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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 remembrance.

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 library.

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.

Follow this link for information about Countesthorpe Library.


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 funding.

£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 include:

  • 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 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 by residents.

“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 do this.

“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 recycling rate.

“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 2018.


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 more (PDF).


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.
 

 
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