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Fosse Meadows new play equipment gets kids and councillor’s approval

Cllr Marian Broomhead with schoolchildren
District Council Chairman Marian Broomhead, and a group photo including the class from Sharnford Primary School, who were given the opportunity to play on the new zip-wire before the end of the school term.

New play equipment at Fosse Meadows has been met with approval by a class of primary school children.

The new slide, carousel and zip line at the popular Sharnford site was installed by Blaby District Council, majority owners of the meadows.

Children from Sharnford Primary School were asked what type of equipment they preferred, with a zip line by far the most popular choice.

As a thank you for their help the class were invited to play with the new equipment before the end of the school term.

Chairman of the District Council, Marian Broomhead and Councillor Sheila Scott joined in with the children in having a go on the zip wire.

Councillor Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure Services said:

“It is a pleasure to have this 142 acre site within both my ward and my portfolio. This site is available to dog walkers, horse riders and walkers, as well as being a lovely day out for families.

“I am delighted to see how much enjoyment the children got from using the new equipment in the meadows’ play area. This helps Fosse Meadows reputation for being fun for all the family throughout the year and is free to everyone.”

Fosse Meadows is a 142 acre site in Sharnford with extensive paths through flower meadows and newly planted woodlands.

The site also includes places for bird watching, a permissive bridleway and a permanent orienteering course.

There is a car park, picnic area and two wheelchair friendly gates.

For more information on the meadows visit www.blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Blaby District Council retains Customer Service Excellence honour

Blaby Council OfficeA prestigious Customer Service Excellence Award has been won by Blaby District Council for the third year running.

External assessors Anne Quincey and Neil Potentier, from government-accredited company EMQC, visited the Council in February where they spent the day speaking to staff, customers and members.

They also visited Fosse Meadows, A Place to Grow in Enderby and the Pavilion in Huncote to view improvements made since last year.

The assessors confirmed the retention of the award for the whole Council and a highlighted a number of areas where the Council continues to consistently exceed the national standard including; work with partners, supporting local communities, excellent customer service, and delivering services that matter to the customer.

They also highlighted two additional areas where the Council goes above and beyond the requirements of the standard:
Focus on harder to reach and disadvantaged residents
Evaluating and improving service access channels

Customer Service Excellence Assessors Anne Quincey and Neil Potentier said:

“Blaby District Council continues to provide a very high standard of service to their customers. Blaby are not complacent, and are fully intent on going the extra mile where they can for their customers.

“They should be congratulated on their achievements over the last year and take pride in their staff’s dedication and commitment.”

Sandra Whiles, Chief Executive of Blaby District Council, said:

“Our aim is to put the customer at the heart of everything we do, and we are delighted to have confirmation that we are achieving this. It is something of which we are all extremely proud.”

Latest figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) show Blaby District Council is excelling with how well it serves its customers.

Three areas which Blaby District Council exceed the average in the East Midlands include the processing of major planning applications within 13 weeks (93% compared to 67%,) the time taken to process new housing benefit claims change in circumstances (5 days compared to 11 days,) and the amount of household waste sent for recycling and composting (51% compared to 44%.)

Results are available quarterly from LGInform.

For more information and to track the progress of the District Council’s performance visit www.lginform.local.gov.uk.

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.

Love Parks Day is coming your way!

love parks weekA day of family fun and games is taking place at Fosse Meadows, near Sharnford, on Wednesday July 30 to mark Love Parks Week.

Organised by the council’s Health and Leisure Services team, the day will include Xplorer orienteering challenges, music and movement, seated volleyball, arts and crafts, face painting, and a variety of sports activities with a Commonwealth Games theme.

This year, for the first time there will also be a bouncy castle and pony rides.

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

“Love Parks Week has the simple aim of encouraging people to visit, enjoy and take pride in their local parks and green spaces. I hope to see lots of people making the most of this event now the sun is out.”

Love Parks Day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm and entry to the event is free.

Picnics are welcome and there will be ice cream and hot food on site.

To find out what other activities are taking place this summer, an activities guide for young people in Blaby district can be downloaded at www.sportblaby.org.uk/base-guide.

For full details of activities and events visit www.sportblaby.org.uk, email leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Orienteering …but not as you know it!

Xplorer Isabella  ..."I get lots of exercise"
Xplorer Isabella …”I get lots of exercise”

Young Blaby district residents have been exploring their local parks, looking for clues and completing challenges.

It’s all part of Xplorer, a free outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy, involving a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making.

Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour.

Isabella MacSwiney, aged 5, took part in Xplorer last Saturday at Fosse Meadows and said of Xplorer:

“I like it because I can find the animal cards by myself and I get lots of exercise.”

Hannah Bestwick, Community Physical Activity Development Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“[It’s] a great way to get families more active whilst making the most of the district’s attractive green spaces.”

Xplorer is taking place every weekend over the summer at parks including Fosse Meadows, Bouskell Park, Mossdale Meadows and Glen Parva Nature Reserve.

The next one is Saturday May 25 at Bouskell Park, 10.30 – 11.30am.

For more information including a list of all the challenges taking place visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/activities-in-blaby.html