Eyres Monsell is an estate on the south of the city built in the 1950s. The estate is bordered by the outer ring road and Lutterworth Road. To the south the estate and ward reach up to the city's boundary with Oadby and Wigston. The Eyres Monsell ward also includes part of the Saffron Lane estate, the area between Stonesby Avenue and Southfields Drive and including the 'Pork Pie Library'.
I was first elected in May 2007, gaining the council seat back for Labour. I was re-elected in May 2011 and May 2015.
|At the opening of the new shops on the Invincible site.|
|Virginia and Rory: working hard for Eyres Monsell. |
Taking part in a community litter pick and clean-up event.
There is a strong and proud community spirit in the area. Virginia and I enjoy working with local residents and organisations to deliver improvements in the area.
If you are an Eyres Monsell resident and wish to contact me or Virginia about a local issue contact details and information about our local advice surgeries can be found here (Leicester City Council website).
As a councillor for Eyres Monsell I work hard for the area and have delivered real improvements for the community, including:
- Helped and assisted hundreds of residents and taken up cases on a wide range of issues including housing, welfare benefits, debt, consumer complaints and anti-social behaviour.
- Worked closely with the local police to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime.
- Worked to bring forward regeneration plans for the area including plans for the new shops now opened on the Invincible site: the biggest regeneration project in Eyres Monsell for decades. This project includes the demolition of The Exchange, which has now started, to create an area for new family housing.
- Secured over £100,000 of investment for improvements and refurbishment of Eyres Monsell Community Centre.
- Organised community events including fetes and Christmas celebrations.
- Supported the Eyres Monsell Community Association and Events Committee to deliver some excellent community events.
- Campaigned successfully (twice) to save the 87 bus service when it was under threat.
- Won funding for a range of car parking improvements across the estate including on Kelso Green, Packhorse Road and recently on Runcorn Road.
- Worked with the Labour-run city council to get new children's play equipment at parks in the area.
- Hundreds of council homes in the ward have been fitted with solid wall insulation and solar panels; helping tenants save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.
- Backed the local community magazine, The Monsell Mail. Virginia and I provide a Councillor's Column for each issue with updates on our work in the area.
- Through local funding allocations supported lots of local volunteer organisations, initiatives and events.
- Improvements at Pork Pie Library and plans for further developments to make sure the library continues to be an important community hub.
- Campaigning for improved road safety across the estate and wider ward, including the installation of new safety bollards and other measures outside Holy Cross School, see Leicester Mercury article here.
- Launching and developing the Blooming Eyres Monsell food growing project with a community allotment at the Community Centre, this project was launched with the backing of BBC Leicester's Ben Jackson and Ady Damon.
- Protected the local park by successfully campaigning against a planning application for a temporary road which would have run across the park.
- Delivered new outdoor gyms in the area to encourage people to exercise.
|Demolition work starts at The Exchange.|
|The Exchange site demolition.|
|Demolition work at The Exchange well |
underway, April 2014.
|The new play equipment on Sturdee Road made possible |
by Labour's Play Builder funding.
|Demolition of The Invincible Pub: something I worked for |
from day one as a councillor and after five years hard work
the bulldozers arrived.
|The Invincible Pub before demolition. |
Regeneration plans are now in place and moving forward.
|Demanding action against vandalism and |