A great year, but still no bypass for Lutterworth!

Time to relax...Philip and Molly Toye take time off after a busy year as Mayor and consort for Lutterworth Town.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Time to relax...Philip and Molly Toye take time off after a busy year as Mayor and consort for Lutterworth Town.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A former mayor of Lutterworth has called again for a north-south bypass for the town.

Cllr Philip Toye said in his year as mayor he saw everything that was good about the Lutterworth area and Lutterworth people.

But he added: “If I could wave my magic wand, I’d love a north-south bypass for the town.

“That would take through-traffic away from our High Street, and it would please so many people.”

And if that’s not possible, how about traffic lights at the junction of Bill Crane Way and Leicester Road, he added.

Cllr Toye and his wife Mollie attended 133 events last year during his term of office.

“I can honestly say there was nothing I went to all year that I wish I hadn’t.

“I took the role on not really knowing what would happen, but what did happen was so rewarding.

“I saw so many lovely people and went to so many lovely events. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be part of Lutterworth town in this way.

Cllr Toye raised money for two good causes during his Mayoral year.

One was Days of Smiles, a fundraiser to give people with significant health problems, and the families that care for them, VIP days out.

Cllr Toye said: “People need a bit of relief, and I thought it would be nice to treat them like VIPs for the day, and not just the person that is ill but the whole family.

“During one of the days out, one man told me ‘I feel like I’ve won the lottery today!”

Cllr Toye’s other fundraiser was to raise money for food vouchers for the recently launched Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank.

The bank was set up by Cllr Toye and the Rev Charlie Styles, the Rector of Lutterworth, Cotesbach and Bitteswell.

Cllr Toye said: “We’ve worked very hard on the food bank and have helped a lot of people.”

He added: “The Mayoral year has made me realise that Lutterworth is such a great place to live in and be part of.

“We enjoy ourselves here, young and old, come rain or shine.”