Cosby Parish Council

Serving the people of Cosby

Clerk: Les Phillimore
76 Springwell Lane, Whetstone
Leicester LE8 6LT

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Free tree giveaway at Fosse Park

More than 2,000 trees are being given away by Blaby District Council at Fosse Park during Great Big Green Week.

The tree-giveaway initiative is part of the Queen's Green Canopy, which is giving people the chance to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty the Queen. A nationwide campaign, the Queen's Green Canopy is expected to create a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty's name across the UK. More »

Residents can visit the Council's stand at Fosse Park West on Wednesday (28 September), located next to the entrance to the Food Court beside Next from 10am.

Free trees include Hazel, Crab apple and Dog rose, which are all suitable for residential gardens. A larger tree, Downy birch, is also available.

The Great Big Green Week is the UK's biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. Running until Sunday 02 October, Great Big Green Week is gathering support for action to protect the planet.

With trees being essential for people, wildlife and the environment, planting a free tree is a simple yet ideal way to make a difference as part of Great Big Green Week. This is the perfect time of year to be planting trees, with planting season running from October to March, when trees are dormant and less likely to be damaged during planting.

Local businesses Aggregate Industries and opticians Edmonds and Slatter have made financial contributions to sponsor the cost of the trees. Fosse Park have also kindly donated the space to run the tree giveaway as part of their actions for the awareness week.

This September, Fosse Park have been inviting visitors to discover the sustainable practices that they and their retailers are progressing collectively to make positive small steps for the environment. As part of this activity, Fosse Park has a number of interactive events taking place including free bike health checks, discovering local walking trails and many more. For more information please visit

Councillor Les Phillimore, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to run such an important and poignant giveaway in Great Big Green Week.

"Not only will residents have the chance to make an environmental difference, it's also a timely chance to pay tribute to Her Majesty the Queen by planting a tree in her name. Protecting the environment is a job for all of us, and such simple actions like this can help make a positive change.

"I'd also like to thank Fosse Park, Aggregate Industries and Edmonds and Slatter for their contributions to enable us to run this event."

Blaby District Council is committed to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, and for the district to become carbon neutral by 2050. More information, including the Queen's Green Canopy, can be found at


Notes to Editors

About Queen's Green Canopy:

As a nationwide initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the QGC was due to conclude in December – the end of the Jubilee year. However, as the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, the initiative will now be extended to include the full tree planting season, beginning in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023.

The Queen's Green Canopy is proud to be creating a living legacy with over a million trees planted in Her Majesty's name across the nation during the first planting season, October 2021 to March 2022. The extension of the QGC initiative will build on this legacy and serve as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty's extraordinary service to her country and her people. » Less

Posted: Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:43 by Les Phillimore

October Job Fair in Narborough

Hundreds of local jobs will be up for grabs at Blaby District Council's Job Fair at their Narborough offices on Monday 10 October.

Businesses will be highlighting their vacancies and jobseekers of all ages will be able to speak to company representatives, find out more information and get expert help at the event, taking place from 3pm-6pm.

The Job Fair is being hosted by the Council at its Narborough-based offices on Desford Road, LE19 2EP. There's free parking on site and the offices are a short walk from Narborough Railway Station. Bus services also stop close by. More »

The event is also an ideal opportunity for those who have just received their A-Level or GCSE results to come along and find out about trainee positions as well as apprenticeships.

Businesses attending the Job Fair include the Marriott Hotel, who have a mix of full and part time opportunities across their restaurant, banqueting, kitchen and maintenance teams.

With only a few months to go before the HMP Fosse Way becomes operational, Serco have vacancies ranging from Prison Custody Officers, Administrators and Psychologists to Chefs, Facilities Management and Trades.

Representatives from Blaby District Council will also have the latest opportunities with the Council, and the benefits of working in local government. Current vacancies include Casual District Cleansing Operatives and an Accountancy Assistant.

Barnado's are recruiting for a Children's Residential Home opening soon, with 25 full-time permanent vacancies available. A number of nursery and social care positions will also be on offer, as well as the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Employment support is also a big part of the Jobs Fair, with the National Careers Service offering free careers advice and support into employment including help with C.V.s, courses, career planning, interview preparation and anything related to getting ready to step into employment. Work Live Leicestershire, which helps residents living in rural areas access employment, training and education.

The Prince's Trust can help with free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career and the Department of Work and Pensions will also be attending. Anyone currently with a work coach can get more details from their point of contact.

More information about the event is available at



Full list of attendees at Job Fair:

  • Freed of London
  • Leicester Marriott Hotel
  • Arriva Midlands
  • Palmers Garden Centre
  • Blaby District Council
  • Optima UK
  • Busy Bees Nurseries
  • Leicestershire County Council
    • Shared Lives Services
    • Crisis Response Team
    • Home Care Assessment Team
  • Serco
  • Leicester Employment Hub
  • Ellesmere College
  • Stadar Cleaning
  • Futures/National Careers Service
  • The Prince's Trust
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Leicester College
  • Voluntary Action Leicestershire - Work. Live. Leicestershire (WiLL Project)
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Posted: Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:15 by Les Phillimore

Cosby Neighbourhood Development Plan

Cosby Neighbourhood Plan set for referendum

Cosby is set to become the latest village in the district to decide whether to adopt a Neighbourhood Plan after Councillors agreed for the plan to be voted on at a referendum.

Neighbourhood Plans are used when planning applications are decided, in addition to the Council's Local Plan and other material considerations. Each plan sets out an area's individual ambitions to shape the development and growth of their local areas and what it should look like. More »

The plan for Cosby focuses on the themes of good design, safeguarding historic buildings and green spaces, and protecting and improving community facilities and amenities.

Cosby Parish Council are leading on the plan and Blaby District Council has worked closely with the Parish to assist in the plan's development, which has been through a number of consultations, including with Cosby residents.

The Independent Examiner's report on the plan was published in June and identified a small number of modifications which will help to ensure it has robust and clear policies that planning applications can be decided against.

At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 20 September, Councillors voted to approve these modifications. Residents of Cosby will now be able to have their say by voting whether to adopt the plan via a referendum. A provisional date has been set for the referendum on Thursday 24 November.

Neighbourhood Plans are proving popular with Parish Councils and are prepared by the local community, for the local community. The District currently has adopted neighbourhood plans for Blaby, the Fosse Villages (a group of 10 parishes in the south of the District) and Leicester Forest East.

Councillor Ben Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Planning Delivery and Enforcement and Corporate Transformation, said: "I am absolutely delighted to see yet another Neighbourhood Plan head for a referendum in the district. This is great news and a reward for our Officers and Parish Council who have both worked incredibly hard to get to this point.

"Residents of Cosby will now have the chance to have a say about their area and choose whether to join the other parishes in the district who have voted yes on giving their village a bigger say in planning matters.

"We'll continue to work with Cosby Parish Council in the run up to the referendum, as well as Glenfield who are also in the process of developing their own plan."

The latest plan and its documents can be found using the link below.

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Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:55 by Les Phillimore