Cosby Parish Council

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Clerk: Les Phillimore
76 Springwell Lane, Whetstone
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Blaby District Council news

In this issue...

  • Rail freight plans hit hurdle
  • Blaby village toilets plan approved
  • New Lubbesthorpe latest plans
  • Join our Inspiration Campaign
  • New cycle and walking routes for District

  • Councils team up on sports and activities
  • Food hygiene ratings
  • Nuisance dogs prosecution
  • Awards bid for Council team
  • Elections - key facts
  • Support for energy bills

📣 Rail freight hub plans withdrawn for more work

Developers Tritax Symmetry have withdrawn their application for the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange which they submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 06 February.

On 20 February the Council sent in a representation about the adequacy of the scheme's consultation. In looking over the plans officials at the Planning Inspectorate realised Tritax had failed to provide a required technical report in their submission documents.

It is understood Tritax will now take several weeks to prepare this report and will then need to resubmit their application which will restart the process from the start of the acceptance phase.

The scheme, earmarked for 662 acres of land between the M69 and the Leicester to Birmingham railway line, falls mainly within the boundary of Blaby District Council, south-west of Elmesthorpe village.

While Blaby District Council can comment on the application throughout the formal process, it cannot make the final decision. The scheme is considered of such scale and national importance it will be determined by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Blaby village toilets plan approved

Plans for new, fully accessible toilets with a Changing Places unit in central Blaby have been approved.

Work should start on the block soon with an opening later in the spring after the green light was given by members of Blaby District Council's Planning Committee.

The existing, dilapidated, brick building on the John's Court car park will be demolished to make way for a modern, modular facility with rustic, red brick cladding, steel doors and a green environmentally friendly 'sedum' roof.

As well as a standard accessible toilet it will include a highly specialised Changing Places unit able to accommodate the needs of severely disabled children and adults who need assistance when using the toilet or having incontinence pads changed.

To read more use the link below:

Blaby village toilets

⚠️ New Lubbesthorpe latest plans

Plans for the next phase of works at New Lubbesthorpe have been submitted to Blaby District Council.

Within this sub-phase of Phase 2 there will be:

  • Five residential areas delivering approximately 325 more dwellings
  • An additional play area and play trail
  • Extension to Lubbesthorpe Park
  • Dee Way will be extended to the south to cross the Bridle Road
  • An additional balancing pond to serve the residential areas - this is a temporary storage facility for watercourses like streams, helping to prevent flooding
Recently South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa arranged for the Right Honourable Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to visit the development.

New Lubbesthorpe has already won five national awards. It is being built in phases over two decades and will eventually provide 4,250 homes as well as retail, leisure, medical and other community facilities including a library and three schools.

To view the planning application use the link below:

Latest plans for New Lubbesthorpe

Inspiration Campaign

This month sees the launch of our Visit Blaby District Inspiration Campaign, which highlights our key attractions and aims to encourage both visitors and residents to explore and spend time in our wonderful District.

The revamped inspiration section on the Visit Blaby District website now has pages dedicated to each of our core themes including food and drink, shopping, history and heritage, the great outdoors and events.

Be inspired and check them out and don't forget to follow @visitblaby on social media for all the latest updates too.

For more information use the link below:

Be inspired!

Cycle and walking route improvements🚴

Works are progressing on new walking and cycling routes to improve connectivity in the District and between New Lubbesthorpe and the city.

The first phase is taking place at Mossdale Meadows, with further works to be undertaken at Murby Way and Foxon Way, Meridian Way roundabout improvements, Kingsway, Aylestone Meadows and a new access point at Meridian Leisure Park.

The scheme involves Blaby District Council, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Braunstone Town Council, Lubbesthorpe Parish Council, Sustrans and Meridian Leisure Park.

Funding has come from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Blaby District Council, Leicester City Council, Sustrans (from the national Paths for Everyone scheme) and Leicestershire County Council.

The route is around 2.5 miles long and will ensure people can walk into Meridian Leisure Park from Braunstone Town instead of driving.

Councils team up on sports and activities 😀

Blaby District Council is teaming up with neighbouring authority Oadby and Wigston Borough Council to expand its sport, physical activity and community health and well-being work.

The partnership will mean Blaby District officers will provide activity programmes for both its own residents and those who live in Oadby and Wigston.

Residents of both districts will be able to use the community offerings provided in each area including sports, exercise referrals and falls prevention classes.

External grants, expected to be secured by Blaby District Council, will fund the scheme from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Any external funding which Oadby and Wigston Borough Council may secure will also be used and help pay for the creation of three new posts to help provide the services.

Check out who is meeting hygiene standards 🔎

Here are some of the latest food hygiene ratings from our inspectors in the Environmental Health department.

Rated 5 - Hygiene standards are very good

  • Pudding Pots, private address
  • Applegarth, private address
  • The Waterbridge, 31 Brookside, Whetstone
  • Evergreen Hall, Evergreen Club, Leicester Road, Sharnford
Rated 3 - Hygiene standards are generally satisfactory
  • Maharaja, 31 Watergate Lane, Braunstone Town
Rated 1 - Hygiene standards need major improvement
  • Sycamore Cafe, 21 Sycamore Street, Blaby
For more rating details follow the link below:

Food hygiene ratings

Caravan site owner prosecuted over nuisance dogs

The owner of a mobile home site in Enderby has been ordered to pay £2,570 after being prosecuted at Leicester Magistrates' Court following a spate of incidents involving nuisance stray dogs.

Bernadette McDonagh was prosecuted by Blaby District Council, in partnership with Leicestershire Police, for non-compliance of a Community Protection Notice (CPN) enforced due to continuing issues with dogs from the site, Grange Park, causing problems in the local area.

She was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,470 plus a £100 victim surcharge.
Magistrates also requested she hand over the three dogs named in the prosecution, two Akita-types called Nikita and Hercules and a Cockerpoo type called Big Boy.

She has until 22 March 2023 to forfeit the animals otherwise a seizure order may be applied for. The CPN was served in March 2022 after long-standing problems with residents allowing their dogs to stray off the park, posing a nuisance to the local community.

To read more use the link below:

Stray dog prosecution

Council land search team in awards shortlisting 🏆

The team who carry out land and property searches for homebuyers in Blaby District are in the running for a prestigious national award.

The Local Land Charges (LLC) team at Blaby District Council has made the shortlist for the Local Authority Searches Team of the Year Award at the 2023 Land Data Awards for Excellence, the only awards to recognise excellence and achievement in the profession.

The team of four at Blaby District Council manages thousands of land and property searches each year, an essential part of buying and selling a home, as when someone is moving house they have to have searches done on the property they are purchasing as part of the conveyance process - usually for the bank or mortgage company.

A search will uncover what details the local authority has on the land or building such as planning decisions, highway adoption and road schemes and conservation and tree preservation orders.

As well as carrying out searches for Blaby District they also do them for Hinckley and Bosworth and Oadby and Wigston boroughs. The awards ceremony will be in Bristol on 28 March.

All you need to know about elections ⚠️

There are big changes coming up for this May's District and Parish elections - here's what you need to know!

  • Firstly make sure you are on the Electoral Register, if you're not - you can't vote. It takes just a couple of minutes online:
  • The deadline to register to vote for the elections on Thursday 04 May is 11.59pm on Monday 17 April
  • New rules mean on 04 May anyone turning up to vote at a polling station will need to show an acceptable form of photo ID before being given their ballot paper
  • Most people will have an acceptable form of ID, like a passport or driving licence. Check out what is deemed acceptable here:
  • As long as the photo on the ID looks like you it doesn't need to be in date
  • If you don't have an acceptable form of photo ID you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) which will be valid for 10 years. You can do this here:
  • You must apply for a VAC, if you need one, by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April
  • Poll cards will be sent out from Tuesday 22 March. Please check your cards carefully as your polling station may be different from ones you have used before, due to changes in District ward boundaries
  • Tuesday is also the first day people can nominate themselves to be a Councillor in these upcoming elections. The nomination period closes at 4pm on Tuesday 04 April
For more information use the link below:

May elections

Get help with bills through the energy support scheme 💡

The government's Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS Alternative Funding) is now open for applications.

The EBSS Alternative Funding is a payment of £400 to households who do not have a direct relationship with an energy supplier and therefore were unable to previously receive it.

This includes people pay for energy through a landlord, housing manager or site owner, live in a park home, houseboat or off the electricity grid.

Applications can be made through the government portal - use the link in the box below.

Households will never be asked to apply for EBSS Alternative Funding by email or text message and you will never be sent a link to apply.

For residents who are unable to complete the form online, please contact the governments helpline on 0808 175 3287, open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm or via

To apply use the link below:

Energy bill support

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Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 11:29 by Les Phillimore

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