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The ‘Annual Canvass’ is underway – don’t lose your right to vote!

Blaby residents are being asked to check that details on the Household Enquiry Form – soon to be delivered across the District – are correct.

The Electoral Registration Officer is required to carry out an annual check of who should be registered to vote.

Every home will be receiving a form asking residents to ensure that the information on the electoral register for the address is up to date.

Forms will be delivered to homes from today (Friday 11 August).

Residents who have recently changed address are urged to look out for the form to check whether they are registered. Being on the Electoral Register is important not just for voting and keeping the register up to date, but may also affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

Do it ‘online’

The quickest and easiest way to confirm details are correct or to make changes is to visit www.householdresponse.com/blaby, using the security codes printed on the letter. If all details are correct residents can also call 0800 197 9871 or text 80212 to confirm.

Anyone who is new to the property or who has turned 16 should also register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For more information contact the Electoral Services Team at electoral@blaby.gov.uk or 0116 272 7560 during office hours.

[Source/Graphic: Blaby DC Communications]

Win a month of free Council Tax!

going online to access Council servicesEnderby residents, along with others throughout Blaby District, are being given another chance to win a month of free Council Tax.

The competition is part of the Council’s drive to encourage district residents to ‘Save Time, do it Online’ to change the way they interact with the Council.

To be in with a chance of winning all residents just need to set up a Direct Debit to pay their Council Tax and sign up to receive Council tax bills electronically (eBilling).

Participants will be automatically entered into a FREE prize draw with a chance to get a monthly instalment of Council Tax paid for them!

Direct Debit is the free and flexible way to make automatic payments, with no payment dates missed.

Signing up to receive a Council Tax bill electronically will ensure a notification is received by e-mail when the next bill is available to view.

Nicola Lee from Glen Parva, who won back in September, said:

“This was a really nice surprise as I never win anything!

“The call to tell us we had won came at a really good time for us.

“It took me two minutes to log in and register to receive an electronic bill through My Account.

“I would definitely tell everyone to have a go, if I can win then anyone can!”

Residents who have already signed up to Direct Debit and eBilling will be automatically entered into the draw.

Read more information about the competition and full terms and conditions at www.blaby.gov.uk/council-tax-comp.

Deadline for entry

Don’t delay! The deadline this competition round is Tuesday 31 January 2017, with the winner announced in February.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Last Over 50s Forum heralds new era

Group of senior citizensEnderby residents, along with others in Blaby District, have the chance to be part of an exciting new community group as the Over 50s Forum gains independence.

The last official meeting of the group in its current form will take place on Friday 3 June from 2-4pm in the Council Chamber, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

At the meeting, the reigns to the new, independent “ageWise Blaby District” will be handed over to the management committee.

Speakers from the First Contact Plus scheme at Leicestershire County Council and Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland will be at the final meeting, as well as other information stalls.

ageWise Blaby District will continue with the aim of enabling residents of the district to age well.

The group will help members to stay healthy and independent, reduce isolation and loneliness, feel safe at home and in the community, whilst also enhancing self-esteem and happiness.

The new group is open to residents of Blaby District over 18 years of age with an interest in supporting the aims of the group.

Roy Swann, Chair of ageWise Blaby District, said:

“We are so excited to begin the independent group.

“The Council has been fantastic over the years and it has been a valuable forum for so many people.

“The new ageWise Blaby District management committee looks forward to continuing the positive impact the group has had since its beginnings at Blaby District Council.

“We wish to take this new group forward and our aim in the early days is to increase our membership to benefit as many residents in the District of Blaby as we can.”

Council offices to go cashless from 1st April

Cashless OfficesIn a response to a change in demand, cash payments at Blaby District Council’s Narborough office and the Customer Service Centre at Braunstone Civic Centre will no longer be accepted from Friday 1st April.

A year-on-year decline in customers wishing to make cash payments at both locations has significantly increased the costs associated with cash receipting, security and transportation.

Neil Briggs, Customer Access & Electoral Services Manager, said:

“We now have safer and easier alternatives for people, and whilst the number of customers choosing to pay by direct debit continues to increase, we also offer a 24 hours payment line, and continually improve online payment options for customers to chose from.

“We still take card payments over the counter, but with these additional options, it has never been easier to pay a bill with the council.

“These changes will also reduce the risk of customers carrying large amounts of cash to our offices or to the Civic Centre.”

Customers who receive a barcoded bill may pay by card or cash at over 50 outlets across the district by visiting any Post Office or outlet displaying the PayPoint logo.

Residents can also view services from the council through My Account.

Residents can register for ‘My Account’ now at www.blaby.gov.uk/myaccount to access your Council Tax information, with the option of setting up a direct debit coming soon.

For more information about the changes, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/cash-free or call 0116 275 0555.

For Post Office and Paypoint locations in the district, download/print a leaflet here  [pdf]

[Blaby DC – Cashless Leaflet]


Christmas tree recycling

Photo: Xmas treeSince Victorian times, the tradition has been to take Christmas decorations down on Twelfth Night – so that would mean these should ‘techinically’ come down by the night of January 5th.  

However, there’s some confusion, with many people thinking of January 6th as being the twelfth night – that is, if you count the days from the first day of Christmas, which is Boxing Day.

Regardless to whichever tradition Enderby residents subscribe, the result is the need to either pack away or dispose of the decorative baubles and real Christmas trees. The most awkward of these is the ‘real’ Christmas trees.

This year, Blaby District Council will once again be collecting Christmas trees for recycling during the new-year period, and as the Christmas festivities come to an end.

Christmas tree drop off points will be available at the following sites until Friday 8 January.

Enderby – Leisure Centre car park, Mill Lane

Elsewhere in the District:

Countesthorpe – Co-Op Supermarket car park, Main Steeet

Elmesthorpe – Village Hall cat park, Wilkinson Lane

Glenfield – Samford Street car park

Glen Parva – Playing field car park, Dorothy Avenue

Huncote – Pavilion Leisure Centre car park, Sportsfield Lane

Narborough – Narborough park car park, Desford Road

Stoney Stanton – War Memorial Playing Fields, Carey Hill Road

Thorpe Astley – Aldi Car Park, Meridian Way

Whetstone Tip, managed by Leicestershire County Council, will also take residents’ trees