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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."
In response to the current economic downturn a cross section of agencies are setting up a service to provide support to those who have lost jobs in recent times. Voluntary Action Blaby District (VABD) in partnership with their local authority, Blaby District Council, and Adult Learning are starting a weekly 'Jobs Club' with a difference.
The project named 'Job Done' will start on 4th June at The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane., Huncote, a community resource and leisure centre and will provide access to sports activities, information from support agencies such as CAB, volunteering opportunities (to gain new experience or update existing skills) and general information on job seeking. There will also be a rolling programme of free workshops to develop new or complement existing skills; for example CV writing, Internet Job Searching, Effective Job Applications and Interview Skills. It will also provide opportunities for sharing experiences with others in the same position and offer a little mutual support and understanding. More »
The aim is to maintain well-being and confidence and hopefully reduce the impact of stress and anxiety which can often result in long term ill health and reduced opportunities for employment. 'Job Done' will commence on Thursday 4th June and will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each Thursday and we invite people to drop in during those times or stay the whole day, our coffee bar will be open for light refreshments. For further information or to book a place please contact Mo or Bev at VABD on 0116 272 7669 or email email@example.com. » Less
Get 15% off* 4-weekly and 10-day tickets, 2 March - 11 April.
Whether it's for work, to shop or to see the game - let the Park & Ride get you there.
How much could you save?
- 10-day ticket was £26 now £22
- 4-weekly ticket was £42 now £35.50
Driving and parking in the city centre could be a thing of the past! Take advantage of hassle free travel every 12 - 15 mins.
Download your voucher at: www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages
*limited time offer on tickets purchased between 2 March - 11 April, completed voucher required. T&Cs apply, see website for details
URGENT – CAN YOU HELP?
Want to meet people, get some exercise and help a local charity raise much needed funds? We urgently require a lottery collector to call four-weekly on two small, established rounds in Narborough (Coventry Road/Leicester Road area and also The Pastures/Redhill).
Would you or someone you know be interested in collecting LOROS Lottery subscriptions for us? Maybe you have just moved house and don't know anyone in your area? We are desperately looking for anyone with a couple of hours to spare. There is no cold calling involved and everyone on the round has indicated that they would like a collector to call. Most importantly, it is a very worthwhile way of supporting LOROS. More »
Give the Lottery Office on (0116) 231 8430 if you would like to have an informal chat and find out more about becoming a LOROS Lottery Collector. » Less
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 »
Cut out the stress of traffic and parking and spend more, valuable time with the kids by using the Park & Ride this half term.
Whether your family is cinema crazy, fascinated with football, or wants to step back in time with King Richard III or the New Walk museum - the Park & Ride can help, by offering hassle free, regular travel into the city centre.
The terminals boast ample, secure parking including parent and child spaces* plus children under the age of 5** travel for free.
Birstall & Enderby services only*
Standard fares apply for children aged 5 and over, group tickets also available** » Less
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.
The new round of Your Shire Grant is open for applicants.
All you need to do is follow the link to our website where full details are available, including deadlines for applications and an opportunity to explore community projects ideas before applications are submitted.
Funds available could cover a variety of needs and the process is open and straightforward.
There will also be a number of workshops over the next few weeks and until 4th February so if you have any questions or if you need to talk to someone about your ideas, you can attend one of these workshops. See flyer attached for further details.
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
Following a public consultation in 2014, Leicestershire County Council agreed a new library service to meet ongoing budget challenges. We now need to ensure that the mobile library service can meet local needs with an effective, flexible and reliable service across Leicestershire. In order to do this we are consulting on a number of proposals.
The council is proposing to:
- change the frequency of visits to locations currently served by a mobile library to either once every 3 weeks or once a month from a current fortnightly visit.
- update the network of mobile library stops to take account of new developments and to reflect actual service usage.
- Make any changes from September this year.
Consultation documents, including a survey, are available at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/mobilelibraries as well as all libraries and mobile libraries. Alternatively, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0116 305 4699. More »
The consultation closes on Wednesday 8 April. » Less
Want to get started with running, keep fit and have fun?
Then join us at Enderby Leisure Centre 6:15pm to 7:00pm every Tuesday from January 6th.
This is a fun course for people aged 18 and over with little or no experience of running but who are keen to give it a go!
For more information contact:
Ben Benson 07860 277 104
or Wendy Thompson 07950 326 531
Christmas and New Year may have passed but don't get the back to work blues just yet, we're giving you something to ease the return!
In January, try the Park & Ride from any site for free* on Tuesdays, providing your inbound journey is before 9am on the day of travel.
Simply download a voucher from our website www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages which entitles you to a free* Day Ticket.
Don't miss out; take advantage of this limited time offer. See the Park & Ride website above for more information including service routes and timetables. More »
*Tuesdays in January and before 9am only, completed voucher required, see website for full terms and conditions. » 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
Please note that Narborough Park car park gates will remain locked on Thursday 25 December, Christmas Day and Friday 26 December, Boxing Day.
There is alternative parking at Weavers Court car park, Desford Road, Narborough which will remain open throughout the holiday.
You may park at Weavers Court for two hours for free, thereafter the usual charges will apply.
Please remember to put a ticket on your vehicle when you arrive.
Narborough Park car park will be open as usual throughout the remainder of Christmas and New Year.
Santa Run - Narborough
Santa's sleigh begins its tour on Monday 22 December leaving 62 Forest Road at 6 pm. The route is Woodland Avenue, Tennyson Street, Milton Street, Forest Road, The Pastures, Hardwicke Road, Huncote Road, Copt Oak Road, The Coppice, Colbert Avenue, Langham Drive, Copt Oak Gardens.
On Tuesday 23 December Santa's sleigh leaves Weavers Court Car Park at 6 pm. The Route continues along Coventry Road, Park Road, Sharpe Way, Coventry Road, Leicester Road, Victoria Street, Alexandra Street and Carlton Avenue. More »
This year the chosen charity is LOROS and Santa's sleigh will be accompanied by members of Narborough Brownie group who will be helping with the collection boxes and holding candlelit lanterns.
Santa Run - Littlethorpe
Santa's sleigh will be travelling through Littlethorpe on Thursday 18 December and Friday 19 December commencing at 6 pm and on Saturday 20 December from 4 pm.
All Littlethorpe residents will have recently received a newsletter containing full details. » 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 »
Fibre broadband has arrived in Narborough
More than 10,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire now have access to fibre broadband, thanks to the county council's £18.6 million Superfast Leicestershire project. Now that fibre broadband has arrived in Narborough, over 118 homes and businesses can upgrade to high-speed fibre broadband. A cabinet (green box by the side of the road) has been enabled which means the properties served by this cabinet can now upgrade. Narborough is served by more than one cabinet so some areas are unable to upgrade at this time. To find out if your property or business can upgrade please view the coverage map http://blpc.atkinsgeospatial.com/Default.htm More »
or contact your broadband supplier.
There are lots of benefits for both residents and businesses; for example everything online will be quicker, so if you use services such as iPlayer you won't waste time while the program buffers. Or, if you have several people in a house using the internet at the same time, there won't be a drop in service. Alternatively, if you work from home where you regularly download and upload large files or you need to share assets and collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time, require high quality video conferencing or upload web site content then you'll also benefit.
What is superfast fibre broadband?
Superfast fibre broadband is the new generation of broadband – much faster, more reliable and it uses a different technology.
Whilst most traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, superfast fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable as part of the link between the customer and the telephone exchange. Through this people can access download speeds of up to 50Mbps.
There are three simple steps you need to follow:
Step 1) Visit the line checker on the Superfast Leicestershire website: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where
Step 2) Review your current broadband contract and research potential broadband providers.
Step 3) Contact your chosen broadband provider and arrange the upgrade.
What happens if I don't upgrade?
If you choose not to upgrade to superfast fibre broadband, you'll be able to continue using your existing broadband service as normal.
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