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Alberto Costa talks business at breakfast event in Enderby

This morning (Friday 11th May) Alberto Costa, Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire, attended a Business Breakfast event organised by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and met with business people from across Leicestershire and the East Midlands.
EMC Business Breakfast

The Business Breakfast, held at RSM at Grove Park in Enderby, was organised to bring together MPs and local business people for an engaging informal discussion about issues affecting small and large businesses on both a local and national scale.

Alberto said, “I was delighted to return to speak at the East Midlands Business Breakfast on Friday morning.

“These events are a tremendous way of bringing together businesspeople and others from across the region for an informal, engaging discussion about business in the East Midlands and as such, I would really encourage local businesses to keep an eye out for similar events in the future”.

Chris Hobson, Director of Policy & External Affairs at the East Midlands Chamber added, “Chamber-members always value the opportunity to raise issues and observations with Westminster, so that day-to-day aspects are taken into consideration at a time when the Government is understandably preoccupied with the implications of Brexit.

“For this reason, we’re pleased that Alberto Costa MP has once again agreed to sit down with firms based in his South Leicestershire constituency so that – with ourselves – he can accurately reflect the voice and aspirations of local business where key decisions are to be made”.

Alberto concluded, “Businesses truly are the backbone to our local and national economy and of course I am always keen to engage with local businesses, to listen to their thoughts and views and to take these forward with the Government.

“It was a real pleasure to meet so many business people from across the East Midlands, and I hope those in attendance found the event as beneficial and informative as I did”.

» Aberto Costa M.P.

Tourism Partnership launches in district

A new tourism partnership promoting how the District of Blaby is a great place to visit has launched at the Leicester Marriott Hotel in Enderby.

MPs for the area Alberto Costa and Edward Argar joined Leader of Blaby District Council Councillor Terry Richardson and other guests at the Marriott to officially launch the partnership, which is supported by local businesses across the district.

Tourism Launch group photo

Working with Leicestershire Promotions Limited, Blaby District Council’s partnership will see it commit to develop a Tourism Plan which aims to increase local tourism, boost the economy and make information about attractions in the district more widely available

With Fosse Shopping Park drawing over eight million visitors a year, Meridian Leisure, one of the most popular out-of-town entertainment destinations in Leicestershire and three major hotel chains in the centre of the district, tourism to the local area boosts employment opportunities and drives the local economy.

Just a few miles south in the district’s rural heartland, over 3,000 people are expected to visit the district in April, as local BMX club the Leicester Huncote Hornets will be hosting two rounds of the 2018 British Cycling BMX National Championships at their European-standard track in Huncote. Stoney Cove, the UK’s National Diving Centre in Stoney Stanton also attracts thousands of visitors to the district every year, along with venues such as Kirby Castle and Stanton Lakes.

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, said: “I am really delighted to support the launch of Blaby District Council’s new Tourism Partnership. I know the District Council have been working very closely with some brilliant local businesses to bring this partnership to fruition.

“While I’m proud to say that the District already attracts millions of visitors a year, their ambitious tourism plan will draw even more visitors to the area and will place Blaby firmly on the tourism map.”

Edward Argar, MP for Charnwood, said: “”It is great to see Blaby District Council taking such a strong lead in promoting all that is best about our area at this event to launch the new Tourism Partnership for Blaby.

“The partnership and the Tourism Plan it will develop represents a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the amazing landscape, tourist attractions, events and heritage that make Leicestershire and Blaby so special, and such a great place to visit.”

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “The District of Blaby truly is the heart of Leicestershire. We are fortunate to have some of the largest businesses in the country based here, fantastic retail opportunities, great places to stay, as well as some beautiful open spaces.

“This Tourism Partnership will boost not only the economy, but help to promote some of our lesser-known attractions to the benefit of businesses and local residents.”

Jo Dempster, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Leicester Marriott Hotel and Chair of the Tourism Partnership said: “Following a lot of partnership activity and discussions over the last few months, it’s a great step that the Blaby Tourism Plan has launched.

“This is the start of a very exciting time for the district, its residents and visitors to the area. We look forward to the opportunities the plan will bring.”

The new website has joined with businesses from across the district and includes information on the biggest attractions, heritage sites and places to stay for people visiting the area. For full details visit www.exploreblaby.co.uk.

George Street – Temporary Closure

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a temporary road
and footway closure on George Street, Enderby.

The closure, planned to commence on the 23rd April and continue until 5th May, is required from the junction with Townsend Road for approximately 90 metres.

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being implemented for public
safety for the Hallam Read contractors to carry out the construction of a
new access and will incorporate a new water supply to be installed by
Severn Trent Water within the same works period.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via:-
Townsend Road, Alexander Avenue, Mitchell Road, George Street.

During the closure the alternative route for pedestrians will be via: –
Townsend Road, Mill Lane, King Street, Shortridge Lane, and
vice versa.

george street closure plan

Lynda Mann’s family fears that child killer Pitchfork will be released next month

Local media is reporting that double child killer, Colin Pitchfork, will be permanently released from prison following a parole hearing next month, the family of his first victim fears.

Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth
Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth

A report in the Leicester Mercury says that Pitchfork, who was jailed in 1988 for raping and murdering 15yr old Leicestershire schoolgirls Lynda Mann from Narborough and Dawn Ashworth from Enderby, in 1983 and 1986, will go before a behind-closed-doors parole board scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 24.

The board will assess whether it would be safe to release the 56-year-old.

Its ruling will be made public, but no details of the grounds for its decision will be released. Also, it will consider written statements from the families.

Lynda’s sister, Rebecca Eastwood, said her family believes the killer will be cleared for full release as he has made an unknown number of unescorted trips out of custody, including one in Bristol city centre, in the past few months.

This week, the family – who have collected approximately 40,000 signatures on petitions against his release – learned for the first time he has been allowed out overnight on his own.

Rebecca said: “He was allowed out in Bristol city centre without any kind of escort late last year and, we were told this week, he’s been out overnight on his own as well since then.

“So, by the look of it, they have already made their minds up about him.

“I think the decision is pretty much made and he is going to be released after the parole hearing at the end of May.

“We’re told the hearing is on May 24 and then it could be anything up to two weeks before a decision is made.

“We really do think we’ve reached the point where he will be freed.

“As far as we know, he’s going to have a new identity, a new start in life.

“We are still living with the loss and the consequences of what he did to Lynda and Dawn and still believe it is not safe to release this man.”

Last summer, the Ministry of Justice told the girls’ families that Pitchfork had been allowed to leave custody under the close supervision of Prison Service personnel.

A short time later, the ministry notified them that he was deemed ready for unescorted days out.

Pitchfork raped and murdered Lynda in November 1983, leaving her body near the Black Pad footpath, in Narborough.

Full Leicester Mercury item is viewable here

Frank Evans laid to rest

Frank Evans, who passed away on Sunday 25th February 2018, was finally laid to rest in Enderby Cemetery, following a funeral service at All Saints Church, Narborough.

In a well attended celebration of Frank’s life, the service took place at 1pm on Thursday 22nd March.

Frank Evans
Frank Evans

Former Enderby Parish Council colleagues and representatives from several other organisations with which Frank was associated joined friends and family for the service conducted by Father Alan Hawker.

Fr. Hawker knew Frank well and spoke fondly of the many and varied conversations in which he had participated with Frank, covering a wide range of topics, including his faith.

Fr. Hawker commented that he didn’t agree with Leicester Mercury’s characterisation of Frank as being “quirky” saying that, to those who knew him, Frank was just ……Frank!

Tributes were paid by Frank’s brother William who delivered a moving account of Frank’s  early life and adventures. He recalled how later in life Frank saw service with the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and was a member of the Prayer Book Society.

He was also well known by parents and pupils of local schools in his role of ‘Lollipop Man’ shepherding them across King Street – a duty he performed until, at the age of 85yrs, when he was forced to retire because of County Council insurance issues!!

Frank’s lodger and carer, Vivian Nwagboso, spoke of Frank’s kindness and her memories of their friendship over the past four and a half years.

See also: Frank Evans  (EYE news item) 06-03-2018