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Keys to new Council Depot handed over

Council Depot [Photo: BDC]Blaby District Council has received the keys to its brand new depot in Whetstone following an eight-month build programme.

Neighbourhood Services, made up of the Refuse and Recycling and Grounds Maintenance teams, will be making the short move to the modern, state-of-the-art facility over the coming weeks, with a grand opening in the autumn.

After over 60 years in Littlethorpe, the team’s relocation will help to maintain the excellent reputation with residents for refuse and recycling. Currently, 97% of respondents to the most recent Residents Survey said they were satisfied with the service.

The new depot will be adjacent to the County Council-run Whetstone Recycling Site and contains an administration area, operational staff facilities and a fully equipped training room.

Whetstone Recycling Site is solely the responsibility of Leicestershire County Council. Blaby District Council’s Whetstone Depot and the Recycling Site are not related.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities, such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“This development has been anticipated since planning permission was approved and the whole Council are excited by our fantastic new depot.

“This investment emphasises our commitment to the Neighbourhood Services team, and will enable them to continue their great work.”

Tim Boxford, Associate at maber architects, designers of the new depot added:

It has been fantastic to work with a client that has shared our vision that seemingly mundane buildings don’t have to have mundane designs. We’d like to think that we have broken the mould for industrial buildings, by creating a set of simple, sleek forms realised in a striking palette of materials.”

Phil Harrison, the Managing Director of Wates Construction Midlands and North, who undertook the development, is quoted as saying:

Our delivery of Blaby District Council’s new depot has required a deep-rooted understanding of the technicalities involved in the build, as well as an established knowledge of the local environment to ensure the development is sympathetic to its surroundings.”

Mr Harrison further commented that Wates’ proficiency in the technical areas has been demonstrated throughout the delivery of the Whetstone scheme, which will ultimately enable the council to increase operational efficiency in its waste management.

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Once fully operational the depot will become the base for around 80 employees working within Neighbourhood Services.

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[Photos: Blaby District Council]

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Breakfast Event to share ideas and boost local economy in Blaby District

business breakfastBusinesses in Blaby District are being invited to a free breakfast meeting next month to share ideas for boosting our local economy.

The ‘Blaby District Means Business’ event will be held on Thursday 9th July in the Council Chamber, Blaby District Council, Desford Road, LE19 2EP.

It is the seventh in a series of networking events Blaby District Council is running to benefit local firms in the area.

The meeting starts at 7:30am with breakfast available on arrival, followed by a brief speaker programme with topics including an update on Broadband from Superfast Leicestershire and the work of Leicestershire Cares.

There will also be support for local businesses available and the local business spotlight.

Councillor Tony Greenwood, portfolio holder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy at Blaby District Council, said:

“These events have been a great success in showcasing the support that is out there locally for businesses within the district.

“We encourage small and medium sized enterprises to attend and find out about funding, skills and support programmes they can benefit from.”

Places are limited so businesses are being urged to book early by contacting A.K Khan on 0116 272 7765 or email economicdevelopment@blaby.gov.uk.

Blaby District Youth Council seeks to recruit new members at July recruitment event

Blaby District Youth CouncilA recruitment evening is being hosted for young people aged 11-19 to have their voices heard and to get involved with local democracy.

Blaby District Youth Council, which has been running since 2003, is holding its recruitment event at the Council Chamber on Thursday 2 July from 4-6pm, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

The interactive evening will give anyone interested in joining a chance to find out what it’s all about.

The Youth Council offers many unique opportunities to members, who will get the opportunity to work with current councillors, organise events and help to improve their communities by awarding grants to local youth projects.

Councillor David Freer, Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and Corporate Services said:

“The Youth Council is important because it gives young people a chance to make a positive contribution to this council.

“Young people can get involved in decision making on matters that affect them and it provides a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills, knowledge and confidence, all while having some fun along the way!”

To book a place or for more information call 0116 272 7718 or e-mail strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

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Police invite participation in joint online webchat.

Webchat logoThe police in Blaby are inviting residents to take part in their next joint online webchat.

Officers will be available online on Thursday September 25, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm along with their colleagues from the Blaby Community Safety Partnership to discuss local issues and answer any questions you have.

Log on to www.leics.police.uk/blabywebchat to discuss any issues or concerns in your area or to find out more about your local police officers.

On the panel will be Sergeant Nick Woodrow from Blaby local policing unit and Rachel Jagatia from the Feeling Safe programme, who will be happy to answer your questions on crime, crime prevention or safety.

Sgt Woodrow said;

“If you live or work in the Blaby, Narborough, Enderby, Whetstone, Glen Parva, Cosby, Braunstone Town, Glenfield, Leicester Forest East, Kirby Muxloe, Countesthorpe and surrounding villages, Thorpe Astley, Fosse Park or any of the Fosse villages you are welcome to join in.”

Blaby consultation events are held regularly online on the last Thursday of every month. For details of other upcoming and past online chats please visit www.leics.police.uk/blabywebchat.

Sign up to Neighbourhood Link, www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk to get updates on local policing issues from Leicestershire Police.

Join in the next online webchat with Blaby Police and Council

KeyboardThe police in Blaby are inviting residents to take part in their next joint online webchat.

Officers will be available online on Thursday February 27, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm along with their colleagues from the Blaby Community Safety Partnership to discuss local issues and answer any questions you have.

Log on to www.leics.police.uk/blabywebchat to discuss any issues or concerns in your area or to find out more about your local police officers.

On the panel will be Sergeant Phil Hurst from Blaby Local Policing Unit (LPU) and Ian Parry, from Blaby District Council who will be happy to answer any questions you have concerning the ‘Stop and tell Campaign’, anti-social behaviour or crime prevention.

Sgt Hurst said;

“If you live or work in the Blaby, Narborough, Enderby, Whetstone, Glen Parva, Cosby, Braunstone Town, Glenfield, Leicester Forest East, Kirby Muxloe, Countesthorpe and surrounding villages, Thorpe Astley, Fosse Park or any of the Fosse villages please join in and chat directly to myself or Ian.”

Blaby consultation events are held regularly online on the last Thursday of every month.

For details of other upcoming and past online chats please visit www.leics.police.uk/blabywebchat .