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Rothley Post: MAY/JUN 2020 NUMBER 142

Mountsorrel quarry donates PPE

Pic: NHS staff with the donated items

AN EMPLOYEE at Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry has answered a personal plea from his NHS frontline wife by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to the local hospital where she works as a deputy sister.

Duncan Green, an asphalt supervisor at the quarry, approached the site management team after his wife returned home from work at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, concerned that low supplies of PPE meant they could run out.

Usually based on the endoscopy ward, as more patients have been admitted with COVID-19, Duncan’s wife has been moved to a respiratory ward.

Duncan explains: “Although the hospital currently has supplies of PPE my wife was understandably worried that there could come a time when the right kit wasn’t available.

“I knew the team at work would want to help any way they could and I was really pleased to be able to pass on some FFP3 face masks, gloves and visors.”

Mountsorrel Quarry is an important manufacturing hub for essential materials, required to maintain critical regional and national transport infrastructure. The team there is working in strict accordance with government and public health guidance, helping to keep the roads, highways and railways open so health and social care staff can get to work, emergency services can operate safely and key resources such as food and fuel can move around the country.

Mountsorrel works manager, Trevor Warren, said: “We’re really proud of work the team is doing to support vital infrastructure at this important time. We know that many people in our team have personal connections to the NHS and other care workers and it’s always been important to us to support our people and local communities wherever we can.

“We are so grateful to Duncan’s wife, her colleagues and everyone in the health service for their work and providing some PPE was the least we could do.”

The donation made by the team at Mountsorrel is part of a wider employee led campaign in Tarmac which has seen sites donate PPE to NHS and social care workers up and down the country.

Scheme helping those in need

THE ROTHLEY Good Neighbours Scheme received dozens of offers of help as the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Spokesman Steve Mitchell said: “These are indeed extraordinary times and as one would expect from a tight knit community when faced with a challenge, Rothley was not found wanting.

“From mid March when the coronavirus was becoming a daily factor in all our lives, The Rothley Good Neighbours Scheme received many offers from local people all offering to join the scheme to help with the high level of expected tasks that were to come our way.”

The normal jobs that the original RGNS volunteers carried out, mainly lifts to hospital and doctor appointments, were very quickly replaced by a deluge of requests to collect prescriptions from Rothley Pharmacy and deliver to locations in Rothley and Mountsorrel.

Steve said: “We would like to thank those that offered their help and hope that those whose registration, for ID & DBS checks, has been delayed will understand that immediate deliveries of prescriptions were our top priority.

“We are also aware that many, many informal arrangements were set up in streets and localities where people helped out the elderly and vulnerable ‘next door or down the road’. Thanks go to these networks too for their continued efforts.”

RGNS is also checking by phone on a regular basis with their known clients to ensure their wellbeing.

Steve said: “We are sure that the whole of the community would like to say a huge thank you to the local workers at the Post Office and Bradley’s for keeping us supplied with food items, the staff at Corts for supply of pet foods and essential household supplies, local postal workers and to the local council workers like the bin lorry workers for carrying on in difficult circumstances.

“Also, a massive debt of gratitude is due to the staff of the Rothley Pharmacy for processing prescriptions as quickly as they can in order that those most in need are being supplied with essential medication.”

Anyone seeking any kind of help from RGNS should contact 0756 1596 873.

If you need a prescription collected and delivered you need to provide these details:

• who the prescription is for

• the date on which it can be collected

• the address for delivery

Virus stalls plan

LEICESTER CITY Council’s Draft Local Plan, which includes a site for 611 new homes south of Thurcaston, has been stalled by the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement on the Council’s website says: “The Draft Local Plan consultation has been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus emergency. Further updates will be available on the council website and Twitter.”

All the documents relating to the draft plan are still available to view on the city council’s website, from its Consultation Hub page.

The Draft Local Plan covers the period 2019-2036 and states that 21,291 homes will be built in Leicester, with 30% affordable housing on greenfield sites.

Charnwood scheme’s support

CHARNWOOD COMMUNITY Action was launched to help those in the Borough who need support which cannot be met by yourself, existing support workers, neighbours, friends or family networks.

If you are a resident or would like to share a concern about a resident in Charnwood, please let us know by either emailing enquiries@jscharnwood.org.uk , completing the request forms on the website www.JSCharnwood.org.uk or if you do need to contact them by phone please call 01509 631750 (Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm)

I need help or know someone who does

If they/you need help with shopping or a prescription delivery, due to being in isolation or having no alternative support then please complete the details which will register you with our partners Loughborough Against Corona. The team will look at the request and match you with a volunteer from Loughborough Against Corona who will get in contact with you to arrange support.

I need specialist help or know someone who does

If you are in urgent need of a response to an issue including access to food, prescription issues or to log concerns about someone you know or care for you can register here. The Charnwood Community Action Team will follow up this referral and provide a prompt response.

If you would like to be a volunteer, register online and Loughborough Against Corona will contact you to advise how you can help.

If you’re extremely vulnerable and have been identified as part of the government’s shielded group and do not have family or a support network to help you access food and medicine please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 0288327

New volunteers help with growing demand

THE PANDEMIC crisis and lockdown has had three impacts on Thurcaston and Cropston Good Neighbours Scheme:

• Massively increased the number of requests for help. In its four years, GNS has received about 700 requests. After volunteers hand-delivered letters to all 950 homes in the two villages on March 18, we have received 30 requests. The first of the previous 30 requests was received in August 2019!

• Doubled the number of active volunteers to 36.

• Changed the sort of help that is required. We used to do a lot of driving villagers to appointments. Now we are busy shopping and collecting prescriptions.

The crisis and lockdown has left three things completely unchanged:

• The eagerness of our volunteers who want to help. Most have telephoned or e-mailed people regularly to ask if help – any kind of help at all – is needed, or just to chat.

• The gratitude of the villagers who have been helped

• The way of contacting Thurcaston and Cropston Good Neighbours: tandcgns@gmail.com or 0743 526 5397 whether you want to offer help, or to ask for help for yourself, a friend or a family member. New: you can now find us on facebook www.facebook.com/TandCGNS/

From Thurcaston and Cropston Good Neighbours Scheme

tandcgns@gmail.com

£1million fund

MORE THAN 160 community and voluntary groups have applied for a share of a £1million fund to support the most vulnerable across the county.

Leicestershire County Council launched the Communities Fund in April to ensure that voluntary organisations can continue to carry out vital work, despite the impact coronavirus is having on their finances.

Nick Rushton, Leader of the county council, said; “I’m delighted by the huge response to the Communities Fund so far and it shows that volunteers and groups want to continue making a difference.

“It’s never been more important for communities to band together and support each other. And it’s crucial that their work not only continues but groups are able to step up activities to support vulnerable people and those isolating.

“This fund enables people to stay safe by staying at home and ultimately, saves lives. I’d like to thank our volunteers and community groups for their fantastic work and I would encourage those who haven’t yet to visit the website to find out more.”

1950 home garden suburb: plans approved

PLANS FOR the 1950 home Broadnook Garden Suburb north of Birstall were approved by Charnwood Borough Council in February.

Pic: the site location

The site lies between Birstall and Rothley and occupies 204 ha. 15 ha have been allocated for employment land, and 16% of the homes (312 in total) will be affordable.

The plans committee at Charnwood voted unanimously to approve both an outline planning application for the whole site and a detailed application for phase one of the development which will see 193 homes built.
Pic: a view of the Broadnook centre

Work on the development will not start until the highways work has been completed. The development will be served by a new signal controlled roundabout on the A6.

The only representative from the local area to attend the planning committee and speak objecting to the application was the chairman of Rothley Parish Council Percy Hartshorn.

He said: “This development is going to have a serious effect on our facilities and there are no measures proposed to mitigate the impact on Rothley – it’s terrible really.

“It will be a separate village, with some of its own facilities, like the school, but they won’t be ready for a long time after development starts.”

Councillor Hartshorn told the planning committee Rothley’s concerns were about the capacity of the new access island and Rothley crossroads to cope with the extra traffic, the impact on Rothley’s healthcare facilities and its school.

The scheme has been put forward by the Palmer-Tomkinson trust, Cooper family, Barwood homes, and Davidson’s homes.

The development will be run by a community trust as a garden suburb, like the one in Bournville, Birmingham. The trust will manage the entire site including the sports facilities, green spaces and community buildings. The scheme includes:

• A 630 capacity primary school

• A 175 Unit retirement village with a 70 bed care home

• Parkland and allotments

• Sports facilities including pictures, tennis courts and the bowling green

• A village centre with shops, cafés, restaurants, supermarkets and community hall

• a site of four plots for show people

The developers will be required to pay £30.5 million to mitigate the impact of the development as part of a section 106 agreement.

This includes

£8.3 million for a new primary school

£6.8 million for the Cedars Academy for 378 extra school places

£1.1 million for healthcare (to create additional capacity at Greengate Medical Centre and Birstall Medical Centre)

New school classrooms & 80 homes

Pic: a plan of the site

PLANS FOR 80 new homes and an extension to Rothley School have been submitted to Charnwood Borough Council.

The application, reference P/20/0610/2, seeks to provide six new classrooms, a school hall and 80 new homes behind the school.

The plans also include:

• Relocation of the existing hardcourt play area onto adjoining land.

• Provision for staff parking

• Increasing the size of the drop-off car park near Hallfields Lane from 40 places to 80

• Vehicle access from Brookfield Road

• Pedestrian access from Burrow Drive

• A financial contribution towards a footbridge across Rothley Brook

The plans for Rothley School have been drawn up by the school’s headteacher, landowners Rothley Template Estates and Leicestershire County Council.

The developers held a public exhibition of their plans at Rothley School on February 11 attended by 181 people. They also circulated 2350 leaflets in the village inviting responses.

There were 206 responses received from the public; 54 at the exhibition and 152 via the website.

The most frequent issues raised by the public were:

• Facilities/services 41%

• Transport 24%

• Flooding

• The plans include 40% affordable housing

• Other issues raised included:

• The site is in an Area of Local Separation in the Charnwood Local Plan

• Leicestershire County Council has sufficient section 106 developer contributions to pay for the school extension without the necessity for 80 new homes

• Construction traffic

• Loss of wildlife habitat

• The plans refer to the provision of a footbridge across Rothley Brook which may be provided anyway as an obligation associated with the Charles Church Avalon development

• The site is not identified as suitable for development in the draft Rothley Neighbourhood Plan.

Residents’ concerns about facilities were that there were insufficient doctors, dentists and secondary school places to cope.

Concerns about traffic were congestion at school drop-off times and the capacity of the Rothley crossroads.

The developer says they will increase the size of the car park near Hallfields Lane from 40 to 80 and widen the entrance.

Changes to the traffic light sequence at the Rothley crossroads are required as part of the Broadnook Garden suburb plans, recently passed by Charnwood. The changed sequence will allow traffic to move from Hallfields Lane and Cossington Lane simultaneously, reducing the number of sequences from 5 to 4.

Currently the junction operates at 133% of capacity at morning peak, with a queue of 80 vehicles. The changes will see the junction operate at 96.1% of capacity after Broadnook and the school development are complete, with a longest queue of 21 vehicles.

The developer concedes that the development is in an area of local separation but maintains that local separation can be retained.

Rothley resident Daniel Granger said: “The village character of Rothley will be irreversibly eroded if this proposal were to be allowed. The village is already saturated with new build properties and Broadnook is a huge development on Rothley’s doorstep. Whilst I accept there is a need for sufficient primary school places this does not have to be funded by a development with endless issues and there is a big part of me that thinks the school should be working with its local community rather than private developers.”

Rothley Parish Council will comment on the plans but normal meetings of the council have been suspended due to COVID-19. Permission to hold virtual meetings is being sought.

Rothley Parish Council Chairman Percy Hartshorn said: “Our main concern is that the development is in a greenfield site in an area of local separation. It is not in our draft Rothley neighbourhood plan. The inability of Rothley crossroads to cope with more traffic was one of the reasons the Westfield Lane development was rejected.”

Rothley’s vicar Rob Gladstone represents the church foundation of the school on the governing body. He said: “The foundation of the school commits us to provide the very best education for the children of the parish within a Christian ethos, and with particular concern for any who are more disadvantaged.

“The recent and proposed growth of the community is entirely outside of the school’s control and has put considerable pressure on us as we seek to ensure that no child living in Rothley who wishes to be admitted is ever turned away.

“Our foundation commits us to working together with the local community, Parish Council, local authority and such landowners and developers so that the school will always be able to fulfil our mission for the whole community on a site that is fit for purpose.”

Reverend Gladstone said that when the new school was first planned, the school pressed for local developers William Davis, Charles Church, the Borough and County Council to work together to ensure that ground works were put in place for the future extension of the school.

He said: “The council said no, it had not at that stage received the section 106 developer contributions, and the developers would not work together. This was frustrating, we had been pleading for joined up thinking.”

The layout of the school site would require the new classrooms to be built on a hard play area, so new land must be provided for a replacement play area and the school is not in a position to purchase land, says Reverend Gladstone.

He said: “If the council keeps granting permission for new housing they have to create the facilities for the school to have sufficient spaces to fulfil its mission and meet the needs of the community.”

Reverend Gladstone said that in the last academic year, every parent from Rothley that applied for a school place for their child got in, but that they had to provide a temporary classroom building to meet the demand.

Residents can comment on the application on Charnwood Borough Council’s website, and comments will be considered by the council when it comes before the panning committee. Go to the planning pages and search for P/20/0610/2. You can also send comments by post.

Author visit brings pages to life

A CHILDREN’S author visited Rothley school for World Book Day in March, pre lockdown.

Tom Percival, who is also an illustrator, started the day by sharing his writing and drawing experience with the children during a whole-school assembly. This is also included him giving the children tips on how to write and draw.

Pic: author Tim Percival

“Tom even created a story with the children and put it into a song! The children were all amazed and enthused by his talent; it generated a real buzz of energy” said teacher Alex Mclugash.

Following his assembly, Tom worked with children in years 1, 2 and 3, taking them through a character creation workshop.

“All the children that worked with Tom expressed how inspiring it was” said Alex.

“Tom then joined the children in Little Bunnies and Foundation Stage to read them one of his brilliant stories - The Sea Saw is my personal favourite.”

Tom finished the day by talking to the school's 'Reading for Pleasure Research Group', who are a group of teachers leading evidence-based projects to develop reading for pleasure across the school.

Pics: author Tim Percival (right) & children from Rothley school getting creative for World Book Day PHOTOS: STEPHEN BAUM

A time of change & reflection

From Sustainable Rothley

Changing Plans

Covid-19 has taken over all the plans we made - the Spring Festival and the litter pick have had to be cancelled, or hopefully postponed, and we all have pressing concerns about staying safe and well and taking care of each other.

George Monbiot’s latest newsletter points out something important: 'All over the world, communities have mobilised where governments have failed... The horror films got it wrong. Instead of turning us into flesh eating zombies, the pandemic has turned millions of people into good neighbours.’ https://www.monbiot.com/2020/04/02/a-zombie-love-story/

While it may be hard to imagine now, this pandemic will end. But the climate crisis hasn’t gone away, even though the skies are clearer and the air is cleaner. We still need to be aware that the climate crisis will go on way beyond the pandemic, and when it’s possible for any of us, perhaps we can still do our best to help sustain our neighbourhood and our world.

We asked local group members for their thoughts and suggestions. We’re especially delighted to hear about the school:

Rothley Primary School

Rothley Primary has been awarded the Green Flag Award and I would like to thank you for your support. I will be working with the school once we are back to work to ensure that the steps forward we have made are carried on and further improvements are made. Hopefully we will have a presentation once the pupils are back and the school returns to normal, so I will keep you informed.

I hope everyone is well

Colin Shaw.

Doing things at home

I'm still making bags out of old fabric. I guess lots of us are doing things in our gardens - we're growing strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, apples, lots of herbs and I hope runner beans - no different from usual, but being confined to the garden makes me more bothered about them than usual. I think those with allotments or seriously sized gardens are doing more. A lot of people have thought about how they can live more lightly on the earth, and that will continue. When I go for walks now the predominate sound is birdsong, not the roar of the A6.

I'm trying to do some sort of exercise class each day too - either yoga or aerobics for old people, or my clog practice.

George Monbiot is right. I now know more of my neighbours than previously, and am booked to do a 'Hungry caterpillar' birthday cake for a little boy in the house that backs on to us, for his second birthday soon. I'm not a cake decorator, so I hope their expectations aren't too high.

Alison Riggall

Children’s activities

This will be a time when parents are spending a lot of time with children. As such, they will be grasping at ideas for how to do so constructively.

Is there an opportunity to have a think about ways in which they, together with their children could help in small ways with being environmentally friendly?

Bert Pollheimer

A time of change?

My feeling is that the group has built a lot of momentum since it started. Keeping in contact via Zoom or WhatsApp is a great idea. This time is an incredible opportunity for sustainable behaviour change. When normal patterns are disrupted there becomes space, a window in which to do things differently. I think we as a group can tap into this and help to build a better future.

This crisis has shown that if the government believe the threat is imminent, then all rules can be scrapped. I believe this needs to happen for climate change.

How is the lockdown benefiting the environment? Reduced travel means reduced emissions, walking instead of driving reduces emissions, and more space for wildlife increases biodiversity. The air is far clearer.

How can we do things differently to keep these benefits, and what positive changes could we keep once the lockdown is over? Perhaps we have been shown that we don't need to buy so much stuff. We’re making stronger connections with loved ones and neighbours.

Some of us can slow down and take time to reflect.

What can people do at home to live more sustainably? Are there elements that can be used to support schoolwork for those with kids at home?

Recycle

Compost, especially now brown bin collections are suspended

Grow veggies & flowers

Build insect hotels

Reduce food waste

Streaming activities

Mending and repairing

Purchase thoughtfully

A home audit of water, electricity & gas.

People are clearing out drawers and doing jobs they don't normally have time for. They could switch electricity supplier to green power and possibly save money too.

Lynn Hebblethwaite

Local litter

Albert and I are enjoying walking about and the amount of litter is something that we are increasingly aware of. When you go out and about, wear rubber or latex gloves, and do some collecting.

I guess working in the garden and encouraging flowers, insects, vegetables ... all these are ways of helping the environment.

Veg box deliveries

I am pleased that various local businesses have diversified to do veg box deliveries, and some come without any plastic. It has actually encouraged people to shop local, which is great.

Cherrie Whatmuff (from Woodhouse Eaves)

Ekojoe’s shop had taken up a regular spot in the Royal Oak car park, and is now focusing on deliveries. Orders over £10 are delivered free locally, phone 07784673371 or info@ekojoe.co.uk. They sell a wide range, from pasta, toilet rolls and flour to shampoo and laundry liquid, all without plastic. Ekojoe.co.uk

Recycling

With the library closed and hairdressers closed, collection of waste for recycling has paused. Terracycle is hoping to be able to reopen, but it’s not clear when.

Sustainable Rothley will have an online Zoom get together on the day the Spring Festival was planned for, Sunday 26th April at 7pm. Anyone who’d like to be involved, email sustainablerothley@gmail.com

From Sustainable Rothley

Rothley Parish Council

NEWS FROM Rothley Parish Council.

Burials

The position that parish councils face at the moment and ours in particular is that we have been facing unprecedented demands for burial & ashes plots from local people, many of whom have lived here for years, all over 60 all of whom could buy one in advance in normal circumstances. However, these are anything but normal times and in order to minimise the impact on our bereavement service we will be allocating plots at "the point of need"

The clerk is working from home, with a multitude of tasks to do in pressing circumstances.

RPC seek your understanding at this difficult time.

Parish Office

As a precaution the Parish Council Office is closed to the public. If you wish to contact the office please email the clerk at the e mail address below

clerk@rothleyparishcouncil.org.uk

If you have an urgent enquiry only please phone 07955621257.

Please do not use this number unless the matter is urgent.

Rothley Centre & Village Hall

Following Government advice, The Rothley Centre and Village Hall are now closed until further notice.

Playgrounds

RPC would like to thank parents and children for keeping away from the play areas across the village. Please continue to respect the Government’s request for children not to use the play equipment.

Mountsorrel Lane Playing Field

Please keep off the middle of the field as it has now been levelled and seeded. Dog owners can exercise their dogs around the outside but should keep their pets off the middle area.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Rothley Neighbourhood Plan has now been formally submitted to Charnwood Borough Council for approval and inspection by an independent inspector. If approved there will be a referendum to seek the approval of Rothley residents. All the current documents can be viewed online from the RPC website.

From Rothley Parish Council

People on the track

THE GREAT Central Railway is urging people not to walk along the railway track.

Michael Gough from the GCR said: “There will still be the need to run essential engineering trains from time to time and, in this regard, we have been worried by a number of reported incidents of trespass on the railway which is still highly dangerous. We are asking everyone to report any such incidents that they see to us.”

He added: “All events up to the end of June have, inevitably, been postponed or cancelled. Hopefully one or two of them will reappear in the calendar later in the year, although that will very much depend on the amount of time that it takes to lift the current restrictions on social contact. During March we suspended all passenger train services, including dining and closed all of our cafés. I am sure that it will come as no surprise to anyone, that these closures and suspensions will remain in place at the GCR and probably every other heritage railway in the UK until government guidance is relaxed.”

GCR 01509 632323

Players cancel April show

THE LATIMER Players regret to announce the cancellation of their forthcoming production.

A spokesperson said: “Following Government guidelines it is with regret that the Latimer Players have cancelled their production of ‘Love and Money’ due to be staged on 23rd, 24th and 25th April. Rehearsals were in full swing and the cast were enjoying taking part but we thought, in the interest of our members and audience, cancelling at an early stage was the sensible thing to do.

“At the moment, this is only a postponement and we hope to bring it back either this November, instead of our annual pantomime, or April 2021. It is too soon for us to have made any decisions, but as soon as we do you will be the first to know. In the meantime from all the Latimer Players, we send our apologies and hope in these unprecedented times you keep safe and healthy, ready for us to entertain you when the situation changes.”

If you would like more information about our Society and our productions, email christinedeavin@gmail.com

Rothley care home rated ‘good’

Pic: staff at the Mountview care home

MOUNTVIEW CARE home, based in Rothley, have been celebrating as they receive an overall rating of ‘GOOD’ by regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission.

The report details how Mountview staff who provide care for up to 66 residents are ‘ kind, considerate and treat everyone with dignity and respect’.

Following the unannounced inspection in February 2020, inspectors observed day to day life at the home and examined paperwork, policies and care plans. They also spoke to eight residents, six relatives of residents, visitors including doctors and nurses who work closely with the home, care workers and management to gather a full picture prior to compiling the report.

Pic: The Mountview care home

Inspectors foud that residents and staff are supported, happy and empowered. The report stated: “Staff promote a positive culture that is person-centred, open, inclusive and empowering, which achieves good outcomes for people.”

Inspectors were impressed with the varied daily activity programme, adding, “during our inspection the residents were enjoying receiving manicures and taking part in exercise classes such as armchair yoga”. One resident who spoke to inspectors commented: “There's all sorts going on here to get involved in.”

The inspectors enjoyed learning about Mountview’s local community links, comprising of trips to local churches, amateur dramatic shows, local festivals and boat trips that had all been undertaken.

Staff spoke with the inspectors who commented that morale in the home is good, adding that they enjoy their work and feel well supported by management. The report details how there is a strong team ethic where staff hold positive views of each other and feel confident to speak up.

Registered Home Manager, Stacie Weaver, said: “ I have built my career at Mountview and have been part of the team since the very start, working my way up from Care Assistant to Home Manager, and I am extremely proud of how far we have all come in that time. I have seen the home consistently improve, and always with the residents at the heart of everything we do. I am thrilled we received ‘GOOD’ in all areas, congratulations to everybody involved, I am sure this very encouraging news will spur us on to continue our ‘good’ work.”

Ideal Carehomes Regional Director, Kay Paul, said: “I am thrilled that Mountview have achieved ‘GOOD’ overall following their inspection, there has been many improvements since the last inspection and that can really be seen in all of the positive comments throughout the report. I would like to congratulate all of our staff who make Mountview such a great place for our residents to live.”

Mountview care home, operated by Ideal Carehomes, provides 24 hour residential and dementia care and has all the finishing touches you would expect from a warm and welcoming home. All 66 bedrooms are en-suite enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Mountview, contact Stacie Weaver on 0116 303 3303.

YOUR SAY

Thanks

As a resident of Garland my wife and I have had ongoing concerns through recent years about a hedge that runs along side our property that should be maintained by Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) rather than our own Parish Council.

Through the years the hedge has grown upwards to a point that our gardener could no longer maintain it and although its the full responsibility of CBC, who have cut other hedges in the same area of common land but for some unknown reason the one adjacent to our property has been left.

In desperation I approached Mr Steve Mitchell a Rothley Parish Councillor, formerly known to us only by sight, asking him what steps we should take .He immediately took up the case and over the past four months has worked tirelessly on our behalf to spur CBC into action for which we are truly grateful. It’s taken this time to get something done.

Through the Post we would like to pay tribute to him for all his fine efforts. We are indeed fortunate to have Councillors like Steve who are prepared to go the extra mile on behalf of Rothley residents.

Stephen & Wendy Baum

Kinchley Lane

Kinchley Lane Rothley is an amazing place locally, used by many to walk dogs, take a stroll and enjoy the scenery and views of the reservoir. Unfortunately others use this area in Charnwood to race cars, take drugs and engage in low level criminality which is to the detriment to the wider public and also some local residents.

I am trying to police this issue however apparently it’s been the status quo for year and won’t ever change, a view that I refuse to accept. I need locals who use this area to provide me with evidence of how this behaviour of the few impacts on their enjoyment of this open space. Have you been to Kinchley Lane and experienced any of the above activity which has put you off coming back or do you have a view based on any third party reports known to you?

If you have any evidence that may assist me in my long term quest to deal with this unacceptable situation could you please email me with a summary of your experience and a contact phone number so I can get in touch. mark.botte@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

Police Inspector Mark Botte

Charnwood Neighbourhood Policing

Suggestion

Rothley Parish Council has asked for suggestions regarding the cost of £500 per annum for Doggie poo bags at present issued free from The Rothley Centre.

Over a year ago I forwarded a email to the Parish suggesting that a seat be placed near the memorial trees that were planted in memory of Marion Vincent, a place where the older generation could sit away from the children’s play area.

There has been no response to that request, but it seems that a response was made to a request to level a children’s play area of a few bumps, at what cost I wonder.

My suggestion would be to use the £500 this year to place a seat as suggested above and maybe for future years to use the money on other facilities, like parking facilities for residents who have been struggling, without any help from Rothley Parish.

Let’s hope we can get our priorities right for the whole village young and old.

Linda Draycott

We asked residents for their opinion about us supplying dog bags.

This is something we have done for years but we question if it is value for money. We have had a number of comments asking us to continue.

Last year we increased the Rothley centre car park providing 30 extra spaces for public use.

With the new play equipment on Mountsorrel Lane the uneven surface was a health & safety issue so we addressed this by levelling the ground.

We have had several requests for extra seats around the village and as funds become available we will consider these. But we try to keep our precept at a reasonable level for all residents.

Percy Hartshorn (Chairman, Rothley Parish Council)

The Rothley Post

The Rothley Post will continue to be published during this crisis as long as government restrictions allow and it remains practical to do so.

The Rothley Post is delivered by volunteers, but starting with the May issue, I plan on using a mail delivery business to deliver door-to-door.

This arrangement will continue until the crisis is over.

The paper is also available to read online at www.birstallpost.co.uk

It is heartening to see our community pulling together in these difficult times. The aim of the Rothley Post is to inform people about the activities and achievements of their friends and neighbours, to tell them about opportunities to meet, play sport and socialise in clubs and societies, and report news about developments, new facilities and investment in our area. All this helps people make connections and fosters community spirit, something which has always been there and which we can see people drawing on in these difficult times. I’m sure this experience will only deepen that spirit.

I send my best wishes to all readers and advertisers.

Jerry Jackson

(Editor and publisher, The Rothley Post)

Church life

Rothley Church building maybe shut at this time, but the life of the Church is very much open. It has been great to see many hundreds of people from within the community and beyond joining the church on line for their services through the Church website at www.rothleychurch.org.uk

It has been a steep learning curve for many to work out the technology, but in addition to a daily Morning Prayer and a Sunday service at 10:30am, there have been activities posted on line for children and families to do at home and I have been hugely encouraged to hear of many zoom meetings to study the Bible, to pray for the community and to make sure that those of our neighbours who are isolating are having their needs met. Where there are those who don’t have familiarity with social media it has been great when I phone someone to discover many have already been in touch to care for them. As your local Parish Church we very much are here for you all so do check our website or get in touch if you have practical needs or if you have anything/anyone specific you would like us to pray for.

Revd Rob Gladstone

Stop & smile

Amidst all the gloom of the current crisis, can I please make some positive comments?

I think that many of your readers would agree that we are very fortunate to live where we do.

Many of us have gardens and, if we are still able to go for a walk, there are some wonderful sights around us.

The rainbows and other messages that children have put in their windows and on their drives are very cheering. Big Thanks go to all those kids, ( and to their parents, of course).

Also, the spring flowers, the butterflies, the bees and all the leaf buds on the trees, show us that another beautiful spring has arrived. Nothing can stop that, thank God.

I’m sure that all of us are grateful that so many volunteers and neighbours are offering help and kindness. Isn’t it great to see the community coming together like this.

And we really appreciate it, that some local shops can still be open and willing to deliver within the village, where people need that service.

Lastly, how fortunate we are that we have a village chemist. Special thanks go to Mr Shah, and his team who are providing such a valuable service at this time.

So, if we stop for a moment and think what it would be like to live in a flat in the middle of a big city, I am sure we will realise straight away how many blessings we enjoy in “rural” Rothley.

Pass the smiles round. It’s a good tonic.

Long-term Rothley resident

School wins award

Pic: (Ctr) Julie Rawle, Head Teacher, with David Cowell, Managing Director & Kate Shaw Assistant, Head Teacher

A BIRSTALL school has won an award for its work.

ALP Birstall is based in the old Stonehill high school building and provides education for young people aged 6 to 19 years with special educational needs – they may be on the autistic spectrum, with Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, have challenging behaviour or complex needs.

The school was a winner at the Leicestershire Live Innovation awards 2020, which aims to recognise the brightest ideas and best new technologies in the region.

Julie Rawle, headteacher at ALP, said: “We are so proud to have won this award. It is a testament to the hard work of my staff team and their consistent and resilient approach to supporting our young people.”

The school has 35 learners on the roll, and teaches one-to-one or in small groups.

It provides vocational educational packages to engage the learner – construction, creative crafts, hairdressing, cookery and music.

They have created their own outdoor forest school and deliver angling courses to improve concentration.

ALP has its own careers guidance and organises work experience.

Among other winners on the night were a Leicestershire company that designs a product to keep household goods smelling fresh and the creators of a school book for children impregnated with seeds that children can plant.

A lifetime achievement award went to Thurmaston’s Cooke optics. It manufacturers lenses for the film industry and has been championed by directors Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese.

Phone support for the elderly

THE CHARITY Age UK runs a telephone service, Call in Time, to support lonely people aged over 60.

What is Call in Time?

Call in Time is a free telephone friendship service for people 60 and over. They’ll match you up with a likeminded person who's keen to make a new friend, and every week they'll give you a call.

Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly, 30-minute chat on the phone every week can make all the difference.

How does Call in Time work?

You sign up and register your interest (or refer someone else).

Age UK check you (or the person you're referring) match all the criteria. What's the criteria?

Age UK find a likeminded person who has similar interests and hobbies to you or the person you're referring. Sometimes that can take a few weeks, so while they are waiting to find the right person, Age UK call you for a 5-minute catch-up as often as they can.

Age UK connect the two of you to begin your weekly calls.

Who can sign up for Call in Time?

To sign up for Call in Time, you must be:

• over 60

• have your own landline or mobile phone

• able to hear and be understood over the phone

• able to commit to a regular weekly call at the same time.

• Call in Time may not be suitable for people with memory loss, dementia or mental health issues who require higher level support. These conditions may affect the person's ability to build a telephone friendship with a volunteer. In some instances, people with these conditions may actually find the calls more distressing.

www.ageuk.org.uk/ and put ‘Call in Time’ in the search box

Murder: man charged

A MAN has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Enderby that left a silver Mitsubishi vehicle riddled with bullet holes.

Christopher Casey (22) of Thurcaston Road was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted murder, and for possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

The charges relate to an incident on Sunday February 16, when two people suffered gunshot wounds in Blaby Road, Enderby.

A third person was also shot at and suffered minor injuries. They did not make themselves known to the police until after the incident.

Armed police were deployed to the scene following reports from the public of shots being fired and a group of men involved in an altercation.

Noticeboard:

Signs of an abusive relationship

You may be:

• in fear of your partner or family member

• controlled by your partner or family member

• constantly belittled

Where to get help

If you live in the city of Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and you think you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can contact

United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA)

Text only support: 07715 994 962

Phone advice line: 0808 802 0028

The advice line is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday.

It’s free, confidential and hidden from bills.

The police work closely with UAVA to make sure that victims receive the help and support they need

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Soar Valley Community Food Project

Struggling to feed yourself or yourfamily?

Call or text us on (07743) 765958 or come to Rothley Baptist church, Woodgate, Rothley LE7 7LJ on Mondays, 11 am to 12:45 pm (excluding bank holidays or the day after)

Donations of food etc can be made at the church on Monday mornings

Brownies: their year so far

Pic: Brownies with the puppets they made

THURCASTON BROWNIES report on their year before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to their programme:

We celebrated the New Year in Chinese style learning about the year of the Rat, and trying Lion Dancing with our home made lion costumes. Next we wore tartan, ate haggis and neeps, and danced the Gay Gordons for Burns Night.

But the aim of the term was to earn our Performing Arts badge which involved the girls giving individual performances to the rest of the Brownie Pack; these included some beautiful singing, recorder playing, joke telling and even a maths lesson.

The Performing Arts badge also required combined performances so the Brownies got together to put on three puppet shows. The girls chose the traditional stories of Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk and wrote their own version of The Three Little Pigs with the houses made of chocolate and toffee. But before the final performances a lot of preliminary work was necessary. Puppets were made with polystyrene balls for heads, the Fe Fi Fo Fum Giant needed an extra large head of course Bodies were made from small garden sticks with moveable stick arms. There was lots of choice of wool for the hair, googly eyes, fabric for clothes, pretty ribbons for decoration. As well as puppets the girls made scenery and props such as beanstalks, Cinderella’s glass slipper etc

After the half term break we returned to celebrate the Scout and Guiding Movement’s Thinking Day. In torchlight, we lit candles to denote our Promise and various parts of the World flag and we held Brownies and Guides all over the world in our thoughts. We finished the evening with Pancake races as Shrove Tuesday had been the previous day.

On the following week the Brownies practised and practised their puppet shows and a week later performed excellently for their appreciative parents.

With all the work completed the Brownies were awarded their bright pink Performing Arts badges.

Coronavirus reared its ugly head and the rest of our plans for the term had to be abandoned.

To all Brownies and former Brownies, a reminder of the Brownie Motto ‘A Brownie thinks of others before herself and does a good turn everyday’.

This might be a useful thought for the days ahead.

Keep well, stay at home.

From Snowy Owl

Food donated at Rothley school

Pic: the items donated for the Soar Valley Food Project

A NON-UNIFORM day at Rothley school resulted in a boost for the Soar Valley Food Project.

A school spokesperson said: “On Friday March 20, when Rothley Academy was asked to close its doors to pupils to help the nation reduce the spread of corona virus, the pupils were invited to come to school in non-uniform.

“On these special days families are usually asked to pay £1 per child which is donated to a particular charity or good cause. However, on this occasion families were asked to bring in an item of food to be donated to the Soar Valley Food Project, based at Rothley Baptist Church.

“Families of the school are always generous in support of this charity when the school supports them at Harvest time and Christmas but the school did wonder if they would get the usual support in light of everyone’s concern for their own food stocks at this time.

“We needn’t have worried. We were amazed at the generosity shown!

“It just goes to show that kindness to others prevails amongst our school families.

“We are all so very proud to be part of such a community. Thank you all for your support. If you feel able to support the food bank please contact them, particularly at this difficult time when many more families will be in need of their support.”

Parish council notes

A FULL meeting of Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council was held on February 20.

The speed data report from all for vehicle activated speed signs showed an average speed below 30 mph on Leicester Road, Thurcaston.

The council has received a complaint about dog fouling. To report this to Charnwood, use the email

Cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk

Councillor Michael Jackson attended and signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the Parish Council at Charnwood borough Council on January 31.

Councillor Matt Green has spoken to Charnwood about the provision of dog fouling signs in Thurcaston.

The manager of the children’s home on Rectory Lane, Thurcaston introduced a new young resident at the home and advised the Parish Council he will be producing monthly bulletins. A number of residents raised concerns about the children’s home. One resident was invited to visit the home and was welcomed with tea and cake.

Councillors thanked the manager and the young resident for attending and explaining the way forward for the children’s home.

It was agreed to obtain an estimate for a plaque to be placed below the roll of honour in the Memorial Hall honouring Rakesh Chauhan.

It was agreed to approve a 21 year lease for Jubilee Park.

It was agreed to install a dog bin at the corner of Station Road/Cropston road in Cropston. Cost is £142, annual cost of emptying is £283 and the cost of the licence is £50.

No other minutes were available at the time of going to press.

Council closures

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY Council has taken the decision to close all of its recycling and household waste sites until further notice.

Weddings which are booked at the council’s registration offices across the county have also been cancelled and will be re-arranged at a later date. People will still be able to register deaths.

In March all country parks across the county were closed until further notice. Watermead Country Park is open to local people who walk or cycle to the park, with the council encouraging people to follow social distancing rules.

Monday Club news

AT OUR March 9 meeting Mrs Chris Watkins explained that keys play a significant role in the voluntary work that she does, which is with the charity “Fine Cell Work” (FCW), teaching inmates in British prisons how to make beautiful handmade products – hence the key connection!

Mrs Watkins spent her professional career as a teacher, working at English Martyrs School in Leicester. Following her retirement, she wanted to find something fulfilling and worthwhile to do and, having an interest in craftwork and embroidery, was drawn to volunteer for FCW.

FCW was founded in 1997 by Lady Anne Tree, nee Cavendish, the 3rd daughter of the 10th Duke of Devonshire. In 1949 at the age of 22 and soon after her marriage, she became a prison visitor, which led her to become a life-long activist to promote improvements in the type of work prisoners were allocated to do. Having conceived the idea that prisoners could be trained to produce high quality, creative needlework, it took her three decades to gain Home Office approval, relentlessly and determinedly using her high status connections to champion her cause. Recognising the element of punishment behind each prisoner’s sentence, never-the-less Lady Anne felt strongly that worthwhile occupation could instil self-discipline and boost prisoners’ self-worth, working towards independent, crime-free lives upon their release.

As a volunteer for FCW, Mrs Watkins visits two different prisons, twice a month, to work with prisoners and teach them the necessary skills in embroidery and canvas work. Prisoners eligible to be included in the scheme are usually at least 2 years into their sentence and have to be security vetted before being accepted to do the work. Having attended the weekly training workshops, the prisoners continue with their work during the time they are locked in their cells. Each prisoner is able to choose from a selection of sewing kits, each containing the required materials to produce their preferred design. Scissors are not permitted so they are allowed nail clippers to cut the sewing thread and no more than two needles, dependent on the type of sewing they will be doing. Completed work is sent to FCW’s London hub to be made up into various articles to be sold, which include cushions, glasses & pencil cases, table napkins, lavender bags, purses, Christmas decorations, tea cosies – the list is endless – and the prisoners receive payment for the sale of their work (about one third of the profit). These unique products are designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading designers and are all hand-produced.

Since its foundation, FCW has grown to become an organisation which produces high quality goods, now having a network of well-known business contacts and high-end stores to retail its products, including an on-line store. At its London-based community hub, post-prison support is provided upon release, with work experience, formal training and employment being offered to ex-prisoners – the ultimate aim being for them to find mainstream work.

FCW produces a quarterly magazine highlighting all their latest products and activities, in which many of the participating stitchers, past and present, make a contribution. I will close with a quote from one of them: “Fine Cell Work has given me back a sense of pride in myself, my self-esteem and self-worth”. From Jennifer Kennington, Monday Club Cropston and Thurcaston

UPDATE: In relation to the report of the most recent meeting of The Monday Club, held on March 9, this is to notify you that all our Club meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

News from Rothley library

WHILE THE current climate prevents the library from being open, books can be returned through the letterbox and these will be sanitized and discharged before being shelved. In addition, all fines across Leicestershire are currently suspended so no one should be concerned about raking up fees for books being overdue.

Leicestershire County Council have put this information together in order to access Digital Library Services

Quick Guide to eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers

What Digital Library Services are Available?

Leicestershire’s digital library service provides library members with access to thousands of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers. These can be accessed two ways:

Using the free BorrowBox, RBdigital & PressReader apps on a smartphone or tablet

Using an internet browser on a desktop PC, MAC or laptop

All digital titles are free and there are no overdue charges. Leicestershire Libraries subscribe to three platforms, BorrowBox, RBdigital and PressReader, each platform provides access to different types of content:.

How do I Access Digital Library Services?

To start using any of the services visit the digital library webpage on the Leicestershire County Council website which gives step by step instructions on getting started.

You must be a member of the library to access the digital library services, if you are not already a member you can join online to start using BorrowBox, RBdigital and PressReader straight away.

To login to BorrowBox, RBdigital and PressReader you will need your library card number/ online joiner number and your four-digit PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN you can reset it by visiting our online catalogue, selecting ‘log in’ in the top right corner and choosing ‘forgot my PIN’. However, this only works if the county council have your up to date email address on record, if it doesn’t work please contact libraries@leics.gov.uk and they will send you a PIN via email.

How do eBooks & eAudiobooks work?

eBook and eAudiobook titles are borrowed individually in the same way as physical books. Most eBooks and eAudiobooks can only be borrowed by one person at a time due to licensing restrictions. LCC buy multiple copies of some popular titles that have been reserved by several people to reduce the waiting time for in-demand titles. Some popular titles and authors are not available to borrow digitally from public libraries, this is due to restrictions put in place by publishers.

Borrow up to 10 eBooks and 10 eAudiobooks from BorrowBox and 10 eAudiobooks from RBdigital at a time.

Borrow titles for up to 3 weeks, return titles when you have finished reading them or renew titles to borrow for longer.

How do eNewspapers & eMagazines work?

eMagazines can be checked out from RBdigital and PressReader.

eNewspapers can be checked out from PressReader.

eMagazines and eNewspapers can be checked out for as long as you like, just delete them from your account when you have finished reading them. There is no limit to the number of titles you can checkout at a time.

RBdigital provides access to popular titles including Hello! Magazine, Radio Times and New Scientist.

PressReader provides access to thousands of national and international newspapers and magazines including The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Leicester Mercury.

Titles can either be read online via a web browser or downloaded via the RBdigital or PressReader apps to be read offline.

Air quality improves

AIR QUALITY in Leicester has improved dramatically in the last two weeks due to the huge reduction in the amount of traffic during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

The drastic fall in the number of cars on the city’s streets has seen levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) – one of the chief pollutants from traffic fumes – plummet to over half its previous levels.

Air quality monitoring stations throughout the city have recorded big reductions in pollution levels since the Government’s coronavirus lockdown came into effect on March 23.

Figures comparing the same weeks in March 2019 and March 2020 show how NO2 levels began to fall drastically from the third week of the month, when more people began working from home, and fell further during the last week of March 2020 when the full lockdown began, with schools, offices and many other businesses closing.

At Vaughan Way – one of the city’s busiest roads and an air quality hotspot – NO2 levels in the third week of March fell to 34 microgrammes per cubic metre of air – compared to 62 during the same week in 2019. By the end of March, after the first full week of the lockdown – levels had fallen to just 24 microgrammes – less than half of the 58 level recorded during the same week the year before.

Last week, NO2 levels fell further to 22 microgrammes – the lowest level ever recorded at Vaughan Way. Other testing stations have recorded a similar pattern of improvement across the city.

Nationally many large cities across the UK have seen dramatic falls in levels of both nitrogen dioxide and other small particulate matter – called PM10 particles – linked to traffic fumes.

Leicester deputy city mayor for the environment, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Obviously this improvement in air quality is really good news for everyone living in Leicester, and is a welcome ray of sunshine in what is otherwise a worrying global pandemic.

“Having cleaner, fresher air to breathe in the city couldn’t come at a more important time, as we are faced with the risk of potentially severe respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

“Obviously we don’t expect pollution levels to remain this low once the lockdown is eased and life eventually returns to normal – but the improvements to air quality do offer a tantalising glimpse of how things could be if we all thought a bit more carefully about whether or not our daily car journeys are essential, and if more people used cleaner, healthier forms of transport such as cycling and walking more often.”

Springtime in the garden

THE MARCH meeting of the Thurcaston and Cropston Gardening Club was an illustrated talk by Nigel Hopes called ‘Spring Has Sprung’.

Nigel was very qualified to give this talk, having trained in horticulture at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In addition, he is now Head Gardener for John Massey at Ashwood Nurseries and helps run a nursery, Hopes Garden Plants, with his wife.

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’

This was a talk full of all the excitement of spring, looking at our favourite plants to build up the energy in our gardens ready for the summer. Nigel talked about a large range of plants from bulbs and corms, Spring herbaceous, and Spring flowering trees and shrubs. Most of the plants he mentioned are his favourites - tried and tested plants guaranteed to make an impact.

As well as all the plants Nigel mentioned, he also gave lots of tips on how to get the best from them.

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’

With bulbs, Nigel recommended Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’ as a plant that is almost indestructible! Also, the lovely Narcissus ‘Jetfire’, as a very good ‘doer’. He mentioned bluebells and encouraged us to only grow native bluebells, not Spanish. Though he did admit that if we have Spanish bluebells in our gardens, they are almost impossible to dig up as the roots go deep! With tulips in pots, Nigel recommended planting different colours in one pot for a better impact.

Planting at John’s garden with snowdrops, helleborus, and ferns.

Ashwood nursery, where Nigel is head gardener, specialises in hellebores and he showed photos of many different varieties grown at Ashwood. One tip – hellebores are heavy feeders and Nigel suggested feeding them in June or July. Other spring herbaceous plants he mentioned included hepatica, primula, aquilegia, and pulmonaria. Nigel thinks that the best pulmonaria is ‘Blue Ensign’.

This was a superb talk with excellent photographs, often taken in John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries. Nigel was knowledgeable and skilled. He also presented the talk with humour and enthusiasm.

The Gardening Club meets in the Thurcaston and Cropston Memorial Hall

Whether an experienced gardener or an enthusiastic beginner we are sure you will find something of interest in this year’s programme. New members are made most welcome. What’s more, it is excellent value! The membership fee is still only £12 for the year (pro rota) or £3 per meeting. So, if you are interested in gardening - come and give the Club a try.

For more information, and for a copy of our eye-catching poster of the 2020 Programme of Events, please call

Dave Haddon (0116) 235 9758: david.haddon20@ntlworld.com

Or Richard Elks (0116 236 8313): cropston161@hotmail.co.uk

Future Events and the Coronavirus

We regret to say that the events scheduled for Apr 8 – Jun 10 have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. We will re-start the Club programme as soon as it is safe to do so.

From Thurcaston and Cropston Gardening Club

Planning

P/20/0610/2 South off Farmers Way,/Brookfield Road Rothley Leicestershire. Erection of new detached school building to rear of existing primary school including relocation of hard ball court, additional staff parking & extension to drop off car park with extended access (full application) and erection of up to 80 dwellings including landscaping, drainage infrastructure & access to existing allotments with all matters reserved except access (outline permission).

P/20/0440/2 Rothley Park Golf Club Westfield Lane Rothley Leicestershire LE7 7NX. Change of use of agricultural land to be included within the existing golf course (Use Class D2)

P/20/0604/2: 75 Mountsorrel Lane Rothley LE7 7PT Single storey rear extension.

P/20/0504/2: 89 Hallfields Lane Rothley LE7 7NG Single storey front and rear extensions.

P/20/0468/2: 201 B Swithland Lane Rothley LE7 7SJ Raising of roof height above garage to create bedroom over garage and addition of 2 no dormer windows in side elevation of raised roof.

P/20/0469/2: 32 The Rise Rothley LE7 7NQ Amendment to P/17/1665/2 to bring the existing lean-to projection out and in-line with the proposed rear projection

P/20/0445/2: 101 Town Green Street Rothley LE7 7NW Single storey extension to rear of dwelling with first floor balcony over.

P/20/0433/2:124 Mountsorrel Lane Rothley LE7 7PW Loft conversion including first floor front extension, front & rear dormers and addition of pitched roof on existing single storey rear extension.

P/20/0354/2: 7 Breech Hedge Rothley LE7 7RN Single storey rear extension to dwelling

P/20/0620/2: 74 Leicester Road Thurcaston LE7 7JG First floor rear extension and two storey side extension to dwelling, and extension and alterations to garage to create annexe.

P/20/0409/2: 16 Leicester Road Thurcaston LE7 7JG Two storey front & side extensions and two & single storey rear extensions.

P/20/0416/2: 173 Cropston Road Anstey LE7 7BR Single storey rear extension and erection of porch to front of dwelling

Contact us

THE ROTHLEY Post is delighted to receive contributions from residents. You can send us:

Stories and photos of how you are keeping occupied during lockdown. This could be pictures of artwork, crafts, cookery, dressing up, indoor sports etc.

A letter for our letters page - we welcome letters on any issue, local or national. All letters must include the sender’s name and address (though not necessarily for publication).

Photos - we particularly welcome old photographs giving an insight into local history.

How you can contact us:

Email: editor@birstallpost.co.uk

Phone (0116) 4422067

Write to us at The Rothley Post, Unit 109 Greenacres, The Sidings, Leicester LE4 3BR.

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