County Councillor for Gartree – April 2024

Making space for nature

County Councillor for Gartree – April 2024

Leicestershire County Council has been appointed as the ‘responsible authority’ to lead on the development of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS). It will be working closely with the other local authorities, key stakeholders in land management, and the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The LNRS will go further than other policies in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. It will bring together landscape scale, multifaceted approaches focused on preserving, conserving and enhancing nature. Also meeting other environmental objectives such as climate change, flood mitigation and improved air and water quality.

Organisations including landowners, farmers, parish councils, environmental and nature groups, alongside the public, are being asked to have their say to help draw up the priorities to be included in the strategy

Two separate Making Space for Nature surveys for the public and organisations have been launched. These will capture a wide range of views, ideas and suggestions on how nature can be improved. They will help recovery across the area.

The other partners helping to oversee the development of the strategy are Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council, the seven district councils, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Natural England, and The National Forest Company.

The surveys are now open and can be found on:

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections – 2 May 2024

Residents already on the electoral register should be receiving their polling cards for this election about now. This provides details of your polling station. If you have not received your polling card and believe you are on the electoral register at your address then you will need to contact Harborough District Council.  It is not necessary to take your polling card to vote. On polling day, 2 May, all voters must provide suitable ID to vote at their polling station which will be open 7am to 10pm.

There are five candidates for this election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as follows:

  • Fizza Askari – One Leicester
  • Aasiya Bora- Green Party
  • Rupert Matthews – Conservative
  • Rory Palmer – Labour
  • Ian Sharpe – Liberal Democrats

Details about each confirmed candidate will be available from 10 April at

Information about the election can be found at

If you prefer voting by post but don’t already have a postal vote in place you can apply up to 5pm on 17 April. New rules mean you can now apply for a postal vote online as well as by paper form. Whichever way you apply you will need to provide your national insurance number and proof of ID under the new rules recently introduced.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected to hold your police force to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. PCCs are responsible for the totality of policing in their force area and aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service. PCCs bring a public voice to policing and they do this by:

  • Engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans;
  • Ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
  • Appointing the chief constable, holding them to account for delivery of their objectives, and if necessary, dismissing them.