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Three events for Growth Plan Consultation

Exhibitions have been arranged within the District of Blaby to give residents more detail on the Strategic Growth Plan.

Three separate events have been arranged, with information and officers available to answer questions about the draft plan, which has been 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).

Events will be hosted on the following days and locations:

  • Tuesday 27th February,
    2pm-9pm, Council Chamber, Blaby District Council,
    Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP
  • Thursday 1st March,
    4pm-8pm, Whetstone Parish Council,
    Cemetery Road, Whetstone LE8 6LL
  • Monday 19th March,
    4pm-8pm, Sapcote Pavilion,
    Hinckley Road, Sapcote, LE9 4FL

The Strategic Growth Plan 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.

At the end of the consultation period, responses on the Draft Plan will be considered and a final version of the Plan will be prepared during 2018.

The final version of the Plan will be used as a framework for preparing Local Plans.

Together with the Strategic Transport Plan and Local Industrial Strategy, the Strategic Growth Plan will be used as a bidding document to secure funding for essential infrastructure and services in the area

To take part in the consultation and for more information, visit www.llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk.

Safety must never be compromised by funding cuts says PCC

POLICE reflective vestAfter a week in which Police and Crime Commissioners revealed the cost of meeting the rise in crime and protecting the public, Leicestershire’s PCC Lord Willy Bach said that safety should never be compromised as a result of funding cuts.

Evidence gathered by both PCCs and Police Chiefs shows that £440m extra is required in 2018/19 and £845m in 2019/20, an increase of 1.5% to 2% more than inflation in each year.

The rise in funding would provide an additional 5,000 officers to deal with increased local policing demands from new sorts of crime and increasing complexity, and an armed policing uplift of a further 1,100 officers.

The Government’s current funding arrangements, in place since the 2015 Spending Review, claim that overall police spending has been protected, in real terms, between 2015/16 to 2019/20.

However, due to the change in demand, the current “flat cash” settlement for local forces, which does not insulate them from inflation or the recent changes in the national pay settlement, is no longer considered sufficient.

Over the past five years police budgets have reduced by £2.3bn, representing a 25% cut in grant. Police numbers have gone down by 20,000, meaning there are less police on the streets. In fact, police numbers are at their lowest for 30 years.

Willy Bach said:

“The demands on the police are constantly increasing. Leicestershire Police received a record number of 999 calls on Tuesday (31 Oct) due to Halloween and a series of serious and resource-intensive incidents.

“During one four-hour period, the force received an average of one 999 call every minute.

“If it was just one night, that would be one thing, but it’s not. Crime is going up, nationally and locally.

“Crime is more complex, diverse and time-intensive than at any time in our recent history.

“We have fewer officers and we are asking more of them. We need officers to tackle issues such as cyber-crime and terrorism. The public rightly expect to see officers on the street.

“We need officers to investigate crimes and bring those responsible to justice. The population is rising. It is a perfect storm waiting to happen.

“I am quite clear that we simply cannot afford to compromise our approach to issues such as counter-terrorism, work which has naturally intensified this year, child sexual exploitation and on-line criminality.

“Policing terrorism is obviously as much about preparing for attacks and protecting people and businesses as it is about quickly catching those responsible afterwards. I know the force work hard at doing that and I want to see that continue if not increase.?

“The tragic events this year have seen a massive level of support come from forces including here in Leicestershire. We want to be able to continue to offer this support and any reduction in funding might make this difficult.

“I believe that nationally we need to invest in counter-terrorism activity. And that’s not just specialist officers, but the whole policing family who play such a huge role in intelligence gathering and response to the horrific attacks we have witnessed this year.

“Further budget cuts – otherwise known as the flat cash ‘protected’ settlement – are simply doing those who seek to protect us a disservice.”

PCC announces £250,000 funding windfall for grassroots crime prevention

Lord Willy BachLeicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today unveiled a new £250,000 grant scheme offering local organisations a financial lifeline in their work to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

To mark his first anniversary as PCC, the Commissioner outlined details of a new Prevention Fund which is designed to help voluntary and third sector groups support the public safety goals in his Police and Crime Plan and confront pressing community issues.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health. A further £250,000 is available in 2018-19.

Grants will be allocated in a two-tiered system of up to £9,999pa and £10,000-£25,000pa. Funding grants for projects of £10,000 and above will only be awarded for exceptional projects.

Launching the fund, Willy Bach said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for community-based groups to apply for crucial funding which will support their efforts to promote public safety and help people make lifelong changes to their lifestyles.

“Prevention is a key theme of my Police and Crime Plan and I’m well aware of the value ground-based projects play in helping people to overcome their problems. Investing in practical, early intervention will not only reduce demand on frontline police services it will ultimately drive down crime in the long-term.

“Public funding is scarce and I hope those organisations which share my vision for a safer Leicestershire apply for a slice of this precious investment to kick start their community safety efforts in 2017-18.”

Grants are available for new initiatives, existing successful projects where funding is tight or to enable existing projects to develop further.

Applicants are asked to consider the Police and Crime Plan (www.leics.pcc.police.uk/PoliceandCrimePlan-2017-2021) and the Commissioning Framework 2017/18 (www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Commissioning-Framework-2017-18) before submitting a bid.

The funding is available all year and there is no deadline for applications. However, the PCC has the right at his discretion to close the programme at any point dependant on the continued availability of funding.

Each application will be reviewed and evaluated by the Commissioner.

Interested parties must first complete an eligibility statement and, if successful, applicants can then move on to complete an application form.

Both the eligibility statement and the application form should be submitted by email to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Successful applicants will be notified within 90 days of submitting an application.

The Commissioner will require ongoing performance and financial monitoring to ensure successful projects meet the goals outlined in the application and agreed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

For more details and to apply, visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk/funding-2017-18.

The concept of the Crime Prevention Fund was first revealed by the Commissioner in March this year when he promised to provide further details in time for his first anniversary.

Overnight closure of M1 slip road

roadworks conesA slip road onto the M1 in Leicestershire will be temporarily closed overnight next week.

While new streetlights are installed at junction 22, the southbound slip road onto the M1 from the A511 and A50 will be closed overnight for three nights.

The closure will be in place from 8pm to 6am on the evenings of 4th, 5th and 6th August for anyone wanting to access the motorway at junction 22 to head south towards junction 21 at Leicester.

Diversion routes will be signed, with motorists directed to use the A50 and A46 to continue their journey using the motorway at junction 21a.

The work forms part of a scheme to improve the capacity of the A511 to cater for increased levels of traffic expected from a growing economy, particularly across north-west Leicestershire.

The scheme should be completed by August this year.

Work already completed as part of the scheme includes resurfacing of the A511 to the Flying Horse roundabout and wider lanes around the junction 22 roundabout.

The project is partly funded by a £2.54 million contribution provided through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Deal, and is being managed by Leicestershire County Council.

96% of residents ‘satisfied’ as survey highlights council strengths

084-district-townA Residents Survey undertaken by Blaby District Council has shown that a large majority of people living within the local authority are satisfied with its services.

1138 respondents living within the district were canvassed for the biennial survey, with the results helping identify the strongest performing areas of the council, whilst also recognising areas to improve and benefit residents.

The results showed that 96% of residents questioned were satisfied with the council’s services. This figure compares with an average satisfaction rating of 74% within English local authorities. 89% also felt the council offered value for money; significantly higher than the national average of 52%.

For one of the highest profile council services, 97% of people said they were satisfied with refuse collections, while 96% are satisfied with recycling collections.

Blaby District is one of the only local authorities in the county with a weekly collection for all recycling materials.

With many parks including Fosse Meadows, Bouskell Park and Jubilee Park, 91% were satisfied with the parks and open spaces offered by the council, with 95% saying they felt safe when out and about in the district.

“Hearing the views of our residents is important so we know what we’re doing well and which areas we can strive to improve, especially as we are working in a challenging financial environment for all local authorities.”

Full results of the Residents Survey are available on the council’s website at www.blaby.gov.uk/residents-survey