Gartree County Councillor

Give your view on waste and recycling

County’s Waste Strategy 2022-2050

People are being encouraged to give their views on what happens to waste and recycling across the county.

The Leicestershire Waste Partnership is asking residents to help shape its blueprint for future services, known as the Leicestershire Resources and Waste Strategy 2022-2050.

Food waste collections

A range of pledges, such as delivering reuse services and encouraging residents to prevent unnecessary waste, are set out in the strategy as is, subject to Government policy and funding, implementing household food waste collections.

Black Bin emptied every THREE WEEKS

The consultation also seeks views on the future frequency of household waste collections, such as, controversially, only emptying black bins every three weeks!

The partnership is made up of Leicestershire County Council, and all seven districts including Harborough District Council.

Have Your Say

The consultation is open until 25 April and can be found on the county council’s page.

Bosworth Medieval Festival 2022

The hugely popular Bosworth Medieval Festival is to make a welcome return in August, following two years in which it didn’t go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  If you have never been to this festival before I recommend giving it a try.

Popular two-day Event

The two-day event – which attracts thousands of visitors, re-enactors and traders from across the UK and beyond – will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August this year, at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.  The full programme is still being confirmed and more attractions will be added to the line-up in the coming weeks to ensure that Bosworth Medieval Festival returns this year with a bang.

The event will once more feature battle re-enactments by the Wars of the Roses Federation – including the Battle of Bosworth as the finale on both days – living history encampments to explore, author talks and a medieval craft market, as well as entry to the award-winning exhibition and free car parking.

Levelling Up – What Does it Mean?

On 2 February, the Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove unveiled the government’s flagship Levelling Up White Paper.

Leicestershire is one of just nine county areas in the first tranche that have been invited to begin negotiations on devolution deals.

Nick Rushton, county council leader, said: “We welcome the Government’s decision to invite Leicestershire to be in the vanguard of county deals and look forward to working with Government to get the very best deal for Leicestershire’s businesses and residents.

“The opportunity to have a greater say over local services and their funding, matters which affect everyone in Leicestershire, is particularly welcome. I am grateful to the County’s MPs, and to Neil O’Brien in particular, for their help and support. I’m also grateful to the District Council Leaders for their support of our case and all our partners, including the local NHS.”

Campaign to cut male suicides

A total of 455 deaths by suicide in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland were recorded between January 2015 and June 2021. Over 75 per cent (353) of those deaths were men.

Men are being encouraged to talk to their friends about their feelings, as part of the ‘Get the Ball Rolling’ campaign that aims to tackle the high levels of male suicide across Leicester and Leicestershire. This has been devised by the partnership.