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Engagement 2023

Closed consultations and engagements

Ibstock Community Managed Library

Date: 7 November - 20 December 2023

We asked

Leicestershire County Council continues to face its biggest ever financial challenge.

In 2014, the council consulted widely about the future of library services in Leicestershire. Following the consultation, the council agreed in November 2014 that the new library service model would be based on:

  • 16 libraries fully funded by the county council
  • An infrastructure support package to enable community groups to manage community libraries with county council help
  • A mobile library service which will provide a regular library service to most villages without a static library
  • An online library service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to those with access to the internet

Ibstock Library was one of the 36 libraries that we invited community groups to come forward to manage with our support. In 2019, we transferred the management of the library to Ibstock Community Managed Library Group (ICMLG).

ICMLG has given us notice that they are no longer able to manage Ibstock Library.

Following the notice being served, and considering the financial challenges facing the council, we invited interested groups or individuals to submit an expression of interest for running Ibstock Community Managed Library. Alongside this, we consulted on proposals to change the way we provide library services in Ibstock should there be no interest or no viable plans to run the library.

What happens next

The consultation and expression of interest period has now closed.

Your feedback on the proposals and any submitted expressions of interest will now be reviewed before being presented to Cabinet in early 2024. 
 

School admissions policy

Date: 23 October - 5 December 2023

We asked

There is a statutory requirement for all admitting authorities to run a public consultation when seeking to make changes to School Admissions Policy and co-ordinates schemes and arrangements.

Information consisted of a webpage and an online survey. The engagement was advertised on our website. Paper copies were available on request.

As required a 6-week consultation on changing the following:

  1. Expansion of a school catchment area
  2. Increase school preferences from 3 to 5
  3. Change in how places will be determined 
  4. Reduction of admission numbers at 4 LA schools
  5. And several amendments to the admissions policy to offer greater clarity

You said

50 responses were received of which the majority were from parents.

Of 1, 2,3,4, and 5 above the majority in agreement, expressed a neutral or ‘don’t know’ view.

No score had a majority that objected to a proposal.

We did

The response will be taken to cabinet for ratification, after which they will implemented. We will monitor to make sure the changes have had a positive outcome.

Public electric vehicle chargepoints

Date: 16 October - 30 November 2023

We asked

Following the government’s allocation of funding for electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints, we launched a countywide electric vehicle survey and interactive chargepoint map.

The survey and interactive chargepoint map provided an opportunity for current and future EV owners to tell us about their charging habits and their potential charging concerns and suggest locations in Leicestershire where they would like to see a public chargepoint installed.

You said

This engagement has closed. Over 540 people had their say in the survey and more than 600 pins were added to the interactive map.

Your feedback on the proposals will now be reviewed, which will provide us with a better understanding of the demand for on-street chargepoints and charging requirements. 

We did

We will update this page at a later date with more information and it is likely there will be further opportunities to provide feedback and any planned chargepoint locations in the future.
 

Physical activity programmes in Leicestershire

Date: 20 September - 1 November 2023

We asked

Leicestershire County Council has a duty to improve the health of its residents.  In Leicestershire, 1 in 4 adults (21-26%) do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week (are inactive) and research shows that inactive individuals can make substantial improvements to their health by becoming active.  Being active reduces the risk of and helps with the management of many common diseases, supports positive mental wellbeing and provides opportunities for social connections.

The council is facing financial challenges and needs to make difficult decisions regarding the services provided. A saving of £250,000 from the current physical activity budget of £693,000 was proposed as part of our budget plans.

From 20 September to 1 November 2023, we asked people to have their say on proposed changes to our physical activity programmes in Leicestershire.

The proposals consulted on were: 

For Public Health funding to target those that are most likely to be inactive or have long term health conditions, as this is the key priority.

This will include:

  • Physical activity programmes that target those experiencing the highest levels of ill health, including those aimed at preventing falls in older adults, improving recovery from cancer surgery and recovery from heart or lung conditions.
  • Physical activity programmes targeted at adults with an existing health condition including helping people to lose weight, helping people with chronic pain and supervised activity programmes for people who are inactive and have a health condition.
  • Physical activity programmes targeted at children to improve basic movement skills and support those with existing health conditions. Examples include physical activity for children that need support to lose weight and programmes that help children develop core skills such as catching a ball, skipping, hopping and core strength.
  • Physical activity programmes to target and support the inactive population to become more active such as walking and running groups, and delivering marketing, campaigns and giving information and advice

For Public Health funding to no longer contribute towards:

  • Physical activity programmes delivered in the community which are aimed at the general population who are already active and those without a health condition.
  • Physical activity programmes already costed into existing contracts with providers.
  • The physical activity graduate trainee programme, which provides graduates with training opportunities in the physical activity sector.
  • Physical activity programmes that are delivered in schools that target children and young people who are already active.

It is important to note that the public health funding is not the only funding to support physical activity and does not fund the whole physical activity offer across Leicestershire.

You said

The consultation closed on 1 November 2023. Over 320 people across Leicestershire responded to the consultation.

We did 

After the consultation closed, your feedback was reviewed and we reported the results to the council’s Cabinet on 19 December 2023. 

The proposals have been approved and we will work collaboratively with district and borough councils, school sport and physical activity networks and other key stakeholders to ensure that a targeted offer is developed for those who are inactive and / or have long-term health conditions. 

Alongside this, we will support programmes aimed at a wide audience, brief advice and signposting for self-help to encourage more people to move more.   

We will also continue to work with partners of physical activity programmes on a joined-up approach and continue with our work on creating healthy, more active environments and to support active travel initiatives.  
 

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan Market Harborough area

Date: 26 September - 24 October 2023

We asked

Following the adoption of our Cycling and Walking Strategy and Action Plan in 2021, we're now in the process of developing LCWIPs for areas surrounding Leicester city, in addition to supporting district councils who choose to develop LCWIPs for other areas.

What happens next

Your views will help develop an attractive and joined-up cycling and walking network in Leicestershire.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans Loughborough area and South of Leicester area

Date: 15 August - 12 September 2023

We asked

All of us travel. Whether to get to work, school, shopping or for leisure, travel is a central part of our daily lives. Much of this travel is by private car, but here in Leicestershire there is great potential for a better future that supports people to cycle and walk for more of their journeys, improving our physical and mental health, minimising negative impacts on the environment, and reducing traffic congestion.

Following the adoption of our Cycling and Walking Strategy and Action Plan in 2021, we're now in the process of developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) for county towns and the urban areas surrounding Leicester city.

In practical terms, LCWIPs are long term infrastructure plans to create cycling, walking and wheeling networks that help to encourage and enable our communities to travel more actively for life. The plans will be used to secure funding for delivery of improvements. They will evolve over time to reflect new routes and priorities as schemes are delivered and changes in communities occur such as new planned homes, shops, schools, and leisure sites.

The Loughborough Area and South of Leicester Area LCWIP are the first of these plans to be developed.

Engagement has formed an important part of helping shape these LCWIPs during their development. Last year we asked you to provide your feedback on the early draft cycling, walking and wheeling networks for these two areas. 

You said

You wanted:

  • More cycling, walking and wheeling spaces with routes that are separate from other ways of travelling and protected by physical infrastructure 
  • New and improved cycling, walking and wheeling routes 
  • Better and wider connected cycling, walking and wheeling networks  
  • Clearer continuous routes with better signage 
  • More cycle parking 
  • New and improved crossings and junctions prioritising cycling, walking and wheeling 

We did

We have used this feedback received to help develop plans that set out the priority cycling, walking and wheeling routes for improvement going forward, and also show some potential concept ideas of how routes could be improved to the latest high quality design standards.

These concept ideas are just the start of the process to design and ultimately deliver improvement schemes on the network, with further local public engagement feedback being a key part of the ongoing process.

Your feedback helped shape the final LCWIP documents that have now been to Cabinet for approval. The documents detail how your engagement was incorporated.

Frequently asked questions

What is an LCWIP?

A Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is a 10-year infrastructure plan, setting out a prioritised cycling and walking route network which has the greatest potential to increase levels of walking and cycling in the area, to benefit the most people. The document will also include some concept scheme ideas of how the network could potentially be improved.

When will the network be improved?

The LCWIP sets out the council’s long-term vision and proposals for investment in a prioritised cycling and walking network. Delivery of LCWIPs will be dependent on us securing the necessary funding, including from Government and from developers (for example, builders of new housing estates). 

Once the Plan is adopted it will be used to secure funding from central Government, via bids, and from land developer obligations and contributions through the planning process, to deliver the improvements schemes going forward.

Why is an LCWIP being developed?

Central Government have set out that local authorities that have LCWIP’s in place will be best placed to secure funding to deliver cycling and walking schemes and programmes in future. The LCWIP will also support future growth set out in the Local Plan to help ensure cycling and walking are at the heart of future development, creating sustainable greener places for communities to live, work and visit.

How will feedback be used?

Following the closing of the engagement all feedback will be analysed and reviewed by the LCWIP development team. Your feedback will shape the final form of the LCWIP documents, and a summary of the engagement will be presented to Cabinet in November 2023.

What do Prestige, Primary, Secondary, Local and Link routes mean?

Sections of the network are identified by their use and how many people are expected to use the route, these are generally defined in the Government guidance as: 

  • Prestige walking zones: Very busy areas of towns, with high public space and street scene contribution.
  • Primary Walking Routes: Busy urban shopping and business areas, and main pedestrian routes.
  • Primary Cycle routes: High number of cycle movements linking large residential areas to key destinations such as a town centre.
  • Secondary Cycle routes: Medium number of cycle movements linking key trip attractors such as schools, colleges and employment sites.
  • Secondary Walking Routes: Medium usage routes through local areas feeding into primary routes, local shopping centres, etc.
  • Local Cycle routes: Lower number of movements, catering for local trips, often linking to primary or secondary desire lines.
  • Link footways: Linking local access footways through urban areas and busy rural footways.
Why does the plan not include every cycling and walking route or cover a wider area?

Subject to funding, Leicestershire County Council is intending to develop LCWIP’s for all county towns and urban areas of the county surrounding Leicester City, as these are the areas that offer the greatest potential to increase levels of walking and cycling. In addition, the council is supporting District authorities developing their own LCWIP’s for other areas. 

There will also be a limited amount of funding available for delivery of cycling and walking infrastructure and programme from central Government, and land developers as part of future growth. Therefore, any funding secured needs to be spent wisely on improvements to cycling and walking routes and areas that benefit the most people, to enable and encourage them to travel more sustainably for their shorter journeys.

What if I live in an area that is not covered by an LCWIP?

An area outside of an LCWIP area does not prevent cycling and walking improvements being made where funding is identified and where they would be benefit in encouraging significant numbers of people to cycle and walk. New and improvements to existing, cycling, and walking facilities will still be expected from land developers as part of future growth in all areas, including outside of LCWIP areas.

Will the LCWIP be updated?

LCWIPs are not static documents. They will be reviewed at key points and updated to take account of changing priorities as schemes are delivered and needs of cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians evolve.

Other information

An executive summary and associated evidence documents can be found at Adopted Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans.

LCWIPs will be reviewed 3, 5, and 10 years after publication.

Moving traffic enforcement

Date: 4 September - 16 October 2023

We asked

We are considering applying for new enforcement powers to improve safety and reduce congestion on the roads. These powers will allow us to enforce moving traffic contraventions such as driving through a No Entry sign, making banned turns, entering yellow box junctions when the exit is not clear, and driving where motor vehicles are prohibited, such as in pedestrianised town centres.

Currently, only the police can enforce these contraventions, but recent changes in legislation now allow local authorities outside of London to apply to do so also. As part of the application process, we must demonstrate where and how the powers would be used if approved.

We are interested in these powers because nationally there has been success using cameras to enforce these contraventions. By ensuring that the restrictions are clearly marked, and the presence of cameras is indicated by information signs, this has led to considerable reductions in contraventions and improvements to road safety.

We have identified two initial locations for camera enforcement, and these are:

  • the junction of Cloverfield and the A47 Normandy Way, Hinckley.
  • the junction of Cornfield and the A47 Normandy Way, Hinckley.

What happens next?

All responses will be acknowledged and reported to the Lead Member for Highways, Transportation and Flooding before a decision is made on applying for the powers from the Department for Transport.

If the application is successful and the powers are granted, we will announce the start date for enforcement and issue warning notices in compliance with the legislation.

Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2024-2028

Date: 17 July - 22 September 2023

We asked

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Dementia Programme Board launched a consultation from Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September 2023 to invite residents and stakeholders to have their say on the revised Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2024-2028

We asked residents for their thoughts on the strategy, which sets out the ambition to support people to live well with dementia.

Key priorities were identified to support people affected by dementia specifically those with memory concerns, those with a dementia diagnosis, their families and carers and the organisations supporting them. 

You said

Over 200 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland responded to the consultation and your feedback will now be reviewed and be used to develop our detailed action plans which will support this strategy. 

What happens next?

A report detailing the consultation feedback will be brought back to the council’s Cabinet later this year for a decision before any changes are implemented.

Street lighting service changes

Date: 6 July - 3 August 2023

We asked

We launched a consultation in summer 2023 to ask people their views on a proposal to dim the streetlights to 30% between the hours of 8pm and 10pm. We explained that the two main benefits of this move were environmental and financial, we could save £500k per year and 315 tonnes in CO2e.

The council is committed to becoming a net zero authority by 2030. Net Zero refers to the point when greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere are balanced with their removal so that there is no overall addition to atmospheric levels.

This brings benefits of reduced carbon emissions and light pollution, less energy consumption, and reduced energy costs for the Council. The authority also needs to make significant financial savings over the next four years.

We asked people their views of this proposal via an online survey (paper copies were available upon request) and invited them to highlight areas of concern, using the mapping function on the online platform Social Pinpoint.

You said

Just over 700 people responded to the survey. There were mixed views on the proposed changes. Just over half of the respondents were not in support of the proposal. This was due to fear of crime and personal safety. Those in agreement with the proposal welcomed the positive environmental impacts.

A total of 61 areas of concern were mapped using Social Pinpoint, and a further ninety-nine locations were identified. These included specific roads, junctions, or in some cases, specific towns, or villages. These points enabled a full risk assessment to be conducted by officers. 
 
The emergency services, including Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, all responded saying that they had no objections to the proposal. Loughborough University also said that they had no objections.

We did

A full risk assessment has now been conducted by officers who confirmed that there should be six key exemptions. These are situations where, for safety reasons, the lights will remain at their current lighting intensity and regime between 8pm and 10pm. See Cabinet report for further details. 
 
These exemptions mean that the Council now anticipates energy savings to be reduced to 261.8 tonnes in CO2e and £380k per year. This is less than what was originally expected at the time of the consultation, (315 tonnes in CO2e and £500k per year). 
 
Officers recommended that changes should be trialled for 18 months. This would allow work with the police and other emergency services to understand if there are any consequences in relation to crime, the fear of crime or serious accidents. There would be a report back to Scrutiny and Cabinet at the end of the pilot scheme before any decision is made on this becoming permanent. 
 
Cabinet considered the recommendations on 19 December 2023. They noted the outcome of the public consultation, approved the proposal to trial the scheme and gave delegated authority to the director of environment and transport to make any required alterations following feedback from the Leicestershire Police and other emergency services.

Things to be aware of during the pilot

Street lighting will still be provided at a reduced level, and crime rates may not be affected by the changes. We will continue to work closely with the police around any concerns which people may have. 

If you have a specific concern about crime that is related to street lighting provision, please contact the council. You can use our Report it form to tell us more about the specific location and details. 
 
If you have general concerns about crime, you can find out how to report this to the police on their website at leics.police.uk
 
During the winter, the council will be running a safety campaign to remind people how to stay safe and visible on darker nights. People using the highways need to continue to take individual due care and attention when using highways and pavements. 

If you have a specific concern about accidents related to street lighting provision, please contact the council. You can use our Report it form to tell us more about the specific location and details.

Homeless support services

Date: 28 June - 3 September 2023

We asked

Like councils across the country, we are facing growing financial pressure alongside increasing demand, so we need to look at providing services in a different way.

The current contract for homelessness support services ends in March 2024.

Following a review of the current service, and the financial challenges facing the council, we consulted on proposals to change the way we provide support to individuals who are facing homelessness or who are homeless.

The proposal was for the council to stop funding a dedicated homeless support service, and instead to provide support through the council’s existing public health services, where a wider number of people are eligible for support.

Supporting documents

Supporting documents that were part of the consultation (note: some sections are no longer applicable, as the consultation has now closed)

Cabinet Report 23 June 2023 Part A: Review of Homeless Support Services. Report of the Director of Public Health.

What happens next

The results of the consultation were discussed by the Council’s Cabinet in November 2023.

Cabinet Report 24 November 2023 Review of Homeless Support Services – Outcome of Consultation. Report of the Director of Public Health. 

You can watch a recording of the Cabinet meeting - 24 November 2023 (YouTube)

Cabinet approved the proposal which means that the current contract for homeless support will come to its natural end on 31 March 2024 and the focus will shift to broadening our care for people at risk of homelessness, making sure our support is available county-wide through: 

  • widening eligibility to anyone who is at risk of becoming homeless 
  • providing access to support from a central point  
  • providing a greater focus on the health and wellbeing of individuals 
  • working with key stakeholders to strengthen the pathways into support services 

 
This will be achieved primarily through the First Contact Plus and Local Area Coordination services. 

Full details of the council’s cabinet decision - 24 November 2023.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Date: 5 June - 13 August 2023

We asked

Flooding has had a significant impact on local communities and businesses in Leicestershire. Climate change is predicted to increase the risk of local flooding and the impacts will be felt more widely.

We have to produce and maintain a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Leicestershire. In 2015, the first Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Leicestershire was published. The Strategy was developed to understand and manage local flood risk within the county, by creating better knowledge of our risks, better co-operation between organisations involved in flood risk management and better communication with the public.

An update to the 2015 Local Flood Risk Management Strategy was required and we are now seeking the opinions of residents and businesses as to the proposed changes.

Now you can have your say on the proposed changes to the Strategy as well as an opportunity to provide observations about any history of flooding, both in your property and locally in Leicestershire.

About our proposed Strategy

The strategy looks at how the risk of flooding can be managed from small ‘ordinary’ watercourses such as ditches, streams and brooks which overflow, surface water (where water collects after extreme rainfall), and ground water which rises up from underlying rocks or water flowing from underground springs.

Among the key objectives of the Strategy are:

  • Effective planning policies, guidance and approval processes to help ensure that development is not at risk and doesn’t increase risk of flooding elsewhere.
  • Information and support regarding maintenance of watercourses by owners of land which relates to or near to riverbanks.
  • Details of how local projects are being developed for at-risk communities.

We have identified a number of measures to achieve the objectives. These are detailed in the Strategy Action Plan which will be monitored and updated regularly.

Supporting documents

Find the detailed commitments below.

Action plan

The Action Plan lists the measures proposed to achieve the Strategy objectives. It includes timescales, benefits, and funding sources.

Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) policies

The policies describe how the county council as LLFA will fulfil certain duties or exercise legislation. Each policy is introduced in the relevant objective section of the Strategy.

Assessment of local flood risk

This is a live assessment of local flood risk, including consideration of the impacts of climate change. The assessment will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Strategic Environmental Assessment meets the requirements of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 (the ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations’). It provides an assessment of the Strategy objectives and measures against Assessment objectives with economic, environmental, and social scope, whilst Appendix B provides the policy context for the Strategy, including related plans and legislation.

Habitat Regulations Assessment

The Habitat Regulations Assessment meets the requirements of the ‘Conservation of Habitats and Species (amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (‘the Habitat Regulations Assessment Regulations’). It considers the impacts of the Strategy upon European designated sites, such as the Mease Special Area of Conservation.

What happens next

During the consultation, we received regular updates on responses and now that the consultation has closed, we'll review all of the feedback and consider any necessary amendments.

Your feedback will help shape the final Strategy and a summary of the consultation will be available to view on here in due course.
 

Ashby canal transfer

Date: 20 February 2023 - 26 March 2023

We asked

We’re proposing to transfer part of the route of the Ashby Canal to the Ashby Canal Association (ACA) and welcome suggestions on any alternative ways the council could pursue the restoration of the canal.

We previously carried out a consultation in June 2019 and now that we are getting ready to transfer part of the Ashby Canal to the ACA, we would like to hear your views 

Leicestershire County Council has led on the restoration of the Ashby Canal since 1994, including the purchase of land for that purpose, under a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO). 

The council remains committed to restoration of the canal but is unable to progress as quickly as stakeholders would like, owing to lack of resources.

The next section of canal identified for potential restoration is between Snarestone and Measham.  The council are considering transferring the ownership and the obligations and responsibilities under the TWAO in seeking to restore this section to the Ashby Canal Association. 

The use of the land would be restricted to the building of a canal. The council would retain the ownership of the other sections of canal, as shown on the map below.

You can find out more about the charity on the Ashby Canal Association website. 

What happens next

The consultation closed in March, we’ll analyse the results and share them later in 2023. 

Sexual health services in Leicestershire and Rutland

Date: 16 January - 12 March 2023

Sexual health services for Leicestershire and Rutland comprise of the Integrated Sexual Health Service (ISHS) and Community Based Services (CBS).

We asked

The Integrated Sexual Health Service (ISHS) is currently jointly commissioned by Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland County Councils.

This service has main clinics (hub clinics) alongside several smaller (spoke) clinics.

Hub clinics are in:

  • Haymarket Centre (Leicester)
  • Loughborough Health Centre  

Spoke clinics are in:

  • Rutland Memorial Hospital 
  • Hinckley Health Centre
  • St. Luke’s Hospital (Market Harborough)
  • Coalville Community Hospital. 

The service currently provides a range of services including:

  • sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment  
  • a specific young people’s service  
  • psychosexual counselling  
  • contraceptive services  

Community Based Services are commissioned individually by each authority and provide contraceptive services in communities. This may be delivered by either your GP or a local pharmacy.

Why did we consult

In Leicestershire and Rutland both the Integrated Sexual Health Service (ISHS) and Community Based Services (CBS) contracts end on 31 March 2024 meaning that Leicestershire and Rutland need to set up new contracts.

We are seeking your views on what the sexual health services should offer and how they might work. The new contracts will provide an opportunity to make changes, and ensure services better meets users’ needs.

We also need to understand how people might be affected by any proposed changes to help shape future services.

Consultation for the Leicestershire and Rutland’s Sexual Health Services was approved by Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet on 16 December 2022 and Rutland County Council’s Cabinet on 12 January 2023.  

What are the proposals?

A summary of the proposed changes is listed below:

  • changes to the way the services are contracted - the plans are that Leicestershire and Rutland will work together due to their similar geographical make-up and similar needs of their populations, which differ from that of Leicester City
  • hub and spoke model of sexual health clinic provision to be retained and delivered from suitable premises and to be based on need
  • expand the accessibility of chlamydia screening services
  • dedicated long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) (coil/implants) provision within community settings
  • expand emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) provision locally

The following services will continue to be available:

  • condom distribution service for under 25s 
  • availability of online sexual health services
  • vending machines in easy-to-access venues with condoms, STI testing kits and pregnancy testing kits available
  • providing professional advice over the telephone to help you manage your sexual health better 
  • increasing the availability of advice and information that is on the sexual health services website

This consultation is about sexual health services that include prevention, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and contraceptive services. These services can be used by people no matter where they live.

It does not include the HIV treatment and care services that are provided by University Hospitals of Leicester.

There will still be an open access sexual health service in Leicester City Hub, which will be contracted by Leicester City Council.

We did

We, together with Rutland Council, are pleased to announce the contract to deliver Online Sexual Health Services across Leicestershire and Rutland from 1 April 2024, has been successfully awarded to SH:24.

SH:24 are the current providers of our online services via a subcontracting agreement, and will continue to provide a comprehensive range of online STI testing and contraception options or services to people across Leicestershire and Rutland. The councils are looking forward to strengthening our relationships with this key partner under our new contract terms.

Your views on byelaws in Leicestershire's Country Parks

Date: 1 December 2022 – 23 February 2023

We asked

Green spaces have proven to be a lifeline in recent years. Currently Leicestershire’s parks and green spaces have a set of byelaws which were introduced in 2003. Following developments in technology and usage changes across our green spaces, we are looking to update them, and we would like to hear from you.

Local byelaws are seen as additional layer of protection that enables visitors to experience the county’s green spaces at their best while partaking in activities that they love.

In 2003, the county council approved a set of byelaws that covered all aspects of country parks, from protecting wildlife and the environment through to vehicle management and visitor activities.

The new proposals will seek to bring the byelaws up to date reflecting site usage and technology changes that have happened during the last nineteen years.

You said

Of the 71 responses received, 78% were from Leicestershire and most were visitors to Beacon Hill Country Park. 79% of respondents either tended to agree or strongly agreed with the new revised byelaws.

The main comments related to the proposal to permit rangers to introduce areas where dogs must be on a lead or dogs would be prohibited entirely. On this, respondents were split almost exactly 50/50, with comments ranging from “Dogs on leads at all times please” to “I oppose further imposition of dogs on leads policy”.

There was little disagreement with the proposal to prohibit barbecues on parks.

There was a proposal to include fungi in the list of protected wildlife, which has been accepted, along with a proposal to include protection for geology alongside flora and fauna.

Finally, there were comments around the clause on musical entertainment and this has been modified in the current draft.

We did

We modified the proposed byelaws to include fungi in the list of protected wildlife, along with a proposal to include protection for geology alongside flora and fauna. We have modified the clause on musical entertainment.

Budget 2023 - 2027

Date: 19 December 2022 - 15 January 2023

 

We are reviewing the feedback received and will publish more information in due course.

We asked

We sought views from residents, businesses, organisations and staff on what they think about our budget proposals, to help shape the final proposals.

Our budget

How much is the council’s budget?

Our budget for next year is £512m. Our income is mainly from Council Tax, as well as government grants for specific projects.

What period does the budget cover?

We publish a four-year budget plan every year, known as the medium term financial strategy. It includes areas where investment is planned to meet increased demand – known as growth – and areas earmarked for savings.

How much is spent on different services?

The chart breaks down spend and income over the next four years. The financial outlook remains extremely tough with our budget gap set to rise to over £90m by 2026.

Our budget

At a glance:

  • £57m more to support vulnerable people - to pay for more home and residential care, and support people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health needs. The number of home care users has increased by 600 since January 2020.
  • £59m of efficiency savings - reducing back office costs by maximising digital technology, simplifying processes and providing the right level of support to residents
  • Service cuts totalling £3m - including reviewing waste sites, streetlighting, Green Plaques and Shire Grants
  • A 4.99 per cent Council Tax rise for 2023/24 - this equates to £1.39 a week for a Band D home and generates £17.7m for front line services. It includes a two per cent adult social care precept
  • £509m four-year capital pot - for the cost of building roads, schools and other one-off projects
  • An extra £1m to reduce the impact of service cuts and boost road maintenance – including £100,000 to continue rolling out community speed cameras. This follows the budget consultation and better than expected funding from Government earlier this year. Proposals will be drawn up over the next 12 months on options for this money, following detailed consultations on specific planned savings. 

Council Tax

Find out more about how Council Tax is used to provide our services and more on the adult social care precept:

What happens next?

Following the consultation, our cabinet agreed final proposals before the budget was agreed at a meeting of the county council on 22 February 2023.

Consultations setting out more details about any specific service reductions would run before any changes are made.