Tree surgeon fined for contravening Tree Preservation Order

Photos of trees (before/after)An Aboroculturist has been ordered to pay £569 by Leicester Magistrates’ Court for unauthorised work on two trees in Littlethorpe under Tree Preservation Orders (TPO.)

Thomas Bale, of Fleckney-based Long Field Tree and Hedge Care Ltd, undertook work on a Horse Chestnut Tree and Lime Tree in April. Both trees have been protected under a TPO since 2011.

A TPO protects trees which are considered to make a significant contribution to the local surroundings. Permission was granted by Blaby District Council for specific work, including the removal of minor deadwood, severing ivy and removing some smaller branches lower on the each tree.

Following an investigation by the Council’s Planning Enforcement team, the work undertaken was considered to be “far in excess of the consented works.”

Mr Bale pleaded guilty to breaching Blaby District Council’s 2011 Tree Preservation Order, contrary to the Town and County Planning Act 1990. He was ordered to pay a fine of £440, with £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £44.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said:

“I hope that this prosecution highlights to residents that we will not accept the bludgeoning of protected trees in the district.

“Both trees have become unsightly for residents, with the Lime Tree looking like a tall bare stick. TPOs are in place to protect trees for the public’s enjoyment, and we will not hesitate to prosecute if such orders are ignored.”

Residents can find out more about TPOs, or report any works suspected of being in breach of an order by visiting


[Source: Blaby District Council Commuications]
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District sporting heroes honoured

PhotoVolunteers, clubs and sporting stars attended an evening to remember at the eighth Blaby District Local Sports Alliance (LSA) Awards.

The evening, sponsored by Cherry Lane Garden Centre, took place on Thursday 16 November at Countesthorpe Community College.

Hosted by BBC Radio Leicester’s Ian Stringer, nine winners were honoured and presented with trophies before an audience of category finalists, sponsors, family and friends and specially invited guests.

Winners included Sports Person of the Year Lizzie Warner, the Archery sensation who is the reigning UK Junior and UK Senior National Indoor Champion. For the last five years Lizzie has won an age group national title.

John Dalton of Kirby Muxloe was given the Special Recognition Award for 26 years as treasurer and Club Secretary of Kirby Muxloe 88 Junior Football Club. His work helped the club grow from four teams to 22 sides and Charter Standard Status with The FA.

Volunteer of the Year Was awarded to Alan Downes, who has seen Huncote Squash Club’s popularity soar since taking over the running of the club.

Multi-talented Hope Perrett won Young Sports Person of the Year as an exceptional footballer, athlete and Judo player, winning prestigious honours in all three sports.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“Once again these awards highlight the incredible talent and hardworking volunteers we have in Blaby District. I am so proud of all the finalists, and extremely proud that we get to honour them at such a great event.

“I want to thank all of our sponsors, including our main sponsor Cherry Lane Garden Centre, for helping us to make this night possible.”

Over 50 athletes, volunteers and groups were nominated, with all winners being put forward for the next Leicester Mercury Sports Awards.

For information on funding that can be awarded to talented young athletes in Blaby District, e-mail or call 0116 272 7703.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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Van owners urged to remove tools overnight

In the last six months more than nine hundred vans have been broken into across Leicestershire and Rutland and thousands of pounds worth of tools have been stolen.

Leicestershire Police has released these startling figures to warn van owners that they need to remove their tools from their van particularly when it’s parked at night.

Even if the vehicle is locked, some offenders are able to break in with no signs of forced entry – by using devices which override the locking system.

Police have also received reports of windows being smashed and locks being forced.

The force is now encouraging tradespeople to store tools and other equipment in a safe and secure place overnight, and not to leave them inside their vehicle. It has also launched ‘Operation Pioneer’ in response to the increase and neighbourhood officers are working with specialist departments to find and arrest those responsible.

Inspector Simon Preston, the lead for vehicle crime, said:

“We have seen a large number of vans being broken into since May and we do have an operation in place to target and arrest those who are committing these offences. There are many more self-employed people these days who park their vans on their drive at home over night which makes them an easy target for thieves.

“Some hotel car parks are also being targeted and we’re working with hotel managers to give tradespeople crime prevention advice when they book in. I would encourage van owners to take precautions, both at home and when staying overnight in hotels, to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime.

“The very best thing you can do to protect yourself is to remove your tools, equipment and other valuables every night. These tools are essential for people to carry out their jobs, and without them their livelihood can be affected. We are urging people to follow our advice to ensure they don’t fall victim to tool theft.”

  • Removing all tools from vehicles overnight
  • Purchasing a sign advising that no tools are left in your van overnight
  • Park your vehicle in a garage if you have one
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage
  • If you park on a drive, install security lights
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools
  • If possible, park your vehicle close to a wall so that the doors cannot be opened
  • Reporting any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101

For more information on how to protect your vehicle and property from thieves please see the Force website:

Since May 2017 939 vans have been broken into with 168 in October, 142 in September and 113 in August.
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Enderby Heritage Group November Meeting

Enderby Heritage Group pictureToday (Monday 20 November 2017) Enderby Heritage Group will be holding their final meeting for this year.

The topic is “Enderby Quarries” and the talk is being delivered by local historian Nigel Moreton.

The event takes place between 7.30pm – 9pm in the Enderby Civic Centre, King Street.

All are welcome and attendees are asked to contribute £2 each (which covers costs).

Meeting dates for next year have been published as:

Monday 12 March 2018
Monday 14 May 2018
Monday 2 or 9 July 2018
Monday 17 Sept 2018
Monday 12 November 2018

Subjects/Topics for the 2018 meetings tba.

[Source: Enderby Heritage Group]
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Man v Fat to kick off in Blaby

A new 16-week football league exclusively for overweight men is coming to Blaby next year.

Man v Fat Football is the fast-growing, innovative weight-management scheme for men. Since its introduction in Solihull back in January 2016 it has seen thousands of men lose weight through playing football in weekly 30-minute games.

With Man v Fat becoming more popular, Blaby District Council has helped to arrange a league at Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club from January 2018. The Council is part-funding the league, offering players 20% off the cost of taking part in each season.

The Blaby-based league will be the first in Leicester and Leicestershire, joining over 40 other Man v Fat leagues across the UK. As well as points for winning games, teams are rewarded for weight-loss, with bonus goals given for teams who shed the pounds.

Competitors do not need to live in the district to take advantage of the 20% discount.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said:

“This is a perfect opportunity for men who want to lose weight. Man v Fat is a unique league which gives men a chance to play football every week and get the support they need to keep the weight off.

“We’re proud to be able to offer the first league in Leicestershire so we know this is going to be popular. I encourage people to sign up as soon as possible to secure their place in the first league season.”

The first meeting of registered players will take place at Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club on Wednesday 31 January 2018, 8-10pm.

The league will begin from 07 February and run until May.

For more details and to register for the league, visit

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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