BMW driver dies after collision with fire engine on Lubbesthorpe Way

police accident signA man has died after the car he was driving was involved in a collision on the A563 Lubbesthorpe Way.

It happened at 5am on Sunday 22nd October on the southbound carriageway and involved two vehicles, a silver BMW and a fire engine.

The driver of the BMW, James Sarson, of Attleborough, Nuneaton, was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he was pronounced deceased shortly afterwards.

His 26-year-old passenger was taken to the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire for treatment to injuries which are considered to be non-life threatening.

No one else was injured in the incident.

The A563 was closed in both directions to allow for an investigation of the scene.

A diversion remained in place from the McDonald’s roundabout to Everards roundabout until lifted at 12.40pm.

Leicestershire Police would like to speak to anyone who was driving in the area and saw the collision itself or either of the vehicles being driven beforehand.

If anyone has information to assist with police enquiries and have not yet been spoken to, the police would like to hear from you.

Call 101 if you can help quoting incident 131 of 22 October.

[Source: Leicestershire Constabulary]

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Consultation on waste collection changes opens

Blaby DC new vehicle rebrandA four-week consultation is to be launched on Blaby District Council’s plans to change its refuse and recycling collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in funding.

£740,000 will be lost from June 2018, including £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council. The remaining £235,000 of a five-year, £2 million Central Government grant awarded in 2013 to run weekly recycling collections will also come to an end.

The four-week consultation will run from Thursday 19 October and close at midnight on Friday 16 November. New proposals include:

  • Moving to an alternate weekly collection
  • All households with four or more occupants, eligible to receive a replacement 240 litre refuse bin and recycling bin free of charge, an increase from the current 140 litre standard bin.
  • Households under four persons can order a replacement 240ltr recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a small one-off cost.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“We realise that these proposals will result in a change for residents, but we want to ensure that a high quality waste collection service is maintained as it is so highly regarded by residents.

“We have worked extremely hard to come up with the best possible proposals which will still enable us to provide a quality service, as well as maintaining the many other services which are equally valued by our residents.

“However we need to hear our resident’s views on the service that will work best for them from June 2018.

“Many might ask if we could simply increase our element of the Council Tax to make up this shortfall in funding. However, the Blaby District Council element of the total Council Tax that residents pay would need to be increased by over 15% to do this.

“Only 6% of councils now run a weekly collection service, and we will ensure that changes to our service are dictated by the overriding need to continue to provide a first rate service along with reducing waste to landfill and further increase the district’s recycling rate.

“I strongly encourage as many people as possible to let us know their views during the consultation period.”

Residents can visit to find out more and have their say.

Paper copies will be available at local libraries and on request.

All views will be gathered and taken into consideration before a final decision is made by Councillors at a meeting planned for early 2018.

Residents will be kept up-to-date with all future plans before full implementation of any changes in the summer of 2018.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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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 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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