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War Memorial Planning Consent --
posted March 2nd 2017
The Parish Council now have full planning consent
from Blaby District Council and Leicester Diocese to expand the
area around the War Memorial and raise the column heights on the
wall adjacent to the road to allow a wrought iron fence to be added
at St. Andrews Church. The design of the added columns and fence
has been planned to look the same as pre-second world war when the
fence was removed to make ammunition. Planning consent has been
a long drawn out process and taken more than two years to achieve.
The work will commence firstly with the fence in the next month
Paddock rename and resiting of Buckingham Memorial --
posted November 13th 2017
The Parish Council have agreed to rename the area
currently known as the Paddock once they have taken over ownership
from Blaby District Council. The Paddock will be renamed the Centenary
Paddock to mark the 100 years since the end of first world war.
The council intend to install two new benches depicting
first world war scenes and a flag pole with the Union Jack permanently
flying to enhance the area. Once the council have taken over the
Centenary Paddock it will always remain an area for recreation and
The council is also exploring the possibility of moving
the memorial of William Buckingham VC. to a more open area with
a new memorial stone. We now have planning permission from the church
authorities to expand the area around the war memorial in St Andrews
churchyard but still await planning authority from BDC.
Library Reopens --
posted November 6th 2017
The Parish Council are delighted to announce that
the Library is now open again after the first phase of refurbishment.
The changes have seen the inner library door changed allowing a
new reception desk to be fitted. A door from the reception area
now leads into the Parish Council Offices and a disabled toilet
has now been built.
At some stage in the near future the door leading
into the library will become the main door for both library and
council enquiries with the current hatch to be blocked up. The second
phase probably in the new Year will see a cafe introduced into the
The library will maintain and indeed grow the number
of books that it has for people to borrow and could, if it's found
to be helpful, be open for even longer hours.
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 bin.
Households under four persons can order a replacement 240ltr
recycling bin for free, and a 240ltr refuse bin for a small one-off
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.