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Have your say on how city and county will grow

PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on a plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future.

A draft Strategic Growth Plan is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils, the seven local borough and district authorities and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

It puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050.

The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the Local Plans that the city, borough and district councils are or will be preparing or reviewing.

It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth.

Now, people are invited to comment on the plan by taking part in a county-wide consultation, which runs from 11 January until 5 April 2018.

The plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire needs 96,580 new homes and 367-423 hectares of employment land from 2011-2031.

Some of these homes have already been built or have planning permission.

Beyond 2031, the plan identifies the need for a further 90,500 dwellings and additional employment land, which is why further land needs to be unlocked.

Local Plans will deal with the detailed allocation of which sites will be brought forward.

Draft proposals put forward in the Strategic Growth Plan include major infrastructure improvements on which new growth is dependent.

These include a new link road – the A46 Expressway – to the south and east of Leicester, running from the M69 and the M1 to the A46 north of the city.

The plans seek to relieve pressure around the busy M1 Junction 21 which frequently impacts on traffic in the Enderby area.

The A5 and A42 would also be upgraded to expressway status, supporting growth in these areas. Rail improvements are also proposed.

These road and rail improvements would require significant Government investment and would relieve congestion pressures along the M1 and more widely across the Midlands. It would also potentially unlock land for the required housing and employment.

Key areas for potential growth are the city of Leicester and the corridor of land around the proposed new road.

In a news item highlighting the Strategic Plan, BBC East Midlands Today featured the New Lubbesthorpe Development as it reported on the agreement of local councils to the future (post 2031) development of roads, homes and businesses being developed ‘together’. (See also statement by Cllr. Terry Richardson below)

Secondary areas for growth are identified in the north and the south of the county – there would be a ‘northern gateway’ close to East Midlands Airport, and a ‘southern gateway’, close to Magna Park.

Last night (Wednesday 10th January) Harborough District Council turned down an application by the owners of Magna Park for a large expansion to the existing (already large) distribution centre. Councillors were reviewing a decision by the Planning Committee the originally approved the development.

Growth is also proposed for Melton and Lutterworth, where it would support transport improvements and relieve congestion in the towns.

New housing would be built closer to where people work, to minimise congestion from commuters.

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr. Richardson

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“Over the last few years we have been working with partners to produce this Strategic Growth Plan, with the aim of producing a strong framework to determine how Blaby and the wider area will meet its housing and employment needs over the next three decades.

“Too often growth has not been supported by the necessary infrastructure and the plan seeks to address this point and thereby provide for sustainable development.

“As well as the A46 expressway, the proposed Southern Gateway in the district will open up opportunities to develop sustainable housing, employment and infrastructure. This will ensure that we can protect the character of our existing villages and settlements.”

Cllr. Sheila Scott
Cllr. Sheila Scott

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Partnerships and Economic Development, said:

“We have worked with our partners to produce the Strategic Growth Plan and are now asking residents and businesses for their views.

“Through this plan we can ensure that growth can be delivered at the right time, in the right places, with the essential infrastructure that it needs. The Strategic Growth Plan will inform future Local Plans that the Council will produce and so it is important that the public has their say now.

“There are some exciting opportunities for the District: the proposed A46 expressway will reduce congestion on main routes through the District and attract investment that will continue to make Blaby an excellent area to live and work in.

“This is a long-term plan which demonstrates that the City and County are proactively working together to plan on how to accommodate growth and attract inward investment to the area in the future.”

To take part in the consultation, please see the website llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk or contact any of the local authorities or the LLEP.

Local consultation events are also being planned.

Details will be on the website.

Enderby Remembers

Members of the community in Enderby joined in a procession to remember over a million British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in both world wars and in more recent conflicts.

Remembrance Day procession

Local residents joined with Parish Councillors and members of the Royal British Legion, along with several local organisations to process through the village, led by musicians from the Enderby Band and standard bearers from the local Scouts and Guides.

The procession took place on a chilly but sunny morning and culminated in a Remembrance Sunday Service at Enderby Parish Church, conducted by the vicar Jerry Taylor.

During the service focus turned to the war memorial as names of the fallen were read out, a number of wreaths were laid and The Last Post was sounded.

The Service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

Remembrance Day procession

Remembrance Day procession


Display at Enderby Community Library
Display at Enderby Community Library


Enderby War Memorial

St John the Baptist Church – Enderby

Two marble plaques; one above with hooded nowy head
bearing carving of cross and WW1 names beneath;
tablet below plain with WW2 names

[War Memorial photo & description: Leicestershire War Memorials | Enderby Heritage Group]

[Other photos: Procession – LG (EYE viewer) | Library Display – Enderby Community Library]

Consultation on waste collection changes opens

Blaby DC new vehicle rebrandA four-week consultation is to be launched on Blaby District Council’s plans to change its refuse and recycling collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in funding.

£740,000 will be lost from June 2018, including £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council. The remaining £235,000 of a five-year, £2 million Central Government grant awarded in 2013 to run weekly recycling collections will also come to an end.

The four-week consultation will run from Thursday 19 October and close at midnight on Friday 16 November. New proposals include:

  • Moving to an alternate weekly collection
  • All households with four or more occupants, eligible to receive a replacement 240 litre refuse bin and recycling bin free of charge, an increase from the current 140 litre standard bin.
  • Households under four persons can order a replacement 240ltr recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a small one-off cost.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“We realise that these proposals will result in a change for residents, but we want to ensure that a high quality waste collection service is maintained as it is so highly regarded by residents.

“We have worked extremely hard to come up with the best possible proposals which will still enable us to provide a quality service, as well as maintaining the many other services which are equally valued by our residents.

“However we need to hear our resident’s views on the service that will work best for them from June 2018.

“Many might ask if we could simply increase our element of the Council Tax to make up this shortfall in funding. However, the Blaby District Council element of the total Council Tax that residents pay would need to be increased by over 15% to do this.

“Only 6% of councils now run a weekly collection service, and we will ensure that changes to our service are dictated by the overriding need to continue to provide a first rate service along with reducing waste to landfill and further increase the district’s recycling rate.

“I strongly encourage as many people as possible to let us know their views during the consultation period.”

Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018 to find out more and have their say.

Paper copies will be available at local libraries and on request.

All views will be gathered and taken into consideration before a final decision is made by Councillors at a meeting planned for early 2018.

Residents will be kept up-to-date with all future plans before full implementation of any changes in the summer of 2018.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Casepak secures 64,000 tonne recycling contract

Casepak lorry and MRF (2)Leicester-based recycling and waste management firm, Casepak, who have a collections and processing facility in Enderby, has been awarded a contract by Leicestershire County Council to process up to 64,000 tonnes per annum of dry mixed recyclables. 

Leicestershire County Council put the contract to process the county’s dry recyclables out to tender following the Cabinet’s decision to pass its ‘Dry Recycling Credit Saving Strategy’, which sought ways to reduce the County Council’s expenditure on recycling credits.  

Casepak already has existing contracts in place with several Leicestershire waste collection authorities, which will continue to be covered under the terms of the new contract so the transition is expected to be smooth. 

The company currently processes a combined 38,000 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials from Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Harborough District Council at its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) as well as managing an additional 6,000 tonnes per annum from Recycling and Household Waste Sites in Leicestershire at its Collections and Processing Facility in Enderby. 

 In addition, the new contract could see Casepak potentially gain an extra 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry recyclables from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. 

The new contract will commence on the 1 April 2018 and has been awarded for a minimum of four years, with the option to extend up to 10 years. 

The dry recycling stream includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and aluminium cans and drinks cartons.

Once collected, these items will be sent to Casepak’s £21 million state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Braunstone Frith, Leicester.

The material is then sorted, graded and processed using the latest recycling technology.  

Cllr Blake Pain

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for waste at Leicestershire County Council, said:

“Following a competitive tendering process, we are happy to be able to work with Casepak in our attempts to encourage residents to recycle their waste. 

“Awarding this contract will not just help us towards our goal to save more than £1 million a year, but it supports the local economy and recycling services.” 

Georgina Cullen

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, said:

“As a Leicester-based company we are delighted to have been awarded this substantial contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables.  

“We look forward to partnering with Leicestershire County Council over the next few years and helping to increase recycling rates across the county.”   

Casepak’s MRF has the capacity to process up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year, recovering 95% of the material processed.

The MRF has exceeded standards set by the Code of Practice and produces Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable compliant outputs.  

More information is available at www.casepak.co.uk 

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)]