Love Your Community? Love Blaby Lottery!

Blaby Lottery LogoA new lottery with a £25,000 jackpot is launching in the District of Blaby to support local good causes.

Blaby District Council’s Councillors approved plans for the authority to launch its own online community lottery, Love Blaby Lottery, to benefit local community organisations across the local area.

Tickets cost just £1, with 60p given to local good causes, compared to only 28p in every pound from National Lottery ticket sales. The lottery is anticipated to launch in 2018.

Weekly draws will be held with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. £2,000, £250, £25 and three free tickets can also be won in each draw.

Good causes in the district will be able to set up their own lottery page to receive 50p in every pound spent by players entering. 10p is put into a general ‘good cause’ fund to be administered by the Council.

Players who do not support a specific cause will see 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund and distributed by the Council.

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

“The Love Blaby Lottery provides a great opportunity to help local good causes to raise additional money.

“We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our community grants scheme and other initiatives, including plans to appoint a Community Champion who will lead on this exciting initiative.”

Regular updates about the launch of Love Blaby Lottery will be available on the Council’s website and through its social media channels.

Local organisations can find out about how to sign up to the lottery and benefit from the money raised at two events groups can register to attend.

For more information contact the Partnerships & Community Development Team via strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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New car park charges arrive next week

Car ParkThe introduction of revised prices at five car parks in the district will come into place on Monday 4th September.

Four car parks in Blaby and one in Narborough will see an increase in parking charges.

From next week, Johns Court, Enderby Road and Weavers Court will all cost 30p for up to two hours. Wigston Road in Blaby will cost £1.50 to park all day. Residents permits will still be available in all four car parks.

Monday’s changes will also see Narborough Station cost £5 to park for the day, with season tickets priced at £450.

The Council currently manages 22 car parks in the district, a service which currently runs at a deficit of £82,300 (2015/16.)

In addition to the new pricing, eight car parks are planned to transfer over to Parish Councils to help fill the gap.

All ticket machines will be updated and car park signs amended to reflect the new pricing.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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District Council successful in stopping unwanted development

Blaby District Council’s refusal of an application of up to 170 dwellings in Countesthorpe has been upheld by The Planning Inspectorate.

The application on land adjacent to Leicester Road and Foston Road in the village was refused back in November 2016.

 

The Council rejected the plans, submitted by Catesby Estates 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 “represented an unwarranted intrusion of urban development beyond the existing well defined edge.” It was also felt that the dwellings would have caused “significant harm to the character and appearance of the landscape and character of the village.”

Summing up the appeal in his 11-page decision, Inspector Richard Allen concluded:

“The proposed development would not accord with the development plan as a whole. The material considerations advanced by the appellant are not sufficient to persuade me that the proposal should be determined other than in accordance with the development plan.”

Mr Allen also established that Blaby District Council can demonstrate a five year supply of housing land, which is required by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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

“This is an important ruling for us, and one which we are naturally delighted 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.”

The ruling comes a year after another appeal was dismissed following the refusal of up to 150 homes off Cosby Road in Countesthorpe.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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Enderby First Eleven battle hard for draw – and ‘Seconds’ show their class

After what can only be described as an ‘interesting’ week in Leicestershire cricket, the 1st XI found themselves going into this weekend’s fixture against Market Harborough just outside the relegation zone for the first time this season.

In a news item  on Enderby Cricket Club’s web page, Matt Yates writes:

Once again Steve Coughlin won the toss and decided to bowl first on a beautiful summer’s day in Market Harborough.

Things didn’t start well, with Market Harborough getting off to a flyer with the opening pair putting on 96 inside 15 overs; Parkinson (3-26) broke the partnership, bowling Leonard for a rapid 59.

Even though this wicket did slow the run rate down, Market Harborough continued to pile on the runs with Kendall and Butchart (70) taking the score over 200, before Kendall (93) was dismissed by Yates (2-40) to a slightly questionable LBW decision.

This dismissal energised Enderby as they took 7 wickets in the last 10 overs and restricted Market Harborough to 276-9, when a score well over 300 looked on the cards at one point.

After losing Patel early, Enderby started to pile on runs of their own, with Wormington (38) crashing all the Market Harborough bowlers round the ground before misjudging a sweep shot that ended up with him being caught on the deep backward square leg boundary, with the score on 77.

Next came Parkinson to the crease, who continued to keep the scoreboard turning over. Unfortunately Market Harborough spinner O’Callaghan (4-26) took wickets at the other end; keeping the run-rate down and making Parkinson take a few more risks to keep Enderby on track for their target.

When Parkinson was dismissed in the 35th over for 64 to another dubious LBW decision, Enderby suffered a mini batting collapse, going from 185-4 to 196-8 in the next 6 overs.

With the winning target now very unlikely, the in batsmen Yates (22*) and Cartwright (8*) decided to just make sure Enderby didn’t lose the game, taking them as close as possible to the target and minimising risks to give Enderby as many points as possible.

For the second week in a row, the pair stayed together until the end, putting on 39 runs in the last 9 overs, finishing on 235-8 and giving Enderby a well-deserved draw along with a crucial 11 points to keep the 1st XI survival hopes alive.

The 2nd XI hosted table toppers Shree Sanatan, looking to continue their good form of late, as they pull further away from the relegation zone.

 

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David Haden

Surprisingly, captain Ian Turner managed to win a toss and decided to bat first on another good looking track at Mill Lane and boy did they make the most of it! They smashed their way to 212-1 in the 33rd over with Haden (113) and Hood (91) putting on over 150 in double quick time.

When both men were dismissed quickly by Rana (4-44), Enderby looked to continue the push for 300 – playing very aggressively. Unfortunately this lead to a lot of wickets falling in the last 10 overs, but Enderby’s risks were rewarded when the team finished on a monster 291-9 from their 45 overs.

After a positive start, Shree Sanatan’s reply never really got going, with wickets falling at regular intervals throughout the innings.

The top bowler was Harrison (4-44) who took vital wickets throughout. Surprisingly, for the last 15 overs the opposition seemed happy just not to lose the game, without even attempting to go for the extra bonus points available to them, limping to 214-9 in their 45 overs, well short of their target.

Another positive weekend for the club, the rumours of the 1st XI demise have been greatly exaggerated, with them picking up critical points at the business end of the season, while the 2nd XI go from strength to strength with another dominating display.

The 1st XI host Leicester Ivanhoe this weekend, still just outside the relegation zone, knowing more points are a must if they are to keep the chasing Lutterworth at bay.

The 2nd XI travel to Birstall Village, looking to keep their strong form going, enabling them to finish as strong as possible as we approach the end of the season.

Pop down for a beer (or lemonade if you’re a youngen’) and cheer on The Bees!

[Source: Enderby Cricket Club News 29th Aug 2017]
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Community groups toast funding success to help victims of crime recover

Support services for vulnerable victims of crime are among the first recipients of a £250,000 funding windfall to help prevent crime across Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today (Thursday 31st August) awarded funding grants to three successful organisations whose work will help him to protect survivors of hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence and encourage others to come forward and seek help from police.

The ceremony took place at Leicestershire Constabulary’s Force HQ at St Johns, Enderby,

The grants are the first to be awarded as part of the PCC’s new Prevention Fund which is designed to help voluntary and third sector groups support the public safety goals in his Police and Crime Plan and confront pressing community issues.

Willy Bach said:

“I’m delighted to present the first of my Crime Prevention awards to further the excellent work taking place to support and protect those at risk of becoming a victim of crime across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

“One of the key priorities of my Police and Crime Plan is to protect the most vulnerable members of our society including those affected by mental illness, hate crime and domestic violence. Suffering in silence only prolongs the emotional or physical harm suffered by these individuals and I want to do everything I can to encourage people to report their experiences and seek help sooner for their immediate safety and long-term psychological recovery.

“I would like to congratulate these successful organisations for their innovative approach to victim recovery and look forward to seeing the positive results of this investment. For any organisation which is interested in applying funding, it’s not too late. Further awards will be on the way.”

Prior to the ceremony, in a statement Willy Bach told the EYE:

PCC Lord Willy Bach

Lord Willy Bach: More funding available

“The first round of my Prevention Fund has been extremely competitive and the decision-making process has been difficult.

“However, there is more funding available for those organisations which can make a real difference to people’s lives and have a positive and long-term impact on public safety.”

Among those celebrating in the first round of the grants scheme was Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre which received £9,945 for its LGBT and Hate Crime Ambassador project.

The initiative will address the issue of under-reporting of LGBT and hate incidents through the recruitment of volunteer ambassadors.

Willy Bach pointed out that with the fabulous Leicester Pride Festival taking place at the weekend, it was a double cause for celebration for the Centre.

Andrew Bolland, strategic development and partnerships manager for the centre, said:

“Leicester LGBT Centre are delighted to have received support from the PCC’s Crime Prevention Fund to enable us to undertake a project to increase awareness of Hate Crime towards LGBT communities and develop a network of Anti-Hate Crime Ambassadors who will work with members of the community to encourage those affected by hostility to report incidents and access practical and emotional support.

“Through the funding we will be able to strengthen our existing multi-partnerships with agencies including Leicestershire Police.”

The Commissioner also presented The Community Hub in Leicester City with £9,809.28 for 2017-18 and £9,956.42 for 2018-19 for The Centre Project which supports people at risk of becoming either a victim or perpetrator of crime, particularly adults who are socially isolated and suffer mental ill health.

Eric Waweru of The Centre Project said:

“The funding will enable the charity to expand its provision by engaging a Community Engagement Worker who will better support individuals to access specialist services and support, as well as facilitating opportunities for increasing the level of client engagement in the community among other things. Everyone at The Centre Project is sincerely grateful for this funding”.

Lastly, the PCC presented £9,929 to the Shama Women’s Centre for its ESCAPE project which empowers and supports women and girls from the BME community in their recovery from domestic violence, hate crime and mental health issues.

Khudeja Amer-Sharif, coordinator, said:

“Shama Women’s Centre welcomes the fact that Lord Willy Bach has recognised the need to support the centre to deliver the ESCAPE Project through the PCC Grant. The grant will help to raise the awareness and improve reporting of Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Hate Crime that Black Minority Women in Leicester increasingly suffer by providing a range of culturally conducive support packages.”

Small grants are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health.

A further £250,000 is available in 2018-19.

The funding is available all year and there is no deadline for applications. However, the PCC has the right at his discretion to close the programme at any point dependant on the continued availability of funding.

Interested parties must first complete an eligibility statement and, if successful, applicants can then move on to complete an application form.

Both the eligibility statement and the application form should be submitted by email to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Commissioner will require ongoing performance and financial monitoring to ensure successful projects meet the goals outlined in the application and agreed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. For more details and to apply, visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk/funding-2017-18.

2017 Leics PCC Awards Group

Photograph shows L-R: Kirk Master Deputy PCC; Liz McDermott (PCC’s Commissioning and Contracts Officer); Eric Waweru (The Centre Project); Judy Fallon (Leicester LGBT Centre); PCC Lord Willy Bach; Khudeja Amer-Sharif and Yasmin Nathani (Shama Women’s Centre)

[Source: Office of the Leicestershire PCC]
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