Community grants deadline approaching

The deadline for the next round of Blaby District Council’s Community Grants scheme is fast approaching!

Community groups and sports clubs across the District of Blaby can apply for up to £4,000 to help with their projects, with a record £90,000 made available to support local organisations during 2019-2020.

Grants can help to meet any community group’s need, ranging from equipment hire and materials to building refurbishments or upgrades. Grant applications for the second quarter of 2019-2020 close on Thursday 05 September.

More than £21,000 of grant funding was given away to 15 community groups back in June, and £22,000 as available in the latest round. Two more deadlines – in November and February 2020 – are also to come. Youth Grant applications for up to £500 can be made at any time.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “We are lucky to receive a fantastic mix of applications, from large capital projects to the much smaller scale but vitally important activities.

“Even more organisations are coming forward to apply for funding and receive financial support for their group or project, and I’m looking forward to reading through the applications from the amazing voluntary groups we have.”

Community Grant applications can be completed online. For more information, including terms and conditions, application deadlines and how to apply visit the Community Grants page

Two fined for flytip offences

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Residents of are being urged to come forward and report fly-tipping following the prosecution of two residents for not co-operating with Blaby District Council’s investigations.

Under section 108 of the Environment Act 1995, a person is required to provide information relating to a fly-tip investigation. It is an offence under section 110 of the act to fail to comply with this requirement.

As a result of these powers, two people under investigation for fly-tipping rubbish in the district were ordered to pay fines and costs each by Leicester Magistrates’ Court after failing to provide information about the incidents.

Investigations into a fly-tip on Aston Lane, Aston Flamville, revealed that the rubbish contained personal information of a resident in Leicester City. They were invited to attend an interview under caution on three occasions but did not turn up. Two of those interviews were re-arranged to accommodate the person under investigation.

They did not attend Leicester Magistrates’ Court and were found guilty in their absence. A £250 fine was imposed, and they were ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £700.67 plus a £30 victim surcharge.

A second investigation into a flytip that had been witnessed on Rowland Way, Glen Parva, uncovered waste containing the personal information of another resident of Leicester City. They were twice invited to attend an interview under caution but failed to turn up and failed to make any contact with the Council.

In their absence they were fined £150 at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £263.84 as well as a £30 victim surcharge.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “When we investigate fly-tipping we will not go away if you just ignore us or continually fail to turn up for an interview. No longer can suspected fly-tippers avoid facing consequences for their actions by just pretending nothing has happened.

“Our Environmental Health team pursue any evidence they find when fly-tipped waste has been reported to us. Anyone not complying with us can and will be prosecuted under Section 108 of the Environmental Act, so we urge anyone who witnesses flytipping to report it to us so we can investigate.

Residents are urged to report any fly-tipped waste and can do so by visiting the Flytipping page.

Green Flag honour for community garden

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A community garden in Enderby supporting positive health and wellbeing has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award for the ninth year running.

Blaby District Council’s A Place to Grow garden helps residents of the district become physically active, get involved in the community and meet new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

The free and sustainable garden is aimed at supporting and encouraging those living with or affected by a physical or mental health condition to enjoy the outdoors. An outdoor lodge is also available for hire as a meeting room, and the garden also plays host to corporate volunteer days.

27 individual criteria were assessed at A Place to Grow, including being a healthy, a safe and secure site and a welcoming place with community involvement. Feedback following the assessment from Green Flag Award said that A Place to Grow has: “Involvement with the community is the absolute heart and soul of this sustainable community garden.

“‘The site is a successful and well-managed and this is reflected in the positive benefits received by the users of the site. It is apparent that there are numerous benefits to the users and active participants of the garden; the community aspect of the site is fantastic”

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “This award is fantastic and a fitting reward for all of the staff, service users and volunteers who all work so hard to make the garden such a welcoming, safe place.

“We are all extremely proud of A Place to Grow and the positive impact it has on users health and wellbeing. Every year we see new people joining existing volunteers to benefit from the garden, and it remains an important part of our leisure offering.”

Achievement Awards nominations open

Residents are being urged to nominate their inspirational local heroes and community groups with the launch of Blaby District Council’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Now in their sixteenth year, friends, family and workmates can put forward individuals and groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 11 August 2019 and can be submitted in one of four categories:

  • Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Sponsored by Aggregate Industries
  • Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Marriott Hotel
  • Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Ford and Slater
  • Best Community Group/Achievement – Sponsored by Fosse

Finalists and their guests will be invited to the prestigious evening ceremony at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 03 October, which celebrates and honours all of the finalists. £750 of prize money will be available in each category.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “We are now in our sixteenth year of these awards, and we are so proud to hold them to recognise the inspirational people who continue to make this district a great place to live, work and visit.

“Our thanks go to our sponsors who have helped to ensure these awards are possible. I look forward to reading the nominations and encourage everyone to put forward the person or group they think deserves to be recognised before the deadline.

For more information on each category and to nominate visit the Blaby District Council Achievement Awards webpage.

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Free parking in Blaby Town Centre

Up to two hours free parking is coming to two car parks in Blaby Town Centre from 9am on Wednesday 24 July

Following the closure of Waitrose and pending news of a replacement business, Blaby District Council is committed to supporting the businesses in the town centre. The Council has worked pro-actively with the businesses to find out what can be done to ensure that Blaby Town Centre succeeds. Offering free two hour parking for the foreseeable future was considered.

As a result of feedback from businesses and listening to residents and the Parish Council, free parking for up to two hours will be available in Johns Court and Enderby Road.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “This is great news for the businesses and shoppers of Blaby Town Centre. It also shows that we will listen to the feedback people give us – we want our town centre to thrive.

“The loss of Waitrose was a disappointment to Blaby but the town centre still has plenty going for it. This move will encourage visitors to spend time in Blaby for free and see that there are lots of places to visit, shop, eat and enjoy.”

Tim Cole, Partner at Blaby-based opticians Edmonds and Slatter, said: “We are delighted that Blaby District Council has listened to businesses’ feedback, and the introduction of two hours of free parking in the town centre will help us, especially as we wait for the former Waitrose site to be occupied.

“Our Blaby Today partnership with other businesses and the Parish and District Council, has been focused on discussing and supporting town centre improvements, and we’re looking forward to more progress in the coming months.”

Car park machines will be updated to issue free tickets. Both car parks will continue to be patrolled by enforcement officers who will still issue Penalty Charge Notices to anyone overstaying on their ticket or parking incorrectly. The impact of the changes will be monitored and evaluated and help to inform the Council’s decisions in the future.

Blaby District Council is also finalising plans for other measures to aid the businesses and support continued growth of Blaby Town Centre including marketing and event support. Free WiFi was also installed earlier this year to help shoppers experience, with numbers using this service are increasing weekly.

Notice of Vacancy in Office for Councillor

Please find below details of vacancies to be a Councillor at Whetstone Parish Council.     There are four vacancies in all, two in the South Ward, and two in the North Ward.

If you are interested please either email the Clerk (Lee Breckon)  clerk@whetstonepc.org.uk or telephone the Whetstone Parish Offices on 0116 2751987.

NOTICE OF VACANCIES SOUTH WARD

NOTICE OF VACANCIES NORTH WARD

Bettercare Together – NHS

Please find below a document highlighting the proposed improvements to acute and maternity services at University Hospitals of Leicester

Better Care Together briefing June 2019

Garden Village Status awarded in Blaby District

Blaby District Council is one of only 19 local authorities in the country to have been granted Garden Village status by the government for a potential future site.

The Council strongly believes that the responsibility to support existing communities and plan for future growth is something it should be taking the lead on. The announcement follows the Council’s adoption of the brand new Blaby Growth Plan, which sets out six key principles to guide future development in the district. This plan shows a strong continued commitment to pro-active planning, which has already been recognised with three awards at New Lubbesthorpe.

Across the country, local authorities face the challenge of having to provide large numbers of additional homes over coming decades. The Council strongly believes that the best way to do this is through the development of larger-scale sustainable sites which will prevent existing communities losing their sense of identity.

Whetstone Pastures, a proposed development in the south-east of the district, will receive Garden Village status following a submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and local Government (MHCLG) last year.

There is no planning permission on the site currently. It will now be formally considered alongside all other sites put forward for consideration as part of the Council’s work on the next Local Plan. None of the sites identified will receive planning permission until they have gone through the proper planning process.
A public consultation on all of the local sites identified as part of work on the new Local Plan will take place later this year.

The granting of Garden Village status secures government funding which enables the Council to take control and ensure a great place to live, work and visit for future generations.

Garden Villages are a government initiative for proposed developments of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes. The status ensures that any site has a mixture of housing and housing types with the aim of creating vibrant, diverse and affordable communities.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “The award of this funding is great news and nothing for residents to be concerned about.
“What it does mean is that should planning permission for a garden village be given, we will have had the opportunity to properly plan for it, building on the success of New Lubbesthorpe.

“This government support is recognition that Blaby have shown an ability to deliver well, and will enable us to be on the front foot in shaping any future community, whilst protecting existing towns and villages.”

Updates and information about Whetstone Pastures will be available on the Blaby District Council website.

Car park amendments approved

Free parking bays in Narborough car parks have been approved by Blaby District Council after Councillors agreed new parking plans.

Two free twenty-minute spaces in Leicester Road and one twenty-minute space in the Narborough Station car park will be introduced from September, following feedback from residents and local businesses.

The changes are part of a number of amendments to car parks in the district that were given the go ahead following a Full Council meeting on Tuesday. These include:

  • Increasing the maximum time to park at Leicester Road car park from two to three hours
  • Making the Grange Car Park in Narborough residents only, with a view to the Grange becoming residential properties
  • Parking restrictions for staff and visitors in the Council’s office car parks

Seven car parks will also be removed from the Council’s Car Park Order following the transfer to Parish Councils in Countesthorpe, Stoney Stanton, Croft, Enderby and Whetstone. A transfer in Kirby Muxloe is also underway.

In Glenfield, the introduction of charges at Stamford Street and Station Road car parks, starting at 30p for two hours will come into force in September in line with the charges in Blaby and Narborough. Free twenty-minute parking bays will be available in each car park.

The Council has been looking to transfer both Glenfield car parks to other parties, including the Parish Council and the local school. Negotiations are also ongoing with an interested party for the sale of the car parks. If an agreement is not reached by the autumn the charges will be introduced.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “Since charges were amended in Narborough in 2017 we have listened to residents and spoken to businesses to make sure that our car parks can be sustainable financially for both the Council and car park users.

“Car parks are an important part of our villages and for local residents and businesses. We are continuing to ensure car parks become a cost neutral service so the taxpayer will no longer face the burden to run this service.”

A consultation will begin on Friday 28 June with the information available on the Consultations page of the BDC website.

Council wins New Lubbesthorpe award

Blaby District Council has won an award at the Insider Media Residential Property Awards for its work to give people training and opportunities in the construction industry.

Named Best Skills and Training Scheme at the awards ceremony, the Council was recognised for the Building Blaby Futures scheme, which has been running at the New Lubbesthorpe development since 2017.

The scheme is funded by the Section 106 agreement for the New Lubbesthorpe development and the landowners Drummond Estates. Work has included presenting to over 170 female students at workshops to encourage them to consider the construction industry as a career path. These workshops – taking place in local schools – have been presented by female ambassadors.

Work experience placements for both adults and college students have been arranged with housebuilders and construction partners. 268 local people have benefitted from the employment, skills and training pilot, including 30 jobs for long term unemployed people. Three sites visits were arranged for 34 young people and 10 apprenticeships have been undertaken.

After the success of the scheme at New Lubbesthorpe, the expansion of Fosse Park is also planned as a site for people to learn and gain valuable work-place knowledge.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award and receive recognition for out team’s efforts to give a variety of people – from students to ex-offenders – the chance to gain valuable work experience and training.”

“New Lubbesthorpe is a major development in this district, and we have worked hard to ensure that the enormous opportunities available during the construction of our new community have been maximised.

“We particularly want to thank our partners, including the Drummond Estate, for their continuing support on a scheme which is making such a positive difference for residents of the district.”

Any businesses or local schools interested in getting involved with Building Blaby Futures can visit the webpage.