Category Archives: Civic

Family hampers to be delivered across the district

Xmas HampersOver fifty Christmas hampers donated by Blaby District Council employees and Councillors are being distributed to those most in need at Christmas.

Each hamper has been decorated with Christmas wrapping and contains many items for families to use, from toiletries and household items to tinned meats and Christmas puddings.

The Council is working with Supporting Leicestershire Families, Lightbulb and its Community Services team to give all hampers to families in the district.

Cat Hartley, Group Manager for Planning, Economic Development and Partnerships, who helped to organise the Council’s internal appeal, said:

“The response has been fantastic and we are all extremely proud of what colleagues have come together to achieve.

“All hampers include some of the most basic items, such as sanitary towels and baby wipes, that we might take for granted but some families are desperate for…and most of them also have a festive twist!

“We wanted to ensure as many residents in the district have the best Christmas possible, and this is just one small way we can try to make this happen.”

Those who need emergency support, including foodbanks can visit the Council’s Narborough Offices or call 0116 275 0555.

What’s in a hamper?

List of the most common items within each hamper:

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food
  • Tinned meat, vegetables, beans, soup and other canned goods
    Cereals
  • Pasta, rice, pasta sauce
  • Tinned fruit, puddings, custard
  • Biscuits, crisps, sweets, chocolates including Christmas puddings!
  • Tea & Coffee
[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

District Council announce refuse collection arrangements for next week

Refuse Collection wagonBlaby District Council have published their arrangements for refuse collection during next week (week commencing Monday 18th December) following on from the disruption caused by the weather this week.

The arrangements are for District residents with a scheduled bin day of Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and have been issued in order to clarify the arrangements for next week.

Double Collection

Residents who have not had their bin collected this week will get a double collection next week.

Additional waste left next to refuse and recycling bins will be accepted.

The following number of bags will be accepted next to the appropriate bin:

Refuse
140L – Up to three additional bags
240L – Up to four additional bags
360L – Up to five additional bags

Recycling
There is no limit on additional recycling.

The District Council ask residents to please ensure any containers/bags/sacks are clearly marked as recycling.

For the latest on waste collection services, visit the website or follow the Council’s Facebook/Twitter page.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Bad weather conditions affect Enderby refuse collection

Blaby District Council have announced their crews will NOT be collecting refuse, recycling or garden waste in Enderby today (12th December).

An attempt at collection was made in the morning, but crews were recalled at 8am due to the icy conditions.

On their Facebook page, the District Council said there will be a double collection next Tuesday.

They will attempt to collect garden waste at some point later in the week if conditions improve.

The District Council wish to once again thank residents for their patience.

Refuse Collection wagon

Three prosecuted for dog chipping offences

Three dog owners have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their pets microchip details were up to date.

Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, dog owners must have their pet microchipped, and for all details to have the most recent information with contact details for a dogs keeper.

Danielle Hawthorn of Packer Avenue, Leicester Forest East, was fined for the second time this year for failing to ensure chip details were up to date.

She was ordered to pay a £440 fine, £332.50 costs as well as a £44 victim surcharge.

Lynn Finch of Walnut Grove, Glen Parva failed to put any details on her dog’s chip.

She was given a six month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £323 costs and a pay victim surcharge of £20.

Shaun Franklin of Wigston Road, Blaby, was also given a six-month conditional discharge for not having updated details on his dog’s chip.

He was also ordered to pay £332.50 in costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.

All three were prosecuted after being served notice for failure to update their dogs chip, despite the 21 day period of notice and seven additional days to prove the required action had been taken.

Updating microchip details can be easily done over the phone or online and can cost as little as £16 depending on the database.

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

Cllr. Hewson
Cllr. Hewson: We can and will take action…

“We’re disappointed that we have had to take this action against three residents, including one for the second time this year.

We are happy to help anyone struggling with the process to ensure their dog can be identified.

This emphasises that we can and will take action against those who do not comply with the law.”

For more information on dog law, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs or call 0116 275 0555.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Local Plan consultation launches

Map of DistrictA plan to shape housing and employment across the District of Blaby in the coming years is being consulted on with residents and local businesses.

The Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) is the second part of Blaby District Council’s overall Local Plan.

The Local Plan is an important set of documents that help determine the outcome of planning applications.

The Delivery DPD includes sites for new homes at Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East.

An employment site in Enderby is also proposed.

A new policies map shows where development in the district should be focussed, as well as the important environmental assets that should be protected.

Consultation opened on Wednesday 29 November and will close on Thursday 18 January 2018. The Council is inviting residents to view the plans and comment on the proposals within the Delivery DPD.

After consultation responses are reviewed, the proposed document will be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by an inspector.

Once finalised, the Delivery DPD and Policies Map will be adopted and, alongside the Core Strategy will replace the Local Plan 1999.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said:

“This is a vital document for the Council as it enables us to approve and refuse planning applications on our own terms; ensuring residents get the most appropriate decisions in their area.

“It also gives us the opportunity to protect and improve some of our most vital assets, as well as plan for new homes and employment sites, which are vital to help the district grow in areas we have identified will be most appropriate.”

All Delivery DPD documents and details of how to make comments are available at www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd.

Information is also on display in local libraries and at the Council’s Narborough Offices.

For further details contact the Development Strategy team via email at planning.policy@blaby.gov.uk or write to the team at Blaby District Council, Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]