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  • Article: Oct 13, 2016
    By Michael Charlesworth

    The decision by voters on the 23rd June has raised many questions and concerns, here are just 3 of them:-

    Migrant Labour in the UK is more wide-spread than many people realise, it is not just the fruit and vegatable pickers, it is the care staff in residential homes, it is the workers in the huge warehouses (Amazon/Sports Direct etc), it is also the NHS which was only recently hiring Portugese nurses. If it is to be a 'hard brexit' lets hope these valued in essential people are allowed to stay.

  • Article: May 1, 2016
    By Michael Charlesworth

    Leicestershire County Council has finally sorted out it's implementation plan for the Oadby tip. From Wednesday 4th of May charging will be introduced for some types of non-household DIY waste. This includes; hardcore, rubble, soil, slabs, baths, toilets, sinks, tiles, window glass, plasterboard and asbestos. This list covers some but not all of the items that can be charged for. Payment can only be made at the site using a credit or debit card. More information can be found at:- Leicestershire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling

  • Lee A Bentley
    Article: Jul 20, 2014
    By Cllr Lee A Bentley

    Leicestershire County Council takes an average of £945.00 per year from each band C household in Oadby and Wigston, but have made the decision that roads and paths will no longer be improved or replaced, grass will no longer be cut on a regular basis and only the bare legal limit of work will be carried out from now on. As they provide very little other services within the borough the question must be asked "where is all the money going?" we all know that money is tigh t at the moment and will be for some time but these services are front line and haven't changed, the grass remains grass and the roads and paths haven't grown bigger. The County Council gets the money from local residents to maintain the area and have a budget of almost £60M a year for highways spending across the County but still can't manage to provide the basic services. Oadby and Wigston Council is one of the smallest Borough Councils in the Country but remains one of the most sucessful, we maintain all our land, provide free town centre shoppers parking, weekly refuse and recycling collections and all on a budget much less than the County Council gets, Oadby and Wigston Council gets an average of £180.00 per band C household. Maybe the County Council should come to us for some financial advice and forget their vain hopes of taking over our Borough in order to try to make themselves successful, or maybe they should spend some of the £97 million they are hoarding!! Cllr Bentley wants the County Council to start getting some pride in our Borough, but then the County Councillors who make up the decision making County Council Cabinet don't live here, do they!!

  • Street Lights
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    The local Liberal Democrats have been raising concerns over cuts to street lighting across the County, especially in urban areas. With over £0.7m cut so far by turning lights off after midnight there are now concerns that a further £1m of planned cuts could leave some places without lighting altogether. Nightfall can come as early as 5pm during winter evenings, so evening street lighting is a particular priority.

  • School Dinner
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    Liberal Democrats on Leicestershire County Council have praised the Council for its work towards delivering free school meals across the County from next September. The policy, announced by the DPM Nick Clegg last year, followed recommendations from the "School Food Plan" that free school meals would lead to improvements in health, attainment and social cohesion. The free meals are expected to save the average family £417 per year.

  • Meals on Wheels
    Article: May 28, 2014

    Lib Dems on Leicestershire County Council have branded proposals to withdraw the subsidy for meals on wheels delivered to elderly people as a thoroughly bad idea. Leicestershire County Council delivers approx 350 meals across the County each day. Residents currently pay a daily charge of £3.25 towards the full cost of £5.90. The Conservatives plan to cut this subsidy and require users to pay the full price in order to save £300,000 per year.