Richard Shepherd's County Councillor's Blog
New Strategy to tackle substance misuse
Leicestershire County Council is consulting on a proposed new Substance Misuse Strategy, which will see the authority look at working with partners to improve the wellbeing of the county's population. Details of this and other consultations are available on the Council's website and may be found by searching: Leicestershire County Council Current Consultations.
The Substance Misuse Strategy consultation will run until 1st September. Feedback may be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The County Council's Trading Standards team has been acknowledged at a national level for its role with Border Force in seizing more than £20 million worth of unsafe and counterfeit goods coming into East Midlands Airport over a three-year period.
The partnership with Border Force was recognised with a commendation at the national Regulatory Excellence Awards, organised by the Office for Product Safety and Standards. Partners target resources in the areas of highest risk, with potentially unlawful and non-compliant consignments being identified and intercepted. Seizures included electrical goods, toys and cosmetics.
Beacon Hill Country Park
A new café will open at Beacon Hill Country Park on Monday, 29th July. The County Council run café is sited at the lower end of the Park, and will aim to become a plastic-free zero waste hub for community events and recreational activities like cycling and hiking. It will serve a range of hot drinks, light bites, hot food and snacks, and ice cream, and there is an outdoor seating area and bike racks.
Councillor Byron Rhodes, the Deputy Leader of the County Council, has said: "Beacon Hill is one of our most popular parks and opening a café facility was a natural movement for growth and demand…I am so pleased that we are helping to change the way people think by being eco-conscious."
On 29th July the café will be open between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. From 30th July onwards opening hours will be 8.30 a.m. until 4.00 p.m., seven days a week. The organisers may vary the hours during the winter months, in line with the Park and subject to customers' needs.
British Gypsum Planning Applications
At the time of writing the County Council is still awaiting further information from the applicant about the planning applications for the Barrow Works on Paudy Lane. When the information has been received there will be another consultation.
Safe Passage "Our Turn" Campaign and Secondary School Transport
At its meeting on 10th July the County Council debated "Safe Passage" and decided, among other things: "That this Council builds on its achievements in caring for vulnerable unaccompanied asylum seeking children and refugee children by supporting the Safe Passage "Our Turn" Campaign and commits to a target of ten at risk refugee children per year for the next ten years as part of a fully funded Government vulnerable children's resettlement scheme."
The Council also debated Secondary School Transport and decided, among other things, that: "This Council…calls on the Government …to recognise that as a consequence of the Academies Act 2010 additional burdens have passed to local authorities and to ensure that, in the interests of children, young people and their families, the importance of fully funding local authorities is given the same priority as fully funding schools and academies."
Another part of the decision was: "That as an interim measure this Council calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to allow parents to use salary sacrifice schemes such as child care vouchers to pay for secondary school transport up to the age of 18."
Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:30 by Julie Lovatt