Category Archives: Civic

BMX Nationals in Huncote back on track

After a postponement due to the early spring rainfall, Leicester Huncote Hornets, the BMX club based at Blaby District Council’s Pavilion Leisure Centre, will host the final rounds of the British Cycling National BMX Race Series.

The wettest March in Leicestershire since 1947 left the areas surrounding the Hornets’ track waterlogged and forced the team to reschedule their hosting of the championship series at their state-of-the-art, £150,000 BMX track.

Final rounds take place on 28-30 September 2018, with over 900 competitors and 3,000 spectators expected to visit the District of Blaby for the weekend.

Riders aged from 6 years old, to World Championship and Olympic-standard will be competing.

British Cycling will livestream each round to an audience of over 100,000 people, with the track and Pavilion Leisure Centre taking centre stage as host to the competition and visitors to the area.

Entry to spectate over the course of the weekend is FREE for all ages.

Mitch Barsby, Director at Leicester Huncote Hornets, said: “After months of planning the weather let us down forcing our postponement. However, thanks to a fantastic summer we are back on track and confident of a superb weekend of action.

“In a strange way it has worked out well for us. We’re now able to host the two most prestigious rounds of the championships as the top riders battle for their national titles. The eyes of all BMX enthusiasts will be on Huncote for the weekend!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “The work put in by all at the Huncote Hornets has been incredible and despite the disappointment of the March rain, their organisation and planning has continued to be meticulous.

“This is an incredible opportunity for both the Hornets and boosting tourism to the district and the local economy, and we are looking forward to a brilliant weekend of action.”

The event is being funded entirely by the Huncote Hornets with sponsorship from local businesses and the support of Blaby District Council.

Find out more about the Huncote Hornets by visiting www.leicesterhuncotehornets.com.

[Source/Image: Blaby District Council Communications]

Townsend Road Closure

Road Closed and Diversion Signs

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the Temporary closure of Townsend Road, Enderby, on 4th September to 5th September 2018.

The closure is required between George Street and Alexander Avenue in order to allow Leicestershire Highways to safely undertake carriageway resurfacing works.

The alternative diversion route will be: – Brook Street, Cross Street (Enderby) and vice versa.

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

Exercise referral scheme expands to Enderby

A partnership between Blaby District Council and Everyone Active will see the expansion of the successful Exercise Referral Scheme offering pool-based classes.

The 12-week scheme offers people who are currently inactive have a medical condition the opportunity to participate in exercise and benefit from physical activity under the guidance of qualified professional.

After previously only being hosted at the Pavilion Leisure Centre, Everyone Active’s involvement will see the Referral Scheme and specialist classes made available at Enderby Leisure Centre. The beginner classes in Enderby will include an exercise circuit, gym workout and swimming.

Toni, the specialist Aquatic in Health Instructor leading the ‘wet programme,’ said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Exercise Referral Scheme at Enderby Leisure Centre and hope it will help to encourage more people to lead healthier lifestyles.

“Those who are referred onto the scheme will be given all the support and guidance they need from our expert teams to help them along their journey. Swimming activities are the ideal introduction to being more active and are lots of fun too!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We are extremely proud to offer the Exercise Referral Scheme for residents of the district who need it. The positive impact it makes on people’s lives is nothing short of incredible.

“Our partnership with Everyone Active will ensure those who can benefit most from water-based exercise will get the chance to use the pool at Enderby Leisure Centre to start their journey.”

Anyone who feels they are physically inactive and would like to be referred onto the scheme needs to be referred through their GP.

For more information on Exercise Referral, call 0116 272 7523 or email exercise.referral@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]

Consultation launches on Council Tax Support changes

A consultation on changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme has been launched
by Blaby District Council from 17 August, closing on 30 September 2018.

Following significant reductions in central government funding, the Council no
longer receives money based on the Council Tax support provided to households.

This money must now be found by Blaby District Council through its central budget.

In order to make up the shortfall following the funding cut, the Council has launched
a consultation on changes which could save hundreds of thousands of pounds a
year, and is seeking residents’ views.

Proposals include a 200% Council Tax charge on properties that have been empty
for more than two years. This is part of the Council’s drive to bring long term empty
properties back into use across the district.

Other changes include no longer giving an unfurnished and unoccupied property a
one-month free period of Council Tax, removing the 10% discount for second
homes in the district and no longer offering a 50% discount on Council Tax to
properties undergoing major repair or structural works.

If all four proposed changes were made it could save up to £400,000 per year for
Blaby District Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police
Authority, Leicestershire Fire Authority and local parish councils.

The consultation also includes proposals on Council Tax Support Scheme.

Currently around 5,000 households receive a means-tested discount. All
households currently pay at least 15% towards their Council Tax bill.

Four options are being considered in the consultation, including reducing the maximum support from 85% to 83%, 80% or 78%. A reduction to 78% would save around £300,000 per year.

There will be no change to the amount of help for people of pension age credit, the
25% single person discount or the exemption for those who are severely mentally
impaired and living alone.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is an
important consultation and we want as many residents as possible to have their say
to help us shape the difficult decisions we have to make.

“The consultation is open until 30 September and we encourage people to read the
booklet which gives clear information on the proposals and savings that could be
made before having their say.

“Any savings would be shared between ourselves, Leicestershire County Council,
the Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police and Parish Councils.”

Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/consultation to find the consultation booklet
and fill in the online consultation form. A paper copy is also available on the website
or via request on 0116 272 7510.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

District’s leisure programmes prove a success

Photo: Blaby District Council

Residents in the District of Blaby have been named as one of the most physically active thanks to the work of the Health and Leisure Services team.

Using funding from Leicestershire County Council Public Health, Blaby District Council’s Health and Leisure Service deliver various programmes for different target groups every year; from school sports partnerships to specific activities for older people.

A “Physical Activity Pathway” with exercise programmes designed to increase activity, avoid falls in the home and for those in need of cardiac rehabilitation is also offered.

As well as enabling residents to get specialist exercise, the work of the Physical Activity Pathway can also lead to a reduction in demand on health services.

Analysis of the programmes offered over the last year highlighted that over 11,000 residents participated in at least one programme offered by the Health and Leisure team, the second highest number across the county.

The team also engaged over 1,000 participants with a disability and over 1,000 BAME residents. These figures were the highest and second highest across the county respectively.

Blaby District also became the only local area in Leicestershire to engage more males than females, with inactive men far harder to engage historically.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Health and Leisure team. Each and every programme run for all ages and abilities had led to this success, with healthier, more active residents the result.

“Our dedicated staff have made an effort to get out into the local community and working with residents to achieve this year’s fantastic outcome. Their local knowledge and expertise means the funding from the County Council is used wisely.”

For more information on the programmes and activities available for residents, visit www.sportblaby.org.uk or email leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]