Blaby District Youth Council Hate Crime Awareness Event

On Tuesday 5th July Blaby District Youth Council ran a “Don’t Hate, Educate” evening.
The Youth Council has recently been brought back in house, going from strength to strength, inspiring other local districts to mimic our new setup, which is great feedback to have for the Council. This is testament to the great officers at Blaby who are actively encouraging and promoting the new Youth Council.

The Youth Council put on an inspiring event, raising awareness and teaching how to combat hate crime. This involved a presentation with educational videos and engaging games to enlighten guests on how hate crime can easily happen.

I would like to thank all those that made the effort to come along, including fellow Parish/ Town Councillors, District Councillors and Youth Parliament members. It was great to see all members of the Youth Council enthusiastically involved during the night, putting on a fantastic event.

For more information on how to join and be involved with the ever growing Blaby Youth Council please visit the below site.

The Story So Far   

Ten months in and it has been eventful, exciting and enlightening. Blaby District has a very well run Council with members and officers giving so much to the District they serve. I've found out so much about the key services that are delivered and the many projects that are also being undertaken. This just shows the depth of our Council.

The Chairman has been raising money for Leicestershire children’s hospice Rainbows. Councillors David Findlay, Marion Broomhead and myself completed a charity abseil at Leicestershire Southern Fire station on the 19th March 2015 raising over £625 for this important cause.

The new Council leader, Terry Richardson, has taken over from Ernie White, leading the new batch of Councillors and those who returned as members. With so much happening with Blaby over the next few years, it is reassuring to know our great District is being ran effectively and professionally. All members involved are showing the time and dedication in pushing the Blaby District area forward.

Being chosen as the Youth Champion has given me the opportunity to be involved and help start the new Youth Council. Keeping this going is vital to encouraging the younger generation to connect with local democracy. Since returning to the Council we have started the youth shadowing, giving younger people an insight on how members and the committees operate.

The planning committee gives you a sense of how important it is to make the right decision for the district, as major applications can make a real difference to the area we live in. This means ensuring that the committee approves or rejects each application with sound decisions and reasoning behind them.

Budget time with changes to the Council Tax and Member allowances have been at the forefront over the past couple of months. While it is important to maintain services we need to encourage that local Councillors are correctly subsidised to attract new members. I doubt any Councillor would say they do it for the money, but unless you are retired or have special circumstances it’s impossible to attract a mixture from all backgrounds, representing the district as a whole.

Finally, I would like to give thanks to all my friends and family supporting me as a local Councillor and continue to help even now. Cllr David Findlay has been with me since the start, not only supporting my role as a District Councillor but with the Youth Council too. So I’m very grateful and look forward to the next three years and more.

Charity Abseil for Rainbows Hospice

On the 12th March Councillors Marion Broomhead, David Findlay and I undertook a charity abseil to raise money for Rainbows. This was at Leicestershire southern fire station. We managed to raise over £250 so far, thank you to all those who donated.

After a quick introduction we started some safety training and then practiced abseiling outside on the fire stations training tower. Initially we abseiled down the lowest level of the tower before climbing to the top for our final abseil. Each Councillor managed to complete the abseil with support from the audience below including Blaby Council leader Terry Richardson and Alberto Costa MP.
I found the experience very enjoyable and humble, being able to help raise money for Rainbows was the goal here and we achieved that.

More details on the fundraising can be found here, we still welcome any further donations to this important cause:

Action Day in Winstanley

On Saturday 19 September 2015 a group of South Leicestershire Conservative activists were in Thorpe Astley and Braunstone knocking on doors and seeking the views of local residents.

Attending was local MP, Alberto Costa and local councillor for Winstanley Ward, Ben Taylor along with Blaby Council Leader Terry Richardson and Cllrs David Findlay, Louise Richardson & Les Phillimore. Also helping was Harborough Councillor Rich Tomlin and local activist Richard Meredith.

Alberto said “It was good to be knocking on doors in Winstanley Ward with local councillor Ben Taylor. Residents were pleased to see the local Conservative Team in action and without an election in sight listening to residents about local and national issues of concern.”

The Blaby District Team 2015-2019

Group photo was taken on Tuesday evening in the Council Chamber.

For the list of Blaby Councillors click below. 

The First Two Weeks

The first two weeks since being elected a Councillor have been an exciting and interesting experience. Full of so many new faces including the staff at Blaby Council offices and fellow Councillors. It is quite a daunting experience at first but fascinating to see how the Council operates and the services it provides.

The Tuesday after Election Day involved signing the Declaration of Office to begin my four year term as a Councillor followed by a quick photo, this ended with a welcome presentation. I found a very warm welcome by the Staff at Blaby Council and the paring up with an “Officer Buddy” to help with future queries.

Committee appointments have been decided and I will be a member of Planning, Licensing and Dismissal committees. With the new Lubbesthorpe development being nearby the planning committee will be very interesting.

In the first week I was contacted by a local resident regarding illegal Travellers moving into Beeches Park off Wardens Walk. After visiting the site the following day I contacted the staff at Blaby Council and have found them very helpful, I was pointed in the right direction on who to speak to and then was kept up to date on any developments even after the site was clear. It is a humble experience to be involved with the community and to help make a positive impact on your Ward. I look forward to continue the work carried out making Blaby a safe, fun a vibrant place to live.

I would also like to give my many thanks to those who supported me during my campaign and a special thanks to Peter Fuchs who gave me the original push and confidence to stand.

Travellers At Holmfield Park

There is a traveller encampment on Holmfield Park. Police attended Friday evening and the Multi Agency Travellers Unit have been contacted. Travellers on Holmfield Park have moved on to a new site in the City, Braunstone Town Council we will be carrying out repairs and cleansing early in the week. 

Many thanks to the local residents who contacted me in regards to this.

Out Campaigning in Winstanley over the weekend with PPC Alberto Costa.

General opinion was to keep the well run Blaby council Conservative led. We spoke to many local residents around Thorpe Astley.

Many thanks to Les Phillimore, Cllr David Findlay and Alberto Costa who came out canvassing.