Have your say on libraries
You can have your say on the county council’s proposals for communities to run up to 36 libraries in Leicestershire.
Consultation is taking place from today (April 7th) till July 7th and full details are on www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries, including dates and venues of public meetings in May and June.
Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries, said: “I’m encouraging people to have their say and to consider coming forward to run some of our libraries. This has proven a success in other areas, such as Warwickshire. More »
“If people are interested, we will give them massive support, as I believe these libraries could become real community hubs.”
The council is proposing changes because:
• From 2015, the council plans to save £800,000 per year from its current £5.6 million libraries budget
• People are increasingly using E-books and the internet instead of borrowing books from libraries
• Libraries are increasingly being used as community hubs, hosting a series of activities
The council is proposing to:
• Continue to operate the 16 most-used libraries but reduce their opening hours
• Support communities to run the other 36 local libraries. If community groups do not come forward, some libraries may close. Any closures would be covered by a weekly mobile library service.
The council’s 16 most-used libraries are: Ashby; Birstall; Blaby; Broughton Astley; Coalville; Earl Shilton; Glenfield; Hinckley; Loughborough; Market Harborough; Lutterworth; Melton Mowbray; Oadby; Shepshed; Syston; Wigston Magna.
They account for: 77 per cent of library visits; 74 per cent of loans; 72 per cent of active borrowers; and 84 per cent of computer use.
The 36 community libraries are: Anstey; Barrow; Barwell; Bottesford; Braunstone Town; Burbage; Castle Donington; Countesthorpe; Cosby; Desford; East Goscote; Enderby; Fleckney; Glenhills; Great Glen; Groby; Hathern; Ibstock; Kegworth; Kibworth; Kirby Muxloe; Leicester Forest East; Market Bosworth; Markfield; Measham; Mountsorrel; Narborough; Newbold Verdon; Quorn; Ratby; Rothley; Sapcote; Sileby; South Wigston; Stoney Stanton; Thurmaston. » Less
Rural communities can now check when they will receive fibre broadband via a new website launched today (28/03/14).
The website has a range of information on the Superfast Leicestershire programme which aims to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Leicestershire by the end of March 2016.
The website includes information on:
• Benefits of fibre broadband for businesses and households
• The timetable for increasing the coverage
• Our plans to increase coverage even further More »
Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for rural broadband, said: “Our new website is the first step keeping residents informed on how we are providing superfast broadband across Leicestershire. Visitors to the site will be able to find out about superfast broadband, how their area could benefit and when they can expect to receive this service.
“Leicestershire has a thriving rural economy consisting of a large number of small and micro businesses in creative, knowledge-based sectors which would see a huge benefit from superfast broadband.
“Providing firms with access to superfast broadband will make them more competitive and attract inward investment and jobs to help unlock rural Leicestershire’s economic potential.”
Owen Moody, BT’s East Midlands regional director, said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Leicestershire, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.”
The launch of the new website coincides with the announcement of additional funding for the project from Leicestershire’s district councils. An extra 4,400 homes and businesses will now benefit from £1.1m of funding pledged by the district councils.
Trading Standards has joined forces with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the serious fire risks posed by cheap, illegal cigarettes.
Legal cigarettes are made with special self-extinguishing paper that if left unattended will go out by itself.
Fake cigarettes don’t use this paper which places smokers at a far greater risk of house fires.
A two and a half minute YouTube clip has been produced to support this campaign presented by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. The video outlines the dangers and shows what can happen when fake cigarettes are left to burn on an armchair to view click on the link above. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: "We would never encourage anyone to start smoking as cigarettes are harmful to your health but these cheap imitations are far worse."
"You might think you are getting a bargain, but what you’re actually buying is very unsafe and could contain a whole range of harmful additives such as asbestos, dead flies and even rat droppings.
"We want to get illegal tobacco off the streets because of the danger it poses to our communities and would appreciate your help in helping us to crack down on this."
Steve Robinson-Day, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Safer Neighbourhoods Station Manager, said: "Fake cigarettes are a serious fire safety hazard. They have already been implicated in a fire death and are simply not worth buying because of the risks they pose."
If you have any information to help Trading Standards stamp out the sale of cheap tobacco, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more on the campaign visit www.leics.gov.uk/illegal_tobacco » Less
Still places remaining for these sessions – to book your place please complete the attached ‘event invite form2’ & return by 4th April. Feel free to forward onto your own contacts.
Any queries about this event contact Jenny Brown, Project Officer, Leicestershire County Council: Jenny.Brown@leics.gov.uk