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Information for parish councils and communities

We've gathered environmental and transport related information which we think parish councils and communities will find useful.

News and updates

Temporary closure - Bottesford Recycling and Household Waste Site 

The Bottesford RHWS, Normanton Lane will close temporarily from Monday 11 January 2021 for approximately 12 weeks for necessary improvement works to the drainage system together with maintenance improvements around the site. 

Melton Recycling and Household Waste Site, Lake Terrace, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BZ (Thursday-Tuesday, 9am-5pm) is the nearest alternative during this period, where opening hours will be extended to six days a week to accommodate a possible increase in visitors.

Find up to date information on the closure or book an appointment on our Waste and recycling page.

Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Transport Priorities (LLSTP) 

The Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Transport Plan (LLSTP) document  jointly prepared by the County  Council and the City Council was approved by the County Council’s Cabinet on 20th November 2020.

The LLSTP outlines the key long-term transport priorities that will support the future development and prosperity of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Leicester and Leicestershire Transport Priorities (LLSTP)  Opens new window

Take Charge of Zombie batteries

There is a campaign for the safe and environmental disposal of dead or unwanted batteries.

For more information see take charge of zombie batteries.

Dispose of batteries correctly and prevent waste site fires press release.

COVID-19 departmental update

Traffic Speed Surveys 

Since the UK began its second UK lockdown on 5 November, we have stopped undertaking traffic speed surveys until the new year. This is due to the irregular traffic patterns that will occur during this time which won't provide relevant and accurate data.  

For more information, visit the Affected council services page.

Winter planning

Our gritting crews are now on standby 24/7 including Christmas and New Year ready to respond to the weather forecast. More information and details of gritting routes and the resilient network see: Gritting and travel this winter

For travel information from the Met Office see: Driving in severe weather

Salt bins

New bin request   Opens new window

Salt bins are provided on footway or verges near a steep hill or sharp bend for members of the public to treat known trouble spots. There are nearly 800 LCC approved grit/salt bins across the county, these are normally yellow and should display an LCC serial number.

We will routinely fill these bins at the start of the winter period and the bins will be topped up/refilled on a routine basis when resources allow.

To request a new bin, the attached form is to be completed by Parish/Town/District/Borough Councils  during the summer (from April) and submitted to CSCParishes@leics.gov.uk for assessment. 

The assessment criteria for a new bin is listed below and will need to be met:

  • The road is not on a precautionary salting route (link to follow)
  • The road has a steep incline or sharp bend
  • The local town/parish/district or borough are prepared to meet the cost of such provision (currently £200)

Wildflower verge scheme 2021/22

Last year this scheme proved to be very successful, with 12 parishes taking part – producing some excellent results of wildflowers flourishing along our roadsides; helping to improve biodiversity and encouraging wildlife to the areas. You may have seen photos on our website and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The scheme is now open for applicants for the 2021/22 season. If interested, please complete this form:

Wildflower verge agreement form  Opens new window

Email it to CSCParishes@leics.gov.uk by 31 December 2020. A site visit will be arranged with parishes to assess the suitability of the chosen site with a view to updating the grass cutting schedule for 2021/22.  

The county council have now joined forces with the BLUE campaign and are the first council in the Midlands to join this campaign. Participants of the wildflower scheme will be provided with a recyclable blue heart symbol to communicate to their residents that rewilding is in process.

More information about the scheme (including an application form) can be found at Develop your own wildflower area.

Snow warden scheme

Calling for volunteers (training/equipment provided)

Email: group.support@leics.gov.uk 

Snow warden scheme guidance  Opens new window

Update on HS2 from a Leicestershire perspective

Leicestershire HS2 update  Opens new window

Also see: High Speed 2 (HS2) parish workshops

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

SHIRE Environment Grant 2020/21

We are offering grants of up to £3,000 for projects to reduce carbon and improve biodiversity. For more information see: Information, guidance and application forms.

Environment and Transport newsletter

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.

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

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Public rights of way

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

Improving the Network

Highways on a page

Available soon.

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).

Workshops

High Speed 2 (HS2) parish workshops - Spaces available

Select your preferred date and topic using the online booking form – all workshops will be virtual and you will receive joining instructions when booking is confirmed.

Workshops time table list 2020-21  Opens new window

When making a booking, please include:

  • Name (only 2 delegates from each organisation per workshop)
  • Organisation (name)
  • Contact email address 
  • Topic (see list above)
  • Group (see list above for locations/dates)

Online booking form

Please note: geographic grouping (workshops) are open to all parish council or resident action groups, regardless of whether they are located in that geographic area. However, priority will be given to areas particularly affected and named in each group, due to numbers for the workshops being limited to 15.

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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