Former Mayor, Councillor John Stanley, died suddenly on Saturday after a short illness. He was active to the end and was still involved in a number of projects. He had every intention of standing again for the Trinity Ward of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council which he represented for 8 years alongside Councillor David Cope.
He joined the Army at the age of 15 and served for 12 years as a Sergeant the with the Royal Corps of Signals seeing service in Singapore and Malaysia. Only last week he received the Pingat Jasa medal from the Malaysian Government "in recognition to his contribution to peace keeping."
He worked for 32 years at GEC having a widespread range of duties including the installation of a major telephone exchange in Gibraltar. John was involved in a number of projects including promotion of the Fiesta and Statesmen marching bands and more recently the Festival Committee which runs a number of events including the Hinckley Carnival. He was a volunteer driver for Dial-a-Ride for 8 years and raised £18,000 for the charity during his year as Mayor in 2003/4.
John was highly regarded by all members of the Council,often being called upon to handle sensitive personnel matters. After his year in office ended he took pride in being invited to become a Honorary Vice- President of Hinckley United Football Club. He had the satisfaction of seeing the Marston Stadium project through to a successful conclusion and thereafter often wore his Hinckley United scarf to official functions. He was diligent with his public work and always followed up requests for help in the Hollycroft, Wykin and other areas for which he had responsibility.
He never stopped working and was still selling tickets last week to the Matt Gadsby memorial event which takes place this Saturday.
"I will always be grateful to John for agreeing to stand and for working so conscientiously for the people of Trinity Ward and the wider community. We will miss him."
John was married to Jenny for 44 years. He leaves four children, Nigel,Wendy,Alison and Jacqui and seven grandchildren, Shaun,Chloe,Kirsty,Abigail ,Christopher,Sophie and Lucy.
Cllr David Bill
Liberal Democrat Group Leader
A Hinckley County Councillor has renewed calls for a safe road crossing to be installed near a Hinckley School.
Lib Dem Councillor for Hinckley De Montfort Michael Mullaney has campaigned with local parents, residents and fellow Hinckley Councillors David Bill and Stuart Bray to get a safe crossing near St Peter’s School on London Road, Hinckley.
This follows news that Leicestershire County Council have again decided against putting a crossing there.
In a written submission to the County Council’s Highways and Transport Scrutiny Committee Michael Mullaney set out why a crossing was still needed there
“A huge number of residents in the area I represent on the County Council and the area my two fellow Hinckley County Councillors David Bill and Stuart Bray represent support a safe crossing at St Peter’s School on London Road in Hinckley. 8,850 residents signed a petition supporting the campaign.
“There are safety concerns, there have been a number of near misses involving pupils and parents going to the school. Although not recorded it is believed that there was an accident leading to a fatality some years ago along this part of London Road when a pedestrian was knocked over.
“Whilst I appreciate the extra road safety measures that are proposed for London Road near St Peter’s School I am extremely disappointed that the request for a safe road crossing has not been supported in the report.
“There is widespread support for it and Cllrs Bill, Bray and myself identified funding for putting a crossing in at the site through the Members Highway Fund, a fund which was developed with the apparent intention of supporting Highways causes that were important in Councillor’s local areas.
“Whilst it’s welcome that a crossing person has been recruited for St Peter’s School there is always the risk that the person may step down from the job and it may be difficult to find a new person (as it took some years to recruit a crossing person there, with no school crossing patrol between 2017 and 2022 despite attempts to recruit to the post). A safe pedestrian crossing at the site however would be a permanent safety measure that would benefit pupils and parents and residents more generally crossing the road there.
“Whilst I welcome the fact there will be some safety improvements at the site I and many residents believe there still needs to be a safe permanent crossing at St Peter’s School. I therefore urge the County Council to rethink and agree to installing a crossing near St Peter’s School”