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Parish Councillors --
posted October 20th 2017
Two new councillors have been co-opted onto the Parish
Council. They are Penny Mount and Josie Adcock. The council now
has its scheduled number of 18 councillors.
Waste Collection Consultation --
posted October 20th 2017
A four-week consultation is to be launched on Blaby
District Council’s plans to change its refuse and recycling
collections from June 2018, following a substantial reduction in
£740,000 will be lost from June 2018, including
£505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council.
The remaining £235,000 of a five-year, £2 million Central
Government grant awarded in 2013 to run weekly recycling collections
will also come to an end.
The four-week consultation will run from Thursday
19 October and close at midnight on Thursday 16 November. New proposals
Moving to an alternate weekly collection.
All households with four or more occupants,
eligible to receive a replacement 240 litre refuse bin and recycling
bin free of charge, an increase from the current 140 litre standard
Households under four persons can order a
replacement 240ltr recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse
bin for a small one-off cost.
Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District
Council, said: “We realise that these proposals will result
in a change for residents, but we want to ensure that a high quality
waste collection service is maintained as it is so highly regarded
“We have worked extremely hard to come up with
the best possible proposals which will still enable us to provide
a quality service, as well as maintaining the many other services
which are equally valued by our residents.
“However we need to hear our resident’s
views on the service that will work best for them from June 2018.
“Many might ask if we could simply increase
our element of the Council Tax to make up this shortfall in funding.
However, the Blaby District Council element of the total Council
Tax that residents pay would need to be increased by over 15% to
“Only 6% of councils now run a weekly collection
service, and we will ensure that changes to our service are dictated
by the overriding need to continue to provide a first rate service
along with reducing waste to landfill and further increase the district’s
“I strongly encourage as many people as possible
to let us know their views during the consultation period.”
Residents can visit www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018
to find out more and have their say. Paper copies will be available
at local libraries and on request.
All views will be gathered and taken into consideration
before a final decision is made by Councillors at a meeting planned
for early 2018. Residents will be kept up-to-date with all future
plans before full implementation of any changes in the summer of
Report crime at the click of a button --
posted May 26th 2017
Online crime reporting has launched in Leicester,
Leicestershire and Rutland, giving residents the ability to report
incidents online. Read
Chairman and Deputy Chairman --
posted May 12th 2017
At their May meeting the Parish Council agreed to
continue with the Revd. Mick Gillespie as Chairman and Councillor
David Ball as Deputy Chairman.
After 30 years of service to the council, Tony Collis-Smith has
been forced to resign over ill-health. The chairman, on behalf of
the council, thanked Tony for his long and helpful service to the
council. Tony will be missed by us all.
Sherry Burdett was voted onto the council to fill a vacancy which
occurred last year but with Tony resigning a new vacancy for a councillor
will shortly be advertised.
New Facilities in the Village --
posted March 13th 2017
Funding from 106 money
This money is on offer generally for recreational grounds or open
space areas when builders offer money rather than pay for additional
recreational sites, facilities etc. This money is lodged with Blaby
District Council and the Parish Council are using some of this money,
which can only be used for public areas or by public groups.
Whilst the council has offered objections to the large housing developments
on a wide-ranging amount of issues, it sees no problems with using
any windfalls from them when they are built, as long as any money
is used to benefit the village and its residents.
Currently a fence around the changing rooms on Willoughby Road playing
field which has already been fitted and a trim trail around the
field later this month. Fencing at Dale Acre partly funded by 106
money and partly by parish council money and a train to be fitted
shortly to complement the children’s play facilities. Wobble
boards soon to be fitted on the Leysland playing area make up the
current 106 expenditure. More to follow later in the year.