Shelthorpe is a diverse ward with around 3,000 households. It encompasses the large 1930’s Shelthorpe Estate stretching from the Leicester Road to Walnut Road, and encompassing elements of Park Road and the roads off. In addition, there are around 1,500 modern houses that have been built over the last 20 or so years. These include the Fairmeadows Estate, Grange Park and Grange Vale. Building is still underway on Ling Road so the size of the ward will increase, which is why the Fairmeadows element of Shelthorpe will be moving to Outwoods Ward in 2019. Shelthorpe also includes the beautiful hamlet of Woodthorpe which has stunning views over the countryside and the Great Central Railway. The Ward does contain areas of deprivation as well as more affluent areas.
Although the newer housing estate is dense with houses, within a couple of minutes walk is the countryside. Residents can enjoy a pleasant walk across the fields to Beaumanor Hall, or into Woodhouse village. This makes the Ward very desirable.
Shelthorpe has two primary schools: Outwoods Edge and the Beacon Academy which serve the entire Ward plus children from elsewhere in Loughborough. It also houses the wonderful hospice for children and young adults - Rainbows.
The Ward has two active residents associations: Shelthorpe Community Association and Haddon Way Residents Association. Currently there is no community centre within the Ward, or local facilities to serve the more modern part of the Ward. There is one place of worship which is Good Shepherd Church on Park Road.
There is one Labour Councillor in the Ward - Richard Huddlestone.
Southfields is a ward with around 2,300 households. It is geographically a fairly large ward that includes Park Road (and roads off it), the town centre, parts of Ashby Road and Radmoor Road. Much of the housing is Victorian in origin, ranging from small terraced houses to large Victorian villas. There is a high student population in the Ward due to it’s proximity to both Loughborough College and the University. There is virtually no new building within this Ward, and where it does happen it tends to be very small enclosed estates (around 20 houses). Although this is generally an affluent Ward there are areas of social housing.
Southfields has one state primary school, Mountfields Lodge, and is also home to Loughborough Endowed Schools (Grammar School, High School, Fairfields Preparatory School and Our Lady’s Convent School). As well, the Ward is home to Loughborough College, an excellent and diverse college for students from 16 to 18 years of age.
There are a number of community centres in this Ward including the Polish Club, the Victoria Centre and Rosebery St Peters.
There are currently no Labour councillors in this Ward.