Charnwood Borough Council new-look website

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Charnwood Borough Council

New-look website for customers

A new-look Charnwood Borough Council website has been launched to improve residents’ online experience.

The site has been refreshed to make it easier for customers to find information, make payments, request services and report issues.

Cllr Roy Rollings, deputy lead member with responsibility for customer services, said: “The website is absolutely key to providing good customer service these days and more and more people are using it to access our services.

“That’s why we decided it was time to give it a cleaner look and make it easier for people to find their way around.

“We have sought feedback from staff, customers and councillors and tested it to make sure it is easily accessible. We will be carrying out further work to improve accessibility later this year.”

Cllr James Poland, lead member for strategic support, said: “We are putting more and more services online and that’s why the website needs to be as good as it can be.

“We hope customers find the new-look site easier to use but we’re always interested in feedback as its improvement is an ongoing process.

“We’ve worked with Loughborough-based Cuttlefish on the site and we would like to thank them for their support.”

Residents can access a wide variety of services on the council website, anything from reporting a missed bin or fly-tipping to paying council tax or submitting planning applications.

Just visit, www.charnwood.gov.uk

 

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Nominate your local sporting hero for a Charnwood Sports Award

Do you know a local sporting hero who deserves to be recognised for their achievements?

Nominations for the tenth annual Charnwood Sports Awards are now open.

The awards are run by Charnwood Borough Council and recognise the successes of athletes, coaches and volunteers who make a difference to sport and physical activity in Charnwood.

Over the last decade the awards have seen a total of 760 nominations and 320 finalists.

Councillor Deborah Taylor, the Council’s lead member for communities, safety and wellbeing, said: “The sports awards are always a great opportunity to celebrate the talented sports stars we have in the borough and this special tenth year event will be no different.

“If you know someone who is outstanding in their chosen sport, or a dedicated coach or volunteer, you can nominate them for an award and recognise the great work they do.”

This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Monday, December 3.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday, September 21.

The categories this year include:

  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Volunteer of the Year
  • Junior Team of the Year
  • Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Senior Volunteer of the Year
  • Senior Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Contribution to School Sport
  • Best Community Sport & or Physical Activity Project
  • Outstanding Contribution to Physical Activity and Sport
  • Joe Humphries Special Recognition Award

To celebrate 10 years of recognising sporting achievement across the borough a new award is being launched.

The Joe Humphries Special Recognition Award will recognise inspirational people and groups who have gone above and beyond and made outstanding achievements in the face of adversity.

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust is a Leicestershire heart charity which was set up in memory of Rothley teenager Joe Humphries, a victim of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. The trust provides CPR training for schools, local sports and community groups and helps to fund community defibrillators.

To nominate online or find out more about the awards visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/sportsawards or call 01509 634592.

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Grants to help sports clubs buy life-saving defibrillators

Sports clubs in Charnwood are being encouraged to apply for borough council funding to help install life-saving defibrillators.

The Council is offering up to £250 towards the equipment and is working with Leicestershire heart charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).

The charity, set up in memory of Rothley teenager Joe Humphries who was a victim of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), campaigns to increase the number of defibrillators and raise awareness of SADS.

Cllr Deborah Taylor, lead member for communities, safety and wellbeing at the council, said: “We are delighted to be working with the trust and would encourage clubs to apply for a sports grant towards the cost of a defibrillator. It could ultimately save someone’s life.

“These defibrillators would not only help people at sports clubs but would also be available to use for the wider community.”

Steve Humphries, chair of the JHMT, said: “It’s fantastic news that Charnwood Borough Council is now opening up its sports grants to help fund public access defibrillators in community sports facilities. 

“This is a vital step to help accelerate the number of Charnwood-based sports clubs and groups that will be better equipped in case of a cardiac emergency.

“Joe’s trust works to equip our local communities to change the shocking statistics around sudden heart death which can strike anyone, anywhere and anytime.  

“Tragically, this includes at least 12 seemingly fit and healthy young people aged 12-35 each week, who die in Britain from undiagnosed genetic heart problems like sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

“Ensuring a defibrillator is readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is a vital step towards creating a heartsafe sporting and community environment.”

A defibrillator typically costs around £1,000.

The Council has amended its sports grants scheme to allow applications of up to £250 for defibrillators. Applications for the next round of grants need to be submitted by July 24. The deadline for the following round is October 2.

For more information and to apply, visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/sports_facilities_grant

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Changes to bring sites will save taxpayers’ money

changes to bring sites across Charnwood to remove a duplication of service and save taxpayers around £20,000 a year.

The Council is removing 79 glass and aluminium recycling banks at a number of locations as they are no longer necessary as the materials can be recycled in the Council’s kerbside scheme.

The Council says there is also anecdotal evidence the recycling banks are used by businesses to dispose of their waste when the law requires them to put their own arrangements in place. The sites can also attract fly-tipping and be used to dump items such as mattresses and white goods.

The plans do not affect charity recycling banks which often collect clothing, shoes and books or the household waste and recycling sites operated by the county council.

Matt Bradford, head of cleansing at the borough council, said: “The reality of the situation is these recycling banks simply duplicate the kerbside recycling service so we are confident there will not be any impact on recycling levels in the borough.

“To retain them means using taxpayers’ money to pay for something we do not really need and they were introduced 20 or 30 years ago when council recycling services were much more limited.

“We will make the savings on collecting the materials, some of which have no recyclable value, and on cleaning the sites.

“We also have to remember this decision has been made against a backdrop of the borough council receiving far less funding to run the recycling service. We now receive £540,000 a year less in funding from Leicestershire County Council to operate the recycling service than we did last year which means we need to run a very lean and efficient service.”

There are 70 bring sites across the borough:

  • eight are owned by the council, which are mainly car parks, and seven glass and four aluminium can banks will be removed. Six textile banks will remain.
  • there are a further 62 sites which are owned by third parties, such as parish councils, and 49 glass and 19 aluminium can recycling banks will be removed. It will leave 12 glass, one aluminium and 12 textile recycling banks plus a small number of other charity banks.
  • the Council also organises the collection of a further three paper/cardboard banks on private land with a private operator. The Council anticipates the banks will continue under new arrangements between the landowner and the private operator.

The move will leave 34 bring sites with recycling banks for textiles, glass and some other items.

Residents can request bags to put extra recycling in if necessary.

Collecting more recycling through the kerbside scheme will not add any extra cost to the council.

The banks to be removed collected just over 200 tonnes of glass and aluminium last year, just over one per cent of the total amount of 16,500 tonnes of recyclable material collected by the borough council.

The banks will be removed in August or September and the Council will be using the media, social media, its website and notices on the sites to inform residents about the changes.

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Email: communications@charnwood.gov.uk
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Charnwood Borough Council Garden Waste Bins to be removed

Garden waste bins to be removed

Residents are being advised that any garden waste bins which are not displaying valid subscription stickers will be removed from June 25.

Charnwood Borough Council, which runs the scheme, says a number of properties are still putting bins out to be emptied despite not paying for the service.

The Council says checking for valid subscriptions and issuing reminders and warnings adds time to the rounds and therefore taking away the bins will make the service more efficient for those who are paying for it.

Matt Bradford, head of cleansing at the Council, said: “The garden waste scheme is very popular and we have more than 35,000 subscriptions.

“However, there are several hundred properties which consistently leave out the bins despite not having a valid subscription and being issued with various reminders and warnings.

“This can have an impact on the quality of the service and we think the best way to tackle this is to simply take the bins away.

“The bins are the property of the Council and we will simply be removing bins which are put out for emptying but do not have a valid subscription.”

Last year the Council introduced a permit scheme which means garden waste bins need to display a sticker to prove the service has been paid for. If the sticker is not displayed, the bin will not be emptied.

If you have a paid garden waste subscription, please:

  • put your bin out on the right day
  • ensure it is displaying a valid sticker

If you do not put a sticker on, it will not be emptied and a leaflet will be left explaining why it has not been collected

From June 25, any bins which are left out and do not have valid subscriptions will be taken away. A letter will be delivered to the property explaining what has happened.

Anyone wanting more information or to subscribe to the garden waste service should visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/gardenwaste

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