Blaby District Council news
The latest news from your District Council
In this issue...
- Garden waste subscriptions
- Cork Lane appeal decision
- Car park works
- Election helpers wanted
- Leisure centres update
- Fancy becoming a Councillor?
- Latest food hygiene ratings
- Warm spaces initiative
- Photo ID needed for voters
- Checks on pubs and taxis
- Business questionnaire
- Get into exercise
⚠️Sign up to your new garden waste subscription
Current garden waste subscriptions expire on 31 March 2023 so sign up now if you want to benefit from a full year's garden waste service, effective from 01 April to 31 March 2024.
Only bins with a valid orange sticker will be emptied and there are no pro rata reductions for 'in year' payments so to guarantee you get your sticker in time subscribe by Thursday 16 March 2023.
Two sizes of garden bins are available:
- a 140-litre garden bin at £28.20 per year (each bin)
- or a 240-litre garden bin at £41.70 per year (each bin).
Payment is taken in advance by debit or credit card or Direct Debit. Existing Direct Debit customers need not take any action - your subscription will be automatically renewed.
If you wish to set up a Direct Debit you must sign up by 15 February. You can also subscribe by phone but a £2 transaction fee will apply.
The coming season will see 20 collections with no collections in December 2023 and January and February 2024 in line with reduced demand during winter.
Please ensure your new orange sticker is clearly displayed to ensure collection.
For more information and to subscribe use the link below:
Cork Lane appeal decision 📢
The Planning Inspectorate, a Government appointed organisation, has made its decision in relation to Blaby District Council's refusal of an application to build homes off Cork Lane, Glen Parva.
Following a public inquiry into the refusal decision, made in May 2022, the Planning Inspector has granted reserved matters approval for the scheme which proposes construction of 165 homes on a 12.5 hectare former brickworks and clay pit turned landfill site.
It means developers Glen Parva JV LLP can progress to the next stage of the process and submit a further application to the Council explaining exactly how they will deal with the gas risks associated with contamination of the site due to its previous use as landfill.
This will be carefully considered by the Council to ensure the developer can take the necessary steps to address any threats posed to future and surrounding residents.
If the Council is not satisfied with the gas mitigation plans then it can refuse the application and the development may not proceed.
To read more use the link below:
Car park works 🚗
Our contractors have been busy making improvements to some of the District's busiest car parks.
Last year Enderby Road car park in Blaby village was resurfaced while the start of this year has seen remedial works to the popular Johns Court (Iceland) car park in Blaby village and the large overflow car park at Fosse Meadows Nature Reserve.
The Fosse Meadows car park remains partially open while works concentrate on one section at a time.
A new base layer is being laid to hold together the gravel and stone top layer more effectively. Work is taking part in stages so people can still park but spaces obviously will be limited.
Visitors are being assured the coffee van will still be on site and in operation.
🗳️Could you help out at next year's elections?
Would you like to be a central part of the District Council's democratic process?
Well this year you can be right in the thick of things by taking up a role during the District and Parish elections in May - and you will get paid for doing so.
During election times Blaby District Council employs 100s of people to help the process run smoothly.
Paid positions include working in a polling station, counting votes and postal vote opening. No previous experience is necessary as full training is provided.
Positions are available for Thursday 04 and Friday 05 May and a wide variety of roles are available. To apply you must be aged over 18 and have the right to work in the UK.
Register yourself and see details by using the link below:
🏋️Sign up to one of our leisure centres
If you've decided 2023 is the year you'd like to improve your fitness, health and well-being then why not sign up to one of Blaby's Leisure Centres - you'd certainly be in good company.
Both Enderby and Huncote, run by Everyone Active on behalf of the Council, continue to perform well despite the difficult environment in which they operate - Covid closures, landfill gas issues, energy prices and cost of living.
Enderby Leisure Centre averaged around 50,000 visits a month in 2022 - up on the previous year: fitness members have increased to 3,751 - up 10% on the previous year and more than 2,000 children are having swimming lessons every week.
Since Huncote Leisure Centre reopened, bookings on the 3G pitch are nearly back to pre-closure figures and 100 new people have signed up as members.
Why not join them and take advantage of a £1 joining fee offer thanks to Everyone Active's latest promotion (terms and conditions apply).
Are you interested in becoming a Councillor? 🙋
If you feel you have the enthusiasm to bring about positive change for Blaby District then maybe you should consider stepping up and becoming a Councillor.
District elections will be held this May and the Council is encouraging more candidates to come forward and offer to represent their local communities.
Following a successful online event last year there is a face-to-face session taking place tomorrow - Saturday 21 January.
Taking place at the Council Chamber in the Council offices this in-person event will allow anyone interested to speak to current Councillors and get a first-hand view of what it is like to serve the District.
The event runs from 10am to noon and anyone interested can pop along to find out more. All are welcome.
Check out who is meeting hygiene standards 🔎
Here are the latest food hygiene ratings from our inspectors in the Environmental Health department.
Rated 4 - Hygiene standards are good
- Cosby Cantonese - Cosby
- Cherrytree Residential Care Home - Countesthorpe
- Volpo Lounge - Fosse Park Food Court
- The Grange Bakery and Deli - Leicester Forest East
Rated 3 - Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory
- Aspects Enderby - Enderby
- Leicester Forest Rugby Club - Leicester Forest East
For more rating details follow the link below:
Warm spaces this winter
Blaby District Council is teaming up with community partners this winter to offer a host of 'warm spaces' for people who may be lonely, vulnerable or concerned about the cost of living.
The Council offices themselves on Desford Road, Narborough, is playing host to a series of monthly warm space sessions in the Brooks Room - the next one is Wednesday 08 February from 9am to noon, then Wednesday 08 March at the same times.
The Council has provided grants to help neighbourhood organisations open up local centres with some organisations using the money to buy new equipment such as kettles and urns while others have put it towards the cost of food and beverages.
Eight centres have received council funding after submitting requests including Braunstone Civic Centre which runs a warm space on a Tuesday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
The others are Blaby Baptist Church, Lubbesthorpe Hub, Kirby Muxloe Library and Community Hub, St Andrew's Church, Countesthorpe (The Bridge), Leicester Forest East Community Library, Littlethorpe Village Hall and Cosby Community Library.
Funding is still available and groups can apply for up to £350 to cover running costs, refreshments or equipment purchases. To find out more details use the link below:
🗳️Photo ID needed to vote this May
New government rules mean for the first time voters will need to bring photo ID with them when casting their ballot at the District elections this May.
Various forms of photo ID will be acceptable including passports, driving licences, bus passes and blue badges and there is a list of what kinds of ID will be accepted at polling stations on the Electoral Commission website:Accepted forms of photo ID | Electoral Commission
The ID has to be an original version but does not have to be in date, as long as the photo still looks like the person trying to use it and the ID is in the same name used to register to vote.
Some people may find they don't have one of the accepted forms of ID which is why the government is launching a VAC - Voter Authority Certificate - which can be applied for on the government's website.
A recent digital photograph and National Insurance number will be needed to apply and the VAC will be valid for 10 years.
To find out more use the link below:
Surprise licensing checks
Taxi vehicles and pubs were the subject of random surprise licensing checks as part of a joint initiative between Blaby District Council and Leicestershire Police.
Licensing Officers and colleagues from the Council's Community Safety Team worked with the police to check whether pubs were operating within their licence conditions in regard to age verification policies, service refusals, incident recording and CCTV monitoring - where installed.
All premises passed and all pubs were happy to take on and promote the Ask Angela scheme - where anyone feeling unsafe in a pub can go to bar staff and 'ask for Angela' and receive the appropriate support.
However, of the six taxis which were taken to the Council's Whetstone depot to be inspected only two passed without issue. One taxi driver was advised to get minor problems fixed while three had their taxi plates suspended immediately due to major faults including defective tyres, broken handbrake, headlights not working, horn not working and having a dirty interior with evidence of smoking.
To read more see the link below:
Economic strategy survey
Blaby District Council recently commissioned expert advisors to produce a new economic strategy for the District to maximise growth and prosperity over the next three years.
The council's partners, Heartflood, launched a questionnaire for local businesses asking about their overall economic health. This survey comes to an end on Monday 23 January - so if there are any local businesspeople out there who have not yet had their say, now is the time to do it!
Results from the survey will help provide a current overview of how the District is faring and what kind of measures or support could be put in place to drive enterprise.
Responses will be collated by Heartflood and a report submitted to the Council in due course. Anyone who wants to take part in the survey can do so using the link below:
New initiative to get women into exercise🚶♀️
Getting motivated to get into exercise can be tough which is why Blaby District Council along with Harborough District Council are running a nine-week intitiative aimed at encouraging women to be more acitve.
Just Get Involved runs from Monday 23 January to Sunday 26 March across both districts and is a nine-week physical activity programme which aims to encourage and empower women aged 16+ to try new activities and be more active.
Participants can access a huge range of activities - more than 80 - with everything on offer from Zumba to badminton.
And there are incentives on offer too - if participants attend four sessions they can get a free JUST T-shirt and if they attend eight sessions they'll get a free gym bag.
Women don't have to be sporty or even have done an exercise class before to take part - JUST Get Involved is for women of all abilities.
To find out more use the link below:.
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Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2023 09:06 by Les Phillimore