Richard Shepherd’s County Councillor’s Blog
The County Council is ready to tackle winter. The gritters went out for the first time this season early in November. The Council has also taken delivery of salt, looking to build up levels to more than 18,000 tonnes. If freezing temperatures are forecast the gritters treat major roads and key routes, which equate 47% of the county's road network.
There are also a number of snow wardens based in communities across the county who grit paths, as well as farmers who, when there is deep snow, fit ploughs to their tractors and assist the council in clearing roads.
The County Council website has a section on Winter Weather Advice. The Council's Warm Homes service helps vulnerable people to save hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills; for advice please visit www.firstcontactplus.org.uk or telephone 0116 305 4286.
It is known that maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall wellbeing. More than half (61%) of adults and a third (30%) of Year 6 primary school children living in Leicestershire are overweight or obese. This increases the risk of having long-term conditions like type 2 diabetes and reduces expected lifespan. There is also emerging evidence that being obese increases the risk of developing complications of Covid-19.
The County Council is committed to working with residents and a range of sectors, including food, health, education, planning, transport, sport and leisure, and economic development, to share an understanding of the issues, agree actions, and create an environment that encourages people to make healthy choices and supports our communities to live and age well.
A consultation is therefore underway on a proposed new Healthy Weight Strategy for Leicestershire 2021-2026. The consultation runs until 27th December 2020 and documents can be found on the website by accessing "Leicestershire County Council Current Consultations".
Richard Shepherd, County Councillor
Telephone: 01509 413903
Posted: Tue, 10 Nov 2020 12:30 by Julie Lovatt