Duckpaddle News – Christmas 2022

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Whetstone Jubilee Celebration

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Community Awards open for nominations



Community Awards


Nominations have opened for residents to put forward their local heroes in Blaby District Council’s special Community Awards.

Following a difficult 18 months for the country, communities and voluntary groups, the Council has been keen to find a way of honouring local people of all ages and community groups who make a positive difference to the district.

Three categories are open for nominations until Wednesday 15 September 2021:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year

Both Volunteer and Young Volunteer of the Year will honour people who have given up their time to help others in the Blaby District community. Their efforts can include volunteering at a club or group, or supporting an individual or improving the district. The winner of both categories will receive £100, with the runners up getting £50.

£750 will also be given to a chosen community group selected by the Volunteer and Young Volunteer winners, with £500 cash available for a group chosen by the runners-up.

The Community Group of the year category recognises groups or organisations that have improved the quality of life for residents within the District of Blaby. £1000 is up for grabs for the winning group, whilst the runner up will receive £500.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Business Support, said “The Community Awards are our way of honouring the volunteers and voluntary groups who have done so much in their community, particularly since the pandemic hit.

“Funding for the individual awards has kindly been donated by Central England Co-operative and BHIB Charities Insurance. The group prizes are being funded by proceeds from the Love Blaby Lottery. We can think of no better way of using this money than to ensure it’s given back to the local community to support their activities and voluntary efforts.

“If you know a person or group who has done something extraordinary to improve people’s lives, please nominate and let us know!”

Anyone interested in nominating can find out more and nominate online by visiting the Community Awards webpage.

First charging points go live in Blaby

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The first charging points in Blaby District Council’s pay and display car parks are live and ready to use, as part of a project to make electric vehicle owning more accessible to residents.

Johns Court and Enderby Road car parks in Blaby are the first charging points to go live, with eight bays in each car park exclusively reserved for electric vehicle car owners to charge their vehicle using the 7kW chargers installed.

The phased launch will also see charging points go live in Narborough, with six bays in Weavers Court and two bays in Leicester Road available for use in the coming weeks.

£77,000 for the project came from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles for the ‘On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme’. The rest of the funding will come from EB Charging, who installed and will manage the charging points.

Local residents who cannot access a charging point are being encouraged to take advantage of the new chargers, as well as for shoppers in Blaby and Narborough taking advantage to top up their electric vehicle.

EB Charging will be offering the first two months of charging for free as part of the scheme. After the free period ends, charging will cost 30p per kW, with cashless payment made via the EB Charging app.

The app will not need to be used during the free introductory period, after which payment will be required via the app.

Dedicated charging bays will have a three-hour maximum stay from 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday, and cars parked in the bays must be plugged in to a charging point and displaying a valid parking ticket. Out of hours and Sunday parking is free, but the 30p per kW charge will apply at all times.

Councillor Les Phillimore, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Community and Environmental Services, said: “We are delighted to launch these charging points in our car parks as part of our ambition to make electric vehicle ownership as accessible to as many people as possible, as part of our Carbon Neutral Action Plan for the district.

“We are hopeful that residents in Blaby and Narborough who can’t access a charging point where they live will now have the opportunity to take the plunge into the world of electric vehicle ownership.

“Our new EV charging points will also support local businesses by encouraging Electric Vehicle owners to shop and relax locally, and will be able to top-up their electric vehicles whilst they do.”

For more information about charging points in the district visit the Electric Vehicle Charging page of the website.

Community Grants Scheme Open



More Green Grants are available for community groups in the district, with the next application deadline for Blaby District Council’s Community Grants scheme looming.

Green Grants of up to £4000 can support Community Groups who have projects including low carbon heating and electricity adaptations, composting and litter picking related equipment and waste reduction or recycling measures.

The Green Grants join the other grants available, ranging from £500-£4,000 and suited to a variety of different projects:

  • Capital Green Grants – up to £4000 (20% match funding required)
  • Revenue Green Grants – up to £500
  • Large Capital Grants – up to £4,000 (50% match funding required)
  • Small Capital Grants – up to £500
  • Revenue Grants – up to £500
  • Everyone Active Grants – up to £500

The next deadline for applications in the summer round of grants is 5pm on Wednesday 1 September.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Business Support said: “The Community Grants are an important part of our offering to voluntary groups in the district, particularly with the impact the pandemic has had.

“We’re encouraging all community groups in the district to take a look and see how these grants can support your project. Whether it’s a coach trip to the seaside or major improvement works, there’s a grant to help you!”

Find out more about the new Green Grants, as well as the other funding available and apply online via our Community Grants webpage.

Land sale agreed for proposed affordable homes

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Up to 12 affordable homes are proposed to be built in Blaby District after the sale of land to emh homes was confirmed by Councillors.

In Whetstone, eight affordable homes will be proposed for land at High Street, all of which will use greener initiatives if built, including solar panels, rain water harvesting and ecology measures for birds and insects.

Two small plots of land in Whetstone and Glenfield are also being sold to build four affordable properties, including two proposed dementia friendly bungalows at College Road, Whetstone.

Dementia friendly homes include open plan living, a large entrance hall and good natural daylight throughout the property, helping residents living with dementia live independently. Two homes are anticipated to be built on Station Road, Glenfield.

Whetstone Parish Council’s purchase of the open space on Trinity Road for £1 was also approved in principle. Whetstone Parish Council have held the lease on the land for a number of years, and it is expected that the Parish Council will, subject to the conclusions of other planning projects, take ownership of the open space, which also includes play areas.

Blaby District Council’s latest Housing Needs Assessment concludes that 399 new affordable properties need to be built each year, to meet the housing needs of the District. With more than 800 people on the housing register, building affordable homes of all types is vital to ensure the Council meets this need and can continue helping those on the housing register.

Councillor Nigel Grundy, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Assets, said: “The land we have sold to emh homes was underutilised and is ideal for us to meet our affordable housing need.

If planning permission is granted and they are built, these properties will give an opportunity for people to not only live in their own home, but also support those living with dementia enjoy their independence for as long as possible.

“We’re delighted to be working with emh homes on this project, especially as greener built homes and dementia friendly bungalows are both sustainable and vital to help our residents and local communities in the long-term.

“We are also so pleased to approve sale of the Trinity Road open space to Whetstone Parish Council in principle. They have leased this land and maintained it superbly for many years and, if completed, the purchase would reiterate their commitment to the local Whetstone community.”

All proposed affordable properties in Whetstone and Glenfield will be required to go through the full planning process, including all appropriate consultations.

Top Tips for Dealing with Nuisance Noise

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If you’re experiencing neighbourhood noise, such as loud music, very late parties or DIY at an unsociable hour, there are steps that can be taken to try and resolve the situation without involving the Council.

These five top tips on engaging with a neighbour in a positive way and dealing with the issue can prevent the need for any more action:

1. Assess the situation

Is this a one-off temporary situation or is it happening all the time? Is it affecting you more because you’ve been working from home and are around more to notice it? As distressing as noise issues are, try to be reasonable.

2. Start a conversation

Your neighbour may genuinely not be aware of any issues. Invite your neighbour over to show them what’s affecting you. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, write a note politely asking them to stop the behaviour that is bothering you.

3. Keep a record

Keep a log/diary as evidence of what’s happening. Record the source on your phone in case you do need to report it.

4. Time your response well

Challenging noisy behaviour at 3am isn’t likely to go down well, especially if it’s a house party with alcohol involved. It’s much better to have a quiet word the next day.

5. Move forward

It’s important to remember that if there are any fears a neighbour may become aggressive or violent these steps may need to be avoided, but do keep a log and record the noise if you can.

These steps can help stop our team needing to take action, which could damage your relationship with that neighbour.

Find out more on our Neighbour FAQs page.

25 July 2021

Blaby Ice House works complete

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Restored to its former glory after more than 25 years, work on the historic Ice House at Blaby District Council’s Bouskell Park, Blaby, has been completed.

Work began on the Ice House last autumn and included the installation of a new retaining structure, rebuilding the tunnel entrance, as well as a new door and dome cover. Railings, landscaping of the area and signage were also included as part of the extensive redevelopment.

First built around 1843, the Ice House allowed the wealthy residents of nearby Blaby Hall to have a more varied and exclusive diet with ice from the next door pond.

£156,000 of the £173,000 project was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the rest funded by Blaby District Council. The restoration overcame a number of obstacles, including the Coronavirus pandemic, continued difficult weather and unforeseen structural issues to the structure of the dome.

The Ice House was officially opened by Albero Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council and Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Business Support

Councillor Coe said: “We have been so excited to follow this project through from the initial Heritage Lottery Fund award to our now-completed Ice House.

“Restoring the Ice House is part of our Tourism initiative to showcase Blaby District is a great place to live, work and visit, and a huge amount of work has gone into restoring the Ice House to its former glory.

“We cannot wait to show the Ice House to both residents and visitors to the district as well as local schoolchildren, and we’re also looking forward to our upcoming Community Dig taking place at the end of June.”

Tours of the Ice House will start in mid-June and anyone interested in booking a tour to see inside the Ice House and learn more about the historic structure can head to the Visit Blaby website.

The Community Dig will take place in the last week of June in partnership with the University of Leicester Archaeological Services team, and will be hosted with Covid-safe guidelines in place to ensure the dig is as safe as possible.

A video of the restored Ice House is also available to view on YouTube.

28 May 2021










Community Grant Scheme open

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£20,000 in new Community Grant funding has been made available by Blaby District Council to support environmentally friendly projects in the district.

The two new Green Grants will join the selection of grants community groups and sports clubs can apply for, including Capital Grants, Revenue Grants and Everyone Active grants. Funding in the grants ranges from £500 to £4,000.

Re-start grants of up to £250 will also be made available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations by the Council. These one-off grants are there to help groups get back on their feet after lockdown and are funded by proceeds from the Love Blaby Lottery.

John Richardson, Strategic Director at Blaby District Council, said: “We know it can be tough for voluntary organisations to prioritise spending on environmental initiatives. We hope that these grants go some way towards supporting their own green agendas.

“Community grants have been an important part of our support for the community for more than a decade and we encourage groups to take a look on our website at what they might be eligible for and apply online.”

Find out more about the new Green and VCS Restart grants, as well as the other funding available and apply online through the Community Grants page.

Community groups interested in finding out more about the grants are invited to attend an online Zoom event on Wednesday 28 April. Anyone interested in attending can book a place by emailing .