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£4000 fine for untidy land in Sapcote

Photo: Scales of Justice

A Sapcote land owner has been ordered to pay £4,061 by Loughborough Magistrates’ Court for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice.

John Mac of Hinckley Road, Wolvey, was found guilty and fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,411 as well as a victim surcharge of £150.

Mr Mac first issued with a Community Protection Warning by Blaby District Council back in July 2016 following complaints of parking and repairing HGV’s, and the storage of associated plant and equipment at Granitethorpe Quarry, Leicester Road, Sapcote.

Following Mr Macs’ non-compliance of the Warning Notice, the Council served a Community Protection Notice in September 2016. Community Protection Notices require a person or organisation to ‘undertake specific tasks in order to reduce or remove the detrimental effects of their conduct.’

The notice required Mr Mac to stop using the land for the parking and/or storage of HGV’s commercial vehicles and HGV trailers. All associated plant, tools and equipment used for the repair of vehicles and trailers were also ordered not to be parked or stored on the site.

A revised Community Protection Notice was agreed between Council and Mr Mac in December 2016 after an appeal to the Magistrates’ Court, following his failure to comply with the original notice.

Investigations in October 2017 revealed a commercial vehicle had been parked on the land for three days, in breach of the notice. The case was presented to the Magistrates’ Court following the breach in November 2017 before prosecution on 01 August.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: “Mr Mac had a responsibility to ensure his land did not have a negative impact on the quality of life for others in Sapcote. He failed in these responsibilities and we had no choice but to prosecute.

“We are pleased with this ruling and I hope this emphasises how seriously we take Community Protection Notices. They are not there to be ignored.”

This is the third successful prosecution for non-compliance of a Community Protection Notice that Blaby District Council has carried out in the space of 12 months.

Residents can report breaches of planning control in the district by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/planning.

A Place To Grow opens its doors…

Photo from previous year's Open Day
Photo: Enderby EYE.

A reminder that this year’s popular annual open day at the ‘A Place to Grow’ community garden takes place on Saturday 11th August.

The community garden is situated next to Enderby Leisure Centre on Mill Lane and the event will run between 11am-3pm.

Included will be a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the garden.

There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.

As Enderby EYE reported on 11th July, “Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance“, there will also be two free family performances of “SEED”.

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm. To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

See also: EYE news item  A Place To Grow Open Day

Local Plan examination has begun

A programme of examination dates for the proposed Local Plan Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) have now begun.

The Delivery DPD is the second part of Blaby District Council’s overall Local Plan. The Local Plan is an important set of documents that help determine the outcome of planning applications.

Sites for new homes at Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East and an employment site in Enderby are included in the Delivery DPD.

A new policies map shows where development in the district should be focused and the important environmental assets that should be protected.

The independently appointed Planning Inspector, Victoria Lucas LLB MCD MRTPI, has published her Matters, Issues and Questions, Examination Guidance Note, and Hearing Sessions Timetable.

Public hearings forming part of the examination process will be conducted by Ms. Lucas.

Examination Hearings started on 31st July and will take place in the Council Chamber at the Council Offices in Narborough.

All Delivery DPD documents are available to view at www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd-examination.

Information is also on display in local libraries and at the Council’s Narborough offices.

Still time to nominate your district heroes!

Blaby Achievement Awards

There’s not long left to get your nominations in for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Blaby District Council is once again honouring the unsung people and groups in the district who make such an important difference to people’s lives in four categories:

Good Friend/Good Neighbour
Volunteer of the Year
Young Achiever of the Year
Best Community Group/Community Achievement.

Finalists will be invited to a prestigious evening at the Marriott Hotel, where winners will receive a trophy and £500, with runners-up awarded £250, on a night where their commitment and passion will rewarded.

The awards are generously supported by local businesses Davidsons Homes, Fosse Park, Ford & Slater DAF, The Marriott Leicester and Countryside Properties.

Nominees must either live, or make their incredible contribution within the district. With no limit on the number of people or groups one individual can nominate, the Council is encouraging everyone to put forward as many heroes as they can.

Don’t miss out! Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 12 August and can be submitted online at www.blaby.gov.uk/awards. For more information, call 0116 272 7577.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council]

Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance

SEED

Two FREE family performances featuring an inspiring hitch-hike on a plant-related journey from small Acorns to great Oak Trees are planned for Blaby District Council’s ‘A Place to Grow’ Open Day in Enderby on Saturday 11 August 2018.

SEED is a fun exploration of our relationship with the long suffering plants that keep us fed, sheltered and breathing. It is the visual and movement theatre story of Wilford – one of the “unseen” – as he scrapes and digs and blasts the seed holes and co-opts the water and food.

With pulsating plant beats, flying soil and water, live music and a giant tree growing out of a shed, it’s the perfect performance for children and families

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm at the A Place to Grow Garden at Mill Lane, Enderby, LE19 4BX.

Families are advised to bring their own picnic blanket to enjoy the performances on the grass area.

This year’s popular annual open day at the A Place to Grow garden will be from 11am-3pm, and include a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the garden.

There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.

To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

[Photo supplied : Blaby District Council]