Category Archives: Civic

Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance


Two FREE family performances featuring an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees are planned for Blaby District Council’s ‘A Place to Grow’ Open Day in Enderby on Saturday 11 August 2018.

SEED is a fun exploration of our relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing. It is the visual and movement theatre story of Wilford – one of the “unseen” – as he scrapes and digs and blasts the seed holes and co-opts the water and food.

With pulsating plant beats, flying soil and water, live music and a giant tree growing out of a shed, it’s the perfect performance for children and families

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm at the A Place to Grow Garden at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4BX.

Families are advised to bring their own picnic blanket to enjoy the performances on the grass area.

This year’s popular annual open day at the A Place to Grow garden will be from 11am-3pm, and include a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the garden.

There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.

To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

[Photo supplied : Blaby District Council]

New waste collection service begins on Monday

Blaby rebranded waste collection vehicle

The new alternate weekly Refuse and Recycling Service for residents in the District of Blaby begins from Monday.

Starting on 2nd July 2018, all households will have their waste collected on an alternate week basis, with recycling collected in one week, and refuse collected on the other week. Garden waste collections will remain the same.

Residents were provided with a bin hanger notice placed on their bin in June that included dates for collections up to the end of November.

Any residents who may not have received a notice can find dates for their property via

Over 10,000 orders were received for bins between April and June and over 16,000 bins have now been distributed in time for the start of the new service.

An order window will be open until Thursday 30th August for residents who would like larger or additional bins once the new service is underway. Depending on household size, residents could be entitled to a free bin upgrade.

More information about the new service can be found by visiting

‘Road safety improvement work’ at Foxhunter Roundabout

Image: Google Streetview

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to an accident
reduction scheme to be put in place at the ‘notorious’ Foxhunter Roundabout.

In order to improve road safety at this location, the Blaby Road access with
the Foxhunter roundabout will be fully signalled and will no longer operate
as a give-way arm.

Enderby Parish Council have long identified the current give-way arm, coupled with the location of the pedestrian crossing, as a potential hazard.

The works will involve moving the existing toucan signal crossing closer to
the roundabout; installing a safety traffic island to locate a signal head
within the City bound side of the roundabout; and other associated works
including signing and lining alterations to compliment the new layout.

The works are anticipated to commence on 16th July, 2018 and are
expected to last 3 to 4 weeks.

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

Refuse and Recycling service changes

Residents can view information about the new refuse and recycling collections, beginning on 02 July 2018.

The information includes ‘bin options’ and a form to order new bin(s).

The information is outlined within a section of the District Council website.


Nominations open for fifteenth Achievement Awards

Celebrating its fifteenth year, nominations are now open for residents to nominate inspirational people and groups across the district.

The Council is once again encouraging friends, family and workmates to nominate individuals and groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community before Midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018, in one of four categories:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Sponsored by Countryside Properties
Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Marriott Hotel
Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Ford & Slater
Best Community Group/Achievement – Sponsored by Fosse

Finalists and their guests will be invited to the prestigious ceremony, sponsored by Davidsons Homes, at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 04 October. The evening will celebrate and honour the finalists. £750 of prize money will be available in each category.

Guests at 2017 achievement awardsGuests at the 2017 Achievement Awards Ceremony

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “To be marking our fifteenth year highlights how well regarded the Achievement Awards are across the district. It’s our chance to honour inspirational people who have contributed to making this district great.

“We are proud to welcome Davidsons Homes back as our main sponsor of the night, as well as thanking all of our returning sponsors. I encourage everyone to nominate the person or group they think deserves to be recognised.”

Cllr Richardson at last year's award ceremony
Cllr Richardson at last year’s award ceremony

The Achievement Awards are funded entirely with the generosity of sponsors. New main sponsors Davidsons Homes will be sponsoring the awards presentation evening; Countryside Properties, Fosse, Ford & Slater and Leicester Marriott Hotel returning as category sponsors.

For more information on each category and to nominate visit To request a paper copy e-mail or call 0116 272 7577.