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Community groups and organisations providing services in the District of Blaby are being encouraged to check whether they’re eligible to apply for a Community Grant.

‘Capital Grants’ up to £5000, ‘Revenue Grants’ up to £750 ‘Youth Grants’ up to £1000 are available to help develop or improve services for local people. Applications for community grants are accepted quarterly with the next deadline being Friday 27 May 2016 at midday.

Each grant is designed to help with different costs such as building works, purchase of equipment, venue or transport costs or one-off special events. The council provides advice on which grant is most suitable for a group or organisation’s needs.

In 2015-16 Blaby District Council awarded a total of £64,272 to 37 community groups and organisations. Successful applicants included The Carers Centre, Braunstone Foodshare and Company at Christmas.
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In this issue we have three articles describing the new community libraries being set up in Narborough, Enderby and Huncote, each of them relying mainly on volunteers. Libraries have been found in England for more than 150 years and are widely regarded as being important in maintaining a literate population. However, following the financial crisis of 2007/8, drastic reductions in funding have meant that Leicestershire County Council has been unable to continue to maintain this service at its previous level.
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Some changes to the criteria have been made for 2016/17 including, groups now being able to apply twice within one financial year if applications are for separate projects.

The latest round of Community Grants were awarded to 12 groups in March, with representation across the whole district. Recipients included: Enderby Bowls Club, Kilby Parish Council, Horses for Causes, Cosby Community Church, Kirby Muxloe Bowls Club, Brockington College, Thurlaston Village Hall, Space 4u Counselling, St Bartholomew’s Kirby Muxloe, Punjabi Cultural Society, Travel Lunch Club, and Cosby Heritage Society.

For more information and to request an application pack, please contact Grants Co-ordinator Beth Harriman by e-mailing beth.harriman@blaby.gov.uk <mailto:beth.harriman@blaby.gov.uk>, or call 0116 272 7718. Details of the grants programmes can also be found at www.blaby.gov.uk/communitygrants <http://www.blaby.gov.uk/communitygrants>.
Around half of the libraries in the county have now been transferred to local groups and, given that Government austerity measures mean that a further £100 million must be saved during the current parliament, it is likely that this trend will continue. Libraries provide an invaluable service to our local communities, both as a source of books and other information and also as a meeting place for groups in our villages. We owe these volunteers, who are going to such lengths to maintain these facilities for all of our local communities, a huge vote of thanks.

Grants available once again in Blaby District

Neighbourhood Services will be making the short journey from Littlethorpe to Whetstone as the service relocates to a modern, 21st century depot.

The Council will be moving its service from the existing base to the new yard next to the County Council-run Whetstone Tip on Enderby Road. Wates Construction began building the new Depot in January this year after planning permission had been approved in late 2015. The completion date is anticipated to be sometime in late summer 2016.

The existing Depot has been located at Warwick Road, Littlethorpe for over 60 years and was in need of considerable re-investment to bring it up to current standards, along with the current depot lying within an existing residential area. Relocation was sought in order to maintain the Council’s excellent reputation for refuse and recycling and other depot related services. The Refuse and Recycling service is highly regarded by residents with the most recent Residents Survey revealing that 97% of respondents were satisfied with the service.
Enderby Road industrial estate was considered the most convenient and efficient location. The new depot will contain an administration area, operational staff facilities including a changing/shower block and a fully equipped Training Room. There will also be extensive vehicle maintenance facilities such as a state-of-the-art vehicle servicing area, with the ability to expand the future workload if required.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Regulatory Services, said: “I’m proud that we have finally managed to start work on our new depot. The modernisation will enable us to adapt to the inevitable changes in the coming decades. I hope that our investment in the future of such an important and well-regarded service for our residents emphasises the commitment that the Council has to our outstanding Neighbourhood Services team.”

The Council’s social media and website will have the latest news and images on the depot’s construction through to scheduled opening later this year. Visit www.twitter.com/blabydc <http://www.twitter.com/blabydc> or www.facebook.com/blabydc <http://www.facebook.com/blabydc> to stay up to date.

Council depot on the move

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