Eyres Monsell

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Eyres Monsell
LeicesterEyresMonsellWard.svg
Population 11,229 
Unitary authority Leicester
Ceremonial county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEICESTER
Postcode district LE2
Dialling code 0116
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Leicester East
List of places
UK
England
Leicestershire

Eyres Monsell is an electoral ward and administrative division of the city of Leicester, England, comprising the southern Leicester suburb of Eyres Monsell.

Geography[edit]

Eyres Monsell is bounded to the north by the wards of Aylestone, Freemen and Knighton.[1] South and west of the area are the Leicestershire districts of Blaby and Oadby and Wigston.

History[edit]

St Hugh's Church, Sturdee Road

Eyres Monsell was constructed as a council estate in the southern suburbs of Leicester, England. The area is defined by Saffron Lane to the east, the Birmingham to Peterborough railway to the south, Lutterworth Road to the west, and Glenhills Way to the north. Although located in the far south-west corner of Leicester, the area is under the administration of Leicester City Council rather than the Leicestershire County Council as some of the neighbouring estates are.

The land was acquired by the corporation of Leicester for housing development purposes for £40,500 by compulsory purchase order in the early 1950s. The area takes its name from the previous land owner, former Conservative MP Bolton Eyres-Monsell, 1st Viscount Monsell. The largely rural area was purchased with an aim to avoid the spatial limitations that had led to the foreboding tower blocks and intimidating alleyways of inner city developments and to provide a greener and more open plan estate. Eyres Monsell would become Leicester's second largest estate to be built after World War Two.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Monmouth Drive on the Eyres Monsell estate

Today, Eyres Monsell has a population of approximately 11230 people over 4669 homesteads. Proportionately more council homes in Eyres Monsell have been bought by their owners than in any other part of the city. Although, almost 50% of homes in the area are still rented from the city council.[3]

It is also noteworthy that as a suburb of Leicester, one of the most multi-racial cities in the UK, the population of Eyres Monsell is almost 95% white British according to 2001 Census data.[4]

Transport[edit]

Eyres Monsell is serviced by Arriva Leicester Services 47, 48, 84, 84A, 85, 86, 87, Centrebus Circle Line service and First Leicester Services 88 and 88A. Services 86, 87 and 88 all operate to the Monmouth Drive area of the estate, while other services only service the eastern edge.

Politics[edit]

Eyres Monsell By-Election 6 May 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Virginia Cleaver 1,446 35.3 -2.5
Conservative Jon Humberstone 999 24.4 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Scott Kennedy-Lount 908 22.2 +5.8
BNP Adrian Waudby 745 18.2 -3.2
Majority 447 10.9
Turnout 4,098
Labour hold Swing -2.65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leicester City Council. "Ward Maps". Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  2. ^ Jordan, Christine (2003). The Illustrated History of Leicester's Suburbs. Breedon Books Publishing. pp. 89–92. ISBN 1-85983-348-9. 
  3. ^ "Area Profile 6". 
  4. ^ Leicester City Council. "Ward Profiles - 2001 Census - Population". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Eyres Monsell By-Election". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 2010-05-21. [dead link]