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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Major revamp of Leicester Market starts this month

A year-long programme of works that will transform Leicester’s historic outdoor market gets underway this month. The £1.86million scheme will include simple measures – a deep clean, a coat of paint and new LED lighting – as well as more significant changes that will have a big impact on the look and feel of...

Changes to bin collection for Leicester residents during Easter

Recycling and waste collections for some city residents will change this week due to the Easter holidays. People who normally get their bins and orange bags collected on a Friday will not have a collection on Good Friday (30 Mar). Instead, a double collection will take place on Friday 6 April. All other regular collection days...

Want to see what the new Leicester hotel with rooftop bar will look like

Plans have been submitted to convert the upper floors of the former Fenwick building into a 92-room Aparthotel together with a rooftop bar. This will sit alongside a separate application to convert the ground floor into four retail units. The Aparthotel will include studio, one and two bedroom suites and all have been designed to...

More details provided on £50million Vaughan Way redevelopment

Highcross Leicester hosted a public exhibition this week highlighting the extensive works taking place on Vaughan Way, as part of a major city centre redevelopment. The £50million scheme, which was granted planning permission in October 2017, comprises of two new hotels, the creation of 35,000 sq ft of new office space and a new public...

Want to know what’s planned for former BHS store in Leicester city centre?

Work is progressing on the site of the former BHS store in Leicester city centre. The shop on Gallowtree Gate is being split into a number of new outlets including Sports Direct, USC, Everlast Fitness Club and Flannels. Preparatory work started on the site last year after the building was taken on by Mike Ashley, the...

Leicester City Council given £10 million for new housing development

The Government has announced today that Leicester City Council will be given £10 million of funding for highway infrastructure enabling further investment in a new housing development. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid met with Leicester’s City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby at...

Council axes weekly refuse and recycling collections to save costs

Blaby District Council is switching it’s bin collection from weekly to fortnightly, affecting tens of thousands of homes. The council says it's due to cuts in government and county council funding worth almost £750,000. The changes include moving from weekly collections to alternate weeks and providing larger households with bigger refuse and recycling bins. The council ran...

Mum with terminal cancer writes book to explain her illness to her children

A mum from Loughborough has written a storybook explaining her diagnosis of cancer to her young children. Sarah West, 34, has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and a year ago she was given the devastating news it had spread to her brain. Sarah, mum to five year old Olivia and three year old Amelia,...

Council to purchase land by force for new city centre road

Leicester City Council has started the process of forcing the owners of a car park to sell their land, allowing the council to build a new link road in the city centre. The council has been trying to purchase the land for three years but negotiations have failed. The land comprises of a car park...

Leicestershire house prices rising at one of the fastest rates in the UK

Homeowners in the East Midlands and Wales saw the value of their properties rise faster than anywhere else in the UK last year, according to the UK's largest mortgage lender. Halifax said both regions saw price rises of 8% during 2017, significantly higher than the rest of the UK, which rose by 2.7%. This supports research...

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