The average private rent in the UK has risen again by another 0.7% from the previous months figures. The average is now £718. Tenants are now paying £29 a month more than they were about this time last year due to a 4.3% increase. The figures were compiled by LSL Property Services, which owns a number of estate agents and letting agencies. LSL said rents had risen fastest in the South East and East Midlands.
Archive for October, 2011
Motorists have been warned to stay with their cars while defrosting them during a cold snap expected in the next few days.
Last winter, dozens of cars were stolen while owners left them with their car engines running to clear ice off their windows.
In just two days in November last year, the Mercury reported nine thefts.
Chief Inspector Chris Baker said: “Thieves see frosty mornings as an opportunity. They get up early and will be looking for cars to steal.
“While it may be tempting to nip back into your house or flat while the windscreen is clearing, I would ask you to stay with your vehicle.”
At the moment there are currently around 40 buildings, monuments, parks and convervation areas in Leicestershire on this years Heritage at Risk register.
Here, we take a look at a few of them.
Serbian Orthodox Church of St George, Rutland Street, Leicester city centre
Condition: Very bad
English Heritage say: ” The Serbian Orthodox Church of St George has suffered damage to its roof and decay to its plaster ceilings and wall finishes.
“It needs extensive re-slating and work to its rainwater drains to avoid rapid deterioration. The church was awarded a repair grant of £106,000 grant by the English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund in June, but work has not yet started.”
It has been revealed that seven Leicester City Councillors were chased up for late payments of their council tax.
Officials said they had to send warning letters to a number of politicians to recover nearly £900 of outstanding debt in the last financial year.
In each case, the sum was eventually paid but five of the councillors – two Liberal Democrats and three Labour members – had to be sent at least a second warning before they settled the bill.
Last month the number of unemployed and claiming Jobseekers’ allowance in Leicestershire fell.
Figures that were realsed yesterday had shown that there was a decrease of 320 claimants in September, compared to August.
A total of 22,534 people were claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the county in September.
This bucks the national trend, with the number of claimants across the country rising by 17,500 to 1.6 millon over the same period.
Martin Traynor, chief executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It shows that jobs are being created in the county.”
An entire school took part in a ‘maths Olympics’ to help raise funds for a trip to London next year.
The 200 children at New Swannington Primary School, in Whitwick, took it in turns to run 120-metre laps of their school grounds.
They had to use their maths skills to try and work out how far they had ran in total.
British Olympic triathlete Matt Gunby, who trains at Loughborough University gave the young runners a boost by joining them
Deputy head teacher Vanessa Brooks said: “Matt has been great with the children who have all enjoyed him being here.
“It’s not just been the children taking part, they’ve been joined by staff and lunchtime supervisors. We hope to have raised £500 towards the trip.”
New cycle lanes are being placed in the city centre as part of the latest £3 million road improvement scheme.
The lanes are in Granby Street, between Northampton Street and Rutland Street, in Leicester.
The work also includes upgrading the pedestrian crossing in Rutland Street to a toucan crossing, which cyclists can use, and relaying pavements with granite-effect slabs.
The improvements will join up cycle lanes in place at the top of the street with those running between Rutland Street and Horsefair Street.
The start of a recycling revolution in Leicester is beginning today.
Rolls of new organge bags are starting to be distributed throught homes across the city to replace the green recycling boxes.
Residents will be able to put far more waste into the bags than in the boxes, this includes aerosols, yoghurt pots and ready meal trays.
The Leicester City Council hopes that the bags will lead to a huge increase in the city’s recycling rate.
Currently less than just 40 per cent of city waste is recycled or composted. The council have seen in areas where the bags have been trialled that has soared to nearly 50 percent.