Keys to new Council Depot handed over

Council Depot [Photo: BDC]Blaby District Council has received the keys to its brand new depot in Whetstone following an eight-month build programme.

Neighbourhood Services, made up of the Refuse and Recycling and Grounds Maintenance teams, will be making the short move to the modern, state-of-the-art facility over the coming weeks, with a grand opening in the autumn.

After over 60 years in Littlethorpe, the team’s relocation will help to maintain the excellent reputation with residents for refuse and recycling. Currently, 97% of respondents to the most recent Residents Survey said they were satisfied with the service.

The new depot will be adjacent to the County Council-run Whetstone Recycling Site and contains an administration area, operational staff facilities and a fully equipped training room.

Whetstone Recycling Site is solely the responsibility of Leicestershire County Council. Blaby District Council’s Whetstone Depot and the Recycling Site are not related.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities, such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“This development has been anticipated since planning permission was approved and the whole Council are excited by our fantastic new depot.

“This investment emphasises our commitment to the Neighbourhood Services team, and will enable them to continue their great work.”

Tim Boxford, Associate at maber architects, designers of the new depot added:

It has been fantastic to work with a client that has shared our vision that seemingly mundane buildings don’t have to have mundane designs. We’d like to think that we have broken the mould for industrial buildings, by creating a set of simple, sleek forms realised in a striking palette of materials.”

Phil Harrison, the Managing Director of Wates Construction Midlands and North, who undertook the development, is quoted as saying:

Our delivery of Blaby District Council’s new depot has required a deep-rooted understanding of the technicalities involved in the build, as well as an established knowledge of the local environment to ensure the development is sympathetic to its surroundings.”

Mr Harrison further commented that Wates’ proficiency in the technical areas has been demonstrated throughout the delivery of the Whetstone scheme, which will ultimately enable the council to increase operational efficiency in its waste management.

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Once fully operational the depot will become the base for around 80 employees working within Neighbourhood Services.

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[Photos: Blaby District Council]

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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2016 Sports Awards nominations OPEN!

Blaby LSA Sports Awards 2015Nominations for the seventh annual Blaby District Council Local Sports Alliance Sports Awards (LSA) have opened.

Sponsored by Nest Estate Agents, the Blaby District LSA Sports Awards gives residents the opportunity to honour the unsung heroes or outstanding sports stars and teams within the local area.

The awards will take place on Thursday 17 November 2016 at Countesthorpe College, as finalists in ten categories are honoured for their incredible efforts during the previous year.

Anyone living in Blaby District, representing a school or club within the area is eligible to be nominated in the applicable category, including:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Team of the Year (16+)
  • Young Team of the Year
  • Sports Person of the Year (16+)
  • Sports Person (with a disability) of the Year (16+)
  • Young Sports Person of the Year (under 16)
  • Young Sports Person (with a disability) of the Year (under 16)
  • Active 4 life – Health & Wellbeing Award
  • Blaby LSA Special Recognition award

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure, said:

“We are so proud to offer these awards. Every year we receive so many nominations and this shows the fantastic sporting prowess within Blaby District.

“Along with the Outstanding Achievement Awards, these awards are our way to honour those people who have both accomplished such extraordinary feats or been selfless volunteers.”

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Grace Garner

Previous winners include Outstanding Archer Lizzie Warner and professional cyclist Grace Garner.

Nominations close on Sunday 9 October.

For full details on all categories and to nominate visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/sports-awards1,
call 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

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Glenfield archer Lizzie Warner

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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‘Paint Open Day’ for those in need of a lick of paint!

Community-rePaintAn open day is being held to give away the used paint stock currently held at the Council’s vehicle depot in Littlethorpe.

Taking place on Saturday 20 August from 10am-3pm, the open day is available to community groups and charities, or anyone within Blaby District currently on benefits.

All types of paint are available, including gloss, undercoat, masonry and matt in various colours.

Blaby District Council will be moving to its new custom-built site at Whetstone in September and will no longer be running the Community RePaint scheme.

The open day will ensure that the paint is recycled to as many organisations as possible.

The Littlethorpe depot is located on Warwick Road, LE19 2JA.

For more information on the open day call 0116 272 7555.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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Community Safety Partnership focuses on inconsiderate parking

car parked on pavementResidents in Enderby and elsewhere in the District of Blaby are being urged to ensure their parked cars do not cause disruption for other people.

Blaby District Council’s Community Safety Partnership is in the middle of a campaign to make people aware of the issues caused by inconsiderate parking after residents raised concerns.

Issues include double parking, blocking people’s drives and preventing pedestrians walking on the pavement.

In particular, inconsiderate parking can cause serious problems for emergency services vehicles, especially fire engines.

While the majority of complaints are for parking that is inconsiderate rather than illegal, it is an offence to obstruct emergency vehicles. Emergency services are legally permitted to forcibly remove vehicles causing an obstruction based on the seriousness of the incident they are attending.

Blaby District Council and its partners are asking people to ensure:

  • You leave enough space for a fire engine or an ambulance to pass
  • You leave extra room near tight corners
  • You avoid parking by a dropped kerb
  • Do not park over a yellow zigzag or “keep clear” zone

Leicestershire Police deal with cars blocking the pavement. They can be reported via 0116 222 2222. Any illegal ‘on-road’ parking within the county is dealt with by Leicestershire County Council.

More information can be found on the partnership’s Facebook page via www.facebook.com/blabycsp.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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Blaby District launches ‘Ageing Well Guide’

Senior citizen group photoWith a new name and updated for 2016, the latest version of the popular Ageing Well Guide has been launched this week.

Produced by Blaby District Council, the 94-page guide has an extensive range of information about services across the district and county to enable people to enjoy happy, healthy and independent lives.

As one of the Council’s priorities, the guide will enable the ageing population across the District of Blaby to feel involved and valued in their community during later life.

The guide has information on important county-wide contacts for older people, including health and wellbeing, community transport and crime. Details of activities, services and groups for each individual parish are also listed, from heritage groups to sports clubs.

Councillor David Freer, Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and Corporate Services, said: “Residents and professionals alike have told us what a valuable resource the Older Persons’ Guide has been and this new edition is bigger than ever.

“The Council and its partners provide a number of schemes and services that support our ageing population. The new Ageing Well Guide includes information about these and the numerous activities that are taking place across our parishes that are all helping in some way to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing.”

The guide can be accessed via www.blaby.gov.uk/ageing-well. Hard copies of the guide will be available from Blaby District Council sites, libraries, GP surgeries and other key community venues.

For more information or to receive a copy by post, contact the Partnerships Team on 0116 272 7566 or e-mail strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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