Press Release: Order will protect public spaces

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ISSUED  20 May 2020

 


Order will protect public spaces

 

RULES that help tackle the problems associated with public drinking, the taking of drugs and so-called ‘legal highs’ in all public areas of the borough have been renewed by the Borough Council.

 

Councillors voted unanimously to renew the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for a further three years after the public supported it in a consultation held in the autumn of last year.

 

First introduced in the borough in 2016, the PSPO is a measure created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and intended to deal with activities carried out in a public space that have a detrimental effect on the local community’s quality of life.

 

Signs and maps where relevant are installed in parks and other public spaces to warn potential offenders that restrictions are in place with the aim of preventing individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces. A breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence and can result in a £100 fixed penalty fine. More serious offences can lead to prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.

 

The same legislation is also used to tackle irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their pets or who do not have their pets under control, as well as helping to prevent a wider range of other environmental nuisances that are currently tricky to monitor and regulate.

 

Councillor Michael Mullaney, Executive Member responsible for Community Safety, said: “The updated and renewed powers given by the PSPO will ensure our main priorities of tackling anti-social behaviour can be enforced. We are also pleased that individual parishes have also identified and targeted specific areas to incorporate in the order.  It is just a small part of the work, which is going on all the time to make the borough a safe place that people will want to live, work and visit.”

 

Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member responsible for Street Scene Services, Parks and Open Spaces added, “Parks and open spaces are there for everybody’s enjoyment, but some activities and behaviour can create a nuisance to other park users. After consulting with our residents we’ve now identified the real nuisance behaviour and effectively banned it which will make all of our parks and open spaces more enjoyable for everyone to use.”

The order for Hinckley and Bosworth will prohibit the use of so-called ‘legal highs’ and will also prohibit the consumption of alcohol if consumers are behaving anti-socially or causing alarm or distress to other residents.

 

At the same time the order requires dog owners to pick up after their dog and to keep their dog under control when on or off the lead.

 

New features

  • Hollycroft Park dogs to be kept on a lead area has been extended and will now include the tennis courts and the bowling green, the pitch and putt and the bandstand arena.
  • Ashby Road Cemetery remains dogs on lead throughout the entire site.
  • Nine Parish Councils are now included within the order, and have opted for certain rules within their green spaces. These include Bagworth & Thornton, Markfield, Newbold, Peckleton, Ratby, Sheepy, Stanton Under Bardon, Twycross and Witherley.

 

All of the rules within this order have been supported by the consultation.

For more information call 01455 255971 or email: streetscene@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

 

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HBBC ‘Thumbs Up’ for bin crews

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0FR

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ISSUED 28 April 2020

 

 

‘thumbs up’ for bin crews

Younger residents in Hinckley and Bosworth can now show their appreciation for bin crews by colouring in a #thumbsup poster and displaying it in their window or sticking it to their bin.

 

The poster is available to download at www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/colouringposter or across the council’s social media channels. The poster was inspired by the Royal Mail’s campaign to support our local postmen and women.

 

The move comes after the council received lots of thank you messages from residents for bin crews for their service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Council Leader, Councillor Stuart Bray said: “the crews have really appreciated all the good wishes and thank you’s they have received over the past weeks and whilst the vast majority of children are home from school, this is a small project they could complete and families could continue with their appreciation.

“The crews empty around 70,000 bins during the course of a week and are out in all weathers and whilst a vital service to the borough often do not receive the recognition they deserve. The teams have worked incredibly hard in difficult circumstances and displaying a #thumbsup would be a small token of gratitude. We hope children and families will enjoy supporting the campaign.”

For more information about any changes to council services look out for information in local media, follow the council on social media or sign up for free email updates at www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/emailupdates

 

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Bulky Waste Collection to resume

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0FR

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ISSUED 27 APRIL 2020

 

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Bulky Waste Collections to resume

 

The Council is resuming a limited bulky waste collection service in May.

 

The collection of bulky waste items – such as domestic furniture and appliances – was halted in March due to severe staff shortages arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

However, while staff levels have now improved, the service must comply with social distancing requirements which require the council to limit the items that can be collected.  This means that only items that can be safely moved by one operative working alone can currently be booked for bulky waste collections.

 

Up to three items – including washing machines and other similar sized household appliances, smaller items of furniture such as dining chairs and footstools, electrical items such as televisions, monitors and music centres and outdoor items including lawn mowers and bicycles – can be collected at a cost of £15. Concessions are available. To see the full list of items that can be collected and to book a collection and go online to www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/largeitem or call 01455 238141.

 

The council has already contacted customers who had previously booked a bulky item collection to rearrange the service where possible and those collections started last week.

 

Executive Member for Street Scene Services, Councillor Bill Crooks said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this very challenging time and particularly to the front line staff who are adapting to the current ways of working. We appreciate this is only a very limited service at this stage, but working practice will be kept under review in line with government guidance on social distancing and we trust it will be helpful to residents if they are unable to keep items at home until services return to normal.”

With the household tips, which are run by Leicestershire County Council, currently closed due to movement restrictions and social distancing it is strongly recommended that anyone choosing to use a private waste collector to dispose of larger items at this time checks the collector is registered to collect waste and asks for a waste transfer note in order to see where the waste is being taken to for disposal. See the register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers at www.environment.data.gov.uk

 

Clinical waste collections (sharps) – are now being collected fortnightly.  Affected customers have been advised about alternative collection dates.

 

Hazardous waste – the team are still clearing away any reported hazardous waste such as needles, glass and dog mess but members of the public are advised this is taking will take longer than usual due to staffing and social distancing issues.

 

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Small Businesses Urged to Claim Unpaid Grants

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0FR

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ISSUED 24 April 2020

 

 

Small businesses urged to claim unpaid grants

 

Small businesses across Hinckley and Bosworth are being urged to claim £4.3 million of unpaid business grant support that is available from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to help them during the coronavirus crisis.

 

Nearly 1,500 businesses have already received a share of £22 million in emergency support and more businesses are set to get funding.

 

Ever since the announcement of the funding, teams at the council have contacted hundreds of businesses to pull together the information required to issue the grants in the borough, a process that is still ongoing.

 

However business owners worried that they might have missed this contact or may not have provided up to date contact details or a mobile number are now being asked to contact the council directly by telephoning 01455 238141.

 

To receive a small business grant you are eligible if your property is registered for business rates and is a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or live music venue
  • assembly or leisure property – for example, a sports club, a gym or a spa
  • hospitality property – for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation
  • letting or estate agents

All businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

 

Local businesses who have already been awarded their grants commented that they have been helpful during this unprecedented time.

 

Richard Fahrey, from RJF Property Maintenance said “Just to update you I received government business grant today…Can’t tell you what a relief it was and helps keep my business going which I set up 10 years ago. Thank you to you and all your staff for your help and support.”

 

Ewemove Estate Agents in Hinckley posted on their social media page “I just wanted to shout out Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council and Hinckley BID for their proactive, prompt and courteous attitude during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them. Being a small business, I was fortunate enough to qualify for some financial support. They contacted me rather than the other way around (including a really pleasant phone call from the council) and in less than 2 weeks I have received the money into my account, enabling me to keep my business going whilst I have very little income. Great to see our Council doing what they can to assist our businesses.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said “We have awarded more than £17.5 million in the last few weeks to help to help protect businesses and jobs in the local area. Understandably, this period of disruption caused by the coronavirus lockdown has hit businesses hard and we are working to ensure those businesses which are eligible for funding receive it as quickly as possible. We urge local businesses to contact us to ensure that they receive the funding they deserve and are eligible for.

 

“I must take this opportunity of thanking all the staff involved for working so hard during this difficult time, working at weekends and the Easter bank holiday to ensure that these monies are distributed. Without them it would not be possible.”

 

To find out more about business support visit https://www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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Garden Waste Service Update

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0FR

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ISSUED 23 April 2020

 

 

Garden Waste Service Update

 

The garden waste collection service will resume from Monday (week commencing 27 April)

 

The Borough Council suspended its garden waste collection service on March 23 due to staff shortages arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Staff were diverted to ensure the refuse (black bin) and recycling (blue lidded bin) collections continued as normal throughout the pandemic.

 

However, this has been kept under constant review and staff levels are now in place to enable the service to be reintroduced.

 

Subscribers to the service are asked to present their bins before 7am on their usual garden waste collection day. This is particularly important during the catch up period during May. During this time, crews will not be able to return for any missed collections as the time taken to return for a missed bin could mean many others are not emptied.

 

The amount of waste being collecting has increased by up to 30% and the crews will be unable to take any extra garden waste or residual waste (brown and black bins) and therefore residents should only present their wheelie bins and the lid should be closed (no extra sacks). Additional dry recycling can be placed in clear sacks and placed beside the bin together with large pieces of cardboard if flattened.

 

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray explained “We would like to thank everyone for their patience during what has been a challenging period for operational services.  Particular credit goes to our crews and front line staff who have worked tirelessly and have continued to empty 53,000 refuse and recycling bins every week throughout this crisis, despite reduced staffing levels.

“We are all keen to reintroduce this service and we will endeavour to empty all bins presented but I would like to ask all our residents for their patience if we are unable to empty all of them from day one. We are aware that our capacity could be limited again at any time and demand will be higher than usual so we are asking subscribers to please bear with us during May as we try to resume the usual alternate weekly garden waste collection service.”

 

Residents can check their bin collection day online: www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/collections

 

All subscriptions have been automatically extended by up to two months for customers to cover the one month period the service was suspended. Garden waste bins displaying 19-20 subscription stickers will now be collected until 31 May 2020.  Garden waste bins displaying the 20-21 subscription stickers will now be collected until 31 May 2021.

 

Anyone who wishes to subscribe to the 20-21 garden waste service who hasn’t already done is encouraged to go online at www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 01455 238141 if they don’t have internet access to ensure their service continues beyond the extension period.  The cost of the service is £24 a year. Customers are asked to allow at least 10 working days for the 20-21 sticker to arrive before presenting the garden waste bin.

 

The council apologises for the inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience during these challenging times.

 

 

Links for Corona Virus advice and support

Useful links national links:

Visit the NHS for information about the virus and advice on what to do

Public Health England: For guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals, businesses, schools and other organisations

Guide to employers and businesses

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people 

Guide on staying at home and away from others

Useful local links:

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have a dedicated corona virus webpage.

Information on Council Tax payment rescheduling/breaks and Council Tax Support can be found here.

Details of the Resident Support Scheme including how to apply for help online or register as a volunteer are provided.

Help and advice for businesses in the borough is also provided, including information on business rates and government grants/relief.

The Markfield Good Neighbour Scheme has plenty of volunteers avaialble to help. You should have received a note through your door with a contact name and number. Please do use it. If you have not received one please contact Dawn on e-mail markfieldcommunitycentre@hotmail.o.uk or mobile 07885243033

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corona Virus Resident Support Scheme launched

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0FR

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

ISSUED 6 APRIL 2020

Coronavirus Resident Support Scheme Launched

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has been supporting local residents who are self isolating and have no support networks through a Resident Support Scheme.  So far over 700 residents and tenants have been contacted and assistance provided where needed through the council and the voluntary and community sector. The service prioritises those people who have no one else to help and who are the most vulnerable, for example those over the age of 70, those with an underlying health condition, individuals who are on their own and feeling isolated and families that are struggling to cope.

Assistance can be given to:

  • Link people into local support networks where these are in place.
  • Help with emergency food access and ongoing shopping assistance
  • Advise on collection of prescriptions and other essentials
  • Social contact for those who are lonely
  • Advise on financial help for those who are worried about their personal finances
  • Advise on how to look after your health and wellbeing whilst self isolating.

Executive member for Community Safety at the borough council Cllr Michael Mullaney said: “we know there will be many people in our communities who need help and support during these times and we have set up this support scheme for people who are self-isolating and may need some help as they have no support networks, like friends, family or neighbours. We are working with a range of local agencies, charitable organisations and local volunteers.

“I would also like to remind residents that whilst we need to socially distance, we also need to look out for each other. If you’re in a fortunate position, then can I ask you to volunteer to help those in our borough. You can register your interest with Next Generation, who is already working with registered charities in the area. Visit www.nextgenhinckey.org or call 01455 632984.”

If you are self-isolating or know somebody who is and as no or limited support networks such as friends, family or neighbours please call 01455 238141 or visit www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/coronasupport

People are encouraged to use the online services in the first instance to help with the high volume of calls.