Blaby District Council commended as Local Planning Authority of the Year

090-blaby-district-logoBlaby District Council has been commended under the category of Local Planning Authority of the Year.

The certificate was presented at the Royal Town Planning Institute East Midlands awards on Thursday 26 February.

The commendation was awarded in recognition of the excellent service provided by the Council, and in particular efforts over the last twelve months to improve performance against Government Targets.

Blaby was the only local planning authority to be placed into “special measures” in 2013. It worked hard to change that and in November 2014 it was removed from designation after increasing the number of planning applications determined within the target timescales, from 18% to nearly 90%.

Other achievements noted in the presentation of the commendation include an adopted local plan, a robust housing land supply, and a brand new community about to get underway at Lubbesthorpe.

Cllr Ernie White

Cllr Ernie White

Councillor Ernie White, Leader of the Council, said:

“I am delighted with this recognition. I have made no secret of the fact that I didn’t believe we should have been put into special measures as we have always put the needs of our customers and communities before imposed targets.

“This just goes to show though what a fantastic planning team we have, in that even when faced with additional pressure they can more than rise to the challenge.

“Looking forward the Council will focus on delivery of the new Lubbesthorpe community, and a range of other exciting projects including a potential expansion to Fosse Park and the creation of new jobs via a number of commercial developments.”

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk, email planning@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7501.

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Civic, News

Enderby Band look for players to complete line-up

enderby bandThe Enderby Band have announced they require a number of players to complete their line-up.

The positions to fill are:

  • Soprano Cornet
  • 2nd Horn
  • Solo Trombone
  • Principal Percussion

In a news item on the Band’s website they say they are ‘sorted‘ for the forthcoming defence of their Midlands Area title. After that event they will be looking to fill the above seats with permanent players.

The Band say their 2015 schedule is filling up with a good mix of contests and concert engagements.

They go on to describe themselves as “…a friendly bunch, who work hard in the band room before enjoying a pint in our local afterwards“!

Anyone interested in joining the Band, or just fancy a chat about the announced vacancies, please contact Danielle Thomas on 07974 392076, or Chris Stanley on 07855 625556

http://enderbybands.com/

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Leisure & Sport, News

New Huncote ‘Pavilion’ gym experience launches this March

huncote gym flyerThe brand new gym at the Pavilion Leisure Centre, in Huncote, will be opening its doors to the public this month.

Formerly office space, the fully air conditioned, 37 station gym will offer the latest cardio equipment with interactive technology, weights, free WIFI and Sky Sports, plus a dedicated free weights area.

There will also be a soft play area for children within the new Costa Coffee shop, and an outdoor balcony with views of the countryside.

The new facilities add to the squash courts, sports hall, function room, and 3G artificial turf football pitch, which are already there.

The launch weekend is taking place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March, where residents are invited to come along and see the new facilities on offer.

There will be free taster sessions, health checks, GP referrals, refreshments, face painting, and various competitions including the chance to win a free membership.

138x166 Clare Smith Pavilion

Clare Smith

Clare Smith, commercial manager at the Pavilion Leisure Centre, said:

“It is a massive improvement for us and a project we are really excited about. It will create an area for the community to come and use.

“It is not the old building it used to be, and we are really lucky to have such a lovely facility. There’s a real buzz about the developments and I hope residents will come and see what all the fuss is about.”

For more information about the Pavilion and membership enquiries, visit www.huncotepavilion.co.uk, email leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 275 0246.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Leisure & Sport, News

Motorcyclist dies in collision in Braunstone

collision investigation vanA Thorpe Astley motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Braunstone.

The collision happened at around 1.20pm on Friday February 20 on Withers Way around 250 metres from the roundabout junction with Meridian Way.

It involved a green Suzuki Bandit motorcycle and a black Vauxhall Zafira.

The motorcyclist, Mr Barry Carl O’Hare (38) of Thorpe Astley sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Detective Constable Seamus Burns, the investigating officer, said:

“Both vehicles were traveling from the direction of Meridian Way at the time of the collision.

“We would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand to please contact us with any information they have.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the relevant officer on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message and when prompted, key in the officer’s identification number.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details will be taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile ‘phones and land lines. Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for calls to Crimestoppers.

Tagged with:
Posted in News

Appeal for witnesses to assault in Cosby

Police CarA man is being treated for head injuries at the Queens Medical Centre following an assault in Cosby last night (Wednesday, February 25).

The incident happened at around 7.50pm outside the Mercury News Shop, in Croft Road.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw the incident take place, or either of the vehicles in the moments leading up to it. The vehicles arrived at the car park having driven from the direction of the Nook in Cosby.

The victim, 43, who was driving a red Nissan Navara, pulled up outside the shop, followed moments later by a black Suzuki Jeep.

The driver of the Suzuki then assaulted the driver of the Nissan with a weapon, not believed to be a firearm. Enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what was used.

Following the incident the victim was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, before being transferred to Nottingham Queens Medical Centre, where his condition is described as serious.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Inspector Alex Hathaway, who is investigating the incident said:

“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the actual incident take place or either of the vehicles in the moments leading up to the incident.

“Even the smallest piece of information could help our enquiry. Please get in touch on 101 if you know or saw anything at all.”

Anyone with information in relation to any appeals featured on this site is asked to contact the relevant officer on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message and when prompted, key in the officer’s identification number.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No personal details will be taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile ‘phones and land lines.

Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for calls to Crimestoppers.

Tagged with:
Posted in News
Archived News
Enderby EYE on Facebook
%d bloggers like this: