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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

Cityfibre - Works in Leicestershire

Cityfibre is the UK’s largest alternative provider of telecommunication infrastructure and are planning to undertake works in the Leicestershire area.

The work they are doing on the network will offer a real step change in connectivity and will contribute to ensuring that no area is digitally excluded.  

Cityfibre are keen to liaise with parishes/communities in the affected areas to talk through the work in more detail and attend parish meetings if required and you will have been contacted by email if this relates to your area. 

Cityfibre are working closely with our network management team and any works that require traffic management etc. will be undertaken in the usual way and you will be informed via the existing channels.

Residents will be informed by leaflet, social media and information drops during the construction period of this work, more information can be found on the Cityfibre website.

If you would like any further information on the project please contact James Cushing by email: james.cushing@cityfibre.com or phone: 07468752590. 

Surface Dressing Programme 2021

The annual programme of surface dressing works has commenced and you can view the current schedule of works. Please note that as work is dependent on warm temperatures and dry weather helping the chippings stick to the road, so is subject to change. 

FREE talks on Recycling, Waste Prevention and Composting 

Information on free talks that will be made available to community groups when allowed and access to free pre-recorded talks can be found at Less Waste - Talks.

If you have any questions on these talks or for more information please email wasteprevention@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 7005.

Carbon Literacy Courses for Leicestershire Residents

Transition Loughborough has received a SHIRE Environment Grant from Leicestershire County Council to run online Carbon Literacy courses during 2021.

These courses will run in May and June and invite residents to learn about the climate crisis and ways that individuals and communities can tackle it.

Anyone living, working and/or studying in Leicestershire is welcome to sign up.

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SHIRE Environment Grant 2021/22

Leicestershire County Council is committed to improving the local environment through waste prevention and reuse to minimise the amount of thrown away, reducing carbon and improving diversity. In order to help eligible community based organisations achieve this, the council is offering up to £3,000 in the form of SHIRE Environment Grants. We're particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will meet one or more of the grant scheme outcomes:

  • To reduce the amount of household waste produced in Leicestershire
  • To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within communities
  • To improve biodiversity and support the creation, protection, enhancement and management of sustainable green spaces
  • To raise awareness and understanding on the above outcomes as well as providing necessary training and skills to manage and support projects

We're keen to support projects that can maintain or build on some of the positive environmental benefits that have arisen from the current Covid-19 situation such as reduced carbon emissions, increased biodiversity, improved air quality, great appreciation of nature and green spaces etc. The grant scheme for 2021/22 is now open and the next deadline for applications is Friday 25 June 2021.

If you have any queries about the grant fund criteria or process, or if you would like to request a copy of the guidance notes or application form, please contact the SHIRE Environment Grants Team via:

Email: environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk
Telephone: 0116 305 7005

BSL helpline for deaf people in the East Midlands

The British Deaf Association (BDA) have been fortunate to receive a grant from the National Emergencies Trust to establish and run a part time BSL helpline for deaf people who live in the East Midlands until 30 June 2021.  

Contact Robin Ash, Access and Inclusion (BSL Charter) Officer – Midlands Community Development by email: eco.midlands@bda.org.uk or phone: 07814 387 251

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HS2 workshops - update

A decision was made to postpone the HS2 Through Leicestershire parish workshops, due to the national lockdown and home schooling requirements of the team. Recent changes have enabled officers to review the programme. It now seems likely that the Government IRP will not be forthcoming until May this year, therefore a refreshed programme and the workshops will be restarting after this. 

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted comments on the initial draft of the Leicestershire Health Impact Assessment. If you have any comments to submit, please ensure this is done before 30 April 2021. 

Don’t forget the parish HS2 drop-in sessions are still happening every first Tuesday of the month. You are welcome to book onto these if you have any HS2 related questions, or you can contact us direct HS2@leics.gov.uk for any queries.

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.

Grass cutting (urban) season starts

This year’s urban grass cutting programme is provisionally set to commence after the Easter Bank holiday, on Tuesday 6 April - weather dependent. The programmed frequency of cuts will be a continuation of previous seasons and we will undertake a minimum of 6 cuts. Our supervisors will be monitoring grass growth and condition of verges.

The rural grass cutting is provisionally programmed to start mid- April, again the verges will be monitored and a decision will be made dependant on grass growth. The frequency of cuts will be 3 x programmed cuts of visibility splays (junctions and bends in the road) allowing the straight roads the potential to flourish with wildflowers. In addition, we will be carrying out re-active cuts in response to customer enquiries, should they be confirmed as a safety issue.

The grass cutting page, including the interactive map displaying cut date information, will be live on 22 March. 

The ‘key fact’ at the top of the page will be edited throughout the season to include in-season information.

Should you have any questions or queries please send them to customerservices@leics.gov.uk or alternatively call 0116 305001.

More information can be found on our grass cutting page.

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.

Community carbon footprint impact tool

Impact, the community-scale carbon footprint tool, was launched on 26 February.

The aim of Impact is to give small communities (parishes and towns) usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to understand, easy to share, and gives them a clear idea of their main ‘impact areas’ – those places where focused community-based action can make the biggest contribution to cutting local emissions.

Get Composting 

Get a great offer on a compost bin, available to all Leicestershire residents for £12 (220 litre) or £13 (330 litre) each with a buy one, get one half price offer and a single carriage charge of £6.99.

To find this offer see Home composting or by calling 0844 571 4444. More advice on composting can be found at lesswaste.

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.

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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.

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:

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Environment and Transport newsletter

Parishes and communities newsletter - winter edition 2021

Information and guidance

Roadworks weekly update

Blaby 

Charnwood 

Harborough 

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Melton 

North West Leics 

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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.

  • 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

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

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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