Changes to opening hours at county waste sites

Winter opening hours for Leicestershire’s recycling and household waste sites will come into force next week.

From Monday, 1 October, winter opening times will apply, with all sites continuing to open five days a week, but from 9am to 4pm.

The five day pattern of opening is arranged so that sites are open at weekends and a proportion of sites remain open each day for use by the public in the week.

Remember sites at Kibworth, Lount, Lutterworth, Melton, Shepshed and Whetstone are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

LOOGABAROOGA FESTIVAL – 18-23 OCTOBER 2018

Charnwood are delighted to welcome the fourth annual Loogabarooga Festival to our wonderful town of Loughborough.

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This year, the Festival is celebrating 80 years of the iconic comic The Beano and is honoured to host an Exhibition of Comic Art by John Patrick Reynolds at the Charnwood Museum.

They are pleased to showcase local and nationally renowned authors, storytellers and illustrators, whose work gives Loogabarooga its unique and charming character and we’re thrilled to have the support of local businesses, who have thrown themselves into the Festival with enthusiasm and imagination.

Farmers’ Market Wednesday 10th October

The next farmers’ market will be on Wednesday October 10.

Producers from across the midlands come to Loughborough’s Farmers’ market to sell a wide range of interesting, organic and healthy food and drink.

We usually have around 15 to 20 traders attending, selling a wide range of excellent local produce such as meat, wine, bread, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, honey, eggs, homemade sauces and preserves.

Opening times:
9am and 3pm (this may change during November due to Loughborough Fair).

Charnwood Community Lottery

Tickets are on sale for the lottery, organised by the borough council, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes, charities and voluntary organisations

Among the latest groups to sign up are Bradgate Park, Falcon Support Services which helps people live independently and Fearon Hall Community Association in Loughborough.

For every £1 ticket, 60p will go towards helping a good cause and players can win up to £25,000.

To buy a ticket, please visit www.charnwoodlottery.co.uk where you will be asked to create an account.

When a participant chooses to support one of the registered charities or good causes, the organisation will receive a 50p donation, with 10p going towards a central community fund. If no charity is chosen, all 60 pence goes to the community fund.

 

Views sought on polling districts in Charnwood

A consultation about polling districts in Charnwood gets underway on October 1, 2018 and people are urged to have a say.

The borough council is required to review polling districts, places and stations every five years to ensure voting arrangements are up to date and fit for purpose.

This is an opportunity for people to recommend new polling locations and the Council is particularly keen to hear views on any access issues.

Geoff Parker, electoral registration officer, said: “This is an important review and it gives people the opportunity to put forward suggestions to improve local voting arrangements in time for the local council elections due in May 2019.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people who may have views on access arrangements to polling stations as we want to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote with ease.”

There are more than 133,000 register voters in Charnwood and currently there are 76 polling districts.

Temporary Closure of Loughborough Tip

The work is to take place over a 12-week period and the site is planned to close from the evening of Wednesday, 26th September 2018.

Anyone wanting to use an alternative waste site during the closure period, can visit the nearby Mountsorrel site on Granite Way (LE12 7TZ) or the Shepshed  site on Hathern Road (LE12 9RP).

To minimise disruption, the Mountsorrel  facility will be open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week for the duration of the closure. The Shepshed site will remain closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Permits for the Loughborough waste site will be accepted at both Mountsorrel and Shepshed during the closure.

Early Bin Collection

Due to the temporary closure of Loughborough tip for 12 weeks, from September 26, 2018 Charnwood BC will be collecting all wheelie bins from 6am as the rounds are going to take a bit longer to complete.

Please can you help us out and make sure your bins (green, black and brown if you have them) or bags if you use them, are out for 6am on the day of collection.

Putting them out the night before is fine, but please remember to clear them off the street as soon as you can.

Thanks in advance.

More information on the tip closure is on the county council website:

Summer Activites in Charnwood

A range of summer activities is on offer for children, young people and families in Charnwood.

The borough council’s Active Charnwood team has put together a range of events and sessions at various locations in the area.

New for this year are abseiling, archery legends, beginner’s taekwondo, hockey and indoor bowls.

Activities will run from Monday, July 16 to Friday, August 24 at locations including Loughborough, Birstall, Mountsorrel, Shepshed and Syston. Bookings are being taken from Monday, June 18.

Zoe Griffiths, sport and active recreation manager at the council, said: “There is a lot on offer and as well as some great new activities we’ve also got firm favourites like cricket and tennis.

“Our holiday programme provides a number of opportunities to get active this summer and with 33 different activities and 100 sessions we are sure there’s something for everyone.”

Activities also include boxing, climbing, dodgeball, forest schools, geocaching, laser quest, yoga and more.

Sessions start at £3 and discounts are available for Wild Card holders. If you are aged five to 16, or have a disability, and live or go to school in Charnwood, you may be able to sign up to the Wild Card scheme by visiting www.charnwood.gov.uk/wildcard

For a full list of activities available this half-term, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/holidayprogrammes to book, call 01509 634561 or email active.together@charnwood.gov.uk.

Borough Council plan to make changes to their Bring sites

The borough council is planning to make changes to bring sites across Charnwood to remove a duplication of service and save taxpayers around £20,000 a year.

The Council is removing 79 glass and aluminium recycling banks at a number of locations as they are no longer necessary as the materials can be recycled in the Council’s kerbside scheme.

The plans do not affect charity recycling banks which often collect clothing, shoes and books or the household waste and recycling sites operated by the county council.

Matt Bradford, head of cleansing at the borough council, said: “The reality of the situation is these recycling banks simply duplicate the kerbside recycling service so we are confident there will not be any impact on recycling levels in the borough.

“To retain them means using taxpayers’ money to pay for something we do not really need and they were introduced 20 or 30 years ago when council recycling services were much more limited.

“We will make the savings on collecting the materials, some of which have no recyclable value, and on cleaning the sites.

“We also have to remember this decision has been made against a backdrop of the borough council receiving far less funding to run the recycling service. We now receive £540,000 a year less in funding from Leicestershire County Council to operate the recycling service than we did last year which means we need to run a very lean and efficient service.”

There are 70 bring sites across the borough:

  • eight are owned by the council, which are mainly car parks, and seven glass and four aluminium can banks will be removed. Six textile banks will remain.
  • there are a further 62 sites which are owned by third parties, such as parish councils, and 49 glass and 19 aluminium can recycling banks will be removed. It will leave 12 glass, one aluminium and 12 textile recycling banks plus a small number of other charity banks.
  • the Council also organises the collection of a further three paper/cardboard banks on private land with a private operator. The Council anticipates the banks will continue under new arrangements between the landowner and the private operator.

The move will leave 34 bring sites with recycling banks for textiles, glass and some other items.

Residents can request bags to put extra recycling in if necessary.

The banks will be removed in August or September and the Council will be using the media, social media, its website and notices on the sites to inform residents about the changes.