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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 www.blaby.gov.uk/flytipping, emailing environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk 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.

More information available at www.casepak.co.uk

Multiple failures lead to Glenford Grange prosecution

Photo: Blaby District Council

A company in charge of four flats in Glen Parva have been convicted following multiple failures in maintenance and safety.

Glenford Grange Properties UK Ltd were convicted following three separate inspections of the Glenford Grange House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in May and June last year, following an initial report of rodents.

Environmental Health Officers discovered multiple instances of poor care and maintenance throughout the HMO.

A total of 54 failures under regulations 5, 8 and 9 of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007 were found across the four flats and communal areas of the property, including:

  • Automatic Fire Detection system not maintained or working
  • Defective bannisters leading to flats two and three
  • A socket in the bedroom of flat two was broken and resting on the floor, exposing live conductors
  • No handrail on the open side of the stairs from the ground to the first floor
  • The overflow from the toilet was dripping on to the outside step outside the door from the lobby to the rear garden.
Failure to comply with the 2007 Regulations is an offence under s234 of the Housing Act 2004.

The company have been summonsed for sentencing at Leicester Magistrates Court at 10am on Wednesday 31 January, following conviction under the Single Justice Procedure on Tuesday 02 January 2018.

Each Regulation for which they have been convicted carries a potentially unlimited fine.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder, said:

“We were absolutely horrified by what our Environmental Health Officers discovered at this property.

“No reasonable landlord should ever think this property was in an acceptable state to rent out to anyone. What we found were frankly disgusting conditions.

“I hope the pictures and this conviction highlight how seriously we take this type of offence.

“We would encourage anyone living in accommodation they deem to be in poor condition to contact us so we can investigate.”

The landlord has since carried out extensive works to the communal areas and three of the four flats. The fourth flat is still prohibited for use.

Anyone concerned about the condition of the property they are renting within the district can contact the Environmental Health Team via 0116 275 0555 or email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk.

 

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Have your say on how city and county will grow

PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on a plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future.

A draft Strategic Growth Plan is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils, the seven local borough and district authorities and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

It puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050.

The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the Local Plans that the city, borough and district councils are or will be preparing or reviewing.

It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth.

Now, people are invited to comment on the plan by taking part in a county-wide consultation, which runs from 11 January until 5 April 2018.

The plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire needs 96,580 new homes and 367-423 hectares of employment land from 2011-2031.

Some of these homes have already been built or have planning permission.

Beyond 2031, the plan identifies the need for a further 90,500 dwellings and additional employment land, which is why further land needs to be unlocked.

Local Plans will deal with the detailed allocation of which sites will be brought forward.

Draft proposals put forward in the Strategic Growth Plan include major infrastructure improvements on which new growth is dependent.

These include a new link road – the A46 Expressway – to the south and east of Leicester, running from the M69 and the M1 to the A46 north of the city.

The plans seek to relieve pressure around the busy M1 Junction 21 which frequently impacts on traffic in the Enderby area.

The A5 and A42 would also be upgraded to expressway status, supporting growth in these areas. Rail improvements are also proposed.

These road and rail improvements would require significant Government investment and would relieve congestion pressures along the M1 and more widely across the Midlands. It would also potentially unlock land for the required housing and employment.

Key areas for potential growth are the city of Leicester and the corridor of land around the proposed new road.

In a news item highlighting the Strategic Plan, BBC East Midlands Today featured the New Lubbesthorpe Development as it reported on the agreement of local councils to the future (post 2031) development of roads, homes and businesses being developed ‘together’. (See also statement by Cllr. Terry Richardson below)

Secondary areas for growth are identified in the north and the south of the county – there would be a ‘northern gateway’ close to East Midlands Airport, and a ‘southern gateway’, close to Magna Park.

Last night (Wednesday 10th January) Harborough District Council turned down an application by the owners of Magna Park for a large expansion to the existing (already large) distribution centre. Councillors were reviewing a decision by the Planning Committee the originally approved the development.

Growth is also proposed for Melton and Lutterworth, where it would support transport improvements and relieve congestion in the towns.

New housing would be built closer to where people work, to minimise congestion from commuters.

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

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

“Over the last few years we have been working with partners to produce this Strategic Growth Plan, with the aim of producing a strong framework to determine how Blaby and the wider area will meet its housing and employment needs over the next three decades.

“Too often growth has not been supported by the necessary infrastructure and the plan seeks to address this point and thereby provide for sustainable development.

“As well as the A46 expressway, the proposed Southern Gateway in the district will open up opportunities to develop sustainable housing, employment and infrastructure. This will ensure that we can protect the character of our existing villages and settlements.”

Cllr. Sheila Scott
Cllr. Sheila Scott

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Partnerships and Economic Development, said:

“We have worked with our partners to produce the Strategic Growth Plan and are now asking residents and businesses for their views.

“Through this plan we can ensure that growth can be delivered at the right time, in the right places, with the essential infrastructure that it needs. The Strategic Growth Plan will inform future Local Plans that the Council will produce and so it is important that the public has their say now.

“There are some exciting opportunities for the District: the proposed A46 expressway will reduce congestion on main routes through the District and attract investment that will continue to make Blaby an excellent area to live and work in.

“This is a long-term plan which demonstrates that the City and County are proactively working together to plan on how to accommodate growth and attract inward investment to the area in the future.”

To take part in the consultation, please see the website llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk or contact any of the local authorities or the LLEP.

Local consultation events are also being planned.

Details will be on the website.

Business Breakfast returns to Santander

Blaby District Council’s popular Business Breakfast is returning to Santander’s Offices in Narborough, as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

The event takes place on Friday 27 October at 8am at Santander’s Leicester Corporate Centre, Building 4, Carlton Park, Narborough.

 

It will give local SMEs the chance to hear news of free skills and recruitment support, along with a ‘Business 2 Business Exchange’ giving one to one business advice from expert business partners.

As usual, there will be a free breakfast on offer with regular networking opportunities.

This Business Breakfast is part of the third Leicester Business Festival, which returns to the city from 23 October to 03 November, with the festival continuing to showcase all the best that Leicester and Leicestershire has to offer in business.

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

“We are delighted to be part of the Leicester Business Festival as a key link to our economic development work.

Our event continues to be the perfect opportunity for our district businesses to learn essential business skills that can help them to grow’’.

The Leicester Business Festival, partnered by Leicester Castle Business School, is the region’s largest business event. It will comprise of many different seminars, workshops and conference meetings that will appeal to businesses of all shapes and sizes from sole traders and micro-business right up to employees in large corporate organisations.

To book onto the Business Breakfast and for further details on the funding and support available from the Economic Development Team at Blaby District Council, call on 0116 272 7765 or email economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk.

For more information on the Leicester Business Festival, the events taking place, or how you can get tickets, please take a look at: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com with most events free to attend.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]