Council Chairman hosts festive carol concert

Christmas tree decorationsLocal residents can get in the festive spirit with mulled wine, mince pies and join in with carol singing at Blaby District Council’s annual service.

Council Chairman David Clements is hosting this year’s carol concert on Thursday December 18 in the Council Chamber on Desford Road, Narborough.

He said:

“Our annual carol concert is always a fantastic occasion and a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season. We hope to see many local faces and of course will be raising money for charity too.”

Cllr D.R.Clements

Cllr Clements

The service starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available for a minimum donation of £2, which will go towards the Chairman’s chosen charities; The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service, and LOROS.

The Kirby Muxloe Primary School Choir and the Musical Village Chorale will both be performing, and mince pies and mulled wine are available for everyone who attends.

Tickets are available from the Council Offices or by telephoning the PA Team on 0116 272 7502.

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Former eyesore given new lease of life

8385867-largeA previously boarded-up property in Braunstone Town that had once been a beacon for vandals, squatters and rats, has been brought back into use.

Blaby District Council sold 3 Narborough Road South to local developers Teresa and Nathan Evans.

The couple who own Brown and Green ltd have since refurbished the house and new tenants have moved in.

Teresa said:

“We tend to look for properties that are a bit different and unusual, that have history and offer a challenge. This house certainly ticked all those boxes. We were aware it had been derelict for a long time, and were surprised that despite this the property was in a relatively good condition from a structural point of view.

“We had to use a flashlight to look round it as the house had been boarded up, and there were some rooms that we were unable to go into. Lots of it was untouched with old furniture and 1950s wallpaper, and we’ve managed to salvage some of the original features such as three of the fireplaces.”

The house became the Council’s property through the use of a Compulsory Purchase Order in June this year.

Cllr Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“This former eyesore was simply standing empty and was having a detrimental effect on residents. It’s fantastic to see the property part of the community once again, and returned to a habitable condition.”

boarded-up property in Braunstone

Cllr. Jackson said the property was an ‘eyesore’

Blaby District Council has a pot of funding available to bring empty properties back into use.

The maximum amount of funding available per property is a grant or (0% interest) loan of up to £10,000 dependent on circumstances and subject to inspection by a council officer.

The funding is available to address disrepair issues and redecoration at the property, and bring the property up to a let-able standard.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/emptyhomes, email emptyhomes@blaby.gov.uk or call the grants and loans department on 0116 272 7536

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School children help local nature area to flourish

countesthorpe pupils 1Pupils from Leysland High School in Countesthorpe have been helping to plant 100 trees at Fosse Meadows nature area.

The tree planting marks the 20th anniversary of the Arboretum at Fosse Meadows, an area specifically for a collection of trees that have been grown for study or display.

The children aged between 10 and 14 planted the noble fir trees in an area of the Arboretum where noble firs were originally planted, but unfortunately didn’t survive.

This time the trees have been put in the ground early in the season with a group of volunteer rangers on hand to keep them weed free and help them thrive.

In recent years the Forestry Commission has been using the site for climate change study and training its officers on tree identifications.

Fosse Meadows is ideal due to the diverse collection of trees on site.

Cllr Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“It’s lovely to see the school children getting involved and helping the nature reserve to flourish. It’s really important we get young people interested in our woodland open spaces and wildlife as they are the next generation who will be managing these highly significant sites.

“Fosse Meadows is a beautiful place to visit and hopefully this will encourage more young people to both enjoy and appreciate a place that for many of them is on their doorstep.”

Photo: Pupils from Leysland High School

Pupils from Leysland High School in Countesthorpe

Jonathan Sleath, Headteacher at Leysland High School, said:

“We were delighted to be asked by the Council to be involved in the tree planting at Fosse Meadows.

Being local to us, we felt that our pupils and their families would benefit from the project, not just immediately, but for many years to come.

“Our pupils may even be able to take their own children in the future and show them the fruits of their labour. All of the students said it was a fantastic reward opportunity and a great community project.”

For more information, and to find out about volunteering opportunities at Fosse Meadows, contact James Poynton,

Green Space Engagement Officer at Blaby District Council. Email james.poynton@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7704.

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New gym experience heading to Huncote Pavilion

huncote gym flyerThe Pavilion Leisure Centre, in Huncote, will be unveiling a state-of-the-art gym in spring 2015.

The fully air conditioned, 37 station gym will offer the latest interactive technology, along with free WIFI and Sky Sports.

There will also be a new café bar with soft play area, bar terrace and relaxation area (subject to planning permission), refurbishment to the main hall, and an extension to the car park.

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Cllr. Sheila Scott

Cllr Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“The Pavilion is a leisure centre at the heart of the community and already popular with many residents, so it’s great to see it is getting the makeover and new equipment it deserves.”

The new-look leisure centre is scheduled to open its doors in April 2015.

huncote gym plan

For more information on the Pavilion visit www.huncotepavilion.co.uk
or email leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 275 0246.

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Superfast broadband for Blaby villages

171-superfastThe first homes and businesses in Blaby District to benefit from the county council’s £18.8m Superfast Leicestershire partnership with BT can now get high-speed fibre broadband.

New green roadside cabinets have been installed to make the new technology available to parts of Countesthorpe, Huncote and Whetstone.

More than 250 additional households and businesses across the three areas are now able to contact their internet service provider to sign up for fibre broadband – and the roll-out continues.

It builds upon BT’s extensive commercial roll-out in Blaby District, which has already made fibre broadband available to more than 53,000 homes and businesses.

Blaby District Council leader Ernie White said:

Cllr Ernie White

Cllr Ernie White: Fantastic news for residents and business

“This is fantastic news for residents and business owners in our district. I’m pleased to see superfast broadband is available to more properties in the three villages, and look forward to it being rolled out further across the rest of the area.”

Pam Posnett, the county council’s cabinet member for broadband, said:

“It’s great that we’ve started work in Blaby.

Superfast broadband makes a real difference to the strength of our communities and local economy and I look forward to hitting our eventual target of 62,000.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said:

“Online shopping is increasingly big business with experts predicting nearly five billion pounds will be spent online during the festive period this year.

It’s therefore extremely pleasing that more and more homes and businesses in the Blaby district are now well placed to take advantage of their first Christmas with superfast speeds.”

The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already provided more than 10,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire with access to fibre broadband.

By the end of March 2016, it’s anticipated more than 62,000 premises in the county, including more than 6,400 in the Blaby District, will have access due to the programme.

The high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all internet service providers, offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

 

Funding

BT - Openreach logoBlaby District Council is contributing £50,000 towards the Superfast Leicestershire project, along with other local authorities, with the remaining funding coming from Leicestershire County Council (£5.1m),

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme (£3.4 million) and £1.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund. BT is also contributing £9.1 million towards the overall cost of the Superfast Leicestershire deployment.

So far, engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, have laid more than 127 kilometres of fibre cables and installed 55 new roadside fibre broadband cabinets as part of the project.

Speed benefits for all

Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.

For more information about the Superfast Leicestershire project, visit www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk

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