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04 August 2020Parish Council Meeting - Monday 10th August 2020

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 10th August 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 810 2124 3664    Password: 447245     

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.

24 July 2020DDC - Chairman’s role is better late than never for Chris!

Chairman’s role is better late than never for Chris!

Councillor Chris Millar was proudly sworn in as the new Chairman of Daventry District Council (DDC) last night – 20 years after he was originally due to take up the top civic role.

At yesterday evening’s online meeting of DDC’s Annual Council (Thursday, 23 July), he received the chains of office from retiring Chairman, Councillor David Smith. Councillor Mike Warren was appointed Vice-Chairman for the year at last night’s meeting.

Councillor Millar was originally due to become DDC’s Chairman in May 2000, but stepped down from the preceding Vice-Chairman role in 1999 after becoming Leader of the Council – a post he then held for two decades until stepping down in October last year.

Councillor Millar becomes the 48th Chairman of Daventry District Council and the final member to take the reins before the authority is replaced by the new West Northamptonshire Council in April next year. During his time as Chairman, he plans to raise money for Daventry-based charity Time2Talk and Marie Curie while aiming to raise the positive profile of Daventry District and its local communities to a wider audience.

His role as Chairman is a non-political, civic role, which involves representing the Council at events and functions, as well as chairing Council meetings to ensure they are properly run in accordance with the Constitution.

Councillor Millar, who was first elected to the Council in 1998 and represents Long Buckby Ward, said: “You could say that it has taken me 20 years to get from Vice-Chairman to the role of Chairman! I’m hugely honoured to have been chosen for this wonderful civic role and represent the Council in its final year before local government reorganisation. There are so many wonderful things our District has to offer and I’ll be doing as much as I can to raise their profile as widely as possible.”

Originally from Bristol and having previously lived in Surrey, Manchester and London, father-of-three Councillor Millar moved to Daventry District in 1993.

He said: “Becoming a councillor was not something I had really thought about, but when I was asked to stand as a candidate and was elected in 1998, it was a great feeling being able to serve my local community and help people. I had the privilege of leading the Council for 20 years, pursuing a progressive agenda for our District, and really enjoyed my varied political journey. Taking on this new and very different role at the Council is the icing on the cake.”

During his time on office, Councillor Millar will be raising funds for Time2Talk, a small charity operating solely within Daventry District and South Northamptonshire which offers free information, counselling and preventative intervention services for young people aged 13 to 19, and for those with special educational needs up to the age of 25. In addition to this he will also be aiming to raise money for Marie Curie, another charity close to his heart having seen their support and care for friends over the years.

To find out more about the Chairman, including how to invite him to your event or function (including online) visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/Chairman<http://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/Chairman>, contact the Chairman’s Secretary on 01327 871100 or email chairman@daventrydc.gov.uk

 

21 July 2020Parish Council Meeting - Monday 27th July 2020

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 27th July 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID:  859 7013 3077       Password:     190725      

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.

21 July 2020Country Park paths set for summer upgrade

Country Park paths set for summer upgrade

Daventry Country Park’s pathways will undergo huge improvements this summer as a resurfacing programme gets underway.

Contractors working on behalf of Daventry District Council will restore sections of damaged footpath totalling around 2km in length in a project which is expected to last around 12 weeks.

They will be resurfaced with Breedon gravel, a natural looking material suitable for wheelchairs, walking frames and mobility scooters, and which is used at a range of popular visitor attractions including Woburn Abbey and Althorp House.

Sections of path will unfortunately have to be closed off to allow work to take place, meaning visitors will be unable to complete a full circuit of the park’s circular reservoir walk for the duration of the programme.

Work will begin on the western side of the park this coming Monday (27 July), when the footpath will be closed from the end of the Marsh Walkway down to the southern entrance near the iCon building. This phase of work is expected to take around five to six weeks to complete.

Signs advising visitors of closures will be put up around the park and displayed outside the Reservoir Café. People will also be able to keep up with the programme and find out which section of path is currently closed by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/park-improvements

The work is being carried out as part of a wider £850,000 improvement project at Daventry Country Park. A new adventure playground opened in spring 2019, while improvements to the marsh walkway and bridges on the western side of the park were completed earlier this year.

A new-look café with an indoor seating area is set to open this summer, as are the park’s new toilet facilities. There are also plans to replace the pier near the café and install a new jetty on the other side of Lovell’s Bay, to help facilitate watersports.

Councillor Alan Hills, Daventry District Council’s Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: “We have always strived to keep the park as natural as possible, but we know this can make it tricky for some people to navigate – particularly in the winter months when paths can be slippy.

“The new gravel will offer the best of both worlds - giving the paths a natural look while improving the surface for all our visitors to use.

“We had hoped to make these improvements earlier in the year, but our plans were delayed by Covid-19. While we recognise that carrying out this work in the summer months may cause additional disruption to visitors, we hope everyone will agree it will be worth it for the enormous benefits the new surface will offer to all future users of our wonderful Country Park.”

 

07 July 2020Parish Council Meeting - Monday 13th July 2020

The next Meeting of Long Buckby Parish Council will be held on Monday 13th July 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Meeting ID:   836 3024 7632      Password:   037420            

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.

02 July 2020Northamptonshire’s Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner is recruiting young people to be part of the Northamptonshire 2020/21 OPFCC Youth Commission.

Northamptonshire’s Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner is recruiting young people to be part of the Northamptonshire 2020/21 OPFCC Youth Commission.

The OPFCC Youth Commission has been set up by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to ensure that the views of young people are heard, and help change services for the better.

We are now looking to recruit around 20 young people from across Northamptonshire to form the 2020/21 Youth Commission. We are eager to encourage young people to apply whose voices might struggle sometimes to be heard. We are also keen to engage with young people who have already had experience of the criminal justice system. The age range for the Youth Commission is 14-19 years.

You can check out information about the commission at:

https://www.northantspfcc.org.uk/opfcc-youth-commission/ where you will find an information sheet that can be downloaded, and an online application form for young people to complete.

I do have paper copies of the application form for any young people without access to a computer – if you need any just let me know and I’ll get them over to you.

Applications open on July 1st and will remain open until midnight on 31st July.

The first Northamptonshire Youth Commission ran from May 2019 until March 2020. The young people involved held a ‘Big Conversation’ with over 1000 young people in Northamptonshire – the results of their work are now shaping new initiatives that will help keep young people safer.

Do let me know if you need any more information…..and thanks so much for your support.

Regards

Dale Willis

Youth Commission

Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

(  Telephone 101 extension 346532 or 03000 111 222 (if out of county) Mob: 0797 602 1611

+  Address East House, FHQ, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ

:  E-mail Dale.willis@northantspfcc.pnn.gov.uk

+  Web www.northantspfcc.org.uk

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

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