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Huncote Parish Council

Serving the people of Huncote

Clerk: Stuart Bacon
Huncote Parish Council, c/o 3
Mountfield Road, Earl Shilton
Leicestershire LE9 7LW

Huncote Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Huncote parish a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Please use the search bar or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Latest News

Planning breach costs couple over £4,000

Planning breach costs couple over £4,000

Two residents in Enderby have been ordered to pay over £2000 each after breaching planning regulations at their home.

The case, dating back to October 2015, investigated unauthorised works at the home of Dr Reeta Herzallah and Mr Hamdi Almasri of Old Church Road, Enderby. The development included the conversion of their garage to habitable accommodation and the erection of fencing, preventing off street parking at the property. The couple also undertook illegal works within the highway and created an unauthorised vehicular access onto the busy B4114 dual carriageway. More »

These works resulted in a Breach of Condition Notice being served on both Dr Herzallah and Mr Almasri under Section 171 D (1) of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. The defendants were each ordered to pay a £770 fine, legal costs of £1,252.30 as well as a £77 victim surcharge, in their absence at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 07 February.

Planning permission granted for the original housing development in 2007 includes conditions stating that car parking facilities, including the garage, should permanently remain available for such use to ease potential on-street parking issues. Planning permission was also required for the creation of the vehicular access

Blaby District Council's Planning Enforcement team were first made aware of the breaches in October 2015 and made numerous approaches to Dr Herzallah and Mr Almasri to resolve the matter. A retrospective planning application to retain the works was submitted by the defendants in July 2016 but was refused and subsequently dismissed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate in February 2017.

After further correspondence from the Council some remedial works were undertaken by the defendants in May and June of 2017, which included the removal of fencing. Inspections by officers in July and August 2017 confirmed, however, that the garage had not been restored to its approved use, with the inserted door and window concealed by a propped up garage door.

A final site visit in November 2017 confirmed that the required works to the garage had still not been undertaken, following which the Council sought prosecution for the offence.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said: "The message from this case is clear. If you breach planning regulations and ignore us we will not just go away.

"Creating an access onto the busy B4114 and blocking off valuable off-road parking space was completely unacceptable. We will be following up the successful prosecution with a further visit to ensure that all the requirements of the Breach of Condition Notice are fully complied with."

Residents report any works suspected of being in breach of an order by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/planning. » Less

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:32 by Stuart Bacon

Council agrees refuse and recycling changes

Council agrees refuse and recycling changes

Plans to move waste collections in the District of Blaby to alternate weekly have been approved by Councillors in response to a reduction of £745,000 of external funding.

Following the loss of £505,000 in recycling credits from Leicestershire County Council and £240,000 in a central government grant to run weekly recycling collections, Blaby District Council has spent a considerable amount of time looking at the options available to close the financial gap. More »

A four-week consultation in October-November 2017 was undertaken to gather resident's views on the proposals.

Over 8,800 consultation responses were received during the consultation, with feedback vital for shaping the scheme. Following consideration of residents' needs and an in-depth study of the data, the new scheme will ensure all households have sufficient capacity to manage a move from weekly to alternate weekly collections.

The new scheme will begin in the summer of 2018.

Councillors approved plans at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 23 January, including:

  • Households in the district may be eligible for an increase in the capacity of their refuse bin depending on the number of permanent residents:
  • 1-3 residents can order up to 280ltrs, with a standard capacity of 140ltrs
  • 4-6 residents can order up to 380ltrs, with a standard capacity of 240ltrs
  • Households of up to 7+ residents can order up to 480ltrs, with a standard capacity of 380ltrs

Any bins ordered that take households over the standard refuse capacity will incur a one-off charge.

There may also be a need to make a one-off charge for orders of recycling bins which take households over the standard eligible capacity. However, this will depend on the outcome of negotiations with Leicestershire County Council over a recycling incentive scheme authorised at their Cabinet meeting in September 2016.

Bins will be available to order in anticipation of the scheme in due course. This will be communicated to residents nearer the time.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: "Our new scheme will not only help us to close the financial gap left by the substantial loss in funding mentioned above, but it has been designed to ensure that we continue to deliver a first-rate service.

"The feedback from the consultation was extremely valuable to us, and I should like to thank all those residents who participated for taking the time to give us their views.

"Evidence from the consultation shows that a large proportion of residents will see no change in their bin size and for those who meet the criteria for larger bins exchanges will be arranged should they wish. In addition, where residents would like a larger bin, but do not meet the criteria, we will meet this request, but charges will/may be applicable.

"Change is never welcome but almost all councils now offer a service similar to the one we are moving to. What I can assure residents is that we have the quality of staff who will manage this transition efficiently, be available to address residents' questions, and who will continue to deliver a service we can all be proud of."

Full details on the new scheme and a frequently asked questions page will be available via www.blaby.gov.uk/waste2018. Final plans on ordering any additional or replacement bins will be announced when finalised. » Less

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:02 by Stuart Bacon

New cop on the block for Hinckley and Blaby community

New cop on the block for Hinckley and Blaby community

A new inspector has taken over as commander of policing across the Hinckley and Blaby Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA).

Inspector Emma Maxwell brings 18 years' policing experience to the new role after joining Leicestershire Police back in 2000.

Emma will take up the position of commander from Inspector Dan Eveleigh who was in post for three years. She hopes to continue the strong partnership links already established between local councils, partners and stakeholders. More »

Emma joined Leicestershire Police straight from Nottingham Trent University, where she spent the first eight years of her policing career working as a General Duty Officer in the Blaby and Hinckley area. Over the last nine years, she has spent time working on the Tactical Support Team and in neighbourhoods, custody and The Change Team. Most recently, Emma worked as a response inspector at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters.

Emma said: "Having previously worked in the Hinckley and Blaby area makes the move to the NPA Commander role all the more meaningful."

Part of Emma's role will involve liaising with key stakeholders and members of the community, as well as ensuring her team are effectively deployed in areas of greater risk. She will split her time between both Hinckley and Braunstone throughout the week to establish these working relationships.

She continued: "I am privileged to take up this position at a Neighbourhood Policing Area that already has such strong partnership links. I feel it is important to continue to strengthen these links through open communication, transparency and trust.

"In these times when budgets are tight, it is vital for us to all work together to tackle those issues that affect us all. Your concerns are my concerns, so please take the time to contact myself or the Neighbourhood Team to make us aware of the issues and concerns facing you and your communities."

Inspector Dan Eveleigh, said: "This has undoubtedly been my most fulfilling and rewarding role to date and I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past three years. I wish Emma all the best in her new role as NPA Commander here."

To get in touch with Emma or the rest of the team, please visit: https://leics.police.uk/local-policing » Less

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:42 by Stuart Bacon

Councillor Vacancies

There are currently two vacancies for Parish Councillors.
More details about what the Parish Council does are available in the 'About The Council' section of our website.

Do you care about where you live? Do you want to make a difference to Huncote?

How to Apply

If you would like to become a Parish Councillor for Huncote, please write to/email the Clerk and give a brief précis of your experience, reasons for wanting to be considered and any special areas of interests you may have.

You must be at least 18 years of age on the day you are nominated, a British citizen, a qualifying citizen of a Commonwealth country, a citizen of the Irish Republic, or a citizen of another member state of the European Union.

One of the following criteria must also be fulfilled. You must:

  • Be on the electoral register
  • Own a property or land for last 12 months in the parish
  • Work in the parish in the last 12 months
  • Have lived in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres for the last 12 months

For any further information on the work involved or to apply please contact an existing parish councillor or the Parish Clerk on the details at the top of the page.