Category Archives: Civic

‘Everards Meadows’ development gets underway

Everards Meadows Map

Construction of the first phase of the new ‘Everards Meadows’ in Enderby has begun.

The site, located adjacent to the old Everards Brewery and next door to the police headquarters, will become a new tourist destination in the district celebrating food and drink.

Anchored by Everards of Leicestershire, their new brewery and offices will be part of the final development, as well as a beer hall, hospitality and retail space.

A café and cycle centre will be built during the first phase of construction alongside the spine road, car parking, cycle and footpaths, and a bridge over the River Soar.

The pedestrian and cycle paths, coupled with the industry-leading cycle centre, will make Everards Meadows one of the top destinations in the area for cyclists and people visiting the site on foot.


Excited about pedestrian and cycle links

cllr Sheila Scott
Cllr. Sheila Scott

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic and Community Development, said: “We are so pleased to see this promising development get underway. The fact Everards have committed their long-term future in the District is great news.

“We are particularly excited to see the new pedestrian and cycle links that will connect the site with both the District of Blaby and Leicester City, ensuring that people can visit the site by cycling or walking.”

The next phase of development, which will include the brewery, beer hall and offices, is expected to begin at the end of 2018.

For more information on the planning applications, visit, and search 15/1524/RM.

For more details on the Everards Meadows development, visit

Temporary closure of Smith Way, Enderby – 19th/20th May

Leicestershire County Council informs us that the temporary road closure on Smith Way has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances on Saturday 19th May 2018. New arrangements will will be issued as soon as the revised information is received.

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order on Smith Way, Enderby.

[Read the updated information here: (EYE news item 13th June 2018)]

A temporary road closure is required between the junction of Leicester Lane for approximately 100 metres along Smith Way, Enderby.

The closure will take effect at 19.30 hours on Saturday 19th May 2018 until midnight Sunday 20th May 2018.

Smith Way, Enderby

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public
safety for North Midland Construction contractors to carry out carriageway
resurfacing works.

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via:-
Leicester Lane,
Blaby Road,
St Johns,
Narborough Road South,
Lubbesthorpe Way,
Penman Way,
Smith Way, Enderby and vice versa.

Diversion route

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

Business Breakfast heads to Hilton

Hilton Hotel

Blaby District Council’s popular Business Breakfast event is returning to the Hilton Hotel, with local businesses and organisations invited to attend.

The summer meeting will take place on Thursday 21st June, 8:00am, Junction 21 Approach, LE19 1WQ.

Guests will be able to enjoy the free breakfast on arrival.

The second Business Breakfast of 2018 will benefit local enterprise in the district.

Leicester Employment Hub will be sharing information on their new, impartial service for all businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The service helps with all recruitment needs and training opportunities, which is vital for future business growth.

There will also be information about the business support grant scheme which is available now for SME’s in the manufacturing sector.

There’s also an opportunity to hear from a local business and how they received help to boost turnover.

Meetings have continued to remain popular for local businesses, with the event just one way to build the great working relationships across the District of Blaby.

Attendees will have a first-hand opportunity to find out the support available from the Council and partner organisations to help achieve strong, sustainable growth.

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

Countywide campaign to stop fly-tipping


A new campaign to stop people illegally dumping their rubbish in Leicestershire has launched.

The #IfOnly campaign has seen councils across the city and county join forces to warn people that they face tough action if they are caught fly-tipping.

The consequences for their actions can range from a £400 fixed penalty notice to an unlimited fine, a criminal record or time in prison.

Fly-tipping is a huge problem in Leicester and across each district in the county, with councils dealing with 12,000 incidents per year.

The new campaign focuses on the stories of four characters – based on real people who have been caught fly-tipping in the past.

The examples show that people can be caught for all sorts of reasons, from putting a fridge on the pavement to dumping bags by a local recycling bank.

Residents can also be fined and prosecuted for using a dodgy trader who doesn’t have a waste licence and operates door-to-door.

Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “I’m pleased that all of the Leicestershire councils are working together in partnership to tackle this issue. It’s a blight on our environment and costs tax-payers’ money to sort out.

“Deterring people from fly-tipping is important and we provide a number of ways for waste to be disposed. However, if your waste is dumped inappropriately, either by you or someone you’ve given it to, you can be prosecuted and get a criminal record.”

People can visit the campaign website at and follow the campaign on social media #IfOnly.

Seven local athletes receive GO GOLD funding

Seven aspiring young athletes have been successful in receiving grants as part of Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport’s GO GOLD Funding Programme 2018.

Funding ranges from £250-£1,000, with Podium level funding is provided by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council to athletes who are competing at Regional, National or International Level.

50 young sports stars were given funding, including 10 from the District of Blaby, including shooter Alex Harris and swimmer Daisy Platts.

The funding helps go towards travel, accommodation, kit and equipment. GO GOLD continues to be a valuable source of support for athletes in a range sports, from Archery through to Judo.

For more information on GO GOLD visit
LRS Go Gold Funding Programme

2018 Recipients from Blaby District

Alex Harris – Shooting
European DTL Championships A Class Champion
European DTL Championships U21 Runner Up

Conor Harris – Shooting
European DTL U16 Bronze Medal
British Open Single Barrel U21 champion and A class champion

Daisy Platts – Swimming
British Swimming Championships Junior Final – 7th place in personal best time
Second Place, English National Championships 400m Individual Medley

Edward Pole – Cycling – BMX
3rd Place – British Champonship
1st Place – Midlands Regional series

Jordan Elliot –Waterpolo
EU Nations Bronze medal and top goal scorer for England Water Polo
Top goal scorer at the British University Games, representing Great Britain

Joshua Barsby – Cycling-BMX
3rd Place – British Championships 2017
5th Place – National BMX Series

Lizzie Warner – Archery
Bronze Medal – European Indoor Championships
U18 UK National Champion
The only Grand Master Bowman archer in the County