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‘500 up’ for Good Neighbour Scheme

A community scheme in Whetstone has helped residents who are vulnerable and in need of neighbourly assistance in the village for the 500th time in just over 15 months.

Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme

The Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme is a group of committed volunteers from the local community who undertake everyday tasks, including lifts to the shops and hospital, completing applications and changing a lightbulb.

Volunteers have helped the 44 scheme users in a wide-range of ways.

The early runaway success of Whetstone’s Good Neighbour Scheme saw it win “Best Community Group” at last year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards after receiving nine nominations from the local community.

Betty Tilston, who nominated the group and uses the service, said of the scheme:  

“It has helped me and my friends to live an independent life, which would be very dull and lonely without them.”

Good Neighbour Schemes have been backed by Blaby District Council, who help to establish a scheme in the local community and to advise on funding available.

Croft, Sapcote and Sharnford also have volunteers supporting residents in their villages.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said:

“I want to congratulate the Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme for reaching their 500th job so quickly.

“This highlights the community spirit and dedication from volunteers to help more vulnerable members of the village.

“I cannot express how proud I am of Whetstone and our other schemes for their commitment to the local community. I hope they are an inspiration for people across the district to start up a scheme in their village.”

Barry Fisher, Chairman of Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, said:  

“The whole team of volunteers are delighted with the positive feedback we receive from our users, who often describe the scheme as a vital part of their ability to live an independent, fulfilled and inclusive life.”

The Council is committed to helping volunteers who want to establish Good Neighbour Schemes in the district. For more information, email strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7566.

Find out more about Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme by visiting www.whetstonegns.org.uk.

Police appeal for information regarding stolen go karts

stolen go kartsThe go karts were stolen from a van parked in Meteor Way, Whetstone, between 10.30pm on Wednesday 18 January and 1pm the following day.

Access was gained to the van and the go karts were taken along with numerous tools.

The go karts are described by the victim as being ‘rare’ and can only be used on a go kart track.

They had been given to him and his son as Christmas presents.

Police would like to know if someone knows anyone who has acquired a go kart like the ones illustrated or has been offered one to buy.

Any information about who may be responsible for the theft is asked to call 101 and speak to 7519 Rachel King, quoting 17000026633.

[Source / photo: Leicestershire Constabulary]

£2000 fine for Enderby Road fly-tipper

Fly-tipped rubbishA local resident who admitted to fly-tipping in Blaby Disitrict has been hit with a fine for his offences.

Sanjay Gohil of Glenfield Frith Drive, Glenfield, pleaded guilty to two counts of fly-tipping at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 5 October 2016.

The offences related to two instances of illegally dumped rubbish in a field off of Enderby Road, Whetstone.

The rubbish was dumped just 200 metres from
the County Council run Whetstone Tip.

Environmental Health Officers investigated the fly-tipped waste and decided to prosecute Mr Gohil for the offences.

Mr Gohil was fined a total of £1000 for the two offences, plus a victim’s surcharge of £60.

He will also have to pay Blaby District Council’s investigation and legal costs totalling £989.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental and Neighbourhood Services, said:

Cllr Guy Jackson
Cllr.Guy Jackson: Problem costs District £75,000 per year

“We want to once again reiterate that Blaby District Council will not tolerate fly-tipping.

“The actions of these selfish people result in the taxpayer and landowners footing the bill for clearing up their mess.

“This nationwide problem costs us £75,000 per year to clear up in the District of Blaby alone.

“We are committed to ensuring that all fly-tippers are found and prosecuted.”

Anyone witnessing fly-tipping can report is by calling 0116 272 7555 or online at www.blaby.gov.uk/flytipping.

[Source: BDC Communications]

Keys to new Council Depot handed over

Council Depot [Photo: BDC]Blaby District Council has received the keys to its brand new depot in Whetstone following an eight-month build programme.

Neighbourhood Services, made up of the Refuse and Recycling and Grounds Maintenance teams, will be making the short move to the modern, state-of-the-art facility over the coming weeks, with a grand opening in the autumn.

After over 60 years in Littlethorpe, the team’s relocation will help to maintain the excellent reputation with residents for refuse and recycling. Currently, 97% of respondents to the most recent Residents Survey said they were satisfied with the service.

The new depot will be adjacent to the County Council-run Whetstone Recycling Site and contains an administration area, operational staff facilities and a fully equipped training room.

Whetstone Recycling Site is solely the responsibility of Leicestershire County Council. Blaby District Council’s Whetstone Depot and the Recycling Site are not related.

There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities, such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said:

“This development has been anticipated since planning permission was approved and the whole Council are excited by our fantastic new depot.

“This investment emphasises our commitment to the Neighbourhood Services team, and will enable them to continue their great work.”

Tim Boxford, Associate at maber architects, designers of the new depot added:

It has been fantastic to work with a client that has shared our vision that seemingly mundane buildings don’t have to have mundane designs. We’d like to think that we have broken the mould for industrial buildings, by creating a set of simple, sleek forms realised in a striking palette of materials.”

Phil Harrison, the Managing Director of Wates Construction Midlands and North, who undertook the development, is quoted as saying:

Our delivery of Blaby District Council’s new depot has required a deep-rooted understanding of the technicalities involved in the build, as well as an established knowledge of the local environment to ensure the development is sympathetic to its surroundings.”

Mr Harrison further commented that Wates’ proficiency in the technical areas has been demonstrated throughout the delivery of the Whetstone scheme, which will ultimately enable the council to increase operational efficiency in its waste management.

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Once fully operational the depot will become the base for around 80 employees working within Neighbourhood Services.

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[Photos: Blaby District Council]

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Parish Council urges residents to report fly-tippers following introduction of charges at Waste Recycling Sites

133-fly-tippingEnderby Parish Council have heard how the decision by Leicestershire County Council to charge for disposal of some types of non-household waste at all its Recycling and Household Waste Sites may exacerbate the fly-tipping problem.

Addressing Parish Councillors during Enderby Parish Council’s May 11th meeting, Blaby District Councillor Guy Jackson said that the introduction of charges earlier this month for processing certain types of non-household waste may encourage unscrupulous individuals to illegally ‘fly-tip’ waste items within the Parish.

A list published on the County Council website examples the types of material that attract the new charges, as well as those that are exempt.

Enderby is not alone in suffering incidents of fly-tipping in recent times and apart from causing a blight on the environment the practice has implications for health and safety.

Fly-tipping also costs the community in financial terms since, on publicly owned land, District Councils have powers to tackle fly-tipping.

This includes the cost of clearing up and disposing of fly-tipped materials and where applicable, investigation and prosecution of offenders. These actions have to be paid for and so there is a call on local taxpayers to foot the bill.

In the course of a single year this could mean several thousands of pounds of local Council taxpayer’s money being used to combat fly-tipping.

The District Council are working with the Neighbourhood Police and Environmental Agency to identify and combat this anti-social practice.

Enderby Parish Council has undertaken to publicise the issue of fly-tipping through its various online social media outlets and its newsletter publication, ‘Enderby Connection’.

Local authorities in England dealt with over 700,00 incidents of fly tipping in 2012/13, costing taxpayers over £36 million to remove.

Flytipping is:

  • Illegal – and clearing it up costs taxpayers’ money
  • Unsightly – flytipping is a sign of a neglected neighbourhood and is associated with increased levels of crime and fear of crime.  It also discourages investment and new businesses from moving into the area.
  • Unsafe – dumped waste can consist of dangerous items such as syringes, asbestos and toxic waste.  It can also attract rats, flies and other disease carrying pests

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to flytip any material, it carries a fine upon conviction of up to £50,000 or one year imprisonment.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case, the person controlling the use of the vehicle, normally the registered keeper, can also be prosecuted.

This means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.

Report it!

Enderby Parish Council are encouraging residents to report incidents of fly-tipping where they encounter them …..take the registration number and if possible vehicle make. Stills or video footage is also useful in detection and securing conviction of offenders. It is, however, important not to place yourself in danger when attempting to photograph an alleged offence taking place.

Fly-tippers are doing something illegal, they don’t want to get caught.

  • Do not approach them.
  • Do not go near the rubbish until you are sure it is safe.
  • Do not touch anything.

If you spot someone fly-tipping, make a note of the following and contact the District Council with details of:-

  • the date, time and place where it happened
  • what the waste looks like and how much there is
  • a description of any vehicles involved and vehicle registration numbers if possible
  • a description of the person dumping the waste:  height, age, male/female

Enderby residents can report fly-tipping by using the online form or call Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7555.

Anyone asking a third party to dispose of waste on their behalf should ensure they are using a Registered Waste Carrier. There is a responsibility to check this and ask to view the third party’s certificate.

Always get a receipt confirming what they have taken and where they have disposed of it and details of any payment made (details of registered waste carriers can be found on the Environment Agency website.

Vigilance can help rid our neighbourhood of this anti-social activity.