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 remembrance poppy Knit a Poppy for Remembrance Day
-- posted September 8th 2018

Marking the end of the First World War.

The poppies will be displayed on St. Andrew’s Church railings. Knitting patterns are available from the Library or can be downloaded here. Completed poppies can be handed into the Parish Council Office or Library before 6th November 2018.

Lest we forget

Fly Tipping Campaign
-- posted June 9th 2018

Councils within Leicestershire have launched a new campaign to tackle the increasing problem with fly tipping. A new website has been launched - - to give guidance to households on how to dispose of waste, how to report fly tipping and contact details for responsible authorities. Further information can be obtained from Blaby District Council at - tel: 0116 2727555.

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.

For more information, please contact our Parish Council Manager.

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 or so.

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 remembrance.

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 library.

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.

Follow this link for information about Countesthorpe Library.

Parish Councillors
-- posted October 20th 2017

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 funding.

£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 include:

  • 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 cost.

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 by residents.

“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 do this.

“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 recycling rate.

“I strongly encourage as many people as possible to let us know their views during the consultation period.”

Residents can visit 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 2018.

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