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‘Everards Meadows’ development gets underway

Everards Meadows Map

Construction of the first phase of the new ‘Everards Meadows’ in Enderby has begun.

The site, located adjacent to the old Everards Brewery and next door to the police headquarters, will become a new tourist destination in the district celebrating food and drink.

Anchored by Everards of Leicestershire, their new brewery and offices will be part of the final development, as well as a beer hall, hospitality and retail space.

A café and cycle centre will be built during the first phase of construction alongside the spine road, car parking, cycle and footpaths, and a bridge over the River Soar.

The pedestrian and cycle paths, coupled with the industry-leading cycle centre, will make Everards Meadows one of the top destinations in the area for cyclists and people visiting the site on foot.


Excited about pedestrian and cycle links

cllr Sheila Scott
Cllr. Sheila Scott

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic and Community Development, said: “We are so pleased to see this promising development get underway. The fact Everards have committed their long-term future in the District is great news.

“We are particularly excited to see the new pedestrian and cycle links that will connect the site with both the District of Blaby and Leicester City, ensuring that people can visit the site by cycling or walking.”

The next phase of development, which will include the brewery, beer hall and offices, is expected to begin at the end of 2018.

For more information on the planning applications, visit, and search 15/1524/RM.

For more details on the Everards Meadows development, visit

Business Breakfast heads to Hilton

Hilton Hotel

Blaby District Council’s popular Business Breakfast event is returning to the Hilton Hotel, with local businesses and organisations invited to attend.

The summer meeting will take place on Thursday 21st June, 8:00am, Junction 21 Approach, LE19 1WQ.

Guests will be able to enjoy the free breakfast on arrival.

The second Business Breakfast of 2018 will benefit local enterprise in the district.

Leicester Employment Hub will be sharing information on their new, impartial service for all businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The service helps with all recruitment needs and training opportunities, which is vital for future business growth.

There will also be information about the business support grant scheme which is available now for SME’s in the manufacturing sector.

There’s also an opportunity to hear from a local business and how they received help to boost turnover.

Meetings have continued to remain popular for local businesses, with the event just one way to build the great working relationships across the District of Blaby.

Attendees will have a first-hand opportunity to find out the support available from the Council and partner organisations to help achieve strong, sustainable growth.

Businesses and individuals are being encouraged to book early and secure one of the limited places. E-mail or call 0116 272 7765.

Alberto Costa talks business at breakfast event in Enderby

This morning (Friday 11th May) Alberto Costa, Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire, attended a Business Breakfast event organised by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and met with business people from across Leicestershire and the East Midlands.
EMC Business Breakfast

The Business Breakfast, held at RSM at Grove Park in Enderby, was organised to bring together MPs and local business people for an engaging informal discussion about issues affecting small and large businesses on both a local and national scale.

Alberto said, “I was delighted to return to speak at the East Midlands Business Breakfast on Friday morning.

“These events are a tremendous way of bringing together businesspeople and others from across the region for an informal, engaging discussion about business in the East Midlands and as such, I would really encourage local businesses to keep an eye out for similar events in the future”.

Chris Hobson, Director of Policy & External Affairs at the East Midlands Chamber added, “Chamber-members always value the opportunity to raise issues and observations with Westminster, so that day-to-day aspects are taken into consideration at a time when the Government is understandably preoccupied with the implications of Brexit.

“For this reason, we’re pleased that Alberto Costa MP has once again agreed to sit down with firms based in his South Leicestershire constituency so that – with ourselves – he can accurately reflect the voice and aspirations of local business where key decisions are to be made”.

Alberto concluded, “Businesses truly are the backbone to our local and national economy and of course I am always keen to engage with local businesses, to listen to their thoughts and views and to take these forward with the Government.

“It was a real pleasure to meet so many business people from across the East Midlands, and I hope those in attendance found the event as beneficial and informative as I did”.

» Aberto Costa M.P.

Investigations lead to flytipping fine

Flytipped rubbish at Enderby Hall
Rubbish flytipped at Enderby Hall.
Photo: Blaby District Council

An Enderby resident has been fined £400 for flytipping bed and mattress packaging following extensive investigations.

Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health team were made aware of the dump of rubbish at Enderby Hall, back in October.

Their investigations led the team to speak with people across the country to identify the flytipper after discovering the packaging had originated in East Sussex.

The Council liaised with Bensons for Beds and their parent company, Steinhoff Retail in Gloucestershire, to request information under Section 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This information helped to identify the owner of the bed.

A discussion with the bed’s owner in Hastings saw the investigation turn to an employee of a company specialising in furniture assembly who lived in Enderby.

The person admitted the flytipping offence under caution and was given a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.

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

“We have seen yet another instance of someone being lazy and deciding to dump rubbish illegally instead of driving less than two miles to Whetstone Tip.

“This case shows how much investigation work we will undertake if there is a trail of evidence that may lead to the culprit. Flytipping is an offence we take very seriously and there is absolutely no excuse for it.”

Residents who witness flytipping can report it online by visiting, emailing or calling 0116 272 7555.

Casepak awarded 20,000 tonne contract from Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Council

The local family-run recycling and waste management firm Casepak has been awarded a contract by Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council to process up to 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry, mixed recyclables from each authority.

Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) shared the management of their respective waste and recycling services in 2014, and the new contact with Casepak is due to commence in February 2018.

Cherwell operates a kerbside collection of mixed materials from 62,000 homes, while SNC collects mixed recyclables from 38,000 homes.

This material will be sent to Casepak’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Leicester and will include items such as paper, card, cardboard, metal cans, plastic bottles, trays and tubs, drinks cartons (including Tetra Pak® cartons), foil, aerosols and catalogues.

Glass jars and bottles will also be collected and sent to the MRF as part of South Northamptonshire’s kerbside collection.

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cherwell and SNC. This new contract will play a huge part in boosting recycling rates for each authority, and we will work closely with them to help educate residents about recycling best practice at home.”

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said:

“With 10 bids it was a competitive tendering process but Casepak represented best value for both councils and gave us confidence they would be able to help South Northamptonshire maintain one of the highest recycling rates in the country.”

Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said:

“Casepak’s location in Leicester means our waste will spend less time on the road and will lower our emissions. “And following assurances about end markets and the sorting process we are looking forward to working with them and continuing to provide a quality service to residents.”

The two year contract was awarded on 21st December 2017, and there is an option to extend the contract by up to four years.

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 165,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF exceeds standards set out in the Code of Practice, and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.

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