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24 June 2020Recreation Ground - Message from the Management Committee

Are we Re-opening?

The wording of the Government's recent announcement is ambiguous. It states that children's playgrounds can re-open "provided they can do so safely". Implicit in this is the earlier regulation (not yet rescinded) that in public places touch-surfaces' must be frequently & regularly sterilised.

The Long Buckby Rec Committee has no capacity whatsoever to fulfil this requirement.

At present we are discussing our best response to the revised regulations bearing in mind that it is not just the children but their families & the wider community who will suffer should the Rec become a 'virus-exchange'

16 June 2020Illegal Raves

Following an illegal rave in Greater Manchester over the weekend that attracted 6,000 people and resulted in violence and large-scale vandalism, Northamptonshire Police would like you to remain vigilant to spotting signs of illegal raves being planned.

To avoid these situations, the Force relies on information from the public, either to be made aware one is happening, or to be informed of suspicious activity that could indicate one is being planned.

Raves can be disruptive in terms of noise and nuisance and can be more difficult to clear once they are established, so it is vital that people let us know if they are concerned about any suspicious activity.
 
In the current climate with the COVID-19 restrictions in place, it is more important than ever that these events do not take place. Mass gatherings are currently banned and we are asking anyone who may be thinking of organising an event to think again about their plans.
 
We want to remind people, especially those in rural communities, to be alert to any suspicious activity. We can nip illegal raves in the bud and stop them taking place if we have reliable information.
 
Northamptonshire Police are often alerted to raves by people calling us to complain about a sudden increase in traffic and anti-social behaviour as people arrive at a venue. Empty warehouses or countryside fields are favourite venues for music events. 
In many cases, those people who are looking to set-up a rave will visit the proposed site a couple of days before the event. Therefore, if you spot any suspicious activity in your village, along a country road or around farm land please let us know.
 
Please call the police if you notice the following:- 

Posters or messages advertising a rave

Cropped bolts on a gate

People in cars or vans stopping to look into a field or climbing over a fence into a field

Flattened or disturbed hedgerows

Anyone acting suspiciously


Members of the public can report suspicious activity via the ‘Do it online’ button at www.northants.police.uk or by calling 101.

16 June 2020Parish Council Meeting - Monday 22nd June 2020

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 22nd June 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 876 5894 4270            Password:  847453                

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

The link to the meeting can be accessed below.

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome to attend.

08 June 2020Have your say on cycling and walking in Northamptonshire

We want to hear YOUR ideas for making Northants a better place for cycling, walking & maintaining social distancing.

Use our interactive map to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets

Click on the link below to make cycling and walking safer in Northamptonshire

As Government Covid-19 lockdown procedures are adjusted, we want to hear your ideas for making the streets in Northamptonshire better for walking and cycling.

Whether you are concerned about the ability to maintain social distance, want a new cycle route, or have ideas for creating quieter residential streets or around schools, we want to hear from you.

Use the map to check what has already been reported or tell us your ideas for measures to help us create better spaces for walking and cycling.

 

07 June 2020VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR

VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR


We are actively looking for a person to join the Parish Council. 

You must be willing to fully participate in our monthly meetings, which are held twice monthly (2nd and 4th Mondays) and have time to spare to carry out some duties in between meetings.

Eligibility to become a Parish Councillor (one of the following):

is registered as a local government elector for the parish;  or

or  has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish; or

his/her principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish; or

had during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof.  

If you are interested or would like to see what the Parish Council does, all of our meetings are open to members of the public and are held on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7.30pm over Zoom, in the current Covid-19 crisis.

For more information please contact:

Sue Porter – Parish Clerk

Tel:  01327 301570

Email: longbuckbyparishcouncil@yahoo.com

02 June 2020Latest Edition of the Buckby Bugle

Thanks to a great effort by many volunteers, every house should of had a copy of The Bugle delivered, but if not here is a link to view:

02 June 2020Small businesses urged to apply for coronavirus support funding

Small businesses urged to apply for coronavirus support funding

Small businesses in Daventry District are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £10,000 in the latest round of Government funding aimed at easing the impact of Covid-19.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is inviting small businesses that were not eligible for the Government’s other coronavirus support schemes to make applications to the new Discretionary Grant Fund.

The funding is aimed at businesses with under 50 employees that have seen a significant drop in income due to coronavirus, such as those in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates, some eligible charity properties and those who spend less than £51,000 a year renting or mortgaging a property.

The deadline for applications to the Council is the end of Sunday, 14 June 2020 and businesses can check the eligibility criteria and apply online via the DDC website at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/your-council/news/advice-on-coronavirus/businesses/discretionary-grant-fund/

DDC has already distributed £13.41m of Government funding to 1,138 local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic – including grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, plus a series of small business rate relief grants.

Councillor Colin Morgan, Resource Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: "Our staff have been working hard to ensure that local businesses receive the Government funding support that they are entitled to during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"The Discretionary Grant Fund is aimed at those small businesses struggling significantly during these difficult times that aren’t eligible for the other government grant support schemes. I would urge any small local businesses who think they may qualify to visit our website to check the criteria and then apply online."

02 June 2020Parish Council Meeting - Monday 8th June 2020

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 8th June 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 885 7426 4304                Password:  855175                       

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome to attend.

The link to attend the meeting is as follows:

27 May 2020Daventry Neighbourhood Policing Team - Message re Cold Callers

Daventry Neighbourhood Policing Team have had an increase in calls regarding rogue traders cold calling in villages and in Daventry Town. These cold callers have been offering to clean/jest wash driveways also offering gardening services and roof repair.

Please be vigilant when answering your door, if you do not know who it is, or you are not expecting visitors DO NOT ANSWER. Rogue traders will generally target the elderly and the vulnerable.
 
Information that is helpful to the police:
 
Registration of the vehicle including make and model
 
Description of those involved, number of people, clothing.

For more information about crime prevention advice and what is going on in your community please sign up to www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk
 
If you suspect there is rogue traders knocking on doors in your area please call 101 or in an emergency 999, the police need to know.
  
Kind Regards
Daventry Neighbourhood Team - Be Safe

27 May 2020ACTIVE NORTHANTS - June Special - Classes for Teenagers

Northamptonshire Sport are delighted to ask you to share to the teenagers (14-19) you engage with a brand new opportunity for them in June.  Through Sport England Funding we are offering all teenagers in Northamptonshire access to locally delivered online Boxing, Calisthenics, Dance, Fitness and Yoga classes FREE OF CHARGE throughout June.

Are you a teenager struggling with motivation? Are you looking for something new to try? Or do you just want to hang out with your mates doing something.

ACTIVE NORTHANTS offers Boxing, Calisthenics, Dance, Fitness and Yoga classes FREE OF CHARGE throughout June, you can sign in and spend time with other teenagers in a socially minded physical activity setting.

To make it even better, the more you participate the better the chance of winning prizes.  If you attend at least 2 sessions you have a chance of winning, but the more you do the more chance you have to win.

Northamptonshire Sport have linked up with Born to Perform Dance School, Hale Training, Megan Robinson Personal Training, Namastella Yoga and The Compound, alongside CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence) to deliver these amazing sessions aimed specifically at teenagers aged 14-19 (year 9 upwards).

Register via www.northamptonshiresport.org/activenorthants to get access to all these sessions live each week.

Matthew Peleszok 

Community Sports Development Officer – Satellite Clubs

26 May 2020DEFRA: Referring vulnerable people for food deliveries

DEFRA: Referring vulnerable people for food deliveries

DEFRA has launched a system which allows vulnerable people to be referred for reserved food delivery slots with Tesco or Iceland.

It says that the referrers can be local authorities and a small number of charities.

They are rolling this out across 35 local authorities this week, and the rest over the following 2-3 weeks.

The form for local authorities to register an interest in the scheme can be found at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSek7JG_9m7pjr0FDXyFnc2PVdCzPX-JCLjr5fKcmw7k73sqwA/viewform

DEFRA also has a live document listing the alternative grocery delivery services available which is being regularly updated which can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SIpvvfywO2m3gKOutCL4BJoVw6bxyF0S/view. 

26 May 2020Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Health & Wellbeing Alliance

NAVCA is one of 20 VCS organisations that are part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, a partnership between voluntary sectors and the health and care system to provide a voice and improve the health and wellbeing for all communities. If you or your organisation who would like to share your experiences and ideas with NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, you can do so via any of the HWA members. The full list is found at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/hwalliance/

26 May 2020Aquarius - Northants Healthy Futures

Aquarius - Northants Healthy Futures

We are still providing one to one counselling to problem gamblers and those affected by someone else’s gambling, this is all accessible via telephone counselling support. We are taking new referrals as well as supporting our ongoing caseload. If you are concerned about someone’s gambling call us on 0300 456 4292 to speak to our practitioners, or email us on northamptonshire@aquarius.org.uk

As well as continuing to deliver our NCC funded Drug and Alcohol Awareness training to teams across the county on line, via Zoom, we are now able to provide Resilience and Stress Management training.  If you would like to know more or would like to book a training session, please contact 0300 456 4292, or email northamptonshire@aquarius.org.uk

26 May 2020Government's Coronavirus Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the Government's Coronavirus Community Fund will be open for business from 10am on Friday 22 May.

The first tranche will be £200m which will focus on two objectives:

1.  To increase community support to vulnerable people

2.  To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises

Grants will cover service costs, where organisations are experiencing an increased demand and/or short-term reduction in income.

Copy the link to go to the NLCF for the full announcement and then onto their funding pages: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund

The remainder (£160m) will come as a second tranche later on but within the agreed timeline.

26 May 2020Re-opening of Schools update

“Since lockdown began, schools in Northamptonshire have been going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that education is still accessible for local children. 

“The government has asked schools to prepare to begin to open for more children from 1 June. At Northamptonshire County Council, we believe that it is important for children to resume their education so they can learn and interact with their peers. However, this needs to be done in such a way that we minimise the risks to pupils, staff and parents as much as possible.

“To decide what is feasible, we are asking schools to carry out an initial comprehensive risk assessment so that leaders can evaluate potential solutions on how they can safely and effectively accommodate eligible pupils. We want schools, in the first instance, to take a phased approach to how many pupils they take back and from when.

“Schools have different numbers of vulnerable and key worker children, different numbers of staff who will not be able to attend school in person because they or a family member are in a vulnerable category and therefore shielding, and different abilities to implement social distancing.

“We can expect therefore, that there will not be one county-wide model for the initial phased re-opening of schools. However, Northamptonshire County Council will support schools to work towards gradually increasing pupil numbers at a pace their individual circumstances allow.

“I would like to reassure our residents that the most important factor for us is the safety and wellbeing of our children, teaching and support staff, and the wider community including parents, grandparents and carers.

“It is also important to note that schools have been open throughout the past two months, providing education in person for vulnerable children and key workers’ children - in addition to providing education and pastoral care to those children at home. This has been a phenomenal task and we thank everyone involved.

“Northamptonshire has realised an average of 93 per cent of Northamptonshire schools remaining open or have made alternative arrangements for children of key workers. Additionally, 14 per cent of vulnerable learners have still had access to schooling, compared to only 9 per cent nationally. 

“This position has been commended by the Department for Education and is testament to the hard work that has gone into ensuring local children are still able to learn in these unprecedented times.”

20 May 2020Parish Council Meeting - Tuesday 26th May 2020

The next Planning Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 26th May 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID:   851 5550 4439                   Password:     915828                      

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.  If you wish to speak during public time, please contact the Clerk, Sue Porter, in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome to attend.

19 May 2020Cotton End Park

Following recent revised government guidelines, Cotton End Park is now open to cars and small family groups. The play equipment and zip wire are still ‘out of bounds’ and we will review the situation on a week-by-week basis 

18 May 2020Parish Council Vacancy

LONG BUCKBY PARISH COUNCIL - LONG BUCKBY PARISH WARD

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

I herewith give notice of a vacancy for a Parish Councillor arising from the disqualification from office of Councillor   

James Havard Jones

Unless ten electors of the Parish give written notice to the *Proper Officer of the District Council within 14 days# after the date of this notice requesting an election to fill this vacancy, the Parish Council may be able to fill the vacancy by co-option by the Parish Council, awaiting Government guidance.

If an election is called, it will take place on the ordinary day of election in May 2021; currently Thursday, 6 May 2021.  This delay is due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as per The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.

Signed;            Sue Porter                                          Date: 12/05/2020

                        Parish Clerk

*         The Proper Officer of the District Council, Elections Section, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP

#        Excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday and bank holidays.

13 May 2020Long Buckby Green Spaces - AGM

Long Buckby Green Spaces At Cotton End Park                   

                                                                                                 

You are invited to attend the AGM

On Monday 1 June at 7:30pm

This will be a ZOOM meeting.

If you wish to receive an invitation to the AGM,

please email David Stoddart:

david@ds-eb.co.uk


Everyone is welcome!                                                        

 

                                   

13 May 2020Plans to create two new councils undergo major redesign as Covid crisis continues

With tackling the Coronavirus everyone’s top priority, plans for creating two new councils in Northamptonshire will be scaled down, with a new approach called ‘Safe and Legal Plus’.

New legislation that came into effect on 8 May, as expected confirms the new North and West Northamptonshire Councils will start on 1 April 2021.  This follows the postponement of this spring’s scheduled unitary elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The North and West Shadow Councils’ Executives at their first meetings in late June will be considering proposals to prioritise work to ensure all services are set up safely and legally for day one of the two new authorities, whilst still working hard to bring together and improve as many existing services as possible.

Preparations will continue towards setting up the new countywide Children’s Trust by 1 April next year, with the timescale dependent on the ongoing pandemic response.

The priorities of the proposed revised Safe and Legal Plus programme include:

·        Ensuring all services for the new councils are ready to go next April so residents continue to access services as they usually would.

·        Setting up the new North and West shadow authorities, which are made up of the existing district, borough and county councillors. They will meet in June and replace the West and North Northants Joint Committees.

·        Ensuring budgets are set for each new council, and developing plans for equalising Council Tax rates across each unitary area.

·        Bringing together the existing district and borough services into the new North and West unitary councils and splitting county council services across the two areas.

·        Even better joint working in Adults Services and Health and Social Care, with improved ways of working to improve services for residents and deliver significant savings.

Cllr Russell Roberts, Leader of the new North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority said: “Our councils and services are facing unprecedented challenges in responding to the Covid pandemic and the health and welfare of our residents is at the forefront of everything we are doing.

“We’re working on the assumption that safe and legal is deliverable by 1 April 2021 but due to the uncertainty that exists at the moment, we will continually review what is possible to achieve and by when as we move through the next few months.

“We’ve had to re-think our ambitions as to what we can achieve by Go Live Day, but while the focus is on Safe and Legal we’ll be doing what we can between now and April.”

Councillor Ian McCord, Leader of the new West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority, said: “Providing essential public services to residents and businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic has rightly been our top priority, with work on the new councils put on the back burner.  As a result, we’ve had to scale back how much we can do before launch of the two new councils next April.

“We’ll certainly have each new council up and running on time, but will complete much of the behind-the-scenes work of integrating staff from the previous councils later on.  What’s most important is that residents relying on public services continue to see them run smoothly.”W

12 May 2020Re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres

Re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres

You’ll be aware that Government have asked local Councils to make the necessary preparations to re-open Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) which is a decision we fully support, and one that we know our residents are passionate about.  I’m pleased to share that, in line with guidance from DEFRA, the centres will be open again from Monday 18th May for residents to dispose of essential household waste.

Re-opening the centres at this time does come with its challenges, and we are anticipating a large number of visits, particularly in the first few weeks of them being up and running again, as with more people being at home than normal, coupled with the good weather we are having, residents are likely to have been busy with household and garden projects. 

We are asking that only essential journeys are made to the HWRCs, and for residents to only use them if waste or recycling cannot be stored safely at home without causing injury, harm or risk to health. If waste can be temporarily stored in a way that does not pose a risk, then we are asking people to keep it at home and not make the journey to a HWRC.  Additionally, and in line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate COVID-19, should not visit household recycling centres.

We have a robust plan in place to help residents dispose of essential household waste at the centres at this difficult time, to ensure the safety of themselves and staff.  As always, the health and safety of the Key Workers delivering services at the centres is of high priority, and in addition to the restrictions already in place at the HWRCs, staff will not be able to assist the public with carrying their waste as they usually do.  Social distancing measures will be present to protect the public and staff, with clear signage on display which will include restricting the number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time, and a one way system for vehicles and pedestrians.

With the expected increase in visitors to sites, and reduced capacity to comply with social distancing rules, it is anticipated that queues are highly likely. As such, officers will be on hand to help marshal traffic to ensure that no obstructions are caused. Sites may have to close temporarily throughout the day if demand becomes too high, to enable safe operations and allow traffic to disperse from the highway.

Up to date information is available on our website and we are asking residents to check this before they set out on their journey to see what dates and times their local HWRC is open

05 May 2020Parish Council Meeting - Monday 11th May 2020

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 11th May 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 837 0649 0276

Password: 234595

For those without the internet, you can dial in from any phone 0203 481 5240 

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome to attend.

04 May 2020Quit for Covid with Public Health Northamptonshire’s Stop Smoking Service

Public Health Northamptonshire is encouraging smokers to #QuitforCovid, not only to protect themselves but to reduce demand on NHS services. The coronavirus pandemic is putting an unprecedented strain on the NHS, and England’s Chief Medical Officer is urging smokers to give up smoking to lower their risk, so there has never been a better time to quit.

The #QuitforCovid campaign, www.todayistheday.co.uk encourages people to join the conversation, share their own stories about quitting and hear from other people about how they are getting on with their quit attempts. There is also a “Twitter Quit Clinic” from 7.30pm to 8.30pm every day which quitters can join at www.twitter.com/quitforcovid using the hashtag #QuitforCovid.

The Northamptonshire Stop Smoking Service is encouraging smokers across the county to take part in the campaign, and use the lockdown period as an opportunity to significantly improve their health and whilst also protecting the NHS. 

For some smokers the thought of giving up smoking during such a stressful time may seem particularly daunting. A common misconception about smoking is that it relieves stress and anxiety, whereas in fact the opposite is true. Smoking interferes with chemicals in the brain, and when smokers go without cigarettes the cravings that occur will create, or heighten, feelings of stress and anxiety. The feeling of relief you get when having a cigarette is temporary, and is only really satisfying your need for nicotine.

Thankfully there are much cleaner ways to get nicotine, such as through a nicotine patch or an electronic cigarette. Products like these will satisfy your cravings, and are available for free from the Northamptonshire Stop Smoking Service when you take part in their 12 week quit programme. The service, which is now offering telephone support Monday to Friday, can provide you with advice on how to quit and send nicotine replacement products directly to your door.

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health, Northamptonshire said:

“Our Stop Smoking Service offers a range of products and specialist support on quitting smoking. People who quit with the support of a service such as this are 4 more times likely to succeed than those who go it alone and the benefits of quitting start to take hold immediately.”

There is also support available in Northamptonshire for those feeling stressed or anxious due to the current pandemic. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Changing Minds IAPT’ service supports Northamptonshire residents who are feeling stressed, low in mood or have mild to moderate depression and/or an anxiety disorder. Visit www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt for more information.  If you would like to take part in #QuitforCovid, please send your name, address, DOB, and contact number to smokefree@northamptonshire.gov.uk

To access support from the NHFT Changing Minds Programme, call 0300 999 1616 (9 to 5 weekdays) or by filling in the online form at https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt.  NHFT also has a number of Wellbeing Navigators for advice around local support and services available 24 hours a day, every day, just call 0300 330 10 11.

For further information, please contact: Kathryn Hall, Media Relations Specialist, on 01604 368971;

 

01 May 2020Gwennie Wilkes Virtual Funeral - Monday 4th May at Noon

Gwennie Wilkes Virtual Funeral on Monday 4th May at Noon

Those wishing to sit at home and reflect on Gwennie’s funeral may get a copy of the Virtual Funeral from Michael.

Please email him at mplb25@tiscali.co.uk

With Gwennie in the heading

Those hoping to follow the service online will get an address and code advertised here (https://longbuckbyurc.org.uk/newspage7.htm) at about 9am on Monday.

The Funeral Cortege will pass through Long Buckby – East Street and Station Road between 11.20am and 11.30am

22 April 2020Scrubs Up for Northants NHS

Sewing bees from Long Buckby Angels/Good Neighbour Scheme are doing a shout out for machinists to make scrubs for Scrubs Up For Northants NHS!

Scrubs Up For Northants NHS are looking for experienced machinists, anyone with fabric that can be donated, fabric supplier contacts, and monetary donations to their Just Giving page to help them purchase materials to make scrubs for hospitals, GP surgeries and medical centres across Northamptonshire.  They have been featured in the media on Radio Northampton, Radio 2 and several local newspapers.

For further information please view https://m.facebook.com/scrubsupnorthants

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/katie-rashid

 

 

20 April 2020Best Pressed Services

Hi I'm Lauren Bullman and run Best Pressed in the village.

Unfortunately I have been forced to close temporarily, however I am working from home and can offer free collection and delivery of ironing laundry and dry cleaning while we are in lockdown.

I am happy to help out with any other errands needed while I'm on my rounds on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. If anyone would like a collection they can call or text  me on 07754438886

20 April 2020Road Closure - Station Road, Long Buckby

Network Rail are requiring to replace damaged signing on their bridge structure on Station Road in Long Buckby.  To undertake this safely will require that the road will be closed for one night (between 8pm and 6am) on the 27th May 2020.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here https://one.network/?tm=117094706

17 April 2020Parish Council - April 2020

Due to the period of restricted activity declared by the Government in respect of the Covid-19 virus, the Parish Council were unable to hold their scheduled meeting on Tuesday 14th April.

Urgent matters will be discussed at an online meeting planned for Monday 27th April at 7:30pm.  A copy of the agenda is available to view here

Meetings will resume on Monday 11th May 2020 at 7:30pm using the virtual techonogy of Zoom.  The link will be posted online along with the agenda.

15 April 2020Long Buckby Parish Council - Covid-19

Whilst COVID-19 is with us, although the Parish Council are unable to hold meetings in the Library, we are in the process of getting virtual meetings underway, which will be undertaken to conduct urgent matters. Agendas and Minutes will be available on the website.

The Clerk (Sue Porter) is still available to contact on 01327 301570, please leave a message if out of hours,  or via e-mail on longbuckbyparishcouncil@yahoo.com

Whilst most of the DDC and NCC staff are working from home, we are still able to address any issues you may have, which are outside of our remit.  Our street lighting contractor is not currently working but please report any faulty lights for processing when they are back in operation. 

We thank all involved with Buckby Angels for their continuing support to the villagers.

15 April 2020Safeguarding children - Covid19

Safeguarding children
 
Social distancing, self-isolating and quarantine can cause stress and changes in everyone's behaviour. Families are under new pressures and you may worry a child is withdrawn, anxious or depressed. Spotting the signs of abuse might be more difficult and it can be difficult to know for certain if something is wrong.
 
Reports of child abuse and exploitation are often made by schools or community groups but with these being temporarily closed, we are appealing for all volunteers to be particularly vigilant and to report any concerns so that we can act quickly to safeguard children.
 
Some of the signs you may spot include:
 
aggressive or repeated shouting

children exposed to witnessing domestic abuse

hearing hitting or things being broken

children crying for long periods of time

very young children left alone or are outdoors by themselves

children looking dirty or not changing their clothes

children being withdrawn or anxious 

unexplained injuries
 
These signs don't necessarily mean that a child is being abused, there could be other things happening in their life which are affecting their behaviour, but by contacting us we can help assess the situation. You may also notice some concerning behaviour from adults who you know have children in their care, which makes you concerned for the child/children’s safety and wellbeing.
 
To report a concern please call 0300 126 1000 and speak to the multi-agency safeguarding team (MASH). If you believe that a child is in immediate danger please call 999.

14 April 2020 Charity funding for the under-18s and people aged over 70

These are very difficult times and as local communities take action to contain the outbreak of Covid- 19, Persimmon Homes is keenly aware that the charity sector is experiencing particular hardship.

With this in mind, we wanted to share details of two amazing charity schemes that Persimmon is actively operating, which will see millions of pounds handed out to groups supporting – specifically the under-18s and people aged over 70.

I’m emailing to ask if you can help us to promote the two schemes to your local residents. 8848 is Persimmon’s PR agency and we work closely with them to publicise the schemes and attract as many applications as possible.

Building Futures

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.

We are calling on local groups within your area which support under-18s to apply. It can all be done online remotely at www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures.

Community Champions

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK.

Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

However, we need your help to find these groups. If you know of any, can you let them know that funding is available? Again, they can apply online at www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions

Thank you once again for your time and please let me know if I can provide any further information.

Kind Regards

Caroline Garbett - Account Director

09 April 2020Coronavirus National and Local Emergency Measures

Coronavirus National and Local Emergency Measures

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 23rd March 2020 all play equipment within play areas have been closed from 24th March.  The Public Toilets will remain open.

Tending allotments is still permitted but please observe strict social spacing and wear gloves when opening and closing gates.

The instruction has also been given that people must stay at home except where it is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

The Parish Clerk will continue to work from home and can be contacted Monday to Friday by email on longbuckbyparishcouncil@yahoo.com or by phone on 01327 301570 between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Please help us to limit the spread of the virus by:

Taking your litter and dog waste home

Respecting the closure of playgrounds

Following government guidelines

You can only leave your home:

to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to

to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with

for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person

to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

Thank you for your support and assistance in keeping the special parish of Long Buckby and the community safe in these exceptional times.

08 April 2020Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Funding

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Funding

Tesco Bags of Help have created a new additional funding stream specifically to support endeavours tackling the virus crisis. The turn around is much faster, and the application process quicker. The fund allocates £500 per project submitted. and as with other Tesco Bags of Help funding, only one application per Store per organisation. However, if an agency delivers in localities across the county then applications can be made aligned to separate stores. However, the project needs to be specific to and aligned to delivery in that (store) area.

Application can be made by a wide spread of agencies, the main criteria being that they are constituted and Not for Profit, which includes community organisations, Charities, Community Interest Companies, Social housing providers, Health providers, and Parish, Town and district / borough councils.

https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-cv-fund/

Groundwork UK administer the Tesco Bags of Help fund, and local Groundwork organisations offer support to organisations in applying to their funds. I have the local `Enabler' role and here to help any organisation to submit an application.

 

07 April 2020Public Rights of Way and Covid-19

Public Rights of Way and Covid-19

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and CLA have told us that some landowners are still concerned about increased use of public rights of way on their property increasing the risk to livestock, such as instances of gates being left open and dogs not being controlled.

Finally, further concerns have been raised by stakeholders that the use of public rights of way that run through gardens, farmyards and schools is increasing the risk of exposure to the coronavirus to residents and farm workers.

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others from people using public rights of way and other paths and trails is considered to be very low as long as people follow the Government’s instructions to maintain social distancing.

Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following measures:

tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate.

temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools.

Note: this is a polite request only, and there is no power under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 for landowners to close or obstruct a public right of way

offering an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained.

Key points to Note under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW)

under Section 39 of CROW it is an offence to fail to comply with an order of the Magistrate’s Court to remove an obstruction. So a landowner must not obstruct any right of way.

it is an offence under section 14 of CROW to display a notice that contains “any false or misleading information likely to deter the public from exercising” a right of way.

land owners may be liable for personal injury under section 13 (6C) of CROW if they are reckless or intend to create a risk – for example by offering a dangerous alternative.

This means that

if a land owner offers an alternative route, they must ensure that it is safe to use and that the existing right of way is maintained so that users with differing abilities have a choice.

a notice must not imply that there is any doubt about the use of the existing right of way.

These temporary measures must be lifted as soon as social distancing measures are relaxed.

04 April 2020Northants Together - COVID-19

As you know, there is a huge amount of work happening as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and at the forefront of this is the shared priority of supporting our county’s most vulnerable residents to get through this difficult time.

‘Northants Together’ illustrates how a huge variety of organisations are working together to do just this including public facing organisations like ours, care providers, voluntary organisations, charities, not to mention the army of individuals who have come forward to volunteer. 

It will publically thank Key Workers across all sectors for everything they are doing right now to step up and support others, as well as good neighbours who are looking out for each other.  It will also acknowledge that by people changing their behaviours and adhering to the current Government restrictions, everyone is doing their bit to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

In addition to this, the campaign will:

Share news of the different areas of work of our COVID-19 response teams

Show what support and guidance is available for our residents

Recognise what Northamptonshire residents are doing to adhere to Government restrictions

Provide local information and updates

Reiterate national public messages from Government

This important campaign will launch today at 6:30pm.  Please look out for it on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and join in with sharing and retweeting the #NorthantsTogether posts.

Coronavirus support line

The response to the dedicated Coronavirus support line set up this week is growing each day and we’ve had over 300 calls since the launch on Tuesday.  Advisers at the Customer Service Centre at the County Council are working really hard to support people who are getting in touch, and teams across all the organisations involved are doing a fantastic job of co-ordinating the support needed. 

Amongst other requests, today we have organised a food delivery for two elderly and vulnerable residents who are isolating and unable to leave their home, and have no one locally to call upon.  Their daughter, who lives in South Wales, told us:

“My parents were unable to register for support through the national helpline and were really worried because their fridge and cupboards were starting to get bare, and they didn’t know what to do.  It’s not easy for me to make the journey to Northampton at the moment to help, so I looked on the County Council website and found out about the brilliant community support service you are offering. 

“Through the service, I put in a request and an urgent food delivery is being organised for my parents.  I’m so pleased I spoke to the team, and thankful to them and everyone involved for all they are doing to support people at the moment.  My parents feel reassured, and my mind has been put at rest.  Thank you for supporting the most vulnerable people in the communities, I don’t know what I would have done without this service.”

Please continue to share the details of this vital service.  People needing support can get in touch by calling 0300 126 1000 (option 5).  We are keeping in touch with our fantastic volunteers on a daily basis, and I’m looking forward to sharing more stories about the wonderful work they are doing in the coming weeks.

From seeing people come together and rising to the challenges that COVID-19 is bringing, I know our local communities will be stronger than ever in the coming months.  This will be a lasting legacy of this unprecedented situation, and something that will be talked about for years to come.

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