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  • Michael Mullaney and local residents are fighting to save Hinckley's Big Pit from development
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    Residents and Councillors have reacted with fury to the news that an appeal about plans to build on a Hinckley nature feature will not be heard in public.

    Orbit housing want to build 60 houses on the Big Pit nature feature, behind Ashby Road in Hinckley. Their proposals were turned down by Hinckley and Bosworth Council's Planning Committee at the beginning of this year. Orbit then appealed the decision and a Government Inspector will now make a decision on whether to allow the development to go ahead or not.

    Residents and Councillors are angry that the Government Inspector will only be receiving written submissions and there won't be a public hearing where people can come and give their views to the Inspector.

    Local Councillor for the area covering the Big Pit, Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem: Hinckley De Montfort) said "There should be a full public hearing where members of the public can come and give their views to the Inspector on this issue. It's outrageous that there won't be a public hearing held at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council where people can give their views.

    "The plans to develop the Big Pit are hugely controversial. They have been turned down on many occasions by the local Borough and County Council. Over 1,500 people signed a petition opposing plans to build on the site.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2018

    Six Sure Start Children's Centres that were due to be closed by the Conservative County Council have now been saved thanks to campaigns from residents and Lib Dem councillors.

    24 Children's Centres in Leicestershire were due to be closed by the Conservative County Council. Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney tried to amend the County Council budget earlier this year to save the Children's Centres but this was voted down by Conservative County Councillors who voted to close them.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2018

    A leading local Liberal Democrat is calling for the final EU deal to be put to a vote of the people.

    Leicestershire Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney said "The Conservative government is in chaos with minister after minister resigning. There's a complete lack of direction and leadership at the top of government.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2018

    Plans to abolish Hinckley and Bosworth Borough have been condemned by a Hinckley County Councillor.

    The Conservative leader of Leicestershire County Council, Nick Rushton, has launched a proposal to abolish all the Boroughs and Districts in Leicestershire and create one Leicestershire wide authority.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2018

    The train service running through a Leicestershire town has been branded abysmal and an appeal made for more trains to stop in the town.

    At present trains from Hinckley to Leicester and Hinckley to Birmingham stop hourly. Hinckley Lib Dem County Councillor Michael Mullaney is pressing for trains to stop more regularly in the town. Michael Mullaney said "Hinckley is a large and growing town. It's abysmal that we only get trains stopping here hourly. If we are to encourage more people to get off the roads and onto public transport the public transport available needs to be far more regular.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2018

    Liberal Democrats in Hinckley and Bosworth are calling for part of the extra funding announced for the NHS to be spent on properly financing local health services in our area, halting the planned £20m of cuts by the CCG in 2018/19 and finally providing Hinckley with the walk-­in health centre our growing community so desperately needs.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2018

    The Conservative MP for Hinckley and Bosworth David Tredinnick has faced anger over his decision to ask the Prime Minister about homeopathy today instead of the crisis in the local NHS.

    Last week it was revealed that the West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, which covers Hinckley and Bosworth would be faced with making £20million of savings making cutbacks to local NHS services very likely. Instead of raising this with the Prime Minister however, David Tredinnick instead raised the issue of homeopathy in the NHS.
  • Article: Apr 20, 2018

    A public meeting organised by Leicestershire County Council held at the Greentowers Centre in Hinckley heard parents and campaigners call for 24 threatened Sure Start Children's Centres to be saved.

    Amongst those attending was the local County Councillor Michael Mullaney (Lib Dem Hinckley De Montfort) Michael said "The Sure Start Children's Centres do vital work in our communities. They support children and families at the most important time, in the child's early years.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2018

    Local campaigners have reacted with anger at the revelation that money was the only reason the government cancelled plans to improve rail services in Leicestershire.


    Last year the government cancelled plans to electrify the East Midlands Mainline north of Kettering, which runs through Leicestershire and much of the East Midlands. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the improvements weren't needed because the rail service would be improved instead by the use of bi-mode trains.

  • Michael Mullaney welcomes new Earl Shilton Lib Dem councillor Emma Harrison
    Article: Apr 4, 2018

    The Lib Dems secured a surprise win in last Thursday's Earl Shilton Town Council by-election, defeating the Conservative candidate, the local Borough Councillor and Hinckley and Bosworth Cabinet member by more than 2-1.

    In the Earl Shilton Church Ward by-election Lib Dem Emma Harrison secured 94 votes, Labour's Michael Lehane 55, while Conservative Richard Allen, Borough Councillor for Earl Shilton and Executive member for planning got 46 votes.