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Council Tax to rise by 4% in Leicester

Leicester City Council has announced a 4% increase in council tax from April 2017, whilst warning of further cuts to major services. The 4% increase is the maximum permitted increase by law and comes after Sir Peter Soulsby warned of troubling times ahead. Government funding for councils across the country have been slashed, requiring councils to...

Twycross Zoo names new snow leopard cubs – watch the cutest video of twins

Twycross Zoo has named its two adorable new snow leopard cubs. The twin sisters, who made their first public appearance last month, are called Eva (meaning 'life') and Ceba (meaning 'dear to hold'). This is the third pair of cubs for mum Irma and dad Suou. Keepers at the zoo hope the two young girls...

Work starts on Leicester’s spectacular festive ice rink

Work started this week on constructing Leicester’s spectacular Christmas ice rink. Featuring real ice, the attraction will be a key part of the city’s Christmas celebrations and will sit at the heart of a winter wonderland in Jubilee Square. The ice rink will open on Saturday 9 December. It will be huge 30×15 metres long...

Proposals being drawn to scrap all district councils in Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council Leader Nick Rushton has set out plans for a huge shake-up, which would see all eight district councils scrapped and an entirely new one formed. The council leader believes a single authority would reduce costs and improve services. The proposal would see Leicestershire County Council disbanded and Harborough District Council, Melton Borough...

Procession route for Queen’s visit to Leicester announced

The procession route has been announced for the Queen's visit to Leicester next week. On the morning of Thursday 13th April, the Queen will enter the city centre at Humberstone Gate and go pass the Clock Tower, before travelling up the High Street to Jubilee Square. Her Majesty will then attend a Royal Maundy service at...

Plans to transform the area around Leicester’s Clock Tower

Plans to transform the area around the Clock Tower in Leicester city centre have been unveiled, with people invited to give their views on the proposal. Leicester City Council is proposing a major revamp of Belgrave Gate, Haymarket and Church Gate, which would see traffic being removed from the area between 11am and 5pm. The popular...

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...

Highcross carrying out random bag searches for increased security

The Highcross Shopping Centre is carrying out random bag searches as part of its increased security measures. The Highcross has assured customers that the searches aren’t in response to a specific threat, but is part of an ‘enhanced security procedure’ following recent terror attacks. Customers passing through the centre will be chosen on a random basis...

Council wants to stop weekly refuse and recycling collections to save costs

Blaby District Council is proposing to change its refuse and recycling collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in funding. The changes include moving from weekly collections to alternate weeks and providing larger households with bigger refuse and recycling bins. The changes are due to the council's budget reducing by £740,000 from June 2018, which...

Free wi-fi plans for Leicester City Centre

A number of new proposals are being considered to help regenerate the city, including the provision of free wi-fi throughout Leicester city centre. A conference is being held later this week to explore ways in which the city can be improved, and access to free wi-fi is set to be on the agenda. Big companies,...

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