Blaby District Council wins consecutive RoSPA award

(Pictured above)Leader of Blaby District Council Terry Richardson and Jon Thorpe, Corporate Health and Safety Advisor at Blaby District Council, accepted the award during a ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham earlier this month.

Councillor Richardson said:

“I’m delighted to accept this award along with Jon Thorpe on behalf of the council. We work hard to ensure that we place health and safety as a top priority throughout all our services. We are all so pleased to have once again been recognised for the commitment that has been made by our staff.”

The RoSPA Awards, which date back 59 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said:

“The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Blaby District Council, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.”

For more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards.

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Get your skates on this summer with various outdoor pursuits …it’ll be fun!

outdoor pursuitsAmong the outdoor activities available this summer are the Xplorer Navigational Challenge and a chance to ‘Return 2 Rounders’. You could also hire a mobile skate park…

In partnership with British Orienteering, Blaby District Council is offering young people and their parents the chance to enjoy the family friendly events of the Xplorer Navigational Challenge.

Having started in June and running until 30 October 2015, the educational and fun navigational challenge gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find markers.

The challenge involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together.

A number of community sessions will be taking place across the district at various sites; including:

  • Mossdale Meadows,
  • Fosse Meadows,
  • Glen Parva Nature Reserve,
  • Bouskell Park and
  • Countesthorpe College.

The orienteering activity involves using a simple map to help find the markers places across the park.

Each marker has a fun fact that children will be able to share with their friends.

Maps are available for just £1. No experience of map reading is necessary and parents are encouraged to join in on the fun!

For more information, visit www.sportblaby.org.uk or contact the Health and Leisure Services team on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

Return 2 Rounders this summer in Braunstone Town

single rounders player2Did you love rounders at school?

Do you want to keep yourself active this summer?

‘Return 2 Rounders’ is giving Blaby district residents the opportunity to take up their childhood sport again with rounders sessions in Braunstone Town.

The sessions, which take place between 6-7pm every Thursday on Mossdale Meadows, cost just £2 per person and are delivered by a Rounders Activator.

Everyone aged 12+ is welcome to enjoy the fun.

With no need to book, all participants need to do is bring a drink and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Sessions can be enjoyed every week in summer until 24 September 2015.

For more information contact the leisure team via e-mail at leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

The local ‘Wheels Project’ shares the love ….of skateboarding, BMX riding and scooters

Organisations from across the Leicestershire are being offered the chance to hire out the Wheels Project Mobile Skate Park.

The Wheels Project is a great way to satisfy the needs for young people within the local community.

The mobile skate park includes a set of street-course ramps ideal for a large numbers of skaters for indoor or outdoor use.

wheels project graphic

Activities are supervised by fully qualified first aid staff, with the skate park suitable for all ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult, and parental/guardian consent is required for riders under 16 years old.)

With three BMX bikes, five scooters and 10 skateboards included in the cost of hire, Wheels Project gives the chance for young people who don’t have their own equipment to participate.

Price packages start from just £231 for a half-day hire with availability on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact the Health and Leisure Team on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

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Attempt to get to grips with ‘speeding’ in Enderby

speedThe Police have carried out numerous speeding operations this week with a number of drivers being issued Traffic Offence Reports due to their excessive speed.

A number of drivers were also given words of advice due to their driving.

Regular speed checks will be undertaken throughout the summer holidays around Enderby, Narborough and Littlethorpe.

Once an area has been completed Leicestershire Police will update its social media Twitter and Facebook.

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Fosse Meadows new play equipment gets kids and councillor’s approval

Cllr Marian Broomhead with schoolchildren

District Council Chairman Marian Broomhead, and a group photo including the class from Sharnford Primary School, who were given the opportunity to play on the new zip-wire before the end of the school term.

New play equipment at Fosse Meadows has been met with approval by a class of primary school children.

The new slide, carousel and zip line at the popular Sharnford site was installed by Blaby District Council, majority owners of the meadows.

Children from Sharnford Primary School were asked what type of equipment they preferred, with a zip line by far the most popular choice.

As a thank you for their help the class were invited to play with the new equipment before the end of the school term.

Chairman of the District Council, Marian Broomhead and Councillor Sheila Scott joined in with the children in having a go on the zip wire.

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

“It is a pleasure to have this 142 acre site within both my ward and my portfolio. This site is available to dog walkers, horse riders and walkers, as well as being a lovely day out for families.

“I am delighted to see how much enjoyment the children got from using the new equipment in the meadows’ play area. This helps Fosse Meadows reputation for being fun for all the family throughout the year and is free to everyone.”

Fosse Meadows is a 142 acre site in Sharnford with extensive paths through flower meadows and newly planted woodlands.

The site also includes places for bird watching, a permissive bridleway and a permanent orienteering course.

There is a car park, picnic area and two wheelchair friendly gates.

For more information on the meadows visit www.blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

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Don’t lose your right to vote

vote boxHouseholds in the District of Blaby are being asked to check that the electoral forms, to be delivered from Monday 3 August 2015, are correct.

Every home in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby District will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of the Council’s annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Being on the electoral register is important not just for voting, but may also affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

Residents can complete the form and send it back to the council for free. The form can alternatively be completed online at www.registerbyinternet.com/blaby. If all details are correct residents can call 0800 197 9871 or text 80212 to confirm.

With the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across Leicestershire in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will easily be able to take part.

To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:

  • Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK
    or does not require such leave.
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.

British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form to check whether they are registered.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Services Team by e-mailing electoral@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7560 during office hours. Further information is available at www.blaby.gov.uk.

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