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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...

Plan for major new road and thousands of homes in Leicester

Thousands of new homes and a new road to cope with the extra housing is being planned across Leicester and Leicestershire. All the local councils in the county are working towards a strategic growth plan and residents are being consulted on the proposals. The plan, which goes up to 2050, aims to build thousands of new...

Sexual health clinic set to open in Leicester shopping centre

Leicester City Council is looking to spend £1.6m on a new sexual health clinic which will be based in a city centre shopping centre. The council wants to open the clinic in an unused unit on the first floor of the Haymarket Shopping Centre. The council’s sexual health service currently operates from St Peter’s Health Centre...

Last chance to get your skates on in Leicester

Time is running out for those who still want a spin on the ice, with Leicester’s Christmas ice rink scheduled to close at 8pm on Monday 8 January. The real ice rink has proved popular with both local people and visitors, with around 22,000 tickets snapped up since the attraction in Jubilee Square opened...

Two major development projects get underway in the city

Motorists are being warned of traffic disruption affecting Leicester’s busy city centre roads in the new year, as preliminary road works get underway as part of two major redevelopment projects. Work will start in early January at sites in both Great Central Street and on two sections of Vaughan Way, as the two...

Turkish restaurant praised for opening doors to the homeless and elderly on Christmas Day

A Turkish restaurant in Leicester has been praised for offering free food to the homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day. Saray Mangal, on Highfield Street, off London Road, served a three-course meal to all to ensure ‘no one eat alone at Christmas’. Motivated by his own experiences of homelessness when he first moved to...

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