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MP launches survey to hear residents’ views on rail services

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, will be writing to all residents of Narborough and Littlethorpe at the beginning of September to hear their views on the rail services and facilities offered at Narborough railway station.

Alberto, who has been working alongside the Friends of Narborough Station (FONS) community group, will send the survey to almost 7,000 residents across both villages with a range of questions asking for their views on how the rail services and facilities offered from Narborough station can be improved for constituents and rail users.

Alberto said, “As the only railway station in my South Leicestershire constituency, Narborough is a hugely important infrastructure hub for the local community, however I have long received complaints about the services offered from the railway station; from the lack of a ticket machine on the platform, to overcrowded peak time trains. This is a vital opportunity for constituents in Littlethorpe and Narborough to have their voices heard, no matter how often they use the trains, to help shape the future services and the range of facilities available at the station”.

Mr John Harrison, Chairman of the Friends of Narborough Station (FONS) added, “I am delighted with the support FONS is getting from our MP Alberto. There is clearly a need for a better service to be provided at the station in order to avoid the sometimes overcrowding of trains. Commuters are paying a high price to stand in some cases throughout the whole of their journeys. Alongside rail service improvements, FONS are also keen to identify how users would like to see passenger facilities upgraded and so any suggested ideas will be most welcome”.

Alberto Costa M.P.
Alberto Costa M.P.

Alberto concluded, “I am immensely grateful to FONS for their assistance and local knowledge in creating this survey, and I hope constituents won’t mind just taking a few moments of their time to complete the survey and share their views to help shape the future of their local railway station.

I very much look forward to seeing the completed surveys in October”.

The survey, which will posted out to all residents on the electoral roll in Narborough and Littlethorpe on 1st September, can be returned by being posted into one several ‘MP Survey Return Boxes’ set up across both villages at the following locations – Narborough railway station, the Bread Box, Tesco (Copt Oak Court), Narborough Post Office, Select Convenience (Coventry Road), Carlton Stores (Forest Road) and in Littlethorpe, the Plough pub and the Old Inn pub.

The window to return completed surveys will be 1st October.

Picture above shows Narborough railway station – courtesy of the Friends of Narborough Railway Station (FONS).

View FONS website

Summer family dog day

Photo: Dog

A free family fun day for dog owners is taking place in Narborough on Thursday 23 August.

Run by Blaby District Council, the event is an opportunity for dog owners to turn up and get a free collar and/or tag to ensure they comply with the law.

Owners will also be able to get their pooch chipped or make sure the chip’s details are up to date.

The family event on Narborough Park runs from 10am-2pm and welcomes all ages.

The Dogs Trust Education Officers will be on hand to help young people learn about dogs with lots of fun activities.

Leicester Animal Aid will showcase their Community Pet Support Scheme (CPSS), which supports vulnerable owners to care for their pets in their own homes for as long as it is mutually beneficial. This free scheme is also available in Oadby & Wigston and Hinckley & Bosworth.

All dogs in out in a public space must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Dogs must also have an up to date chip.

Donations for collars, tags or chips will go towards the Chairman’s chosen charity Pink Pants, which raises awareness of the BRCA gene that can cause breast cancer.

Visitors are advised to use LE19 2EP for their navigation systems to get to the event.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council]

#IslaStones campaign catches imagination worldwide

Isla Tansley (image 'unknown source')

Isla Tansley, the seven year old girl from Hinckley with a rare form of cancer, has died aged 7 years.

A campaign to remember her has inspired people all over the world to remember her by painting and hiding stones. People were encouraged to photograph, paint and re-hide the stones.

The youngster was the inspiration behind the #islastones campaign which took-off on social media platforms.

Decorated items (mostly stones) include the ‘#IslaStones’ hashtag so anyone finding a hidden article bearing the tag can find out more about the campaign online.

They can also post a picture on a dedicated Facebook group with over 50,000 members.

Cyclists from the Stoney Stanton Velo Club are reported to have placed three stones during their ride up Mont Ventoux in southern France.

The campaign is reported to have even reached the “….snowy climes of Antarctica, where researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division polished a piece of wood and painted it with a pair of penguins and a chick.”

Isla suffered from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, also known as ‘DIPG’ is the second most common type of primary, high grade brain tumour in children. Following an operation last year, Isla lost feeling in her lower body.

Local Facebook Groups report ‘findings’ and ‘re-hides’

Member of the Facebook Group, ‘All Things Enderby’, Lucy Bloomfield posted “Leia’s stone found in Enderby – rehidden in The Pastures”

Facebook image

Andy Allbut-King, posting on the Facebook Group ‘The Pastures, Narborough’ wrote “Found a stone this morning on The Pastures in Narborough, then I was informed that this little angel had passed. Fly high with the angels my sweet one. Condolences to your mummy and daddy.”

Facebook image #IslaStones

More information on the Facebook Group #IslaStones

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

Trial closure of Dog Waste Bins abandoned as tip issues are resolved

Enderby Parish Councillors have learned that the operational issues with the District’s Dedicated Dog Waste Bins (DDWB’s) has been resolved.

The proposed trial closure of designated dog bins will not now be necessary.

Leicestershire County Council have now provided a more appropriate facility for Blaby District Council to dispose of both mixed litter and waste from designated dog bins that avoids the problematic issues of going to a landfill site close to Lutterworth.

Dog
Picture: Louise Baldock ( http://louisebaldock.blogspot.co.uk)

As the EYE reported on 14th March (Designated dog-waste bins may ‘disappear’ after local trial) the small transit van size tippers used by the District Council’s cleansing teams were regularly getting stuck on the landfill site, being overloaded due to mud being stuck to the underside of the vehicles, and expensive repairs were being incurred correcting damage caused on the site.

Expensive repairs were becoming alarmingly regular in order to correct damage caused on the site.

The change of stance by the County Council has enabled the District Council’s cleansing teams to continue to collect waste in the same way from street bins without the need to mix waste or close any designated dog waste bins. This will come as welcome news to many dog walkers in Enderby and Narborough.