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Saturday, January 27, 2018

It’s been an exciting week here in the sleepy Hamlet of Wanlip. I suppose it’s a sign of the times really, so in the spirit of progress, I thought a page devoted to happenings should cover a few years, so first a recap of recent events.

Last year we yet another litter picking session in an effort to make motorists notice that the bottle/fast food packaging they chuck out between the school (yes, it’s in Wanlip) and the A46. Also last year a couple of burglaries in Rectory Road put everyone on alert, so if you are thinking sleepy hamlet, think again.

Another success was persuading Charnwood that a litter/dog poo bin located at the entrance of Wanlip Meadows might reduce the little heaps of bags being left. This simple act also suddenly meant a reduction in the litter at the courting couples car park at the end of the footpath. Two successes for the price of one, well done to our Borough Councillor actually getting the Borough to listen to villagers suggestions.

This week you may have noticed a large police presence in Rectory Road on Wednesday evening. Apparently it was in connection initially with a missing person but sadly a body was found at Stoughton later identified as the missing person. The reason for the intense interest was that an item belonging to the missing person was found in Rectory Road which is not exactly on the way from where the person went missing and where he was found. If you can throw any light on this then contact the police as soon as possible.

Also this week, news came that Charnwood agreed to the Wanlip Parish meeting, in connection with the local government review, our proposal to remain a parish meeting and shouldn’t be ‘drowned by the proposed new development the other side of the A6 and A46 (for a boundary change so that the Broadnook Development would no longer be within our parish) south of Rothley (they ain’t too pleased with it either). As these changes wouldn’t come into effect until the next election in May 2019 at the earliest and the Broadnook site still has to gain full planning approval, this separation will be confirmed nearer the time.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Today we spotted a small deer or fawn  (don’t think Muntjacs had spread far) this  down by Fillingate. Unfortunately it had been caught by a fox or similar. We saw one last year near the sewage plant, but I thought just a one off, but obviously not. Also spotted this morning - a mechanical road sweeper cleaning up the slip road to the A6. This means it may come our way later this year. Not even the end of the month yet!!

Monday, June 11, 2018

I’m starting to catch up boys and gals. Several happenings in our little hamlet since I last did an up date. The finger signpost in the hamlet tee junction has been updated, repainted and generally tarted up. Not only that but the post box has has a new coat of paint (Royal Mail Red).

With Charnwood Having to update their local Plan up to 2036, they invited land owners to suggest any land they would like to have housing on. If the hamlet didn’t already have a plan in place it might be a forgone conclusion that Wanlip might triple in size but as it happens we do have a plan in place to resist such an event.

Other news includes the Wanlip school is trying to develop to make itself more attractive to the community, but I expect a similar success as other attempts (Birstall Leisure Centre springs to mind) and lastly, we have again a £million pound property on the market just across the road. You can always make us an offer in the same region but you will have to built your own leisure complex in the garden (swimming pool, gym, hot tub etc. We have had a new kitchen, heating and hot water system already done. Just to show it’s not me, I was chatting to a lady from Syston in Watermead on Saturday who thinks Wanlip is a lovely place with all it’s big (ish) houses - I didn’t like to upset her over that one, but if you want a nice development plot with space for at least six 5 bedroom houses (that’s what is going up on our old property down south and two 5 beds have gone up on a plot 1/3 the size of this one here). Now I know how much land is worth, it won’t go as cheap as our last one!!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

This weekend is not the time to be near Wanlip as the A6 will be closed and traffic diverted through the village complete with assorted buses that would normally use the A6. It will include the airport buses, the National Express Buses and the local services between Leicester and Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough. Yes, I know it’s a bank holiday but it will go on until the middle of the following week. Of course you can always take the HGV route which is some 5 miles otherwise there is a route round the works by simply tuning left (going north) or right (going south) at the traffic lights just before the works and going round the semi-circle (about ¾ mile) and much wider roads than going through the villages. Good hunting!    

Saturday, January 5, 2019

This may be a surprise ,but they are constructing a new footpath where J52 currently is. In case you didn’t know, that’s the muddy path that runs from the Wanlip Lane/Rectory Road junction up to the A6 (if you want to catch a bus to Loughborough or Leicester). It will be diverted to link with the new bridge across the A6 (see above) and ultimately to the new ‘village’ to be built the other side of the A46. The surface will be made of the cheap crushed chalk/concrete which is great if not wet. Then it sticks to everything!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The wanlip meeting took place last night , but I’ve put a brief report about it on my personal site.

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