County Councillor for Gartree

The Kibworth Tip has Re-opened

Thursday 23 March 9am saw the re-opening of the Kibworth Recycling and Household Waste site.  The summer timetable is now in force, so 9am to 7pm, five days a week; as before it is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

There is a 5mph speed limit on the site to help keep staff and customers safe, and this is enforced by several fierce speed humps. The big difference now is that instead of climbing up steps to deposit your waste, you now drive up a ramp, and drop your waste down into one or more of the 23 bins which have clear labels explaining which type of waste goes in which one.

Volunteering Fit for a King

Residents of Leicester and Leicestershire are being urged to join in a nationwide volunteering project as part of the celebrations for the Coronation of His Majesty the King.

The Big Help Out, taking place on Monday 8 May, has been launched by the King and Queen Consort to encourage people across the UK to try out volunteering and join in the work being undertaken to support their local areas, as well as highlighting the positive impact that volunteering has on communities.

Now, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur OBE – who is the King’s representative in Leicestershire – has launched his Big Help Out pledge and is urging people of all ages across the county to sign up to it.

He is hoping that The Big Help Out will act as a launchpad to increase the number of volunteers across Leicestershire, by giving people a taste of volunteering and encouraging them to continue helping their communities after the celebrations are over.

Mr Kapur has made his own pledge to take part in a litter pick on Monday 8 May and is encouraging people of all ages and from all walks of life in Leicester and Leicestershire to sign up to the pledge.

Volunteers can sign up for The Big Help Out on (The Lord Lieutenant’s Coronation Big Help Out web page), where details of volunteering opportunities in Leicester and Leicestershire can be found.

Emergency Alerts System

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live. The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger. The government does not need to know your phone number or location to send you an alert.

On 23 April at 3pm there is to be a test of the Emergency Alerts Service.

Emergency Alerts will be sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them.  If you don’t have a mobile phone, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond.

If you receive such an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions.

Guided Walk on Saturday 22 April

The Kibworths Tree Warden, Diana Baxter, is leading a 3km free guided walk between Fleckney and the Kibworths including the Millennium Wood on 22 April. You’ll learn about native trees and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature starting at 2pm from the car park on High Street, Fleckney LE8 8AJ.

Please note that the walk may be muddy in parts and is unsuitable for wheelchairs, and there are no public toilets on the route –

Kevin Feltham