District council services
We have robust preparations in place and our priority is to keep all our key services running and support our communities in every way we can.
We’ll post regular updates on this page to keep you informed of how our services are running.
Please remember that services such as education, roads and adult social care are services provided by Leicestershire County Council.
Customer services and contacting us
Our customer services team is very busy and receiving lots of calls – so please be patient and avoid contacting us if your query is not urgent.
As of 25 March our council offices are closed to visitors in the interests of the health and wellbeing of staff and customers - we are prioritising phone and email contact.
Many of our services are available online through MyAccount - this is the quickest and easiest way to access the majority of our services.
Alternatively, please contact us on 01530 454545 or by email at email@example.com - our lines are open between 9.30am and 5pm.
- Cardboard and garden waste collections have returned on a monthly basis. Find out more.
- Bulky waste collections have returned - find out more.
- Our food waste collection trial is currently suspended for the 2,000 households on the trial in Measham and some surrounding villages.
All black bin, red box and blue bag collections are running as normal.
Please note, we are unable to take side or additional waste next to black bins. We are not able to offer this as we only have the staffing and operational capacity to empty black bins. We thank customers for their understanding.
Council Tax flexibility
Please visit our specialised webpage for more information.
Struggling to pay council tax and/or rent?
Housing Advice and Homelessness
Housing advice is being undertaken by phone only. If you have nowhere safe to stay or are worried that you may be at risk of becoming homeless you can speak to us by calling freephone 0800 9520079 during working hours. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will call you back.
Please also see our webpages for useful information that may help with your housing situation.
Please note that we are not able to issue food bank vouchers at this time but you can contact local food banks direct to ask for support.
For out of hours emergencies only please call 01530 454789
Choice Based Lettings Update
We are only advertising social housing through our Choice Based Lettings Scheme on a limited basis. If any properties do become available and cannot be matched to someone in urgent need then they will be advertised on a Thursday as per normal.
We advise that people seeking housing check the website regularly to see if properties have become available. Please note that it may take longer than normal for bids to be processed and an offer to be made. Property viewings and tenancy start dates are also affected by the current situation.
New applications to join the Council’s Choice Based Lettings Scheme are still being taken although it is taking longer than 10 working days to process applications and review supporting evidence.
Parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms
Our parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms are open for everyone to safely enjoy. Other re-opened spaces include:
- Car parks associated with open space provision such as the car park at Coalville Park
- Hermitage Recreation Ground fishing lake
- Coalville Park tennis courts, skate park and multi-use games area (MUGA).
Signage will be in place at our playgrounds. Please take the time to read these and follow the guidance in order to use our play areas safely.
Car parking charges have been reinstated in all council car parks with contactless card payments only. A pay by phone system is also in the process of being set up.
All on-street car parking enforcement resumed on Monday 1 June.
Council car parks remain free beyond 1 July for NHS staff members, health and social care workers and NHS Volunteer Responders when on official duty. This will help support these key workers whilst they carry out essential work in our communities.
Eligible staff can get a free Government parking pass from their employer, NHS Trust or the Royal Volunteering Society.
If you are struggling to obtain a free parking pass from your employer and you think you are eligible, please contact us by emailing email@example.com or telephone 01530 454545 and we will assist you.
For further information on the scheme, please visit the NHS free parking website.
Our public toilets in Coalville and Ashby de la Zouch town centres have reopened with charges removed to reduce hand contact and the need to use coins at the entrances.
Coalville public toilets will be open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am till 3pm.
Ashby public toilets will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am till 3pm.
Coalville Market has reopened with social distancing measures in place.
The community leisure facilities in Measham, Ibstock and Castle Donington are closed.
All the community classes our leisure services team runs are cancelled due to the social distancing policy that the Government has put in place. This includes our popular Steady Steps programme.
A virtual timetable of activities has been set up to help you keep moving.
We’re looking at the meetings we’ve got coming up and which decisions need to be made, reviewing what is essential and what can be deferred.
Our councillors are being kept up to date and we are anticipating legislation from Government.
The Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to take place on May 7 were cancelled.
Ashby Tourist Information Centre will be closed for the foreseeable future.
Our VE Day event in Coalville Park and Picnic in the Park in June have both been postponed with the intent to host them later this year.
The following Twitter accounts will be regularly posting out the latest factual advice and information related to COVID-19:
- Public Health England (@PHE_UK)
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk)
- North West Leicestershire District Council (@NWLeics)
- NHS England (@NHSEngland)
- Leicestershire Police (@leicspolice)
- Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (@LeicsFireRescue)
- West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (@west_lei_ccg)
- Leicestershire County Council (@LeicsCountyHall)
- Foreign Office (@foreignoffice)
Last updated: Thu 13 August, 2020 @ 12:38