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£4000 fine for untidy land in Sapcote

A Sapcote land owner has been ordered to pay £4,061 by Loughborough Magistrates' Court for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice.

John Mac of Hinckley Road, Wolvey, was found guilty and fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,411 as well as a victim surcharge of £150.

Mr Mac first issued with a Community Protection Warning by Blaby District Council back in July 2016 following complaints of parking and repairing HGV's, and the storage of associated plant and equipment at Granitethorpe Quarry, Leicester Road, Sapcote. More »

Following Mr Macs' non-compliance of the Warning Notice, the Council served a Community Protection Notice in September 2016. 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 required Mr Mac to stop using the land for the parking and/or storage of HGV's commercial vehicles and HGV trailers. All associated plant, tools and equipment used for the repair of vehicles and trailers were also ordered not to be parked or stored on the site.

A revised Community Protection Notice was agreed between Council and Mr Mac in December 2016 after an appeal to the Magistrates' Court, following his failure to comply with the original notice.

Investigations in October 2017 revealed a commercial vehicle had been parked on the land for three days, in breach of the notice. The case was presented to the Magistrates' Court following the breach in November 2017 before prosecution on 01 August.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: "Mr Mac had a responsibility to ensure his land did not have a negative impact on the quality of life for others in Sapcote. He failed in these responsibilities and we had no choice but to prosecute.

"We are pleased with this ruling and I hope this emphasises how seriously we take Community Protection Notices. They are not there to be ignored."

This is the third 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 breaches of planning control in the district by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/planning. » Less

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:05 by Beverley Greenwood

Success - Fishley Belt TPO

Success - Fishley Belt TPO

Fishley Belt appears on maps going back to the nineteenth century and is, if not the best, certainly one of the best examples of ancient woodland in Blaby District. In spring it is awash with English blue bells and other ancient wild flowers only found where woodland has not been disturbed for centuries.

Cllr. Roy Denney in his capacity as Glenfield lead Tree Warden has secured with Blaby District Council a Tree Preservation Order on the trees of the Glenfield end of the old golf course despite objections from the City Council and their consultants. This will help the parish defend them when the City come forward with their plans for a major development on the site. More »

Cllr. Denney stated in the application that "I was content to leave things this way until the area came under very real threat. As tree warden for Glenfield I have now lodged a request for a blanket tree preservation order for this area. I do so on purely ecological grounds but there is political background I can point out. When Leicester City Council decided to have a housing development on the eastern third of the Western Park Golf Course they bought the farmland in Blaby District to push the course to the west. As green open space this was not deemed a problem by Glenfield residents but the City have now closed the golf course and will be developing it".

Cllr Denney's report can be found below.

Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:30 by Beverley Greenwood

Glenfield Neighbourhood Area

Glenfield Neighbourhood Area

We are in the early stages of preparing a plan and in due course we will be inviting interested residents to a meeting and giving them a chance to join the Working Party.

It would help if you would the let the office know your thoughts on the following:-

What are your hopes, aspirations and concerns about the village?

What do you think is missing from the village if anything?

Do we have the right mix of housing? More »

What are the most difficult problems residents are facing? » Less

Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:08 by Beverley Greenwood