Leicester City Council approve Beaumont Leys Lane plan

By Declan Lloyd

Despite objection from some local residents, Leicester City Council unanimously accepted plans for an extension on Beaumont Leys Lane, on Wednesday.

The proposed construction, on 46 Beaumont Leys Lane, involves a single storey extension to the front and rear of the property, as well as a two storey extension at the side of the property and a single storey outbuilding being at the rear of the property.

Leicester City Council’s Planning and Development Committee were required to debate the plans after 12 local residents objected to the plans as a result of concerns of reduced property values in the local area.

However every member of the committee voted for the plans to go ahead with the chair of the committee, Councillor Cassidy, saying in the meeting: “We are quite happy to support extensions like these.”

Councillors to debate over former household recycling centre becoming vehicle recycling centre

By Max Pearson

Pleas from locals will be heard today at Leicester City Council’s Planning and Development Control Committee today after a petition containing 24 signatories called for the rejection of a former recycling centre becoming a vehicle recycling centre.

The site on Bridge Road, which is still owned by the City Council, was last used as a household recycling site until the opening of a new purpose built facility at Gypsum Close that opened in April 2015.

The application, which was put forward by Mr Norman Hudson, received ten objections relating to noise, air quality and parking.

One of the objectors, Cllr Luis Fonseca said: “My concern is the health and wellbeing and safety of the residents around the area as a whole.

“As you may be aware, this area is one of the most populated areas in Leicestershire.”

He added: “Some of the 2 or 3 bedroom properties have about 15 to 16 people living in it.”

“As this area is hugely populated, the number of cars parked outside the property is immense and there is the possibility of an accident, due to more traffic congestion if this application goes ahead.

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The proposed site on Bridge Road

The application also proposes the construction of a single storey detached building that will be used to store vehicles once they have arrived at the site.

The majority of vehicles, that will be brought onto the site, will be collected by one of the company’s vehicle transporters, with between four and six vehicles expected to be delivered daily.

If the application is successful, the business will have six members of staff at the premises, with the proposed opening hours being 09.00 to 17.00 between Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 14.00 on Saturdays and not at all on Sundays and Bank Holidays.





Beaumont Leys Lane extension construction to be debated by council


By Declan Lloyd

Today, after complaints from residents, including potential decreased property values, Leicester City Council will debate plans for an extension to a property on Beaumont Leys Lane in Leicester.

The proposed construction, on 46 Beaumont Leys Lane, involves a single storey extension to the front and rear of the property, as well as a two storey extension at the side of the property and a single storey outbuilding being at the rear of the property.

The application made to the Leicester City Council Planning Committee will be debated by councillors after there were 12 objections.

Reasons for the objections include residents concerned about loss of light, detriment to local living environment and the character or appearance of the property leading to reduced property values.

Other issues include issues with access to parking.

An objector to the construction and local resident, Adam Hill, said: “If this property goes ahead our houses will be worth less.

“Not to mention the noise that I expect from the building work.

“I hope that the council rejects this application fully.”

However in the agenda for the meeting includes that the proposal is ‘an acceptable design’ and that ‘it unlikely to have any significant detrimental impact on the character of the street scene or the adjoining properties’.

The overall recommendation by the planning officer is for approval.

Journalism student lands job at ITV News


Haddy Ndure, who graduates in July starts work with ITV News this summer

A De Montfort University student has a cause for celebration after securing herself a highly sought-after job at ITV News.

Haddy Ndure, who is currently in her final year of a Journalism and History degree at De Montfort University and will graduate in July, will begin working with ITV and ITN News in the summer.

She is one of just ten people who have won a place at this year’s ITV News graduate scheme out of more than 1,200 applicants.

Haddy said: “It’s all very exciting. I have always been sure that I wanted to be a journalist and like in most careers, experience is essential.

“Knowing this, I have engaged myself in as much work as possible before and during my degree.

“I spent last summer with BBC World Service and BBC Manchester and very recently BBC Cambridge. Having those experiences under my belt as well as the skills and knowledge acquired from my degree has definitely played a big part in landing this job.”

After applying online she was invited to an assessment day and there were 50 hopefuls at that stage of the process.

“I left ITV studios that day thinking this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It was incredibly intense and challenging, they pushed us to the limit. However, I must have done something right, because I received a phone call the week after, inviting me for an interview. I couldn’t believe it.”

Haddy had cleared two hurdles, from being one of 1,200 who had applied to one of 50 at the assessment – now she was one of three in line for the job.

“During the interview, I just gave it my all. I went in very prepared but I still left feeling like I hadn’t done enough, again, it was that intense.

“University has been the best and hardest three years of my life. It has made me realise how little I actually knew about the world. I am so glad to be leaving knowing that I have secured myself a job.”

And Haddy’s top tip on landing that dream job?

“For every student, especially in journalism, I would say experience is key. Get as much experience as you can and of course put in the work and you will be just fine.”


Were Leicester City right to sack Premier League title-winning Ranieri?

By Vicki Connelly

After a celebratory season with Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City’s performance started to go down hill, and with the boys in blue only winning five out of 25 games under Ranieri’s watch, they decided to make Craig Shakespeare the new manager.

Now, with six league games left of this season, the question is was sacking Ranieri the right thing to do?