Oadby and Wigston

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Borough of Oadby and Wigston
Borough
Shown within Leicestershire
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Leicestershire
Admin. HQ Wigston Magna
Government
 • Type Oadby and Wigston Borough Council
 • Leadership: Alternative - Sec.31
 • Executive: Liberal Democrat
 • MPs: Edward Garnier
Area
 • Total 9.08 sq mi (23.53 km2)
Area rank 316th
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 56,000
 • Rank Ranked 314th
 • Density 6,200/sq mi (2,400/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ISO 3166-2 GB-LEC
ONS code 31UJ (ONS)
E07000135 (GSS)
NUTS 3 UKF22
Ethnicity 82.8% White
13.5% S.Asian
1.3% Black British
Website oadby-wigston.gov.uk

Oadby and Wigston is a local government district and borough in the English county of Leicestershire. It was formed in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the merger of the Oadby and Wigston urban districts. The district forms part of the Harborough constituency

Geography[edit]

It is composed of the areas of Oadby, Wigston Magna and South Wigston. It is predominantly urban, and runs directly into Leicester, to the north-west. There are no civil parishes in the district.

Brocks Hill Environmental Centre at Brocks Hill Country Park

The most northerly corner is near the junction of the A6030 and B582, and near the Bupa hospital it meets Harborough. It runs along the B582 then along the former Roman road (which runs to Corby), passing the playing fields of the University of Leicester. It passes along the north edge of Oadby Lodge, a farm owned by the Co-op. Towards the deserted village of Stretton Magna (outside the district), the boundary passes southwestwards. This area was proposed to be the site of the eco-town Pennbury. It crosses the A6 at Glen Gorse Golf Club. It crosses Newton Lane and the Midland Main Line. It crosses the Grand Union Canal, and towards Kilby it meets the district of Blaby at the River Sence. It follows the River Sence, crossing the A5199 (Welford Road). At Rose Farm it follows Countesthorpe Road towards South Wigston, to the Grand Union Canal, crossing the former Midland Counties Railway, which it follows westwards. It passes northwards across St Thomas Road (B582) and the Birmingham to Peterborough Line. It passes northwards on the east side of the Glen Parva prison (in Blaby district). It meets Leicester UA south of Eyres Monsell, a large council estate.

District map

Following the Leicester boundary, it crosses Saffron Road (B5366), then follows Dorset Avenue, follows the Midland Main Line northwards, crossing Aylestone Lane (B5418), then crosses the Midland Main Line. It crosses the Welford Road (A5199) at the point where the road becomes a dual-carriageway south of the Best Western Leicester Stage Hotel (in Leicester UA). It passes on the south edge of Knighton Park, and the western edge of Oadby Golf Club, west of Leicester Racecourse (in the district). Near the racecourse entrance it crosses the A563 southern ring road, then London Road (A6), passing northwards along the western edge of the University of Leicester's Oadby Student Village, west of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden (in the district).

Twinning[edit]

Oadby and Wigston council offices at Wigston Magna, off the B582

Demographics[edit]

Although perceived as an affluent area, and is much more affluent than neighbouring Leicester, it has the second lowest house prices in Leicestershire, only above Hinckley and Bosworth. However it does neighbour Harborough, which has the highest house prices in Leicestershire. House prices in Leicestershire are higher in rural areas as demand for these areas is higher; demand often exceeds supply.

Overall, social deprivation is fairly low in the district, and in the lowest half for social deprivation in Leicestershire. The district shows definite features common to areas in the economic south of England. 60% of the district lies in the 20% least-deprived English areas. There are pockets of relative deprivation in Super Output Areas (by highest deprivation) South Wigston Blaby Road & Saffron Road (E01025987), Chartwell Drive Industrial Estate (E01025994), South Wigston Countesthorpe Road (E01025989), Guthlaxton College & Wigston Police (E01025992), Oadby Industrial Estate (E01025976), and Wigston Rolleston Road (E01025997). Social deprivation in the district is highest in the Wigston area, specifically along the B582, in the Wigston Fields, South Wigston and Wigston All Saints wards.

The least deprived Super Output Area is Oadby Woodland Grange Primary School (E01025982), followed by Oadby Glen Road (E01025984).[1][2][3] The least deprived areas are in the far east of the district (Oadby), east of the A6 in the Oadby Woodlands ward.

Political history[edit]

The Conservatives held a majority of seats on the council from its creation in 1973 until 1991. The Liberal Democrats first won a majority in 1991 and have retained control since then.

Education[edit]

Both Beauchamp College, in the south of Oadby, and Guthlaxton College, on the B582 in Wigston, are former grammar schools. Both are upper schools, as the three tier system operates in the district's schools. Also near the council offices on the B582 is South Leicestershire College, an FE college. Next to the Beauchamp College is the Gartree High School, a middle school. Another outstanding school is Manor High School, Oadby, the largest middle school in the country.

Ash Tree Road in Oadby

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Coordinates: 52°35′31″N 1°05′42″W / 52.592°N 1.095°W / 52.592; -1.095