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Click here for The Good Councillor's Guide

Click here if you want to read more and see the proposed site plan 

A planning application has been submitted to demolish an existing mobile classroom unit and replace it with a new classroom with associated staff room extension and additional car parking.


Bloor Homes appeal

Planning Inspector John Chase has dismissed the appeal by the developer against the decision of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to refuse permission to build on land next to Groby cemetery.  The Green Wedge played a critical role in the decision. More details 

2015 election nominations - download the details from here




Library Business Plan approved

The group being formed to run Groby Library as a community service received a boost just before Easter with the news that the Business Plan prepared and submitted by David Ryan has been approved by Leicestershire County Council.



A special invitation to the Leicester Sketch Club exhibition

Although the works of Norman Ellis seem to be tucked away in the museum archives there is soon to be an opportunity to see some locally as the Leicester Sketch Club are having an exhibition at the New Walk Museum.  Readers are invited to the preview night on 24th April from 6pm to 8.30pm.  Read more




Residents need funds to oppose a planning application for change of use of land off Wallace Drive and near  Groby Pool   to two  Gypsy / Traveller pitches, including day room and associated worksClick here for more information.

Statement issued by Budgens Supermarket




BTEC course aimed at new drivers
A  course designed to reduce young driver risk is being organised at Groby Community College.

 New pub garden? 
There may be an extended garden  behind the Blacksmith's Cottage on Rookery Lane. 

Read Which and your favourite magazines free online .



Borough scheme aims to reduce the problem and encourage the public to report incidents

Decision made on garden waste charge

Residents  will not have to pay £30 a year for collections in 2015/16.  



Street Fair Carnival Parade
The 2015 Street Fair on June 20th will include a Carnival Parade

Retirement of Dr Gajebasia

 In no time at all a long queue formed at the Village hall on march 14th to speak to Dr Gajebasia and to sign the visitors book. The hall was packed with well wishers who were also able to talk to the doctors who will be taking forward the work of the surgery.


 New homes on Rookery Lane?
Two new houses may be built on land at 20 Rookery Lane. An application seeks planning permission for the erection of two houses on the site, one to the side of the existing dwelling and one to the rear on land currently used for garden.

There would also be alterations and extensions to number 20, removing the existing, modern single storey side extension and constructing a two storey extension at the opposite end of the building, providing a ground floor undercroft for car parking with additional living accommodation above. It is then proposed to erect a three bed, two storey dwelling, alongside the existing cottage, largely on the site of the single storey extension. There would also be a three bed dwelling, primarily single storey but with rooms in the roof space, within the garden area at the rear of the frontage properties.

The Planning and Heritage Statement submitted in support of the application argues that proposed development of two houses within the existing garden of 20 Rookery Lane will not harm the overall character or appearance of the Conservation Area or its significance and will improve the existing access. It is intended that the existing dwelling and the proposed dwellings will make use of the gated access at the eastern end of the site. This will be modified to improve the visibility splays along Rookery Lane and its width on the road frontage, and a turning space for these two dwellings will be provided along the south-eastern boundary of the site near Groby surgery. Vehicles will be able to enter and leave in a forward direction.

The Parish Council Planning Committee has concerns about the proposal after considering representations from residents who attended their meeting and taking into account the traffic implications and the fact that the development would be within the Conservation Area.

More information about the application can be found on the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough website by searching Google with the application number - 14/01084/FUL.  December 2014

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Footpath at Markfield Road opened

The footpath from the Martinshaw School, Quarry Park and the Scout Hut area to Markfield Road near the junction with the A50 has now been re-opened.  New way markers and steps have been installed.  The footpath, known as R125, has been  granted a Definitive Map Modification Order.

The re-opening follows a long drawn out procedure to challenge the closure.  "We are pleased with the decision that was reached in the end," said a spokesperson for those who campaigned against the closure.  "Thanks must go to all those who gave evidence to support our case and in particular to the help given by the Ramblers Association.  The footpath provides a valuable short cut between the two areas.  We would ask that all users respect the property of those who live there, pick up after their dogs and leave no litter."

Part of the footpath runs along the private access drive for vehicles to houses on a narrow lane, so users should exercise care when using the route.  November 2014

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News from Groby Meadow CIC - An update from Alistair Cooper about what has been achieved in 2014.
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Aynsley Lister Awards success
When Aynsley and Steph Lister left for Cuba for their honeymoon they had another reason to be smiling. Aynsley had just won two of the five categories he had been nominated for in the annual British Blues Awards, and was named runner up in the three others. The title song from his 2013 album Home won the award for Best Song, and Aynsley also won the Best Songwriter award.
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Housing in Groby
Housing in Field Head?
With the Bloor's saga now set to drag on into 2015 before a decision is made there's news of two potential planning applications for up to 300 houses in total in the Field Head area.

An outline planning application has been made to build three homes behind the Cathy Stephens store and workshop on Ratby Road.  Access would be from Rookery Lane.  Click here for further details.

Affordable housing on the Klondike? Suggested at
 the September 2014 Parish Council meeting. 
 
2013 affordable housing survey
  Read the conclusions of the draft report.

OAP housing plan for Groby
After years of under use a plot of land acquired by the Borough Council decades ago is at last to be developed.  The land behind Victoria Cottages on Ratby Road has an access from Martinshaw Lane which was the subject of a compulsory purchase order some years ago.  The Borough Council's Chief Executive has confirmed to Cllr Peter Batty that a developer partner is to be commissioned by the end of 2014 to build this OAP bungalow scheme  as one of 3 priority Borough Council funded schemes to be delivered in 2015.   
“ The site has been identified as a potential development site for 11 dwellings, subject to the appropriate planning consents," explained a council spokesperson.  "The council hopes to appoint a development partner by November to take this project forward.”

A cross-boundary planning application for  25  dwellings with associated garages, parking  has been submitted.  
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 Read about the discussion that surrounded the proposwed route it would take through Leicestershire.

Parish Clerk  leaves Groby
Beverley Greenwood left on October 3rd to take up a post with Kirby Muxloe Parish Council.


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Street lighting
A Groby couple who live in the Quorndon Rise/Garendon Way area are calling for Leicestershire County Council to switch the lights back on and are advising householders to be aware of the risk of theft.

The lights are now back on from dusk until midnight and 5.30am to dawn.
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The new car park has now been completed in anticipation of the construction of the  multi use games area(MUGA) with floodlights and additional car park on Quarry Park.  A Parish Council consultation could decide the future of the project.  The questionnaire in the August Groby Spotlight needed to be returned to the Parish office by September 5th 2014. Read the planning application by following this link.

The choir sang songs from Frozen, the Disney movie, in their November 2014 concert.

Read why an  easy reference guide has been attached to  blue-lidded recycling bins in Groby.

GE thanks Groby's residents after fire
"Although your own lives were disrupted as a result of the fire and the street closures, you still opened your hearts and homes to those involved in the incident," said GE Druck's site manager, Ryan Crocker.  Read the Leicester Mercury report.  Groby village centre was closed off on the morning of Monday June 9th following a fire at the premises.   Answers wanted - Read another  report.

A team which included local residents has taken part in a Trans-Atlantic yacht race called the ARC Europe, on board the Ballytrim. They sailed from the British Virgin Islands,to the mid-Atlantic Azores.
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Schools
Brookvale High School "outstanding"     
Ofsted : Community College improves 
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Arriva 26 - what should have been changed - the route or the timetable? Read more.

Who was painter Norman Ellis?  
Some  Norman Ellis paintings feature Groby.  But who was he?

Compulsory Purchase ?  
The Bosworth Borough Council voted to support this proposal. 

New Rotary branch includes Groby  A new Rotary club is being formed  in the Groby area.   
A trailer or a new vehicle for the Parish Council?  
Some solutions have been suggested. 

You may find this microfinance scheme for helping third world entrepreneurs rewarding.  


Broadband

Would you pay the Cryptolocker ransom? Cryptolocker is ransomeware - would you pay?
 Cold call computer support  It could be a scam. Read all about it and stay safe
County Council spending consultation 2013    Take a look at the results

Parking meter at Stamford Arms   Read why parking charges were introduced inAugust 2013.


Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member for Rural Affairs at the Borough Council has praised the new garden opened in July 2013. "It is an excellent facility that will benefit the whole village," he said. "It is far better than any memorial garden I have seen and it’s something that the Parish Council and Groby residents should be proud of. Everyone concerned has worked really hard to obtain sponsorship and funding and their efforts are reflected in the superb quality of the finished garden."

Yesterday's Groby


Phil Symons recalls how he and friend John Hughes took a nostalgic trip through Groby - 50 years after they met at school.

A family history website provides a fascinating picture of the Groby quarry workforce from 1861 through to 1911. The Studiey focuses on the workers and their jobs at the granite quarries of Charnwood Forest.  The link is at the end of the article.


Follow the link and you'll find out...



Everyone  enjoyed the Time Team visit to the Old Hall in Groby and the programme eventually broadcast in April 2011. The archaeologists and the owners of the Hall were pleased to  learn more about the site. But for Philippa Gregory it was all a bit more personal.



They can cause great problems and can even be a nuisance to householders.


Village Hall parking - deal or no deal?
The Village Hall Management Committee and Groby Parish Council seem no closer to resolving their differences over how the maintenance of the Village Hall car park should be financed.  


Gardening


Read about Matthew's journey from his childhood in Leicester to the People's Gardener, a journey that took him to the prestigious Royal Botanic Garden in Kew.

Two options considered.

Will you pay £15 for your brown bin to be emptied?
The Borough Council considered  charging for the service from 2013. 



Groby's people


The remarkable story of an act of heroism by the late Peter Randall, a former Groby parish councillor.


Three Groby men make a nostalgic visit to see a Lancaster bomber



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 Locally based blues/rock star Aynsley Lister and his  fiancée/manager  Steph Wildey have  launched their own record label,  Straight Talkin’ Records.
 



Read about Councillor Martin Cartwright, the first from Groby to accept the post of Mayor at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
 
He raised
 £29,395 for charity in h
is year as Mayor .  
 



After a year of emotional highs and lows  the Groby couple who appealed for an egg donor were matched with a donor and started treatment.  But there was more heartache to follow.


Leisure


Ann Duggan, who lives just up the road and has played at the Stamford, loves vintage clothes as well as music.







If you have seen Wreckless Venture at one of their Stamford Arms gigs you may have recognised their lead singer.  Groby's Jim Coley balances his many interests with serving on the Parish Council









Local residents tell of holiday disasters - a weekend cruise that went badly wrong and a visit to a festival in Valencia







After three days Aynsley Lister and his partner Steph arrive at Bridlington having completed their charity cycle ride.



The Groby Boxing Club was a bold initiative that was never realised.



The story behind the BMX track












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Planning

Everards Brewery has demolished The Brant Inn to make way for   dwellings.   Read more and more.


The chill wind that blows from Westminster
The latest developments in the Bloors saga
     or the full decision document and  earlier articles.
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The row over the granting of planning permission
The Rookery Public Inquiry
An application to use premises in the Rookery for heavy goods vehicles was withdrawn at the hearing at the Field Head Hotel on Thursday June 13th 2013. The premises can still be used for storage and a domestic workshop.


A  development of houses  near Groby has been approved by Eric Pickles. 

The scheme will provide local authorities with a New Homes Bonus, equal to the national average for the council tax band on each additional property.   But how will it work? 

A Village design statement for Groby? This archive article looks at the benefits.

Groby in Bloom  disbanded in 2011 after years of work  in  the village. 

The new regulations about sewer ownership and maintenance  have come into effect.  Read what it means for you.  


 
 Groby  bus timetables
Click  to check the  timetables.  This isn't one of the buses on the Groby route, it's the Malta bus service taken over by Arriva.  Click here for the story and more photos.

Conservation and environment


A view of the old part of Groby hasn't changed in 200 years.  See where it is...
Read about the Borough Council  review of the Conservation Area in Groby. 

This article looks at the investigation into the pollution incident in 2008.  

The Inspector explains why the land owned by Bloors next to the village cemetery should not be registered as a Village Green.

What does the Borough Council have to say in response to the questions over the recycling collection service?

Manrique campaigned to protect the environment of Lanzarote.  Does Groby need someone to do the same for our open spaces?

There's a change to the policy to permit the development of truckstops.


 A mystery has been resolved by someone being in the right place at the right time with the right camera or mobile phone. 


Changes to charges for library computers have not generated the expected income.

A County Council scheme aims to help house buyers.