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Nominations open for fifteenth Achievement Awards

Celebrating its fifteenth year, nominations are now open for residents to nominate inspirational people and groups across the district.

The Council is once again encouraging friends, family and workmates to nominate individuals and groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community before Midnight on Sunday 12 August 2018, in one of four categories:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Sponsored by Countryside Properties
Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Leicester Marriott Hotel
Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by Ford & Slater
Best Community Group/Achievement – Sponsored by Fosse

Finalists and their guests will be invited to the prestigious ceremony, sponsored by Davidsons Homes, at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 04 October. The evening will celebrate and honour the finalists. £750 of prize money will be available in each category.

Guests at 2017 achievement awardsGuests at the 2017 Achievement Awards Ceremony

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “To be marking our fifteenth year highlights how well regarded the Achievement Awards are across the district. It’s our chance to honour inspirational people who have contributed to making this district great.

“We are proud to welcome Davidsons Homes back as our main sponsor of the night, as well as thanking all of our returning sponsors. I encourage everyone to nominate the person or group they think deserves to be recognised.”

Cllr Richardson at last year's award ceremony
Cllr Richardson at last year’s award ceremony

The Achievement Awards are funded entirely with the generosity of sponsors. New main sponsors Davidsons Homes will be sponsoring the awards presentation evening; Countryside Properties, Fosse, Ford & Slater and Leicester Marriott Hotel returning as category sponsors.

For more information on each category and to nominate visit www.blaby.gov.uk/awards. To request a paper copy e-mail public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7577.

£20,000 fine for compliance failures in Sapcote

Mobile Homes[Photo: Google]

The owner of a mobile homes park in Sapcote has been ordered to pay over £21,000 and issued a Criminal Behaviour Order following failure to comply with 10 improvement notices.

Henry Johnson was found guilty in his absence of the ten offences at Leicester Magistrates’ Court. He was ordered to pay a £20,000 fine, £988.41 in costs and a £170 Victim Surcharge.

Mr Johnson was also served a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which compels the defendant to comply with the compliance notices served. Failure to comply will breach the CBO, an offence which can carry penalties of an unlimited fine and/or up to five years in prison.

The mobile park in Sapcote, which contains 36 homes, was issued with ten compliance notices back in the summer of 2017 following lengthy investigations and inspection of the site by Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health team. The compliance notices required Mr Johnson to:

Upgrade the electrical supply
Improve the gas supply infrastructure
Install street lighting
Install a noticeboard displaying documents as per the Caravan Site Licence
Upgrade the water supply
These works had not been completed by the deadline of 13 November 2017. It is an offence under section 9B of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, as amended by the Mobile Homes Act 2013, to fail to comply with a compliance notice.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We are pleased with the ruling and expect Mr Johnson to undertake the necessary works to ensure residents can live on the site safely.

“Compliance notices are issued for a reason, and on this occasion the extremely poor facilities were not acceptable. We also had to carry out emergency electrical works on this site as it had been identified as an imminent risk.”

This is the first Criminal Behaviour Order issued by Blaby District Council. CBOs are issued when the Court is satisfied that the actions of a Defendant cause, or are likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress and the order would further present anti-social behaviour.

For more information on the work undertaken by the Council’s Environmental Health team, visit www.blaby.gov.uk.

Fine for Glenfield landlord

Glenfield fine for landlord[Photo: Blaby District Council]

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5000 after being convicted of four offences under the Housing Act.

was fined £4,250 at Leicester Magistrates’ Court, and told to pay the Council’s full costs of £867.53 as well as a Victim Surcharge of £125. The £5,242.53 will be paid in £500 instalments.

The property on Dominion Road, Glenfield, Mr Phull’s former home, was converted into three flats without planning permission or Building Regulations approval and was considered to be a House in of Multiple Occupancy.

Part of the property was inspected by Blaby District Council’s Environmental Health Team on 10 October 2017.

A follow up visit was made three days later with a Fire Prevention Officer from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Council’s Planning Enforcement team.

The condition of the property resulted in two Emergency Prohibition Orders being issued, with two of the flats immediately prevented from being used as residential accommodation.

A total of 12 failures were found under regulations 4, 7, 8 and 9 of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. They included:

Fire detection, means of escape and fire separation were inadequate and posed an imminent risk of serious harm to any occupants of flats 9B and 9C.

The landlord was unable to state which electricity supply fed the lights in communal areas and the boiler as it was provided on three separate prepay meters. As a result occupants were in danger of the communal lighting and boiler running out.

Three live exposed electrical conductors were found in flat 9A, two at reachable height.

Insufficient waste disposal facilities were provided, with waste left at the front of the property as a result.

Mr Phull also owns the Victoria Hotel on London Road, Leicester, an electrical shop and is currently in the process of converting a property into a Bed and Breakfast.

In mitigation, Mr Phull’s barrister referred to him as “not a professional landlord.” He has also subsequently carried out sufficient works to the property to ensure the Emergency Prohibition Notices Order was revoked.

Cllr Iain Hewson
Cllr. Hewson

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “This ruling once again highlights our message to landlords that we will not tolerate poor living conditions in the district.

“As the owner of a hotel Mr Phull should be fully aware of fire safety, particularly in the wake of terrible tragedies such as the Grenfell Tower incident. We urge anyone living in rented accommodation that thinks may not comply with the law to contact us so we can investigate.”

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.

Refuse and Recycling service changes

Blaby District Council has published detailed information about changes to its Refuse and Recycling services due to be implemented in July 2018.

In a dedicated section on the District Council’s website, an online bin ordering form is available for households requiring additional capacity bins for the new alternate weekly collection scheme.

Each bin ordered which takes a household over their standard capacity will cost £17.50 regardless of the type and size of bin.

details are given for houses with occupancy levels between 0-3 residents, 4-6 residents and 7+ permanent residents.

Bins requested using the online form will be delivered throughout May and June 2018.

The best chance of getting bins before the scheme’s start date is to order by midnight on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Choosing larger or additional bins, may incur a charge will need to be paid by debit or credit card during the online ordering process.

Community Services Showcase at District Council Offices

An event to highlight the work that Blaby District Council’s Community Services team undertake is being held in Narborough.

Community Services provide a wide range of services protecting individuals and communities from harm and helping to grow thriving, independent local communities.

Services include Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour.

Children’s Support Services and BB19 Youth, which engages with younger members of the district, are also active within the Community Services team, who work with partners from across the County to deliver their projects.

The Community Services Showcase takes place at the Council’s Narborough Offices, Desford Road, LE19 2EP from 1pm on Friday 19 May.

Partner organisation such as Supporting Leicestershire Families, Acorn Training, Turning Point and the Youth Employability Project will also have stands showcasing their services.

The 75-minute session will offer the chance to find out more about these services and how to access them, as well as the launch of the “Housing Skills for Life” programme.

Housing Skills for Life will be a new workshop helping residents with budgeting and money management skills.

Other sessions include tenancy rights and responsibilities, healthy eating and accessing local services.

To book onto the event, visit the Eventbrite page.

For more information on the event
call 0116 272 7626
or email
residentsupport@blaby.gov.uk.