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Historic Leicester cottages saved from demolition

A group of historic buildings in Leicester have been saved from demolition Credit: Google Maps

A group of historic buildings in Leicester have been saved from demolition.

The City Council stepped in to protect several 19th-Century properties in Garden Street. They are thought to be one of Leicester's last remaining 'one-up, one-down' cottages.

The properties escaped demolition during the city's programme of slum clearance in the 1930s, but the current owner of the land recently applied to the council for permission to demolish the buildings.

But the city council has applied what is known as an 'article 4' direction, which will allow more time for councillors to consider the houses' historical significance. The owners will now need to apply for full planning permission if they want to demolish the buildings, which would then be considered through the council's planning process.

Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Although these buildings are in a poor state of repair, they are an important part of our city's social history.

"They're a rare example of 19 century working-class houses within the city, and they provide an important link with our past.

"I'm pleased that people will now get the chance to air their views about what they would like to see happen next."

– City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby

Snibston Museum will close to cut council costs

Snibston Discovery Museum Credit: ITV News Central

Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that the Snibston Discovery Museum will be closed to cut costs.

The news will come as a blow to campaigners who have been protesting outside County Hall.

The council needs to make more than £80 million of savings over the next four years. Councillors had been locked in talks for several hours today over the proposals, which would include hundreds of job losses.

Nick Rushton said: “We cannot afford to keep running Snibston Discovery Museum in its current form, at a time when we have to save £120 million by 2019.

“Over the last year, we’ve given the Friends of Snibston ample time and information to progress their alternative proposals but, despite three attempts, their proposals remain financially unviable. This judgement is supported by an independent assessor.”

The supporters group Friends of Snibston will be bitterly disappointed by the news Credit: Facebook / Friends of Snibston

“We cannot afford to keep running Snibston Discovery Museum in its current form, at a time when we have to save £120 million by 2019.

“Over the last year, we’ve given the Friends of Snibston ample time and information to progress their alternative proposals but, despite three attempts, their proposals remain financially unviable.

"This judgement is supported by an independent assessor.”

– Council Leader Nick Rushton

He refuted claims from Dr Terri Eynon in the local press, that the council is guilty of 'creative accounting' and claims by the chairman of the Friends, that Snibston made a profit. He claimed that Snibston made a loss of £331,000 last year.

Driver killed in two-lorry crash named by police

A driver who died after two lorries collided in Rutland has been named by police Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A driver who died after two lorries collided in Rutland has been named by police.

Lee Eudale, 43, from Peterborough, was one of the lorry drivers involved in the incident in Little Casterton on Monday.

He was taken to hospital where he later died. The driver of the second lorry sustained minor injuries.

Police enquiries into the incident are continuing and officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the lorries beforehand to call DC Kath Orr on 101.

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Concerns grow for missing Leicester 20-year-old

Abdirahman Adam Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police are growing concerned about a 20-year-old man who has not been seen since the morning of January 27.

Abdirahman Adam of Kashmir Road in the Highfields area of Leicester was reported missing on Sunday February 1 by his family.

Abdirahman - a former student in Birmingham - has been away from home before but it's unusual for him to be away for more than one night.

He has been described as a black man, 5’5” tall, of slim build, with short black hair and brown eyes.

Leicestershire County Council to finalise budget plans

The council has proposed a 1.5% Council Tax rise for each of the next four years. Credit: PA

Leicestershire County Council will meet at noon today to finalist budget proposals for 2015 to 2019.

The local authority needs to save £91million in that period.

Already, £82 million pounds of savings have been identified, including cuts to bus subsidies, household waste sites, community museums and a 1.5% council tax increase per year.

Children to be taught in woodland in new initiative

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project about using local woodland to teach children about the environment Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A primary school in Loughborough is the first to take part in a project using local woodland to teach children about the environment.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project at Outwoods Edge Primary today.

Over the next two years, the Trust aims to help 40 primary schools across the UK make the most of their local woodland.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan will launch the Woodland Trust's 'Schools into Woods' project Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Teaching in woods is free, it fits in with the national curriculum, and no extra training is needed.

"It provides a really inspiring setting for learning, and not only will this encourage children to better understand and appreciate the natural environment, it will help them develop practical and social skills that will nurture self-esteem and confidence."

– Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust Chief Executive
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