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Bus Depot Transformation Complete As New Car Showroom Opens In Coalville Article by NW Leicestershire District Council
A former bus depot in Coalville has opened as a car showroom, bringing new jobs to the town and regenerating a derelict site on Ashby Road. With support from North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) grant schemes the owners of the new Desirablecar.com showroom have been able to transform the former depot into a modern facility that combines a workshop with a sales area for their quality used car business. The project has received grants of £50,000 from the NWLDC Frontage Improvement Scheme and £25,000 from the Enterprising North West Leicestershire scheme. As part of the partnership with NWLDC the building owners Deepak Mavani and Paul Westwood have worked to preserve some of the iconic façade of the former depot while also adding wood-effect cladding to the exterior to ensure the development is in-keeping with the district’s National Forest identity. The effort to preserve the façade of the building and regenerate an historic building and give it a new use and positive attractive presence in the town has drawn praise from the Coalville Heritage Society, which has presented the owners with an historic image of the depot as a thank you for the quality of the work. Having stood empty since 2011, the building was originally built in 1925, and was one of the earliest purpose built bus depots in the country and home to Midland Red bus company. During the 1930s almost 50 buses were in operation from the site. NWLDC’s support for the project comes as part of its Coalville regeneration agenda. This has seen businesses across the town able to apply for funding to expand or improve their businesses. So far over £450,000 has been given to 38 businesses in the North West Leicestershire through three different district council grant schemes. Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business and Regeneration at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We have a huge role to play in encouraging investment and regeneration in Coalville, and offering financial support through our grant scheme is proving very successful. Ashby Road is a key route into the town, and with new homes on the former police station site, along with the opening of this new showroom at the former derelict bus depot, this part of Coalville has gone from an abandoned-looking area, to an area of regeneration. We are really pleased with the look of the new building and we wish Mr Mavani and Mr Westwood the best of luck with their new enterprise.” Paul Westwood said: “We’re delighted that our new car showroom is open for business and proud that this historic building has been brought back to life. The support and encouragement we’ve had from the council throughout has been excellent, and we share their enthusiasm in being a part of regenerating Coalville. We’re delighted too that the Coalville Heritage Society has recognised our efforts to preserve the iconic look of the building, something that was a real priority for us throughout our work to regenerate it.” Steve Duckworth, Chairman of Coalville Heritage Society, said: “We are fully behind the regeneration of Coalville, but firmly believe that this effort needs to include an effort to preserve the history of this important coalmining town. The work done by Deepak and Paul in collaboration with NWLDC sets a great example of how this can be achieved and we’re delighted with the look of the building. We wish them every success with their new business.” For more information on the support that can be offered by NWLDC’s Business Focus team, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/funding_for_businesses
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Air cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron joined with Coalville Army Cadets and members of the British Legion to pay their respects to two local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Coalville Air cadets joined with the local army cadets and members of the Whitwick Branch of the Royal British Legion on Saturday 26th October in two acts of remembrance. Everyone met at the cemetery in Whitwick to remember Thomas Elsdon Ashford. He was a private in The Royal Fusiliers, British Army during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during a sortie from Kandahar, on the 16th August, 1880. He helped rescue and carry Private Massey for a distance of over 200 yards, under the fire of the enemy. He was assisted by Lieutenant William St. Lucien Chase. Private Massey had taken shelter in a blockhouse. Several times they were compelled to rest, but they persevered in bringing him to a place of safety. After his military service, Ashford settled in Thringstone, Leicestershire and served as a postman for many years. He was married in Thringstone Church to Betsy Ann Sisson on 29 January 1891. He later moved to the neighbouring village of Whitwick and died on 13 February 1913. He was laid to rest in Whitwick Cemetery, in the presence of thousands of mourners, though the grave lay unmarked for many years, until a monument was provided by the local British Legion. His VC is in the Royal Fusiliers Museum at the Tower of London. The cadets and veterans then moved to the graveside of William Dolman Bees who is buried in the cemetery on London Rd in Coalville. He was a private in the 1st Battalion, The Derbyshire Regiment (later The Sherwood Foresters), during the Second Boer War. It was on 30 September 1901 at Moedwil, South Africa that he was awarded the VC. Private Bees was one of the Maxim-gun detachment, at Moedwil, six men out of nine had been hit. Hearing his wounded comrades asking for water, he went forward, under a heavy fire, to a spruit held by Boers about 500 yards ahead of the gun, and brought back a kettle full of water. In going and returning he had to pass within 100 yards of some rocks also held by Boers, and the kettle which he was carrying was hit by several bullets. His VC is in the Ashford Collection at Duxford. The cadets and veterans then made their way to the clock tower for the launch of this year's poppy appeal. Flt Lt Rebekah Harrison-Page RAFAC, the commanding officer of 1188 Coalville Squadron said “ I am really pleased the cadets were able to join with the members of the Royal British Legion again this year to remember those who have gone before. The weather was bitterly cold and it was raining but the cadets did the squadron proud".
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The General Meeting of Whitwick and District U3A was on Friday 15th November. The Special guests at this event were the acoustic duo Steve and Carol Robson who perform under the name “Fool’s Gold”. They presented their show “Beat the Drum” which was originally produced for Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. Beat the Drum is a commemoration of WWI, examining the conflict through the true story of Durham miner, Michael Heaviside VC. Michael Heaviside was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the Battle of Arras in 1917. A Fool’s Gold show is rooted in music but is much more than just a concert performance. Their shows use live music, story and projected visuals to weave a fascinating story, so appropriate in this month of remembrance. Whitwick and District U3A is a thriving and friendly organisation for retired people with a wide variety of Interest Groups. All the learning and social activities are run on a self-help basis and enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere. The monthly General Meetings provide an ideal opportunity to chat to existing members and see the options available. As the U3A is non-political and non-religious, all are welcome. To find out more, including details of the Christmas General Meeting on 20th December when the speaker will be John Whitehead, please visit www. whitwicku3a.org.uk. The General Meetings are held at St. David’s Church Hall, Broom Leys, Coalville LE67 4RL; please come along at 1.45 for a 2.00pm start.
In this article we will cover some of our top tips to get your home winter ready, including; • Give your radiators some TLC • Give your gutters a clear-out • Check the roof • Wrapping up • Leaving the cold at the door • Keeping the boiler ticking over • Block up that unused chimney • Upgrade your windows • In your garden Some of these tips may be quite easy to do whereas others could be a little bit more of a hassle, but once done, you may notice a difference! Let’s take a look at some of our top tips. Bleed Your Radiators Bleeding a radiator can seem like a daunting task. But it’s really easy and will help keep your home warm this winter. If your radiators are cold at the top and hot at the bottom, that means they need bleeding. To do this, turn off your heating and get a cloth and a bleed key ready. At the top of your radiator, turn the valve anti-clockwise until you hear a hiss (don’t worry, it’s only air). Hold a rag below to catch any water that drips. Once water starts to flow, tighten the valve up and you’re done. By setting your heating on low during the day, either manually or on a timer, your house will stay warm enough to prevent frozen pipes becoming an issue. An hour in the morning and an hour in the evening will be enough. This is especially important if you are planning to go away during the winter months. Give Your Gutters A Clear-Out Soon the leaves are going to start falling and although it is not a nice job, it is important to make sure your guttering is clear of sticks and leaves. Once you’re up the ladder, make sure the pipes can carry water away from your home. This prevents damp from getting into your walls which can cause damage.
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New Leisure Centre Given Green Light
Article by NW Leicestershire District Council A new, state of the art leisure centre in Coalville was given the green light on Tuesday 15 October 2019 when it received planning permission. North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Planning Committee approved the application to build the £22 million facility on land off Stephenson Way. In a partnership between NWLDC and Everyone Active, the leisure operator will build and operate the new leisure centre, whilst the council will own the building. The new facility will replace Hermitage Leisure Centre, which will stay open until the new one is ready. Work will start on the new leisure centre in January 2020, with the build taking around 18 months. Described as a ‘parkland destination centre’, the new Coalville Leisure Centre will reflect its woodland setting in the National Forest, with impressive wooden beams swooping down over the pool area and a large glass front playing host to the reception area and café. A trim trail, natural play spaces and a cycle track will be featured in the grounds around the centre. The plans show how the building will achieve the environmental accreditation BREEAM status, with LED lighting throughout, air source heat pumps, electric car charging points and photovoltaic panels on the roof that will harvest energy from daylight, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. Inside the building, the gym will have views across the parkland surrounding the centre, with the range of other facilities including three squash courts, clip and climb, spin studio, an eight court sports hall, an eight lane swimming pool and a learner pool. No objections were raised by statutory consultees, although a number of objections were received in respect of the principle of development on an Area of Separation. Speaking about the decision, Chairman of Planning Committee, Councillor Nigel Smith said: “This was a highly anticipated and complex application which the committee very carefully considered before coming to the decision to approve. There are lots of important considerations with this application, including access, the development within the area of separation between Coalville and Whitwick and the environmental credentials of the building. The committee agreed that the overarching positive contribution that this new leisure centre will make to health and wellbeing in the district, the exceptional high quality of design and the detailed mitigation for its impact on its surroundings were the main reasons behind the decision to grant planning permission.” Speaking for the application at the meeting, NWLDC’s Head of Community Services Paul Sanders
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said: “This project represents an impressive £22 million investment into the district’s leisure facilities and presents an unrivalled opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our current and future residents. The new centre and parkland will open for all and will be fully accessible, with a particular focus on activities that reduce inactivity amongst children and young people, older people and also people with disabilities. It is a scheme that we, as a design team, are immensely proud of. The proposals are fully costed, deliverable and achievable.” Dan Hicks, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said “It’s brilliant news that plans for the new state-of-the-art Coalville Leisure Centre have been granted and we can start work to bring this fantastic facility to life. It’s been an exciting few months, with the completion of the first phase of renovations at Hood Park in September, and now we have this great development on the plans for Coalville. The new leisure centre will be a great addition to the local community and will offer an amazing variety of ways for people to get active. We’re proud to be delivering improved leisure facilities to North West Leicestershire in partnership with the council and we look forward to starting this exciting new project now we have the green light to go ahead.” Planning Reference 19/01343/ FULM
Erection of a detached building for use as a leisure centre (Use Class D2) together with external landscaping, pedestrian accesses and parkland (including external trim trails and activity stations) associated parking and servicing areas alongside provision of a new vehicular and pedestrian site ingress/ egress from A511 (Stephenson Way)
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Thank You For The Music came to Charles Booth Centre, Thringstone on 12th October for a night dedicated to the music of Abba. Treating the audience to all the hits, the dance floor was heaving with everybody having fun and showing some very nifty footwork! A spokesperson for the centre said ‘It was a great night, and it was lovely to see so many people coming along, dancing the night away and having a good time. We would like to thank Jackie and Sophie for putting on such a first rate performance. That is what we, at Charles Booth Centre, aim to provide for the local community – top quality entertainment at a decent price, and that is certainly what was delivered The centre has a wide range of entertainment coming up between now and the end of the year and would like to thank the event team and the volunteers for their work in providing things like this for us all to enjoy’. Please www.charlesboothcentre.org.uk for more information, or follow them on facebook and twitter.
Woof Competition Can you find amazing assistance dog Lucas? Find Lucas in this edition and be in the chance to win some goodies from national assistance dog charity Canine Partners, including a Canine Partners 2020 Calendar, a travel mug and a cute puppy toy. To enter, send the page you find Lucas on along with your name and phone number below:
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Lucas is one of the many amazing dogs trained by Osgathorpebased national assistance dog charity, Canine Partners. The charity, which trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with physical disabilities across the UK, is currently building a new kennel block at its Midlands Training Centre which will house up to 40 dogs in training. This will enable even more lifetransforming partnerships to be formed.
The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and helping to undress a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. They also provide emotional and social benefits to their partners, including boosting their confidence and independence. Donate to Canine Partners’ kennel build today by visiting caninepartners.org.uk/donate/ and choosing the Raise the Woof option in the drop down menu.
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Here Leicester Animal Aid (LAA) we want all the dogs and cats that will be spending Christmas with us, awaiting adoption, to have the best festive season possible. We make sure that this holiday is extra special for all of our dogs and cats who are patiently waiting for their new forever homes. There are extra tasty treats and everyone has presents to open on Christmas day. There are lots of ways in which you can help spread a little Christmas joy.
Please give £6 to buy a present for a dog or cat at Leicester Animal Aid this Christmas. Your gift could buy a cosy bed, a new toy, a special meal, some seasonal treats or go towards a bigger present such as a sandpit that can be shared with friends.
The £6 Christmas Gift Appeal To help us make it a magical time of the year for all our animals, we really do need your help and are asking if you could give £6 buy a present for a dog or cat at the Centre. Your gift could buy a new toy, a special meal, some seasonal treats or go towards a bigger present such as a sandpit that can be shared with friends. You can send a cheque made payable to Leicester Animal Aid to our address below, you can use Paypal our email address is info@ leicesteranimalaid.org.uk - you can donate via ‘Just Giving’ please search for Leicester Animal Aid Christmas Present Appeal 2019 or you can ring the Centre on 01455 888 257 and give over the phone, or you can call in to see us between 10.30am and 2.30pm every day (except Christmas Day). We are very close by, located near Desford, only about 25 minutes’ drive from Coalville and 20 minutes from Market Bosworth.
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Or Could You Adopt One Of Our Long-Stay Residents? JJ and Blackie are keeping their paws crossed that Santa Claus will be coming to town and hoping they are on the ‘nice’ list! Sadly, it will be the second Christmas at the Centre for lovely boy JJ. He’s an eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is boisterous and bouncy but loving and friendly. He loves tummy tickles and cuddles. He is asking Santa for a lovely new home where he can be the only pet and the centre of attention. Gentle Blackie is a 12-year-old domestic long-haired cat and came to us when her owner passed away. She is sweet and matronly and loves fuss and attention. She can be talkative especially if you stop stroking her! Her Christmas wish is for a home where someone is around most of the time to keep her company. Thank You For your support - we don’t receive any funding and we rely on the kindness and generosity of our local community to help us rescue more than 400 dogs and cats each year. Leicester Animal Aid, Elmwood Farm, Forest Road, Huncote, LE9 3LE. Telephone: 01455 888 257 Find us on Facebook
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Please make cheques payable to “Leicester Animal Aid” and send to: LAA, Elmwood Farm, Forest Road, Huncote, Leicestershire, LE9 3LE. Other ways to give By Paypal: Our Paypal email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, please leave us a message so that we can thank you! By BACS: Please use sort code: 30-94-97 and account number: 01313065 using the reference ‘xmas’. Via Just Giving – please search for Leicester Animal Aid Christmas Present Appeal 2019 and leave us a message so that we can thank you! By phone: You can give a donation over the telephone using your debit or credit card. To do so, please call the Centre on 01455 888257. In person: You can visit the Centre between 10am and 2:30pm every day (except Christmas Day) to make a donation in person by cash, card or cheque. If we are lucky enough to receive enough donations to treat all of our residents to a present this Christmas, we will use any additional funds to help to purchase enrichment items throughout 2019 so that our dogs and cats can feel the warmth and kindness of Christmas all year long. Gift Aid Declaration By making your donation eligible for Gift Aid - your donation will be worth 25% more to LAA. A gift of £6 will be worth £7.50 at no extra cost to you. Please treat as Gift Aid all qualifying gifts of money made to Leicester Animal Aid, Charity No. 242560 (tick all boxes you wish to apply) Today
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Are you feeling overwhelmed? For some people in and around Coalville that isn’t just a feeling. The recent floods in Hugglescote caused real distress and disruption to people’s lives. I am immensely grateful to District Cllr Russell Johnson, Parish Councillors Clark Robinson, David Wood and Parish Clerk Simon Weaver, as well as local residents including Steve Palmer for the work they did, not only during the wet but in continuing to raise the issue since. Whose Flood Is It Anyway? Leicestershire County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority in Leicestershire. But what does that actually mean in practice? The answer is in the name. It is supposed to ‘lead’ other ‘flood risk management’ partners and get them to work together to manage the risk of flooding in Leicestershire. But, under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) LCC is only responsible for some kinds of floods and not others. It is responsible for Local Flood Risk which is defined as surface water flooding, ordinary watercourse flooding and groundwater flooding. If there are floods due to sewers, these belong to Severn Trent. Floods due to blocked gullies belong to Highways. Farmers are supposed to deal with floods from watercourses that cross their land. If a flood is due to a river breaking its banks, then is up to the Environment Agency to sort it out. Another group who are key to flood risk in the future are housing developers and District Planners. Climate Change Gets Real It would be nice if water stayed inside the neat categories designed by the Government. Keeping surface water and sewerage apart on paper doesn’t actually work in practice. In reality, Coalville still has combined Victorian sewers which take surface water and foul sewage. New housing developments are required to put in separate pipes. These are then simply connected up to the existing combined network. Thanks to climate change, heavy rain overwhelms the system with storm water and filthy sewage flows into the local brook. The existing combined system takes surface water and sewage from Hugglescote to Kelham Bridge. It is pumped from there uphill towards Hoo Ash then gravity fed to the Snarrows sewage works near Grace Dieu. Severn Trent have laid new sewers to cope with the new houses. At some point they need to improve the pump station at Kelham Bridge. The job of the County Council, as Lead Local Flood Agency is to co-ordinate the way different agencies manage flood risk and drainage, and plan for emergencies. As a County Councillor, I have asked officers to have a look at how well this is working, particularly when it comes to planning for big housing developments like SE Coalville. Be Aware And Prepare For The Worst In the meantime, we cannot have filthy flood water threatening people’s homes. The Parish Council are working closely with Severn Trent to investigate what went wrong last month and what needs to change. You can help yourself and your neighbours by noting the following numbers: • If a person is in danger from a flood call 999. • If a house or business is at risk from a flood call 101 • If you need sandbags to protect your home ring the District Council on 01530 454545 • If you see blocked gullies on the Highway or flooding from a small watercourse contact LCC 0116 305 0001 or online www.leicestershire. gov.uk/roads-and-travel/road-maintenance/report-a-road-problem • If you see flooding from a mains water supply or sewer contact Severn Trent 0800 783 4444 www.stwater.co.uk/in-my-area/report-a-problem • If you see flooding from a main river or reservoir, contact the Environment Agency incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 • If you think your property may be at risk of flooding call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or go online www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings and sign up for flood alerts • If in doubt look here for more advice www.leicestershire.gov.uk/ environment-and-planning/flooding-and-drainage/report-a-flood You can also make a personal flood plan or volunteer as a flood warden for your community. Find out more at: www. localresilienceforum.org.uk
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Wyatt Attacks Police And Council At Scrutiny Meeting Over Anti Social Behaviour In Coalville At the last Community Scrutiny I was able to tell both the police and the council that their actions to tackle anti social behaviour was appalling and needed to be improved dramatically. At the meeting I told them straight, what they are doing to address the problems of anti social behaviour is not working. They seemed to be more pro active in Ashby than Coalville and it’s making people think you don’t care. Also I told them that the current service if given points out of 10 would only get a maximum of 4 for effort. Anti social behaviour is a major problem and must be tackled or it will start to get out of control. The Police admitted they need to do more and urge residents and businesses to report any incident so they can show to those in charge further up the chain of command that more resources are needed locally. Steam Punk 2020 Event Coming To Coalville
At the last Coalville special expense meeting members agreed to support a steam punk weekend in Coalville Park. We are determined to bring more events to Coalville, and events that appeal to different age groups and taste. Hopefully if this event happens in 2020 and it’s a success it could become an annual event that brings thousands of visitors into our town which will be a major boost to our local economy, and yet again put Coalville on the map. Wyatt Given Thumbs Up For Art Corridor For Coalville I have put forward the idea of turning Needhams Walk into an art corridor which would see it being used at various times of the year to help show off local talent and hopefully bring together groups to display various different ways to brighten up our town. The idea is to have a high-wire along Needhams Walk in Coalville so we can display various art work done by local children such as uniquely designed kites that are made from various materials to help promote recycling. It’s a great opportunity to have something completely different and unique to Coalville. The idea as so far gained the support from the Coalville special expense working party and senior council officers. It is now being looked at by the Leader and Chief Executive of the council. Hopefully with everyone’s support this potential project could be in place by the early summer next year.
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