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.

Santa Route for Whetstone !

1st Whetstone Scouts … shhh

 Santa is coming to Whetstone.

 

Monday 9th December :             Foulds Lane, Vicarage  Lane &  Spinney Holt
Tuesday 10th December:           Avon Drive, Anna’s Way,  Attfield Drive & College Road
Wednesday 11th December:     Burnham Drive & Laundon Way
Monday 16th December:            Springwell Lane &  Badgerbrook
Tuesday 17th December :          Coales Ave, Wright Close &  Hopper Way

Flood warnings and information

Flood warnings and information

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With the current heavy rainfall, certain areas in the district are at an increased risk of flooding. If you’re in an affected area (or know someone who is) please follow the below.

Any flood warnings and/or road closures will be listed on this page as we get them

Flood Warnings

Use the Flood Warnings Information Service to find information for your location.

Road Closures

Check Area Traffic Control on Twitter or use the AA Traffic News website. BBC Radio Leicester will also have updates.

Leicestershire County Council also have a map with road closures.

Before travelling, check any roads both in the district or across the county to see if any roads have been closed because of excess water.

Sandbags

We have a limited supply of sandbags and can only use them to protect:

  • Life and important buildings such as hospitals or substations
  • The elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents
  • Access for emergency vehicles

If your scenario is not covered above please buy sandbags from DIY stores or building merchants.

You can also prepare for any flooding by using the Bluepages Independent Flood Directory.

In a flooding emergency contact us on 0844 736 9545.

Valuables

If you are at risk of flooding we strongly recommend moving any valuables you have upstairs, or as far away from any potential flood damage as possible.

Dogs of Blaby competition returns

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Dog-owning residents of the district can win a pre-Christmas present with the return of Blaby District Council’s Dogs of Blaby competition.

Between now and Friday 13 December anyone living in Blaby District can take a picture of their dog wearing an illuminated collar, lead or coat out and about on their daily walk.

The competition is part of the Council’s effort to ensure dogs can be seen in the dark winter months, reducing the number of potential incidents between dogs and vehicles, and to ensure they do not foul out of sight of their owners.

Entries can be made by posting a photo on the Council’s Facebook page, tweeting @blabydc with the photo, or emailing in a photo at public.relations@blaby.gov.uk.

The prize, donated by Jubilee Animal Feeds, Cosby, will be built around the breed of dog and include a bed, 5kg of dog food, dog toys and treats.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer for Blaby District Council, said: “We really enjoy seeing all of the entries for this competition. Whilst we enjoy seeing them, our message is to please ensure your dog can be seen in the dark. Every year we see an increase in dog fouling on our streets and parks, mainly due to owners not being able to see their off-lead dog when it’s dark.”

The winner will be drawn at random and contacted following the draw. Full terms and conditions are available on the webpage.

Lightbulb Programme sees continued success

More than 5,400 people across Leicestershire have benefited from a pioneering housing support partnership in its first two years.

Lightbulb is a centralised service, hosted by Blaby District Council, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, district councils, local Clinical Commissioning Groups, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Fully launched in 2017, Lightbulb has seen a drastic reduction in the processing time for residents’ Disability Facilities Grant applications from enquiry to completion, reducing from 48.5 weeks before launch, improving to 32 weeks, and now standing at 20 weeks across all Districts.

The latest customer satisfaction ratings have seen 100 percent of those surveyed confirm that Lightbulb had met their expectations.

The improvement in the time taken to deliver adaptations in homes across the county has also ensured that focus can be spent on more complex cases, as well as delivering 37 percent more cases overall than was projected at the planning stage two years ago.

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

From the installation of grab rails to small house extensions, Lightbulb is focused on making sure that residents can stay independent in their homes for as long as possible, benefitting both the local health economy and the wellbeing of those individuals supported through Lightbulb.

In one case, a lady in Melton was struggling to live in her property due to a combination of difficulties accessing the property and with using the furniture within it. Through one Housing Support Coordinator, the resident was able to have a comprehensive housing “MOT,” leading to grab rails being installed both inside and outside of her property, as well as a bed lever and a small armchair.

These relatively small changes have had a big positive impact, enabling – enabling this lady to live more comfortably in her own home, instead of having to consider a move to any sort of supported accommodation.

Jane Toman, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said: “As we reach two years of the service I think it’s important to highlight just how much of a positive difference Lightbulb is making across Leicestershire. This service supports vulnerable individuals and our priority has been to ensure the correct help they need is delivered to them as efficiently and quickly as possible.

“We have worked with partners from across the county working collaboratively together can make a huge difference and save hundreds of thousands of pounds for the local health economy.”

Lightbulb 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 given the honour of best Public/Public Partnership at the 2018 Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Residents requiring minor or major adaptations can contact Lightbulb by calling 0116 305 0004 or visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk.

Whetstone Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service

 

The parade will meet  at 9.50 am at Dog & Gun Lane, Whetstone.  The parade will start at 10.00 am and then march down Wychwood Road, Laundon Way, Burnham Drive, Brook Street and finally onto High Street to the war memorial.  The service starts at 10.45 am.

Minor delays can be expected as the parade passes.  High Street Whetstone will be closed between 10.45 am and 11.10 am between Station Road and Wale Road.

All are welcome to join the parade and service

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM