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This section contains our latest press releases as well as links to our press release archive.

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For media inquiries, please contact the council communications team on 01509 634705 or 01509 634681 email communications@charnwood.gov.uk.

The communications team includes Mike Roberts, communications manager, Stacey Comery, senior communications officer, Lewis Harbon, communications officer (PR and social media) and Daley Francis, communications officer (website and publications). 

February 2023

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Landlords urged to apply for new licensing schemes

3rd Feb

Charnwood Borough Council is now accepting applications from landlords of private rented properties that are covered by two new licensing schemes. The Council has introduced Additional and Selective Licensing to drive up standards across privately..

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Council’s Cabinet to consider budget

2nd Feb

Charnwood Borough Council’s draft budget will be considered by Cabinet on February 9. The budget contains a proposal to increase the Charnwood element of Council tax by 9p a week for the average Band D property in the borough. The proposed increase..

January 2023

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Local Plan hearings to resume on February 7

30th Jan

A series of public hearings will resume in February as part of the scrutiny process for Charnwood Borough Council’s Local Plan which sets out a vision for growth in the area. The sessions were paused last year by independent planning inspectors who..

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Council reveals plans for eight new bungalows in Thurmaston

30th Jan

Plans to create eight new high-quality bungalows for council tenants in Thurmaston have been revealed. Charnwood Borough Council is proposing to replace a sheltered housing complex with bungalows and the Council's Cabinet will consider allocating a..

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Charnwood marks Holocaust Memorial Day with annual service

27th Jan

A service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day took place on Friday January 27 in Queen’s Park in Loughborough. The event was attended by the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, who read the Act of Commitment. Members of the public were invited..

Elections spotlight

Electoral Services – Working hard to support democracy in Charnwood

26th Jan

Throughout 2023, we will be continuing a series of features about Council services to explain a bit more about what we do. This time it’s the turn of our Electoral Services team. ---------- The Council’s Electoral Services team organises and..

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Views sought on strategy to help Charnwood tackle climate change

26th Jan

Views are being sought on a climate change strategy for Charnwood which is being developed by the borough council. The Climate Change Strategy 2023-30 sets out how the Council will help lead local and work in partnership with communities, residents,..

Cost of Living Lboro event February 2023

Event in Loughborough to offer advice on cost of living issues and wellbeing

23rd Jan

A drop-in event is being held in Loughborough to provide people with an opportunity to talk about any concerns they may have about the rising cost of living and find out what support may be available. Charnwood Borough Council, as part of its..

Virtual Landlord Forum February 2023

Landlords invited to virtual forum to find out about applying for new licensing schemes

23rd Jan

Landlords and letting agents in Charnwood are invited to join a virtual forum for a further update on new licensing requirements and to find out how to apply online. Charnwood Borough Council has introduced two new licensing schemes for private..

Photo from left to right: Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of Charnwood Borough Council, Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, Mayor of Charnwood and Mel Gould, Chairman of the Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum

Centenary celebrations for iconic Carillon Tower

18th Jan

Loughborough’s historic war memorial, the Carillon Tower is marking its 100-year anniversary in 2023. The tower, located in Queen’s Park in Loughborough is one of the most well-known monuments and instruments in the town and pays tribute to..

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Leicestershire's long-term plan for recycling and waste set to progress

17th Jan

This press release has been issued on behalf of the Leicestershire Waste Partnership by Leicestershire County Council. Twelve key pledges for recycling and waste plans in Leicestershire have been set out in a revised partnership strategy to..

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Introduction of photo ID for local elections

16th Jan

Residents in Charnwood are being urged to check they have an accepted form of photo ID ahead of this year’s local elections on Thursday May 4, 2023. The new requirement of showing photo ID at polling stations is being introduced by the UK..

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, gives his monthly Viewpoint update by video for January.

Viewpoint: Looking ahead to 2023 - challenges and opportunities

13th Jan

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, gives his monthly Viewpoint update by video for January. In the video, he looks at the year ahead and while recognising there are challenges ahead, there is still plenty to look forward to..

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Video: Great Central Railway project underway with help of Loughborough Town Deal

13th Jan

Loughborough Town Deal is helping keep a Great Central Railway project on track with £280,000 worth of funding. In these two videos below, see how the funding is being used to help create a new heritage locomotive works and education centre at the..

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Service to be held for Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

12th Jan

An annual service to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will take place at the bandstand in Queen’s Park in Loughborough. The event on Friday, January 27 at 12pm, will see the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson read a statement of..

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Start your own business in Leicestershire in 2023

10th Jan

The following press release was first issued by LUinc. People with ambitions to start a new business are being encouraged to move quickly to access free support as they establish and grow. LUinc. is recruiting for its March 2023 intake - about 10..

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Over £60,000 awarded to community projects across the borough through Charnwood Community Grants

5th Jan

Over £60,000 has been awarded to 15 fantastic community projects in Charnwood. The borough council has awarded Charnwood Community Grants to 12 community groups and organisations to support projects including a counselling group, a coffee shop..

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Stay in the loop with our Council and community news

4th Jan

Charnwood residents are being urged to stay in the loop with news from the borough council by signing up to its email alerts. The Council introduced the alerts 2019 to help keep people informed about Council services and news. There are now over..

December 2022

From left, Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Loughorough Town Deal co-chair and Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, Phil Mulligan, Regional Director for the Canal & River Trust, Jane Hunt, MP for Loughborough and Town Deal Board Member, and Alan Leather, from the Canal & River Trust

Canal towpath improvements set to begin in Loughborough

21st Dec

The below press release has been issued by the Canal & River Trust A project to revamp a section of canal towpath in Loughborough, making it easier for local people to feel the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time by the water, is set..

The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson.

Mayor of Charnwood's Christmas message

19th Dec

Soon after I became Mayor in May, it was Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and it was a real privilege to be involved in many of the celebrations taking place around the Borough to mark this unique occasion. I never expected that a few months..

Free tree giveaway 2022

4,000 tree giveaway popular in Charnwood

19th Dec

Thousands of residents, community groups and parish councils have collected their free trees to help make Charnwood even greener. The borough council teamed up with its open spaces partner idverde to run the scheme which aimed for 4,000 trees to be..

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Over £37,000 handed to organisations helping with cost of living

15th Dec

Organisations supporting residents with the rising cost of living have been awarded over £37,000 from Charnwood Borough Council. As part of its Charnwood Community Action campaign, the Council has provided grant funding to help partners increase..

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Reminder over dangers of frozen water

13th Dec

As the Council operates some open spaces with bodies of freshwater, we are reminding people to be mindful of the dangers of going on to frozen lakes, ponds or canals.  It follows the recent tragedy in Solihull where four children sadly lost their..

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Video: Loughborough Town Deal confirms £669,000 worth of funding to Lanes and Links project

13th Dec

Loughborough Town Deal has confirmed £669,000 to the Lanes and Links project which will better connect Loughborough’s award-winning Queen’s Park with the town centre and create an iconic Covid memorial. In this video, hear from Town Deal..

Sylvia Wright, the Council's head of leisure and culture, and Cllr Jonathan Morgan, co-chair of Loughborough Town Deal hold an image of the Hope Bell which forms part of the Lanes and Links project which is being supported by the Town Deal

Loughborough Town Deal confirms £669,000 to improve lanes and links and create iconic Covid memorial

12th Dec

A project to better connect Loughborough’s award-winning Queen’s Park with the town centre and create an iconic Covid memorial has been given the green light by Loughborough Town Deal. The Town Deal Board has confirmed £669,000 of funding to..

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Viewpoint: Council continue with tree planting across the borough including community woodland

9th Dec

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, gives his monthly Viewpoint update by video for December. In the video, he talks about the Council’s plans to see 100,000 trees planted in the borough and how the Council is encouraging..

Hathern Community Planting Sessions

Tree-mendous volunteer effort at Hathern Community Woodland

9th Dec

Over 1,700 trees have been planted by volunteers at Hathern Community Woodland. Charnwood Borough Council recently announced it was planting around 14,500 trees to create the 15-acre woodland on council-owned land near to Golden Square. The woodland..

Private Sector Licensing Schemes update

Update on private housing licensing schemes

7th Dec

Two licensing schemes which aim to improve the quality of privately rented accommodation are set to be implemented early next year. Charnwood Borough Council is introducing ‘Additional’ and ‘Selective’ Licensing schemes. Additional Licensing..

Charnwood Sports Awards winner and runners-up

Videos: Hear from Charnwood Sport Awards winners including Paralympic and Commonwealth athletes

7th Dec

The Charnwood Sports Awards took place on Monday December 5 and shone a light on the achievements of athletes, community groups and clubs across the borough. In these videos below, hear from Commonwealth Para atheles and Paralympians Olivia Breen and..

Charnwood Sports Awards winners and runners-up for 2022

Charnwood Sports Awards winners announced

6th Dec

Charnwood’s sporting stars have been recognised in an awards ceremony. The Charnwood Sports Awards highlight the work and dedication of individuals, clubs, coaches and volunteers across the borough. They also shone a light on schools and workplaces..

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Cabinet to consider draft budget

6th Dec

Charnwood Borough Council has produced a draft budget for 2023/24 which will be considered by Cabinet on December 15. The Council’s lead member for finance, Cllr Tom Barkley, says the Council continues to deliver excellent value for money and..

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Mayor’s Community Carol Service to take place in the run up to Christmas

5th Dec

Charnwood residents are being invited to the Mayor of Charnwood’s annual Community Carol service. The festive event takes place on Monday December 19 at 7pm at All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough’s Historic Parish. Music will come from..

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Council's Champion for Disabilities International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022 message

2nd Dec

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations-led day of recognition which takes place every year in December. This year it takes place on Saturday, December 3, with the theme being transformative solutions for inclusive..

The Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, with 10-year-old Daisy Morris, the winner of the Mayor's Christmas card competition, and her parents.

Winner of Mayor’s Christmas card competition chosen

1st Dec

A competition to find artwork that will become the Mayor of Charnwood’s Christmas card for 2022 has found a winner. 10-year-old Daisy Morris from Loughborough had her design picked from 163 entries, which showed a wide range of imagination and..

November 2022

Matthew Bradford - head of contracts: leisure, waste and environment at Charnwood Borough Council, Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, Charnwood Borough Council's lead member for community support and Cllr Jonathan Morgan, leader of Charnwood Borough Council.

Free three-day pass on offer following £1m works at Charnwood leisure centres

29th Nov

People are being invited to try out Charnwood’s leisure centres following the completion of £1 million investment into improvement works. Charnwood Borough Council and its leisure partner Fusion Lifestyle have completed a range of improvements at..

Charnwood Borough Council councillors and officers, from left, Mike Roberts, communications manager, Cllr Shona Rattray, lead member for business support, Sylvia Wright, head of leisure and culture, Melinda Capewell, business support manager, and Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough

Top honours for Charnwood’s tourism businesses

28th Nov

Charnwood’s visitor economy scooped a number of honours at the Leicestershire Promotions Tourism and Hospitality Awards for 2022. A host of businesses, events, and brands from the borough were in the finals of the awards and several of them were..

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Eyes in the sky – how CCTV helps keep people safe in Charnwood

24th Nov

We’re running a series of Service Spotlight features which shine a light on the Council’s many different teams as we attempt to explain a bit more about what we do. This time it’s the turn of the CCTV team. ---------- There are nearly 250..

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Video: Buy Local in Charnwood campaign launched

24th Nov

Shoppers are being urged to Buy Local in Charnwood as part of a new campaign to support local high streets. Discover Charnwood, the borough’s destination brand, and Charnwood Borough Council are making the call to encourage people to spend their..

Cllr Shona Rattray, lead member for business support, with the Buy Local in Charnwood logo on a local high street

Shoppers urged to Buy Local as part of new campaign

23rd Nov

Shoppers are being urged to Buy Local in Charnwood as part of a new campaign to support local high streets. Discover Charnwood, the borough’s destination brand, and Charnwood Borough Council are making the call to encourage people to spend their..

Cost of Living and Wellbeing Roadshow

Event being held in Syston to offer advice on cost-of-living issues

21st Nov

An information and advice event is being held in Syston for people who may have concerns about the rising cost of living. Charnwood Borough Council, as part of its Charnwood Community Action campaign, has organised the Cost of Living and Wellbeing..

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Video: Christmas lights switched on in Loughborough

21st Nov

Loughborough’s Christmas lights were switched on during a day of festive fun on Sunday November 20. The event in the town centre, organised by Charnwood Borough Council, saw a huge variety of children’s fairground rides, musical performances,..

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Loughborough gets into festive spirit with Christmas lights switch-on

20th Nov

Loughborough’s Christmas lights were switched on in front of thousands of people during a day of festive fun on Sunday November 20. The event in the town centre, organised by Charnwood Borough Council, saw a huge variety of children’s fairground..

Community planting sessions at Hathern Community Woodland

Tree planting sessions at Hathern Community Woodland

18th Nov

Residents in Hathern are being invited to grab their wellies and get involved in planting a new community woodland in the village. Charnwood Borough Council recently announced it was planting over 14,000 trees to create Hathern Community Woodland on..

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Firm awarded two-year contract for Council home improvements

17th Nov

A new contractor has been appointed to deliver improvements to council homes in Charnwood. J Tomlinson, a property maintenance firm has been awarded a two-year contract by Charnwood Borough Council to deliver planned improvements to council-owned..

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The festive season kicks off this Sunday with lights switch-on

17th Nov

Be ready to get festive in Loughborough as the Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday, November 20. The event, which is organised by Charnwood Borough Council, will include a full day of festive fun with the lights being switched on at..

Planting at Hathern Community Woodland

Planting of 14,000 trees underway for new woodland in Charnwood

17th Nov

A project which will see over 14,000 trees planted to create a community woodland in Hathern is underway. Charnwood Borough Council is creating the 15-acre woodland on council-owned land in Hathern. Around 14,500 trees will be planted to create..

Free tree scheme 2022

4,000 free trees to giveaway!

15th Nov

Residents in Charnwood are being encouraged to grab themselves a free tree! The borough council is once again teaming up with its open spaces partner idverde to run the scheme which will see 4,000 trees handed out across the borough. Residents have..

Light up Loughborough winners, Katie and Emelia Corns with parents Mark and Jenny Corns alongside the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Jennifer Tillotson

Inspirational twins chosen to switch on Loughborough’s Christmas lights

15th Nov

A set of inspirational twins have been chosen to light up Loughborough on Sunday, November 20 and turn on the town’s Christmas lights in front of thousands of people. Katie and Emelia Corns, from Loughborough, were selected through the Light up..

Loughborough Fair 2022

Fun of the fair celebrated in Loughborough for 801st year

14th Nov

Thousands of Charnwood residents and visitors enjoyed all the thrills of Loughborough Fair as it returned to the town for its 801st year. The fair, which is operated by Charnwood Borough Council, welcomed over 170 attractions to the town centre. The..

Remembrance Sunday 2022

Service honours fallen heroes on Remembrance Sunday

13th Nov

Residents and organisations in Loughborough joined serving and former members of the Armed Forces to pay tribute to our fallen heroes on Remembrance Sunday. People gathered for the service in Queen’s Park to see the Remembrance Service and..