Urgent Care Services coming to Enderby

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Blaby District Council has worked with East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to introduce urgent care services at Enderby Leisure Centre from April.

Earlier in the year the CCG considered the views of residents and identified a large demand for services in the Blaby district area, with more than 1,600 patients a year travelling to other sites within East Leicestershire and Rutland for out-of-hours care. The decision to introduce a new service was taken and the CCG invited patients and stakeholders to say which of two shortlisted locations they felt would be most appropriate for the new service.

Glenfield Surgery and Enderby Leisure Centre had been identified from a long list of potential locations as being suitable. Over seven hundred people shared their views and two-thirds felt Enderby was the best option due to its more central location. The reasons for choosing a preferred option were also taken into account in making the decision to use the leisure centre.

The Leisure Centre, owned by Blaby District Council, will be operated by Sports and Leisure Management under a new long-term contract currently being finalised. A £4.5m investment by the Council will see improved facilities, including a bigger fitness suite, café, sauna and steam rooms as well as 3G pitches.

Once opened, the work of both the CCG and Blaby District Council will see Enderby Leisure Centre become home to the first ‘health hub’ in Leicestershire.

The new centre will see services provided for patients at times when GP practices are closed – on weekday evenings from 6:30pm to 9pm and at weekends and on bank holidays from 9am to 7pm. Patients will be able to walk-in to access healthcare, and appointments will be offered to those calling NHS 111 if their symptoms require it. Patients will also be able to pre-book weekday evening, weekend and bank holiday appointments via their GP practice.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “This is excellent news for both district residents and for Enderby Leisure Centre. We have worked hard to help the CCG give greater access to local health services.

“We’re proud to continue our commitment working with local partners to find new and innovative ways to deliver service success. Linking health and leisure services together can only encourage healthier lifestyles.”

ELRCCG’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Paula Vaughan said “Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views with us on this. We are pleased to announce that the new service will be based at Enderby Leisure Centre. We know that this type of locally based service is valued very highly by our residents. Patients in the area will no longer have to travel outside the district to access urgent care when their GP surgery is closed.”

Work has begun converting rooms in the leisure centre and patients will be able to begin using the new facility from April.

Annual Report highlights Council performance

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A yearly publication giving residents an insight into the performance of their District Council is now available to view.

The 2018 Annual Report contains information on the Council’s highlights throughout the year, including the Outstanding Achievement Awards, results from the Budget Consultation and details about over 500 hours of time given by staff during the Council’s Community Volunteer Week.

Other highlights from the report feature the Love Blaby Lottery, the Blaby District Local Sports Alliance Awards and details about future projects taking place in the District.

A summary of accounts and performance indicators also give residents an insight into how the local authority has improved in the last twelve months.

The report is available on the Blaby District Council website via the Annual Report page. Hard copies are available at local district libraries.

Three fined for collar and tag offences

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Three residents have been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court after failing to ensure their dogs were wearing an identity tag after being picked up as a stray.

The Control of Dogs Order (1992) says that a dog in a public place must wear a collar or bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.Under the law Blaby District Council has no option to offer a fixed penalty notice, with all cases being prosecuted at a Magistrates’ Court.

Brian McFarlane of Queens Road, Blaby had his Staffordshire Bull Terrier picked up as a stray at the Texaco Petrol Station on Lutterworth Road, Blaby. He entered a plea of not guilty but did not attend court. Mr McFarlane’s case was proven in absence and he was found guilty. He was fined £320 and ordered to pay £40 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

Kay Merry of Earl Smith Close, Whetstone, was ordered to pay £225 after her Collie was found on Attfield Drive, Whetstone as a stray. She entered a guilty plea and was fined £53, ordered to pay £140 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

The German Shepherd of John Ashmore was picked up as a stray on Seine Lane, Enderby. Mr Ashmore, of Desford Road, Enderby, pleaded guilty to the offence and was given a conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay £140 in costs and to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

All three dogs picked up by the Council were wearing collars, but failed to have any identifiable tag attached. Tags can be bought and engraved from as little as £2.50 online, or from pet shops across the local area.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We want to reiterate how important it is for dogs to have an identifiable collar or tag when out in a public area. Complying with the law means you are likely to get your dog back much quicker and not picked up by us as a stray.

“We know that dogs can sometimes accidentally get out into a public area unattended, and we hope these fines continue to raise awareness and ensure that in any scenario a dog that can easily be identified can be returned quickly by anyone.”

For advice on the law, residents can email the Senior Animal Services Officer via environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk.

 

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER:- ASHVILLE WAY, WHETSTONE

 

 

 

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER:- ASHVILLE WAY, WHETSTONE:

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
Ashville Way will now be closed and a parking restriction will be applied for the full length of the road from its junction with Cambridge Road on Saturday 2 February 2019 for a period of 1 day.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety for Leicestershire County Council contractors to carry out carriageway patching and associated maintenance works.
There will be marshals on site to assist road users during the closure.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Leicestershire County Council Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001

Love Blaby Lottery celebrates first year

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Supporting good causes across the District of Blaby and raising nearly £30,000, the Love Blaby Lottery, set up by Blaby District Council, is celebrating its first anniversary.

In its first year, 45 good causes have signed up, including Leicester & Leicestershire Animal Aid, Countesthorpe Judo Club and Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme. The draw takes place every Saturday night with a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize, including a weekly jackpot of £25,000.

Tickets cost £1 a week with 60p from each ticket going directly to good causes that serve the district. 860 prizes have been won since the first draw back in February 2018, including over £6000 in cash prizes. James entered to raise money for Braunstone Swimming Club and won £2000. He said: “The money was put into mine and my wife’s savings for a house, bringing forward our plans by a couple of months.

“Since winning, and speaking to a few people about it I have been recommending they do it too. It’s a cheap lottery, and goes directly to a local cause.”

The money from each ticket helps important good causes across the district, including the volunteer-led Sapcote Community Library. Through their involvement with the lottery the library is on track to raise £650 in the first year. Vic Howell, Trustee at the library, said: “All proceeds from the lottery go towards the upkeep of the library and without this funding we would struggle to keep the library operational.”

Community Action Partnership joined the lottery to raise money to support their social car scheme in the district. Chief Officer Suzy Bresnihan said: “The lottery has had a significant impact on our charity. We have spent the funds on raising awareness of our service and recruiting volunteers in Blaby district meaning we can offer more transport help, especially to residents who live in our more rural communities.”

Councillor Les Phillimore, Community Champion for the Love Blaby Lottery, said: “It’s been an incredible first year for our lottery! The funds that have been raised are having a real impact on the ground for local charities, community groups and sports clubs in the district. We’re so grateful to all the supporters who have got behind this initiative.”

To play the lottery, renew your tickets or find out about registering a good cause, visit www.blabylottery.co.uk or call 0116 3800775. Players must be 16+ years of age. Please gamble responsibly.

Youth Conference shapes priorities

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Young people in the district were given the chance to have their say on issues most important to them at the first Blaby District Youth Conference.

The conference was part of a recruitment drive to sign up new members and increase the reach of young people’s voice in the district. Working with secondary schools in the area, over 60 students from Countesthorpe Leysland Community College, The Winstanley School and Brockington Community College took part in the event at Enderby Leisure Centre.

With the event led and planned by the Blaby District Youth Council, young people had the opportunity to meet their Councillors, including Leader Councillor Terry Richardson, Youth Champion Councillor Adrian Clifford and Liberal Democrat Councillor Geoff Welsh. MP for South Leicestershire Alberto Costa was also at the event to answer questions from students.

Presentations we given on topics discussed in the morning with a final vote on the top three issues young people believe to be the most important. With an increased media spotlight on the issues, Knife Crime, Anti-social behaviour, gangs and drugs as well as bullying were identified to be the top priorities for young people in the district.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: “This fantastic event which was delivered by our Youth Council, and was a huge success. The young people participated in a variety of debates and interacted with myself and my fellow District Councillors.

“The young people in attendance had a great day and we thank them for their input on the Youth Council’s priorities for the year. We hope they feel inspired to join our Youth Council as they look to tackle these issues on behalf of young people in the district.”

The Blaby District Youth Council, through the Partnerships team and with the support of Councillors, will begin their work on the three chosen topics.

Anyone aged 11-19 (or 24 with additional needs) can join the Youth Council. For more information about attending a future Youth Council meeting, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/youthcouncil or email strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

Budget Survey launched for residents’ views

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A survey for residents to give their opinion about how Blaby District Council’s share of the Council Tax budget should be spent has been launched.

Open until midnight on Sunday 17 February, the Budget Survey will ask where the Council should prioritise its services and whether Council Tax should be frozen or increased by an average of 10p per week.

In total Blaby District Council receives only £5.2m of the £58m that it collects in council tax in the district each year. The rest is distributed to the County Council, Leicestershire Police, Fire and Rescue Service and residents’ local Parish Council. Council Tax only contributes to 44% of the Council’s overall running costs.

With local government funding changing, Blaby District Council could face significant financial challenges in the future. Central government contributions have reduced in recent years and the Council has closed the funding gaps by saving money or generating income whilst ensuring high levels of service and customer satisfaction.

The five minute survey can be taken online by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/consultation.

£3000 fine for South Wigston waste company

A Leicestershire waste carrier has been fined £3000 and ordered to pay an additional £877 after waste fell onto the highway on two occasions in 2018.

Leicester Scrap Processors and Suppliers Limited, based in South Wigston, failed in its duty of care to ensure the waste being carried on their vehicle was under control and to take all reasonable measures to prevent waste escaping. This is contrary to Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

On 31 May 2018 a significant amount of waste fell from one of the company’s vehicles onto the highway on the B5366 Countesthorpe Road. A resident who witnessed the waste being shed provided a written statement, helping Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health officers conclude that Leicester Scrap Processors and Suppliers Limited were responsible.

Four waste operatives using two vehicles were required to clean up the waste, costing the Council £247.

A second occasion, on 21 June 2018 saw a significant amount of waste falling from one of the company’s vehicles onto the highway. This was reported to Blaby District Council by another witness on the A426 between Whetstone and Lutterworth.

The company appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 09 January and pleaded guilty to both charges. They were fined £1500 for each offence and ordered to compensate Blaby District Council for the £247 it cost to clear up the offence on the B5366. They were also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and costs of £460. The £3877 must be paid within 28 days.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “This is an excellent result for us. Companies must take responsibility for the waste they are handling. We will prosecute if we find companies are leaving waste in our district, whether carelessly or maliciously.

“We hope the company involved learns from this and makes sure it takes its responsibilities more seriously in future. We urge anyone who witnesses any incidents such as this, littering or fly-tipping, to report it to us so we can investigate.”

For more information on how to report waste offences such as fly-tipping, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/flytipping or email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk.

Be a Councillor event

 

The role of District and Parish Councillors will be showcased for residents interested in standing as candidates in this year’s local elections, at an event hosted by Blaby District Council.

The Prospective Councillor Event takes place on Tuesday 29 January from 6pm at the Council Offices on Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

Councillors come from all walks of life, age groups and backgrounds, and play a key role in shaping the future of their local communities. The event will highlight the varied roles of a Councillor, with visitors able to ask questions.

Anyone with a genuine interest in what happens in Blaby District and who want to represent their local community are welcome to come along to find out more. There is no requirement to be a member of a political party to attend.

Local Elections for the 2019-2023 term on Thursday 02 May 2019 will elect both District and Parish Councillors. The event will also feature:

  • The key roles Councillors play
  • Support available from the Council, including allowances and training
  • Standing for election and nomination deadlines

 

Jane Toman, Returning Officer at Blaby District Council, said: “We are really keen to encourage anyone interested in representing their community to attend this event to find out more about becoming a Councillor.

“It is an excellent opportunity to see what it’s like to be involved in local democracy and how Councillors can make such a positive difference to community life. We look forward to welcoming everyone who is interested to the event.”

For more information, including the full programme of events, visit the Be a Councillor webpage or call 0116 275 0555.

 

 

 

 

 

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Local authority Building Control partnership expands

A Building Control partnership led by Blaby District Council will be joined by Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.

The Blaby District Council Building Control Partnership (BCP) began in June 2018 with Harborough District Council. Set in a competitive industry, the partnership was created to help ease the issue of a shortage of local authority Building Control Surveyors across the country.

With the addition of Oadby and Wigston’s Building Control team, the three services together will enable career progression and the opportunity for staff to pool resources across a larger team. The partnership will also give all three local authorities the opportunity to offer standard inspections to all customers.

The renowned Building Control service led by Blaby District Council works with some of the biggest housebuilders locally, and inspects buildings located across the midlands. At a recent Council meeting, Harborough District Council said they were “delighted” with how well the partnership was working so far.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services at Blaby District Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Oadby and Wigston Borough Council into our Building Control Partnership. This is another example of how local authorities can work closer together to manage the challenges within the industry.

“Building Control is unique as a statutory service for councils which is also exposed to full market competition. Forming a partnership means we can assist both Harborough and Oadby and Wigston in delivering a cost neutral service.”

Councillor John Boyce, Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council said “I welcome this pragmatic approach to shared service, it will provide resilience, cost control and a more customer focused service.”

For more information on the service or to book a site inspection or building regulation application, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/buildingcontrol.