Blaby named fifth happiest district in UK

The District of Blaby has been named the fifth happiest location in the UK following the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) Annual Happiness Study.

Looking at Life satisfaction, Worthwhile, Happiness and Anxiety, the ONS report shows that the happiness level of the district is 8.11 out of 10, compared with the national average of 7.7. This figure is the highest recorded in the district by the ONS since the report began in 2011.

Life satisfaction rose to 7.9/10, Worthwhile grew to 8.2/10 whilst Anxiety dropped to 2.6/10.

The ranking of fifth happiest in the UK is the highest in Leicestershire. Last year the district was rated as the third best place to live for people aged 20-29 on a Channel 4 show.

Blaby District is home to over 95,000 residents in 24 parishes and includes major employers such as Next, Sytner and Topps Tiles, who all have their head offices in the area. Fosse Shopping Park, which welcomes over 10 million visitors a year, is also based in the district.

Villages in the district host nationally renowned events, including the Victory Show in Cosby. The village of Huncote will be hosting the British Cycling BMX National Championships at the Pavilion Leisure Centre over the coming weekend (28-30 September.)

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “We are extremely proud to be placed so highly once again in the ONS study, and we’re especially pleased to see our residents’ overall happiness at record levels.

“Whilst this cannot be all about Blaby District Council, the way in which we work with partners to deliver fantastic projects and great design in our community, keep our streets clean and have fantastic parks and open spaces to visit as well as delivering high quality services all contribute to this success.

“With a thriving new community in Lubbesthorpe, the expansion of Fosse Park and the exciting new Everards Meadows development coming over the next few years we know that the district will continue to be a great place to live, work and visit.”

More information on the ONS study is available by visiting their website.

 

Consultation on Local Plan Modifications underway

 

 

A consultation on the Blaby District Local Plan Delivery Development Plan Document (DPD) has begun following sixteen changes to the original proposals.

The “Main Modifications” have been suggested by an Independent Inspector following a five day public examination during in July and August. The modifications include:

  • Removing the requirement  to include self and custom build housing on large sites
  • A Review Policy setting out when a Local Plan Review must take place
  • Wording changes to bring document in line with national policy and clarity
  • Changes to the size limit of a housing site where a proportion of accessible and adaptable homes are required. This modification also includes the addition of wording to take into account potential viability issues on a case-by-case basis.

The consultation is now open until 4.45pm on Friday 26 October 2018. Once the consultation has closed, the Independent Inspector will review the consultation responses and recommend whether or not the Local Plan Delivery DPD can be adopted by the Council.

When adopted, the Delivery DPD, along with the Local Plan Core Strategy, will become a vital document used to make decisions on all planning applications within the district.

Full details on the modifications and how to respond to the consultation can be found via www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd-examination.

Bite Back Campaign Launches

 

Residents are being encouraged to take part in Blaby District Council’s Bite Back initiative; a new, three part campaign aimed at more responsible dog ownership.

Designed to involve the local community in helping to police their area, residents contacting the Council will receive a free Bite Back Pack, containing weather-proof posters, dog bags, stencil kits for pavements and an info pack on how to report anyone not picking up after their dog.

With a large rural area across the district, farmers can also order their own hard-hitting posters highlighting the dangers of not keeping a dog under control. In July a sheep in Countesthorpe was mauled by a dog off lead, with the farmer’s wife and young daughters discovering the injured animal. Due to the extensive injuries sustained the sheep had to be put down.

A further poster shows the consequences of failing to clean up after dogs around livestock, showing the potentially devastating effects of disease that dog faeces can carry.

Sports teams, local organisations and owners of recreation areas in the district can also receive their own free posters and pack to deter irresponsible dog owners that can cause issues in play areas and sports pitches by failing to control their dog.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Regulatory Services, said: “We know that whilst the vast majority of dog owners are responsible, the small number who have no respect for their local area have a negative impact in the local community, and can cause distress and long-term problems to farmers in our more rural areas.

“These upsetting effects are shown in the rural posters and we make no apologies for the hard hitting nature of them.

“With all circumstances covered by our Bite Back campaign, I encourage any residents, farmers and local organisations to get in touch, and we will help them launch the campaign in their area.”

To receive a pack, email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk. More information about the campaign is available by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/biteback.

District Leaders call for collaboration over Local Government Reorganisation.

 

 

 

District leaders call for collaboration over local government reorganisation

District Council leaders are calling on Leicestershire County Council to work with them to fully investigate options for the future of local government organisation in the county.

The leaders have written to the county council this week and urged it to consider dropping its recently announced proposal to investigate creating a single unitary authority for Leicestershire.

They have called for an urgent meeting of the leaders of the district, city and county councils to discuss a more collaborative approach.

The letter has been sent by leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston councils.

Read the leader’s joint letter.

Energy Switch and Save launches in district

Households in the District of Blaby could make big energy savings as part of the new Blaby Switch & Save scheme, in partnership with iChoosr.

Blaby Switch & Save is part of the nationwide Collective Switching scheme, bringing together thousands of people from across the country looking for a better energy price.

Energy companies compete in the scheme by offering the lowest rate in an auction to registered users. The more people registered, the lower the price could be.

Auctions take place throughout the year with those who register receiving a free, no obligation offer from the successful energy provider(s) that have bid the most competitive rate in the auction.

Households choosing to take up the offer will have their new provider organise the transfer, making it an easy and smooth process.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council, said: “We’re delighted to launch Blaby Switch & Save and be part of such a successful scheme which has seen over 325,000 households nationally register for the chance to reduce their energy costs.

“Moving energy suppliers can be a long and difficult process, meaning some stay with their current provider despite continued price rises. We hope that this scheme gives many residents a hassle-free opportunity to save themselves a lot of money on their energy bills.”

Blaby District Council’s Resident Support officers and partners Supporting Leicestershire Families will be promoting the service to the most vulnerable families in the district to encourage them to keep their energy costs as low as possible.

For more information, a detailed frequently asked questions page and to register, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/switch.

Consultation launches on Council Tax Support changes

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A consultation on changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme has been launched by Blaby District Council from 17 August, closing on 30 September 2018.

Following significant reductions in central government funding, the Council no longer receives money based on the Council Tax support provided to households. This money must now be found by Blaby District Council through its central budget.

In order to make up the shortfall following the funding cut, the Council has launched a consultation on changes which could save hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, and is seeking residents’ views.

Proposals include a 200% Council Tax charge on properties that have been empty for more than two years. This is part of the Council’s drive to bring long term empty properties back into use across the district.

Other changes include no longer giving an unfurnished and unoccupied property a one-month free period of Council Tax, removing the 10% discount for second homes in the district and no longer offering a 50% discount on Council Tax to properties undergoing major repair or structural works.

If all four proposed changes were made it could save up to £400,000 per year for Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police Authority, Leicestershire Fire Authority and local parish councils.

The consultation also includes proposals on Council Tax Support Scheme. Currently around 5,000 households receive a means-tested discount. All households currently pay at least 15% towards their Council Tax bill.

Four options are being considered in the consultation, including reducing the maximum support from 85% to 83%, 80% or 78%. A reduction to 78% would save around £300,000 per year.

There will be no change to the amount of help for people of pension age credit, the 25% single person discount or the exemption for those who are severely mentally impaired and living alone.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is an important consultation and we want as many residents as possible to have their say to help us shape the difficult decisions we have to make.

“The consultation is open until 30 September and we encourage people to read the booklet which gives clear information on the proposals and savings that could be made before having their say.

“Any savings would be shared between ourselves, Leicestershire County Council, the Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and Parish Councils.”

Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/consultation to find the consultation booklet and fill in the online consultation form. A paper copy is also available on the website or via request on 0116 272 7510.

Distraction Burglaries – Leicestershire Police

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – Warwick Road

EMERGENCY PRESS RELEASE
10 July, 2018
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER:-
WARWICK ROAD, WHETSTONE
Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary
Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.
A temporary road closure is required to Warwick Road between the
junction of Cambridge Road and the junction with The Dicken on 10 July
2018 for a period of 3 days.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for Severn Trent Water contractors to urgently restore a water
supply.
The proposed alternative diversion route will be via:-
Brook Street and The Dicken, Whetstone.
Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused
during these works.

Closure plan  

 

District urgent care consultation underway

 

District urgent care consultation underway

 

Patients in East Leicestershire and Rutland are being asked for their views on out-of-hours healthcare services, as the local NHS looks to make improvements to the services.

The services, known as urgent care services, offer GP and nurse appointments when GP practices are closed on weekday evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays.

NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) is proposing the changes as the contracts for the services come to an end in March 2019. The changes include plans to open a new urgent care centre in the Blaby district area to make services easier to navigate for patients and make best use of NHS resources.

Under the plans, which are subject to the views of patients, a centre in the District of Blaby will be open on weekday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm and at weekends and on bank holidays from 9am to 5pm.

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 from September 2018.

The new centre will mean patients living in the district will be able to access out-of-hours services closer to home, reducing the need to travel. Currently, 26% of out-of-hours appointments at Oadby Urgent Care Centre are used by people who live in the Blaby district area.

An exact location for the site is currently being considered, however it is likely to be based at an existing healthcare premises.

The survey closed on Tuesday 24 July and is available to complete online at: surveymonkey.com/r/ELRurgentcare18

People are also invited to attend two information events to find out more about the plans. Events will take place on Tuesday 3 July from 10am to 12.30pm at Community Lounge, Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby, Blaby LE19 4AQ

Patients are asked to register for the event in Blaby District on the Eventbrite website.

 

Current Village Issues.

REPORT GRAFFITI

Provision of a facility whereby members of the public can report graffiti to the District Council. Blaby District Council (BDC) will arrange for the removal of the graffiti in a timescale determined by the content with the highest priority likely to be given to graffiti which is racist or offensive in some other way.

How to request removal of graffiti.

  1. Contact BDC by e-mail, telephone, online form or by coming into the Council
  2. Before we can begin action to remove the graffiti we will need the following details:
    1. Location
    2. What it is
    3. Your details if you wish to be contacted

Further information

Graffiti is an illegal, anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people’s fear of crime.

Graffiti should be removed by the owner of the land or property that it is on. Graffiti on public land or property can be reported to the Council for removal.

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/report-graffiti/

REQUEST LITTER REMOVAL

Blaby District Council has a responsibility under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for the sweeping of streets and removal of litter

There are four Environmental Maintenance Operatives out in the district on a daily basis, providing a district cleansing service.

They have a responsibility to clear litter from any Blaby District Council owned land and the public highway.

Litter on private land is the land-owners responsibility.

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/request-litter-removal/

REPORT AN ABANDONED VEHICLE

Blaby District Council will remove abandoned vehicles from public land (including highways) and on private land with landowner’s consent.

  1. You can report an abandoned vehicle by e-mail, telephone or letter, or by filling in the online form (link below)
  2. Before BDC can begin action to remove the vehicle they will need to make sure it is abandoned, so we will need the following details:
  • your name, address and telephone number
  • the location of the vehicle
  • whether the vehicle is on public or private land
  • the type of vehicle, the colour, and registration number (if available)
  • whether the vehicle is currently taxed/untaxed. Vehicle tax discs are no longer required, please check if a vehicle is taxed online at: gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax
  • whether the vehicle is a wreck (e.g. burnt out, tyres deflated etc.)
  • how long the vehicle has been there

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/report-an-abandoned-vehicle/

DOG FOULING

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, it is an offence if anyone in charge of a dog, whether it belongs to them or not, fails to remove the dogs faeces should it foul in any public area within the District of Blaby. This includes parks, footpaths and also private land where public are permitted to have access.

Anybody who is witnessed committing an offence under the above Act will be offered the opportunity to accept a fixed penalty notice and pay a fine to discharge liability for the offense. Refusal of the fixed penalty notice or failure to pay the fine will result in legal action.

Blaby District Council is also responsible for street cleansing and will respond to any reports of dog fouling, which need to be removed / cleaned.

How do I request dog mess removal or cleaning?

  1. Contact BDC by e-mail, telephone, online form or by coming into the Council
  2. Information we will need from you:
    1. your full name
    2. your full address including your postcode
    3. your home telephone number and a number which we can contact you on during normal office hours if this is different
    4. your email address (if applicable)
    5. details of the area where the mess is

Dog mess removal / cleaning

The Environmental Maintenance Section will endeavour to clean up any dog fouling on the day it is reported, or the next day at latest.

Report offenders with known identity

If you witness somebody failing to clean up after their dog, and you know who they are or where they live, the Dog Wardens can issue a fixed penalty notice if you are willing to provide a witness statement.

If you are not willing to provide a witness statement, the Dog Wardens can still investigate the offender and make attempts to witness the person committing an offense.

Report offenders with unknown identity

If you witness somebody failing to clean up after their dog, but do not know who they are or where they live, the Dog Wardens can investigate the offender and make attempts to witness the person committing an offense. Any information that you can provide, such as times of offenses and descriptions of dog and owner will assist the Dog Wardens with their investigation.

Discuss a fouling problem

If you are aware of an area where dog fouling is a persistent problem, the Dog Wardens can investigate and monitor the area. Any information you can provide, such as approximate times when the fouling is occurring will assist the investigation.

Preventative measures

The Dog Wardens will endeavour to combat dog fouling in problem areas. Actions may include increased patrols, pavement stencils, extra signage, leaflet drops, and in areas where there is a persistent problem, the installation of CCTV cameras.

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/dog-fouling/

DEAD ANIMAL REMOVAL

Blaby District Council can arrange for the removal of dead animals from all public areas and highways.

  1. Contact BDC by e-mail, telephone or by coming into the Council
  2. Information we will need from you:
    1. your full name
    2. your full address including your postcode
    3. your home telephone number and a number which we can contact you on during normal office hours if this is different
    4. your email address (if applicable)
    5. details of the animal and its location

We can remove dead animals from private residences on request (for a charge of £35.00).

All dogs and cats which are collected are checked for identification, including microchips. Where details of an owner are found, they will be contacted.

All animals we collect are dealt with and disposed of in a respectful manner.

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/remove-a-dead-animal/

REPORT A STREET LIGHT FAULT

Leicestershire County Council is responsible for maintenance and repairs of street lights, and lighting faults including illuminated bollards, signs and beacons throughout Leicestershire (with the exception of Leicester City and a small number of rural parishes).

For more information, please see the County Council street lighting web page (link below). To report a fault, please go to the streetlight defect web page (link below).

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/report-a-street-light-fault/

REPORT A DAMAGED BUS SHELTER

There are many different types of bus shelters throughout the district of Blaby and although they are not all owned by the Council we liaise with the relevant organisations to ensure that they are repaired and maintained.

  1. Report any damage or maintenance works required to a bus shelter online (link below)

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/report-a-damaged-bus-shelter/

FLYTIPPING

Fly-tipping is the common term used to describe waste being illegally dumped instead of being disposed of properly at a landfill site or tip.  Common types of fly-tipped waste are:-

  • Household waste
  • Large domestic items such as fridges and mattresses
  • Garden waste
  • Commercial waste such as builders rubble, tyres and clinical waste

Why is fly-tipping a problem?

Local authorities in England dealt with over 700,00 incidents of fly tipping in 2012/13, costing taxpayers over £36 million to remove.

Fly tipping is:

  • Illegal– and clearing it up costs taxpayers’ money
  • Unsightly– fly tipping is a sign of a neglected neighbourhood and is associated with increased levels of crime and fear of crime.  It also discourages investment and new businesses from moving into the area.
  • Unsafe – dumped waste can consist of dangerous items such as syringes, asbestos and toxic waste.  It can also attract rats, flies and other disease carrying pests

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to fly tip any material, it carries a fine upon conviction of up to £50,000 or one year imprisonment.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case, the person controlling the use of the vehicle, normally the registered keeper, can also be prosecuted. This means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable

Report it

Don’t put up with dumped rubbish – report it!  You can report fly tipping online using the link below or call Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7555. 

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling/flytipping/

FLYPOSTING

Flyposting is an illegal, anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people’s fear of crime.

Blaby District Council is responsible for the removal of illegally posted advertisements, leaflets etc, on both council and privately-owned property in the area.

How to request removal of flyposting

  1. Contact BDC by email, telephone or by coming into the Council offices
  2. Before we can begin action to remove the flyposting we will need the following details:
    1. Location
    2. What it is
    3. Are there any details on the flyposting, i.e. name, telephone number, etc
    4. Your details if you wish to be contacted

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/crime-safety-and-emergencies/report-flyposting/

HIGHWAYS DEFECTS

You can also report highways defects on line to Leicestershire County Council.

Issues could include the following

  • Defects on roads or pavements, such as potholes
  • Overgrown trees or hedges,
  • Damaged drains or manhole covers,
  • Damage to road signs,
  • Problems with traffic lights.

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/