After a wait of nearly 9 months Wigston is to have its Post Office back. It will be in the Peacocks clothes store in the old Co-op building and is due to open on the 30th September. The proposed opening times are Mon to Sat 09.00-17.30 and will also open on Sundays 10.00-16.00. Wigston needs a post office if it is to remain a viable and vibrant town centre. Other outlets are opening in the old Co-op, but we have no information on what all these will be.
An application has been submitted for 53 dwellings on Cook's Lane. This is a sensitive area because of an Iron Age settlement nearby and the fact this site is prone to flooding. The decision will be made by the Oadby & Wigston planning committee in the next few months. For more information go to the Oadby & Wigston Council website and you can look at the plans.
We have welcomed several local residents who are among the 17,500 who have joined the Liberal Democrat Party since the Brexit vote. If you are thinking of joining up please speak to one of your local councillors or phone Jeffrey Kaufman on 07976364282
Tory led Leicestershire County Council as part of their cost cutting measures are now making charges at the tip that they were not making in the past. In order to enforce this new regime users are being questioned on entering the tip as to what they are depositing and in several cases charges are being made that were never made in the past. County Councillor Jeffrey Kaufman questions the economics of paying for 2 people on guard checking arrivals at the tip and because of this there are reports of unscrupulous people fly tipping in the area. The cost of this having to be picked up by the district councils including Oadby & Wigston Borough Council. This is clearly passing the buck leaving the council tax payers in Oadby & Wigston to pick up the cost. If you have had difficulties at the Oadby Tip please phone your County Councillor, Jeffrey Kaufman on 07976 364 282.
Two local advice charities are to receive a grant from Oadby & Wigston Borough Council. Helping Hands and the Citizens Advice Bureau will now provide a joined up service for residents. Oadby Councillor Dean Gamble welcomed the move, "Many people in Oadby have needed legal and financial help over the years from these two well-known charities". I am pleased that they are working together and putting public money to good use".
Local Liberal Democrats have condemned racism and hate crimes in response to media reports of a rise in these incidents. Oadby County Councillor Jeffrey Kaufman said, "Several residentshave contacted me with concerns about the reported rise in hate crimes. "We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our borough. "We share residents' concerns and wish to reassure everyone in our area that they are valued members of the community."
Your Liberal Democrat councillors will work to ensure that local organisations have the resources to fight racism and xenophobia. More information is on the "Stamp It Out" web site www.stamp-it-out.co.uk (managed by Leics. Police).