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District Council win national collaboration award

APSE CertificateBlaby District Council has won an Association for Public Service Excellence (ASPE) award for Best Collaborative Working Initiative.

The award is for the Council’s partnership with the County Council and Leicestershire’s district/borough councils on the centralised housing support service, Lightbulb.

The service is spearheaded and hosted by Blaby District Council, which first piloted the scheme back in 2015.

Lightbulb has now been rolled out across Leicestershire and supports older people to ensure they can live in their homes as safely as possible. The project has already been a success, with a reduction in A&E attendances and emergency admissions. These have saved the NHS an estimated £220,000.

920 unnecessary bed days were also saved from the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, saving an additional £219,000.

As a result of Lightbulb’s work so far, 89% of service users have reported and improvement in their physical and mental health. 78% felt better about their home and 71% felt better able to get around their home and garden without the risk of falling.

Cllr. Lee Breckon

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said:

“We are so proud to have been awarded this honour, and to be a part of the project. Lightbulb is a success due to the excellent work of everyone planning and
delivering the project, as well as the fantastic partnership working with other districts and the County Council.

“The service brings wider and consistent housing support for all residents in Leicestershire, which also benefits housing, health and social care partners.”

The Council has also been shortlisted for The Collaboration Award in the Home Improvement Agency Awards 2017 at the House of Lords later in September.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Love Your Community? Love Blaby Lottery!

Blaby Lottery LogoA new lottery with a £25,000 jackpot is launching in the District of Blaby to support local good causes.

Blaby District Council’s Councillors approved plans for the authority to launch its own online community lottery, Love Blaby Lottery, to benefit local community organisations across the local area.

Tickets cost just £1, with 60p given to local good causes, compared to only 28p in every pound from National Lottery ticket sales. The lottery is anticipated to launch in 2018.

Weekly draws will be held with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. £2,000, £250, £25 and three free tickets can also be won in each draw.

Good causes in the district will be able to set up their own lottery page to receive 50p in every pound spent by players entering. 10p is put into a general ‘good cause’ fund to be administered by the Council.

Players who do not support a specific cause will see 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund and distributed by the Council.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said:

“The Love Blaby Lottery provides a great opportunity to help local good causes to raise additional money.

“We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our community grants scheme and other initiatives, including plans to appoint a Community Champion who will lead on this exciting initiative.”

Regular updates about the launch of Love Blaby Lottery will be available on the Council’s website and through its social media channels.

Local organisations can find out about how to sign up to the lottery and benefit from the money raised at two events groups can register to attend.

For more information contact the Partnerships & Community Development Team via strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

New car park charges arrive next week

Car ParkThe introduction of revised prices at five car parks in the district will come into place on Monday 4th September.

Four car parks in Blaby and one in Narborough will see an increase in parking charges.

From next week, Johns Court, Enderby Road and Weavers Court will all cost 30p for up to two hours. Wigston Road in Blaby will cost £1.50 to park all day. Residents permits will still be available in all four car parks.

Monday’s changes will also see Narborough Station cost £5 to park for the day, with season tickets priced at £450.

The Council currently manages 22 car parks in the district, a service which currently runs at a deficit of £82,300 (2015/16.)

In addition to the new pricing, eight car parks are planned to transfer over to Parish Councils to help fill the gap.

All ticket machines will be updated and car park signs amended to reflect the new pricing.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

District Council successful in stopping unwanted development

Blaby District Council’s refusal of an application of up to 170 dwellings in Countesthorpe has been upheld by The Planning Inspectorate.

The application on land adjacent to Leicester Road and Foston Road in the village was refused back in November 2016.


The Council rejected the plans, submitted by Catesby Estates Limited, after the application conflicted with policies set out by the Blaby District Local Plan, which seeks to promote sustainable development.

In addition, the substantial development would have “represented an unwarranted intrusion of urban development beyond the existing well defined edge.” It was also felt that the dwellings would have caused “significant harm to the character and appearance of the landscape and character of the village.”

Summing up the appeal in his 11-page decision, Inspector Richard Allen concluded:

“The proposed development would not accord with the development plan as a whole. The material considerations advanced by the appellant are not sufficient to persuade me that the proposal should be determined other than in accordance with the development plan.”

Mr Allen also established that Blaby District Council can demonstrate a five year supply of housing land, which is required by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said:

“This is an important ruling for us, and one which we are naturally delighted with. We were clear with the applicants from the outset that this was not a sustainable site for development.

“We hope this sends the message to applicants that we will refuse planning applications if they do not follow the guidelines and policies set out both nationally and by this Council.”

The ruling comes a year after another appeal was dismissed following the refusal of up to 150 homes off Cosby Road in Countesthorpe.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

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]