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Wed, 25 Jan 2012
** Residents of North West Leicestershire – what are your local service providers doing for you?**

Do you wonder who is responsible for delivery of your local services? Do you wonder how to local development will take place in your area over the next 20 years? Do you have concerns about what the transfer of schools to academies will mean for you and your family?

Over the next twelve months residents of North West Leicestershire will have the chance to find out more about the delivery of services that affect them. There are six Community Forums scheduled for local residents, just like you, looking for information, advice and answers from local councils, the police and the NHS. Community Forums are open meetings, and run from 7pm – 9pm. More »

The first round of Community Forums for the district this year are taking place in during February/March 2012, and topics for discussion include how a fund of £40,000 could benefit North West Leicestershire Community Projects and Groups (for more information please see http://www.leicestershireforums.org/cfb.html, and there will be opportunity to be involved in how the District of North West will grow and change up to 2026.

If there is an issue that is affecting your community, we want to hear from you…if you would like more information on the delivery of your local services, from bin collection, to planning developments, from winter gritting to access to a local GP, the Community Forum is the place to be, because the agenda is set by you, local residents. If you feel strongly about your local area, we want to hear from you!

Local Community Forum Chair, District Councillor and local resident, Tom Neilson says:
"If you haven't been to one already I really recommend attending the Community Forum. At the meeting you will find local residents, councillors and service providers like the councils and the Police. It is the one place everyone gets together to hear about local concerns and inform decision makers with the direct experience of local people."

You can participate in these interactive discussion sessions by attending your local Community Forum. Your views will be critical in developing future policies and proposals.

The next round of forums in this district are:

The Ashby, Measham, Moira Community Forum is for people who live, work or play in the Ashby, Donisthorpe, Measham, Appleby, Moira, Chilcote, Swepstone, Packington and surrounding areas. The next Community Forum is scheduled for Tuesday 28th February.

The Valley Community Forum is for people who live, work or play, in the Castle Donington, Kegworth, Long Whatton, Belton, Breedon, Worthington, Swannington, Coleorton and surrounding areas. The next Valley Community Forum is scheduled for Wednesday 7th March.

The Coalville Community Forum is for people who live, work or play, in the Coalville, Greenhill, Snibston, Whitwick, Ellistown, Hugglescote, Ibstock and surrounding areas, your next Community Forum is scheduled for Wednesday 14th March.

For further information please call Nik Green on 0116 305 7309, nik.green@leics.gov.uk » Less

Wed, 18 Jan 2012
Leicestershire County Council Budget Proposals

On Tuesday 17th January 2012, the County Council's Cabinet met to discuss budget proposals for the next four years and launch a consultation with residents and key stakeholders.

You are invited to view the summary document and comment on the proposals by visiting www.leics.gov.uk/budgetconsultation

The consultation period runs until Tuesday 31st January 2012.

A summary of the consultation responses will be available on our website and the results will be considered by the Cabinet in February, before the full County Council takes a final decision on the budget on 22nd February.

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:00am
Funding Advice Fair

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) will be holding a Funders Fair on:

Wednesday 25th January 2012, 11 .00am to 3.00pm
at Margaret Street Church, Margaret Street, Coalville LE67 3LY

VAL have invited a range of Local and National Funders and Trusts to come along to provide advice, information and guidance around a variety of grants and funding, which will be of interest to VCS organisations.

The organisations/funders which will be in attendance are:
•Big Lottery
•Lloyds TSB
•Hands On Youth Support Service (HOYSS)
•Positive Activities for Young People fund (PAYP) NWL
•Big Society Grant Fund
•Respect Fund (NWLDC)
•Children in Need
•Coalfields Regeneration Trust (NWL)
•Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation More »

We are also providing four, 30 minute workshops during the day from various funders, as follows:
•11.30am – Awards For All
•12.20pm - Positive Activities for Young People fund (PAYP) NWL
•1.20pm - Lloyds TSB
•2.00pm – Coalfields Regeneration Trust (NWL)

If you would like to register your attendance for the event, and/or book on to a workshop, please contact:

Krishna Patel: 0116 257 5048 krishna.p@valonline.org.uk or
Helpline: 0116 257 5050 helpline@valonline.org.uk » Less

Fri, 25 Nov 2011
Valley - Cash For Your Community - The Results Are In!

Valley Community Forum Budgeting Workshop
Leicestershire County Council has made funds available to all 25 Community Forums in the county.
The Valley Community Forum had £12,500 available per year for local communities to invest in local improvements of their choice.
How did local communities get involved?
Ten local groups and organisations requested a share of the £12,500 allocated to the Valley Community Forum area, with projects ranging from outdoor play equipment to the purchase of a tables and chairs for a village hall and delivery of a local music festival. By sending in project proposal forms prior to the workshop, other local residents and organisations were able to view & comment on submitted Project Proposals via the website, and make suggestions on how the projects could be further improved or developed.
The Valley Community Forum Budget Workshop, took place on 16th November, where projects were discussed in detail, and all present were able to vote on their favourite projects.
For further information on the results, please see below.
For more information, please contact 0116 305 7034

Mon, 07 Nov 2011
** Coalville Community Forum Budget Workshops - The Results are now in! **

Coalville Community Forum Budgeting Workshop
Leicestershire County Council has made funds available to all 25 Community Forums in the county.
The Coalville Community Forum had £15k available per year for local communities to invest in local improvements of their choice.
How did local communities get involved?
Eleven local groups and organisations requested a share of the £15,000 allocated to the Coalville Community Forum area, with projects ranging from expansion and development of the Coalville Amateur Boxing Club and Bike ramp improvements in Greenhill to playground improvements and development of intergenerational relationship building.
By sending in project proposal forms prior to the workshop, other local residents and organisations were able to view & comment on submitted Project Proposals via the website, and make suggestions on how the projects could be further improved or developed.
The Coalville Community Forum Budget Workshop, took place on 3rd November, where projects were discussed in detail, and all present were able to vote on their favourite projects. More »

For further information on the results, please see below.

For more information, please contact 0116 305 7034. » Less

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 6:30pm

Have your say on green spaces

People are being urged to have their say on the green spaces they would like to see protected.

The county council wants to hear from people about their favourite spots, whether they are parks and meadows or large green wedges between towns. It is launching an online map, to make consultation easier.

County council leader David Parsons said: We all have our favourite green spaces in Leicestershire, whether it’s a village green or a woodland. Now is the time to speak up and help to protect them for future generations.
The council and its partners want to know local people’s views on their green spaces, to guide our future decisions.
The information gathered will also help communities to develop their own neighbourhood plans.” More »

The council launched the idea because the Government’s localism policy aims to give local communities a greater say on planning decisions affecting their areas. Ministers are also proposing to create a new valued green spaces” designation.

Last year, the council asked parish councils to identify which green areas should be protected. Now, it is encouraging the general public to express their views.

At the moment, Leicestershire has green wedges around Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley and Coalville. Residents have been campaigning for stretches of countryside, including green wedge areas between Coalville and Whitwick and around Charnwood, to be protected.

There are two ways to make your views known:
•Attend your local community forum meeting before the end of March – there will be sessions on green spaces at each one.
•Make your comments using our interactive, online map

The interactive map gives people a chance to take part from the comfort of their own home or with help at their local library. They can enter a postcode to find an area of interest, zoom in and select a particular place, and answer questions about it

Further details are available at www.leics.gov.uk/greenspaces.

Have your say at the next Coalville Community Forum on 16th February 2011, 6pm at Castle Rock High School. » Less