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Lightbulb project shines at LGC Awards

A partnership project hosted by Blaby District Council was a winner at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards on 21st March.

In partnership with Leicestershire County Council, district councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) and Leicestershire Partnership Trust, the Lightbulb project was shortlisted alongside some of local government’s most innovative initiatives, and was the winning entry in the Public/Public Partnership category for its work in supporting vulnerable people to live in their homes as safely as possible.

Following the roll-out in October 2017, 89 per cent of service users have reported an improvement in their physical and mental health under the new scheme. A reduction of just one fall for every 17 residents saves the local health and care economy £21,000 per year.

With Lightbulb now rolled out across Leicestershire, more service users will be able to take advantage of the benefits, including a much reduced waiting time for housing adaptations, fewer people involved in each case and a vast reduction in delivery cost.

Analysis on 357 patients experiencing improved care and an 84 percent reduction in NHS costs, worth up to £550,000 in savings over a one-year period.

Cllr. Brecon
Cllr. Lee Brecon: Blaby proud to host Lightbulb project

Back in September, Lightbulb was named ‘Best Collaborative Working Initiative’ by the Association for Public Service Excellence and Commended at the Home Improvement Agency Awards.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Blaby District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is Lightbulb’s third award in under six months, and continues to prove how this partnership is recognised nationally for the positive difference it is making.

“We are so proud to host Lightbulb and continue the project’s innovative work in changing the way local people access housing adaptations.”

Cllr. Pam Posnett
Cllr. Pam Posnett

Councillor Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Health, said: “the outcomes already achieved through the Lightbulb programme, speak for themselves and have proven by working collaboratively, we can make a significant difference to people’s lives”.

The awards ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 21 March 2018.

[Source and Lead Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]

Trial closure of Dog Waste Bins abandoned as tip issues are resolved

Enderby Parish Councillors have learned that the operational issues with the District’s Dedicated Dog Waste Bins (DDWB’s) has been resolved.

The proposed trial closure of designated dog bins will not now be necessary.

Leicestershire County Council have now provided a more appropriate facility for Blaby District Council to dispose of both mixed litter and waste from designated dog bins that avoids the problematic issues of going to a landfill site close to Lutterworth.

Dog
Picture: Louise Baldock ( http://louisebaldock.blogspot.co.uk)

As the EYE reported on 14th March (Designated dog-waste bins may ‘disappear’ after local trial) the small transit van size tippers used by the District Council’s cleansing teams were regularly getting stuck on the landfill site, being overloaded due to mud being stuck to the underside of the vehicles, and expensive repairs were being incurred correcting damage caused on the site.

Expensive repairs were becoming alarmingly regular in order to correct damage caused on the site.

The change of stance by the County Council has enabled the District Council’s cleansing teams to continue to collect waste in the same way from street bins without the need to mix waste or close any designated dog waste bins. This will come as welcome news to many dog walkers in Enderby and Narborough.

Marriott Hotel in Enderby to host Business Breakfast event

District businesses are being invited to attend the popular free breakfast meeting next month to hear all the latest news about business support and funding.

Blaby District Council’s Business Breakfast event will take place on Friday 3rd February at The Leicester Marriott Hotel, Grove Park, Enderby LE19 1SW.

A free breakfast is on offer for the bright and early start time of 7:30am.

Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership will be attending to discuss the latest services available to local businesses, along with information on grant and funding programmes.

Representatives from South Leicestershire College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College will also explain how SMEs and Micro Businesses can receive free training for employees to help develop and sustain their business.

Councillor Lee Breckon Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy Portfolio Holder, said:

“Business Breakfast meetings are events we are immensely proud to host for local enterprise.

“They have proved extremely popular with local businesses and it is vital to continue our good working relationships with them.”

With places limited businesses are being encouraged to book early by the Economic Development team via economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7765.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Planning made easier as Planning Department’s online presence undergoes revamp

Davidsons-Lubb-3aOne of the most popular sections of Blaby District Council’s renowned website has been streamlined for residents.

To ensure an easy online experience, the Planning section has undergone a makeover to make it easier for users to make an application, search for an application and find out if you need to submit an application.

With around 1500 applications and requests made every year, Planning is one of the Council’s most popular services.

In 2015 Planning generated over 146,000 page views, accounting for almost 10% of all visits to the website.

A section has also been produced for major applications including Lubbesthorpe, for both residents and research students.

The extensive development with over 4,000 homes has a dedicated area with information on the history of the planning process and latest updates.

The updated planning section can be viewed at www.blaby.gov.uk/planning

Council depot on the move

Blaby DC new depot - artists impressionBlaby District Council’s Neighbourhood Services will be making the short journey from Littlethorpe to Whetstone as the service relocates to a modern, 21st century depot.

The Council will be moving its service from the existing base to the new yard next to the County Council-run Whetstone Tip on Enderby Road.

Wates Construction began building the new Depot in January this year after planning permission had been approved in late 2015.

The completion date is anticipated to be sometime in late summer 2016.

The existing Depot has been located at Warwick Road, Littlethorpe for over 60 years and was in need of considerable re-investment to bring it up to current standards, along with the current depot lying within an existing residential area.

Relocation was sought in order to maintain the Council’s excellent reputation for refuse and recycling and other depot related services.

The Refuse and Recycling service is highly regarded by residents with the most recent Residents Survey revealing that 97% of respondents were satisfied with the service.

Enderby Road industrial estate was considered the most convenient and efficient location.

The new depot will contain an administration area, operational staff facilities including a changing/shower block and a fully equipped Training Room.

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:

“I’m proud that we have finally managed to start work on our new depot.

“The modernisation will enable us to adapt to the inevitable changes in the coming decades.

“I hope that our investment in the future of such an important and well-regarded service for our residents emphasises the commitment that the Council has to our outstanding Neighbourhood Services team.”

The Council’s social media and website will have the latest news and images on the depot’s construction through to scheduled opening later this year.

Visit www.twitter.com/blabydc or www.facebook.com/blabydc to stay up to date.

Blaby DC new depot under construction
New depot under construction
New Whetstone Depot - artists impression
New Whetstone Depot – artists impression