. More »
In response to concerns from residents, Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council has arranged for Traffic Enforcement Officers from Harborough District Council to patrol the village on a regular basis between now and the New Year.
The uniformed officers will be paying particular attention to locations where inconsiderate and illegal parking is causing concern and potential danger to pedestrians and other road users.
The deployment of these officers locally is being funded by the Parish Council.
Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2014 and starting school for the first time or transferring from an infant to junior school need to apply for a place before the 15th January 2014.
If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place at their local school if all available places have been filled.
You can apply for your child's place online at: www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2014. » Less
Launching during National Road Safety Week, it is to remind motorists to 'Stop for the Lollipop' being spearheaded by Leicestershire County Council in a bid to raise awareness that failing to stop is not only dangerous but illegal too. New signs that include the message 'Stop for the Lollipop, it's the law' will go up around the county in the coming weeks.The temporary signs feature real life school crossing patrol Stella Dalby and will be placed in areas where there has been an issue with drivers failing to stop when instructed to do so.Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Thankfully most drivers respect the authority of our 115 school crossing patrols but sadly there are a minority who continue to flout the law, putting the lives of children and the patrols themselves at risk."The school crossing patrol sign means the same as a red traffic light. Motorists who fail to 'stop for the lollipop' can be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points on their licence."The new signs are going up near schools where this has been a problem, and we hope they will get the message home - we don't want to see any drivers prosecuted, but they will be if people's safety is put in jeopardy."Sites where signs will be put up include A6006/Welby Lane Asfordby Hill, Station Road Market Bosworth, A5070 London Road Hinckley (St Peters), A4304 Main Street Lubenham and Shackerdale Road, Wigston.Stella, who patrols in Lubenham said: "I love the job and the fact that I am able to help children but since I started in September there have been around 12 incidents where vehicles have failed to stop for me and others where they have either stopped yards in front of me - or have driven around the lollipop."The majority of motorists do drive well and I would like to thank them for stopping, but my message to those that don't is please take extra care."Failing to stop or driving dangerously is putting children's lives in danger and is illegal. It is just not worth the risk."For more information on the campaign visit: www.leics.gov.uk/lollipop- The theme for this year's National Road Safety Week is "tune in" to road safety and avoid distractions. For more on this visit: http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
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.
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.
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.
National Anti-Bullying Week runs from 18th - 22nd November and this year's theme, 'The future is ours, safe, fun and connected', focuses on encouraging children and young people to take the lead in creating a future without bullying, by using new technologies to promote positive communications rather than being held back by cyber-bullying.
Children and young people have more chance of achieving their full potential without bullying. Together we can make it clear that we do not accept bullying in our schools, clubs and teams and create environments where all children can develop their skills and talents. More »
The Age UK charity is back this Winter with their 'Donate a Coat' appeal.
Last year celebrities Geri Halliwell, Lynda Bellingham, Stephen Fry and Mollie King from the Saturday's all took part in donating their coats to this great cause.
All you have to do is donate any coats or jackets to one of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland's 23 shops and this will help keep needy local older people warm this winter. Our 'Spread the Warmth Campaign' will once again focus on raising awareness of the issues that affect older people during winter. More »
'Spread the Warmth' is being run nationally because this winter 24,000 older people may not survive the cold weather – that's 200 deaths a day that could be prevented
Remember: One good quality coat could be worth £10 to Age UK so get donating.
We're all human: we daydream, get side-tracked, run late and make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal. This year focuses on the theme of tuning in to road safety and avoiding distractions.
We're asking Leicestershire drivers, riders and pedestrians to promise to keep focused on the task at hand, and never put themselves or others in danger for the sake of a call, text or other activity that can wait.
The week will include appealing to drivers to turn off their phones and never attempt to multi-task at the wheel. But this is also about all of us looking out for ourselves and each other, however we're using roads, by not speaking to someone else on the phone who's driving, and taking care to stay focused while on foot or bike: including getting off the phone, taking out headphones and following the good old green cross code to get across roads safely. More »
There are lots of activities happening across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership area. This will include activities to engage school pupils such as 'theatre in education' performances, 'cycle hubs' aimed at making cyclists safer and reminders for drivers both in terms of education and police enforcement. » Less
Did you know that by simply entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Watch website, http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/you can find out what crimes have been reported and the outcome?
You can also find out if there is a Neighbourhood watch scheme near you, and how to set one up if there isn't!
THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL TO JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
Save money and avoid queuing for a car parking space this Christmas by getting on board the Park & Ride. The roads of Leicester are always busy around the festive season, but with Park & Ride you can get from A to B, hassle free.
Extra services are running every Sunday 10am to 5.30pm in December giving you even more opportunity to get into town to do your Christmas shopping. Services are also running on Boxing Day 10am to 5.30pm to get you to the sales.
The Park & Ride is closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. Normal services will resume on Thursday 2nd January. More »
Group tickets cost only £3.50, after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday throughout December for up to 5 people travelling together.
The Park & Ride services run from Birstall, Enderby and Meynell's Gorse to Leicester city centre every 10 to 15 minutes.
Leicestershire Police has amended its plans for its future front counter provision following consultation with staff, unions, key stakeholders and local residents.
The final proposals were presented to the Force's change board on Tuesday 29th October 2013 where they were approved. The revised plans are designed to ensure an effective and efficient front counter service which better matches public demand and will realise savings of half a million pounds. The changes will take place from April 2014 More »
From April 2014 the new opening hours for Harborough's Local Policing Unit will be:
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
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Kibworth High School is proposing to extend its age range to 11-16 years, and is seeking to consult parents and residents to gain their opinions.
You can take part in a short survey by going to the Kibworth High School website or by following this link:
From November onwards Think Leicestershire is offering a free support package to anyone in the city or the county who is passionate about changing something for the better and committed to taking action - these people are the Difference Makers!
The difference between a Community Coach and a Difference Maker is simple:
- Community Coaches are trained to help others with their thinking;
- Difference Makers are supported to use the Thinking Framework to tackle an issue they are inspired by.
The role of Difference Maker has been introduced to Think Leicestershire for 3 reasons :
1. To give Community Coaches the chance to work with passionate people who really want to make a change. More »
2. To expand the reach of the project to those that don't want to be a coach.
3. To provide Community Coaches opportunities to use their new coaching skills.
We at Think Leicestershire feel this is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle that unites Coaches with people who want to make a difference in their lives. From November onwards Difference Makers will be able to use the Think Leicestershire website to ask for support and Coaches will be able to volunteer their time to get involved.
So if you know of someone who is a potential Difference Maker, all they have to do is to register at:
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It's a tasty time for the Community Meals Service.
National Community Meals Week (11-16 November), is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the benefits the Community Meals Service in Leicestershire.
Leicestershire residents now have a fantastic choice of services, 365 days a year including:
- Hot meals and salads
- Breakfast and tea packs plus snacks
- Help serving food and making hot drinks
- A shopping service with no delivery charge for meals customers
- Frozen meals
Not only are the meals on offer delicious, they are nutritionally balanced too and can cater for special dietary requirements, be they cultural, medical or just personal taste. So there really is something for everyone! More »
So, if you know anyone who would benefit from any of the above services, visit www.leics.gov.uk/community_meals to find out more. » Less
Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Sir Clive Loader, has sought the views of the public and partner organisations to deliver a revised version of his Police and Crime Plan for his period of office from 2013 to 2017.
The refreshed Plan is available for download below in original full text, executive summary and Easy Read versions. Hard copies are available on request.
On the 15th November 2012, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected by the public to help cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service across force areas in England and Wales.
As part of their roles, PCCs are expected to engage with the public and ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible, improve local relationships and increase police accountability.
To assess the impact of the PCCs appointment so far and gather the opinions and experiences of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch movement and residents cross Leicestershire, you are invited to participate in our second comprehensive PCC survey. More »
The survey shouldn't take more than five minutes to complete, and you won't need any specialist information or knowledge. Survey responses will remain anonymous.
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Inspector Durrant joined Leicestershire Police in September 2000 and was posted to Market Harborough. He is an experienced officer and since that time has worked in several roles within the Force and also a secondment to a partner agency.