Articles tagged with: Braunstone Frith
On Friday 14th December 2012 I held a community drop-in at the Braunstone Frith Rec Centre in New Parks. I had written to over 500 local residents to invite them to meet me and discuss their concerns for the local area.
On Friday 3rd February 2012 I held a community drop-in at the Braunstone Frith Rec Centre on Sharmon Crescent in Braunstone Frith in New Parks Ward. I had written to over 500 local residents to invite them to meet me and discuss their concerns for the local area.
Norman and Underwood is a truly amazing local company with an international reputation.
Founded in 1825, this family run business is world renowned for its sheet lead, produced using traditional sand cast methods used since Roman times. The lead can be seen on some of the most famous buildings in Britain and abroad including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Jon Castleman, who runs the business and is in the 7th generation of the family, showed me how the sheet lead is produced. I felt very proud that we have such an historic and special business here in Leicester.
I recently visited Liberty House in Braunstone Frith, which provides supported living for teenage mothers. I heard about how the support young mums receive – such as advice on work and training, plus help with essential life skills like cooking, cleaning and budgeting – was giving them the confidence to turn their lives round.
The Government is cutting the Early Intervention Grant, which funds services like Liberty House, by a third. This won’t help the families I met, and will end up costing taxpayers more if young mums are stuck on benefit and not in work. I’m determined to stand up to the Government’s plans and I am also speaking to the city council to see what we can do to protect vital services like these in future.