News & Announcements
The Free Tree Scheme, sponsored by the National Forest Company, is always extremely popular with local residents in North West Leicestershire. This year you can again choose two trees from: cherry plum; hazel; rowan; wild pear.
Check out our Free Tree Scheme pages to find out more on the trees on offer and to apply online.
Join the County Council‘s Choose How You Move team from 10am to 3pm today for a FREE festival of cycling. Explore Coalville‘s new cycle network, watch amazing stunt displays and have a go, or just come along and enjoy the atmosphere! The event is being held at North West Leicestershire District Council offices, Whitwick Rd, Coalville, LE67 3FJ. What‘s happening?
- British Cycling training bikes - take part in an Olympic-style challenge!
- Amazing stunt displays and workshops by 3Sixty and Keelan Phillips
- FREE Dr Bike service offering advice and minor repairs (pre-booking essential)
- Mystery treasure trails - cycling prizes to be won!
- Cycling games
- Bicycle smoothie maker
- Crazy bikes for you to try
- Race toy cars with pedal power
- Display of historic bikes
A case of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, has been confirmed in woodland in Leicestershire, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The Forestry Commission has confirmed the case but have not provided details on exact location.
Leicestershire is the 14th county in England where Chalara has been discovered in the wider environment (forests and woodland); the other counties are Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Dorset and Northumberland.
The disease has now been confirmed in 558 sites including 200 locations in the wider environment. Chalara was discovered in England’s woodland last autumn as a result of the intensive survey carried out of sites across the UK where ash trees are known to be present. As the trees are now in leaf, it is easier to see cases of Chalara and further sites are likely to be identified.
If you think you have spotted a case of Chalara, please use the Forestry Commission‘s symptom checker (see below) to doublecheck before reporting the case through their online Tree Alert form.
We‘re all guilty of over indulging in summer treats. But don‘t fear, Living Streets has come up with an ice cream calculator to show you how you can walk off those extra calories (and ditch the car for those shorter trips). Just log your walk to find out which ice cream treat you have burned off.
The Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) has brought £4 million of investment to Loughborough and Coalville, including a brand new cycle network for Coalville. There are several strands to the LSTF, with lots of benefits to local businesses. Most recently there has been the launch of the Coalville Business Travel Network, which is being co-ordinated by Go Travel Solutions Ltd. Membership for the first year is free and Year 2 membership will cost between £50 and £275 (+VAT) based on staff numbers. Benefits include staff travel discounts, free business support and local network plus access to grants of up to £5,000. This is a great opportunity so check it out further!
Get involved with the annual Big Butterfly Count, which runs until 11 August. All you have to do is count the butterflies you see in a particular spot for 15 minutes during 20 July to 11 August. And if you‘re not sure which species is which, add your observations to iSpot where help is at hand, and you can also use their butterfly key. For full details on how to join in and get your free butterfly ID chart, get in touch with the Big Butterfly Count.
Households installing renewable heat technologies will from next year be eligible for hundreds of pounds a year in incentive payments, through the Government‘s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The scheme, which is already open to businesses, will be available to homeowners, private and social landlords, third party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes. Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009 and meets the scheme eligibility criteria will be able to join the scheme.
RHI domestic will support air to water heat pumps; biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers; ground and water source heat pumps; flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that tariff levels for air source heat pumps have been set at 7.3p/kWh, biomass boilers will earn 12.2p/kWh, ground source heat pumps will be eligible for 18.8p/kWh, and solar thermal systems will receive 19.2p/kWh.
North West Leicestershire District Council has received the backing of Pall-Ex as it becomes the first Council in the East Midlands to launch a campaign tackling lorry and car litter. The campaign was launched today with Leicestershire-based European palletised freight network, Pall-Ex, who are endorsing the campaign, with support from Keep Britain Tidy.
Managing Director of Pall-ex, Adrian Russell, joined the Chief Executive of North West Leicestershire District Council, Christine Fisher, to officially launch the Green Footprints Lorry Litter Charter. Pall-Ex already works hard to ensure that its drivers respect the environment and consider their actions, and it is hoped that the network’s involvement in the campaign will help influence others.
Each day litter is found dumped at lay-bys across the district and includes items such as bottles of urine, bags of human excrement, discarded magazines, drink cans, food packaging and tyres. An e-survey of commercial drivers by Keep Britain Tidy revealed that 22% admitted to having dropped an item of litter out of their vehicle in the past six months.
Hilary Devey, CBE, TV business guru and Pall-Ex’s founder and CEO, has always believed passionately in Corporate Social Responsibility:
“Our business model is designed to help lessen the environmental impact of the haulage industry by reducing the number of vehicles on the road. We know that even the smallest of actions can have a big impact, which is why we’ve worked hard to ensure that all of our drivers operate in a responsible way and that they respect the environment.
“By joining forces with North West Leicestershire District Council on this campaign, we hope that other companies in the area will get the message too and help make the district an even better place to live and work.”
This year is the tenth anniversary of Recycle week, which runs from Monday 17th June to Sunday 23rd June. North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is encouraging residents to remember to recycle wherever they are, whether at home, at work or out and about. The great news is, the recycling rate for NWLDC now stands at over 46%.
We will be running roadshows during the week to offer advice, recycling containers and answer any questions you can throw at us about recycling at home and away. The Waste Services team will be at:
- Castle Donington Co-op 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th June
- Coalville Morrisons 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday 19th June
- Ashby Town Centre 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Thursday 20th June
- Ibstock Co-op on 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday 21st June
Families took a golden opportunity to cycle with an Olympic medallist last week. Dani King, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics in the ladies cycle team pursuit, was at Stephenson College, in Coalville, to take part in a day of cycling activities.
The 22-year-old Olympic and world champion – and team pursuit world record holder – led a ride with families along a new nine-mile cycling and walking network around the town being built by Leicestershire County Council. Afterwards Dani signed autographs and took part in an excellent Q&A session, with lots of excited youngsters and adults posing some very interesting questions.
There was also a range of activities on offer: 3SIXTY bike stunt shows; obstacle races; crazy bikes; competitions to win bikes; free bike maintenance checks with ‘Dr Bike'; electric bike trials. Despite the wet weather everyone had a fantastic time.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.