Responding to Climate Change

Responding to Climate Change

Human influence on climate has been the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century.  Global temperatures have already increased by 1°C from pre-industrial levels.   The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise. The report informs us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

We all have a part to play, which is why on 13th May 2021, a resolution was considered and approved by the annual resident’s meeting (Annual Towns Meeting) asking the Town Council to “produce a Climate Change and Environmental Strategy by November 2021 to:

  1. Pledge to make the activities of Braunstone Town Council carbon neutral and embed climate and environmental awareness in all our decision making.
  1. Promote and encourage awareness and action on climate change, environmental protection and recycling by local residents, businesses and community organisations.
  1. Put climate change at the heart of our procurement policies including moving to the use of renewable energy sources for its activities and encourage its customers and suppliers to do likewise.
  1. Protect and enhance the town’s Green spaces, promote and encourage tree planting, and seek to increase and enrich biodiversity”.

 

Climate Change & Environmental Strategy

Following consultation during the summer of 2021, the Council adopted a Climate Change & Environmental Strategy on 23rd September 2021. This Climate Change and Environmental Strategy sets out the framework for Braunstone Town Council to deliver the four pledges above.

 

Carbon Audit of Braunstone Town Council

Due to the nature of the Climate crisis, it is vitally important that the Town Council focuses its efforts and has a clear deliverable plan to respond.  To ensure that the Council becomes carbon neutral by 2030, the Strategy committed the Council to “commission a carbon audit of our activities to provide both data on the Council’s carbon footprint along with recommended actions to reduce our carbon footprint”.

The Carbon Audit of Braunstone Town Council was approved by the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee on 24th February 2022. 

The audit found that Braunstone Town Council’s total carbon footprint from transport and buildings is currently estimated as 133 t/CO2e per annum.  The average household consumption carbon footprint in Braunstone Town is 15.4t/CO2e.

The Audit recommends interventions which should produce an overall reduction in carbon emissions by 41% (55 t/CO2e). These recommended interventions would need an estimated investment of £128,000.

Section 7 of the Climate Change and Environmental Strategy sets out the Action Planning process. The recommendations of the Carbon Audit will form a significant part of this process; which will enable the Council to consider the deliverability of each identified action and its impact, along with available resources, when deciding which actions will be a priority.

 

The Action Plan will set out:

  • Nature of Action to be delivered;
  • Reason for inclusion, i.e. why is it needed;
  • Benefits to the Council and the Community;
  • Resources Required;
  • Potential Barriers to Delivery;
  • Summary of steps and sub-actions required to deliver;
  • Timescales for Delivery; short-term, medium-term, long-term; and
  • Priority Level.

The draft Climate Change & Environment Action Plan was considered by the Policy & Resources Committee on 28th April 2022.

 

Environment & Biodiversity Strategy

The Town Council is responsible for most of the Town’s Parks and Open Spaces.  These urban green spaces not only provide for sport, recreation and play but also for an enriched natural environment protecting the Town from and mitigating the effects of climate change and air pollution.

Therefore, as part of the Climate Change and Environmental Strategy, a commitment was made to “produce an Environment and Biodiversity Strategy for our Parks and Open Spaces, which will set out the Council’s approach to tree planting and maintenance, along with the Council’s commitment to enhancing and enriching biodiversity”. 

Following consultation the Environment and Biodiversity Strategy was adopted by Policy & Resources Committee on 28th April 2022. To read the adopted Environment & Biodiversity Strategy, please visit our Policies and Strategies pages,  or go directly to the Enviroment & Biodiversity Strategy page here.

Strategic Aims and Delivery Objectives (2022/2023)

Strategic Aims and Delivery Objectives (2022/2023)

 

The Council has four Strategic Aims for the medium term, which are set out below. Each Aim is supported by specific delivery objectives for the year, which are reviewed and developed as part of the annual review of the Council’s Business Plan and Capital Plan and the annual setting of the budget and Council Tax precept.

1. Protect and Enhance our Parks and Open Spacestree

Aim: To invest in and maintain high quality urban green spaces for sport, recreation and play, while enriching the natural environment.  

Delivery Objectives for 2022/2023:

  • Complete Phase 2 and 3 of the Shakespeare Park refurbishment: Tennis Courts and Playground;
  • open the New Shakespeare Pavilion building and site for use by sports clubs and the community;
  • support existing Clubs at Shakespeare Park to grow while supporting new sporting activities, such as Tennis and Petanque;
  • invest in and enhance tennis provision through Tap4Tennis;
  • continue to work with Blaby District Council and the developer to ensure improvements are made to the culvert at Thorpe Astley Park; and
  • carry out repairs to the Culvert and Bridge at Mossdale Meadows.

 

2. Provide Vibrant Community Facilities

Aim: To provide vibrant, accessible and cost effective community facilities, which continue to be used by and respond to the needs of our community.

Delivery Objectives for 2022/2023:

  • Deliver Civic Centre Capital improvements: refurbishment of toilets, provide a changing places toilet and deliver essential works on the building fabric;
  • expand the Bar Service to include a weekday Civic Centre café service along with outreach services at Thorpe Astley Community Centre;
  • implement revised Community Centres hire arrangements;
  • attract new activities and hires to Thorpe Astley Community Centre in response to the residents’ survey; and
  • provide new outreach services at Thorpe Astley Community Centre; for example, Local Area Coordination and Library Services.

 

3. Support and Connect the Local Community

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Aim: To both nurture and enhance the Town’s community life and connect our communities to reduce isolation and build community cohesion.

Delivery Objectives for 2022/2023:

  • Work to establish a Good Neighbour’s Scheme;
  • support new and existing community activities and initiatives through our Community Grants Schemes and Programme of Events;
  • co-ordinate community events, such as Apple Day and the Queen’s Jubilee commemorations, and hold open days at both Shakespeare Park Pavilion and Thorpe Astley Community Centre;
  • develop Library events, initiatives and continue community engagement; including children’s reading, heritage displays and arts & craft events; and
  • support the Local Area Coordination Project.

 

4. Respond to Climate Change and champion sustainable development

Aim: To embed climate and environmental awareness in our decision making and actions and play our part in supporting the community to do the same.

Delivery Objectives for 2022/2023:bike

  • Deliver actions identified in the Carbon Audit with a view to the Council becoming Carbon Neutral by 2030;
  • implement an Environment and Biodiversity Strategy to enhance nature and biodiversity on our urban green spaces;
  • support and facilitate initiatives to improve cycling and walking routes within the Town and to the City Centre, Fosse Park and Meridian;
  • provide secure cycle lock up facilities at our community centres and open spaces; and
  • work to ensure that development meets present needs, minimises air pollution and car journeys, while protecting the needs of future generations.

 

To view the full Strategic Aims and Delivery Objectives (2022/2023) document please click here: 

Strategic Aims and Delivery Objectives (2022/2023)

 

 

Community Grant Schemes

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Community Grant Schemes 2022

 

Braunstone Town Council has several grant schemes available that local community groups can apply for!

 

 • Community Group Grant to support groups with services, equipment, running costs etc. Up to £300 available per group per year or up to £500 for formation of new groups not already    available.

• Individual Grants to support Braunstone Town residents with outstanding skills/talent to develop their skills or to support opportunities to progress. Up to £300 available.

• Community/Social Inclusion Projects by non-profit organisations to support over 60’s and vulnerable adults in Braunstone Town and to reduce loneliness and isolation of residents. Up to £200 is available for one-off events and up to £500 for on-going and sustainable projects.

• Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events. Up to £200 is available for local community groups to organise a community event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the weekend of 2nd to 5th June 2022.

 

Grant Forms and Criteria can be found below: 

 

Criteria for Community and Social Inclusion Projects

(If you would like to apply for our new Mini Bus Grant also known as Community and Social Inclusion Projects then please use the Standard Communty Group form to apply)

 

Criteria for Community Grant COVID-19 Amendment September 2021

 

Criteria for Individual Grants amendment

 

Criteria for Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations 2022

 

Grant Form - Community Groups 2018 with GDPR

 

Grant Form - Individual amended 2018 with GDPR

 

Queens Jubilee grant application form

 

For more information & criteria please contact Mrs Pauline Snow on 0116 2899270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Agenda & Minutes 2022

For the full list of Council & Committee Meeting dates for 2021/2022, please click here.

Relevant documents are provided in PDF format, if you require the documents in another format please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0116 289 9270 with your request.

 

May 2022

 

Civic Centre Facilities Improvements Sub-Committee

Thursday 19th May - 7.00pmat Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

 

Community Development Committee

Thursday 19th May - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

 

Annual Towns Meeting 

Thursday 12th May  - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

 

Annual Council Meeting 

Thursday 12th May  - 8.00pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

 

Planning & Environment Committee


Thursday 5th May  - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

 

April 2022

 

Policy & Resources Committee


Thursday 28th April  - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

 

Community Development Committee

Thursday 7th April - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda).  You can download the relevant documents below.

March 2022

Council

Thursday 24th March - 8.00pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Planning & Environment Committee

Thursday 10th March - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Citizens' Advisory Panel

Thursday 3rd March - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

February 2022

Policy & Resources Committee

Thursday 24th February - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Community Development Committee

Thursday 3rd February - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

January 2022

Council

Thursday 27th January - 8.00pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Policy & Resources Committee

Thursday 13th January - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Employing Committee

Thursday 13th January - 8.30pm or later following the conclusion of Policy & Resources Committee, at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Planning & Environment Committee

Thursday 6th January - 7.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre and also on Zoom Video Conferencing (meeting details can be found on the agenda). You can download the relevant documents below.

Business Hours

Braunstone Town Community Library

  • Monday: 2PM - 7PM
  • Tuesday: 2PM - 5PM
  • Wednesday: 10AM - 12:00 Noon, then 2 PM - 5PM.
  • Thursday: 2PM - 5PM
  • Friday: 10AM - 12:00 Noon, then 2 PM - 5PM.
  • Saturday: 10AM - 1PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Closed on Bank Holidays
  • Thorpe Astley Community Centre

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    Open Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm. Closed on Bank Holidays.


    Braunstone Civic Centre
    Kingsway,
    Braunstone Town,
    Leicester,
    LE3 2PP

    Tel: 0116 2890045
    Fax: 0116 2824785

    enquiries@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk

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    Our Community Centres


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    Braunstone Civic Centre
    Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester, LE3 2PP.
    Tel: 0116 2890045
    bookings@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk

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    Thorpe Astley Community Centre
    Off Lakin Drive, Thorpe Astley, Leicester, LE3 3RU.
    Tel: 0116 2890704
    bookings@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk

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    Braunstone Town Community Library
    Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester, LE3 2PP.
    Tel: 0116 3055909 or 01164820159
    library@braunstonetowncouncil.org.uk


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