03 December 2018
Christmas and New Year arrangements
The following opening times during the Christmas and New Year period have been announced by the Borough Council, together with the arrangements that have been made for various council services:
Council office closing times
Borough Council services at the Hinckley Hub will close at 12 noon on Monday 24 December and re-open at 8.30am on Thursday 27 December.
Borough Council services at the Hinckley Hub will also be closed on Tuesday 1 January 2019.
In an emergency call Tel. 01455 251137.
Refuse & recycling arrangements
There will be alternate arrangements for collections due on Tuesday 25 December, Wednesday 26 December and Tuesday 1 January. All other refuse and recycling collections will continue as usual during the Christmas and New Year period. However, the garden waste (brown bin) collection service will be suspended for two weeks during the Christmas and New Year period (last collection Thursday 20 December and collections starting again Friday 4 January 2019).
Alternate arrangements for refuse (black bin) and recycling (blue-lid bin) collections due on Tuesday 25 December, Wednesday 26 December and Tuesday 1 January are as follows:
• Refuse due on Tuesday 25 December will be collected on Monday 24 December
• Recycling (blue-lid) due on Tuesday 25 December will be collected on Friday 21 December
• Refuse due on Wednesday 26 December will be collected on Thursday 27 December
• Recycling (blue-lid) due on Wednesday 26 December will be collected on Friday 28 December
• Refuse due on Tuesday 1 January will be collected on Monday 31 December
• Recycling (blue-lid) due on Tuesday 1 January will be collected on Wednesday 2 January
For residents living in rural west areas of the borough who usually have garden and refuse bins collected on the same day, collection arrangements are as follows:
• Recycling (Blue-lid) due on Tuesday 25 moves to Monday 24 December
• Recycling (Blue-lid) due on Wednesday 26 moves to Thursday 27 December
• Refuse due on Tuesday 1 January moves to Monday 31 December
Residents can find full details of collection dates on their collection calendars or on-line at http://www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/collections
Free Parking on Saturdays in Hinckley
Customers are reminded that Christmas shopping in Hinckley will be given a boost this year with free car parking in selected town centre car parks on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.
In a joint initiative sponsored by Hinckley & Bosworth Council (HBBC) and supported by Hinckley BID and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, the Borough Council will be allowing free parking in Lower Bond Street, Druid Street, Alma Road, Holliers Walk, Trinity Vicarage Road and Thornycroft Road car parks every Saturday in December in order to thank shoppers for their loyalty and to increase trade for shops and businesses.
The free parking offer applies from 9am on Saturday 1, 8, 15 and 22 December. Shoppers are reminded that parking is free in all council run car parks on Sundays and daily after 6pm throughout the year.
Shoppers will also be able to park for free in the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College car park every Saturday in December. The car park, which is directly behind the Atkins Building, can be accessed from Druid St.
Hinckley Market at Christmas
There will be markets as usual in Hinckley throughout the Christmas period on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays including Christmas Eve Monday 24 December and New Year’s Eve Monday 31 December.
A Sunday market offering a selection of hot and cold food plus crafts, collectibles and gifts will be in Market Place, Hinckley on Sunday 16 December.
Merry Munch, which is managed by East Midlands Markets and Events in partnership with the council is open from 10am until 4pm.
Hinckley BID’s Santa’s Grotto
Hinckley BID is offering a Santa’s Grotto in Britannia Centre daily from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 December.
The grotto, which is located in the former Argos unit in Britannia Centre off Castle Street, is open from 12 noon-3pm and 3.30-6pm on Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 December and from 10am -1pm and 1.30pm-4pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December.
Entry costs £2 per child, with free admission to under 3s. Each child will receive a gift. No booking is necessary.
Hinckley Leisure Centre
Hinckley Leisure Centre will close at 12 noon on Monday 24 December (last admission at 11am) and remain closed on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December. The Centre’s opening hours will be from 8am to 6pm from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 December. The centre will close at 4pm on Monday 31 December and remain closed on Tuesday 1 January 2019. The Centre will revert to normal opening hours from 6:30am on Wednesday 2 January. For further information including the swim and class timetable see the Leisure Centre’s website
Gwendoline Community House and Earl Shilton Community House will close for the Christmas period on Tuesday 18 December at 2.15pm and Barwell Community House will close for the Christmas period on Thursday 20 December at 2.15pm. All three Community Houses will re-open at 9.15am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.