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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

Council’s Chief Executive to retire in 2016


094-sandraThe Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, Sandra Whiles, has announced her retirement after 11 years at the helm.

Approved by District Councillors at a meeting on Tuesday 3 November, Sandra’s retirement will commence at the end of May 2016.

On retiring, Sandra (pictured) said:

“It will be really hard to leave people but I’m incredibly proud of what the council has achieved during my 11 years as Chief Executive. I absolutely love my work and no Chief Executive can succeed for this long without having amazing people to work with.

“I have been blessed to work with so many incredible colleagues, councillors and partners over my time and I have every confidence that the Senior Leadership Team at Blaby will carry on growing, thriving and delivering for the area well into the future.”

Sandra joined Blaby District Council in 2003 as Strategic Director, leaving her previous position as a Director at South Derbyshire District Council.

She was appointed to the position of Chief Executive in May 2005.

The council has had many notable achievements during Sandra’s tenure, including achieving the Customer Services Excellence award for the whole Council, supporting the development of Leicestershire’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau and developing strong relationships with businesses within the district.

The council also became the first District Council to set up a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme to help first time buyers and stimulate the housing market.

Earlier this year, Blaby District was also reported to be the sixth happiest place to live in the country by the Office of National Statistics

Terry Richardson
Cllr. Terry Richardson

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

“Our district has been extremely lucky to have someone of Sandra’s creativity and ability as Chief Executive for over a decade.

Under her leadership this council has managed to adapt to the vast changes we, and every other council has faced, coming out a much better local authority for it.

“We will all miss her desperately, and we can only thank her for the strong and healthy position she will be leaving Blaby District Council in.”

The appointment of Jane Toman, the council’s current Director of People, as the Interim Chief Executive, was ratified at meeting of councillors on 8 Dece mber.

Ms. Toman will take up her duties from 1st March 2016.

Success as District Council achieves above-average scores from Local Government Association

council-officesResearch from the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown the council’s performance is above the national average in 19 of 21 key indicators.

The report compares data from across all Local Authorities in England and focuses on Housing, Planning, Environmental, Cultural and Central services offered by each district/borough council

Highlights of Blaby’s achievements in the report include the council’s performance on planning applications, with 86% of minor planning applications being processed within 8 weeks, compared to the national district average of 69%. In addition, 80% of major applications are processed within 13 weeks compared to a 70% for district authorities.

Blaby District also sends 50.57% of household waste for recycling, above the national district average of just 43.78%.

Councillor David Clements, Portfolio Holder for Performance, People, Special Projects & Cabinet Support, said:

“This is fantastic news and I’m proud of everyone who has helped achieve this. These indicators are a great reminder of how hard our
staff work to ensure we offer the best services we can to our residents.”

Director of People Jane Toman, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to see these figures. They give us important insight into our performance compared with other district council’s across the country. The fact we’re doing so well considering our size is excellent and testament to everyone at Blaby District Council.”

The news of Blaby District’s success in the LGA performance table comes weeks after research from Experian saw Blaby District come in the top five for the most desirable places to live for first time buyers in the country, and was also declared one of the happiest places to live in the county.