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Council to spend £800k to boost public services

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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MORE than £800,000 will be spent on a series improvement schemes across North West Leicestershire to spruce up community facilities.

District council chiefs have agreed that several proposed capital schemes would go ahead over the next four years, including an upgraded car park surface in Ashby and recycling separating technology.

Richard Blunt, leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “While a number of our capital investments are necessary to upgrade old equipment or facilities, many of these investments will also save or generate money in the longer term.

“For example, new astro-turf will make the one facility much more appealing to footballers, and we expect its use to increase significantly.

“Similarly, we can charge a higher price for recycling that is thoroughly sorted into materials, so the sorting technology at the depot will increase our income.

“I’m pleased that the council is in a good financial position, and is able to make these improvements to its services.”

Following a council meeting to approve the plans, it was revealed that ‘vital’ resurfacing work would take place in South Street, Ashby.

The scheme is expected to cost a total of £22,500.

A spokesman for the authority said: “This popular car park will be completely resurfaced, as repairs are not economical.”

One of the council’s biggest outlays will be at its recycling depot and will see £190,000 spent on material separating technology.

A spokesman for the council added: “This technology, which is widely available and used by other councils, will be used to separate plastic and cans collected by the refuse teams.

“This will generate more income for the council, as separated recycling brings a higher price.”

Other schemes include an upgrade to the council’s computer network, replacement of the data disaster recovery system, a fire alarm audit at Hood Park Leisure Centre, in Measham, as well as several other schemes in the area.

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