Tesco Roundabout Night Closures 20 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

Ashby Tesco Roundabout Night Closures


Leicestershire County Council (LCC) Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order:

A temporary weekday overnight road closure at the Tesco roundabout on the A511 and Nottingham Road, Ashby de la Zouch from the Monday 20th November to Friday 1st December 2017  between the hours of 20:00 to 06:00.

The Order will be for LCC to carry out resurfacing works on the roundabout at the junctions with the Ashby by-pass (A511) and Nottingham Road.

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Dingy Social Bike Ride – 10am Sat 11th November 2017 Hicks Lodge

Biking and the outdoors as medicine for mental illness ? – a new local initiative by Packington resident Marc Stapleford – FREE to join in.
Dingy Bike Ride Advert imageMarc writes:

Join me in a new monthly ride initiative, which will focus on connecting people with the outdoors, using biking and the great outdoors as medicine in the management of mental illness. The project is called dingy.life  

I held a social ride on World Mental Illness Day, at Hicks Lodge on Sat 14th October, and plan a monthly ride for the foreseeable future supporting the charity MIND.  We raised £45 which was never my intention, but riders donated, so I thought what a great idea. A link to our next event is here – you can register there so I know how many are coming, or just turn up. Please meet at Hicks Lodge  LE65 2UP at 10am on Saturday 11th November 2017. 

You can contact me, Marc Stapleford, on 07506 938536

Big Quiz Night at Memorial Hall – Saturday 18th November 2017

Packington Cricket Club

Quiz Night

Saturday 18th November 2017- Doors Open 7:15pm

Packington Memorial Hall, 3 High Street, Packington, LE65 1WJ

Bar available

1st Prize – £60

2nd Prize – 6 bottles of wine

3rd Prize – Chocolate hamper

Raffle and Games during the interval

£15 per team of 4,  Max 25 teams –  to reserve your place

call: Gary Downing 07429 152147; or

email: garydowning@ymail.com

Quiz starts @ 7.45pm

Finish @ 10.15pm

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Report on Village HS2 Meeting Friday 29th September 2017

This village meeting, organised by the Packington HS2 Response Team in the Memorial Hall, was attended by approximately 60 residents.

The aim of the meeting was to give villagers a better understanding of what the Team have being doing on their behalf in respect of HS2, since the public meetings in January and February, and to explain the implications of the confirmed route. The meeting was given a brief background to HS2 in this area, a summary of the formal consultation response, and information on further lobbying of HS2, Government and local councils since the formal submission.

Residents were thanked for responding individually, as this had contributed significantly to overturning the November 2016 route proposal, which would have been by far the worst option for Packington. Of seven proposed route changes to HS2 Phase 2 being consulted on, our section was the only one where the November 2016 proposal was thrown out. Sadly, our attempts to promote an example route that missed Packington completely, and eliminated impact on 90% more homes, as well as schools and businesses, was not given serious consideration.

The implications for Packington of the confirmed route were explained. Our community will still suffer noise and dust pollution during construction, there will be serious visual impacts, transport links will be disrupted over a lengthy period, and the train will be heard and seen once work is completed, causing permanent blight on the village. Continue reading ‘Report on Village HS2 Meeting Friday 29th September 2017’ »

FREE Tree Scheme – just order by 27 October 2017

Free trees banner Grab a Tree for Free 2017

In the National Forest and beyond

The overwhelmingly popular Free Tree Scheme is back again, and you can help to continue the success of the scheme by supporting it this year. The scheme has already seen thousands of trees planted across the district and the District Council is once again teaming up with The National Forest Company to make our district even greener.

There are four trees to choose from: Holly; Cherry Plum; Hazel; Whitebeam. Again this year we have the Hedge Fund with residents able to order up to 30 metres of hedging of Hawthorn and Hazel.

You can order online at: www.nwleics.gov.uk/freetreescheme2017

Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 19 November. Place your order to receive your free trees now, and by Friday 27 October 2017.

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Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire – Monday 28th August 2017

GarenView_CIMG3673w160_4kPackington Village Gardens Open Day – Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire  – Major Village Event on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2017 from 2pm to 7pm. Admission is by passport to 12+ gardens, Adults £3.50, Accompanied children FREE.

Passports available on the day from Packington village Car Park on Measham Road – LE65 1WP for your SatNav – or at participating gardens.

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Appleby Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival

Saturday 26th August – 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Appleby Magna Food Gusto Festival is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, with a wide range of great food, drink, music and activities for all the family and is a great way to end the holidays.

Where is it held?

The festival is held on Saturday 26th of August from 10:30 – 16:30 on the beautiful grounds of the Sir John Moore Foundation, Top Street, Appleby Magna, just of junction 11 of the M42.

Use the postcode DE12 7AH to find us on a sat nav or use the google maps link here. Entrance is £2, with children under 12 going free. Parking is available opposite the site.

What To Expect

The Food-Producers will be selling meats, cheese, wine, beer, artisan breads, vegetables, jams, pickles, pates, herbs, charcuterie, crepes and more.

The Drink – Enjoy a glass of wine, prosecco, champagne, farm produced cider, barista coffee

The Music – The Headhunters, The Old Dogs, The Paul Morrel Band, Coriel, Andy Fern, Mark John, The Acoustic Fellas, Mick Smith, David Gray, Roger Woodard, Green Fortune …

For The Children – Childrens rides, heritage tours, face painting

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Sunday 3rd September 2017 – Cycle race through Packington

Coming through Packington: – Manchester to London 220 mile cycle race

“.. there will be a cycling event which will be passing through North West Leicestershire at certain points on Sunday 3 September. There should be minimal impact and Police Operations are aware and in liaison with the event organisers. Please see the attached map of proceedings. Kind Regards,
Alex Branford
Stronger and Safer Communities Administration Officer

Email: alex.branford@nwleicestershire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01530 454627


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Our HS2 Response Team’s View of the newly-confirmed Route

“Good News – but Impact Lessened, not Removed”

Conservation Area – Mill Street from Proposed HS2 Route, not now to proceed.

Residents will already be aware that this week the Government announced its decision not to adopt the change of route for HS2 to the east of Measham, first proposed in November 2016. This is good news for the village, as that revised route was the worst of all options, not only for Packington but also for neighbouring villages. Many of the objections that we included in our response on behalf of the village are referred to in the analysis of responses supplied to the Secretary of State.

Since the 9th March, when the consultation period closed, the Response Team has continued to lobby Ministers, and indeed the Prime Minister, seeking a less harmful route.

We have been told by HS2 Ltd that they were surprised by both the number and the quality of the responses to the consultation about the route change in this area. SLC Rail, who are consultants to the District Council, have said that we should be proud of our achievement in overturning the route change proposal, as it is rare for this to happen.

We would like to thank the many residents of Packington, and their friends and family outside the village, who made the effort to submit individual responses to the consultation. Without your involvement we probably would not have achieved this outcome. The weight of objections really does seem to have made a difference.

Map showing Confirmed HS2 Route and A42 past 5-ways Junction, Packington, and Ashby. Tap or click the map for full Government details

Sadly Packington will still be faced with the constructional and operational impacts of a high speed rail line close to the village. The impact has been lessened, not removed. Consequently the Response Team will continue to lobby HS2 Ltd during the design stage, in order to minimise the adverse effects on Packington and its residents as far as is possible.

We look forward to the continued support of the people of Packington.

Richard Jones
Chairman, Packington HS2 Response Team

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