Monday 10th June
Local residents and volunteers came together on June 5th to plant up the newly refurbished Memorial Garden at Braunstone Civic Centre. The volunteers planted a selection of small shrubs and plants for all year colour and remembrance along with installing pea gravel to the garden. The first official event at the Memorial Garden took place the next day when the Town Mayor, councillors, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, representatives from the Royal Air Force Association and local residents gathered to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Wednesday 5th June
Narborough Cemetery Consultation
Narborough Parish Council has agreed to revisit its Cemetery Rules and Regulations this summer and would welcome a broad selection of views on what users feel is both appropriate and inappropriate in the Cemetery, especially items placed on graves and cremation plots. Please click here for details.
A meeting for interested parties will be held on 10th June 2019 at 7.30pm at Littlethorpe Village Hall.
Closing date for comments is 17th June 2019
Tuesday 26th March
Elections - May 2019
Elections to Braunstone Town Council and Blaby District Council are to be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019.
The Notice of Election was published on Friday 22nd March 2019 (this triggers the election timetable) and nomination applications were accepted at Blaby District Council, Desford Road, Narborough, daily between 9:30am - 4:30pm up to the deadline of 4pm on 3rd April 2019 (excluding weekends).
Poll cards will be despatched from 22nd March 2019 to all eligible electors on the register.
Polling Stations open from 7am to 10pm on 2nd May 2019 and a list of polling stations will be published in due course.
The notices of election are below:
Statement of Persons Nominated and Return of Result of Uncontested Election:
More information available on Blaby District Council’s election pages:
Monday 3rd December
Sports and Recreation Facilities in Braunstone Town
Shakespeare Park Improvements Consultation
Braunstone Town Council has an ambitious capital programme for improvements to its parks and recreation spaces, including improvements to sporting facilities, for example the Sports Pavilion and Pitches at Shakespeare Park.
We are inviting you to have your say on Sporting and Recreation provision and priorities for improvements generally and the specific proposals for Shakespeare Park, including how we fund these. Please fill the consultation form available here or alternatively hard copies can be obtained in both our centres - Braunstone Civic Centre and Thorpe Astley Community Centre.
Closing date for consultation responses 12 noon, Wednesday 9th January 2019
Both the Capital Plan and information on Shakespeare Park Improvements is available below and from Braunstone Civic Centre.
Tuesday 13th November
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
Braunstone Town Council has applied to the Aviva Community Grant Fund for £25,000 towards the Shakespeare Park Pavilion Project. We need as many votes as possible from the community in order for our project to progress to the next stage to be considered for a grant.
Braunstone Town Council is working on a project to build a new sports facility at Shakespeare Park in Braunstone, Leicester. The facility will provide for a football club (girls, boys, ladies & men’s), Bowls Club, Tennis Club and Petanque Club. It will provide sporting and physical activities for the whole community in an area that is high deprivation and joint highest for child obesity in the county. Please log onto Aviva Community Fund to cast your vote to support the project.
You can vote for the project by opening the link below and search for Braunstone Town Council which will bring up the full details of the project and why we need your help to get the grant.
Everyone is given 10 votes to cast either all on one project or spread over several projects. Hopefully you will use all your 10 votes for the Shakespeare Project! Please ask your friends, family and colleagues to vote for this project to provide sporting and leisure facilities for the residents of Braunstone Town.
Monday 12th November
Rememberance Parade and Service Sunday 11th November
Tuesday 30th October 2018
This year sees the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. Local residents in Braunstone Town have been tirelessly working all year to create a cascade of hand knitted, crochet and crafted poppies that have been individually sewn on to netting. The cascade will then be installed on the outside of Braunstone Civic Centre by the memorial garden from 1st November to commemorate all those that lost their lives from Leicestershire during the First World War. The community also wanted to install a new memorial that remembered all those that have lost their lives in all conflicts.
As part of the commemorations, the Town Council agreed to improve the existing memorial garden by installing a path and hard standing area for those attending memorial services. The garden was previously just a grassed area that did not allow those in wheelchairs or limited mobility to attend as the ground was unsuitable.
The new memorial now has a path, hardstanding area, stepping stones to the flag pole, two new memorial stones (kindly donated by Bardon Quarry) and gardens that will be planted up after the poppy cascade has been remove.
The new memorial garden will provide a much improved, accessible and appropriate place to remember those who have lost their lives through conflicts, for many years to come.
These photographs show the project by stages, including the delivery and installation of the two memorial stones.
Friday 31st August 2018
PUBLIC FOOTPATH W133 (PART) WATERGATE LANE, BRAUNSTONE TOWN
PUBLIC PATH DIVERSION ORDER 2018
No formal objections were received to the making of the Orders and the Orders were confirmed on 7th August 2018 as unopposed Orders.
A Footpath to be known as W133 in the Parish of Braunstone and the District of Blaby shown by a broken black line with short Intervals on Plan No.M1010 which extends from point ·A" on the Plan situated at a Junction with Watergate Lane at Grid Reference 45521 30127 in a generally north-north-west then north-north- · easterly direction for a total distance of approximately 265 metres to point ·e· on the Plan situated at a junction with Public Footpath W133a (also added by this order) and at Grid Reference 45517 30152 and then continues in a generally east-northeasterly direction for a further distance of approximately 70 metres to point ·c· on the Plan situated at the Lubbesthorpe Brook and a junction with Public Footpath W9 at Grid Reference 45523 30155. The footpath has a width of 1.8 metres.
Details of the orders can be viewed here, and also on the notice board at Braunstone Civic Centre.
Tuesday 27th February 2018
THE BRAUNSTONE COMMUNITY CASCADE OF POPPIES
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One, individuals and groups are joining together to create a Cascade of Poppies.
Local crafters are creating craft poppies which, when fixed to a mesh, will cascade down an exterior wall at Braunstone Civic Centre. The cascade will then flow out along the ground up to and around the Memorial Stone in the garden at the Centre on Kingsway, Braunstone Town. The community aim to make 14,177 poppies to commemorate each of the Leicestershire men who died as a result of the conflict.
All types of craft poppies are needed (except card or paper – the display will be outside in November…) and we would welcome anyone to join us, whether you want to make one poppy, a dozen or more, and perhaps to tell us their stories of their relatives who lived during World War One.
The group also wants anyone who wishes
to donate red knitting wool, fabric or any camouflage type netting to please get in touch.
Friday 23rd February 2018
Braunstone Town Library - Update
Residents will be aware of the work that has been undertaken to transfer Braunstone Town Library to a local group, “Braunstone Town Community library”. The group was set up by Fabula, a social enterprise who have been working with the County Council and Braunstone Town Council to develop plans for the future management of the library.
Over the last few months, for a number of reasons, Braunstone Town Community Library Group have reluctantly come to the conclusion that pursuing the management of the library is no longer feasible.
Since then, the County Council and Braunstone Town Council have been in discussions to review the feasibility of taking forward proposals that were developed by the Town Council around the same time as the Fabula proposal.
Braunstone Town Council approved its commitment to these proposals on February 22nd. Therefore, a recommendation will now be taken to the Cabinet of the County Council in March seeking approval to progress with enabling the Town Council to manage the library.
The County Council would like to extend their thanks to the efforts made by Braunstone Town Community Library group to transfer the library.
Friday 26th January 2018
Town Council sets Council Tax for 2018/2019
At the beginning of this financial year I highlighted that Blaby District Council had voted to end the payment to parish and town councils of the parish share of Council Tax Support Grant and New Homes Bonus from next April (2018), in order to plug a gap in their own finances. The loss of this income, along with existing financial pressures faced by the Town Council equated to an approximate increase of 17% on the Town Council’s share of Council Tax bills. For a typical household in a Band B the equivalent of paying around £15 per year extra.
Since then we have been working hard to identify ways to protect the services which many in the Town value, while finding ways to deliver these services and run our operations more efficiently, an approach supported by the Town’s Citizens’ Advisory Panel at its December meeting.
On January 25th, the Council set its budget and was able to protect all of its front line services while identifying slightly over £10,000 per annum of ongoing savings, and £55,000 of our reserves over the next two years, in order to minimise the impact of Blaby’s decision on local tax payers, which has enabled us to reduce the increase in Council Tax for 2018/2019 to 9.7%, the equivalent of around £8.15 on a typical band B property for the year.
I would like to thank residents for their understanding and support for our approach which strikes a balance between protecting services, making savings and increasing Council Tax. Nonetheless, the use of our reserves to spread the impact on residents following Blaby’s decision will impact upon the Council’s finances and ability to deliver capital investment over the next 3 to 5 years.
Councillor Nick Brown, Leader of Braunstone Town Council
Friday 19th January 2018
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
Braunstone Town Council, Ravenhurst & Fosse Ward
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 87(1) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Braunstone Town Council Ravenhurst & Fosse Ward.
If by 8 February 2018 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 16 April, 2018.
Dated 19 January, 2018
Thursday 21th December 2017
Bar @ the Civic Centre Christmas Opening Times
Christmas Eve 12pm - 11.30pm
Christmas day 12pm - 3pm
Boxing Day 12pm - 3pm
Wednesday 27th 12 - 2.30pm. 7 - 11pm
Thursday 28th 12 - 2.30pm evening CLOSED
Friday & Saturday 29th & 30th 12pm - 11.30pm
New Year’s Eve 12pm - late.
New Year’s Day CLOSED
From January 2nd open as normal.
Wednesday 13th December 2017
Christmas Message from Town Mayor
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Exciting times for Shakespeare Park
Financial Pressures Ahead (April 2018)
Saturday 21st October 2017
When Life Was Transformed in Braunstone
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Review of Community Governance Arrangements In the Parish of Lubbesthorpe
Blaby District Council is conducting a Review within the parish of Lubbesthorpe to consider the future Governance arrangements including whether a Parish Council is established and if so the arrangements of that Council including its size.
Blaby District Council welcomes all representitives from any person or body who may wish to comment or make proposals on the governance arrangements for the parish as it expands over the coming years.
All initial representations must be made by 5th January 2018.
All reresentations received will be published, as will the reasons for accepting or rejecting any such representations. In accordance with the act, the representations received in connection with the Review will be taken into account, and steps will be taken to nbotify consultees of the outcome.
Further information can be found on www.blaby.gov.uk/consultation
Tuesday 29th August 2017
Following concerns with speeding on some of the main roads in Thorpe Astley, Braunstone Town Council is currently seeking support for a Community Speed Watch. If you are supportive of this initiative or wish to become involved, you are invited to sign a Pledge of Support at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. The centre will be open on the following days for you to come in and leave your details.
Tuesday, 29th August 9.30am – 9.15pm
Wednesday, 30th August 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday, 31st August 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Monday, 4th September 9.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday, 5th September 9.30am – 12.30pm, 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday, 6th September 1.00pm – 3.00pm, 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Thursday, 7th September 8.30am – 1.00pm, 4.30pm – 10.00pm
Friday, 8th September 6.00pm – 12 midnight
Friday 18th August 2017
Update on Highway Issues inThorpe Astley
Braunstone Town Council has been dealing with residents’ concerns relating to highways issues in Thorpe Astley.
The issues include:
- Parking on Foxon Way
- Speeding on Murby Way, Foxon Way, Meridian Way and Withers Way
- Air pollution from increased traffic
- Pedestrian safety on Meridian Way
We have submitted a formal request in writing to Leicestershire County Council’s Director of Environment & Transport, asking them to work with us to:
- address congestion on Lubbesthorpe Way,
- consider and consult upon a scheme of works, including improvements to existing crossing points and to the road layout, on Meridian Way and Withers Way; and
- consider regulatory and preferential parking schemes in the Meridian and Thorpe Astley areas.
We will also be locating our speed sign on the main roads in Thorpe Astley and seeking support for a Community Speed Watch Scheme.
We have been liaising with the Police concerning dangerous and obstructive parking and with Blaby District Council to improve air quality and work with businesses on Meridian Business Park to reduce employee parking in Thorpe Astley.
Friday 11th August 2017
Electoral Register - Annual Canvass underway
Residents are being asked to check that details on the Household Enquiry Form soon to be delivered across the District of Blaby are correct.
The Electoral Registration Officer is required to carry out an annual check of who should be registered to vote. Every home will be receiving a form asking residents to ensure that the information on the electoral register for the address is up to date.
Forms will be delivered to homes from Friday 11 August. Residents who have recently changed address are urged to look out for the form to check whether they are registered. Being on the Electoral Register is important not just for voting and keeping the register up to date, but may also affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.
The quickest and easiest way to confirm details are correct or to make changes is to visit www.householdresponse.com/blaby, using the security codes printed on the letter. If all details are correct residents can also call 0800 197 9871 or text 80212 to confirm.
Anyone who is new to the property or who has turned 16 should also register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Friday 30th June 2017
Braunstone Town Council has approved its Annual Return 2017.
Tuesday 25th April 2017
Report crime at the click of a button
Online crime reporting has launched in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, giving residents the ability to report incidents online.
Online reporting went live on 3 April, and aims to increase the number of ways the public can make contact with the force.
It was introduced to give people the chance to report crimes to us at their convenience in a way they felt comfortable.
Inspector Aimee Ramm is one of the officers working behind the scenes to launch online reporting.
She said: “The aim is to increase the number of ways members of the public can contact us to report crimes.
“Many people do a lot of things online now – banking, shopping and booking holidays – which were traditionally done over the phone or in person, and we want to make that shift to offering an online service too.
“We want people to be able to contact us at their own convenience, in the comfort of their own home.”
Reports will be managed by officers working in the Investigation Management Unit (IMU), and actioned as they come in.
Detective Inspector Mark Ringrose heads up the IMU. He said: “As a force – like many forces across the country – we are very phone centered with almost all crimes we deal with called in to the control room.
“With a digital shift to online, being able to report non-emergency crimes by sending an email is an appealing prospect for some members of the public.”
Online reporting is to be used for non-emergency crimes – things that traditionally the 101 number would be used for.
Any emergency, or for the reporting of a crime in action, always dial 999.
PCC Lord Willy Bach welcomed the move, saying: “It’s so important that we give people as many options as possible to contact us, to report crime or simply to ask a question. Online reporting enables people to provide details of a crime at a time and in a way that is convenient to them. I think many people will find this option useful.
“But, it is just one of a number of ways to contact the police. There are other ways to report a crime depending on circumstance and preference, including 101 and, of course, in an emergency it is a call to 999.
“This is a key part of my plan to ensure greater police visibility and easier accessibility for the public, reducing demand on resources internally while improving service delivery externally. It’s a double win.”
For reporting parking issues, noisy neighbours or issues with street lighting or traffic lights, other agencies are responsible and local councils should be contacted.
Concerns over fraud should be directed to ActionFraud, and anyone with information that may help officers build up a picture of intelligence should contact Crimestoppers – all of this can be done via the links on our website: https://leics.police.uk/reportcrime.
Anyone with information that might help officers build up intelligence, should contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
Thursday 6th April 2017
Leicestershire County Council Election - Thursday 4th May 2017
Elections for Leicestershire County Council are taking place on Thursday 4th May. Find out who is standing as a candidate and how to register to vote. There is a seat for Braunstone and a seat for Enderby & Lubbesthorpe (which covers Thorpe Astley).
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Leicestershire County Council Election - Thursday 4th May 2017
Elections for Leicestershire County Council are taking place on Thursday 4th May. Find out how you can be nominated as a candidate, the deadline for nominations is Tuesday 4th April, and how to register to vote. There is a seat for Braunstone and a seat for Enderby & Lubbesthorpe (which covers Thorpe Astley).
Monday 6th March 2017
Ending of Council Tax Support Grant payments to Parishes disproportionately affects areas with the most need
Braunstone Town Councillors have reacted with dismay and have expressed deep concern about the potential adverse impact upon local taxpayers following a decision by Blaby District Council to end the payment to parish and town councils of the parish share of Council Tax Support Grant and New Homes Bonus from April 2018.
Braunstone Town Council currently receives around £50,000 per year in such funding, which is Government funding, received via Blaby District Council, to help offset the Council Tax amounts which is no longer received from those in receipt of Housing Benefit.
On 23rd February a meeting of Blaby District Council considered their financial positions and decided to use the money to fund their own financial gap from April 2018. The Council report states “This grant is no longer visible within the funding provided by central government and there is no statutory obligation to pass this grant to parishes”.
In an open letter (supported by a recent Government letter) to the Leader of Blaby District Council, Councillor Terry Richardson, Braunstone Town Council’s Leader, Councillor Nick Brown (pictured on the left) urges Blaby District Council consider their wider responsibilities to the District as a place and not just to the corporate finances of the Council and continue to pass on Council Tax Support Grant to Parish and Town Councils.
Councillor Nick Brown adds that Blaby District Council’s “decision disproportionately affects areas where there is a higher proportion of residents who rely on access to public and community services for their wellbeing; these services will be at risk while placing a greater burden of cost on the community, putting in jeopardy the hard work of both councils to reduce isolation, build stronger communities and prevent individuals and families reaching crisis point, and putting greater pressure on the public purse in the long term”.
From April 2018 Braunstone Town residents, the area of Blaby District with the highest levels of deprivation and proportion of benefit claimants, face an approximate increase of 17% on band D of the Town Council’s precept, cuts to public services or a combination of both. Councillor Nick Brown states “We continue to make efficiency savings while investing in and protecting services and the Council has acted with restraint when setting our precept, however, this decision now puts us in a position where whatever we decide it will be our residents who suffer”.
Update 17th March: Response from Leader of Blaby District Council
Tue, 3 Jan 2017
Co-option to the Office of Councillor
Braunstone Town Council - Millfield Ward
Do you feel you can serve your community as a Town Councillor?
Braunstone Town Council currently has a vacancy for the position of Town Councillor for Millfield Ward
A notice of vacancy in the Office of Town Councillor was published on 6th December 2016 for the Millfield Ward. A request for an election was not received within the required 14 days. Public elections will not be held until May 2019, therefore, for the interim period the vacancy will be filled by co-option, voted for by the incumbent members of Braunstone Town Council.
Any person interested in being co-opted as a Braunstone Town Councillor should apply in writing to the Executive Officer & Town Clerk by 9am on Tuesday 17th January 2017 stating how you are qualified to serve as a Town Councillor.
Click here for more details
Tue, 6 Dec 2016
Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor
Braunstone Town Council - Millfield Ward
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Stuart Maxwell, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Braunstone Town Council Millfield Ward.
If by 28 December, 2016 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 1 March, 2017.
Dated 6 December, 2016
Fri, 2 Dec 2016
Update on Footpath - Watergate Lane to Staplehurst Avenue
During the flood alleviation works in June 2013, access to the footpath between Watergate Lane and Staplehurst Avenue was closed and the gate locked by the landowner.
Following complaints from local residents and users of the footpath who stated they had used the route for well over 20 years, the Town Council formally applied to Leicestershire County Council for a Definitive Map Modification Order; i.e. that the footpath be included as a right of way on the official map of rights of way.
Thank you to residents who have supported us with this application by providing evidence of the route’s use as a right of way. Our application and supporting evidence is being considered by Leicestershire County Council who are consulting with land owners and organisations such as the Environment Agency and Severn Trent who have an interest in the land. To date, no objections have been received to the application, which is encouraging. Therefore, the Town Council remains confident that the Definitive Map Modification Order will be confirmed sometime in the new year.
Thu, 24 Nov 2016
BLABY NEWS RELEASE - Landowners alerted after fly-tipping incidents.
Landowners are being urged to secure their land after two separate cases of large scale fly-tipping.
The incidents occurred within five days of each other, with the waste made up of various materials including fabric, industrial materials and wood. Moving and disposing of the waste may cost several thousand pounds.
Fly-tipping on this scale is unusual for the District of Blaby, with the Council advising land owners to be vigilant and ensure any entrances to their property are secured or obstructed to try and prevent these offences from continuing.
Caroline Harbour, Environmental Health Manager, said: “We aren’t used to seeing something on this scale in our area and it is an offence we are taking very seriously. Anyone found guilty of this type of offence would face prosecution, with a maximum fine of £50,000 and up to five years in prison.
“We want to make land owners in our district and the county aware of these incidents to make sure they do everything they can to secure their land, and we’d urge anyone with information to come forward to us.”
Anyone with information on fly-tipping offences can report it online with as much information as possible via www.blaby.gov.uk/flytipping, or call 0116 272 7555.
Issued by: Blaby District Council
Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2EP
Contact: Ian Cockerill - Communications Officer; Tel: 0116 272 7577
Wed, 05 Oct 2016
BLABY NEWS RELEASE
Residents asked for feedback on proposed Local Plan delivery document
A consultation has been launched on an important Local Plan document which will shape the district over the coming decades.
The Local Plan Delivery ‘Development Plan Document’ (the ‘Delivery DPD’) will sit alongside the ‘Core Strategy’ to form the overall Local Plan. When finalised, the Local Plan for Blaby District will play a part in the decision on planning applications.
One of the key objectives of the Delivery DPD is to identify sites for housing and employment opportunities. In the initial proposals several options are presented, including site options for the building of approximately 750 new homes in parishes close to the Leicester City border.
The consultation also looks at site options for around 25 hectares of land for employment and business growth, building on other successful areas successfully developed across the district over the last 25 years, including Meridian Business Park and Grove Park.
Blaby District Council is asking residents and partners for their feedback on the early proposals, with the final DPD set to be adopted in late 2017.
Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, said: “This is a significant part of the Local Plan for the Council. The document plans for the needs of the District until 2029, so we encourage all of our residents to review the proposals and let us know what they think.
“It’s important for us to stress that the Delivery DPD is still in its early stages, and no final decisions will be made until we have reviewed the consultation feedback, and the finalised document has been examined by a planning inspector.”
The consultation runs until Wednesday 16 November 2016. To see the documents and fill in the online response form, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/local-plan-delivery-dpd. Paper copies will be available at the Council’s Narborough offices and local district libraries.
Notes to editors:
25 Hectares of land is equal to 61.78 Acres of land
Issued by: Blaby District Council
Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2EP
Contact: Ian Cockerill - Communications Officer Tel: 0116 272 7577
Tue, 04 Oct 2016
Braunstone Town Council has received confirmation from the external auditor for local councils, Grant Thornton, that our accounts and governance arrangements are effective and we have sound systems of internal control.
Copies of our Annual Accounts, Annual Governance Statement and Internal and External Audit Reports are available here.
Wed, 28 Sept 2016
Temporary Road Closure and No Waiting Restriction of: Shakespeare Drive, Braunstone
Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to the closure of the above road and the prohibition of waiting on the above road .
The closure and no waiting prohibition are required between Braunstone Lane, and Hathaway Road.
The road will be closed on Sunday the 9th October 2016 for 1 day.
This will safely allow Leicestershire County Council Highways to carry out carriageway patching works.
During the closure the alternative route will be signed on site, see map.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Selim Ahmed, Leics Highways Tel: 0116 305 0001
Thu, 09 Jun 2016
Blaby District Council News Release Community Safety Partnership success as annual survey is launched
After a successful year of crime prevention, residents are being asked to take part in a survey to tell the Blaby District and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Community Safety Partnership how satisfied they are in their local area.
Police figures show a downward trend in total crime and anti-social behaviour across both districts over the last six years. The partnership has worked to reduce crime in the last year through enforcement action and preventative work.
Awareness work in schools and the wider community has taken place on a range of issues including drugs and alcohol, anti-social behaviour and cyber crime. Around 5,000 children and young people across the two areas were reached thanks to this work.
There were also targeted campaigns to reduce seasonal crimes and to highlight the help available for victims of crime, including continued support to the most vulnerable residents and victims.
One vital support for local people is the domestic abuse outreach service, offering practical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse. This service received over 200 requests for support in Hinckley & Bosworth and 154 in Blaby District. The Partnership also received 159 requests for support from the Children's Worker service. These specialist workers provide help to children who have witnessed domestic abuse, improving their lives and stemming the cycle of abuse.
Councillor Lee Breckon, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership for Blaby District Council, said: "We are very pleased with the response from our residents to last year's survey, and learning that over 80% of people said they felt safe in the District of Blaby is excellent news.
"I'm also delighted to report that there have been reductions in domestic burglary, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour, especially as we know these are key areas of concern for the public."
Councillor Chris Boothby, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, said: "Realising reductions in overall crime and anti-social behaviour in Hinckley & Bosworth in the current climate is great news and we will continue to work hard to continue this downward trend, protect vulnerable people and support victims in the borough.
"These surveys help us to understand what the concerns are for local people so that we can ensure we are working in areas that are most important to the people who live and work in the area."
This year's survey can be completed by residents of both areas online www.blaby.gov.uk/csp survey or www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/haveyoursay. Paper copies will be available at Council offices, libraries and other key community venues.
Feedback to the survey can be made throughout the year and will be vital in helping the Partnership monitor its progress and understand how satisfied the public are with community safety in their local area.
For more information, contact the Partnerships Team at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7566 or Community Safety at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council on 01455 238 141.
Tue, 24 May 2016
NOTICE OF VACANCY in the Office of Town Councillor
Braunstone Town Council - Thorpe Astley Ward
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Muhammad Aslam, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Braunstone Town Council Thorpe Astley Ward.
If by 14 June, 2016 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 15 August, 2016.
Dated 24 May, 2016
S Whiles, Returning Officer
Notice of Vacancy Thorpe Astley Braunstone TC (May 2016) (PDF, 9 Kb)
Mon, 23 May 2016
Thorpe Astley Public Consultation
Since the development of Thorpe Astley Community Centre and the provision of the two rooms for healthcare, NHS England have been seeking a GP provider to provide Health Services. However, five and a half years on and residents of Thorpe Astley still await the provision of GP services, while purpose built clinical rooms remain empty at Thorpe Astley Community Centre. For that reason, Braunstone Town Council is exploring alternative options for the use of Thorpe Astley Medical Rooms. In order to find the best solution, we need your help in identifying community needs and aspirations.
Please answer quick questionnaire which can be found at our centres so we can shape and deliver services our community needs the most
Thu, 19 May 2016
News Release - Public Space Protection Orders introduced across district
New laws designed to force careless dog owners to take more responsibility of their pets are to come into effect during May.
The orders to control dogs will be introduced across Blaby District's parks and open spaces on Monday 16 May 2016, as part of the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act. Blaby District Council is one of the first councils to be taking this action.
Anyone guilty of an offence under the new orders will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty. Failure to pay the fine can result in court action and a fine of up to £1000. Trained volunteers from across the district will assist the Council to enforce the new legislation.
The dog control orders include:
- Dog fouling
- Not having a suitable item to pick up dog fouling
- Not placing/keeping a dog on lead when directed
- Not having a dog on a lead within a cemetery/graveyard/churchyard
- Taking a dog into/permitting a dog to enter/allowing a dog to remain in an enclosed play area
Blaby District Council's Animal Services will be attending parks and open spaces around the District from Monday 16 May for a two week period to educate dog owners of the new laws. Formal enforcement will be introduced from Monday 1 June.
Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services, said: "Dog fouling and out of control dogs are issues facing the whole of Leicestershire. Dog fouling will not be tolerated and our new PSPOs are designed to ensure we have the powers to take action and fine the minority of people who cause misery to residents enjoying the great parks and open spaces we have in Blaby District."
Mon, 16 May 2016
NOTICE OF VACANCY in the Office of Town Councillor
Braunstone Town Council - Winstanley Ward
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Chetan Parmar, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Town Councillor for the Braunstone Town Council Winstanley Ward.
If by 6 June, 2016 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
Notice of Vacancy Winstanley Braunstone TC (May 2016) (PDF, 9 Kb)
Tue, 03 May 2016
Meridian Way Roundabout at Thorpe Astley, advance notice of works
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is to be made for the following location: The Meridian Way roundabout, at Thorpe Astley (see attached plan). The purpose of the TTRO is to facilitate the resurfacing of the roundabout and approach roads.
The TTRO will incorporate a temporary road closure.
The duration of the TTRO is for a period not exceeding 12 months commencing on 25th July 2016
The actual duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 5 nights between 10pm and 6.00am within the aforementioned duration.
A Press Release will be issued to confirm these details approximately 2 weeks prior to the works commencing.
Tue, 19 Apr 2016
Grants available once again in Blaby District
Community groups and organisations providing services in the District of Blaby are being encouraged to check whether they're eligible to apply for a Community Grant.
'Capital Grants' up to £5000, 'Revenue Grants' up to £750 'Youth Grants' up to £1000 are available to help develop or improve services for local people. Applications for community grants are accepted quarterly with the next deadline is Friday 27 May 2016 at midday.
Each grant is designed to help with different costs such as building works, purchase of equipment, venue or transport costs or one-off special events. The council provides advice on which grant is most suitable for a group or organisation's needs.
In 2015-16 Blaby District Council awarded a total of £64,272 to 37 community groups and organisations. Successful applicants included The Carers Centre, Braunstone Foodshare and Company at Christmas.
Some changes to the criteria have been made for 2016/17 including, groups now being able to apply twice within one financial year if applications are for separate projects.
The latest round of Community Grants were awarded to 12 groups in March, with representation across the whole district. Recipients included:
- Enderby Bowls Club
- Kilby Parish Council
- Horses for Causes
- Cosby Community Church
- Kirby Muxloe Bowls Club
- Brockington College
- Thurlaston Village Hall
- Space 4u Counselling
- St Bartholomew's Kirby Muxloe
- Punjabi Cultural Society
- Travel Lunch Club
- Cosby Heritage Society
Mon, 18 Apr 2016
Night Time Closures of the M1 in May
A new bridge across the M1 will soon take shape as the next phase of construction begins. From Saturday 7 May 2016 Leicestershire County Council, along with partners Balfour Beatty and Highways England, will install the bridge beams that will link Thorpe Astley to New Lubbesthorpe.
The installation will take up to three nights, across three weekends, and requires night time closures of the motorway in both directions between junction 21 and 22 on:
- Saturday, 7 May, 9pm until 11am on Sunday 8
- Saturday, 14 May, 8pm until 10am on Sunday 15
- Saturday, 21 May, 8pm until 10am on Sunday 22
Work on these nights is likely to be heard by residents in Thorpe Astley since the motorway itself will be closed to traffic. Both Leicestershire County Council and Balfour Beatty have procedures in place to minimise unnecessary noise, however, this aspect of the work needs to be carried out overnight from Saturday into Sunday since the M1 needs to be closed to ensure the bridge beams can be safely lifted into place and it has been timed to minimise disruption.
The M69 slip road onto the M1 northbound, the A46 from its junction with the A50 to where it merges with the M1 and Leicester Forest East service station will also be closed overnight during the work. 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.
Mon, 18 Apr 2016
Everards to build new flagship brewery in district
An application for a new development for Everards Brewery has been approved by the council's planning department.
The new development will comprise a new brewery with offices, brewery tap and restaurant along with a temporary events marquee. The application also approved the erection of a footbridge over the River Soar with cycle paths linking to the Grand Union Canal Conservation Area, leading to Leicester City Centre.
The move is anticipated to be completed by late 2017.
Located adjacent to their current site, Everards will remain a long-standing business within the district, along with Fosse Park, Sytner and Next. Additional businesses prominently located in Blaby District include The Marriott, David Lloyd, Santander and British Gas; while other major employers include Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Police.
Councillor Tony Greenwood MBE, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, said: "This is an exciting development that further highlights businesses' desire to stay within our district when looking to relocate their premises.
"We are proud to have so many major businesses and retail stores in the district, making our area one of the most attractive for enterprise and shoppers alike."
Details on the application can be found through the planning search system via www.blaby.gov.uk, using the reference "15/1524." More information on starting or relocating a business in Blaby District, is available at www.blaby.gov.uk/business.
Thu, 25 Feb 2016
Is your Community Dementia Friendly?
Blaby District Dementia Action Alliance and Hinckley & Bosworth Dementia Action Alliance are a group of people and organisations working together to help people live well with dementia in Leicestershire by making our communities more dementia friendly.
A public consultation exploring dementia friendly communities has been launched in the district. The consultation will be available throughout 2016 however the first responses will be analysed during early April.
The consultation deadline is Monday 4th April for data analysis but will the survey will continue to remain online on our Dementia Action Alliance for the remainder of the year.
Mon, 18 Jan 2016
GP Services at Thorpe Astley Community Centre
Braunstone Town Council is really disappointed that five and a half years on and residents of Thorpe Astley still await the provision of GP services, while purpose built clinical rooms remain empty at Thorpe Astley Community Centre.
Town Council Leader, Councillor Nick Brown said "(...) the NHS have seriously let down the people of Thorpe Astley who were promised and need access to local GP services in the community"
Braunstone Town Council has been working with NHS England and the local Health Commissioning Group (East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group) since the summer of 2010. Thorpe Astley Community Centre opened in October 2010 with two purpose built clinical rooms for use by local GPs, funded by developer contributions.