‘Road safety improvement work’ at Foxhunter Roundabout

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Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to an accident
reduction scheme to be put in place at the ‘notorious’ Foxhunter Roundabout.

In order to improve road safety at this location, the Blaby Road access with
the Foxhunter roundabout will be fully signalled and will no longer operate
as a give-way arm.

Enderby Parish Council have long identified the current give-way arm, coupled with the location of the pedestrian crossing, as a potential hazard.

The works will involve moving the existing toucan signal crossing closer to
the roundabout; installing a safety traffic island to locate a signal head
within the City bound side of the roundabout; and other associated works
including signing and lining alterations to compliment the new layout.

The works are anticipated to commence on 16th July, 2018 and are
expected to last 3 to 4 weeks.

Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused
during these works.

Police ethics committee to consider stop and search and areas of police responsibility

Leics. Police helmet facing

Stop and search police powers will be under scrutiny when members of Leicestershire’s independent ethics panel meet later this week.

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach’s Ethics, Integrity and Complaints Committee will meet on Friday (22 June) to review the data on stop and searches carried out in the past few months and the impact they’ve had on detecting crime.

The Committee will consider a report showing the Force’s positive outcome rates have increased month on month from around 20% to 32% in December 2017. This means the number of arrests, cautions and penalty notices issued following a stop and search is rising which indicates greater legitimacy of the tactics.

It goes on to show how use of stop and searches have fallen considerably during the past three years, with 50 to 100 fewer searches per month. Members will discuss whether increased national and local scrutiny rightly placed on stop and search is a reason for the decline and will also consider the impact of a reduced frontline on use of the powers.

Also on the agenda for the meeting will be a series of ethical scenarios requiring discussion and views by the panel including Leicestershire Police’s plans to explore ways of delivering some services online. Such a move could see the Force directing demand to the most appropriate agency where it falls outside the scope of their services and thus releasing valuable resources to frontline threats including cybercrime.

The Ethics, Integrity and Complaints Committee was set up to provide greater accountability to the public of policing processes including the complaints system and hold the Force to account for its decisions.

Meetings are held in public and residents are able to attend and observe proceedings. Minutes are also available on the PCC’s website at: http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Transparency/Meetings/Ethics-Integrity-and-Complaints-Meetings/Agenda-and-Papers-Ethics-Committee.aspx

The meeting will take place at 2.00pm on Friday 22 June in the Main Conference Room at Force HQ in Enderby.
Please note that due to the capacity of the room and for health and safety requirements all potential attendees are requested to notify Nisha Pabari of the Police and Crime Commissioners Office (email nisha.pabari@leics.pcc.pnn.gov.uk).

Refuse and Recycling service changes

Residents can view information about the new refuse and recycling collections, beginning on 02 July 2018.

The information includes ‘bin options’ and a form to order new bin(s).

The information is outlined within a section of the District Council website.

 

Could YOU fill these shoes?

The search is on for people interested in becoming a Parish Councillor as Enderby Parish Council advertise two vacancies in the St. John’s Ward.

Enderby Parish Council is the first tier of local government for the area and it makes decisions on behalf of the people resident in the civil parish of Enderby.

The Parish Council is the level of local government closest to the community. The Parish Council works in conjunction with Blaby District Council and Leicestershire County Council.

A parish councillor is someone to whom the community can look to for help, guidance and support and someone in a position to influence decisions for the benefit of the community they serve.

The Parish Council meets in the Council Chamber, Enderby Civic Centre, King St, Enderby

The main purpose of the role is to represent the views of residents within the parish.

• The Council has responsibility for running some local services including open spaces, play areas, Community Library and village halls.

• Deciding on how much to raise through the Precept (part of your Council Tax) in order to deliver the council’s services.

• Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and (as part of the planning process), comment on planning applications in the parish.

• Work to try and improve the quality of life and the environment in the local area.

• Work to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents they represent.

• Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.

Enderby Parish Council makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads & highways.

Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the District or County Council, health authorities, Police etc.). Organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and as a consequence, its views are taken seriously.

The Full Council usually meets once a month for its Council Meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last one or two hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss (Agenda). Sub-committees deal with specific subjects, Policy & Finance, Recreation & Amenities and Planning.

In addition to the regular meetings Councillors may be required to give time for ‘ad-hoc’ meetings – for example with architects or agents to discuss planning applications that the Council must give its opinions on.

Parish councillors serve for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

This does not mean that they have to stay for four years. If they find it’s not for them, or they can no longer meet the commitment, they can ‘stand down’.

To stand for election to a parish council, a person must:
be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or
be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or
be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union; and
be at least 18 years old.
To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:
be an elector of the parish; or
in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or
work in the parish (as your principal or only place of work); or
live within three miles of the parish boundary.
A person doesn’t have to be connected to a political party.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor in Enderby can talk to an existing Councillor at one of the Councillor ‘Surgeries’ (held in the Community Library, Enderby Civic Centre) or contact them – details are here on the Parish Council website, or contact the Clerk to the Council, Civic Centre, King Street, Enderby, Leicester LE19 4NT. Tel: 0116 275 3711.

Nominations open for fifteenth Achievement Awards

Celebrating its fifteenth year, nominations are now open for residents to nominate inspirational people and groups across the district.

The Council is once again encouraging friends, family and workmates to nominate individuals and groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community before Midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018, in one of four categories:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Sponsored by Countryside Properties
Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Marriott Hotel
Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Ford & Slater
Best Community Group/Achievement – Sponsored by Fosse

Finalists and their guests will be invited to the prestigious ceremony, sponsored by Davidsons Homes, at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 04 October. The evening will celebrate and honour the finalists. £750 of prize money will be available in each category.

Guests at 2017 achievement awardsGuests at the 2017 Achievement Awards Ceremony

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “To be marking our fifteenth year highlights how well regarded the Achievement Awards are across the district. It’s our chance to honour inspirational people who have contributed to making this district great.

“We are proud to welcome Davidsons Homes back as our main sponsor of the night, as well as thanking all of our returning sponsors. I encourage everyone to nominate the person or group they think deserves to be recognised.”

Cllr Richardson at last year's award ceremony
Cllr Richardson at last year’s award ceremony

The Achievement Awards are funded entirely with the generosity of sponsors. New main sponsors Davidsons Homes will be sponsoring the awards presentation evening; Countryside Properties, Fosse, Ford & Slater and Leicester Marriott Hotel returning as category sponsors.

For more information on each category and to nominate visit www.blaby.gov.uk/awards. To request a paper copy e-mail public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7577.