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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

Volunteers step forward to secure the future of Enderby Library

Enderby Library Needs YouAs an austerity measure, Enderby’s Library was threatened with closure by the Leicestershire County Council but Enderby Parish Council and a host of volunteers have stepped forward to keep Enderby’s Library open.

The Parish Council website reports that the Parish Council registered its interest in keeping the library open and this was accepted by the County Council.

After a great deal of discussion with the County Council and much negotiation and training of Council staff and volunteers, Enderby Parish Council, at its meeting on 12th August 2015, set up the Enderby Library Management Committee.

Five council members were appointed to serve on it, plus the chairman and vice-chairman, in an ex-offico capacity and volunteers were invited to join the Committee.

Of the members of the public who were present, five joined immediately, a sixth was volunteered by her husband and two others who had expressed a desire to serve on a Management Committee will be contacted with the details of what has happened thus far.

The Management Committee will meet at Enderby Civic Centre, at 6.30pm on Thursday, 27th August to consider a draft business plan.

Any alterations to the draft plan will be taken to the next meeting of the Committee on 3rd September, just ahead of the deadline for the submission of the business plan to County Hall which is Friday, 4th September, 2015.

The business plan is an intricate document but training in drawing one up was given by the County Council and the Council’s Clerk has spent many hours – and probably sleepless nights – working on it.

The plan, it is hoped, will include the library being open for 24 hours per week, more than it is at present.

Committee meetings will be open to members of the public and will be advertised in the same manner as any other Council and/or committee meetings; on parish notice-boards and on the Council’s website. The Parish Council’s Facebook page and Twitter feed will also carry news of what is happening.

View Enderby Parish Council’s website