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Town Set for Free Parking Boost

Posted: Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:55 by Alison Perkins

Shopping in Hinckley to be given a boost during half term week after Councillors approved a free parking scheme in Hinckley town centre.

The scheme will allow shoppers to park for free any time from Monday 19 October to Friday 23 October in three town centre car parks – Trinity Lane East (Rugby Road, opposite Domino's) , Castle (Hill Street) and Lower Bond St (opposite the Atkins building). More »

This special offer for half term expands on the free parking from 3pm initiative which has been available in these three car parks since it was approved by Councillors late last year.

Council Leader Stuart Bray said: "Our town centre retailers and Hinckley BID are working hard to offer a range of Covid-secure promotional activities during the half term holiday so I'm pleased to confirm this council will be supporting this initiative by extending free car parking all day at a number of our key town centre car parks which are already offering free parking from 3pm.

"We trust this expanded free parking offer will make Hinckley an even more attractive destination and help shoppers to support our town centre businesses and take full advantage of the great range of shopping, leisure, services and events we have on offer here in Hinckley." » Less

Trading Standards News - August 2020

Posted: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 12:37 by Alison Perkins

Is your trader the real deal?

Finding a reputable trader to carry out home improvement works can be a difficult and often stressful time. Get it wrong and it can be very costly! Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards have recently seen an influx of builders, that on the face of it, seem to be honest, trustworthy and reliable tradespeople, but all too quickly it becomes evident that this is not the case. Consumers have reported that not only have they paid money upfront, but many have had to fork out further funds to rectify the work that has been completed, and also to complete the job itself. More »

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Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:21 by Alison Perkins

Events Programme 2020

The Borough Council has announced a number of major changes to its events programme for the rest of 2020 in order to manage the risk to public safety during the Coronavirus pandemic. More »

With public safety still the top priority, the council has reluctantly decided to cancel some of the usual annual events that typically draw large crowds for this year and instead arrange events that enable visitors to participate safely.

All events take months of planning and the council says it needs to make decisions now to focus efforts on alternative celebrations and to avoid incurring costs which cannot be recovered.

The Remembrance Sunday service which is usually attended by several thousand people in the Garden of Remembrance will this year be a smaller, virtual service to be broadcast on social media to enable members of the public to be able to properly and safely honour those who gave their lives to protect our country from the safety of their own home. A parade will not take place this year. A service planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in September will also be replaced with a small virtual service to be broadcast on social media.

The Christmas Lights switch on event and Tin Hat Fair will not be held in its usual format this year. Christmas lights will still be installed and switched on in Hinckley and there will be a large Christmas tree in Market Place as usual but there will be no large scale public event, tin hat fair or fireworks this year.

Simon Jones, Cultural Services Manager at the Borough Council explained: "We are all incredibly disappointed as a lot of hard work goes into the planning of these events, and we appreciate the value of the Christmas lights switch on event to the town and to the community, but public safety and preventing the spread of Covid-19 has to come first.

"We are determined to celebrate Christmas in the town in a way that will support our local economy, so we will be looking to arrange some smaller events and other activities such as Christmas street entertainment to celebrate Christmas and enable visitors to enjoy festive shopping safely in a Covid-secure way this year."

The Council had previously hoped to offer an adapted, covid-secure version of Proms in the Park in September, but after considering all of the possible options and in particular the very limited audience size that could be accommodated safely in Hollycroft Park amphitheatre, it has now reluctantly decided to cancel the event for this year.

However, a number of events and live music performances will still take place in Hinckley this year, with activities adapted to comply with the latest guidance on social distancing and public safety.

This includes some additional Music in the Mead live open air music performances in Argents Mead bandstand every Saturday in September. Heritage Weekends will also go ahead in September and a specially adapted version of Spooktacular Saturday will take place in October offering entertainment and activities for families to enjoy around the town centre. Steve Wegerif, Director of Hinckley BID also has some good news as the BID is working on creating some fun in Hinckley town centre during the October half term.

There will be lots of covid-secure entertainment and activities on offer in the town in the run up to Christmas including weekly street entertainment, a tour of the lights for older residents and Santa's Grotto courtesy of Hinckley BID for younger residents.

Executive Member of Culture and Town Centres at the Borough Council, Councillor Keith Nichols added: "This pandemic has affected lives and livelihoods worldwide this year as towns and cities everywhere have been forced to postpone events but public safety is an absolute priority; the faster the virus is beaten, the sooner we can all get back to doing the things we enjoy doing with others safely. We're all disappointed about this year but we are really optimistic about the future - our popular town centre events will be back bigger and better than ever just as soon we can and in the meantime the team is working hard to organise events, activities and entertainment that people can enjoy safely this year." » Less