Melton West to elect new councillor to Leicestershire County Council

By Luke Williamson

Melton West will appoint a new councillor to Leicestershire County Council after Alan Pearson decided to not stand for re-election due to health issues.

The seat will be contested by four candidates on Thursday, May 6, to replace Conservative Party councillor Mr Pearson.

The new Tory candidate running in the ward is Mark Frisby, looking to retain the seat for his party in this county council election.

His competition comes from Labour Party candidate Philip Allnatt, Alastair McQuillan of the Green Party and Independent candidate Marilyn Gordon.

Mr Frisby has run for election to Melton Borough Council before as an independent candidate, and has made the switch to the Conservative Party after losing by just four total votes in the 2019 borough election.

Mr Allnatt is an experienced politician who has served on Wiltshire Council where he held a number of positions including the Chair of the Budget before moving to Melton.

The Green Party representative, Alastair McQuillan, is known to voters in Melton after standing in the 2019 General Election.

He was unsuccessful in his bid to become the Rutland and Melton Member of Parliament, achieving just 4.9 per cent of the vote share, but was still the most voted for Green Party candidate in the East Midlands.

Former Mayor of Melton Marilyn Gordon is also standing for the County Council after a number of years away from politics, where she has repeatedly stood as an independent candidate.

The Ward is relatively new, with the first election for Melton West being in 2017 after the boundaries for Leicestershire were redrawn.

One of the first issues voters will want addressing is a planned ring road through two of the town’s busiest streets

The infrastructure of the town’s roads are a main concern to residents, with the proposed southern link to the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road still yet to even be agreed to.

The funding for the road is still to be decided upon and the incoming councillors will have to make a decision on this to allow building to start on the road.

The Government had offered £15 million to help the construction of the road but the deadline to accept it passed before the turn of the year, but it would be down to the councillors to get this money pledged again.

Other local economic issues are also high on the agenda for all candidates in the Melton West Ward, especially after the Coronavirus pandemic.

An increase in local services is also a priority, with members of the electorate wanting to see more frequent, and an eco-friendlier, bus service running into the town centre.

The Leicestershire County Council Election is on the Thursday, May 6, where all 55 seats are up for re-election.

Melton West Ward Factfile.

Melton West is relatively a newly established ward, from the redrawing of the boundaries in 2017. Alan Pearson, the outgoing county councillor, held the seat in the Melton South Ward from 2013, with that particular seat being held by the Conservative Party from 1997 until the present day.

In the previous election, there was just a turnout of 24.8 per cent, when Mr Pearson defeated Stef Blasé of the Labour Party and Liberal Democrat candidate Sam Asplin in a landslide victory, achieving 60.6 per cent of the vote share.

Melton Mowbray was recorded as Leicestershire’s only market town in 1086 Domesday Survey and is the third oldest market in England.

Dickinson and Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie shop is situated right on the border of the East and West Wards, and is the oldest and only remaining bakery producing and selling authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pies on the same site of the original shop opened by John Dickinson in 1851.

The Melton West Ward includes the Borough Wards Melton Dorian, Melton Egerton and Melton Sysonby.

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Women’s boxing club opens up in Leicester

By Joshua Solomon

A boxing club in Leicester now has a club for girls who want to take part.

Unity Boxing Club in Leicester has now opened a club for girls between the ages of 16 and 19 who enjoy the sport or want to take part.

It comes after Leicester City Council agreed to fund the programme for girls boxing from ages 16 to 19. The programme commences on Saturday, May 22, with the sessions free for the foreseeable future.  

Also, all attending will receive a free set of boxing gloves and training pads. 

Ajmal Butt, the owner of the Unity Boxing Club, said: “The council and the mayoress have always supported us since I opened 11 years ago, males and female classes have always run at Unity ABC.”

He added: “It’s important for females to be encouraged in our sport, and one of the most successful boxers is a female from our club. Paige Murney won Commonwealth Games silver two years ago and is currently on the GB 🇬🇧 squad.”

Former professional boxer from the midlands, Kelton McKenzie, who is now an independent boxing and fitness specialist coach who runs Boxercise4health, will also be involved as it is a joint venture with Unity Boxing Club.

If you are interested in joining the club you can contact them on 07976704585.

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Football pair’s Road2Pro social media brand takes off

By Joshua Solomon

Two grassroots footballers are taking their future careers into their own hands by starting their own social media pages.

Antonio Dembele and Aaron Ceasar have created a social media brand called Road2Pro – a day by day capture of their lives which shows their intense 1-2-1 training sessions, match highlights and fitness programmes.    

Antonio and Aaron have both played for an array of teams such as Sutton United, Leatherhead and Melwood FC and have now decided to add the media aspect as a way of getting attention. 

Already they have gained traction on Instagram with more than 600 followers and millions of viewers.

Antonio said: “The chances of being seen by a scout by playing just Sunday league football is very low, so we thought what would be a way of getting a light shone in our direction.

“That’s how this started really. I have a level 3 media qualification so I know I could make good video content.”

The pair started their Instagram page at the turn of the year during lockdown. 

The Instagram page has gauged a lot of attention due to the quality and transparent nature of the videos. Major sport platforms such as 433, who have more than 30 million followers, grassroots goals, tekkers and ESPN have all reposted videos. 

Following the success of the videos and updates, the pair have worked with one of the best trainers in the game, Sammy Moore, who is a youth academy owner, to fine tune their skills. 

Also, they have received plaudits from professional women’s player Ella Bryan who plays for West Bromwich Albion and various coaches from around the world such as German coach Tobias Esche. 

To find out more, visit their pages at:

Instagram: road2pro._

Twitter: road2_pro

TikTok: road2pro

Shoppers flock to Leicester city centre following latest lockdown easement

By Kira Gibson

People have flocked to Leicester High Street following the lifting of restrictions on April 12 – but not everyone is at ease with the crowds.

Shops in the city centre have had to deal with massive queues and lots of customers in the past week as shoppers flood back into the streets.

Each shop has had to deal with an influx of people, even if they have been open during the lockdown after being deemed “essential” by the Government.

The weather has also had an impact on bringing shoppers out, with the sunny weather being a magnet for punters wishing to enjoy the ‘freedom’ they now have.

This is the first time in more than a year that Leicester has enjoyed the freedom that comes with lockdown restrictions being lifted at the same time as the rest of the country.

However, DMU student Stephen Faddes said: “I think generally people are taking more risks, not only because of the vaccine rollout but because people have missed going out and going shopping.

“There are many packed venues with outdoor seating which is unnerving to see given that the pandemic is still happening right now.”

The next stop on the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown is scheduled for May 17, which will see most outdoor social contact rules being lifted with gatherings over 30 people still being illegal, indoor hospitality allowed and entertainment venues due to open.

All legal limits on social contact are hoped to be lifted on June 21 along with nightclubs due to reopen and large events and performances allowed.