Rushey Mead

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Coordinates: 52°39′36″N 1°06′36″W / 52.660°N 1.110°W / 52.660; -1.110

Rushey Mead
The World Tree Leicester.jpg
Population15,962 (2011)
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEICESTER
Postcode districtLE4
Dialling code0116
PoliceLeicestershire
FireLeicestershire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Leicestershire

Rushey Mead is an electoral ward and administrative division of the city of Leicester, England. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 15,962,[1] it comprises the northern Leicester suburb of Rushey Mead in its entirety, as well as historical parts of Northfields and Thurmaston.

Geography[edit]

Rushey Mead within Leicester

Rushey Mead is bounded by the wards of Humberstone & Hamilton to the south-east, Charnwood to the south, Belgrave to the south-west and Abbey to the west.[2] Immediately north and north-west of Rushey Mead are the Leicestershire villages of Thurmaston and Birstall in the Borough of Charnwood.

History[edit]

Rushey Mead was originally a part of the Thurmaston civil parish during the 19th century; the modern day suburb was split from Thurmaston and gazetted as a "Thurmaston Urban District" in 1894, before being annexed to the City of Leicester in 1935, when it was renamed Rushey Mead.

Education[edit]

Schools in the area[edit]

Primary schools: Wyvern Primary, Herrick Primary, Sandfield Primary and Rushey Mead Primary.

Rushey Mead Academy

Secondary schools: Rushey Mead Academy, which is the best state-funded secondary school in Leicester and Leicestershire[3] and Soar Valley College.

The World Tree[edit]

The World Tree Leicester.jpg

Located in Rushey Mead, on the corner of Melton Road and Troon Way, is a 5m high steel tree sculpture with bronze light bulbs on the branches, it stands opposite the former site of the GE-Thorn Lighting factory, in which a Sainsbury's supermarket now occupies. It cost £62,000 and was paid for by Sainsbury's, it was unveiled on the 4th of March 2016 by the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow in the attendance of Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby and Leicester East MP Keith Vaz.[4][5]

The World Tree Leicester Base.jpg
The World Tree Leicester Sign.jpg
The World Tree Leicester Plaque.jpg

Places of Interest[edit]

Shopping[edit]

There is a large Sainsbury’s supermarket on Melton Road including a garage and café.

Transport[edit]

Bus[edit]

The Number 22 First bus travels from Evington and back via Leicester City Centre and through Belgrave on the A607 Belgrave and Melton Roads and then Marfitt Street, Gipsy Lane and Barkby Road before proceeding into Rushey Mead on Wyvern Avenue and Gleneagles Avenue and then turning around on Trevino Drive, just before the Leicestershire county boundary and the village of Thurmaston.

The Number 21 First service travels from Leicester City Centre and through the St Matthew’s estate before getting on to Catherine Street, passing through Rushey Mead and then onto Charnwood before eventually reaching its terminus in the nearby county village of Thurmaston.

Arriva services 5, 5A and 6 travelling to and from Thurmaston, East Goscote and Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire travel through Rushey Mead on the A607.

The nearest bus stations, both located in Leicester City Centre are The Haymarket Bus Station, where the 21 and 22 bus services to Rushey Mead start from and the 21 terminates at, with the 22 bypassing it iniatally and carrying on into Evington before eventually finishing its route there, and St Margaret’s Bus Station, which is mostly used for trips.

Train[edit]

The nearest Train Station is Leicester Railway Station, located in Leicester City Centre and 2.6 miles away from Rushey Mead.

Airport[edit]

The nearest Airport is East Midlands Airport, located in Leicestershire and 20.1 miles away from Rushey Mead.

Politics[edit]

Rushey Mead is located within the Leicester East parliament constituency, a safe Labour seat, currently represented by Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Rushey Mead is represented within the East Midlands parliamentary constituency in the European Parliament.

Rushey Mead is represented on Leicester City Council by Labour Councillors Ross Willmott, a former leader of the city council, Piara Singh Clair MBE, a deputy city mayor and cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, Sport and Regulatory Services and Rita Patel, the assistant city mayor for Equalities and Special Projects and founder of the Peepul Centre, located in the neighbouring area of Belgrave and close to Leicester City Centre.

Council Election Results[edit]

Rushey Mead 2019[edit]

Rushey Mead[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rita Patel 4118
Labour Piara Singh Clair 3786
Labour Ross Willmott 3320
Conservative Geeta Mahesh Karavadra 1166
Conservative Sudhir Odedra 998
Conservative Heten Tejura 883
Liberal Democrat Hash Chandarana 556
Liberal Democrat Nitesh Pravin Dave 554
Green Anne Louise Scott 451
Majority
Turnout

Rushey Mead 2015[edit]

Rushey Mead
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rita Patel 4597
Labour Piara Singh Clair 4584
Labour Ross Willmott 4390
Conservative Hemubhai Chandarana 1797
Conservative Rashmi Vyas 1702
Conservative Sarban Singh 1389
Liberal Democrat Hash Chandarana 586
Green Nimit Jethwa 513
UKIP Keith Agius 472
UKIP Adam Barker 399
UKIP Kyle Perkins 353
Liberal Democrat Nitesh Dave 327
Liberal Democrat Jaswinder Kaur 305
LICC Leila Khamis 117
Majority
Turnout 66.4
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Leicester ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ Leicester City Council. "Ward Maps". Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  3. ^ "Best Schools in Leicestershire". Leicestershire Live. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Leicester gets World Tree". Asian Lite News. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  5. ^ "World Tree Leicester". Geograph. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Rushey Mead statement of persons nominated" (PDF). Leicester City Council. Retrieved 17 April 2019.

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