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Keys to new Council Depot handed over

Council Depot [Photo: BDC]Blaby District Council has received the keys to its brand new depot in Whetstone following an eight-month build programme.

Neighbourhood Services, made up of the Refuse and Recycling and Grounds Maintenance teams, will be making the short move to the modern, state-of-the-art facility over the coming weeks, with a grand opening in the autumn.

After over 60 years in Littlethorpe, the team’s relocation will help to maintain the excellent reputation with residents for refuse and recycling. Currently, 97% of respondents to the most recent Residents Survey said they were satisfied with the service.

The new depot will be adjacent to the County Council-run Whetstone Recycling Site and contains an administration area, operational staff facilities and a fully equipped training room.

Whetstone Recycling Site is solely the responsibility of Leicestershire County Council. Blaby District Council’s Whetstone Depot and the Recycling Site are not related.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities, such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“This development has been anticipated since planning permission was approved and the whole Council are excited by our fantastic new depot.

“This investment emphasises our commitment to the Neighbourhood Services team, and will enable them to continue their great work.”

Tim Boxford, Associate at maber architects, designers of the new depot added:

It has been fantastic to work with a client that has shared our vision that seemingly mundane buildings don’t have to have mundane designs. We’d like to think that we have broken the mould for industrial buildings, by creating a set of simple, sleek forms realised in a striking palette of materials.”

Phil Harrison, the Managing Director of Wates Construction Midlands and North, who undertook the development, is quoted as saying:

Our delivery of Blaby District Council’s new depot has required a deep-rooted understanding of the technicalities involved in the build, as well as an established knowledge of the local environment to ensure the development is sympathetic to its surroundings.”

Mr Harrison further commented that Wates’ proficiency in the technical areas has been demonstrated throughout the delivery of the Whetstone scheme, which will ultimately enable the council to increase operational efficiency in its waste management.

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Once fully operational the depot will become the base for around 80 employees working within Neighbourhood Services.

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[Photos: Blaby District Council]

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Views wanted on Draft Police & Crime Plan

sir clive loaderPolice and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader is set to unveil his draft plan for tackling crime and reducing the number of victims in Leicestershire over the next four years.

Sir Clive (pictured left) will be formally presenting his plan to the Leicestershire Police and Crime Panel on Wednesday 30 January along with his proposals for the budget. The Panel has until Friday 8 February to respond to the budget, and five days to respond to the plan.

Sir Clive would very much like to hear from members of the public, who have until 10 March to send their comments about the plan. The feedback from both public and partners will be used to help shape a refined plan due to be issued in September, which will take account of changes to funding processes, the impact of savings strategies and new commissioning plans.

The full draft plan can be found here with a summary here. Comments from members of the public can be sent to police.commissioner@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk or by using the Contact Us form.

Council is first district authority in Leicestershire to sign up to Climate Local commitment

Blaby District Council is the first district authority in the county to sign up to the Climate Local commitment.

Council Leader Ernie White signed the document on Friday December 21, which pledges to take action in a changing climate.

The aim of Climate Local is to help councils across the country capture the opportunities and benefits of action on a changing climate, through saving on their energy bills, investigating renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, reducing flood risks and managing the impacts of extreme weather.

By signing up Blaby District Council has made a commitment to help its community to be smarter about their energy use, deliver services that are resource efficient, and ensure council buildings and operations use clean energy and are well prepared for the impacts of a changing climate.

Councillor Ernie White, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “In signing this commitment we will set locally-owned and determined actions to reduce carbon emissions, and publish this along with our progress, enabling local communities to hold us to account.

“We will share the learning from our experiences and achievements with other councils, and regularly refresh our commitments and actions to ensure they are current and continue to reflect local priorities.”

Councillor Guy Jackson, Chairman of Leicestershire Together Environmental Hub, said: “I’m extremely pleased to see that Blaby District Council has signed the Climate Local and join Leicestershire County Council as authorities that have signed up in Leicestershire.”

The Climate Local commitment replaces the former Nottingham Declaration, which Chief Executive Sandra Whiles signed in December 2006.

For further information on Climate Local visit www.local.gov.uk/the-lga-and-climate-change

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Boxer clocks up the miles for cancer appeal

Midlands heavy weight boxing champion Scott King, from Blaby, has invited his local community to join him on his 3 ½ mile training route to raise money for the Our Space Appeal at Leicester’s Hospitals.

Scott is holding a fundraising day at the Bakers Arms in Blaby on Sunday 28th October where participants can join in a relay of his training route which starts and finishes at the Bakers.

Scott said:

“Everyone is invited and can participate, young, old, runners, walkers – anyone can take part to help raise these vital funds to help our youngsters who have cancer. Please come along and join in the fun on the day.”

Scott is training to defend his title in a fight with Lenny Buttling scheduled for 8th September at Liquid Envy in Leicester.

He will be visiting the young cancer patients at the Royal Infirmary on Friday (31st) at 12 noon who are in temporary accommodation whilst the building work takes place for this brand new dedicated cancer centre.

There is still £150,000 to raise to hit the £1.4million Our Space Appeal target. The ward will include an upgraded area for children aged 0-13 years, a teenage cancer trust unit for young people aged between 13-24 years and a joint treatment area.

To register for the event and receive sponsor forms please contact Debbie Adlerstein on 0116 258 8531/07921 545484.

To find out more or to support Scott go to: www.justgiving.com/ClockUpTheMilesWithScottKing.