Loughborough councillor starts petition to keep Biggin Street toilets open

By Luke Williamson.

Loughborough Ashby Councillor Dr Julie Bradshaw has started a petition to stop a town centre public toilet from closing.

The facility in Biggin Street, which is currently closed due to a staff shortage, could remain closed after Charnwood Borough Council’s budget review later this month to save the council £20,000.

Coun Bradshaw said: “The closure would be a disaster for residents, the community and our town of Loughborough.

“People come from all over to visit Loughborough, especially when the market is on twice weekly and hopefully, they will do again soon.

“Even in these difficult times, not having a facility to use would be awful.”

Coun Bradshaw and her colleague Mary Draycott, representing Loughborough Hastings, are hoping to hand the petition in at the next full council meeting.

Biggin Street toilets, which are set to be closed down. Picture: Coun Dr Julie Bradshaw

She said that people of all ages can get caught needing the loo at any time when they are in the town.

She added: “It’s not just the older generation we are talking about.

“Many other groups of people such as the disabled, those with medical conditions or mums and dads with children would also be put in a huge predicament if there were no public toilets available.”

The petition states that the only other public toilet, the award-winning toilets in Market Place, would be too busy and not safe to use.

Residents have expressed their concerns too, telling their councillors that they no longer wish to visit the town centre on a market day anymore as the toilets in Market Place would be too busy, especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The petition has 390 signatures so far, with the goal of reaching 400.

You can sign the petition at the following link here https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-biggin-street-public-toilets-in-loughborough-open

A perfect send off – claps across the UK for Sir Captain Tom

by Abigail Beresford

The streets of Leicestershire and the rest of the UK were filled last week with people clapping to commemorate the work and life of Sir Captain Tom Moore, after his recent death.

The 100-year-old was admitted to Bedford hospital on January 31, after testing positive for coronavirus and contracting pneumonia.

However, Sir Tom lost his battle and passed away on February 2.

Tributes flooded in from all around the UK and from around the world to show their deepest commiserations regarding his family’s recent loss.

The Queen led the tributes in light of the devastating news of the passing of Sir Tom, sending her own private message to the family, offering her condolences.

Captain Tom, as he was known, was knighted in 2020, in recognition of his services in fighting for his country during the Second World War, and the charitable work he completed to raise money for the NHS during the beginning of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister led the nation in applauding for Sir Tom for one minute at 7pm last Thursday(FEB4), outside 10 Downing Street.

Hands clean, keen, and ready to clap [Abigail Beresford]

Millions of people took to the entrance of their front doors, applauding, some even with kitchenware.

Thousands of residents in Leicestershire also participated in paying their respects for Sir Tom.

“He played such a big part in keeping positive throughout this pandemic,” said Theo Hunter-Rice, 19.

“It’s such a shame that he was unable to see the end to this pandemic and lose his battle to it.”

A quiet service is to be held by Sir Tom’s family, in order to pay their respects and bid an intimate farewell.

The family are encouraging people to donate to his fundraising page, to continue raising money for the NHS at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalk.

Covid-19 changes lives…but not in a good way

By Kira Gibson

Every single day thousands of people contract Covid-19, but nobody is 100 per cent sure how long it will take to recover from it. 

The NHS has a webpage dedicated to helping people understand and deal with the symptoms that might be left over after having coronavirus – however this webpage isn’t well publicised and does not appear at the top of internet searches. 

The name given to the symptoms and problems that can occur after the original ten days of isolation and illness is “post-Covid-19 syndrome” or “long Covid”. 

Long Covid isn’t widely talked about so many people don’t know what to expect after the initial sickness has passed – but everyone knows what to look for when you have the virus. 

Reece Classick (21) is dealing with some of the symptoms named on the NHS website that will still be around after leaving isolation. 

Reece Classick, 21. Photo credit: Reece Classick

He started having symptoms on December 28 and quickly realised it was Covid-19 and got tested. 

He suffered with the main symptoms listed by the Government to look out for (cough, loss/change to taste and smell and a high temperature) as well as joint and muscle pain, trouble breathing and chest pain. 

He left isolation 22 days later, but nearly five weeks after the official ten-day isolation ended, Mr Classick is still suffering with breathlessness and pain in his chest, joints and muscles. 

He said: “The worst bit was realising that the tight chest and shortness of breath is a long-term thing.

“Things like walking around or sitting up knock the wind out of you and it’s like you don’t feel you’re breathing enough even though you are. 

“Like you feel you can’t breathe but actually you’re breathing fine? But that’s all psychosomatic stuff – like your brain is used to breathing deeper and longer than you can?

“It’s bad in the short term and recovery is nasty in the long run, but the sickness passed pretty quickly (8-9 days) and then it’s just pain all over for me.” 

Mr Classick didn’t have any prior respiratory problems such as asthma when he caught the illness. For more information on Long Covid or what to expect after having the virus, please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/long-term-effects-of-coronavirus-long-covid/ or alternatively go directly to https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/managing-the-effects/effects-on-your-body/ to find out about a specific part of your recovery. 

DMU prepares for its next Digital Open Day

By Shantelle Gondo

De Montfort University is preparing for its next online open day due to COVID-19 with the hope that prospective students can gain a flavour of an on-campus experience.

The DMU digital open day will be taking place on Saturday(FEB13), with the aim of helping individuals choose which university they would like to attend and if a course is suitable for them there.

One potential future student, Bridget Williams, said: “It’s very scary being a new student and let alone attending open day online, but DMU seem to want to make sure it’s the same experience as on-Campus so I do feel quite confident but I am a bit nervous.”

The open day will involve:

  • interacting with others
  • course talks
  • Q&A
  • A chance to hear from tutors and current students.

Bridget said: “Hopefully the coming year new students will get the usual on-campus open day, but I am glad to be experiencing the online one too.”

DMU is hoping to offer a bespoke on campus experience in the future.

For more information and to attend the open day visit https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-study/open-days/open-days.aspx#main or call 0116 250 6070.

Snow hits Leicester once again

By Shantelle Gondo

The people of Leicester were left shocked after seeing snow once again through their windows on Saturday midnight.

Leicestershire Police are warning people to beware of the severe weather conditions, with the temperature in Leicester expected to remain at 0 degrees or below until tomorrow (WED,FEB10).

Uppingham Road at Skeffington was blocked due to several vehicles becoming stuck, and people were advised to avoid this area and not to drive unless it is essential.