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Parish Council Annual Meeting --
posted May 11th 2018
At the Annual Meeting held on 10th May the Parish
Council re-elected Revd. Mick Gillespie as chair and David Ball
as deputy chair. Also, Gyles Sermon was co-opted on to the council
following the death of councillor Ken Mason. The council now has
a balance of nine female and nine male councillors.
Rainbow Shop Reopens --
posted April 28th 2018
The Rainbow Shop (opposite the Co-op) which sells
excellent quality second hand clothes, books, toys etc and fairly
traded goods reopens on May 5th. The shop has had a complete renovation
and now offers a really inviting place to shop, making it an attractive
place to have a drink and enjoy good company.
Over the years that the Rainbow Shop has been in existence, many
many thousands of pounds have been given to those mainly overseas
who are in need. The shop is staffed by volunteers from the churches
and community and also houses the Information Bureau.
Councillor Vacancy --
posted April 19th 2018
Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?
If you are interested in being co-opted onto the Council or would
like to learn more about becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact
Mrs Samuels, the Countesthorpe Parish Council Manager. Please note
that this vacancy is not a paid position.
War Memorial Planning Consent --
posted March 2nd 2017
The Parish Council now have full planning consent
from Blaby District Council and Leicester Diocese to expand the
area around the War Memorial and raise the column heights on the
wall adjacent to the road to allow a wrought iron fence to be added
at St. Andrews Church. The design of the added columns and fence
has been planned to look the same as pre-second world war when the
fence was removed to make ammunition. Planning consent has been
a long drawn out process and taken more than two years to achieve.
The work will commence firstly with the fence in the next month
Paddock rename and resiting of Buckingham Memorial --
posted November 13th 2017
The Parish Council have agreed to rename the area
currently known as the Paddock once they have taken over ownership
from Blaby District Council. The Paddock will be renamed the Centenary
Paddock to mark the 100 years since the end of first world war.
The council intend to install two new benches depicting
first world war scenes and a flag pole with the Union Jack permanently
flying to enhance the area. Once the council have taken over the
Centenary Paddock it will always remain an area for recreation and
The council is also exploring the possibility of moving
the memorial of William Buckingham VC. to a more open area with
a new memorial stone. We now have planning permission from the church
authorities to expand the area around the war memorial in St Andrews
churchyard but still await planning authority from BDC.
Library Reopens --
posted November 6th 2017
The Parish Council are delighted to announce that
the Library is now open again after the first phase of refurbishment.
The changes have seen the inner library door changed allowing a
new reception desk to be fitted. A door from the reception area
now leads into the Parish Council Offices and a disabled toilet
has now been built.
At some stage in the near future the door leading
into the library will become the main door for both library and
council enquiries with the current hatch to be blocked up. The second
phase probably in the new Year will see a cafe introduced into the
The library will maintain and indeed grow the number
of books that it has for people to borrow and could, if it's found
to be helpful, be open for even longer hours.
Two new councillors have been co-opted onto the Parish
Council. They are Penny Mount and Josie Adcock. The council now
has its scheduled number of 18 councillors.
Waste Collection Consultation --
posted October 20th 2017
A four-week consultation is to be launched on Blaby
District Council’s plans to change its refuse and recycling
collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in
£740,000 will be lost from June 2018, including
£505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council.
The remaining £235,000 of a five-year, £2 million Central
Government grant awarded in 2013 to run weekly recycling collections
will also come to an end.
The four-week consultation will run from Thursday
19 October and close at midnight on Thursday 16 November. New proposals
Moving to an alternate weekly collection.
All households with four or more occupants, eligible to receive
a replacement 240 litre refuse bin and recycling bin free of charge,
an increase from the current 140 litre standard bin.
Households under four persons can order a replacement 240ltr
recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a small one-off
Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District
Council, said: “We realise that these proposals will result
in a change for residents, but we want to ensure that a high quality
waste collection service is maintained as it is so highly regarded
“We have worked extremely hard to come up with
the best possible proposals which will still enable us to provide
a quality service, as well as maintaining the many other services
which are equally valued by our residents.
“However we need to hear our resident’s
views on the service that will work best for them from June 2018.
“Many might ask if we could simply increase
our element of the Council Tax to make up this shortfall in funding.
However, the Blaby District Council element of the total Council
Tax that residents pay would need to be increased by over 15% to
“Only 6% of councils now run a weekly collection
service, and we will ensure that changes to our service are dictated
by the overriding need to continue to provide a first rate service
along with reducing waste to landfill and further increase the district’s
“I strongly encourage as many people as possible
to let us know their views during the consultation period.”
Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018
to find out more and have their say. Paper copies will be available
at local libraries and on request.
All views will be gathered and taken into consideration
before a final decision is made by Councillors at a meeting planned
for early 2018. Residents will be kept up-to-date with all future
plans before full implementation of any changes in the summer of