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Bargains galore as car boot sales come to Loughborough market place - click for more

A series of car boot sales will be held in Loughborough market place from Sunday 29th January. The car boot sales are being organised by Charnwood Borough Council’s markets and fairs team, and will run until March. Mike Bird, Market and Fairs manager at the borough council said: “We held a one-off car boot sale in December as part of our Christmas markets, and it proved popular so we’ve decided to organise more for this year. Car boots are a great place to pick up a bargain so we hope that residents and visitors to the town enjoy what’s on offer.” The car boot sales will be held on the following dates: Sunday, 29th January – 10.00am to 2.00pm Sunday, 12th February  – 10.00am to 2.00pm Sunday, 26th February – 10.00am to 2.00pm Sunday, 12th March – 10.00am to 2.00pm If people want to sell items at the car boot, the cost to rent a pitch is £10 for cars and £15 for vans. No booking is required and traders can arrive at the market place from 7.00am and last entry is 9.00am. For more information visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/markets or call 01509 634 624 and like the Loughborough Markets Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest events.  ...

Council seeks independent Audit Committee chair - click for more

The borough council is looking for someone to play a role in making sure its finances are being properly managed. The council is seeking a new independent chair for its Audit Committee as the present chair, Paul Blakemore, will step down in May after eight years. Anyone interested in the role can apply but they need to have well developed chairing skills and significant experience in at least one of the key areas of the committee’s responsibilities – external audit, internal audit, risk management or accountancy. A professional qualification relevant to one of those areas is highly desirable and you should also either live or work within Charnwood. This is a non-political role and anyone interested should therefore be able to demonstrate independence from potential political bias. Councillor Tom Barkley, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: ‘This is an important appointment which demonstrates the Council’s commitment to having an Audit Committee free from potential political bias and which can impartially make sure that our finances and risks are being properly managed.” Mr Blakemore said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time chairing the committee and would encourage anyone who feels they have the right mix of skills and experience to consider applying for the position.” The appointment is for a four-year period and one person can only serve a maximum of eight years. It carries an annual allowance of £3,408. Expressions of interest, setting out why you feel you are suitable for the role in no more than two sides of A4, should be submitted by email to [email protected] or by post to Democratic Services, Charnwood Borough Council. Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX. The closing date is Monday 6th February 2017. Further information can be obtained by calling Adrian Ward, Head of Strategic Support, on 01509 634 573. ...

Smart tech trial to extend Syston library hours - click for more

Smart technology, to enable people to access a library outside of usual opening hours, will be trialled in Syston next month. The library will close on 30th December to enable the equipment to be installed and will reopen on 12th January 2017, offering 26 additional opening hours per week through smart access. Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries, said: “We’re trialling smart technology which effectively extends the hours when people can enter Syston library. This will make it more convenient for people who work during the day.” From 12th January, users will be able to use their library card to access the building in order to borrow, return and renew items or use the public computers, wifi and printing and copying facilities. Customers will also be able to access our digital library service, which includes hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers. Library items can also be renewed and requested using an online catalogue. While Syston is closed, people are encouraged to use Birstall library. More information on the digital library service is available at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/libraries ...

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