Category Archives: Civic

Active resident numbers are on the rise


Blaby is the most improved area in Leicestershire for active residents according to a Sport England report.

Measuring people aged over 16 years old to see how active they are, Sport England’s Active Lives report revealed that 62.9% of Blaby District residents were considered “active,” undertaking over 150 minutes of exercise per week between November 2016 and November 2017.

The results show that the district has seen the biggest increase of active residents in the county, up 4.5% from the previous year.

Teresa Neal, Group Manager for Regulatory and Leisure Services, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the findings of this report.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure access is available for people of all ages and abilities to become active.

“The report places us in the top 15% of local authorities for active residents across the country, and highlights both the success of our leisure services team and our residents, whose enthusiasm and participation in physical activity is increasing.”

Blaby District Council’s Sport and Physical Activity team provide a wide range of opportunities for residents to get more active, including Falls Prevention programmes, an Exercise Referral Scheme, family activities and a mobile skate park.

For more information on activities available or ideas of how to become more active, please contact the team on 0116 272 7703, email on or find out more on

Lightbulb project shines at LGC Awards

A partnership project hosted by Blaby District Council was a winner at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards on 21st March.

In partnership with Leicestershire County Council, district councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) and Leicestershire Partnership Trust, the Lightbulb project was shortlisted alongside some of local government’s most innovative initiatives, and was the winning entry in the Public/Public Partnership category for its work in supporting vulnerable people to live in their homes as safely as possible.

Following the roll-out in October 2017, 89 per cent of service users have reported an improvement in their physical and mental health under the new scheme. A reduction of just one fall for every 17 residents saves the local health and care economy £21,000 per year.

With Lightbulb now rolled out across Leicestershire, more service users will be able to take advantage of the benefits, including a much reduced waiting time for housing adaptations, fewer people involved in each case and a vast reduction in delivery cost.

Analysis on 357 patients experiencing improved care and an 84 percent reduction in NHS costs, worth up to £550,000 in savings over a one-year period.

Cllr. Brecon
Cllr. Lee Brecon: Blaby proud to host Lightbulb project

Back in September, Lightbulb was named ‘Best Collaborative Working Initiative’ by the Association for Public Service Excellence and Commended at the Home Improvement Agency Awards.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Blaby District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is Lightbulb’s third award in under six months, and continues to prove how this partnership is recognised nationally for the positive difference it is making.

“We are so proud to host Lightbulb and continue the project’s innovative work in changing the way local people access housing adaptations.”

Cllr. Pam Posnett
Cllr. Pam Posnett

Councillor Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Health, said: “the outcomes already achieved through the Lightbulb programme, speak for themselves and have proven by working collaboratively, we can make a significant difference to people’s lives”.

The awards ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 21 March 2018.

[Source and Lead Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]

Trial closure of Dog Waste Bins abandoned as tip issues are resolved

Enderby Parish Councillors have learned that the operational issues with the District’s Dedicated Dog Waste Bins (DDWB’s) has been resolved.

The proposed trial closure of designated dog bins will not now be necessary.

Leicestershire County Council have now provided a more appropriate facility for Blaby District Council to dispose of both mixed litter and waste from designated dog bins that avoids the problematic issues of going to a landfill site close to Lutterworth.

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As the EYE reported on 14th March (Designated dog-waste bins may ‘disappear’ after local trial) the small transit van size tippers used by the District Council’s cleansing teams were regularly getting stuck on the landfill site, being overloaded due to mud being stuck to the underside of the vehicles, and expensive repairs were being incurred correcting damage caused on the site.

Expensive repairs were becoming alarmingly regular in order to correct damage caused on the site.

The change of stance by the County Council has enabled the District Council’s cleansing teams to continue to collect waste in the same way from street bins without the need to mix waste or close any designated dog waste bins. This will come as welcome news to many dog walkers in Enderby and Narborough.

High Court dismisses Countesthorpe appeal

Blaby District Council’s refusal of an application of up to 170 dwellings in Countesthorpe has been upheld by The High Court.

The application on land adjacent to Leicester Road and Foston Road in the village was refused back in November 2016.

Countesthorpe Application graphic
Image: Blaby District Council

The Council rejected the plans, submitted by Catesby Estates Limited, after the application conflicted with policies set out by the Blaby District Local Plan, which seeks to promote sustainable development.

Following the dismissal of a first appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in November 2017, Catesby Estates challenged the decision in the High Court of Justice.

The hearing, heard on Friday 16 March to one of the country’s top High Court Judges, Mr Justice Garnham, saw Catesby’s case thrown out of court with costs awarded to both the District Council and Secretary of State.

In summarising, the Judge said Catesby’s case fell ‘well short’ of convincing him that the Council’s strategy for meeting the development needs of the District was out of date.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: “We are delighted by the result in this case. Significant preparation was made by both our Planning officers and the Secretary of State to defend this appeal.

“This judgement emphasises that the methods we have towards major developments within the District have been vindicated.

“It also shows that our planning policies, against which planning applications are determined, have been found to be up-to-date and relevant.”

To find planning applications in the district, visit

‘500 up’ for Good Neighbour Scheme

A community scheme in Whetstone has helped residents who are vulnerable and in need of neighbourly assistance in the village for the 500th time in just over 15 months.

Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme

The Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme is a group of committed volunteers from the local community who undertake everyday tasks, including lifts to the shops and hospital, completing applications and changing a lightbulb.

Volunteers have helped the 44 scheme users in a wide-range of ways.

The early runaway success of Whetstone’s Good Neighbour Scheme saw it win “Best Community Group” at last year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards after receiving nine nominations from the local community.

Betty Tilston, who nominated the group and uses the service, said of the scheme:  

“It has helped me and my friends to live an independent life, which would be very dull and lonely without them.”

Good Neighbour Schemes have been backed by Blaby District Council, who help to establish a scheme in the local community and to advise on funding available.

Croft, Sapcote and Sharnford also have volunteers supporting residents in their villages.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said:

“I want to congratulate the Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme for reaching their 500th job so quickly.

“This highlights the community spirit and dedication from volunteers to help more vulnerable members of the village.

“I cannot express how proud I am of Whetstone and our other schemes for their commitment to the local community. I hope they are an inspiration for people across the district to start up a scheme in their village.”

Barry Fisher, Chairman of Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, said:  

“The whole team of volunteers are delighted with the positive feedback we receive from our users, who often describe the scheme as a vital part of their ability to live an independent, fulfilled and inclusive life.”

The Council is committed to helping volunteers who want to establish Good Neighbour Schemes in the district. For more information, email or call 0116 272 7566.

Find out more about Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme by visiting