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Ask for Angela launched across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Your Angela

A campaign enabling people who might feel uneasy on a date in pubs and clubs to discreetly approach staff and request assistance is being rolled out.

Available at participating venues throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to provide customers with a way to remove themselves from an uncomfortable situation while on a date.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ phrase can be used to gain assistance from staff members in order to be separated from the company of someone with whom they feel uncomfortable or unsafe due to that person’s actions, words or behaviour.

By asking for ‘Angela’, an individual is alerting staff that they require help. They will be taken aside, or to a safer location, so they can speak in confidence to that staff member about what assistance they need.

Options available to staff include: offering to call a taxi for the individual; providing a safe place for them to contact their friends or family; or requesting that the individual causing the distress leaves the venue.

Ivan Ould, lead member of community safety for the County Council said:

“Ask for Angela is a simple yet effective scheme designed to provide support and reassurance for members of the public if they are feeling vulnerable while out on a date.

“Perhaps their date is not what they seemed, or things are starting to feel weird. This scheme enables them to get away safely, with minimum fuss and hopefully prevent situations from escalating into something more serious.”

Officers from Council Licensing and Community Safety teams will be delivering posters to advertise the service to venues across the area.

They will be placed in the toilets of those establishments, so as to be discreet.

Sergeant Marianne Hooper from Leicestershire Police added:

“We support any scheme that helps to make people feel safer and would urge licensees across Leicestershire to adopt it and let their customers know that they can get support and help from bar staff if they need it.”

More information and details on venues taking part in the scheme can be found on

Local causes stand to gain as Blaby Lottery total tops £13,000

Blaby Lottery

Since its launch, the ‘Love Blaby Lottery’ has raised an estimated £13,000 for local good causes, including Enderby Village Institute and Enderby Lawn Tennis Club.

Following the start of ticket sales in late January, over 400 have been sold across the 30 district-based organisations. This means the estimated yearly total for all tickets has already hit over £13,000.

In addition to Enderby Village Institute and the Lawn Tennis Club, promotional events in Fosse Park, Pavilion Leisure Centre and the Whetstone Co-op Superstore showcased others already signed up to benefit from the scheme.

More groups are being added and will be available to view on the Love Blaby Lottery website.

Anyone who runs a community group or local sports club could be eligible to register for the lottery. It’s absolutely free and it only takes a few minutes to register your good cause!

Blaby Lottery will provide bespoke leaflets, posters, Facebook links, tips, guides and more.

To find out more and sign up online visit the Love Blaby Lottery website

Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week with 60p going directly to good causes.

Other prizes include £2000, £250, £25 and free tickets. The first draw will take place on Saturday 24 February.

Councillor Les Phillimore, Community Champion, said:

“This is a really encouraging start for the lottery.

“All good causes that sign up deliver services in the district, so players know that they are directly helping their local residents and community with every ticket they buy.”

Love Blaby Lottery is open to anyone aged 16 years and over.

Participants are reminded to gamble responsibly.

Visit or call 0116 380 0775 to buy tickets or register a good cause. Full terms and conditions are available on the website.

District Council agrees refuse and recycling changes

Blaby DC new vehicle rebrandPlans to move waste collections in the District of Blaby to alternate weekly have been approved by Councillors in response to a reduction of £745,000 of external funding.

Following the loss of £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council and £240,000 in a central government grant to run weekly recycling collections, Blaby District Council has spent a considerable amount of time looking at the options available to close the financial gap.

A four-week consultation in October-November 2017 was undertaken to gather resident’s views on the proposals.

Over 8,800 consultation responses were received during the consultation, with feedback vital for shaping the scheme.

Following consideration of residents’ needs and an in-depth study of the data, the new scheme will ensure all households have sufficient capacity to manage a move from weekly to alternate weekly collections.

The new scheme will begin in the summer of 2018.

Councillors approved plans at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 January, including:

  • Households in the district may be eligible for an increase in the capacity of their refuse bin depending on the number of permanent residents:
  • 1-3 residents can order up to 280ltrs, with a standard capacity of 140ltrs
  • 4-6 residents can order up to 380ltrs, with a standard capacity of 240ltrs
  • Households of up to 7+ residents can order up to 480ltrs, with a standard capacity of 380ltrs

Any bins ordered that take households over the standard refuse capacity will incur a one-off charge.

There may also be a need to make a one-off charge for orders of recycling bins which take households over the standard eligible capacity.

However, this will depend on the outcome of negotiations with Leicestershire County Council over a recycling incentive scheme authorised at their Cabinet meeting in September 2016.

Bins will be available to order in anticipation of the scheme in due course. This will be communicated to residents nearer the time.

Ensuring delivery of a “first rate service”

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

“Our new scheme will not only help us to close the financial gap left by the substantial loss in funding mentioned above, but it has been designed to ensure that we continue to deliver a first-rate service.

“The feedback from the consultation was extremely valuable to us, and I should like to thank all those residents who participated for taking the time to give us their views.

“Evidence from the consultation shows that a large proportion of residents will see no change in their bin size and for those who meet the criteria for larger bins exchanges will be arranged should they wish. In addition, where residents would like a larger bin, but do not meet the criteria, we will meet this request, but charges will/may be applicable.

“Change is never welcome but almost all councils now offer a service similar to the one we are moving to.

“What I can assure residents is that we have the quality of staff who will manage this transition efficiently, be available to address residents’ questions, and who will continue to deliver a service we can all be proud of.”

Full details on the new scheme and a frequently asked questions page will be available via

Final plans on ordering any additional or replacement bins will be announced when finalised.

Investigations lead to flytipping fine

Flytipped rubbish at Enderby Hall
Rubbish flytipped at Enderby Hall.
Photo: Blaby District Council

An Enderby resident has been fined £400 for flytipping bed and mattress packaging following extensive investigations.

Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health team were made aware of the dump of rubbish at Enderby Hall, back in October.

Their investigations led the team to speak with people across the country to identify the flytipper after discovering the packaging had originated in East Sussex.

The Council liaised with Bensons for Beds and their parent company, Steinhoff Retail in Gloucestershire, to request information under Section 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This information helped to identify the owner of the bed.

A discussion with the bed’s owner in Hastings saw the investigation turn to an employee of a company specialising in furniture assembly who lived in Enderby.

The person admitted the flytipping offence under caution and was given a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“We have seen yet another instance of someone being lazy and deciding to dump rubbish illegally instead of driving less than two miles to Whetstone Tip.

“This case shows how much investigation work we will undertake if there is a trail of evidence that may lead to the culprit. Flytipping is an offence we take very seriously and there is absolutely no excuse for it.”

Residents who witness flytipping can report it online by visiting, emailing or calling 0116 272 7555.

Multiple failures lead to Glenford Grange prosecution

Photo: Blaby District Council

A company in charge of four flats in Glen Parva have been convicted following multiple failures in maintenance and safety.

Glenford Grange Properties UK Ltd were convicted following three separate inspections of the Glenford Grange House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in May and June last year, following an initial report of rodents.

Environmental Health Officers discovered multiple instances of poor care and maintenance throughout the HMO.

A total of 54 failures under regulations 5, 8 and 9 of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007 were found across the four flats and communal areas of the property, including:

  • Automatic Fire Detection system not maintained or working
  • Defective bannisters leading to flats two and three
  • A socket in the bedroom of flat two was broken and resting on the floor, exposing live conductors
  • No handrail on the open side of the stairs from the ground to the first floor
  • The overflow from the toilet was dripping on to the outside step outside the door from the lobby to the rear garden.
Failure to comply with the 2007 Regulations is an offence under s234 of the Housing Act 2004.

The company have been summonsed for sentencing at Leicester Magistrates Court at 10am on Wednesday 31 January, following conviction under the Single Justice Procedure on Tuesday 02 January 2018.

Each Regulation for which they have been convicted carries a potentially unlimited fine.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder, said:

“We were absolutely horrified by what our Environmental Health Officers discovered at this property.

“No reasonable landlord should ever think this property was in an acceptable state to rent out to anyone. What we found were frankly disgusting conditions.

“I hope the pictures and this conviction highlight how seriously we take this type of offence.

“We would encourage anyone living in accommodation they deem to be in poor condition to contact us so we can investigate.”

The landlord has since carried out extensive works to the communal areas and three of the four flats. The fourth flat is still prohibited for use.

Anyone concerned about the condition of the property they are renting within the district can contact the Environmental Health Team via 0116 275 0555 or email


[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]