LCC Parish and Communities Newsletter - Winter Edition 2021

LCC Parish and Communities Newsletter - Winter Edition 2021

Highways News

Winter:

Gritters
The county council's gritting crews are now on standby 24/7 ready to respond when the temperature drops. The authority has a total of 23 dedicated gritters covering 17 routes, who go out spreading roughly 170 tonnes of rock salt across key routes.

During the recent snowfall, the council's gritters were out around the clock to keep the roads clear, spreading more than 8,000 tonnes of grit during wintry conditions.

This year, the council's grit barns are stocked up with 18,000 tonnes of rock salt – ready to tackle snow and ice.

Visit the council's interactive gritting map to make sure you are familiar with gritting routes and follow Leicestershire County Council's twitter page to find out when the gritters will be out.

Snow Wardens
The snow warden scheme has been launched again this year with the county council looking for eager residents to help their communities when winter weather hits. All training and equipment will be provided.

If you are interested in being involved please read the guidance.

Flooding:

During the recent flooding, county council teams worked tirelessly to respond to concerns raised by parishes and communities.

It was a collective effort to support communities affected by flooding. The county council received 205 call outs relating to flooding, teams were on standby 24/7 to respond to flooding and 24 roads in the county were closed.

You can prepare your own flood plan and get the latest advice on dealing with wet weather on the LLR Prepared website.

Other useful links

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, cabinet member for highways and transport, with the two new electric camera cars.

Green commitment to road safety:

As part of the county council's commitment to become carbon neutral in their own activities by 2030, they have purchased two all-electric cars to replace the petrol camera enforcement car which monitors parking outside schools and on the Castle Donington red route.

The camera car drove 16,000 miles last year, which will now be replaced by carbon free journeys, saving over three tonnes in carbon emissions annually.

These two new cars increase the capacity of vital road safety schemes whilst saving money, reducing local air pollution and the amount of carbon emissions going into the atmosphere which contribute to climate change.

Leicestershire County Council Highways' Parish and Community Fund:

In September last year the county council committed £1 million to support communities across the county in recovering from lockdown, helping with social distancing measures, encouraging residents back to our high streets and supporting active travel initiatives such as walking and cycling.

Applications have been received from over 90 parish and town councils with a range of requests from temporary speed limit reductions to vegetation clearing.

Thanks for all your interest, highways teams are working hard to progress these applications and your patience is appreciated.

Information on planned roadworks:

The list of planned roadworks is now automatically updated onto the Information for Parish Councils and Communities website each Monday.

The website will show information on planned works, including; timings, locations, organisation responsible, and traffic restrictions in place, for a period of 10 days.

For information on emergency works please visit the One Network.

If you have any questions about roadworks undertaken by Leicestershire County Council email: networkmanagement@leics.gov.uk

Melton Mowbray Transport Strategy :

The county council is asking the public what they think of an interim transport strategy for Melton Mowbray.

The six-week engagement exercise, which launched in January, aims to help ease congestion issues through the town.

You can give your views via an online survey and join the conversation on the online forum.

Among the suggestions and ideas outlined in the strategy are:

  • Proposals for improving the walking and cycling network;
  • The possibility of a 'bus hub' – a type of mini bus station – to support passenger transport provision;
  • Re-classifying and re-signing town roads as well as re-routing lorries to encourage as much traffic as possible to use the distributor road.
Have your say by Sunday 7 March 2021.

Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Transport Priorities (LLSTP):

The Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Transport Priorities (LLSTP) document, jointly prepared by the county and the city council, was approved by the county council's Cabinet.

The LLSTP outlines the key long-term transport priorities that will support the future development and prosperity of Leicester and Leicestershire.

For more information visit the county council website.

Walking and Cycling Survey:

The county council is developing a new walking and cycling strategy with the ambition of increasing the number of journeys by bike or on foot as well as bringing benefits in creating healthier communities and reducing carbon emissions.

To help the county council develop their strategy they would like to hear your views on how cycling and walking provision could be improved in Leicestershire, via an online survey.

Leicestershire County Council's Walking and Cycling Survey is open until Sunday 14 March 2021 and can be filled out here.


Councillor Blake Pain, Deputy Leader of the county council, with an electric bike.

Environment News

National Tree Week success:

This year the county council has once again teamed up with the Woodland Trust to offer free packs of trees to local landowners and farmers, to help restore Leicestershire's woodland and hedgerows.

The trees are in honour of National Tree Week, the UK's largest annual tree celebration. Councillor Blake Pain, Deputy Leader of Leicestershire County Council, kicked off the week (November 28 – December 6) by planting a maple tree on the grounds of County Hall.

Encouraging the planting of native tree species in Leicestershire is key to providing vital habitats for British wildlife and absorbing carbon dioxide.

With there being no better time to plant a tree than in the winter, the county council is proud to have handed out over 1,000 free trees this National Tree Week.

This work complements the county council's package of schemes promoting and championing Leicesteshire's green spaces and native species, which include; the parish wildflower verge scheme and work with the BLUE conservation campaign.

Ambitious net zero pledge:

Leicestershire County Council has joined the UK100 coalition of the most ambitious local leaders in the UK and pledged to reach a revised target of achieving 'net zero' across the county by 2045 – five years sooner than the government target of 2050.

This new pledge reflects the council's commitment to tackling climate change, both now and in the years ahead, and stretches current ambitions to drastically cut emissions in order to see a lasting environmental impact.

Beware the dangers of zombie batteries:

The majority of batteries thrown away in the UK are not put in the correct recycling bins. It's a serious environmental issue and a threat to the crews who collect bins from the kerbside, as well as those who sort recyclable waste by hand before it goes off to be processed.

Dead batteries thrown away with other waste and recycling, so called "zombie batteries", are likely to be crushed or punctured putting them at risk of igniting or even exploding.

Following several fires at waste sites the county council are encouraging residents to recycle their batteries and electrical items responsibly by using battery collection points in shops, supermarkets and at recycling and household waste sites.

For more advice on recycling visit Less Waste.

Recycling contamination:

When it comes to contamination, there are several ways in which items can spoil a load of recycling. It's not just about putting the wrong thing in the wrong bin, contamination also occurs when unclean objects are mixed with clean recycling.

There are a number of contaminants that have to be removed from Leicestershire's recycling each week, but used nappies, food waste and textiles are the most common, all of which should never be disposed of in your recycling bin.

Leicestershire County Council's top tips for recycling right are:

  • Rinse your recycling before putting it in your bin
  • Textiles should go to a clothes bank not in the bin
  • Nappies are rubbish not recycling
Hear from Councillor Blake Pain, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for environment, about the importance of reducing waste contamination here.

Talks to community groups:

The Waste Initiatives team at the county council offer a wide range of free talks to community groups in Leicestershire focusing on waste prevention, recycling and composting.

The talks can be either pre-recorded video presentations which can be watched online or, where requested, they can be delivered live virtually.

The talks currently on offer are:

  • Recycling
Which includes; information around the importance of recycling, the Waste Hierarchy, how to reduce your waste, what you can and can't recycle from home, what actually happens to your recycling once it leaves your home, and the issues around putting the wrong things in the recycling bin.

  • An Introduction to Composting
Which includes; the benefits of composting, things to consider before you start, how the process works, what items to put in and what to leave out, and how to tell when its ready.

To find out more about what's on offer and details of online talks coming soon, please follow this link.

Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Environment Grant:

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for projects which:

  • reduce the amount of household waste produced in Leicestershire
  • reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within communities
  • improve biodiversity and support the creation, protection, enhancement and management of sustainable green spaces
  • raise awareness and understanding on the above as well as providing necessary training and skills to manage and support projects
Deadlines for applications are Friday 26 February 2021.

To find out more and to apply visit the Grant website

What is happening at the county council?

  • All our cabinet and scrutiny meetings reports are published on our website
  • The next Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 4 March and will be available to watch online.

Let us know what you think:

We want to know what you think of your new digital newsletter. Is there any specific information you would like us to include in the next issue?

Alternatively, if there is an article you want to contribute about something relating to highways that you are doing in your area, please let us know by emailing: cscparishes@leics.gov.uk

Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:17 by Sam Lockwood

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