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District Council to consult on Refuse and Recycling proposals

Following the meeting of Blaby District Council on Tuesday 19th September, the Council are now finalising the consultation which they hope will get as much resident response as possible.

The Council has not yet made a decision to make alterations to the manner in which refuse and recycling is collected. However, as reported, it is something that is currently being considered.

The District Council wishes to consult on, amongst other things, that the current weekly refuse and recycling service will change from its current configuration to one of an alternate weekly basis. This means that one week refuse will be collected and the alternate week the recycling will be collected

Going forward, the Council says it wants to ensure that residents receive a sustainable, quality refuse and recycling service.

In order to do this, the Council need residents to tell them both about their current situation and what might work best for them.

The new scheme proposals are designed to make necessary savings for the Council but also to encourage residents to recycle more.

The history…

In November 2012 Blaby District Council was successful in being awarded
£2M funding from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to
carry out weekly refuse and recycling collections from June 2013 for a period
of 5 years.

This funding enabled the Council to purchase 5 new recycling
vehicles, additional recycling bins and allowed £235K per year to underpin the
revenue cost of weekly collections. The final £235K of revenue funding ends
in March 2017/18 financial year.

In September 2016 Leicestershire County Council (LCC) Cabinet agreed to
use their statutory powers of direction to procure capacity for all
Leicestershire Waste Collection Authorities and direct them to use it when
their current arrangements end.

Blaby District Council’s current arrangement for processing dry recycling is with Casepak and this ends on 31st May 2018.

Once LCC use their powers of direction, they no longer have to pay Dry Recycling Credits to each Waste Collection Authority. For Blaby District Council this means a loss in income of £505K per year. This coupled with the loss of the revenue funding from DEFRA means that the Council’s Refuse and Recycling Service will lose £740K of funding per year.

In addition the Council currently provides a number of ‘bring sites’ which are community recycling facilities to support the current recycling service. A feasibility study of these sites will be considered as part of this project to assess future need.

Larger bins

The District Council wishes to stress that current plans include giving residents the option to upgrade their bin from the standard 140ltr to 240ltr.

The proposal is that there will be increased capacity for recycling with the issue of larger recycling bins at no cost to residents should they require the extra capacity.

Look out for more information on the consultation to have your say.

When the consultation launches there will be a FAQ, online form and details of plans.

The Council say they are in the early stage of proposing the changes and residents input into that ‘redesign’ is very important to them.

Those affected can view the proposals discussed at Tuesday’s meeting by viewing the public document and reading from page 19.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications and Council Agenda item 11 (19th September 2017)]

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]