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More Leicestershire homes and businesses gearing up to reach the high-speed broadband fast lane
A £9.2 million contract to expand high-speed broadband to even more rural communities across Leicestershire was signed on Friday 13th March.
The partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT will see more than 10,000 extra homes and businesses get access to fibre broadband technology as part of the Government's Superfast Extension Programme.
The latest multi-million pound Superfast Leicestershire contract, signed at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, includes £3.45m from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), £2.3m from BT, £2m from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of its Local Growth Deal and £1.45m from the county council. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "This contract builds on the success of our current rollout and will enable us to drive broadband speeds up across rural Leicestershire.
"This is an exciting project that is continuing at pace, connecting more communities and businesses together thanks to the internet."
Steve Henderson, BT's regional director for next generation access, said, "The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already made fibre broadband available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county. This has transformed the way people use the internet, the services that local businesses are able to provide, and the way that everyone can learn online. We're delighted to have been selected by the council to work with them to extend that reach even further in the coming years."
Areas of the county expected to benefit from the contract extension and get access to fibre for the first time include Frisby on the Wreake, Eastwell, Seagrave, Shawell, Lockington, Congerstone, and Orton-on-the-Hill, as well as additional parts of South Wigston, Stoney, Stanton, Blaby, Ullesthorpe and Burton on the Wolds.
A revised interactive map is now available on the Superfast Leicestershire website that shows the full expected coverage across the county. The first properties to benefit from this latest phase are expected to go live towards the end of 2016, with the rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
More than 25,000 premises already have access to superfast broadband thanks to the first Superfast Leicestershire contract signed between Leicestershire County Council and BT in 2013. As part of this work, 124 green roadside fibre cabinets have already been installed and more than 270kms of fibre cable laid.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Today's announcement marks the next step in the transformation of the digital landscape of Leicestershire. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, and this new £9.2 million investment will help us reach another 10,000 local homes and businesses. By 2017, 95% of the UK will be able to access superfast speeds and I congratulate Superfast Leicestershire for the remarkable progress they have made already in helping us deliver this."
Moira Community Litter Pick - Saturday 21st March 2015 between 10am and 12noon.
We will be holding a community litter-pick in an attempt to give some of our street and public spaces a much needed spring clean. The more people who help, the more areas we can clear, so please join us if you can.
More details in the attached press release.
North West Leicestershire District Council is helping unemployed people of the district to get work experience, advice and employment with a dedicated day called 'Help to Work'.
From 11am to 3pm on Wednesday 25 February, the Help to Work event at Hermitage Park Hotel, Whitwick Road, Coalville will see a wide variety of exhibitors offering their services and advice to the people of North West Leicestershire.
The event is being run by the council on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions.
Exhibitors already confirmed include: More »
- Worth-It projects - provides coaching, training and personal development programmes to vulnerable young peopleand adults
- Vantage Recruitment - employment and recruitment company
- JobCentre Plus – the Government department
- Wheels to Work – a moped hire scheme available to those who are struggling to get to work due to transport barriers
- Clockwise - a credit union for people who live and work in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
- Prince's Trust - gives young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. Helps develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training
- Whitwick Community Enterprises – set up by local people to help others in the local community
- Citizens Advice Bureau – provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities
- Stephensons College
- Voluntary Action Leicestershire
- Benefit & Welfare Support NWLDC
Visitors to the event will have access to expertise in recruitment and advice on how to gain work experience and the benefits of getting it, as well as general advice for people who don't know what they want to do.
Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "This is a great opportunity for people to gain some valuable advice from those who know what they're talking about. It's an opportunity to discuss with somebody what you would like to do and work out how you can do it. Most of all, it gives you the best opportunity to gain employment or find out how to do so."
The Help to Work event takes place on Wednesday 25 February, 11am – 3pm at the Hermitage Park Hotel, Whitwick Road, Coalville. » Less
Could your community benefit from a cash boost of up to £500?
North West Leicestershire District Council have now launched their Small Grant Scheme for local community and voluntary groups.
Grants are available for one-off pieces of expenditure for projects, equipment and other items, which will help your organisation to do more, to reach more people, to provide better services or just to try something different. The grant scheme can make a big difference in helping communities get schemes and projects started. More »
We're booking our holidays this week - brush up YOUR holiday phrases with a Leicestershire Adult Learning Service 6 week beginners language course:
French @ Coalville – 25th Feb
Greek @ Mkt Harborough – 24th Feb
Italian @ Coalville – 27th Feb
Italian @ Groby – 24th Feb
Italian @ Loughborough – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Coalville – 24th Feb
Spanish @ Enderby Brockington – 26th Feb
Spanish @ Hinckley JCC – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Thurmaston Roundhill – 25th Feb More »
Explore the county on a local parish walk
If you feel like strolling around an historic town or rambling through the woods, exploring on foot is a great way to relax, discover new places and keep active. Most people in the county live within 500 meters of a footpath, meaning many sights and attractions are only a short distance away.
You can now see all local parish walks on our new website.
A call has gone out to honour Leicestershire people and places in the second round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme.
Nominations are now open for the scheme at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques with a closing date of Friday 23rd January when a dozen of the county's most famous people and buildings will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, before votes are sought for the top six from the general public.
The scheme has had a successful first year with the public nominating and voting for the local people and places they wanted to see honoured with an Award. More »
The first six recipients included writer and comedian Graham Chapman from Melton, Burbage's Dambuster pilot Geoffrey Rice, social reformer Charles Booth from Thringstone, teacher/missionary Alice Young from Enderby, Kibworth Harcourt's First World War hero James Lochhead Jack and The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough.
Details of the scheme so far, photos of the events in honour of the six finalists from 2014 and the criteria we use to evaluate nominations are all available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques. » Less
January 2015 - what better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity?
If your New Year's resolution is to boost your job prospects, pursue a new interest, learn IT skills, improve your health and wellbeing or to brush up on English and Maths for FREE, now's the time to get back into learning!
The GoLearn spring 2015 course programme offers you an inspiring range of learning opportunities. Choose from part-time day, evening and weekend courses at venues across Leicestershire with huge discounts available for learners on certain benefits, or courses may even be FREE! More »
There are a variety of enjoyable courses where you can learn useful new skills that will positively impact on your life. With 100s of inspirational part-time courses to choose from - some leading to a recognised qualification - discover the many ways you can improve your health and wellbeing during 2015!
• Over spent at Christmas? Learn how to get to grip with your finances
• Low self-esteem? Discover how to improve your confidence
• Need a creative outlet? Express yourself on a cookery, art, writing or pottery class
• Over indulged during the festive season? Improve your health and fitness with Pilates, ballet or yoga
• Is music the soundtrack of your life? Sing for your wellbeing or learn to play the guitar
• Inspired by fabric and textiles? Need to update your wardrobe? Master the art of sewing and stitch crafts
• Lacking confidence with computers or your new Tablet? Learn the basics and more!
Find your ideal course and enrol now! Download a course brochure or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, call 0800 988 0308 or pick up a copy from any Leicestershire Libraries or Adult Learning Enrolment centre. » Less
Are you a kind, patient person? Would you like to help your community? Do you have two hours a week to spare?
HeadstART is a special social group based in Moira, offering art tuition and emotional support to adults with physical and/or mental health issues.
The group is small and friendly, with attendees enjoying company, chat and the encouragement of a tutor to help them create their art and have a relaxing time.
We really need a volunteer to help us for two hours on Monday mornings. Could this person be you? The duties aren't difficult, and you'll be making a real difference to people's lives. No experience or art skills needed, just a caring nature and a little spare time. More »
To find out more, please ring Sara on 01332 863240 for a friendly informal chat. » Less
Help celebrate young people's achievements in your community by sending in your nomination for the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015. The Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent / carer, or any other agency or individual.
The categories for 2015 are: More »
- Young Braveheart
- Young Volunteer
- Young Sportsperson
- Young Artist
Plus over the coming four years there will be a special category dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This year we are looking for a Young Poet to help commemorate the Centenary of the First World War through poetry.
The closing date for entries for the 2015 awards is 31 January 2015.
Why not sign up NOW for a GoLearn! adult learning course?
Our New Year courses are booking up fast so don't miss out by leaving it too late.
There's something for everyone, with classes to gain skills and qualifications to help with work, as well as leisure and interest subjects running in local centres and libraries. Our English and Maths classes are FREE and are at a range of levels from beginners up to Level 2. Why not try out a new language, learn the basics or gain a qualification in computing, learn to paint or make jewellery in one of the range of arts courses, or maybe improve your fitness by joining a yoga or pilates class? More »
We also offer courses for adults who do not yet feel confident or ready to come to a more general course to learn in supportive, safe groups in other locations.
Many courses are FREE for learners in receipt of certain benefits and there's even extra support for learners who are on low incomes, so please ask at enrolment.
The Skills for Jobs programme will assist those over 19 with FREE courses to help with skills, qualifications and practical help to get back into work and then progress onto additional learning when the time is right.
There's no better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity!
Download our New Year course brochure
Enrol online www.leics.gov.uk/golearn
Call 0116 3050820 or FREEphone 0800 988 0308 » Less
Make the most of the extended Park & Ride services throughout December.
Offering a fast, frequent and hassle-free service, the Leicestershire Park & Ride gets you from Meynell's Gorse, Enderby or Birstall to the city centre every 12 - 15 minutes.
As well as Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm, the Park & Ride service will also be running every Sunday in December*, giving passengers more time for Christmas shopping whilst avoiding the trauma of traffic and the perils of parking.
It doesn't stop there, wanting to grab a bargain in the sales? The Park & Ride will also be running on Boxing Day. More »
Leicestershire County Council has adopted a Carbon Reduction Strategy for Leicestershire; the intention of this strategy is for Leicestershire to contribute its share of meeting the Government's legally binding target of a 34% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020
One of the four priorities of this strategy is to support and develop small-scale community-owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Community energy projects have a number of benefits including being able to generate income for communities and community groups. More »
To develop our approach to providing appropriate support we would like to identify the level of interest Leicestershire communities have in participating in community energy projects.
For more information on community energy and to read some practical case studies click here.
To complete the Community Energy Survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes click here.
Please note the survey closes on 20th December 2014. » Less
Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce are providing a range of business support services for Leicestershire as part of our broadband project.
Free events and demonstrations are currently being held throughout the county to help local businesses understand the benefits of using new and exciting digital technologies. Through the workshops and events that Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce ebusiness club are hosting, businesses across Leicestershire will be able to understand the fundamental changes that are necessary to keep on top of technological advances. The Superfast Leicestershire business support service pages are full of information on how to get the most from your business click here More »
The specialist advisors leading on the workshops will demonstrate how increased internet upload and download speed can lead to commercial innovation, increased business growth and better productivity. The programme of events includes 12 two-hour events and demonstrations, 24 full-day action planning e-business workshops enabling you to put knowledge into practise and finally the prestigious one day expo that is expected to be held next year. There are a number of topics that the events cover including Search Engine Optimisation basics, online marketing for local businesses, blogging for business and much more.
Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2015 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 2015.
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 2015. » Less
There is always an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick or treaters to respect people's wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.
A campaign to reduce the number of complaints about Halloween related anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Leicestershire Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group
Double sided posters are being distributed with two messages:
- Residents who want trick or treaters can display the message: 'Trick or Treaters Welcome Here,'
- Those who don't, can display the other side that says: 'No Thanks Trick or Treaters.'
Posters are available from police stations, in libraries, council offices and community centres for collection. Or you can download it from www.leics.gov.uk/halloween or from the police website. More »
Many young people in Leicestershire will be knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and, if done in the right manner, this isn't anti-social behaviour but can be fun.
We'd encourage parents to accompany young children and take time to talk to their older children about responsible trick or treating and to find out what their plans are for Halloween and where they are going to be."
We are asking residents to be tolerant of young people who are trick or treating but we are here to support residents who experience genuine problems. If you are affected by anti-social behaviour please call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
- Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines.
- Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call. » Less
The new Choose How You Move website is now available to residents of Leicester and Leicestershire.
The journey is half the fun
Why not make your journeys enjoyable, healthier and hassle-free? With the help of the Choose How You Move online journey planner getting from A to B has never been easier. It identifies all available options and the best routes, shows the expected distance, approximate journey time and even a calorie counter.
You can fit a workout into your commute or beat weekday congestion stress by searching for alternative travel options. It is smartphone and tablet compatible making it easier for you to access your travel options whilst you're on the move. More »
Journey through the ages
(In conjunction with LOROS and The Fleet Auction Group)
Live music from Jersey Budd and Rihanna Tribute Act.
Choreographed fireworks, bonfire, fairground rides and food, Free museum entry including the Battle Dress Exhibition.
Saturday 1st November 5pm*
Tickets: Advance £5, Gate £7, Under 3s free
Family of 4 (2+2) £18 Pre-booking only
*The only vehicles allowed on site will be vehicles with disabled parking permits (which must be prebooked over the phone when purchasing tickets) and their last entrance is at 6.15pm. More »
Have you ordered your free trees and hedge?
The closing date is 27th October 2014
This offer is available to each household and community organisation within the North West Leicestershire district.
There are four trees to choose from - crab apple, field maple, white beam and wild cherry.
Hedge packs will consist of predominantly hawthorn trees and a small number of field maple and crab apple trees.
For further information and the order forms go to www.footprints.nwleics.gov.uk/free-tree-scheme-2014
Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 23 November 2014 More »
The offer is a partnership initiative between the District Council and the National Forest Company as part of the district-wide Green Footprints Challe » Less