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Leicester Council buys private homes to meet affordable housing needs

Leicester city council has completed the purchase of more private homes and is setting aside a further £9.3m for future purchases, to help meet demand for affordable housing in the city. A privately-owned block of flats that can house 33 people has been bought to use as council housing....

Leicestershire Police spend 70% of their time on non-crime related incidents

Leicestershire Police's deputy chief constable has said more than 70% of police time is spent dealing with incidents "most people wouldn't associate with crime". Rob Nixon was speaking at a meeting of the Police and Crime Commissioner's Ethics Committee and said a significant part of the force’s work is...

Changes to HS2 route in Leicestershire

Proposed changes to the HS2 route in Leicestershire will be reviewed by county councillors next week. The changes include a re-alignment of an eight-mile section of the line between Ashby and Diseworth to avoid former open-cast mines and old landfill sites. The county council is...

Leicester restaurant owner raises £600k for charity

A Leicester restaurant owner has raised an incredible £600k for a number of local and national charities. Syed Rahman has been holding special charity dinner nights at his restaurant for 11 years. He came up with the idea after witnessing the devastation caused by the Tsunami in 2004. 

New expressway in Leicestershire could ‘devastate’ countryside

Concern is growing across Leicestershire about proposals for an A46 expressway in the county. The plans would see the new expressway running round the eastern and southern sides of Leicester as a by-pass for the city (see dotted green line in image) The plans are part...

Plans approved to spend £1.8m to improve area around Clock Tower

Plans to spend £1.8m resurfacing the Leicester Clock Tower area have been approved. Councillors said the pedestrian area around the Clock Tower was last revamped in 2008 and is in need of repaving and smartening up. The resurfacing will include Churchgate and the Haymarket area, which...

Vigil at Leicester Clocktower to stand against hate after Christchurch terror attack

A vigil is being held in Leicester city centre today for all communities to stand against hate, following the terrorist attack in New Zealand. The shooting at two mosques in Christchurch has left 49 people dead and many more injured. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed...

Council plans to create thousands of new homes in Leicestershire

Leicestershire county council is planning to create 2,750 much-needed new homes near Lutterworth. The 550-acre development on land east of the town – including around 1,000 affordable homes, over 100 hectares of green space and two new primary schools – would generate 2,500 jobs. Leicestershire County...

New Sexual Health Clinic opens in the Haymarket Shopping Centre

Leicester’s new sexual health clinic opened in the Haymarket Shopping Centre over the weekend. The state of the art centre provides a fully integrated sexual health service, with services and support for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), pregnancy testing, contraception and counselling services. The clinic is located...

Concerns over new ‘student village’ development in Leicester

Concerns have been raised over plans to build a new "student village" by the University of Leicester. The Freemen's Common Student Village will include residences for around 1,200 students and a new 550-space multi-storey car park. A Teaching and Learning Centre will also be created, providing...

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