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Three prosecuted for dog chipping offences

Three dog owners have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their pets' microchip details were up to date.

Under The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, dog owners must have their pet microchipped, and for all details to have the most recent information with contact details for a dogs' keeper.

Danielle Hawthorn of Packer Avenue, Leicester Forest East, was fined for the second time this year for failing to ensure chip details were up to date. She was ordered to pay a £440 fine, £332.50 costs as well as a £44 victim surcharge. More »

Lynn Finch of Walnut Grove, Glen Parva failed to put any details on her dog's chip. She was given a six month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £323 costs and a pay victim surcharge of £20.

Shaun Franklin of Wigston Road, Blaby, was also given a six-month conditional discharge for not having updated details on his dog's chip. He was also ordered to pay £332.50 in costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.

All three were prosecuted after being served notice for failure to update their dogs' chip, despite the 21 day period of notice and seven additional days to prove the required action had been taken.

Updating microchip details can be easily done over the phone or online, and can cost as little as £16 depending on the database.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure & Regulatory Services, said: "We're disappointed that we have had to take this action against three residents, including one for the second time this year. We are happy to help anyone struggling with the process to ensure their dog can be identified.

"This emphasises that we can and will take action against those who do not comply with the law."

For more information on dog law, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs or call 0116 275 0555. » Less

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:46 by Beverley Greenwood

Local Plan consultation launches

A plan to shape housing and employment across the District of Blaby in the coming years is being consulted on with residents and local businesses.

The Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) is the second part of Blaby District Council's overall Local Plan. The Local Plan is an important set of documents that help determine the outcome of planning applications.

The Delivery DPD includes sites for new homes at Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Leicester Forest East. An employment site in Enderby is also proposed. More »

A new policies map shows where development in the district should be focussed, as well as the important environmental assets that should be protected.

The consultation opened on Wednesday 29 November 2017 and will close on Thursday 18 January 2018. The Council is inviting residents to view the plans and comment on the proposals within the Delivery DPD.

After consultation responses are reviewed, the proposed document will be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by an inspector. Once finalised, the Delivery DPD and Policies Map will be adopted and, alongside the Core Strategy will replace the Local Plan 1999.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: "This is a vital document for the Council as it enables us to approve and refuse planning applications on our own terms; ensuring residents get the most appropriate decisions in their area.

"It also gives us the opportunity to protect and improve some of our most vital assets, as well as plan for new homes and employment sites, which are vital to help the district grow in areas we have identified will be most appropriate."

All Delivery DPD documents and details of how to make comments are available at www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd.

Information is also on display in local libraries and at the Council's Narborough Offices. For further details contact the Development Strategy team via email at planning.policy@blaby.gov.uk or write to the team at Blaby District Council, Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP. » Less

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:16 by Beverley Greenwood

£5000 fine for untidy land in Whetstone

£5000 fine for untidy land in Whetstone

A land owner has been ordered to pay £4,950.38 and issued a Remedial Order by Leicester Magistrates' Court following non-compliance with a Community Protection Notice.

Peter Thomas of New Bridge Road, Glen Parva was first issued with a Community Protection Warning by Blaby District Council back in May 2016, following complaints of his untidy land off Enderby Road (known as Bulls Hit Farm.)

The land contains various broken down containers, vehicle parts, car tyres as well as further piles of bricks, rubble and refuse. Following Mr Thomas' non-compliance, the Council served a Community Protection Notice in November 2016. More »

Community Protection Notices require a person or organisation to undertake specific tasks in order to reduce or remove the detrimental effects of their conduct. The notice served on Mr Thomas required him to remove the waste items, which also included scrap metal, tipped waste and rubber.

He was also required to ensure that once the items had been removed it would not become untidy again. After failure to complete these works, the Council sought prosecution for non-compliance with the notice.

Leicester Magistrates' Court found Mr Thomas guilty and ordered him to pay a fine of £1,500 and full costs of £3,300.38, as well as a victim surcharge of £150. The court judgement also included granting the Council a Remedial Order, compelling the defendant to carry out the work required as per the Community Protection Notice.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: "This is an important prosecution for us. Mr Thomas had a responsibility to ensure his land did not have a negative impact on the quality of life for others in his locality.

"Unfortunately he consistently failed in his responsibilities and as such we had no choice but to prosecute. I hope this emphasises how seriously we take untidy land and Community Protection Notices. They are not there to be ignored."

This is the second successful prosecution for non-compliance of a Community Protection Notice that Blaby District Council has carried out in the space of 12 months.

Residents can report any untidy land in the district by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/planning. » Less

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:39 by Beverley Greenwood