Public Spaces Protection Order set for July launch in Countesthorpe

Countesthorpe gatewayA Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be in place in the village of Countesthorpe from the end of this week, in response to an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Blaby District Council and Leicestershire Police will introduce the order on Friday 15 July 2016; and will initially be implemented for six months, with a review after three months. 

Teams from the Community Safety Partnership consulted with 250 people across the village, with 95% supporting the idea of the PSPO’s introduction.

Over 50% of those who responded to the consultation felt there had been an increase in anti-social behaviour, and had concerns about the problem.
The restricted areas will prevent young people aged 10-17 from:

  • Gathering in groups of more than four people (Restrictions will not apply where crowds are unavoidable, including school journeys or at a bus stop)
  • Behaving in a way that is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress
  • Being in the possession of, or consuming alcohol
  • Using, possessing or supplying any intoxicating substances including psychoactive substances

Any breach of these conditions could lead to formal action being taken by the Police or the Council in the form of a Community Resolution or even prosecution.

Inspector Dan Eveleigh, Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander for Hinckley and Blaby, said:

“We hope this order will reduce the number of incidents of anti social behaviour and will help those local residents and shop owners whose lives have been seriously affected by this problem.

“I will be ensuring there are extra patrols in the area, as well as having more officers able to respond should we receive any reports of young people causing anti social behaviour in the restricted areas and use the additional power where and when appropriate.”

Blaby District council will be working with its partners to provide activities for young people during the summer holiday period, including the BB19 Youth Bus.

 Councillor Lee Breckon, Joint Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said:

“The multi-agency partnership has worked together to ensure that this Public Spaces Protection Order has been appropriately consulted and implemented.

“We want to make sure that our residents feel safe in the area in which they live.”

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Residents who want to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour can contact the police non-emergency number on 101, report anonymously to Blaby District Council via 0116 272 7677 or www.blaby.gov.uk/asb.

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Commissioner faces Police and Crime Panel

Neighbourhood Police, EnderbyPolice and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has said he does not intend reducing police officer or PCSO numbers during his term in office.

The Commissioner’s comments came at his first meeting of Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Panel (30 June), made up of councillors and independent members who oversee the role of the PCC.

Lord Bach told the panel:

“At the end of my term of office in four years, I intend not to have fewer police officers or PCSOs than are planned for in March 2017.”

The Commissioner said future police funding could have an impact on that intention but he wanted to protect numbers.

Lord Bach told the panel he believed there was a connection between police visibility and public confidence.

Lord Bach also said that while he supported Leicestershire Police’s ‘Operation Edison’ – introduced in response to reduced funding – it was important to get the balance right.

The panel quizzed Lord Bach on his plans for more community engagement and whether or not he would be appointing a deputy PCC, to which he confirmed he would make an appointment but not before the Autumn.

Lord Bach and the panel then repeated their call for victims of hate crime to have the confidence to come forward and report it, with the Commissioner saying the offence was a priority for Leicestershire Police.

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Huncote Pavilion Holiday Club 2016

DSC_0101The Pavilion Holiday Club for all children aged from 5-14 years old is back for the summer holiday, running every weekday from Monday 18 July to Friday 26 August 2016.

Every action-packed day runs from 9am-4pm, with day rates just £12 per child.

Prices for Early Risers, from 8am-9am, and late leavers from 4pm-5pm are just an additional £1.50 each.

Using the fantastic facilities available at the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Huncote, staff running the club will lead the youngsters in a range of great activities.

Popular sports on offer will include football, tennis, badminton and tag rugby.

Children can also try dodgeball, table tennis, parachute games, and orienteering.

There will also be a huge range of non-sporting fun, including arts and crafts, problem solving, quizzes, baking and board games.

Places are limited each day so book early to avoid disappointment by calling 0116 275 0246. For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/holidayclub.

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Win a months free Council Tax!

Win a months free Council TaxBlaby District Council is giving residents a chance to win a free month of Council Tax.

To be in with a chance of winning all residents need to do is set up a Direct Debit to pay their Council Tax, and sign up to switch off paper Council Tax bills.

They will be automatically entered into a FREE prize draw with a chance to get one of their monthly instalments paid for them!

Direct Debit is the easy way to pay Council Tax. Direct Debit is a free and flexible way to make automatic payments, with no payment dates missed.

Residents monthly instalments can fit around their situation, choose from the 1st, 15th or 28th of each month for their payment date. They can also choose to spread the cost over 10 or 12 months.

By signing up for an online Council Tax account with paperless billing the Council will let residents know by email when their next bill is available to view.

Anyone who has already signed up to Direct Debit and eBilling will be automatically entered into the draw.

Read more information about the competition and full terms and conditions at www.blaby.gov.uk/council-tax-comp.

Don’t delay! The deadline for entries is 15 September 2016.

The winner will be announced in September.

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M1 lane restrictions lifted after bridge installed

laneclosedLane restrictions along a stretch of the M1 through Leicestershire that have been in place for 12 months are being removed.

The narrow lanes between junction 21 and the Leicester Forest East service station on the motorway will be re-opened to all traffic following the installation of the new bridge spanning the road.

Overnight road closures, from 8pm to 6am, are needed to ensure the safety of workers removing the restrictions.

The closures will be between junction 21 at Leicester and 22 at Markfield:

  • M1 southbound – Saturday, 9 July to Sunday, 10 July
  • M1 northbound – Sunday, 10 July to Monday, 11 July

Councillor Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“The installation of the new bridge has marked an important stage of this project and now we are able to fully open all lanes of the motorway to all traffic now that people are no longer working along the carriageway.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while this work has been carried out, and look forward to the final phases of work to install the road on the new bridge, a key part in helping to deliver the new development.”

The narrow lanes were introduced in June 2015 while work to install a new bridge across the motorway to link Thorpe Astley with the new development at New Lubbesthorpe was carried out.

The bridge has been funded thanks to £5m from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinchpoint Fund and money from the New Lubbesthorpe developers.

Work to remove the cones and additional signs still in place on the M1 will be carried out overnight at the weekend to reduce disruption to motorists.

Diversion routes for local journeys include the A563, Leicester outer ring road, and the A50. Motorists travelling from further afield will be directed onto the M6 or M69, and M42/A42.

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