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in Oadby St. Peter’s Ward on 17th May 2020 and in this fast-changing situation, some of the information may be out of date.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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 (Borough Councillor, Oadby St. Peter’s Ward).
David Carter (Borough Councillor, Oadby St. Peter’s Ward).
Jeffrey Kaufman (County Councillor, Oadby Division).
Dean Gamble (County Councillor, Oadby Division).