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Tourism Partnership launches in district

A new tourism partnership promoting how the District of Blaby is a great place to visit has launched at the Leicester Marriott Hotel in Enderby.

MPs for the area Alberto Costa and Edward Argar joined Leader of Blaby District Council Councillor Terry Richardson and other guests at the Marriott to officially launch the partnership, which is supported by local businesses across the district.

Tourism Launch group photo

Working with Leicestershire Promotions Limited, Blaby District Council’s partnership will see it commit to develop a Tourism Plan which aims to increase local tourism, boost the economy and make information about attractions in the district more widely available

With Fosse Shopping Park drawing over eight million visitors a year, Meridian Leisure, one of the most popular out-of-town entertainment destinations in Leicestershire and three major hotel chains in the centre of the district, tourism to the local area boosts employment opportunities and drives the local economy.

Just a few miles south in the district’s rural heartland, over 3,000 people are expected to visit the district in April, as local BMX club the Leicester Huncote Hornets will be hosting two rounds of the 2018 British Cycling BMX National Championships at their European-standard track in Huncote. Stoney Cove, the UK’s National Diving Centre in Stoney Stanton also attracts thousands of visitors to the district every year, along with venues such as Kirby Castle and Stanton Lakes.

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, said: “I am really delighted to support the launch of Blaby District Council’s new Tourism Partnership. I know the District Council have been working very closely with some brilliant local businesses to bring this partnership to fruition.

“While I’m proud to say that the District already attracts millions of visitors a year, their ambitious tourism plan will draw even more visitors to the area and will place Blaby firmly on the tourism map.”

Edward Argar, MP for Charnwood, said: “”It is great to see Blaby District Council taking such a strong lead in promoting all that is best about our area at this event to launch the new Tourism Partnership for Blaby.

“The partnership and the Tourism Plan it will develop represents a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the amazing landscape, tourist attractions, events and heritage that make Leicestershire and Blaby so special, and such a great place to visit.”

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “The District of Blaby truly is the heart of Leicestershire. We are fortunate to have some of the largest businesses in the country based here, fantastic retail opportunities, great places to stay, as well as some beautiful open spaces.

“This Tourism Partnership will boost not only the economy, but help to promote some of our lesser-known attractions to the benefit of businesses and local residents.”

Jo Dempster, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Leicester Marriott Hotel and Chair of the Tourism Partnership said: “Following a lot of partnership activity and discussions over the last few months, it’s a great step that the Blaby Tourism Plan has launched.

“This is the start of a very exciting time for the district, its residents and visitors to the area. We look forward to the opportunities the plan will bring.”

The new website has joined with businesses from across the district and includes information on the biggest attractions, heritage sites and places to stay for people visiting the area. For full details visit

Refuse and Recycling service changes

Blaby District Council has published detailed information about changes to its Refuse and Recycling services due to be implemented in July 2018.

In a dedicated section on the District Council’s website, an online bin ordering form is available for households requiring additional capacity bins for the new alternate weekly collection scheme.

Each bin ordered which takes a household over their standard capacity will cost £17.50 regardless of the type and size of bin.

details are given for houses with occupancy levels between 0-3 residents, 4-6 residents and 7+ permanent residents.

Bins requested using the online form will be delivered throughout May and June 2018.

The best chance of getting bins before the scheme’s start date is to order by midnight on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Choosing larger or additional bins, may incur a charge will need to be paid by debit or credit card during the online ordering process.

Thorpe Astley GP services open

Patients living in Thorpe Astley can now access healthcare closer to home, following the opening of a new GP branch surgery.

Kingsway Surgery has opened the new branch surgery at Thorpe Astley Community Centre.

Thorpe Astley Surgery
Photo: Blaby District Council

The opening of the new branch surgery means patients registered at Kingsway Surgery are being offered GP and nurse appointments closer to home.

Kingsway Surgery has nearly 2,000 registered patients that live in Thorpe Astley, who previously had to travel to access healthcare at the main site in Braunstone Town.

The services at Thorpe Astley Branch Surgery are however available to all 10,600 patients registered at Kingsway Surgery.

The new branch surgery is initially open on Mondays and Thursdays, but the practice is hoping to offer more appointments as patient demand grows.

GP appointments and practice nurse clinics are available on Mondays, while a minor surgery clinic will take place on Thursdays.

The modern facility is fully accessible and has disabled parking bays. Parking is also available on site.

The branch surgery has opened following investment from Blaby District Council, Braunstone Town Council, NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, and Kingsway Surgery.

Stephen Samson, Practice Manager at Kingsway Surgery: “We are delighted our new branch surgery is now open for patients. This facility means our patients can have their healthcare needs met in a convenient location at the heart of the local community.”

Jamie Barrett, Head of Primary Care at NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The opening of this new branch surgery is really positive news for local patients, who can now access medical appointments closer to home.

“This facility is a shining example of NHS and local authority colleagues working collaboratively to meet the needs of local people now, and for years to come in the future.”

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council said: “We are proud to have played a role in ensuring Thorpe Astley Community Centre can host the new GP branch surgery.

“We know residents of the area have been waiting for this moment and the positive work with our partners has meant access to local NHS services is about to commence in the heart of the Thorpe Astley community.”

Kingsway Surgery sought the views of patients before deciding to open the new branch surgery. More than three-quarters of patients said they would benefit from extra space at Thorpe Astley.

Community Services Showcase at District Council Offices

An event to highlight the work that Blaby District Council’s Community Services team undertake is being held in Narborough.

Community Services provide a wide range of services protecting individuals and communities from harm and helping to grow thriving, independent local communities.

Services include Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour.

Children’s Support Services and BB19 Youth, which engages with younger members of the district, are also active within the Community Services team, who work with partners from across the County to deliver their projects.

The Community Services Showcase takes place at the Council’s Narborough Offices, Desford Road, LE19 2EP from 1pm on Friday 19 May.

Partner organisation such as Supporting Leicestershire Families, Acorn Training, Turning Point and the Youth Employability Project will also have stands showcasing their services.

The 75-minute session will offer the chance to find out more about these services and how to access them, as well as the launch of the “Housing Skills for Life” programme.

Housing Skills for Life will be a new workshop helping residents with budgeting and money management skills.

Other sessions include tenancy rights and responsibilities, healthy eating and accessing local services.

To book onto the event, visit the Eventbrite page.

For more information on the event
call 0116 272 7626
or email

Lubbesthorpe School plans approved

Lubbesthorpe School artist impression

The first primary school in New Lubbesthorpe has been approved, with construction set to begin in June.

Blaby District Council approved plans submitted by the Drummond Estate to construct a 420-place, two-form entry primary school required as part of the Section 106 Agreement earlier this month.

The school will be built close to the current development of homes by Beggars Lane and is close to the local centre which will include shops and other facilities. Is it anticipated to open by September 2019 based on the current dwelling occupation rate at Lubbesthorpe.

Once completed, Lubbesthorpe will contain 4,250 homes, as well as a further primary school and a secondary school to be built as the development progresses. Local shops, parks, leisure facilities and industrial units are also planned for the new settlement.

Cat Hartley, Group Manager for Planning, Economic and Community Development, said: “We’re pleased to be able to approve these plans for the first primary school in Lubbesthorpe. The development is growing at a rapid rate and by the time the school is completed we expect the first intake of pupils will be ready.

“This also highlights that the infrastructure promised during the application phase is being delivered, which will make Lubbesthorpe a highly desirable and sustainable development.”

For more information about Lubbesthorpe and to find planning applications about the development, visit