Success as District Council achieves above-average scores from Local Government Association

council-officesResearch from the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown the council’s performance is above the national average in 19 of 21 key indicators.

The report compares data from across all Local Authorities in England and focuses on Housing, Planning, Environmental, Cultural and Central services offered by each district/borough council

Highlights of Blaby’s achievements in the report include the council’s performance on planning applications, with 86% of minor planning applications being processed within 8 weeks, compared to the national district average of 69%. In addition, 80% of major applications are processed within 13 weeks compared to a 70% for district authorities.

Blaby District also sends 50.57% of household waste for recycling, above the national district average of just 43.78%.

Councillor David Clements, Portfolio Holder for Performance, People, Special Projects & Cabinet Support, said:

“This is fantastic news and I’m proud of everyone who has helped achieve this. These indicators are a great reminder of how hard our
staff work to ensure we offer the best services we can to our residents.”

Director of People Jane Toman, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to see these figures. They give us important insight into our performance compared with other district council’s across the country. The fact we’re doing so well considering our size is excellent and testament to everyone at Blaby District Council.”

The news of Blaby District’s success in the LGA performance table comes weeks after research from Experian saw Blaby District come in the top five for the most desirable places to live for first time buyers in the country, and was also declared one of the happiest places to live in the county.

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Running a red light at Soar Valley Way / B4114 roundabout could cost you dear…

soar valley way jtn eye11,228 drivers were caught running red lights in Leicester and Leicestershire in 2012. 4,780 of these were ‘flashed’ by the fixed camera on the A563 Soar Valley Way, near Fosse Park.

Recently, Damhanti Jivan (52), of Sunbury Green, Thurnby Lodge, found it expensive when she pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates’ Court of failing to comply with a red traffic light signal.

The offence occurred on 12th December last year at the A563 Soar Valley Way, junction with the B4114, Enderby.

She was fined £135 with a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs and three penalty points were put on her driving licence.

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Tesco recalls its ‘Tesco Free From 5 Belgium Chocolate Wafers’ due to possible presence of Salmonella

image0014-752x501Tesco has recalled its ‘Tesco Free From 5 Belgium Chocolate Wafer’ due to possible presence of Salmonella. The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

The risk is of a possible presence of Salmonella in Tesco Free From 5 Belgium Chocolate Wafers.

Product details
Product: Tesco Free From 5 Belgium Chocolate Wafers.
Best before date: All date codes
Size: 107g

Supermarket chain Tesco has recalled the above product and displayed point-of-sale recall notices in its stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product.

No other Tesco products are known to be affected.

Advice to consumers
If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store where it was purchased or contact Tesco Customer Relations on 0800 505 555.

Other wafers recalled
Kelkin Milk Chocolate Wafers ‘free from’ Gluten, Bakers Delight ‘free from’ Enjoy Gluten Free Wafer Fingers and Atkins Endulge Chocolate Break Wafers have also been recalled because of fears of possible presence of Salmonella.

Bakers Delight has recalled all packs of their product on a precautionary basis. The recalled product is only sold in Waitrose stores in the UK.

Atkins International BV has recalled their product on a precautionary basis. The potentially affected batch is only sold in Tesco stores in the UK.

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Blaby District nationally popular for first time buyers

Photo: HousesFirst time buyers are making the District of Blaby their preferred choice to set up home, as research indicates the area is in the top five nationally for those purchasing their first property.

A study by Experian has shown that Blaby District is in the top five for ‘Aspiring Homemakers’ which is defined as “young families on the first rung of the property ladder, aged 26-35.” Other towns in the country in the top five include Milton Keynes and Bracknell Forest in Berkshire.

Blaby District has many large businesses which offer excellent employment prospects within the district, as well being within commutable distances to Leicester and Junction 21 of the M1, the gateway to the north, south and Birmingham.

Along with the business and transport links, the council ensures that 25% of all new homes built are ‘affordable houses’ and have supported the building of five Rural Exception Sites in the district, which has delivered affordable housing to enable local people to stay within their local community.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of the Council, said:

“This is fantastic news and further emphasises the advantages we have of our location within the County.

“Blaby District really is one of the jewels in Leicestershire. We have great transport links, prosperous businesses with superb employment opportunities and one of the most popular retail parks in the country in Fosse Park.

“We have new housing and employment developments on the horizon, such as Lubbesthorpe on the horizon I hope that we can continue to build thriving long-term communities.”

Sandra Whiles, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said:

“I’m delighted to hear that we’re such a popular place for first time buyers. Our hard work in supporting people onto the housing ladder through the Local Authority Mortgage Scheme, promoting the Help to Buy scheme and Rural Exception Sites is really paying off.

“We’re determined to make sure the district will remain a great ideal location to live, work and play in for many years to come.”

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Braunstone man found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s uncle


Nathan Kearney “…tried to destroy evidence”

A Braunstone man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s uncle, before dumping his body in a wheelie bin.

On Wednesday 19th August, Nathan Kearney, 33, of Gooding Avenue, Braunstone, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Bill Tomlinson following a two and a half week trial at Leicester Crown Court.

He had already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by destroying or concealing evidence.

Police were called shortly after 8am on Saturday 21st February 2015 by members of the public concerned that Emma Tomlinson and her boyfriend Nathan Kearney were involved in the disappearance of 64-year-old William Tomlinson, known as Bill, a few days earlier.

Officers arrested Emma Tomlinson, 24, of St Stephens Road, Leicester, and Kearney, and began a thorough forensic search at the address in St Stephens Road, Leicester.

On 23rd February Bill?s body was found by the police in a wheelie bin which had been left on waste ground behind shops on Abingdon Road.

Rubbish had been piled on top of him and an attempt had been made to set the bin on fire. The bin also contained a kitchen knife.

The post-mortem examination revealed he had been strangled and sustained a knife wound to his neck.

At an earlier hearing, Emma Tomlinson, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and admitted to being involved in cleaning the scene of the death and the disposal and hiding of the body.

During the trial she was acquitted of a charge of murder.

Both Kearney and Tomlinson are expected to be sentenced on 21st September.

Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth, who led the investigation said:

“This was a brutal killing which was carried out by Kearney, with Tomlinson present throughout. The pair then set about cleaning the flat and disposing of his body.

“In a bid to destroy evidence Kearney first set fire to bin and he and Emma Tomlinson later moved it out onto the street on collection day, presumably hoping Bill would not be discovered. To be killed in such a despicable manner is bad enough but Bill?s family have also had to hear how after this, he was callously dumped in a council wheelie bin, set alight and finally abandoned on waste ground for almost a week. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”

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