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A word from Cllr. Roy Denney - Vice Chair and Chair of the Environment, Recreation & Sports Committee
There are further changes likely in the bus provision to and through Glenfield. These are monitored by members of the Council and overtures are made to the providers to try and look after the interests of the villagers. Thankfully recent and proposed changes have been advantageous to Glenfield. More »
All the services are run for commercial benefit and as such profits and demand will always determine what is on offer but we can ensure that what we feel is best is not overlooked and at least gets due consideration.
Recent changes have involved a new timetable for the hourly No. 40 which is making the service more reliable. Given it wanders round the Leicester suburbs it can get you to places otherwise difficult without a car.
All services along Groby Road through are likely to be changed, probably from March although nothing is yet definite.
We expect that the service 28 (Leicester - Groby) will be withdrawn and partially replaced by a diverted and re-timed service 26. Service 27 is also likely to be re-timed. Arriva have experimented with a 29X express to Coalville but it does not seem to have helped timetabling and the 29 service is being completely recast. Services 29A will now be every 20 minutes (daytime) between Leicester and Coalville along the A50 through Glenfield with the 29X being withdrawn. It is expected that the combined service between Leicester and County Hall will be every 10 minutes.
Thanks to the subsidy provided by Wilson Bowden the First Bus services were adjusted last year and seem to be working well. The new No. 13 is very popular during the day in particular as it runs directly into the City. The service late into the evening is getting increasing take up but it is essential we use this as we need it to be self sustaining when the subsidy runs out. This service was part of suggestions we made which were adopted and will evolve further later this year.
Arrangements are still to be finalised but as people start working in the new commercial area services, will be extended through that area. Exact routing and timing are being discussed at present.
This will give a regular service towards Leicester from the employment area should keep down the use of cars through the village by workers. » Less
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00 by Beverley Greenwood
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) introduced in Countesthorpe has proved a success and has been part of a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
The order came into force on 15 July 2016 for a period of six months, and was brought in to reduce the rising number of anti-social behaviour incidents reported to Leicestershire Police and Blaby District Council.
A multi-agency partnership operated during the PSPO, which included increased police patrols in the area and activities including sports sessions, boxing taster sessions, street based youth work and the BB19 Youth Bus. More »
Beat Officers noted a significant reduction in ASB incidents during the six-month period, including over the Halloween/Bonfire night period. The positive impact of the order led to just four incidents being reported during the whole of November.
Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: "The PSPO was a measure which the multi-agency partnership felt necessary to make sure local residents felt safe in their village. Thanks to the Community Services team and Leicestershire Police the last six months have been a success for both authorities and residents of Countesthorpe.
"We know that the vast majority of young people are impeccably behaved, and the order ensured we were able to deal with those who were tarnishing the reputation Countesthorpe youngsters."
Inspector Dan Eveleigh, Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander for Hinckley and Blaby, said: "This order has enabled us to reduce incidents involving a very small minority of young adults causing anti-social behaviour in Countesthorpe.
"We would especially like to thank the vast majority of young people who have followed the PSPO while it has been in place, and enjoyed spending time with friends outdoors without causing any disruption to the local residents."
Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach said: "The multi-agency approach to addressing anti-social behaviour problems in the area has clearly been effective, and part of that approach was the introduction of the PSPO. On behalf of local residents I'm pleased to see the significant reduction in incidents and hope that sustainable solutions are now in place as we move forward."
Residents of the district who want to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour can contact the police non-emergency number on 101. Anonymous reports can also be made to Blaby District Council via 0116 272 7677 or www.blaby.gov.uk/asb. » Less
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26 by Beverley Greenwood
A district medical centre has become the first in the area to pledge to become more accessible to people with dementia.
Enderby Medical Centre has become a supporter of the Blaby District Dementia Action Alliance, which aims to create a district with dementia friendly residents and buildings.
Staff at the medical centre attended a 'Dementia Friends' information session, learning about dementia and how they can become a community and environment that takes into account the needs of those living with dementia. More »
Changes to make a business or organisation more dementia friendly include replacing dark coloured mats in reception areas, improving access and signage and being aware of how noises can affect different individuals.
Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure Services, said: "We're delighted that Enderby has volunteered to become a dementia friendly community. It only takes small changes to make a huge difference to people's lives.
"We hope this is the first of many surgeries in the district to become a Dementia Friend and encourage all businesses to sign up to the community."
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:07 by Beverley Greenwood