In the light of the recent announcements on the proposed High Speed Rail Line (HS2) Phase 2, there will now be an opportunity at the next meeting of the Ashby, Measham and Moira Community Forum to see detailed maps of the route, share views and to discuss the potential impact of the proposals on the local area. Further details will follow in due course.
To accommodate this, we have decided to change the venue of the Forum meeting. This will now be held at Ivanhoe College, North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HX and I should be grateful if you could please update your diary accordingly. More »
The next Neighbourhood Planning Event is Tuesday 12th February 2013 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at County Hall. Following on from the event in November the agenda is focusing in on ‘Top Tips for Communication' and ‘How to Engage with Young People' in the Neighbourhood Planning process. In addition to this we have allowed time for networking and for front runners to update on their Neighbourhood Plan since November. Plus Mick Duggan from the Department of Communities and Local Government will be attending to give an update on the national perspective regarding Neighbourhood Planning More »
If you would like to book a place please contact either
Sarah Rudkin, Sarah.Rudkin@leics.gov.uk, 0116 3057023 or Sophie Davies, Sophie.Davies@leics.gov.uk, 0116 3058163 by Friday 8th February 2013.
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Leicestershire County Council recognises that Village Halls and Community Centres are highly valued facilities at the heart of communities. They provide local people with a place to meet where news, information and ideas can be exchanged, views expressed and actions discussed and agreed. They also provide the base from which services for the local community are offered, often by local community groups and where people meet for social, recreational and educational events and activities.
The County Council supports community buildings because of their value to local communities and currently provides a range of assistance including Grants, advisory and support services and web services such as the Leicestershire Villages and Parishes website. In order to ensure that future support is most effective in helping to maintain and develop community building services the County Council is currently considering the focus of its support and where existing as well as any additional resources might best be directed. Your views are essential in shaping the outcome of this review and, ultimately, influencing the availability of resources to support community buildings in Leicestershire. More »
For the purpose of this survey, we consider a Community Building to be a building that:
- is operated on a not-for-profit business model and the running of which is governed by a Board of trustees, Management Committee or Parish Council
- offers space for other community groups and organisations to use either regularly or on an ad-hoc basis.
For example: Village Halls, Church Halls ,Community Centres, Memorial Halls, Village Institutes, Scout Huts
Buildings that are purpose built and used for sport and leisure such as sports clubs & pavilions and leisure centres are not within the scope of this survey.
If your group or organisation is responsible for the management of a community building we would be grateful therefore if you would complete this short survey.
www.leics.gov.uk/community_buildings_assessment_survey.htm (can be accessed by clicking the title link)
Consultation Period: Ends January 31st 2013
Who can get involved?
Representatives of groups or organisations responsible for the management of Community Buildings.
How can I get involved? If you would like further information please contact:
Community and Places Team
Telephone: 0116 305 7269
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Moira Furnace, built in 1804, is a unique survivor from Leicestershire’s industrial past. The building’s quirky story has left it almost unaltered from the day it stopped production, making it one of the most significant iron making heritage sites in Europe.
The building was adapted to house mining families who lived there for almost 200 years from the early 19th century right through to the 1970s. With its canal, lime kilns, mines and woodland, Moira Furnace has seen the Industrial Revolution come and go. More »
It is now over 10 years since the last major work was done to the museum and the time is right to ensure that, as well safeguarding the historic building, the museum and site is interpreted to meet the needs of current and future users. We need to boost visitor numbers, develop new audiences and create more opportunities for people to be involved with the museum.
We are therefore currently applying for Heritage Lottery funding to develop how we tell the story of Moira Furnace and its site. This article gives you a brief overview of the consultation we have undertaken and our main proposals for the future.
Following a period of public consultation, we held a very successful meeting with our partners and friends at which 20 different organisations were represented. Participants debated a vision of where Moira Furnace might be in 2018 and what it could do to achieve it. Participants also considered potential barriers to people’s involvement with the Furnace and the main priorities for, and best means of, telling the story of the place.
The headline results indicated that the top priority areas for interpretation are the industrial and social history of the Moira Furnace buildings and site.
Preferred interpretative techniques included practical demonstrations, film and sound, audio guides, digital content, activities for schools, games and working models, reconstructions, objects which can be touched and guided tours. There was also discussion about creating a new visitor centre to act as an introduction to the site and to improve the facilities we can offer visiting school groups.
We will be continuing to consult with local people and organisations throughout the application process and will be pleased to receive any feedback on our proposals.
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