Category Archives: Civic

Countesthorpe Brownies get Dementia Aware

Group Picture

A group of Brownies have become the latest people in the district to become dementia aware, gaining a new badge in the process!

The 2nd Countesthorpe Brownies, based at Thistly Meadow Primary School, have been taking on several challenges for their new badge.

From making flowers, creating memory games and hosting a friends and family tea party, the brownies have been learning about living well with dementia.

Their huge efforts have raised over £140 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The badge came from local PCSO Julie Hodkinson, in memory of her friend Winnie.

The project has been funded by Blaby District Council, a partner of the Dementia Action Alliance, and gave a dementia friends talk at the badge-giving celebration event.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, who attended the celebration event, said: “I’m so proud to see a group of young people in the district working so hard towards gaining their new badge, and learning so much about being dementia friendly.

“We hope the messages they have taken from this project will be passed onto their friends and families, as we continue our commitment to make as many people in the District of Blaby aware of dementia.”

Charlotte Jeickles, Leader of the 2nd Countesthorpe Brownies, said: “We have enjoyed the dementia awareness challenge and have learnt lots about living well with dementia. The brownies raised £142.50 for the Alzheimer’s Society and really enjoyed being visited by dementia friends.”

The project was first piloted by Hinckley GirlGuiding and the Hinckley & Bosworth Dementia Action Alliance, who put the booklet together and created the badges.

Anyone interested in their local GirlGuiding group taking part in the dementia aware challenge can contact 0116 272 7544 or email

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Environmental crime penalties increased

Littering in car park

Three fines for environmental offences in the district have been increased after a meeting of Blaby District Council’s Cabinet Executive.

The Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) amount for those caught littering and distributing free literature on land without permission has been increased from £75 to £150. The early payment amount has also been increased from £65 to £100.

Graffiti and Fly Posting, which was previously a £75 fine has been upped to £100, with £65 remaining as the early payment amount. The early payment amounts for abandoning a vehicle (£120 to £150) and failing to produce a waste transfer note (£180 to £200) have also been increased.

All new charges will be introduced on Friday 01 June.

The increased FPN for littering comes after the introduction of The Littering from Vehicles outside London (Keepers: Civil Penalties) Regulations 2018.

The new legislation means registered keepers can be fined for vehicles identified in a littering offence.

Previously the person responsible for throwing the litter from the vehicle had to be identified for a fine to be issued.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “The increase in these penalties should reaffirm our commitment to tacking environmental crime in our district, particularly those who litter from vehicles spoiling the countryside and costing taxpayers to clean it up.

“We strongly encourage anyone who witnesses littering from a vehicle and any other crime of this nature to report it to our Environmental Health team, who will investigate and take the appropriate action where possible.”

Anyone can report environmental crime to Blaby District Council’s Environmental Team by calling 0116 272 7555 or email

‘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

Temporary closure of Smith Way, Enderby – 19th/20th May

Leicestershire County Council informs us that the temporary road closure on Smith Way has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances on Saturday 19th May 2018. New arrangements will will be issued as soon as the revised information is received.

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order on Smith Way, Enderby.

A temporary road closure is required between the junction of Leicester Lane for approximately 100 metres along Smith Way, Enderby.

The closure will take effect at 19.30 hours on Saturday 19th May 2018 until midnight Sunday 20th May 2018.

Smith Way, Enderby

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for North Midland Construction contractors to carry out carriageway
resurfacing works.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via:-
Leicester Lane,
Blaby Road,
St Johns,
Narborough Road South,
Lubbesthorpe Way,
Penman Way,
Smith Way, Enderby and vice versa.

Diversion route

Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused
during these works.

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.