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 & 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 Achievement Awards webpage.

Thousands in funding available for Community Groups

 

 

Community groups and sports clubs across the District of Blaby are being encouraged to apply to the Council’s Community Grants scheme to help with their projects.

£90,000 is available during 2019/2020. Even more funding has been made available thanks to the money raised through the Love Blaby Lottery and a £2,000 contribution from Everyone Active.

A wide range of grants are available from £500 to £4,000 for both revenue costs, such as equipment hire and marketing, and capital projects, including building refurbishments. Most grants are awarded quarterly and the next deadline is looming, closing on Thursday 06 June.

Three more application rounds will take place, with deadlines in September, November and February 2020. Youth Grant applications for up to £500 can be made at any time.

The Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds through the Community Grants scheme since the initiative launched over a decade ago.

Local mental health support group Blaby Mind Matters received a grant last year to help pay for room hire costs. Jen Fielding, Local Area Co-ordinator for Blaby, who helped set up the group, said: “Community Grants funding has made all the difference for this group being able to continue to support people with mental health needs.”

Ann Dixon, Chair of the Blaby and Glen Parva Community Service, said: “The Drop-In centre is a lifeline for many elderly people who live alone and can feel isolated. Community Grant funding to upgrade our kitchen has helped us to achieve a five-star food hygiene rating and benefit many of the groups using our centre.”

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

Four fined for dog identification offences

 

Residents are being urged to ensure they comply with the law to ensure their dog can get back to them, following fines given to four residents by Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

The Control of Dogs Order (1992) makes it the law for a dog to wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.

If stray dogs reported to the Council cannot be identified, they are picked up by the Dog Warden and taken to the kennel. The stray dogs service cost Blaby District Council over £20,000 in the last financial year.

Four residents were recently fined at Leicester Magistrates’ Court after their dogs were picked up as strays in the district because they did not have proper identification. Carys Archer of Glenfield and Lance Bellingham of Enderby pleaded guilty and we fined £440 each, with £140 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

Two other residents also failed to comply with notices requesting updates to microchip information, which is an offence under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015. Joanne Seager of Elmesthorpe was fined £440, with £210 costs and a £44 victim surcharge, while Agne Baneviciute of Narborough was fined £660 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £66 victim surcharge. Neither entered a plea for either offence at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council, said: “Dogs found straying but wearing collar and tags are usually returned home directly by the finder, using the mobile phone number or address written on it.

All of the unnecessary money we have to spend to have a dog collected and the money the owner then has to pay to claim their dog back can be avoided by a simple tag costing just a few pounds.”

 

 

Vacancies for Parish Councillors.

Parish Councillor Vacancies.

 

Following the local elections, we now have vacancies on the Parish Council for two seats in the South Ward and three seats in the North Ward.

Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

If this sounds of interest to you please contact the Clerk Lee Breckon, in the first instance on 0116 2751987 or email clerk@whetstonepc.org.uk

Blaby Town Centre gets free WiFi

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Free public Wi-Fi is now available for shoppers and visitors to Blaby Town Centre.

Available on Leicester Road and Lutterworth Road, the installation of Wi-Fi will see visitors to Blaby Town Centre able to save on their mobile data charges and learn about the latest events and offers from local businesses.

The one-time registration can be accessed by selecting Blaby Free Wi-Fi and logging in via Facebook or the registration form. Once logged, the mobile device will connect automatically to the free Wi-Fi every time you visit Blaby Town Centre in the future.

All local businesses have the opportunity to be involved with Blaby Wi-Fi and advertise offers and events to those who sign up for email updates.

Funding for Wi-Fi in Blaby Town Centre has come from Blaby District Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) via a grant awarded by Leicestershire County Council.

A project between the County Council and District Councils has been undertaken to enable free Wi-Fi availability in towns across the county. Independent research has shown the positive value access to free Wi-Fi for shoppers has on town centres.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council said: “We are delighted to see the launch of free Wi-Fi in Blaby. We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience for visitors to our local town centre and research has shown this initiative will bring benefits for the local businesses.

“We hope the free Wi-Fi and the information it will provide information about offers and future events will encourage more visits and longer stays. This work emphasises our commitment to Blaby Town Centre as an integral part of making the district a great place to live, work and visit.”

More information about Blaby WiFi can be found on www.blaby.gov.uk.

District & Parish Elections 2nd May 2019

Elections – May 2019

The combined Blaby District and Parish Council elections are to be held on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Poll cards will be despatched from 22 March 2019 to all eligible electors on the register..

Polling Stations open from 7am to 10pm on 2 May 2019 and a list of polling stations will be published below in due course.

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/elections-and-voting/elections/elections-may-2019/

Council wins major award for New Lubbesthorpe

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Blaby District Council has won a major national award after being shortlisted in the annual LGC Awards for the New Lubbesthorpe development.

The Council was shortlisted in the Housing Initiative category, which looked at how local authorities devise imaginative solutions to ease problems including a shortage of both market and affordable housing.

New Lubbesthorpe will be built over the next 20 years and have 4,250 homes on completion. The Council has ensured that 873 of these will be affordable homes. Over 200 properties are now occupied; with up to 315 homes a year being completed.

Featuring more than 300 acres of open space, New Lubbesthorpe will also have a district centre with community, health and leisure facilities as well a secondary school and two primary schools. The first primary school is under construction and set to open in September.

One key area of judging was Blaby District Council’s ‘ability to work with other organisations and members of the public to provide solutions.’ Since the first houses became occupied, a dedicated Community Worker has been employed to create a close-knit neighbourhood.

The Council’s commitment to employment, skills and training in the district have seen placements, apprenticeships and work experience secured for local people on the New Lubbesthorpe development, enabling them to start their careers.
Six other councils, including Norwich City Council and a joint bid from 15 local authorities in Essex competed in the Housing Initiative category.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council said: “We are so proud to be recognised by the LGC. This award is testament to the hard work of the team of staff who have worked over the last decade to take New Lubbesthorpe from a vision to an award-winning development.

“Since ground was broken in 2015 we have worked with house builders and landowners to deliver a superb new area of the district for families to make their home and enhance the District of Blaby as a great place to live, work and visit.”

The awards ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 13 March 2019.

Beat the Street underway

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A giant game is underway across the district for the next six weeks as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run or cycle the furthest.

Running from 27 February to 10 April, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town on foot or bicycle.

More than 70 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across the district. Players tap the Beat Boxes will cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe during a journey, the more points they earn.

Schools and community groups across both towns will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win hundreds of pounds worth of sport and fitness equipment. Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams.

In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.

To register and find out more visit the Beat the Street website.

Award-winning Lightbulb partnership extended

Blaby District residents will continue to benefit from a successful Leicestershire-wide partnership, which helps people remain independent in their own homes, for a further three years.

Lightbulb is a centralised, integrated housing support service. It is hosted by Blaby District Council, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, district councils, the county’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, and University Hospitals of Leicester.

During its first year, Lightbulb reduced waiting times for minor housing adaptations and been able to deal with the casework inherited by the service when it was first rolled out across the county.

Since full launch in October 2017, Lightbulb’s work has helped over 4,000 people across the county. The collaborative working has led to a reduction in waiting times and the reduction in stages, with requests for a level access shower now resolved in 13 stages, as opposed to 27 previously.

96% of service users answered yes to the question: “Has the service achieved everything you wanted.”

It has saved an estimated £360,000 for the local economy, with medium to long-term savings estimated at around £2.1 million.

Councillors from all other district councils have agreed to extend the service for the next three years. Blaby District’s Full Council meeting has also agreed to the Council continuing to host the partnership at its Narborough offices.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are delighted to continue to host this award-winning and innovative partnership. The dedicated team have made Lightbulb the success it is, and their work has made such a positive difference to the lives of people across Leicestershire.

“The service will continue to improve over the coming years, ensuring that the service is accessible for anyone who needs it, and helps to make vital savings for the local health economy.”

The pioneering Lightbulb project has been recognised with three awards, named ‘Best Collaborative Working Initiative’ by the Association for Public Service Excellence and Commended at the Home Improvement Agency Awards. It was also named best Public/Public Partnership at the 2018 Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Any residents requiring minor or major adaptations can contact Lightbulb by calling 0116 305 0004 or visit www.leics.gov.uk.

Older Veterans Coffee Morning Launch

 

Joining Forces (a partnership between AgeUK and SSAFA) is launching an Older Veterans’ Coffee Morning in Blaby district next month. The first coffee morning is taking place on Wednesday 27th March at between 10am-12pm in the Council Chamber at Blaby District Council and will happen on the last Wednesday of the month thereafter. It is open to veterans born before 1950, their families and carers. Length of service is irrelevant and includes National Service.