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From oak tree to work of art.
Broughton Astley Parish Council are delighted to announce the installation of a carved oak bench at the Leisure Centre site.
As part of the building work for the leisure centre four mature oak trees were unfortunately felled.
We really did not want to lose these majestic specimens and vowed to bring them back to life in another form. The Parish Council looked at the different ways in which they could be utilised, and we found a very skilled wood carver who could make benches from the oak trunks.
The parish office staff then worked to get the project underway by applying for funds from Harborough District Council's Community Grant Fund. Once this was approved, we booked in Peter Leadbeater, a Leicestershire wood sculptor, to begin the hard work. The project was delayed by the Covid pandemic and poor weather, but Peter began carving on April 21st 2021 and just five days later an amazing work of art had been created, bringing an old tree trunk back to life!
We then had to work out how to move the bench into place as it was so heavy!
A local farmer, Nick Lane, came to our rescue and very kindly used his heavy lifting gear to put the bench in situ. We would like to send a special thanks to Nick for his help.
The bench has been treated and anchored. It takes pride of place near to the place where it once grew, and people are able to sit and watch the children play.
Rodney the owl.
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Out of Hours Incident Reporting Procedure
OUT-OF-HOURS INCIDENT REPORTING PROCEDURE
Major civil incident with loss of life e.g., gas explosion or major traffic accident.
Contact the emergency services.
General incident, not affecting Parish Council property or staff.
Contact the Duty Officer at the appropriate authority:
Harborough District Council (Planning, Waste Management, etc.) 01858 828282.
Incident affecting Parish Council property or staff.
Alert the Parish Manager – on 01455 285655 and leave a message if no reply.
Incident at the Village Hall e.g., burglar alarm activated.
Contact the Police (101) and the Parish Manager (01455 285655 and leave a message if no reply)
Office opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Out of Hours Policy and Procedures (PDF, 86 Kb)
Out of hours incident reporting procedure
Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:55 by Broughton Astley Parish Council Admin.
Alberto Costa MP – Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire
House of Commons
Tel - 0207 219 4936 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
MP urges the Government to take tougher action on plastic More »
- MP unveils report making key recommendations on tackling plastic pollution
- The report is supported by over twenty cross-industry organisations
- The holistic recommendations would reduce the amount of plastic pollution entering our rivers and seas
Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Microplastics has recommended that the Government take stronger action on plastic policy.
Mr Costa has worked with MPs and Peers from all parties and industry stakeholders to produce the APPG's first report containing holistic policies focussed on reducing microplastic pollution.
The report also explores the issues posed by plastic microfibres, which can be shed from textiles such as clothing when worn and laundered. It is estimated that 700,000 microfibres are released into our waterways during each use of a domestic washing machine. Due to their size, they are too small to be caught by standard washing machines and can end up in the wastewater system. They can damage riverine and marine species and can subsequently enter into the human food chain.
The APPG held a series of stakeholder roundtables and a consultation to create six holistic policy recommendations which are supported by cross-industry sectors to reduce the effects of microplastic and microfibre pollution.
These include, appointing a designated Minister of Plastic Pollution (MOPP) to oversee plastic pollution prevention policies. The Minister would also have responsibility for the creation of a Microplastic Action Plan (MAP). This would set out an overall strategy for Government to help tackle microplastic release into the environment from all sources. The report also recommends that an Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for textiles be introduced from 2023. This would be a year after the already planned DEFRA consultation on a scheme for textiles.
The report also recommends introducing legislation that would require all domestic washing machines to be fitted with a filter from 2025. This would significantly reduce the amount of plastic microfibres which end up in our rivers and seas. Introducing microfibre filters within washing machines would also empower the consumer to take appropriate action on microfibres within their home. The Government should work with industry to introduce a standard filter that could be fitted either inside or on the outside of a machine, with a standard or instruction on how best to dispose of the microfibres from the machines.
Mr Costa, said: "I am very proud of this report, the proposed recommendations aim to reduce microplastic pollution with a focus on microfibre plastic. Microplastic pollution is a growing problem., the Government should consider implementing changes to significantly reduce and help mitigate the harmful effects humans have in disposing microplastics in our environment."
Mr Costa added: "I am delighted that the Group's report has been published today. I would strongly encourage the Government to consider the report recommendations such as appointing a Minister of Plastic Pollution (MOPP). The Minister would work across Government to set overarching policies with the aim to reduce all forms of plastic pollution as well as setting annual targets."
Dr Laura Foster, Head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society said"Microfibres have been found to account for a massive 70-100% of microplastics in parts of our ocean. That's why, for the past year, we've been campaigning for all new washing machines to be required, by law, to be factory-fitted with microfibre filters and thousands have signed our petition in support. We're pleased to see strong cross-party support for this legislation in the APPG's report on microfibres, with factory-fitted filters a key recommendation. We look forward to seeing this recommendation turned into action in parliament, with filters fitted by 2025."
Ann Jones, Chair of the National Federation of Women's Institutes said "This report is a clarion cry for action to turn the tide on the plastic pollution that is blighting our marine environments. Our own research found at least 9.4 trillion microplastic fibres could be released every week in the UK through the washing process. With every day that passes by, our rivers and seas are becoming more choked with plastic waste. The scale of the problem is huge, but the solutions are increasingly close at hand. By fitting filters to washing machines, making textile producers responsible for the waste their products create and appointing a Minister to bring Departments together we can make a huge difference."
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
The report's recommendations include:
- Emphasise the role of education and awareness of microplastics
- Appointing a designated 'Minister of Plastic Pollution' (MOPP)
- Introduce an Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for Textiles from 2023
- Introduce legislation and standards which require microfibre filters to be fitted into all domestic washing machines from 2025
- Creation of UK microfibre recycling technology
- Create an Environmental Quality Standard for Plastics » Less
Posted: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:48 by Parish Manager
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT
In Accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) Broughton Astley Parish Council is required to publish the attached documents, following the conclusion of the audit of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021.
Posted: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:36 by Broughton Astley Parish Council Admin.
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Tommy as good as new!
We would like to thank Sean Maguire Managing Director of Sapcote Engineering.
They have repaired the Tommy that was damaged during storm Ciara on the weekend of 8th and 9th of February 2020.
Sapcote Engineering have very kindly repaired the statue free of charge.
Tommy is now back in his rightful place at Broughton Astley Memorial Garden.
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT
Notice of Conclusion of Audit (PDF, 50 Kb)
Notice of Conclusion of Audit