Oadby Focus Extra

Note: this was originally published on 8th June 2020 and in this fast-changing situation, some of the information may be out of date. 

Welcome our email newsletter, which now covers all of Oadby. This is the latest update on local services and Covid-19 from County Councillors Dean Gamble and Jeffrey Kaufman and your Borough Councillors across Oadby.

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Note that although we try to ensure the information is up to date, this is a fast-changing situation. The links throughout the email will direct you to the latest news.

In this issue:

Latest news: More shops to re-open on 15th June – Concessionary bus travel changes TODAY – Discretionary business grants – County look to re-start birth registrations – Royal Mail Saturday delivery – Street lights

Services, help, volunteering & information: Borough services (Waste Collections, Council Tax help, Parks) – County services (Waste Tip, Country Parks) – Volunteering and help (Helping Hands, Oadby Food Bank , Useful Contacts and Information)


More Shops can re-open from 15th June

All non-essential retail – e.g. clothing stores, shoe shops, gift and card shops, phone and charity shops, can re-open from Monday 15th June. The County and Borough Councils are working to idenitfy the need for, and where possible improve, space and directions for social distancing in retail areas across the Borough.


Concessionary Bus Pass changes

From today (Monday 8th June), concessionary bus passes will no longer be valid before 9.30am on local services. As more schools, shops and other places of work re-open, the County Council have decided to revert to keeping space on morning peak buses available for commuters and those studying.

The Government have said that face coverings must be worn on all public transport from June 15th onwards.


Discretionary Grant For Businesses

Applications for a new grant opened on 1st June for some businesses who had not previously qualified for help under earlier help schemes by the government. Applications are via the Borough Council and will close on Sunday 14th June.

Information and how to apply can be found on the Borough Council’s site. You can find the types of business that may benefit under the “National Priorities” heading there.


Birth Registrations

Birth registrations remain suspended across Leicestershire. However the County Council now has permission to start “face to face” birth registrations. The council is adapting their Glenfield Registration Office to allow social distancing and other safety requirements and will then look to roll this out to other registration offices.

There are currently special provisions in place so that you can put in a claim for child benefit and any tax credits without registering the birth.

Further updates about when registrations will re-start may appear online and we will pass on any further news as we get it.


Royal Mail delivery of letters on Saturdays

The Royal Mail stopped Saturday deliveries of letters at the start of May, although parcels, other services and weekday deliveries of lettters were not affected. Their web site states that letter delivery will resume from this Saturday.


Street Lights

At a recent County Council briefing/ meeting, it was confirmed that lights on side streets and quiet roads across Leicestershire are now being switched off at 11pm, rather than midnight.

Councillors were told that the lights are going off early whilst pubs, restaurants and shops are closed/ closing earlier. The County Council also told local media that the move is to save money and reduce carbon emissions.

We hope that the lights will go to their original midnight switch-off time when these businesses are allowed re-open.

County Councillor Jeffrey Kaufman is concerned that residents and councillors were not consulted over the latest change by the County Council (which is Conservative-controlled).


Borough Council Services: Waste Collections / Council Tax help / Customer Service Centre / Parks

Kerbside waste, recycling and garden waste collections continue as normal. Bulky waste collections are now also available with details here.

Residents having difficulty paying Council Tax due the Covid-19 pandemic can get advice from the council using the details for the Customer Service Centre below.

The Council’s Customer Services Centre in Wigston remains closed but is open for phone calls and you can also get in touch online. The latest opening hours are here. Ways to contact the Council are:

All parks in the Borough are now open as are council tennis courts and multi-use game areas.

Activity/ play areas, outdoor gym equipment and skateparks remain closed.


County Council Services: Waste site / Country Parks / Libraries

The Oadby Waste Site is now open but you still need to book an appointment on the County Council web site. Full details and a link to FAQs are on the appointments page.

The County Council advise that residents should only book an appointment if your waste cannot be stored at home without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to you or other members of your household.

Many of the County Council’s country parks have re-opened. Playgrounds, toilets, cafes and other visitor facilities remain closed until further notice. Capacity in car parks has been reduced to maintain safety. More information is on the country parks web site.

Libraries remain closed but you can sign up online to access the Digial Library of ebook loans.


Volunteering and help: Oadby Food Bank / Helping Hands / Community Support Hub / Useful Contacts

The Oadby Food Bank is helping many more people during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Food Bank accepts donations at the Uplands Road Co-op or on Wednesday afternoons (2 to 4pm) at the Methodist Church. The Food Bank is open for those in need on Fridays from 11.30am to 12.30pm

The Helping Hands Community Trust has over 20 years’ experience in providing a free advice service to local residents about Welfare Benefits, Debts, Housing, Employment, Family Law and much more.

You can contact them via email office@helpinghandsadvice.co.uk, Facebook @helpinghandsadv or by calling 0116 278 2001 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 5pm.

There are a variety of ways to donate to help the work of Helping Hands.

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council manage the Community Support Hub to support vulnerable residents living in the Borough and for individuals or organisations wanting to volunteer their time or services to help those in need across Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston.

Full details and how to request help or sign up are here.

Useful Contacts & Information

You can contact your local councillors by phone or email. Details are at the end of this email.

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council Covid-19 Service Updates & Advice.

Leicestershire County Council Covid-19 updates page.

Helping Hands Community Trust.

Oadby Food Bank.


Get in touch with your local councillors:

If there are any issues that we may be able to help you with, please reply to this email or contact us on 0116 212 0602. To contact a specific councillor, please visit Oadby and Wigston Borough Council’s list of councillors . You can find out who your local councillors are (and email them) by putting your postcode into the Write To Them web site.

Jeffrey Kaufman

Jeffrey Kaufman (County Councillor, Oadby Division and Borough Councillor Brocks Hill Ward).

Dean Gamble

Dean Gamble (County Councillor, Oadby Division and Borough Councillor Woodlands Ward).

Latiff Darr

Latif Darr (Borough Councillor, Brocks Hill Ward).

Naveed Alam

Naveed Alam (Borough Councillor, Grange Ward).

Ian and David

Ian Ridley (l) and David Carter (r) (Borough Councillors, St. Peter’s Ward).

Lily Kaufman and Samia haq

Lily Kaufman (l) and Samia Haq (r) (Borough Councillors, Uplands Ward).

Amandeep Kaur

Amandeep Kaur (Borough Councillor, Woodlands Ward).

Oadby St. Peter’s Ward Focus Extra

Note: this was originally published by the councillors in Oadby St. Peter’s Ward on 17th May 2020 and in this fast-changing situation, some of the information may be out of date.

Liberal Democrats

Welcome to what we hope will be a regular local email newsletter from Ian Ridley and David Carter – your Liberal Democrat Borough Councillors for Oadby St. Peter’s Ward.

If you know anyone who would like to receive these, they can sign up to get them (please choose the second option – Oadby St. Peter’s Ward Focus Extra).

In this issue:

County Council Oadby Waste Site re-opens on Monday (but you must book) – Waste Collections – Council Tax help – Royal Mail – Volunteering and help – Helping Hands – Oadby Food Bank – Useful Contacts and Information


Some County Waste Sites re-open TOMORROW (18th May), including Oadby

You MUST book an appointment on the County Council web site to visit the waste site. Full details and a link to FAQs are on the appointments page.

The County Council advise that residents should only book an appointment if your waste cannot be stored at home without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to you or other members of your household.

The site will be open from 9.15am to 4.15pm 7 days a week but vans (including pick-up trucks and any vehicles constructed, intended or adapted for the carriage of goods) are restricted to Wednesday mornings. Trailers are not allowed.

For now, the waste site will accept the usual types of waste except WEEE (small and large domestic appliances, fluorescent tubes, batteries including car, fridges / freezers), Asbestos, Cooking oil and Engine oil).

The County are putting temporary traffic restrictions around the waste site entrance on Wigston Road which are likely to include parking restrictions on the access road and no right turns at the junction with Wigston Road.

Residents should be aware that there could be traffic delays in the area. There is likely to be a lot of demand for bookings but the County Council says more bookings will be made available over the coming week.


Borough Council Update: Waste Collections / Council Tax help / Customer Service Centre

Residents have been sending messages of support on social media to our waste collection teams, who have kept our waste, recycling and garden waste collections going throughout the difficult past few months. They have done an amazing job.

Bulky waste collections have resumed with details here.

Cllr. Ian Ridley asked council officers about residents having difficulty paying Council Tax due to changes in personal circumstances. If you think you may have a problem meeting your bill, please contact the Borough Council.

The Council’s’ Customer Services Centre remains closed but is open for phone calls and you can also get in touch online. The latest opening hours are here. Ways to contact the Council are:


Changes to Royal Mail Deliveries

Royal Mail have stopped Saturday deliveries of letters until 13th June but Saturday deliveries of parcels and other services will continue as normal.

Letters will be delivered as normal from Monday to Friday.


Volunteering / help

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have set up a Community Support Hub to support vulnerable residents living in the Borough and for individuals or organisations wanting to volunteer their time or services to help those in need across Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston.

Full details and how to request help or sign up are here.

You can also sign up to join the Red Cross’s network of community reserve volunteers.


Oadby Food Bank

The Oadby Food Bank is helping many more people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Food Bank accepts donations at the Uplands Road Co-op or on Wednesday afternoons (2 to 4pm) at the Methodist Church. The Food Bank is open for those in need on Fridays from 11.30am to 12.30pm


Advice from Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Community Trust has over 20 years’ experience in providing a free advice service to local residents about Welfare Benefits, Debts, Housing, Employment, Family Law and much more.

You can contact them via email office@helpinghandsadvice.co.uk, Facebook @helpinghandsadv or by calling 0116 278 2001 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 5pm.


Useful Contacts & Information

You can contact your local councillors by phone or email. Details are at the end of this article.

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council Covid-19 Service Updates & Advice.

Leicestershire County Council Covid-19 updates page.

Helping Hands Community Trust.

Oadby Food Bank.


Get in Touch:

If there are any issues that we may be able to help you with, please email us or call 0116 212 0602 (Ian) or 0116 271 7787 (David).

Ian Ridley

Ian Ridley (Borough Councillor, Oadby St. Peter’s Ward).

David Carter

David Carter (Borough Councillor, Oadby St. Peter’s Ward).

Jeffrey Kaufman

Jeffrey Kaufman (County Councillor, Oadby Division).

Dean Gamble

Dean Gamble (County Councillor, Oadby Division).

Supporting Oadby pupils who want to go to Beauchamp Sixth Form

Beauchamp College is proposing to change how it allocates places for year 12 the start of “A” levels/ “Sixth Form”) for students who have not taken GCSEs at the college. The change would be effective from admissions in the 2020-21 academic year.

Your Oadby Liberal Democrat Councillors have responded to the consultation. We encourage all residents to have their say and respond to Beauchamp’s consultation by the 18th January 2019 deadline.

All year 11 students at Beauchamp who meet the minimum requirements for the Sixth Form are guaranteed a place. This leaves around 200 places for students who took their GCSEs at other schools.

Beauchamp is a highly successful college and these Sixth Form places for external students are usually heavily over-subscribed. At the moment, external applications are decided by marking how students perform in a meeting (to all intents, an interview). Beauchamp are changing this because it is does not comply with the Department for Education’s School Admission Code.

The new policy would use a lottery to choose most external admissions. Your Oadby Liberal Democrat Councillors are concerned that no account will be taken of whether students live in Oadby. This means that pupils resident anywhere in Leicestershire will have exactly the same chance attending Beauchamp Sixth Form as pupils who have gone to other Oadby schools, such as Manor and Gartree.

As elected representatives of residents, Oadby Liberal Democrats Councillors believe that all students who reside in Oadby should have equal opportunity of attending Beauchamp College Sixth Form on the same terms as those who take their GSCES at Beauchamp in year 11 and are automatically admitted to the sixth form if they qualify.

We agree with Beauchamp that high quality education should improve social mobility and suggest that remaining places should be allocated to children from outside Oadby that qualify for Pupil Premium funding.