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£1250 fine for barking dog

Photo: BDC

A local resident who failed to prevent his dog from barking has been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

Eric Davies, 43, of Countesthorpe was living at Forest Road, Narborough, when a total of 18 residents made complaints to the Council about the barking of his dog last year. Blaby District Council served Mr Davies with a noise abatement notice in February 2017, with breaches of the notice witnessed by Environmental Health officers between 19 May and 17 August 2017.

He pleded guilty to five charges of failing to comply with the abatement notice in court and was given a £576 fine, with £620 costs and a £57 victim surcharge.

No alternative

Cllr. Hewson

Speaking about the matter, Blaby District Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said:

“Our Environmental Health officers tried many times to ensure that Mr Davies’ dog was no longer posing a noise problem to residents.

“Unfortunately despite the work we were left with no alternative but to seek this course of action.

“We work hard to prevent unnecessary and nuisance noise for district residents and would encourage anyone experiencing a similar problem to report it to us so our team can investigate.”

Anyone with concerns about unwanted noise in their area can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/noise or call 0116 275 0555 for more information.

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]

Wanted: young people to join Youth Commission on Police & Crime

pcc-willy-bachThe search is on for 30-40 young people living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to join the County’s Youth Commission to advise on police and crime issues affecting young people.

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach says the role helps to shape the way in which policing is delivered, breaking down some of the traditional barriers between the police and young people to help make the relationship one of trust and partnership.

He said

“Young people are a huge part of our community, it’s really important that we listen to their views. Their feedback helps us to understand – and act upon – the things that impact on the relationship between the police and younger members of our community.”

Speaking at the start of Youth Awareness Week, the Commissioner continued:

“We are urging young people aged 14-25, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system to apply.

“We want to ensure that the Youth Commission reflects the diversity of the local population as they will be ambassadors to other young people, giving them a voice that will help make a difference to policing and crime where they live.”

Established in 2013, the Youth Commission has undertaken various projects including the ‘Big Conversation’, which saw consultation with more than 1800 young people.

This identified several areas for the Commission’s focus, including knife crime, drug crime and antisocial behaviour.

The Commission was called upon to talk to young people in Countesthorpe earlier this year, following a spike in reports of antisocial behaviour. Their findings have been an important element in seeking a solution.

Explaining a little more about the role Willy Bach said:

“It’s important that we continue to communicate effectively with young people, so that we deliver services in a way that is appropriate for them while reducing crime and antisocial behaviour, to keep everyone in our communities safer.”

He added:

“Being part of the Youth Commission is a two-way street, bringing advantages and benefit to members as well as to policing and our communities. Members will, for example, meet new people, learn from new experiences and gain new skills such as in social research which they will be able to include in their CVs and applications for further or higher education.”

Members will, during 2017, be involved in a raft of activities that include taking part in Youth Commission sessions and working on special topics such as stop and search, tackling anti-social behaviour, and preventing and tackling cyber and drug crime.

They will also be tasked with carrying out research with other young people in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups as well as working in a team to design and plan events to engage with other young people. There will also be opportunities to get involved in community policing events.

The recruitment campaign coincides with Youth Takeover Day 2016, which encourages young people to get involved in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views.

Closing date for applications is Friday 25 November, with interviews then held in various locations.

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 16 December. Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed at this time, and invited to join in as part of the wider research group.

Anyone interested in joining the Youth Commission should visit the website http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Youth-Commission/Recruiting-for-2016-2017.aspx

Fatal Collision in Desford

Police accident signA 19-year-old man has died in a single vehicle collision in Leicester Lane, Desford.

The collision, which involved a green Ford Focus, happened at around 12.36am on Sunday 3rd May, when the vehicle was travelling towards Desford from the cross roads.

The driver, named by police as Daniel Whitehead, 19, from Countesthorpe in Leicestershire, died in the early hours of Sunday morning at the scene of the collision. Three passengers were treated for minor injuries.

Polic would like to speak to anyone who either witnessed the collision or saw it in the moments before the incident.

Anyone with information can contact DC 4406 Kath Orr on 101. (Crime number: 22/03/05/2015)

School children help local nature area to flourish

countesthorpe pupils 1Pupils from Leysland High School in Countesthorpe have been helping to plant 100 trees at Fosse Meadows nature area.

The tree planting marks the 20th anniversary of the Arboretum at Fosse Meadows, an area specifically for a collection of trees that have been grown for study or display.

The children aged between 10 and 14 planted the noble fir trees in an area of the Arboretum where noble firs were originally planted, but unfortunately didn’t survive.

This time the trees have been put in the ground early in the season with a group of volunteer rangers on hand to keep them weed free and help them thrive.

In recent years the Forestry Commission has been using the site for climate change study and training its officers on tree identifications.

Fosse Meadows is ideal due to the diverse collection of trees on site.

Cllr Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:

“It’s lovely to see the school children getting involved and helping the nature reserve to flourish. It’s really important we get young people interested in our woodland open spaces and wildlife as they are the next generation who will be managing these highly significant sites.

“Fosse Meadows is a beautiful place to visit and hopefully this will encourage more young people to both enjoy and appreciate a place that for many of them is on their doorstep.”

Photo: Pupils from Leysland High School
Pupils from Leysland High School in Countesthorpe

Jonathan Sleath, Headteacher at Leysland High School, said:

“We were delighted to be asked by the Council to be involved in the tree planting at Fosse Meadows.

Being local to us, we felt that our pupils and their families would benefit from the project, not just immediately, but for many years to come.

“Our pupils may even be able to take their own children in the future and show them the fruits of their labour. All of the students said it was a fantastic reward opportunity and a great community project.”

For more information, and to find out about volunteering opportunities at Fosse Meadows, contact James Poynton,

Green Space Engagement Officer at Blaby District Council. Email james.poynton@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7704.