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Leicester City Council waives £20,000 in parking fines

The LGA said it is unfair as Britons can be chased for parking fines abroad but not vice versa. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Local Government Association claims local councils have been forced to write off millions in unpaid parking fines as they have been unable to trace foreign vehicles.

Leicester City Council has written off £20,000 in tickets in the past year.

EU laws allows European vehicles to drive on UK roads for six months before having to register with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) but the Government does not keep a record of the estimated three million entering the UK each year.

Currently the DVLA only records information about non-UK-registered vehicles when they are notified through offence reports provided by the police or from tip-offs from the public.

This means foreign vehicles are able to disappear within the system by going unregistered.

The LGA said this left town hall parking bosses facing an impossible task to chase down drivers for payments while laws in other countries mean British drivers parking illegally abroad can be tracked and chased.

Work on Leicester travellers' sites to start in summer

Leicester City Council will spend £400,000 building the permanent travellers' sites Credit: PA

Work to construct two controversial permanent gyspy and traveller sites in Leicester will start this summer.

Leicester City Council will provide £400,000 towards the developments at Redhill Way and Greengate Lane.

Another one and a half million pounds will come from the Housing and Communities Agency.

Both sites are due to be ready by March next year, despite residents strongly protesting against them.

The city council has previously been accused of not consulting residents properly over the plans.

Unions protest against cuts in Leicester

Hundreds of people joined a protest against council cuts in Leicester today. The local authority says it needs to save £150 million pounds due to what it calls 'savage' government cuts.

Unions say some of the most vulnerable in the city will be hardest hit by the cuts including children and the elderly. Leicester City Council say they are trying to protect frontline services but the cuts will inevitably have an impact. Rajiv Popat was at the protest and sent this report.


Halloween safety campaign to be launched in Leicester

A campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour over Halloween will be launched today in Leicestershire.

Police officers have teamed up with the city council to issue posters to residents, who can put them in their windows to make it clear whether trick-or-treaters are welcome or not.

A campaign has been launched to tackle anti-social behaviour over Halloween Credit: Geoff Kirby/PA

It comes after the number of calls to police about anti-social behaviour more than tripled on Halloween night last year.

Police handled a total of 247 complaints - up from the usual average of 68.

Residents to be helped through care home transition

Managers at Leicester City Council have told the residents that they will be helped through the transition out of council care.

They were told as the council explained to the residents that they planned to close or sell the homes they were living in.

Leicester City Council have made their decision after months of discussion Credit: ITV News Central

Four care homes for elderly people will be closed within the next three years and four others will be sold as going concerns, to be run by private businesses.

Residents at Abbey House and Cooper House, which will be closed next year, will be offered individual meetings with social workers to talk trough the next stages of the sale process.

There are 114 residents in the homes that are to be sold, and 47 living in the homes that are to be closed. Leicester City Council says it will help them to choose alternative accommodation.

Councillor Rita Patel said: "As part of making the decision on the elderly person's homes, I am also putting in place measures to ensure that the council's monitoring of independent residential homes will be strengthened to ensure that all homes offer high quality care."

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