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