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Your help is required for Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) development - public engagement on draft networks

Continuing with our programme of work to inform the Council’s approach to providing enhanced cycling and walking facilities in the County, public engagement launches this week asking for people’s views on the draft priority cycling and walking networks. These have been developed as part of the ongoing development of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP’s) for the Loughborough area, and South of Leicester area, which includes Blaby, Oadby and Wigston.

As many people as possible are encouraged to have their say by vising our Draft cycling and walking infrastructure plans page. 

Parish Councils are asked to promote to their local communities this engagement opportunity for people to help shape the priority cycling and walking networks from an early stage.

The engagement runs for 4 weeks (Thursday 20th January to Sunday 20th February) and responses will be considered alongside early feedback already received from local councillors, to help inform the final priority cycling and walking routes to be included in the LCWIP’s for these areas.

LCWIP’s set out the vision and key priorities for infrastructure improvements in each of the areas, to create attractive, joined-up priority cycling and walking networks, encouraging and enabling people to travel more sustainably. LCWIP’s are also key plans in helping us to secure funding to deliver these improvements to cycling and walking routes, including via Government bidding opportunities and from developers.

It is currently anticipated that the LCWIPs will be finalised and presented to the County Council Cabinet for approval in late summer/early autumn.

Flood Risk Management Plans - consultation

The Council has been working together with the Environment Agency to produce draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs)  and River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) for public consultation, and we now want to hear your views.

Draft Flood Risk Management Plans

The draft FRMPs are strategic plans that have actions to address surface water and river and sea flooding and set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified flood risk areas (FRAs) for the period 2021-2027, and are statutory plans required by the Flood Risk Regulations 2009

In Leicestershire, we have three specific Flood Risk Management Plans which cover the areas of Loughborough (Humber River Catchment), Hinckley and Burbage (Humber River Catchment) and Market Harborough (Anglian River Catchment). 

The 3-month public consultation on the draft FRMPs will run from 22 October 2021 to 21 January 2022. We want your views and comments to help inform a final set of plans and actions to manage flood risk between 2021-2027.

We invite all interested and affected residents to follow the link below and submit your views via the online consultation forms. 
Details of the FRMP’s, the consultation process and the online response forms can be found online.

Draft River Basin Management Plans

As well as our local Flood Risk Management Plans, the Environment Agency is running a 6-month public consultation on draft River Basin Management Plans will take place from 22 October 2021 to 22 April 2022. The draft RBMPs are strategic plans for protecting and improving the water environment and cover the 11 designated river basins of the UK
Leicestershire largely falls into the Humber river basin, with parts of Harborough District and Melton Borough falling into the Anglian river Basin. 

Find out more about the draft RBMP’s and submit your views on the Environment Agency's online consultation hub.

HS2 Parish drop-in sessions – first Tuesday of each month

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 January 2022, 10.00-11.00am. If you would like to join this meeting , please email hs2@leics.gov.uk and we can share a MS teams meeting invite with you.  We would be grateful if you could send any questions in advance, to allow us time to prepare the answers.

Alternatively, you can contact HS2 Ltd directly at HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk and see updates on their HS2 website.

Recycling and Household Waste Sites

Winter opening hours are now in operation for all available waste sites: 9am to 4pm, from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.

  • Bottesford RHWS is closed until further notice due to stafing and driver shortages. The nearest alternative site is in Melton RHWS. 
  • Kibworth is now closed for re-development and is due to re-open in late autumn 2022.  The nearest alternative sites are in Market Harborough and Oadby. For more information see Development of Kibworth Recycling and Household Waste Site
  • Somerby RHWS is closed until further notice due to stafing and driver shortages.

The team apologise for any inconvenience or delays and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We’re doing everything we can to recruit operatives and HGV drivers. If you are interested in these roles and want to join a friendly team, please apply on the EMSS jobsite.

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

Licence to cultivate 

In order to plant or cultivate on a highway verge you will need a licence to cultivate.  To apply you will need to make an applicaiton for a cultivation licence through our Contact us form

As highway verges are used by public utility companies to install and access their equipment, the licence ensures that those doing the work and that live in the environment are safe and those effected by the planting are happy with the works going ahead.  Experience has shown us that not everyone agrees with what is seemingly a positive development.

Leicestershire County Council take the safety of anyone working on the highway extremely seriously. An average of 70 people a year are seriously injured as a result of contact with underground electricity cables so it is imperative that any planting of bulbs is done so safely.

Find out if a road is unadopted

To find out if a road is unadopted in most cases you can use the Highway adoption status search it allows anyone to find the adoption status of any street in the County.  You can also use Find my street, which includes a map where you can click on any street to find the overall maintenance responsibility and classification.

As these are underpinned by two different datasets there may be discrepancies, these should be reported to hre@leics.gov.uk as well as any queries about highway status / extent.

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.

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.

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

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