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A Place To Grow opens its doors…

Photo from previous year's Open Day
Photo: Enderby EYE.

A reminder that this year’s popular annual open day at the ‘A Place to Grow’ community garden takes place on Saturday 11th August.

The community garden is situated next to Enderby Leisure Centre on Mill Lane and the event will run between 11am-3pm.

Included will be a children’s garden hunt, garden games, planting activities, and the sale of plants and produce from the garden.

There will also be a BBQ, cake, refreshments and an ice cream van on offer. All proceeds will go towards the running of the garden.

As Enderby EYE reported on 11th July, “Community Garden Open Day to feature Family Performance“, there will also be two free family performances of “SEED”.

Performances will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm. To book tickets for the free performances of SEED, fill in the online form or call 0116 272 7703.

See also: EYE news item  A Place To Grow Open Day

Missing teen Chloe Weston found safe and well

Chloe Westpn

Missing teenager Chloe Weston has been found safe and well.

She was located in the city centre around 5.45pm today (27 July) after being reported missing earlier this week.

Officers would like to thank everyone who shared the appeal and called with information relating to Chloe’s whereabouts.

Police had appealed for information about the 17-year-old missing from home.

She was reported missing to police on Monday after her family became increasing worried they had not heard from her over the weekend.

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.