Multiple failures lead to Glenford Grange prosecution

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A company in charge of four flats in Glen Parva have been convicted following multiple failures in maintenance and safety.

Glenford Grange Properties UK Ltd were convicted following three separate inspections of the Glenford Grange House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in May and June last year, following an initial report of rodents.

Environmental Health Officers discovered multiple instances of poor care and maintenance throughout the HMO.

A total of 54 failures under regulations 5, 8 and 9 of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007 were found across the four flats and communal areas of the property, including:

  • Automatic Fire Detection system not maintained or working
  • Defective bannisters leading to flats two and three
  • A socket in the bedroom of flat two was broken and resting on the floor, exposing live conductors
  • No handrail on the open side of the stairs from the ground to the first floor
  • The overflow from the toilet was dripping on to the outside step outside the door from the lobby to the rear garden.
Failure to comply with the 2007 Regulations is an offence under s234 of the Housing Act 2004.

The company have been summonsed for sentencing at Leicester Magistrates Court at 10am on Wednesday 31 January, following conviction under the Single Justice Procedure on Tuesday 02 January 2018.

Each Regulation for which they have been convicted carries a potentially unlimited fine.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder, said:

“We were absolutely horrified by what our Environmental Health Officers discovered at this property.

“No reasonable landlord should ever think this property was in an acceptable state to rent out to anyone. What we found were frankly disgusting conditions.

“I hope the pictures and this conviction highlight how seriously we take this type of offence.

“We would encourage anyone living in accommodation they deem to be in poor condition to contact us so we can investigate.”

The landlord has since carried out extensive works to the communal areas and three of the four flats. The fourth flat is still prohibited for use.

Anyone concerned about the condition of the property they are renting within the district can contact the Environmental Health Team via 0116 275 0555 or email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk.

 

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Appeal – Do you recognise this man?

Officers would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault which happened in Station Road, Narborough, on 16 December at around 8.35pm.

A man was hit on the back of his head suffering minor injuries.

If you are the man, recognise the man or have any further information, contact us by phone on 101 quoting incident number 17000549637.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online https://goo.gl/9bQ55y. Your personal details won’t be taken, information isn’t traced or recorded and you will not be required to go to court.

£1250 fine for barking dog

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A local resident who failed to prevent his dog from barking has been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Eric Davies, 43, of Countesthorpe was living at Forest Road, Narborough, when a total of 18 residents made complaints to the Council about the barking of his dog last year. Blaby District Council served Mr Davies with a noise abatement notice in February 2017, with breaches of the notice witnessed by Environmental Health officers between 19 May and 17 August 2017.

He pleded guilty to five charges of failing to comply with the abatement notice in court and was given a £576 fine, with £620 costs and a £57 victim surcharge.

No alternative

Cllr. Hewson

Speaking about the matter, Blaby District Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“Our Environmental Health officers tried many times to ensure that Mr Davies’ dog was no longer posing a noise problem to residents.

“Unfortunately despite the work we were left with no alternative but to seek this course of action.

“We work hard to prevent unnecessary and nuisance noise for district residents and would encourage anyone experiencing a similar problem to report it to us so our team can investigate.”

Anyone with concerns about unwanted noise in their area can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/noise or call 0116 275 0555 for more information.

Local Plan consultation ending soon

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There’s just one week left for residents to have their say on a plan to shape housing and employment across the District of Blaby over the coming years.

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.

With sites for new homes at Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East included, the Delivery DPD also proposes an employment site in Enderby.

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

The consultation closes on Thursday 18 January 2018.

The document will enable the Council to approve and refuse planning applications on its own terms; ensuring residents get the most appropriate decisions in their area.

For more details on the consultation, how to make a comment and to view all Delivery DPD documents visit www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd.

Have your say on how city and county will grow

PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on a plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future.

A draft Strategic Growth Plan is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils, the seven local borough and district authorities and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

It puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050.

The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the Local Plans that the city, borough and district councils are or will be preparing or reviewing.

It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth.

Now, people are invited to comment on the plan by taking part in a county-wide consultation, which runs from 11 January until 5 April 2018.

The plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire needs 96,580 new homes and 367-423 hectares of employment land from 2011-2031.

Some of these homes have already been built or have planning permission.

Beyond 2031, the plan identifies the need for a further 90,500 dwellings and additional employment land, which is why further land needs to be unlocked.

Local Plans will deal with the detailed allocation of which sites will be brought forward.

Draft proposals put forward in the Strategic Growth Plan include major infrastructure improvements on which new growth is dependent.

These include a new link road – the A46 Expressway – to the south and east of Leicester, running from the M69 and the M1 to the A46 north of the city.

The plans seek to relieve pressure around the busy M1 Junction 21 which frequently impacts on traffic in the Enderby area.

The A5 and A42 would also be upgraded to expressway status, supporting growth in these areas. Rail improvements are also proposed.

These road and rail improvements would require significant Government investment and would relieve congestion pressures along the M1 and more widely across the Midlands. It would also potentially unlock land for the required housing and employment.

Key areas for potential growth are the city of Leicester and the corridor of land around the proposed new road.

In a news item highlighting the Strategic Plan, BBC East Midlands Today featured the New Lubbesthorpe Development as it reported on the agreement of local councils to the future (post 2031) development of roads, homes and businesses being developed ‘together’. (See also statement by Cllr. Terry Richardson below)

Secondary areas for growth are identified in the north and the south of the county – there would be a ‘northern gateway’ close to East Midlands Airport, and a ‘southern gateway’, close to Magna Park.

Last night (Wednesday 10th January) Harborough District Council turned down an application by the owners of Magna Park for a large expansion to the existing (already large) distribution centre. Councillors were reviewing a decision by the Planning Committee the originally approved the development.

Growth is also proposed for Melton and Lutterworth, where it would support transport improvements and relieve congestion in the towns.

New housing would be built closer to where people work, to minimise congestion from commuters.

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

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

“Over the last few years we have been working with partners to produce this Strategic Growth Plan, with the aim of producing a strong framework to determine how Blaby and the wider area will meet its housing and employment needs over the next three decades.

“Too often growth has not been supported by the necessary infrastructure and the plan seeks to address this point and thereby provide for sustainable development.

“As well as the A46 expressway, the proposed Southern Gateway in the district will open up opportunities to develop sustainable housing, employment and infrastructure. This will ensure that we can protect the character of our existing villages and settlements.”

Cllr. Sheila Scott
Cllr. Sheila Scott

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Partnerships and Economic Development, said:

“We have worked with our partners to produce the Strategic Growth Plan and are now asking residents and businesses for their views.

“Through this plan we can ensure that growth can be delivered at the right time, in the right places, with the essential infrastructure that it needs. The Strategic Growth Plan will inform future Local Plans that the Council will produce and so it is important that the public has their say now.

“There are some exciting opportunities for the District: the proposed A46 expressway will reduce congestion on main routes through the District and attract investment that will continue to make Blaby an excellent area to live and work in.

“This is a long-term plan which demonstrates that the City and County are proactively working together to plan on how to accommodate growth and attract inward investment to the area in the future.”

To take part in the consultation, please see the website llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk or contact any of the local authorities or the LLEP.

Local consultation events are also being planned.

Details will be on the website.