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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He has also subsequently carried out sufficient works to the property to ensure the Emergency Prohibition Notices Order was revoked.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.

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.