Enderby Dodgeball celebrates funding boost

Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club

The girls’ team of Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club has received a brand new kit, worth £750, from the GFORCE Grassroots Campaign which aims to provide financial support to help sports teams and clubs from across the Midlands achieve their aspirations.

The Club, which was founded in 2014, has grown in popularity recently with more than 90 members aged from 4 to 17 years of age and also includes the UK’s first junior girls’ team, The White Tigers. And to encourage the growth of the girls’ team, the club applied to the Grassroots Campaign for funding so it could get a specialised kit to give The White Tigers an identity of their own.

Mark Yates, chairperson of Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club, said:

“Our whole club has enjoyed some great success of late particularly at U16 and U13 level but we are expecting great things from our U11s and The White Tigers moving forward, too.

“We are so pleased to receive the tops and shorts for our girls’ team because it means they can develop their own look and style. Katie, The White Tigers coach, led the design process of the kit and consulted with the girl’s squad who wanted something that would stand out when playing on the court and depict The White Tigers theme, which they also chose.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to GFORCE for giving our girls’ team this fantastic opportunity. As the first Girls Junior Dodgeball team in the UK it gives the team a cutting edge when on court. The support we have received from the Grassroots campaign has helped to increase the enjoyment that the girls have for dodgeball and their team and enhances our commitment to grow this area of the sport.”

GFORCE Sportswear, launched the Grassroots campaign in 2016 to reinforce its engagement to grassroots sport by setting aside a £5,000 pot of money which organisations across the East Midlands could apply to for grants, with a maximum value of up to £750 per team or club. Following an incredibly successful first year, the campaign was opened up to the entire Midlands area for 2017.

Simon Ward, sales director at GFORCE Sportswear, said

“The GFORCE Grassroots campaign exists to reward the dedication, passion and success of sports teams and clubs from across the Midlands and it reinforces our commitment to grassroots sport.

“It is clear to see that Enderby Junior Dodgeball Club epitomises everything that is great about Grassroots sport. It does such a lot for its local community and works so hard to grow the sport of Dodegball whilst encouraging as many girls as possible to take part. It’s fantastic to see the hard work and commitment from the coaches and committee members, and all the young people who are taking part in the teams, really paying off.

“We are delighted to have been able to make this donation to the White Tigers and wish them all the best in the future.”

[Source: Gforce Sportswear website | Enderby Junior Dodgeball on Facebook]

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Report ’empty homes’ during Empty Homes Week 2017

Empty Homes WeekEnderby residents, along with others in Blaby District are being encouraged to report empty homes in their area in a bid to bring them back into use as part of Empty Homes Week.

National Empty Homes Week 2017  runs from the 16th to 22nd October.

Every year local authorities, housing providers, community-led organisations and others see Empty Homes Week as an opportunity to organise events and put out information so that people know about their work to tackle empty homes.

After six months of being left empty, properties are classed as a Long Term Empty (LTE.)

Over the last two years over 250 LTEs that were previously dormant have been transformed to become homes with the work of officers at Blaby District Council.

Properties become LTEs for many reasons, including family disputes, renovation costs or the death of an owner.

Empty homes are at high risk of both deterioration and vandalism the longer they remain unoccupied.

Work to give these homes a new lease of life ensures more houses are available, and benefits the local community.

LTEs reported to the Council are assessed and attempts are made to engage the property’s owner. While most only need advice, some enforcement action has been taken to get the houses into use.

A loan or grant of up to £10,000 is available for owners who want to bring their home back into liveable condition but may not have the finances to start the project.

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

“Reviving empty homes is a national priority and I’m proud that we’ve been able to help so many desperately needed properties become available again.

“We try and work with the owners of properties to bring them back into use, but we will take enforcement action if we need to. Some properties are in very poor condition and it’s unfair on local residents to endure these houses in their area.”

Residents concerned about an empty home, or owners who would like help can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/emptyhomes or call 0116 275 0555 for more information.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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District Council successfully stops another large development

Map of development areaBlaby District Council’s decision to refuse a planning application of up to 200 dwellings in Cosby has been upheld by The Planning Inspectorate and comes just weeks after another appeal was dismissed following the refusal of 170 homes in Countesthorpe.

The application on land off Croft Road, Cosby in the village was refused back in November 2016.

The Council rejected the plans, submitted by Jelson Limited, after the application conflicted with policies set out by the Blaby District Local Plan, which seeks to promote sustainable development.

In addition, the substantial development would have “been within an area of open countryside and would lead to significant over provision of housing with the village, which would be contrary to the Council’s Local Plan.”

Summing up the appeal in his 13-page decision, Inspector Philip Lewis concluded:

Philip Lewis

Philip Lewis

“The identified conflict with the policies for the location of new development, with the limited harm to the character and appearance of the area and loss of best and most versatile agricultural land significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the appeal scheme.  Consequently the proposal would not represent sustainable development”

However, the decision has invited a mixed response on social media with some commenting ” I take it all you people have a house to live in…….” and “This isn’t good news for everyone you know…” (Spotted Cosby)

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

Cllr. Sheila Scott

Cllr. Sheila Scott

“This is another key ruling for us, and one which we are naturally pleased with. We were clear with the applicants from the outset that this was not a sustainable site for development.

“We hope this sends the message to applicants that we will refuse planning applications if they do not follow the guidelines and policies set out both nationally and by this Council.”


[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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Casepak secures 64,000 tonne recycling contract

Casepak lorry and MRF (2)Leicester-based recycling and waste management firm, Casepak, who have a collections and processing facility in Enderby, has been awarded a contract by Leicestershire County Council to process up to 64,000 tonnes per annum of dry mixed recyclables. 

Leicestershire County Council put the contract to process the county’s dry recyclables out to tender following the Cabinet’s decision to pass its ‘Dry Recycling Credit Saving Strategy’, which sought ways to reduce the County Council’s expenditure on recycling credits.  

Casepak already has existing contracts in place with several Leicestershire waste collection authorities, which will continue to be covered under the terms of the new contract so the transition is expected to be smooth. 

The company currently processes a combined 38,000 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials from Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Harborough District Council at its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) as well as managing an additional 6,000 tonnes per annum from Recycling and Household Waste Sites in Leicestershire at its Collections and Processing Facility in Enderby. 

 In addition, the new contract could see Casepak potentially gain an extra 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry recyclables from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. 

The new contract will commence on the 1 April 2018 and has been awarded for a minimum of four years, with the option to extend up to 10 years. 

The dry recycling stream includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and aluminium cans and drinks cartons.

Once collected, these items will be sent to Casepak’s £21 million state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Braunstone Frith, Leicester.

The material is then sorted, graded and processed using the latest recycling technology.  

Cllr Blake Pain

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for waste at Leicestershire County Council, said:

“Following a competitive tendering process, we are happy to be able to work with Casepak in our attempts to encourage residents to recycle their waste. 

“Awarding this contract will not just help us towards our goal to save more than £1 million a year, but it supports the local economy and recycling services.” 

Georgina Cullen

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, said:

“As a Leicester-based company we are delighted to have been awarded this substantial contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables.  

“We look forward to partnering with Leicestershire County Council over the next few years and helping to increase recycling rates across the county.”   

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.  

More information is available at www.casepak.co.uk 

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The life of Enderby Squire Charles Loraine Smith

A symposium on the life of Charles Loraine Smith, Squire of Enderby (1751-1835) is to be held on October 24th at the Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1RB.

Applications for tickets has to be made by Friday 13th October 2017.

Tickets cost £10 to include an essay and refreshments of tea and cake

Timetable for the day is:

1.30pm – Melton Carnegie: Exhibition of the life and work of Charles Loraine Smith (1751-1835) of Enderby, Leicester

2-4pm – Various talks from Dr Robert Fountain, Sally Mitchell, Heidi Strobel & Philip Warren

More details: call 0116 305 3860 or email meltonmuseum@leics.gov.uk

(See also poster below)

More details: call 0116 305 3860 or email meltonmuseum@leics.gov.uk

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