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BBC Radio Leicester debates local eco-town

BBC Radio Leicester is staging a debate on Tuesday (17 June) to discuss recent proposals for the development of an eco-town at Leicester Airport, near Stoughton, Leicestershire.


The Big Debate - Should Leicestershire Welcome The Development Of An Eco-town, chaired by BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard, features a panel of four local dignitaries, including representatives from the Co-operative Group and the CASCET Protest Group, who will discuss both sides of the argument relating to the current proposals.


In addition to the panel, representatives from a wide range of interested, associated and relevant organisations have been invited, including: East Midlands Development Agency; East Midlands Regional Assembly; Campaign for the Protection of Rural England; Accord Housing Agency; Federation of Small Businesses (Leicestershire) and British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA).


The eco-town proposal is to build between 15,000 and 20,000 new homes while ensuring environmental issues, such as energy and water conservation, waste reduction and limitation of carbon emissions, are factored into the construction.


The eco-town has drawn local opposition on a range of issues, including destruction of the countryside and the likely traffic increase that could be generated.


Highlights from the debate will feature on Wednesday's breakfast show on Radio Leicester and on BBC East Midlands Today.


A full version of the debate will also be available on the BBC Leicester website at


A further live debate on the subject takes place the following morning (Wednesday 18 June) between 9am and noon, during the Mid-Morning Show with Tony Wadsworth. Clips from the previous evening's debate will also feature during the discussion.


Kate Squire, Editor, Radio Leicester, says: "The Big Debate gets to the heart of the issue and is just what a local radio station should be doing.


"Passions are running high about the eco-town proposals and this will be a great way to bring all parties together and have a proper debate, in a way that only BBC Radio Leicester can."


Tickets to the event have now been allocated, but if listeners want to add their views and opinions on the subject of the proposed eco-town development in Leicestershire, they can get involved by contacting the station via the website at or by phoning on 0116 251 1049.


Radio Leicester's Big Debate allows the audience a chance to talk in an open forum about issues that directly affect the local community with people who can listen and effect change.


Notes to Editors

  • As part of its service to the local community BBC Radio Leicester stages occasional Big Debates.
  • When issues arise that are of major significance to a part of the local community Radio Leicester aims to foster informed debate and, where possible, show the relevance of a local issue to the wider Leicestershire community.
  • The Big Debate is being staged at Thurnby Village Memorial Hall, Leicestershire, on Tuesday 17 June, between 6.30 and 8.30pm.
  • Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the event – please register your interest with the BBC Birmingham Press Office before attending.


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Category: Leicester
Date: 13.06.2008
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