Category Archives: Civic

Blaby is named as the fifth happiest district in UK

It’s official. The District of Blaby has been named the fifth happiest location in the UK following the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) Annual Happiness Study.

Looking at Life satisfaction, Worthwhile, Happiness and Anxiety, the ONS report shows that the happiness level of the district is 8.11 out of 10, compared with the national average of 7.7. This figure is the highest recorded in the district by the ONS since the report began in 2011.

Life satisfaction rose to 7.9/10, Worthwhile grew to 8.2/10 whilst Anxiety dropped to 2.6/10.

The ranking of fifth happiest in the UK is the highest in Leicestershire. Last year the district was rated as the third best place to live for people aged 20-29 on a Channel 4 show.

Blaby District is home to over 95,000 residents in 24 parishes and includes major employers such as Next, Sytner and Topps Tiles, who all have their head offices in the area. Fosse Shopping Park, which welcomes over 10 million visitors a year, is also based in the district.

Villages in the district host nationally renowned events, including the Victory Show in Cosby. The village of Huncote will be hosting the British Cycling BMX National Championships at the Pavilion Leisure Centre over the coming weekend (28-30 September.)

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “We are extremely proud to be placed so highly once again in the ONS study, and we’re especially pleased to see our residents’ overall happiness at record levels.

“Whilst this cannot be all about Blaby District Council, the way in which we work with partners to deliver fantastic projects and great design in our community, keep our streets clean and have fantastic parks and open spaces to visit as well as delivering high quality services all contribute to this success.

“With a thriving new community in Lubbesthorpe, the expansion of Fosse Park and the exciting new Everards Meadows development coming over the next few years we know that the district will continue to be a great place to live, work and visit.”

More information on the ONS study is available by visiting their website. (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing)

[Source and image: Blaby District Council Communications]

Business Breakfast returns to Santander

The popular local Business Breakfast event for businesses in the District of Blaby is set to be hosted in November as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal and South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa are the featured speakers at the event, taking place at Santander’s Offices at Carlton Park, Narborough, on Thursday 01 November from 8am.

A free breakfast will be available for all guests before the speaker programme. Leading an independent office aimed at empowering small businesses in resolving payment disputes, Paul Uppal will offer his expert advice about an issue which affects many small and micro businesses across the country.

Alberto Costa MP will discuss the Government’s plans to support the economy and deliver growth.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership will be explaining what business support is on offer from the Business Gateway through speaker Helen Miller. A Q&A session and networking opportunities will also be available at the event.

The meeting is part of the fourth annual Leicester Business Festival, the region’s largest business event running from 29 October-09 November with events being held across the county.

Businesses and individuals are being encouraged to book early and secure one of the limited places. E-mail economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source & Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]

Advanced notice of road closure and parking restrictions on West Street, Enderby

Plan TTRO West Street, Enderby
Leicestershire County Council Highways have given advanced notice of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) which is to be made for West Street, Enderby.

The purpose of the TTRO is to allow Western Power Distribution contractors to facilitate installation of new a new electricity supply.

The TTRO will incorporate a temporary road closure/parking restriction.

The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 2 weeks commencing on the 22 October 2018.

Confirmation of the details is scheduled to be published approximately 2 weeks prior to the works commencing.

Temporary closure of Kirk Lane, Enderby

Kirk Lane, Enderby

Leicestershire County Council Highways have agreed a temporary road closure for Kirk Lane, Enderby.

The closure is required for the full length of the Lane from its junction with Blaby Road.

The Lane will be closed on 4th October 2018 for a period of 2 days.

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being implemented for public
safety for Leicestershire County Council Contractor to carry out
carriageway patching and associated works.

There is no suitable diversion route and access will be maintained whenever possible.

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

For further information contact:
Leicestershire County Council Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001

Two fined for collar and tag offences

photo: Dog

Two people have been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court for failing to ensure their dogs were identifiable by a collar or tag after being picked up as strays in the district.

Maxine Chapman of Hand Avenue, Leicester, was ordered to pay £1,004 after her two terrier cross dogs were collected in Leicester Forest East on 31 May 2018.

After failing to enter a plea she was fined £440 for each dog and was ordered to pay costs of £80 and a £44 victim surcharge.

Daniel Jones of Chestnut Road, Glenfield, was ordered to pay £322 after his Patterdale Terrier was picked up on 21 May 2018 in Glenfield.

Mr Jones pleaded guilty and was fined £152, with costs of £140 and a £30 victim surcharge.

The Control of Dogs Order (1992) says that a dog in a public place must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Under the law Blaby District Council has no option to offer a fixed penalty notice, with all cases being prosecuted at a Magistrates’ Court.

Tags can be bought and engraved from as little as £2.50 online, or from pet shops across the local area.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We’re disappointed to see that some owners are failing to ensure their dogs wear a collar and tag.

“We hope these fines encourage both owners to take action and ensure their dogs comply with the law.

“This year we have held our free family dog day, offering collars and tag engraving for a charitable donation, and we regularly give out advice to those who call our Animal Services team. We’re committed to ensuring people comply with the law but will prosecute when necessary.”

For advice on the law, residents can email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]