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  • Local resident Lloyd Godsall signing the streetlighting petition
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat councillors who have been fighting to stop streetlights being turned off have welcomed a partial success in their campaign.

    Having already switched off a number of lights during the night, the Conservative-run County Council announced plans to cut a further £1 million from the street lighting budget. This led to concerns that some lights would be switched off altogether and people returning home from work on winter nights would have to travel home in the dark.

  • Mathew hulbert campaigning for Youth Services
    Article: Sep 23, 2014

    LIBERAL Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth are condemning proposals to make massive cuts to Children, Young Peoples and Families services in Leicestershire.

    The County Council has announced plans to cut £800,000 from the budget which covers services provided to young people.

    LCC hopes much of the slack will be taken up by community and voluntary organisations, but that sector is itself facing budget and funding cuts and Councillors are q uestioning how many services will end up being totally lost.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    A report into housebuilding on greenfields sites has been supported by a local Councillor.

    The Campaign to Protect Rural England has published a report showing that in just the last two years 27,000 new houses have been given the go-ahead nationally on greenfield sites despite being opposed by Councillors.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney has welcomed the decision that Police and crime commissioners would be scrapped under Liberal Democrat manifesto proposals.

    Cllr Michael Mullaney said "Liberal Democrats in Leicestershire have consistently opposed Police Commissioners since this daft idea was first suggested.

  • Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney, Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Jeff Bannister and Co-Founder of Love Hinckley Cathy Phayres at the Love Hinckley event held at Sketchley Grange
    Article: Sep 16, 2014

    Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney welcomed the huge attendance at a recent business networking event in Hinckley as a sign of how positive things are going in the area.

    Cllr Michael Mullaney attended the "Love Hinckley" business networking event held recently at Sketchley Grange. Michael Mullaney said "The event was packed with over 60 people there. The Love Hinckley group has been going for almost a year now and this is one of the biggest turnouts they have ever had for an event.

  • Councillors Michael Mullaney and Mathew Hulbert with local apprentice Chantelle Michel and
    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    A NEW national campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships has been welcomed in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Business Secretary Vince Cable MP has launched the 'Get In, Go Far' campaign which is being supported by employers across the country and coincides with the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors including engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.

    Liberal Democrat Councillors say this will build on successes locally in enabling young people to take up apprenticeships and build on those opportunities.

    In recent years Hinckley and Bosworth has seen one of the biggest increases in apprenticeships outside of London.

    One young person who has taken up an apprenticeship is Chantelle MIchel who is a Year 2 Apprentice and works at Xact Display Solutions Limited in Hinckley.

    She says, "Spending the last year with Xact Display completing an apprenticeship in business administration was the best decision I could have made for my future.

    I knew that university wasn't for me, but the lack of options shown to me during sixth form pushed me to apply.

    Turning down the university places I had been offered and applying for an apprenticeship was definitely the right thing to do and I don't regret a thing about making that decision.

    "The course has been the perfect stepping stone into working life for me.

    It's given me a lot of confidence, skills and experience that, along with the qualification, I know will help me greatly with my career in the future.

    I, without doubt, would recommend apprenticeships to anyone who wants to earn qualifications and experience through working in the real world with real situations and real people."

    Director of Xact Display, Craig Sparrow, who also runs the Atkins Networking event in Hinckley for local businesses with colleague Mark Beasley, says "Chantelle has completed and passed her first year apprenticeship in Business Administration and we are proud she has now made the decision to continue her apprenticeship with Xact Display Solutions to study Social Media for Business.

    We are proud to support the apprenticeships program provided by North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

    It is a great opportunity for us as an employer to develop and grow the business whilst supporting enthusiastic and driven young people to develop their individual learning and skills in a real-life situation."

    Councillor Mathew Hulbert (Lib Dem, Barwell), the Borough's Children and Young People's Champion, says "I'd like to congratulate Chantelle on her successes so far and wish her well for the future and commend Craig, her employer, for showing how rewarding and beneficial it can be for businesses-large and small-to take on apprentices.

    It is to ensure there can be many more others able to benefit,as Chantelle has, that we welcome the announcement by the Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable of the new campaign to encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships."

    Councillor Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem, Hinckley Trinity) says, "It's great that we have seen one of the biggest increases in apprenticeships in the Country here in Hinckley and Bosworth.

    Both nationally and locally, getting young people into apprenticeships is a top priority for Lib Dems."

    For more information on apprenticeships and the apprenticeships that are being featured in the 'Get In, Go Far' campaign, pleas visit: http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    A local Councillor has welcomed a huge drop in unemployment in the local area.

    Unemployment in the Bosworth constituency fell by almost half over the last year.

    Cllr Michael Mullaney Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for Hinckley and Bosworth said "There has been a huge drop in unemployment locally.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Hinckley Liberal Democrat County Councillor Michael Mullaney is urging County Council Conservative bosses to drop their plans to cut services for people who have lost their sight.

    Cllr Mullaney said "I have been personally contacted by a number of local residents who have lost their sight and are concerned about the County Council's plans.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2014

    If you support the campaign to save Leicestershire's streetlights from Conservative County Council cutbacks and to move to more energy efficient LED lighting you can sign the petition at http://leicestershirelibdems.org.uk/en/petition/don-t-let-them-turn-our-street-lights-off

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014
    A Public Hearing was held in Hinckley on the 24th July into the future of the Big Pit nature feature in Hinckley.
    The Big Pit is considered an environmental asset, by many residents in Hinckley. It is a water feature, almost a lake, behind Ashby Road in Hinckley.
    An applicant has proposed to fill in the Big Pit and build houses on the site.
    This has provoked huge opposition from local residents and Hinckley Lib Dem Councillors. The plans to build on the Big Pit were opposed by both Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council.
    So the applicant appealed to a government Inspector for permission to build on the site.
    The Inspector held a second Public Hearing into the case on July 24th and there was a big turnout of local residents and Councillors.
    Michael Mullaney Lib Dem County Councillor for Hinckley said "Residents came with real concerns about what would happen if the Big Pit were to be filled in. There are worries about the sheer number of lorry movements along Ashby Road it would take to fill in the Big Pit, and the noise and dust that would come with those lorry movements.
    "Many residents raised worries about the risk of flooding in the area being increased if the Big Pit was filled in. And many residents consider the Big Pit to be an environmental asset that needs protecting.
    "Hinckley Lib Dem Councillors Jeff Bannister, David Bill, Bron Witherford and myself all spoke at the meeting on the need to protect the Big Pit and the risks that would come if it were filled in.
    "I hope the Inspector took on board the large number of concerns raised by residents and Councillors at the Hearing. I hope when he makes his decision the Inspector will oppose the plans to build on the Big Pit, and support keeping this environmental asset in Hinckley."