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Bottesford recycling and waste site to remain closed for maintenance work

The recycling and household waste site at Bottesford is to remain closed for several months to allow maintenance work to be carried out.

The site is among several currently closed due to staffing issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a national shortage of lorry drivers, but Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that it will now not reopen until essential drainage work is completed. The work is due to begin in mid-September and is expected to take around 12 weeks.

The Normanton Lane site was initially closed in January for the work to begin, but it had to be halted after traces of asbestos were discovered during initial investigations.  Surveys have since been carried out at the site and it is now safe for the work to continue.

Residents are asked to use the Melton site during this time.

National Highways and Transport (NHT) public satisfaction survey

Parish consultation – deadline 31 October 2021

All Leicestershire parish councils will recently have received a communication inviting them to participate in the annual National Highways and Transport (NHT) Public Representative Survey. This survey is part of the council’s continuing effort to understand and respond to the needs of its customers.

The Public Representative Survey is essentially an abbreviated version of the Public Satisfaction Survey, the main difference being that results from the Public Representative Survey are not made public. Parish details remain confidential and are not retained by the administering company.

The survey is designed to accept one response for each parish council, so we would ask that although the questionnaire is best completed by one person, the responses represent the overall views of the parish council on the Highways and Transport matters raised in the survey. 

Complete the survey online

If you need assistance in completing the survey, please contact Cassandra Haywood on 0116 305 0504. 

Alternative format

If you are able to, please complete this survey online using the link above. Paper copies of the survey are available on request by emailing cassandra.haywood@leics.gov.uk or calling 0116 305 0504.

You can send your completed survey to the following address:

Room 700
County Hall
Glenfield
Leicestershire, LE3 8RJ

Alternatively, scan the completed survey and email it to: cassandra.haywood@leics.gov.uk

Deadline: 31 October 2021. If your parish meeting falls outside of this date, please contact Cassandra Haywood on 0116 3050504 and we'll do our best to accommodate a later return date.

What happens next

Once completed responses will be recorded and analysed to help support the findings of the public satisfaction survey.   

New Online Customer Contact Form

There is now a new online enquiry form for customers to contact the County Council’s Customer Service Centre (CSC). It is aimed at general public enquiries and can be accessed via our website, to enable the CSC to provide an improved service to customers.

The general public that use any of the email addresses below are being asked to use the online form to correspond electronically with the CSC.  

  • HighwaysCustomerServices
  • CSCBlueBadge
  • PassengerTransport
  • CustomerServices
  • Family

If you currently advertise any of these email addresses on your local websites, please remove them and replace them with the link to the online contact form.

Parish Councils can continue to use the CSCParishes email address, and the CSC phone numbers all remain unchanged.

Recycling and household waste sites - closures

Recycling and household waste sites continue to face staff and driver shortages and some disruption may occur which could include being unable to accept certain waste types or temporary site closures.  You're encouraged to only visit a waste site if it's essential to do so. 

Bottesford and Shepshed waste sites will be closed until further notice. 

The Somerby Site is closed from Monday 16 August for pre-planned improvement work.

There are new opening times that come into effect at the Whetstone waste site from 23 August as it returns to a 5-day opening cycle.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding and co-operation. 

Please see the waste and recycling pages on our website for the latest information.

HS2 - update

As you have previously been made aware, a decision was made to postpone the HS2 Through Leicestershire parish workshops, due to the national lockdown and home schooling requirements of the team.

The Government’s Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) is eagerly awaited. In anticipation of the IRP detailing the timelines for the hybrid bill process, we will look to refresh the programme, timetabling events and restarting the parish workshops. In the meantime, to ensure parishes can continue engagement with county council officers, virtual drop-in sessions will be maintained. These are currently every first Tuesday of the month. If you wish to join one of the drop in sessions, please email us at HS2@leics.gov.uk and a Microsoft Teams invite can be sent to the parish to join the virtual meeting. 

Furthermore, interactive plans for the completed topic 1 and 2 (Public Rights of Way and Traffic Management) parish workshops have been uploaded to the Confers website, where parishes can continue to input their thoughts and ideas. Parish council representatives have already been given access to this system. 

Parish councils are encouraged to contact our HS2 team at HS2@leics.gov.uk for any queries. We are in the process of refreshing our HS2 website - this will be updated with news as it emerges. 

New guidance - Licencing of apparatus over, along or across a public highway (S178) 

There is new guidance on the licencing process for any apparatus that you may propose to attach to a street lighting column owned by us.

Such apparatus may include (but not be limited to):

  • hanging baskets
  • seasonal decorations
  • banners
  • CCTV cameras
  • ANPR cameras
  • Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS)
  • speed indicator devices
  • wi-fi equipment
  • catenaries (a system of overhead wires above the highway used to support electricity cables)

Licencing S178 guidance  Opens new window

Also see Street lighting columns and structural testing

New traffic website

Highways receive a great number of enquiries about a variety of issues on the road, many of these are around parking, speeding and pedestrian safety.  

To help support communities in understanding what solutions are available, a new website has been developed to provide clear and straight forward guidance on the types of options that may be appropriate to address a particular issue as well as the criteria, process involved and potential costs.  

This new website has been designed to be easy to use and allow residents and communities to make informed decisions on the most appropriate and effective solutions that would benefit their community.  

The information on the website does not yet include all the information we would want to make available to our residents but will continue to be developed and we very much welcome your feedback and suggestions, please email trafficwebsite@leics.gov.uk.

The website Leicestershire Highways A Roads to Zebras is now live.

The intention is for this website to eventually include other key functions of the department providing a one-stop shop for road, waste and environment information and guidance.

Blue Heart Campaign update    

We are delighted to be the first Midlands council to join the BLUE Campaign for rewilding Britain’s roadside verges!

Over 700 species of wild flower grow on the UK’s road verges – nearly 45% of our total flora. And where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows – a multitude of bees, butterflies, birds and bugs. All enjoyed by 23 million road commuters. With over 97% of meadows destroyed since the 1930s, road verges are a vital refuge for pollinators and other wildlife (plantlife). This delightful show of the botanical potential of verges on our doorsteps has inspired and encouraged many more people to take local action to protect and enhance the way there local verges are managed.

Selected urban verges are to be removed from our annual cutting programmes, allowing the verges to flourish and develop. Building on the pilot success of the 2020 Urban Verge Wildflower Scheme, we are not part of a much bigger national campaign called the Blue Campaign.

This season will see almost 40 parishes display blue hearts highlighting their dedicated urban wildlife verges. The Verge Project gives local parishes and their associated communities the chance to play more of an active role in how their local verges are managed for local wildlife. Many of these verges historically have interesting wildflower species already, but due to a frequency in cut, they have been unable to flourish so have laid dormant for some time. 

Following a cessation in cut, these verges will be surveyed in June by our partners at NatureSpot for their wildflowers and grasses. Upon assessment of the verge surveys, management suggestions will be made to support wildlife friendly management of these verges. This usually includes implementing just one cut a year in mid-September, leaving the cuttings in situ for 7 days before removal, and/or the sowing of native UK wildflower species or plug plants from sustainable, local providence.

It also gives the local community the chance to get more involved with recording and enjoying the abundance of colour many of these verges offer, including a bespoke parish council wildplaces page, that showcases each of the parishes verges that are signed up to this scheme. In addition, all the wildlife data collected will feed into our county wide wildlife data, to help with future protection and enhancement.

Due to the popularity of the blue hearts, we are oversubscribed for this year and it is now too close to the grass cutting season start date to process any more applications, however, we are now collecting reserve contact details for our 2022 scheme. We are also looking to explore wider potential of sites for inclusion, including public open spaces in addition to roadside verges. If you would like to find out more and register an interest for 2022 please contact us at parishgrass@leics.gov.uk.

COVID-19 departmental update

Street lighting columns and structural testing

See our frequently asked questions and a copy of the Licence Application Pack for attaching decorations and hanging baskets etc. for lamp posts:

Lamp post licence FAQ  Opens new window

Guidance notes for attachments   Opens new window

Non-destructive testing companies  Opens new window

Environment and Transport newsletter

Parishes and communities newsletter - winter edition 2021

Information and guidance

Roadworks weekly update

Blaby 

Charnwood 

Harborough 

Hinckley and Bosworth  Opens new window

Melton 

North West Leics 

Oadby and Wigston  Opens new window

Biodiversity

View information about biodiversity for parishes and communities.

Biodiversity training - new dates (evening sessions)

More biodiversity training sessions are available. This training offers you the opportunity to engage with experts about the approach to biodiversity within your parish.

Please note this training has been pushed back to accommodate the availability of the trainer. 

The new dates are:

  • 23 September - 7:30pm - 8:30pm​
  • 30 September - 7.30pm - 8.30pm
  • 7 October - 7.30pm - 8.30pm

The training is split into 3 modules - you must be available on all 3 evenings during the times shown.
Email EnvironmentTeam@leics.gov.uk for bookings

Watch video for a previous biodiversity training session held on 10 July 2020. 

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Our role in the planning process

Our role as the Local Highway Authority in the planning process is as a statutory consultee. This means that Local Planning Authorities (LPAs)(district/borough councils and the county council) consult with us on planning applications where they consider that there will be an impact on the local highway network.

In 2020/21 we responded to over 3,000 consultations on planning applications.

Our Highway Development Management team provide advice to the LPAs. This can include advising conditions to be included on Decision Notices, advising contributions are sought for highway infrastructure, or advice of refusal. The LPAs, in reaching their decision on planning applications, will consider this advice, along with responses from other statutory consultees e.g. parishes, and any other representations.

Our advice is based on factual evidence, and takes into account the latest policy and guidance including the National Planning Policy Framework and the Leicestershire Highway Design Guide.

Flooding – Who does what

We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) which covers:

  • investigating reported flooding occurrences (mainly where properties have been flooded internally) after the event in priority of the flooding impact
  • being the statutory consultee for Major Planning Applications
  • issueing consents for works on watercourses and can enforce to ensure flow is maintained in the watercourse (under the Land Drainage Act)
  • having a responsibility for strategic flood risk management planning (co-ordination role with other risk management authorities)

Other responsibilities are held by:

  • Land Owners – the owner of the land or property next to or over a river, stream, ditch or piped flow of water (culvert) that forms part of a watercourse, is legally termed a ‘riparian landowner’ of that section of the watercourse
  • The Environment Agency – manages the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea, as well as being a coastal erosion risk management authority 
  • Highway authorities (LCC) – are responsible for highway drainage. We are the highways authority for Leicestershire Water and sewerage companies
  • Water and Sewerage companies – are responsible for managing the risks of flooding from water and foul or combined sewer systems (Severn Trent Water and Anglian Water in Leicestershire)

More information about flooding and who to contact can be found at Flood Risk Know What to Do and Be Aware - Flooding.

Public rights of way

View information on public rights of way for parishes and communities.

Improving the Network

Road safety measures scheme costs

Road safety measures  Opens new window

Process for undertaking your own improvements

Guidelines for third party funding of highways schemes  Opens new window

Parish clerks presentations

May 2020

LRALC May presentation  Opens new window

For more information view the videos below:

January 2020

Environment and Transport update  Opens new window

Tree management presentation  Opens new window

September 2019

Environment and Transport update Opens new window

Events and training

Workshops and training (including presentations from workshops and training we've run recently).

Free adult education courses

Leicestershire Adult Learning Service (LALS) have teamed up with the Waste Initiatives team to offer another round of free classes on waste reduction for the 2021-22 academic year. They will be held at venues across the county from September. Classes will include:

  • Healthy Eating – Zero Waste: a ten-week course where you’ll be cooking along with your course tutor and classmates. You will learn how to cook healthy meals from scratch and to bulk out meals using vegetables and pulses, as well as how to make the most of your leftovers, thereby creating zero waste
  • Textile reuse: a series of five-week courses exploring how reusing old garments and fabrics to make new things is not only good for the environment, it can help you to save money too. Topics include make a tote bag, make a skirt, reuse old jeans, make a shift dress and make soft furnishings
  • Reduce your use of single use plastics: one-off two-hour classes looking at how we can reduce our use of single-use plastics and how best to reuse or dispose of the plastics that we do have

More information and booking details can be found on our GoLearn! adult learning course page or by calling 0800 988 0308.

Workshops

Traffic management workshop

Traffic management workshop presentation - January 2020  Opens new window

Planning workshop - available soon

Events planning

If you're planning an event, contact eventsnetworkmanagement@leics.gov.uk. Please give us 12 weeks notice. 

Discussion board

If you have any questions relating to highways, transport and the environment, please email: etdspecialprojects@leics.gov.uk  

Answers to any questions raised will be published here.

Useful links

Environment and transport committee reports

One.network - roadworks information

Report a road problem - including blocked drains and overgrown hedges.

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