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M1 lane restrictions lifted after bridge installed

laneclosedLane restrictions along a stretch of the M1 through Leicestershire that have been in place for 12 months are being removed.

The narrow lanes between junction 21 and the Leicester Forest East service station on the motorway will be re-opened to all traffic following the installation of the new bridge spanning the road.

Overnight road closures, from 8pm to 6am, are needed to ensure the safety of workers removing the restrictions.

The closures will be between junction 21 at Leicester and 22 at Markfield:

  • M1 southbound – Saturday, 9 July to Sunday, 10 July
  • M1 northbound – Sunday, 10 July to Monday, 11 July

Councillor Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“The installation of the new bridge has marked an important stage of this project and now we are able to fully open all lanes of the motorway to all traffic now that people are no longer working along the carriageway.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while this work has been carried out, and look forward to the final phases of work to install the road on the new bridge, a key part in helping to deliver the new development.”

The narrow lanes were introduced in June 2015 while work to install a new bridge across the motorway to link Thorpe Astley with the new development at New Lubbesthorpe was carried out.

The bridge has been funded thanks to £5m from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinchpoint Fund and money from the New Lubbesthorpe developers.

Work to remove the cones and additional signs still in place on the M1 will be carried out overnight at the weekend to reduce disruption to motorists.

Diversion routes for local journeys include the A563, Leicester outer ring road, and the A50. Motorists travelling from further afield will be directed onto the M6 or M69, and M42/A42.

Just ‘Turn Up’ for some fun tennis sessions at Thorpe Astley

tennisballsResidents in the area are being invited to ‘Turn Up Tennis’, a series of fun family tennis sessions being held on the tennis courts at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. 

Turn Up Tennis Provides the opportunity to simply turn up and play.

Initially there are eight pilot sessions planned and they take place on the Community Centre’s Tennis Courts on Wednesdays, 6.30 to 8.30pm, and cost just £3 per session.

It is a great chance for family members of all ages and abilities to meet new people who share a desire to play tennis in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

The sessions have been organised in conjunction with the Blaby District Local Sport Alliance Team.

The Blaby District Local Sports Alliance is an organisation who strive to promote and develop sport and physical activity in the local Blaby District area.

Just as the tennis season is in full-swing with action currently at the Nottingham Open, the initial session of the ‘Turn Up Tennis’ took place on Wednesday 8th June and feedback was both positive and encouraging.

One attendee commented:

“Tennis is portrayed as an elite sport and some tennis clubs can be a little bit stuffy, competitive and even slightly intimidating to people who just want to enjoy a friendly game.

“These sessions are pitched nicely between the casual unorganised knock-about and serious competitive match-play. With experienced players on hand to help and guide us it was great. Definitely going to be making the most of this opportunity.

More information about Turn Up Tennis is available by:

Telephone 0116 2727703

Email leisure@blaby.gov.uk

Website http://www.sportblaby.org.uk

Event asks “Is your child strapped in the car seat properly?”

CCS_pic_17_8_15On Monday 17th August, Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council held an event to raise awareness of ill-fitted child seats.

During the event vehicles were checked to ensure that child car seats had been fitted correctly and that they were appropriate for the child, for example that the child was not too small/big for the seat.

The event, held at Meridian Leisure Park on Lubbersthorpe Way, was run by officers from the Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Dedicated Neighbourhood Team, and Road Safety Officers from Leicester City Council.

112 vehicles were checked, however only three passed the inspection.

Of the other 109 vehicles, four were told they could not leave the site until the correct seats had been brought to the site, this included one private hire vehicle. The rest were given advice and had the seat fitted correctly.

PC Stuart Clough said:

“It is really worrying the amount of cars that didn’t have the seats fitted correctly. At the end of the day this could have devastating consequences if the car was in an accident.

“We would like to urge people to check their child’s car seat is fitted properly every time they make a journey.”

Leicester City Council Road Safety Officers handed out advice leaflets, key rings and stickers to drivers whilst checking their vehicles.

The majority of drivers were supportive and most welcomed the safety checks.

For more information on fitting a child seat, see the Leicester City Council website:

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roads-and-pavements/road-safety/child-car-seats

Magistrates say benefit cheat who narrowly avoided jail is “a very lucky man”

Benefit Fraud graphicFather-of-two, Ben Lally, 27, from Thorpe Astley, who dishonestly claimed nearly £10,000 from Blaby District Council over 3 ½ years, has narrowly avoided jail.

Ben Lally was sentenced at Leicester Magistrates Court 6th March 2015, having pleaded Guilty to 9 charges of benefit fraud at an earlier hearing.

Between June 2010 and March 2014, Lally falsely claimed £7,421.06 in Housing Benefit, £1,381.82 Council Tax Benefit and a further £681.51 in Council Tax Support. During that time, he under declared his earnings and provided counterfeit pay slips, forged letters & certificates of earnings from his employer.

Magistrates stated

“Mr Lally you are a very lucky man today. There can be no doubt of the planning and sophistication of the offending. The only thing in your favour was that it was not false from the outset.”

“You do not have any previous convictions for dishonesty; you also show very apparent remorse. You were diagnosed at a young age with a debilitating disease and started to panic.

“You are the sole earner for your wife and two small children; you get a full 1/3 credit for your guilty plea.”

“We therefore sentence you to 26 weeks custody, the maximum available sentence in this court, which we wholly suspend for the maximum period of 2 years.

“There is one requirement, which is for you to complete 150 hours of unpaid work within 12 months. You will pay a victim surcharge of £80 and the costs of the prosecution in full of £1,374.40, at £50pcm, a Collection Order will also be imposed.”

Mr Lally was warned that the Court costs were a priority debt. Magistrates again stated they could not stress how lucky he had been, the offence is so serious that custody was the only option.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Finance and Efficiency portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“Not only has Mr Lally got to repay all the stolen monies, he now has a criminal record and court costs to pay. It is extremely important that people claiming benefit tell us about any change in their circumstances. We will always take action against people who try to abuse the system.

“Those who are claiming money they are not entitled to should be prepared to face the consequences”.

If you have any information relating to benefit fraud, please call Blaby District Council’s 24 hour confidential benefit fraud hotline on 0116 2727733 or complete the online benefit fraud allegation form at www.blaby.gov.uk/fraud

Thorpe Astley man narrowly avoids jail following conviction of benefit fraud

Photo: Scales of JusticeFather-of-two, Ben Lally, 27, from Thorpe Astley, who dishonestly claimed nearly £10,000 from Blaby District Council over 3 ½ years, has narrowly avoided jail.

Ben Lally was sentenced at Leicester Magistrates Court 6th March 2015, having pleaded Guilty to 9 charges of benefit fraud at an earlier hearing.

Between June 2010 and March 2014, Lally falsely claimed £7,421.06 in Housing Benefit, £1,381.82 Council Tax Benefit and a further £681.51 in Council Tax Support. During that time, he under declared his earnings and provided counterfeit pay slips, forged letters & certificates of earnings from his employer.

Magistrates stated

“Mr Lally you are a very lucky man today. There can be no doubt of the planning and sophistication of the offending. The only thing in your favour was that it was not false from the outset.”

“You do not have any previous convictions for dishonesty; you also show very apparent remorse. You were diagnosed at a young age with a debilitating disease and started to panic. You are the sole earner for your wife and two small children; you get a full 1/3 credit for your guilty plea.

“We therefore sentence you to 26 weeks custody, the maximum available sentence in this court, which we wholly suspend for the maximum period of 2 years. There is one requirement, which is for you to complete 150 hours of unpaid work within 12 months. You will pay a victim surcharge of £80 and the costs of the prosecution in full of £1,374.40, at £50pcm, a Collection Order will also be imposed.”

Mr Lally was warned that the Court costs were a priority debt. Magistrates again stated they could not stress how lucky he had been, the offence is so serious that custody was the only option.

Photo Cllr. Richardson
Cllr. Terry Richardson

Councillor Terry Richardson, Finance and Efficiency portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“Not only has Mr Lally got to repay all the stolen monies, he now has a criminal record and court costs to pay.

“It is extremely important that people claiming benefit tell us about any change in their circumstances. We will always take action against people who try to abuse the system.

“Those who are claiming money they are not entitled to should be prepared to face the consequences.”

Anyone with any information relating to benefit fraud, please call Blaby District Council’s 24 hour confidential benefit fraud hotline on 0116 2727733 or complete the online benefit fraud allegation form at www.blaby.gov.uk/fraud