District Council to consult on Refuse and Recycling proposals

Following the meeting of Blaby District Council on Tuesday 19th September, the Council are now finalising the consultation which they hope will get as much resident response as possible.

The Council has not yet made a decision to make alterations to the manner in which refuse and recycling is collected. However, as reported, it is something that is currently being considered.

The District Council wishes to consult on, amongst other things, that the current weekly refuse and recycling service will change from its current configuration to one of an alternate weekly basis. This means that one week refuse will be collected and the alternate week the recycling will be collected

Going forward, the Council says it wants to ensure that residents receive a sustainable, quality refuse and recycling service.

In order to do this, the Council need residents to tell them both about their current situation and what might work best for them.

The new scheme proposals are designed to make necessary savings for the Council but also to encourage residents to recycle more.

The history…

In November 2012 Blaby District Council was successful in being awarded
£2M funding from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to
carry out weekly refuse and recycling collections from June 2013 for a period
of 5 years.

This funding enabled the Council to purchase 5 new recycling
vehicles, additional recycling bins and allowed £235K per year to underpin the
revenue cost of weekly collections. The final £235K of revenue funding ends
in March 2017/18 financial year.

In September 2016 Leicestershire County Council (LCC) Cabinet agreed to
use their statutory powers of direction to procure capacity for all
Leicestershire Waste Collection Authorities and direct them to use it when
their current arrangements end.

Blaby District Council’s current arrangement for processing dry recycling is with Casepak and this ends on 31st May 2018.

Once LCC use their powers of direction, they no longer have to pay Dry Recycling Credits to each Waste Collection Authority. For Blaby District Council this means a loss in income of £505K per year. This coupled with the loss of the revenue funding from DEFRA means that the Council’s Refuse and Recycling Service will lose £740K of funding per year.

In addition the Council currently provides a number of ‘bring sites’ which are community recycling facilities to support the current recycling service. A feasibility study of these sites will be considered as part of this project to assess future need.

Larger bins

The District Council wishes to stress that current plans include giving residents the option to upgrade their bin from the standard 140ltr to 240ltr.

The proposal is that there will be increased capacity for recycling with the issue of larger recycling bins at no cost to residents should they require the extra capacity.

Look out for more information on the consultation to have your say.

When the consultation launches there will be a FAQ, online form and details of plans.

The Council say they are in the early stage of proposing the changes and residents input into that ‘redesign’ is very important to them.

Those affected can view the proposals discussed at Tuesday’s meeting by viewing the public document and reading from page 19.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications and Council Agenda item 11 (19th September 2017)]
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Funding sought for Blaby Old Mortuary Chapel and Burial Ground restoration work

Blaby Parish Council is in the process of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to restore the Mortuary Chapel and Burial Ground.

If the application is successful and a grant is awarded, there will be some work carried out to grave markers that are in danger of toppling, or those that have already fallen.

The work would be carried out by professional local stone masons in accordance with National Association of Monumental Masons guidelines.

There will be sympathetic cleaning of all the grave markers by an accredited heritage stone mason.

There is also likely to be extensive work carried out to the hedgerows, to the over-bearing and self-set trees and to the grasslands within the grounds.

None of this work will be undertaken before April 2018  at the earliest.

If anyone has relatives buried within the grounds, or knows of living relatives to any of the deceased, they are asked to contact Mrs Vicki Jepson (Manager to Blaby Parish Council) or Miss Beverley Letts (Funding and Events) on 0116 278 4728, by letter to the Civic Centre, 22-24, Leicester Road, Blaby. Leicester LE8 4GQ or email events@blabyparishcouncil.org

[Source: Blaby Parish Council]
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Small Business rate relief launched

Blaby District Council OfficesGrant funding to support small businesses in the District of Blaby will be handed out over a four-year period after approval from Councillors.

£336,000 of funding from Central Government has been provided following the Spring Budget 2017, which announced business ratepayers would face large increases following the loss of small business or rural rate relief.

Each district has been handed money to help businesses as they transition to the new rates.

Government guidelines proposed relief to businesses facing a 12.5% increase in their rates, for businesses with a rateable value of less than £200,000.

However, following work from Blaby District Council, this would only have used half of the allocated funds. As a result, the Council has lowered the increase rate to 9%.

Up to 170 district businesses will be eligible for the support.

All of those meeting the criteria will be contacted by the Council automatically to ensure they receive the relief they are entitled to.

Cllr Maggie Wright

Cllr.Wright: Great news for our businesses.

Deputy Leader of Blaby District Council Councillor Maggie Wright, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Assets, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to reduce the limit from 12.5% to just 9%. This is great news for our businesses.

“We wanted to ensure that maximum allocation of this vital funding given to us was used to minimise the impact on our vital small and medium enterprises in the district.

Eligible businesses will be contacted shortly to notify them of their grant funding, with their share for the financial year 2017/18 backdated to April 2017.

For more information on the new scheme, visit www.blaby.gov.uk or e-mail revenues@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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Enderby Band Fundraiser to be held at Enderby Social Club

Ceri Dupree poster

The Fabulous Ceri Dupree Show is coming to the Enderby & District Social Club, Coleridge Drive, Enderby on Friday 29th September 2017.

Tickets for the event are £10 each and the audience is restricted to over 18’s.

Doors open at 6pm.

Tickets are available from:
Gilly – 07493 090313 and
Greg – 07766 797057

[Source/Poster: Enderby Band Organisation]
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Stay With Me campaign launches to improve care for patients with dementia

A new initiative to improve the experience of people with dementia, who come into Leicester’s Hospitals, will be officially launched by Nicci Gerrard, founder of John’s Campaign and Julie Smith Chief Nurse, at Leicester’s Hospitals Champions Celebration Event on Wednesday, 13th September.

This inspiring initiative will be called ‘Stay with Me’, and will be rolled out over the next month into all wards and clinical areas.

The Champions Celebration Event is taking place during Older People’s Month 2017 to celebrate the hard work and support Dementia and Older People Champions provide for older people and people with dementia in and around Leicester’s Hospitals.

The principles of ‘Stay with Me’ were inspired by John’s Campaign, a national initiative founded by Nicci Gerrard in memory of Nicci’s father, Dr John Gerrard.

Justine Allen, from the Patient Experience Team explains:

“We’ve developed our initiative from the campaigns statement of purpose, ‘Stay with Me’. The ethos of ‘Stay with Me’ is to help create a welcoming environment on all hospital wards where there are no barriers for family  who wish to stay beyond visiting times for patients with dementia.

“There is a wealth of evidence to suggest patients with dementia who are often frail, vulnerable adults have much more positive outcomes if they are with people they are most familiar with.

“The principles behind this campaign are very simple and similar to that of our existing Carers Charter; to allow family, carers and friends to help support vulnerable patients so it made sense to trial the campaign to see if it could enhance what we already do.”

Throughout June and July 2017, the initiative was piloted on wards 32, 33 and 36 at Leicester Royal Infirmary to see how it works in practice, and to identify possible barriers and difficulties.

During the pilot, staff welcomed carers, friends and family onto the wards beyond standard visiting hours and worked in partnership with families to help provide the best possible care for the patient.

Over 1,400 patients were admitted through the three wards, of which 14 patients had a diagnosis of dementia and had family  who were supported by the scheme to stay beyond visiting times with the patient.

Justine continues:

“Where patients may need some extra support, we have found this is often best placed to come from someone they know and love. Being in hospital can be an emotional and overwhelming experience, especially for patients with dementia.

“Having a familiar face by your side to help with getting dressed, eating or by just simply being there for company and reassurance, can make a huge difference to health and recovery.”

The results of the pilot were overwhelmingly positive and showed excellent engagement with staff from start to finish. Carer and family feedback also suggested they felt more supported and involved.

For further information about John’s Campaign, please visit www.johnscampaign.org.uk

[Source: University Hospitals Leicester Communications | Logo and slogan artwork by Claudia Myatt]
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