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Posted:
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 1:11pm
“Latest News ….Consultation planned on bus proposals”
“Latest News ….Consultation planned on bus proposals”

Decision to allow buses in pedestrian area of Loughborough put on hold

A decision to allow buses to drive through a proposed pedestrian area in Loughborough town centre has been put on hold.
Highways bosses had been due to approve a trial that would have seen buses and shoppers sharing the pedestrianised part of the A6 through the heart of the town.

An artist's impression of the pedestrianised area in Market Place, Loughborough
However, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet today rethought the scheme after appeals by councillors and residents, 520 of whom signed a petition against the idea. The scheme had also attracted much negative comment and criticism at the three recent Area Forum meetings in the town of Loughborough.
Under a planned £15 million scheme buses were to have been allowed to continue to travel both ways along the route they currently use while all other traffic would be diverted along an inner relief road along the eastern fringe of the town centre.
The idea had been branded "barmy" and dangerous by objectors who believe the pedestrian area should be entirely traffic free.
The council has now decided to hold off making a decision until consulting residents.
They are to be asked if they think all vehicles should be excluded from the pedestrian area, if buses should be allowed one way, or both ways before any decision is made.
County councillor for Loughborough's north west division Max Hunt said: "I am pleased there is another chance for people to have their say on this. It's barmy to allow buses in a pedestrian area and the decision should be made for the convenience of the people rather than that of the bus companies .
County Hall's transport director Ian Drummond warned councillors that bus companies were worried about the extra costs of diverting around the town centre as well as the impact on timetables.
He said about 6,000 people used buses daily to get into Loughborough and that they were "vital to a thriving town centre".
He said: "If we choose to prohibit buses entirely the bus companies could force us to a public enquiry."
Loughborough resident Anne Kingston, who collected the petition, said: "So what if it goes to a public enquiry? I think the bus companies would lose and we would end up with a properly pedestrianised town centre. That's what most people want."
Loughborough South county councillor David Slater proposed the new consultation.
He declined to say if he thought buses should be allowed in the pedestrian zone but said: "I honestly don't have an opinion on what is right. I want the best solution and to get to that we need to listen to what people think. We have got another consultation so people will be heard." More »

Read more: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Decision-allow-buses-pedestrian-area-Loughborough/story-18334804-detail/story.html#ixzz2MqesiaqV
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Posted:
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 1:07pm
“Latest News ….Consultation planned on bus proposals
“Latest News ….Consultation planned on bus proposals

Decision to allow buses in pedestrian area of Loughborough put on hold

A decision to allow buses to drive through a proposed pedestrian area in Loughborough town centre has been put on hold.
Highways bosses had been due to approve a trial that would have seen buses and shoppers sharing the pedestrianised part of the A6 through the heart of the town.

An artist's impression of the pedestrianised area in Market Place, Loughborough
However, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet today rethought the scheme after appeals by councillors and residents, 520 of whom signed a petition against the idea. The scheme had also attracted much negative comment and criticism at the three recent Area Forum meetings in the town of Loughborough.
Under a planned £15 million scheme buses were to have been allowed to continue to travel both ways along the route they currently use while all other traffic would be diverted along an inner relief road along the eastern fringe of the town centre.
The idea had been branded "barmy" and dangerous by objectors who believe the pedestrian area should be entirely traffic free.
The council has now decided to hold off making a decision until consulting residents.
They are to be asked if they think all vehicles should be excluded from the pedestrian area, if buses should be allowed one way, or both ways before any decision is made.
County councillor for Loughborough's north west division Max Hunt said: "I am pleased there is another chance for people to have their say on this. It's barmy to allow buses in a pedestrian area and the decision should be made for the convenience of the people rather than that of the bus companies .
County Hall's transport director Ian Drummond warned councillors that bus companies were worried about the extra costs of diverting around the town centre as well as the impact on timetables.
He said about 6,000 people used buses daily to get into Loughborough and that they were "vital to a thriving town centre".
He said: "If we choose to prohibit buses entirely the bus companies could force us to a public enquiry."
Loughborough resident Anne Kingston, who collected the petition, said: "So what if it goes to a public enquiry? I think the bus companies would lose and we would end up with a properly pedestrianised town centre. That's what most people want."
Loughborough South county councillor David Slater proposed the new consultation.
He declined to say if he thought buses should be allowed in the pedestrian zone but said: "I honestly don't have an opinion on what is right. I want the best solution and to get to that we need to listen to what people think. We have got another consultation so people will be heard." More »

Read more: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Decision-allow-buses-pedestrian-area-Loughborough/story-18334804-detail/story.html#ixzz2MqesiaqV
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Posted:
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 3:27pm
DEADLINE APPROACHING - £15,000 - Cash for your Community!

DEADLINE APPROACHING - Hinckley - Cash for your Community!

Leicestershire County Council has made available £320,000 per year for local communities to invest in local improvement of their choice. The funding is available through the 25 Community Forums.

This Community Forum Budget is not a regular grant fund, because local residents are involved in all aspects of the process and they will be making the decision which projects should receive a share of the funds.

Community groups can put forward project ideas for which they are seeking funding. All those project proposals are then made available on the forum’s website so residents can view and comment on them. The community groups and other local residents then come together for a Decision Night to discuss the projects and vote for their favourites. More »

All proposals will benefit from advice by a panel of experts, including advice on further sources of funding.

Don’t miss out! Dates for your diaries:

Submit a Project Proposal by: 22nd May 2013

View and Comment from: 23rd May 2013

Register your interest to attend by: 12th June 2013

Decision Night: 19th June 2013

Information about how to apply, view and comment on projects and register your interest to attend your local Decision night is available on your forum home page. You can also call 0116 305 7034 for more information. » Less

Posted:
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 8:39am
HINCKLEY AND BOSWORTH COMMUNITY RELATIONS FORUM

FREE EVENT

22nd November 2012, 5.00pm – 8.00pm, St. Francis Community Centre, Tudor Road, Hinckley, LE10 0EQ

Purpose of the event

The primary purpose of the Community Relations Forum is to work towards eliminating discrimination, and building community relationships to be proud of in Hinckley and Bosworth. In enabling this, we hold regular FREE events, usually around a topical theme, to bring together representatives, groups and individuals, to better understand what we all do, to explore how we can work better together, and share and use our resources more efficiently. More »

The theme for this event is VOLUNTEERING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Following on from the Olympics, and the well deserved recognition of the role of the Games Makers, and our own Olympic inspired event back in June, we also want to profile and celebrate the contribution of the valued work of the many volunteers working across our Borough.

The support of volunteers makes a fundamental difference to the quality of life for people within our community, and particularly those who are most vulnerable. During the evening you will hear about the plethora of opportunities to get involved in supporting your local community through volunteering, and the benefits for all involved.

Primarily we hope the evening will inspire you to get involved, and with the wealth of opportunities available on your doorstep, hopefully, help you find something that works for you, and enables you to do your bit in supporting others in your community.

The regular ‘getting to know you’ session will once again feature, as we know participants particularly value this part of the evening, as an opportunity to find out about the work of others across the community.

As always our overall aim is to make this event informative, enjoyable and fun. All this plus great FOOD, with great company.

Who should attend?

This FREE event is aimed at everyone who has a role, or feels they/their organisation should have a role, in supporting the elimination of discrimination, and interested in exploring ways to improve the services we deliver.

What we would like you to do before attending the event
Pass this information on to at least one other person and/or organisation. Bring a friend or colleague.

Booking your place
To book your FREE place please contact Sue Widdup on 01455 255854, email susan.widdup@hinckley-bosworth gov.uk, detailing any specific dietary or access requirements. » Less

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