Kirby Bellars Parish Council

Serving the people of Kirby Bellars

Clerk: Victoria Webster
22 Rockingham Road
Mountsorrel, Leics LE12 7UJ

Tel: 0116 4311943

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER MAIN ROAD, LEICESTER ROAD KIRKBY BELLARS AND LEICESTER ROAD MELTON MOWBRAY

Leicestershire County Council Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order at the above location.

Rolling nightly road closures are required on Main Road, Leicester Road - Kirby Bellars and Leicester Road Melton Mowbray on the 28th January – 06 th February 2021 (20:00pm – 06:00am).

The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be implemented for public safety, so Leicestershire County Council can undertake carriageway patching works. More »

The proposed alternative diversion route will be via: A607 Leicester Road Melton/Kirby Bellars, Melton Road Brooksby, East Goscote, Northern Bypass Queniborough, A46 Fosseway, Paddys Lane Broughton and Old Dalby, A6006 Loughborough Road Grimston, Bypass Asfordby, Melton Road Asfordby, Asfordby Road Melton Mowbray, A607 Wilton Road Melton Mowbray and vice versa. Leicestershire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during these works. » Less

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:57 by Victoria Webster

Melton Borough Council Coronavirus Update

Melton Borough Council: Update to services:

We have made an assessment of the impact of the new Lockdown restrictions on our services. Given the existing covid-secure measures we have in place, the vast majority of our services can continue with appropriate risk assessments in place, though where changes are necessary these are set out in the comprehensive summary below.

Thankfully, the impact on our colleagues in terms of infections continues to be relatively low, though we will keep monitoring service resilience and may need to redeploy staff should infection rates rise. We have reinforced the 'where at all possible, work from home' message to all staff and are also supporting those who now have to manage the additional challenge of home schooling. More »

Service Summary:

Access to Parkside/Services: The reception at Parkisde will remain open, but strictly by appointment only and with access by utilising the intercom, both for Job Centre Plus and Council services. Customers will be encouraged to access services via phone, online and remote meeting options to minimise the need to attend the offices. The Registrar has confirmed they will be providing a reduced level of service.

Waste and Environmental Services: Waste collection and environmental services will continue as normal. The Skate park and playgrounds will remain open.

Homelessness/CBL: No change in current arrangements – with the majority of homelessness enquiries dealt with through telephone/zoon interviews and properties continuing to be advertised as they are currently.

Housing Management: Sign ups to continue in line with current safe system of work. Essential visits only for tenancy management issues, again subject to risk assessment. Rent collection/arrears management to continue unchanged. At Gretton Court a revised risk assessment was undertaken as part of the move to tier 4. Tenants are being asked to confirm names of their support bubble and robust practices are in place.

Housing Repairs: Responsive repairs will continue, subject to individual risk assessments, especially for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Void work and compliance works (gas, fire etc) will continue unchanged. In terms of capital works, we will suspend kitchen and bathroom replacements to avoid the risk that an infection and resulting isolation mid works left the tenant without key facilities during the interruption. Window (mainly external works) and Boiler replacements (due to failures) to continue. External works – (e.g scooter pods) to continue.

Anti-social behaviours: Essential visits only, subject to risk assessment.

Revenues and benefits: To continue unchanged.

Community Hub and other supportive services (case management/M&ML): Currently assessing need from new lockdown. Existing processes and arrangements already in place and will continue. To adapt capacity as required to support changing needs. Phoenix House also to move to appointments only, similar to Parkside.

Leisure facilities and activities: All Leisure centres already closed due to tier 4 restrictions and this to continue. Tennis courts have also now been closed as per new restrictions. Face to face leisure classes to cease.

Lifeline: To continue, subject to individual risk assessments.

Community Centres: Both the Cove and Fairmead remain Closed. The Edge continues to be used by the County Council as a Children's Centre.

Regulatory Services: Assessing impact of new guidelines and awaiting guidance from the Food Standards Agency in relation to the impact on food hygiene inspections. We are also reviewing the impact on licenses.

Cattle Market: Will operate in the same way as the November Lockdown with a segregated livestock and general market. All non-essential stalls and units are shut.

Public Toilets: Will remain open with cleaning and sanitiser dispensers in place.

Business Grants: The new guidance is being reviewed and once more fully understood, additional resource will be redeployed to meet the requirements as necessary, similar to the March lockdown.

Planning development: Processing of planning applications to continue as normal.

Strategic projects – e.g. regeneration/ planning policy: As per the first lockdown in March last year, to support key activities like the Community Hub and Business grants distribution, it may be necessary to redeploy colleagues from other services to help. If this happens there may be some disruption to more strategic projects and the timescales associated with them. At this stage any specific impacts are not clear but once this is better understood, further updates will be provided.

Committee and Council meeting: Will continue remotely and as planned.

Elections: So far the government has indicated they do not intend to postpone the elections again and we continue to plan for delivering the PCC and County Council elections in May in a covid-secure way.

This continues to be a very challenging time for us all and if there is any support we can provide to you more generally please let us know.

Many thanks,

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New National Lockdown Grant Funding for Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Businesses

The Chancellor has announced a new one-off grant to support the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure business premises forced to close can claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000, in addition to the existing monthly closed Local Restrictions Grants of up to £3,000. The one-off additional grant each business premises will receive depends on their rateable value:

- Business premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or above: £9,000
- Business premises with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000: £6,000
- Business premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or below: £4,000

Melton Borough Council is awaiting further guidance from Government as to the process and timescales for these additional grants. We will communicate information and advice to local businesses as soon as we are in a position to do so.

In recent weeks, Melton Borough Council has been assessing the Second National Lockdown Grant applications, and Discretionary Grant applications. We will be contacting individual businesses in due course with the outcome of these.

The Second national lockdown and Tier 3 grant schemes that cover November and December are still open, so if you believe you are eligible but have not applied yet we would encourage you to do so.

Further information on the support available can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/.../46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants...

New £4.6 Billion Package to Support Businesses and Jobs Throughout the Spring LockdownFollowing yesterday's announcement that we must enter another national lockdown; I wish to reassure you that the Government remains committed to protecting jobs and has already announced an additional package worth £4.6 billion to do just that.

New One-Off Grant to Support Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses Forced to Close

Retail, hospitality and leisure business premises forced to close can claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000 in addition to the existing monthly closed grants of up to £3,00 per month that businesses continue to be eligible for. The one-off additional grant each business premises will receive depends on their rateable value:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above: £9,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000: £6,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or below: £4,000
Local Authorities will receive the funding for these one-off grants next week, and businesses can receive multiple grants as they are eligible on a per premises basis.

These grants are expected to benefit over 600,000 business properties, worth £4 billion across the UK.

Additional Discretionary Funding for Local Authorities to Support their Local Businesses

Local Authorities will also be given an additional £594 million of discretionary funding to support their local businesses who are not eligible for the above grants.

This £594 million will be allocated in the same way as, the £1.1 billion discretionary funding which Local Authorities in England have already received to support their local economies and help businesses impacted.

It is my understanding that Local Authorities will be receiving the grant funding this week, and I will, of course, update you on how to apply as soon as possible.

Additional Support

The Government has also provided 100% business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, £1.1 billion existing discretionary funding for Local Authorities, the furlough scheme now extended to April and 100% government-backed loans, extended until March.

What the Lockdown Measures Mean for Us in Rutland and MeltonLeaving home

  • You must not leave, or be outside of your home, except where necessary. You may leave your home to:
  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm
  • to escape domestic abuse
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible
  • If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.
Education
  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.
  • Early Years settings remain open for all.
  • Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.
We recognise that this will mean it is not possible or fair for all exams to go ahead this summer as normal. The Education Secretary will work with Ofqual to put in place alternative arrangements. We will provide extra support to ensure that pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive them while schools are closed, and we'll distribute more devices to support remote education.

The hope is to re-open schools after the February half term and starting, cautiously, to move regions down the tiers.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, we are advising you to begin shielding again and you will shortly receive a letter about what this means for you.

Meeting others

  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Update on Our Vaccination Programme So far, we have vaccinated more people against COVID-19 than the rest of Europe combined and the pace of vaccination is accelerating with yesterday's arrival of the UK's own Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine.
The NHS' realistic expectations for the vaccination programme is that by the middle of February, we hope and expect to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. That means vaccinating:

  • All residents in a care home for older adults and their carers,
  • Everyone over the age of 70,
  • All frontline health and social care workers, and;
  • Everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
We should remain cautious about the timetable ahead, but if we succeed in vaccinating all those groups, we will have removed huge numbers of people from the path of the virus. If our understanding of the virus doesn't change dramatically once again and the rollout of the vaccine programme continues to be successful, we will eventually be able to lift many of the restrictions we have endured for so long.

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Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:54 by Victoria Webster

Vaccinators needed - help us overcome the virus

Healthcare professionals are being asked to come forward to help administer the Covid-19 vaccines in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

A number of new vaccination centres are being set up, and each one requires dozens of staff to administer the jabs.

Any registered healthcare professional can play a part after appropriate training – most of which they can do online at home. Retired professionals can join a temporary register up to five years after they have left the permanent register. More »

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is recruiting staff on behalf of the local NHS.

Anne Scott, director of nursing, allied health professionals and quality said: "We are looking for staff who are registered healthcare professionals, or could easily re-register. This includes a wide range of professions such as physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists as well as nurses and doctors.

"We will be offering full and part-time work over the next few months. You will be very welcome.

"Staff who have already been involved in the programme have said it is hugely rewarding to help deliver vaccines which protect life, and will help the country return to normal."

We are also looking for administrative staff to welcome patients and to help ensure accurate records are kept for members of the public receiving the vaccination.

In addition, this project is looking for volunteers to help patients at the vaccination sites.

For more details and to apply, please visit: www.leicspart.nhs.uk/supportvaccinations » Less

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:50 by Victoria Webster