Blaby District Council honoured for apprenticeship success

DSC_0026Blaby District Council has received a local honour to mark the successful integration of apprentices within the organisation.

The Council were awarded “Large Employer of the Year” at the Leicestershire Apprentice Hub graduation ceremony in June.

Judged by the City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and various partner colleges across Leicestershire, the award recognises the Council’s achievement in recruiting, supporting, training and promoting the use of apprentices in the organisation.

Blaby District Council currently has six apprentices (pictured above).

They are working across the organisation, including Finance, Neighbourhood Services and Communications teams.

In the picture above are (L-R) Sean Lines (Vehicle Fitter), Ella Sykes (Finance), Robyn Bills (Customer Services and Business Administration), Eliza Mahoney (Web Administration – Employed through IT provider Sopra Steria), Lindsey Ramsden (Performance & HR) and Ike Gill (Grounds Maintenance). A seventh is due to begin in the coming weeks.

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Mark Foote

Mark Foote, Strategic Manager for People, Performance and Assets, said:

“The hard work and achievements that we have seen from our apprentices have encouraged us to recruit more.”

“We’re extremely proud of all of them, and the way they have integrated into the Council. This award recognises their success.”

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Cllr. Richardson

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“This award emphasises our commitment to help develop and grow young people in the county through apprenticeships. Their experiences will ensure they are outstanding individuals in the future, either for our benefit, or for the benefit of local businesses.”

Funded by Leicester City Council, the Apprenticeship Hub gives the opportunity for local young people aged 16-24 to access apprenticeships.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Hub, visit

Any apprentice vacancies at the Council can be found at, while a dedicated site for vacancies nationally is available via

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Overnight closure of M1 slip road

roadworks conesA slip road onto the M1 in Leicestershire will be temporarily closed overnight next week.

While new streetlights are installed at junction 22, the southbound slip road onto the M1 from the A511 and A50 will be closed overnight for three nights.

The closure will be in place from 8pm to 6am on the evenings of 4th, 5th and 6th August for anyone wanting to access the motorway at junction 22 to head south towards junction 21 at Leicester.

Diversion routes will be signed, with motorists directed to use the A50 and A46 to continue their journey using the motorway at junction 21a.

The work forms part of a scheme to improve the capacity of the A511 to cater for increased levels of traffic expected from a growing economy, particularly across north-west Leicestershire.

The scheme should be completed by August this year.

Work already completed as part of the scheme includes resurfacing of the A511 to the Flying Horse roundabout and wider lanes around the junction 22 roundabout.

The project is partly funded by a £2.54 million contribution provided through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Deal, and is being managed by Leicestershire County Council.

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Public Spaces Protection Order set for July launch in Countesthorpe

Countesthorpe gatewayA Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be in place in the village of Countesthorpe from the end of this week, in response to an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Blaby District Council and Leicestershire Police will introduce the order on Friday 15 July 2016; and will initially be implemented for six months, with a review after three months. 

Teams from the Community Safety Partnership consulted with 250 people across the village, with 95% supporting the idea of the PSPO’s introduction.

Over 50% of those who responded to the consultation felt there had been an increase in anti-social behaviour, and had concerns about the problem.
The restricted areas will prevent young people aged 10-17 from:

  • Gathering in groups of more than four people (Restrictions will not apply where crowds are unavoidable, including school journeys or at a bus stop)
  • Behaving in a way that is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress
  • Being in the possession of, or consuming alcohol
  • Using, possessing or supplying any intoxicating substances including psychoactive substances

Any breach of these conditions could lead to formal action being taken by the Police or the Council in the form of a Community Resolution or even prosecution.

Inspector Dan Eveleigh, Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander for Hinckley and Blaby, said:

“We hope this order will reduce the number of incidents of anti social behaviour and will help those local residents and shop owners whose lives have been seriously affected by this problem.

“I will be ensuring there are extra patrols in the area, as well as having more officers able to respond should we receive any reports of young people causing anti social behaviour in the restricted areas and use the additional power where and when appropriate.”

Blaby District council will be working with its partners to provide activities for young people during the summer holiday period, including the BB19 Youth Bus.

 Councillor Lee Breckon, Joint Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said:

“The multi-agency partnership has worked together to ensure that this Public Spaces Protection Order has been appropriately consulted and implemented.

“We want to make sure that our residents feel safe in the area in which they live.”

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Residents who want to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour can contact the police non-emergency number on 101, report anonymously to Blaby District Council via 0116 272 7677 or

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Commissioner faces Police and Crime Panel

Neighbourhood Police, EnderbyPolice and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has said he does not intend reducing police officer or PCSO numbers during his term in office.

The Commissioner’s comments came at his first meeting of Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Panel (30 June), made up of councillors and independent members who oversee the role of the PCC.

Lord Bach told the panel:

“At the end of my term of office in four years, I intend not to have fewer police officers or PCSOs than are planned for in March 2017.”

The Commissioner said future police funding could have an impact on that intention but he wanted to protect numbers.

Lord Bach told the panel he believed there was a connection between police visibility and public confidence.

Lord Bach also said that while he supported Leicestershire Police’s ‘Operation Edison’ – introduced in response to reduced funding – it was important to get the balance right.

The panel quizzed Lord Bach on his plans for more community engagement and whether or not he would be appointing a deputy PCC, to which he confirmed he would make an appointment but not before the Autumn.

Lord Bach and the panel then repeated their call for victims of hate crime to have the confidence to come forward and report it, with the Commissioner saying the offence was a priority for Leicestershire Police.

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Huncote Pavilion Holiday Club 2016

DSC_0101The Pavilion Holiday Club for all children aged from 5-14 years old is back for the summer holiday, running every weekday from Monday 18 July to Friday 26 August 2016.

Every action-packed day runs from 9am-4pm, with day rates just £12 per child.

Prices for Early Risers, from 8am-9am, and late leavers from 4pm-5pm are just an additional £1.50 each.

Using the fantastic facilities available at the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Huncote, staff running the club will lead the youngsters in a range of great activities.

Popular sports on offer will include football, tennis, badminton and tag rugby.

Children can also try dodgeball, table tennis, parachute games, and orienteering.

There will also be a huge range of non-sporting fun, including arts and crafts, problem solving, quizzes, baking and board games.

Places are limited each day so book early to avoid disappointment by calling 0116 275 0246. For more information visit

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