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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]

Rutland County Council selects Casepak to continue delivering quality recycling services

Casepak, one of the UK’s leading recycling companies with sites in Enderby and Braunstone, has been awarded a three year contract to process 3,800 tonnes per annum of Rutland County Council’s mixed dry recyclables.

Rutland County Council put the contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables out for tender earlier this year, and Casepak won following a competitive selection process.

The contract, which started at the beginning of May 2017, will continue for a period of three years.

Casepak started its partnership with Rutland County Council in 2011, and the latest deal will see it continue through to 2020.

Dave Brown, Director for Places (Environment, Planning and Transport) at Rutland County Council, said:

“We are pleased to be working with Casepak on what is an important service area for the Council. Rutland is consistently ranked among the top performing local authorities in the country when it comes to recycling and we’re confident our partnership with Casepak will allow us to carry on this good performance.”

As part of the contract, Casepak will process a variety of waste materials including glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, metal packaging, aluminium foil, plastic packaging (excluding black plastics), plastic bottles and cartons, and household batteries.

Recyclable materials will be collected through a co-mingled kerbside collection from nearly 17,000 homes in Rutland. Rutland currently boasts a 59% recycling rate.

Georgina Cullen, Business Development Director at Casepak, commented:

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing and valued relationship with Rutland County Council. Over the past six years, Casepak has helped the council to exceed its recycling targets and it is very encouraging to see Rutland consistently among the top performing local authorities for recycling.”

The collected recyclables will be taken to Casepak’s £21 million MRF (Material Recycling Facility) located on the Braunstone Frith Industrial Estate, Leicester, where it will be sorted and processed.

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.

Casepak continue to work with Rutland County Council
Casepak continue to work with Rutland County Council

For more information please visit www.casepak.co.uk

 

Marriott Hotel in Enderby to host Business Breakfast event

District businesses are being invited to attend the popular free breakfast meeting next month to hear all the latest news about business support and funding.

Blaby District Council’s Business Breakfast event will take place on Friday 3rd February at The Leicester Marriott Hotel, Grove Park, Enderby LE19 1SW.

A free breakfast is on offer for the bright and early start time of 7:30am.

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership will be attending to discuss the latest services available to local businesses, along with information on grant and funding programmes.

Representatives from South Leicestershire College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College will also explain how SMEs and Micro Businesses can receive free training for employees to help develop and sustain their business.

Councillor Lee Breckon Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy Portfolio Holder, said:

“Business Breakfast meetings are events we are immensely proud to host for local enterprise.

“They have proved extremely popular with local businesses and it is vital to continue our good working relationships with them.”

With places limited businesses are being encouraged to book early by the Economic Development team via economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]