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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

Have your say on the Climate Action Survey

Submit your views by completing the online climate action survey, closes Sunday 7 March 2021.

If you have any queries about the survey please email: Environmentteam@leics.gov.uk

Litter picking heroes offered support

Leicestershire County Council is supporting local litter picking groups - often called Womblers – by providing practical support and equipment. If you are interested in this new scheme and to find out how to get this equipment for your group, visit: leicestershire.gov.uk/litter-picking or email Community.Litter@leics.gov.uk

Parishes and communities newsletter

Read the latest parishes and communities newsletter - winter edition 2021

Communities can access a number of funding opportunities through the Leicestershire communities website.

List of additional funding sources  Opens new window

Our winter responseLeicestershire County Council's winter response infographic

Cycling and Walking Strategy (CaWS) - online survey closes 10 March 2021

Work is now in progress to develop a Cycling and Walking Strategy (CaWS) which aims to help more people to make more sustainable travel choices, including increasing the number of journeys by cycling and walking. This will bring benefits in terms of creating healthier communities, improving air quality and reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

To inform development of the CaWS, an online survey has been launched asking for people’s views on how they currently travel, what deters them from cycling and walking, and what improvements could be made which would encourage them to make more journeys by cycling or walking in the future.

As many people as possible are encouraged to complete the online survey and parish/town councils and communities are asked to promote this important engagement opportunity for people to help shape the strategy from an early stage. The survey runs for 6 weeks (Wednesday 27 January to Wednesday 10 March 2021).

The CaWS is currently planned to be presented to the county council’s Cabinet for consideration and approval in summer 2021. Once in place, it will provide the framework to guide the development of projects and for seeking funding for projects, including via government bidding opportunities and from developers.

Complete the online survey by 10 March 2021.

Melton Mowbray Transport Strategy (MMTS) Engagement – ends 7 March 2021

An engagement exercise has just begun (20 January 2021) on a draft interim Melton Mowbray Transport Strategy (MMTS).

The MMTS, a key element of which is the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road, will eventually provide the framework for the delivery of a wider package of measures to support the growth of the town, enhance its environment and support healthier ways to travel. The engagement exercise closes on 7 March 2021.

Melton is a key centre for the provision of jobs, services, shopping and leisure for settlements across the borough; so, we are keen to hear views on the draft strategy not just from those who live and work in the town, but also from parish councils and residents across the borough. As Melton is a popular visitor destination, we would encourage all parish councils across the county to promote awareness of this exercise to their residents in order for us to gain as complete a picture as is possible about peoples’ views on the draft strategy.

Melton Mowbray Transport Strategy and engagement process

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 Strategic Transport Priorities (LLSTP) - 2020-2050 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 

It was hoped that traffic speed surveys would commence in January 2021. However, due to the National lockdown this has been delayed, as the irregular traffic patterns during this time 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 to respond to the weather forecast. Further information on being prepared for winter travel and details of gritting routes and the resilient network see: Winter weather and Gritting routes

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

BLUE campaign

We 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.

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.

Course 1

  • 11 March 2021 - 7:30pm-8:30pm​
  • 18 March 2021 - 7:30pm-8:30pm​
  • 25 March 2021 - 7:30pm-8:30pm​

Course 2

  • 9 September - 7:30pm-8:30pm​
  • 16 September - 7:30pm-8:30pm​
  • 23 September - 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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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

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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 - Postponed

These workshops have now been postponed, due to the current lockdown and the impact of home schooling requirements in the small HS2 service area.

Whilst all our work is vital, it is felt the best approach is to focus our reduced capacity on time-critical elements of our programme, for example, responding to the Government Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) and support to regional partners.

Therefore, the upcoming parish workshops (topic 3-onwards) have been delayed by around six to eight weeks (dependent on the return of schools after February half term). This will have minimal impact on our current communications programme, in line with a delayed IRP from the government. 

To make sure that there is still an opportunity for parishes to voice and raise potential concerns or enquiries relating to HS2, the drop-in sessions every first Tuesday of the month will continue. 

For contacting the HS2 team email them at HS2@leics.gov.uk

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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