Residents Survey launched

 

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Residents in the District of Blaby are being urged to have their say to help shape Blaby District Council’s priorities in the Residents Survey.

The six-part survey takes place every two years and looks to find out what people think about the Council’s services, resident satisfaction and how money is spent. It is also an opportunity to feedback to help identify where the Council can make improvements.

A household’s average contribution to Blaby District Council is just £3.14 per week from the total amount paid by a household’s Council Tax, with the rest going to the County Council, Police, Fire and local parish councils.

Waste and recycling, Environmental Health, Council Tax and Benefits, Planning and Housing are just some of the areas Blaby District Council is responsible for.
The form is available online to complete before Friday 14 February.

Results of the survey will be made publicly available in the weeks following the consultation’s closing date.

Former Council depot deal finalised

Littlethorpe site of former Depot

The District of Blaby will be boosted by at least 32 affordable houses following the sale of the old depot in Littlethorpe.

A £1.125 million deal for the site on Warwick Road, Littlethorpe has been agreed with emh group and approved by Councillors. The deal will see emh group undertake work including decontamination of the site and the removal underground tanks, before turning it into housing.

Once completed, 32 affordable properties are expected to be built on the site, including much-needed bungalows, two bed and three bed properties.

Blaby District Council left the Littlethorpe site in 2016, moving to a bespoke, state-of-the-art depot in Whetstone. Work has been undertaken since the site became vacant to ensure that the Council received the best deal possible, and that any development on the site was in the best interests of residents.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “This is an excellent result for the council even taking into consideration the costs associated with ensuring that full de-contamination of the site is undertaken.

“Affordable housing is in high demand across the country, and we are glad to be able to continue supporting local people by enabling the building of affordable properties in existing and sustainable communities.

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with EMH, and the money from this sale will be used wisely across other Council projects going forward.”

Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, said: “This deal demonstrates the strength of our partnership with Blaby District Council, which has gone from strength to strength since the stock transfer in 2008.”

Any development of the site will need to be granted full planning permission before it can begin.

Beat the Street returns

The innovative physical activity game that took Blaby District by storm last year, Beat the Street, is set to return from 26 February to 08 April.

Nearly 11,000 people across the district took part and together walked, cycled, ran and scooted 93,000 miles over the six-week game in 2019.

Results from a survey at the end of the game showed that participants made healthy lifestyle changes after taking part. Key findings were that the proportion of children who met the national recommended guidelines of physical activity (60 minutes per day) rose from 47% of child players before the game to 65% afterwards.

Among adult players, prior to the game, 21% of adult players were completely inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week). After the game this dropped to just 11% of players.

Beat the Street is part of Blaby District Council’s Green Agenda, and will aim to reduce single car occupancy – encouraging people to actively travel to school and to work throughout the duration of the game and beyond.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services at Blaby District Council, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street back to the district and we can’t wait to see if we can beat our previous mileage of 93,000.

“The idea of the game is to encourage people to ditch the car, walk to school or work and to get more active. The feedback from participants was incredibly positive- not only did people enjoy walking, cycling and running, but they also reported less congestion, more family and social time plus finding new places close by that they’d not visited before.

“It’s open to everyone, so please keep an eye out for more information including where you can pick up a free card.”

Pupils at participating primary schools will be provided with fobs while their parents and teachers will receive a card from the school so they can accompany the children. These can then be registered to the school team to help them to score points.

The wider community can pick up a contactless card from a distribution point which will be listed on Beat the Street’s website. Players then walk or cycle between the 105 Beat Boxes which are spaced half a mile apart – tapping the fobs or cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score.

Residents are also encouraged to enter workplaces, community groups and sports groups into the game.

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and funded by Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council, a National Lottery funding grant from Sport England and the Canal and River Trust.

More information is available on the Beat the Street website, on Twitter and Facebook.

Christmas Tree collections

This year Blaby District Council will be collecting Christmas Trees as part of the Garden Waste service, and will also have five drop-off points across the district from Thursday 02 January-Friday 10 January.

  • Trees can be left out, cut into five 1 metre segments, on the first garden waste collection of 2020. Only those who pay for the Garden Waste service can have trees collected in this way.

You can also take your tree to one of the five drop-off points across the district:

  • Co-op Supermarket Car Park, Countesthorpe (LE8 5QX)
  • Enderby Leisure Centre Car Park, Enderby (LE19 4LX)
  • Stamford Street Car Park, Glenfield (LE3 8DL)
  • Pavilion Leisure Centre Car Park, Huncote (LE9 3BN)
  • Narborough Park Car Park, Narborough (LE19 2EL)

Find garden waste dates by visiting the Collections page and entering your postcode.