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Reading Challenge For Children!

An On-Line Goal For The Summer – Meet The Silly Squad

Each year, Northamsonshire County Counil sets children between 4 and 11 years old a summer reading challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to get children reading over the summer holidays. This year’s theme is Silly Squad. It’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. Children can join the Silly Squad here.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is being delivered completely online.

Learn more about Northamponshire’s Summer Reading Challengere here.

Silly Squad Reading Scheme Poster

Safer Streets Northamptonshire

Thanks To All That Contributed!

The Safe Streets Northamptonshire initiative thanks those that contributed (there was a link for this site here) and advise that the consultation has now closed.

They had over 1,900 comments and 8,200 agreements which is a fantastic response.

They are now busy collating and analysing all the comments and will be producing a summary consultation document shortly.

They have already started to look at each of the comments receive. Comments have been extremely helpful in informing the development of the Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 Active Travel Fund schemes.

Ideas that have been submitted which are not directly related to social distancing will be used to inform longer-term plans for cycling and walking in Northamptonshire.

They will continue to provide updates via this website.

Last Few Days

Looking For Your Views By July 3rd 2020

Northants County Council (NCC) want to hear YOUR ideas for making Northants a better place for cycling, walking & maintaining social distancing in a post-lockdown world, but the cut-off date to let tehm have your views is fast approaching.

You can use NCC’s interactive map fromt he link below to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets.

Your input must be received by July 3rd in order to be considered.

Cycle or walk

As Government Covid-19 lockdown procedures are adjusted, NCC wants 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, NCC wants to hear from you.

Using the map, you can check what has already been reported or tell NCC your ideas for measures to help them create better spaces for walking and cycling.

Click here to make cycling and walking safer in Northamptonshire.

Walking & Riding Ideas?

Consultation Has Over 1000 Submissions

Don’t forget that Northants County Council (NCC) want to hear YOUR ideas for making Northants a better place for cycling, walking & maintaining social distancing in a post-lockdown world.

Over 1000 suggestions have already been received through their interactive map site. The consultation closes on 3rd July 2020.

You can use the site from the link below to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets.

Cycle or walk

As Government Covid-19 lockdown procedures are adjusted, NCC wants 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, NCC wants to hear from you.

Using the map, you can check what has already been reported or tell NCC your ideas for measures to help them create better spaces for walking and cycling.

Click here to make cycling and walking safer in Northamptonshire.

Byfield Road Closure July 2020

Advance Notice of Culvert Works.

Northamptonshire County Council Highways is proposing to carry out works on Byfield Road.

The structure of the culvert where the road crosses the River Cherwell, close to the junction with Scrivens Hill. is in need of remedial maintenance. The works being carried out will consist of repairing the scoured brick barrels with concrete and blue engineering bricks. Additional works will include the repair of the cracked headwall, vegetation removal, marker posts and signage reinstated.

These works will require a road closure for the duration of the works.

The estimated start date is mid-late July 2020 and are scheduled to last for 2 weeks. Should you have any queries relating to the project you should contact 01604 883400 quoting 3489- Byfield Road Culvert.

Byfield Road Culvert Plan

 

Download the plan as a PDF file.

 

 

Better Walking & Riding

Northants County Council Seeks Residents Views

Northants County Council (NCC) want to hear YOUR ideas for making Northants a better place for cycling, walking & maintaining social distancing in a post-lockdown world.

You can use NCC’s interactive map fromt he link below to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets.

Cycle or walk

As Government Covid-19 lockdown procedures are adjusted, NCC wants 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, NCC wants to hear from you.

Using the map, you can check what has already been reported or tell NCC your ideas for measures to help them create better spaces for walking and cycling.

Click here to make cycling and walking safer in Northamptonshire.

Tips are for “essential rubbish” only

.. and ID will be need to be shown

(Full article in the Daventry Express)

Councillor Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for highways and place has revealed staff will be checking for “essential rubbish only” when the gates at Northamptonshire’s rubbish tips open next week. And residents will need ID to prove they are not “waste tourists” as the local authority braces itself for a rush to the tips.

He said “We are putting countless measures in place such as one-way systems and reducing the number of vehicles allowed in at one time. If it’s not essential then don’t come because we just want essential waste that can cause hazards to health.

“Police will be patrolling approach roads and we have deployed some of our traffic warden officers to help with the queueing outside because we are expecting to be quite busy.

“Only one person will be allowed out of vehicles and the guys there will not be able to physically help by carrying rubbish as they would normally do.”

“We’re going for a sort of business as usual to start with, but if it does become an issue we will close the centres down for an hour or two hours to clear the backlog and if we go to an online booking system then that is something we will relay via our messaging systems and website.

“Nothing is out of bounds, will do whatever it takes to make sure these centres operate safely.”

The Daventry household waste recycling centres will reopen on Monday (May 18) after closing for eight weeks during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Integration Plans For Councils Re-designed.

Plans undergo major changes 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.

future northants logoThe 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.”

To view the vision document, ‘Prospectus for Change – the next chapter’ and to find out more about the new Safe and Legal Plus approach for the unitary preparations visit Future Northants West (the authority including Daventry District) and Future Northants North.

Daventry Recycling Centre

Re-opening May 18th for Essential Waste

Northamptonshire County Council announced its tips will reopen from May 18th for essential waste only.

In line with guidance from the Government the council is asking the public to make only essential journeys to recycling centres and only if waste or recycling cannot be stored safely at home without causing injury, harm or risk to health.

The council is expecting the sites to be very busy and as they will be operating at reduced capacity to comply with social distancing rules, long queues are expected.

Social distancing measures also mean that site staff will not be able to assist members of the public with carrying any waste, as they usually would do.

Social distancing measures will also apply for members of the public, which will mean that the number of vehicles on site at any one time will be restricted. It will also mean that usual parking bays may not be available, and each site will have one-way systems in place for vehicles and pedestrians. On entering the site, council staff will give clear instructions.

With the anticipated traffic queues, officers will be on hand to help marshal traffic to ensure that no obstructions are caused.

As is usual at busy times, 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.

Opening times for the Daventry centre are:-

Daventry, Browns Road, NN11 4NS: Mon/Tue/Fr/Sat/Sun, 10am -6pm

Keep up to date with any changes here: Daventry Recycling Centre

Northants County Council Covid-19 Update

Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for co-ordinating actions across the county to support local communities. This Newsletter covers such important issues as:-

      • The County-wide support telephone line
      • Advice on Covid-19 related scams
      • The Northants Together initiative
      • Useful links
COVID19 Northants Comm Res update 17.04.2020

 

Download your copy here.

Daventry Covid-19 Hotline

Support Co-ordinated By Local Councils

If you’re in need of extra support during the coronavirus pandemic, or know someone in your local community who is, please get in touch on a new hotline that has been set up to help residents.

DDC LogoThe new support line number is 0300 126 1000 (option 5) and allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.

Daventry District Council is working with Northamptonshire County Council and other partners to co-ordinate local efforts to get people the help they need during these difficult times.

Each call will be triaged so that individuals receive the care and support appropriate to their needs. Requests will be mapped and linked up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support.

You can also request help by completing this online form.

Find out more about the range of support on offer during this time on the DDC Coronavirus advice pages

 

Unitary Authority News

Parliament’s go-ahead for Northamptonshire’s new councils.

Voting on 7th May for councillors for the new authorities.

On February 14th, Parliament passed legislation to replace Northamptonshire’s eight existing councils with two new unitary authorities on 1 April 2021.

In this area, the new West Northamptonshire Council will serve Woodford cum Membris. West Northamptonshire Council will provide all of the services currently provided by Daventry District, Northampton County and South Northants District Council.

Future West Northants logoNow the legislation is approved, the next stage will be to set up a new “shadow” council to lead the work to create the new unitary authority. The same thing is happening in neighbouring North Northants.

Elections will take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020 when residents will be able to vote for the 93 councillors that will sit on the new West shadow council. These members will automatically become elected members of the new unitary authority from 1 April 2021. The shadow council will run alongside the county, district and boroughs until the existing councils are abolished on 1 April 2021.

Residents can find out how preparations are progressing and keep updated on the changes ahead on the Future Northants website.

(This link also appear on our Local Government page.)

 

DDC : Planning For West Northamptonshire

Strategic Land Assessment Consultation.

Daventry District Council (DDC) and the other councils that together will make up the new unitary authority of West Northamptonshire are consulting on the West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan. This looks at economic and population growth over the coming years and, as a result, considers the development requirements in the area.

You can give your views via the DDC web site which provides some further explanation or directly here:

West Northants Plan Consultation

This consultation runs until 5:00pm on Friday 27th March.

Bogus Callers Exploiting Storms

Northamptonshire Trading Standards Warning.

Northamptonshire Trading Standards and the Police have issued a warning about bogus traders exploiting households with storm damage.

HOMEOWNERS WARNED TO BEWARE OF BOGUS COLD CALLERS

Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is advising people affected by the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis to be alert for bogus cold callers offering home repair work.

Trading Standards is warning homeowners that rogue traders could use the damage caused by the storms as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property.

Their advice is not to buy goods or services from a doorstep caller, even if they claim that the work needs doing immediately.

Those who have suffered damage as a result of the storms should first check with their insurance company to see if they are covered for repairs, as some policies include emergency assistance support.

People who rent their property should contact their landlord and their contents insurance company. Most insurance companies will appoint their own trades people to carry out the work.

For those who are not covered by insurance for any repairs, they can find a reliable trader through the Trading Standards approved trader scheme called Buy With Confidence.

County Council Cabinet Member for Place, Highways and the Environment, Cllr Jason Smithers said: “While we haven’t received any direct reports, we are encouraging homeowners to be on their guard against less reputable traders who may take advantage of any damage caused by these storms and try to convince homeowners to pay for unnecessary or over-priced repair work.

“If people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, they should contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) by calling 0345 23 07 702.”

For More Information

For more information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme, visit Northamptonshire County Council Approved Traders or telephone 01392 383430.

Trading Standards in partnership with Northamptonshire Police can also provide No Cold Calling stickers on request by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. They can also provide consumers with information about their legal civil rights.

Carers Views Wanted

Needs of Carers For Future Services

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is planning a series of focus groups that they will run with carers across the county. If you are not a carer yourself, please pass the message on to any that you know but who may not be users of social media or the Internet.

Northants County Council logoPublic Health and Adult Social Care at NCC are currently carrying out a joint strategic needs assessment. This will look at the current and future health, care and well-being needs of carers in Northamptonshire, in order to help to inform the future planning and commissioning of carers’ services.  A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.

Collecting Views

NCC wants to include the voices of as many of the estimated 73,000 Northamptonshire carers as possible.  They know that many carers do not see themselves in that role, while many others, particularly working carers, struggle to juggle their caring and working lives.

In January and February NCC will be running focus groups to hear the views of working carers.  If you are a carer and currently working, then NCC would very much like to hear of your experience.  Groups will consist of no more than 10 people and will be facilitated by staff from Public Health and Adult Social Care.

NCC understand that not all carers wish to advertise their caring role so if carers would rather talk to them directly on a one to one basis then this would be fine.

Find Out More

For any further details please contact Hayley McKagan, email: Hayley.McKagan@nass.uk.net or by telephone on 07921 403870.

See Active, Be Active

Northamptonshire Promoting Sport For The Disabled

Daventry District Council is promoting a series of short films have been released to help encourage more disabled people in Northamptonshire to get active.  Each of the four films features a person from Northamptonshire with a disability, or long term health condition and shows them participating in a form of physical activity.

Northants SportOne of the films includes Kian from Daventry!

The films are all now available for people to view and share on the Northamptonshire Sport YouTube channel 

For further information on getting active please contact Graeme Wilson at Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk or see the See Active Be Active page at Northamptonshire Sport.

New Unitary Authorities

Consultation on Priorities for the Public

Local government in Northamptonshire is going through a period of transformation as it moves towards the creation of two new unitary authorities to replace the current eight councils. For this to be a success, it is essential that the services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council are placed on a firmer financial footing to make sure the two new unitary councils don’t inherit the significant issues faced by their predecessor.

This needs to happen before the new councils are created to make sure they start life with transformed, affordable services and a balanced budget.

To help us in this work the Council wants your views on what you consider to be the priorities. They want to know what services you feel are most important to you, your family and your communities, how you rate these services and what improvements could be made. They are asking these questions now and will repeat this every six months to make sure they are aware of your views on an ongoing basis.

Have your say.

This survey gives background to the challenge facing the Council and sets out the different services that the Council provides and asks you how important they are to you and the wider community, how well you feel the services are currently being delivered and whether there are areas of improvement that they should focus on. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 20th October.

Let them have your views here.

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northampton County Council Consultation Hub.

Social Care in Northants

Two Consultations on Provision

Northampton County Council is responsible for the provision of social care in our area and is keen to consult on two issues affecting adult social care in the county. The Evelyn Wright House – the subject of the second of these consultations – has served local residents for many years.

You are invited to contribute your views to either or both of these using the links below.

Proposed Changes to the Council’s Fair Contributions Policy

As a council with responsibility for social care, we must make sure that people who are eligible for social care have their needs met, within the financial resources available. At the same time, we must make sure that where customers meet the financial criteria to make a contribution towards the cost of their care, they do so in a way that meets current national regulations and guidance. We do this in a way which is equitable and fair and is clearly explained in policy statements.

Social care is means tested. This means that everyone contributes what they can afford towards the cost of their care. This does not include services that are provided by the NHS, for example community nurses.

We want to make sure that we provide a fair service to all people who are eligible for Care and Support. We want those who can afford it to make a fair contribution towards the services they receive.

We are reviewing our Fair Contributions Policy and are proposing the following three changes, which we are consulting on:

  1. A change to the rate of Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) to have a single standard rate of £23 per week, instead of having two levels as at present (£18 per week for people on the lower/middle rate of benefits and £28 per week for people on the higher rate of benefits)
  2. A change to the level of Older Person’s Standard Income Disregard (a deduction of £5.50 per week to the current standard rate) which would bring the Council in line with other authorities and Department of Health guidance
  3. A change to the current charging model for residential college charges, so that all affected customers are charged a reduced amount for their care provisions by charging under domiciliary (home care) rules

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our web site for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our standard online questionnaire or the easy read version of the questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 3 December 2019.

Consultation on the Future of the Evelyn Wright House Older People’s Care Home 2019

Evelyn Wright House is a 29-bedded registered residential care home for older people over 60 years old who have a physical disability and/or dementia.

The home is in need of significant investment to bring it up to modern standards and fit for future use. It has been calculated that Evelyn Wright House is likely to need investment of approximately £800,000 to carry out the immediate remedial works identified as well as further additional amounts for necessary modernisation works.

Due to the increasing support needs of people in residential care, the building layout and configuration are also no longer fit for purpose and to change this would require further significant investment.  The current building is also close to not meeting the regulatory standards for building compliance for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as specified in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Unless the remedial works are carried out, Evelyn Wright House will become unfit for purpose. However, the building works required to bring it up to modern standards and make appropriate interim arrangements for customers whilst necessary works are undertaken would take approximately 18-24 months, and the level of disruption this would cause current residents would be unacceptable. It is therefore proposed that we should stop providing the service at Evelyn Wright House and customers be moved to other homes. Customers’ care needs will be re-assessed to ensure any alternative accommodation is suitable and meets their needs.Northamptonshire Adults Social Services (NASS) have made staff and residents aware of the scale of the work required and have explored options to move residents into other care homes. Some customers may wish to remain living in the Daventry area and there are some residential spaces available in another care home service close by, run by Shaw Healthcare, as well as other care providers.

The feedback from the consultation will help inform the Council’s decision on the future of Evelyn Wright House at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January 2020.

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our web site for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our online questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 19 November 2019.

Northants Health Plan

Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Wants Your Views

In January 2019 the NHS launched its Long Term Plan, which sets out its ambition to make sure everyone has the best start in life, receives world-class care for major health problems and gets the support they need to age well.

Locally, our county’s health and care organisations are working together through Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) to shape our local response to this, called the Northamptonshire Health, Care and Wellbeing Plan. This plan represents the commitment between health and care providers in Northamptonshire and the members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board to work together on a plan for our county.

Together their vision for the future of Northamptonshire’s health and care is to have a positive lifetime of health, wellbeing and care for all those in our community.

Whether it’s your opinion on the plan’s priorities, or how you and your family get health advice, support and services they want you to join the conversation. You’re at the heart of everything they do, so they want to make sure your voice is heard.

You can give your feedback by visiting Northamptonshire HCP : Join The Conversation Survey and completing the short online survey.

NHCP Survey Banner

Northampton Car Parking

Proposed Changes to Parking Charges

Northampton County Council are proposing changes to car parking terms and charges for certain pay and display on-street parking bays in Northampton town centre.

Northampton Market Square

The plans include an increase of £0.80 from £1.20 to £2.00 per hour, and an increase in the allowed time from 2 hours to 4 hours.

For details of the planned changes and the opportunity to comment see the Northampton Town Centre Parking Proposals 2019 page on the Northampton County Council web site.

Planning in the New Local Authority

New Strategic Plan

The local planning authorities in what will be the new local authority of West Northamptonshire (i.e. Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire Councils) with support from Northamptonshire County Council, have agreed to prepare a new Strategic Plan for the area.

This will replace the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy and will cover the period 2019-2041, although the Vision may look further ahead.

What Is Happening?

“Issues Consultation” is the first stage in preparing the new Plan. No decisions have been made yet and the purpose of the document is to raise awareness and stimulate debate.

The authorities have produced an Issues Consultation document which includes a series of questions on which they would like your views. In addition to the Issues Consultation document we have produced a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report which is available for comment and there is also an opportunity to put forward ideas for strategic sites through a ‘call for sites’ exercise.

The Issues Consultation document and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report will be available for public consultation from:

5th August to 11th October at 5pm

The consultation documents including the call for sites form will be available on the Joint Planning Unit’s consultation website.   (Please Note: As at 14:00 02/08/19 the consultation link was not yet active, it will presumably open on 05/08/2019 )

You are encouraged to visit the website and use the online forms available to respond to the consultation.

The documents will also be available for inspection at the following four Council Offices:

  • Northampton Borough Council, The Guildhall, St Giles’ Square, Northampton NN1 1DE;
  • Northamptonshire County Council, ONE Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED;
  • Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP; and
  • South Northamptonshire Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD.

The documents will also be available for inspection at local libraries: From the week commencing 12th August copies will be available for viewing in all the local public libraries across West Northamptonshire area. Locations and opening times are available on the county council’s libraries website.

Public Exhibition

A series of public exhibitions will also take place during the consultation period as set out in the table below:

Venue

How to Comment

The easiest way to respond is online via the consultation website. 

Word versions of the response forms are also available on the website. Paper copies of response forms are available at the Councils’ offices and public libraries in West Northamptonshire and on request from the Joint Planning Unit (email: westnorthantsjpu@northampton.gov.uk  or phone: 01604 838678).

Hard copies of the response forms can be returned by post to: West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, NN1 1DE or electronically to: westnorthantsjpu@northampton.gov.uk

Please note all comments must be received by 5.00pm 11th October 2019.

School Street Road Closure

Sewer Replacement 16/08/19

Cappagh Contractors, working for Northamptonshire County Council, are planning to replace a sewer cover outside number 3 School Street in Woodford Halse

To undertake these works safely will the road will be closed for one day on the 16 August 2019 between 09.30 and 15.30.
A plan showing the closure and the diversion can be viewed here  opens in a new windowhttps://roadworks.org?tm=114387958
If you require more information about the works please contact Caroline Bartlett at Northamptonshire Highways on 0208 9474000 option 3.
Plus the following letter has been received residents from Thames Water….

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Northants County Council Plan For Comment

Northamptonshire County Council has prepared a Rights of Way Improvement Plan in accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, covering up to the year 2028.

footpath signThe Plan looks at the rights of way network in the county and aims to improve provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with restricted mobility.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018 to 2028 has been established following an extensive assessment, consultation and review process and you can now have your say.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan can be downloaded from the Northamptonshire County Council web site, where you can also find out how to comment. Comments are open for a “Public Representation” period from the 17th June 2019, to Monday 9th September.

Once the period of Public Representation has ended, all feedback will be collated, reviewed and may be used to formulate the final version of the Rights of Way Action Plan.

 

NCC Consultation

Specialist Provision for Children and Young People

Northamptonshire County Council is consulting on additional special provision in the county for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans.

Increasing the capacity of authorities to make provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans has been supported by the Department of Education through a Capital Grant. This recently published report, Special Schools and Designated Units Sufficiency, details the current provisions and identifies gaps in provision in and within districts and the numbers of young people who need to move outside their district to access special education.

The consultation provides the opportunity to shape the additional provision to be commissioned to ensure there is greater capacity in Northamptonshire to provide children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan access to local specialist provision that meets their needs and supports them to be part of the community in which they live.

Have Your Say

This consultation sets out the recommendations that have been made to increase provision in Northamptonshire and asks for your views on them. The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 14th July.

You can access the consultation here:-

NCC’s Consultation on Specialist Provision for Young People

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council consultation hub.

New Local Authority

Daventry District Council has just posted the following news regarding the creation of new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire. Woodford Halse will be part of the new West Northamptonshire authority combining Daventry, South Northants and Northampton Town:-

New Authorities Confirmed

The Government has confirmed this afternoon that two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1st April 2021.

The Secretary of State James Brokenshire has announced that a new West Northamptonshire unitary authority will cover Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire and a North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough. The existing district and borough councils, including DDC, and Northamptonshire County Council will all be abolished.

New Authorty Boundaries

Elections in May 2020

Parliamentary Orders will follow later this year and in May 2020 there will be elections to the Shadow Authorities, which will determine the structure, budget and service delivery models for the new councils.

Daventry District Council Leader Councillor Chris Millar said: “Now we have received the Secretary of State’s formal decision we can all now focus fully on delivering these two new unitary councils in readiness for an April 2021 start.

“We are under no illusions as to the very tight timelines involved and the huge amount of work still to be undertaken to deliver these two new authorities. However we see a wonderful opportunity to embrace wider public sector reform by including the local health organisations as part of a package to deliver better services for our residents. Rest assured that Daventry District Council, while it still exists, will do all it can to influence the creation of the new West Northamptonshire Unitary Council in the best interests of our residents.”

Read more at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/…/government-says-yes-to-two…/

You can also see the following on the Minirty of Housing Communities and Local Government web site:-

Consultation Outcome

Ministry’s Press Release

Report on Children’s Services in Northamptonshire

 

 

Help Scrap Fly Tipping

Let’s work together to SCRAP fly-tipping

People across Northamptonshire are being urged to follow the S.C.R.A.P. code as part of a county-wide campaign to crack down on fly-tipping.

The code serves as a reminder of the checks to make when arranging disposal of waste items, in order to ensure they are dealt with responsibly and do not end up being dumped in our towns and countryside.

It is being promoted in a bid to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents taking place across the county each year. Councils in Northamptonshire dealt with 22,000 fly-tips in 2017/18, at a cost of around £750,000 to the tax payer in collection and disposal costs.

The new campaign is being led by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and is backed by all of the councils in Northamptonshire, as well as Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers’ Union.

It warns residents that failing to take reasonable steps to ensure their waste is disposed of responsibly could result in them facing an unlimited fine or, in serious cases, prison.

Leaving waste items on the street for others to take, outside of a closed Household Waste Recycling Centre, or next to a street litter bin are all examples of fly-tipping for which the punishments apply.

Follow The S.C.R.A.P. Code

The campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code urges people to:

Suspect all waste carriers – do not let them take waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate
Check with the Environment Agency that the provider taking away your waste is licensed by calling 03708 506 506
Refuse unexpected offers to have any waste taken away
Ask what will happen to your waste
Paperwork should be obtained. Get a full receipt, invoice or waste transfer for your waste removal describing the waste and providing the waste carrier’s contact details.

SCRAP Fly Tipping Scheme in DaventryImages depicting fly-tipping in front of famous Northamptonshire landmarks have also been produced as part of the campaign, to emphasise the impact it has on us all.

Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “I welcome this new campaign and hope that the information provided in the leaflets, on our website and through social media will  help residents to understand the effect that fly-tipping has, not just on their local community, but on Northamptonshire as a whole.

“The S.C.R.A.P code is easy to follow and will help people to carry out the necessary checks to ensure their contractors are properly licensed and will dispose of their waste legally.

“Fly-tipping blights our country-side and town centre areas and we are therefore continuing to work with our partners to crack down on fly-tippers. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and failure to do so could result in prosecution.”

People can find out more about the campaign on the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s website at www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk/at-home/let-s-s.c.r.a.p-fly-tipping-/

Red Road Closure

The temporary closure order on the Red Road that has been in place to allow works to be carried out on the Grants Hill Way development has been extended.

The details can be found in this update to the closure order:-

Temporary Closure : Red Road

Fix My Street

Northants County Council have launched a new on-line page where you can report problems such as pot-holes, street lighting, pavements, and a whole series of others.

You can also check on problems in your area to see if they have already been reported and see any updates on progress with fixing the problem.

Street light problems in the village (which are owned and maintained by the Parish Council) should still be reported to the Parish Council, which can be done by email giving the street light number from the post and its location, to the Parish Clerk: parishclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

The new page is available here:-

https://fixmystreet.northamptonshire.gov.uk/

True Grit

Northamptonshire County Council has sent us a list of roads that will be gritted by the Council’s lorries during this winter

(Please note: Parish Council does not control or influence this; we are only the  messengers.)

“Precautionary Gritting”

The following roads in the Parish which will be gritted when the temperature drops to 0.5C:-

Byfield Road to junction with Phipps Road

Phipps Road

Hinton Road

Farndon Road

Barnetts Hill

“Adverse Weather Gritting”

These roads which will be gritted in addition to the above when the temperature is expected to remain below zero for 48 hours, or if snow is confidently predicted:-

Remainder of Byfield Road

Scrivens Hill

School Street

Church Street

Station Road

Parsons Street

South Street

Eydon Road

Adams Road

Membris Way

Please drive to the road conditions whether or not gritting has been carried out.

(No, High Street is not on the list!  Yes, The Parish Council knows that the bottom of High Street is steep and is dangerous in icy conditions. Yes, The Parish Council knows the school is situated on High Street and children could be at risk.)

The following map may help. Red routes are precautionary, green routes are for adverse gritting. The complete county map can be downloaded as a PDF (you will need to zoom in to make sense of it) from here:- Northants Gritting Map.

Village Wifi & Broadband

The village now has free wifi available in the Old School Cafe / Farndon Room and the Library as well as in the Memorial Hall. The Council hopes to be able to extend this to the Dryden Hall in the future.

There has also been an update to the progress on the “Superfast Northamptonshire” project.  

The Superfast Northamtonshire team advise:-

“I am writing to update you about the Superfast Northamptonshire project and more specifically some delays with the deployment being delivered by Gigaclear and BT/Openreach. These delays mean that a number communities will not be served as quickly as first expected. The County Council recognises that this is very frustrating for the residents and businesses affected. However, it remains committed to working with both suppliers to see these plans fulfilled.

Both suppliers have been instructed to prepare new deployment plans. This is to provide clarity on revised delivery timescales. The latest delivery programme for Gigaclear is now available on the Roll Out Schedule and on its website at www.gigaclear.net. The remaining delivery programme for BT/Openreach will be added to the ‘Coming soon’ list once remodelling had been completed and details are confirmed. The When and Where map is being updated to reflect the changes to deployment timescales.

There are a number of factors impacting on Gigaclear and/or BT/Openreach and contributing to these delays. These include:

  •  Access to skilled civil engineering resources – these are in high demand nationally
  • Confirming solution designs for a number of more challenging and costly structures
  • Issues encountered with a number of unsafe and historic bridges
  • Delays for other utility providers to complete works on the highway where shared utility works cannot be agreed
  • Complex wayleave agreements over private land

No additional costs will be borne by the County Council as a result of any delays. These will be met by the suppliers. Furthermore, the County Council is working with both suppliers to identify opportunities to improve on these timescales.”

New Council Name?

Give your views on name for proposed new council  

People in Daventry District are being encouraged to suggest possible names for a proposed new unitary council covering West Northamptonshire.  

The Government is currently considering plans to replace the county council and seven current districts and boroughs with two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire – one in the west and another in the north.

The proposed new unitary authority in the west would cover the current areas of Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire.  

The Government has not yet decided on whether to proceed with the unitary proposal and is expected to launch its own consultation shortly before making a decision. However due to the tight timescale for creating the new councils by May 2020 if the proposal is approved, Daventry District Council and its partner councils in the west are continuing with preparations to help inform and shape any future legislation.

This work includes proposing a name to the Government for Parliament to decide upon.   Residents and businesses in Daventry District are urged to give their views on what they think a new west unitary council should be called during an informal consultation running until Monday, 3 December. They are being asked to respond to the following question: What do you think a new Council covering West Northamptonshire should be called?   They can submit their suggestions online at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation Alternatively they can submit their suggestions by post to: LGR Naming Proposal Daventry District Council Lodge Road Daventry NN11 4FP

  FAQs  

What is the background to this?  

The Government is currently considering a proposal to create two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire, in place of the county council and the current seven boroughs/districts.   The proposal is for a new council in the West comprising the current area of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire; and for another in the North, comprising the current areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough.   The Government has not yet made a decision on the unitary proposal, however if it does decide to proceed with it, then as part of legislation names for the new authorities will need to be proposed for Parliament to decide.

Tell us what you think  

We would like to give the Government a preferred name to consider for a new west unitary authority, so would like to hear your views on what you think it should be called.   This is an informal public consultation which will help us to shape a name to share with Government and Parliament.   We need your views by Monday, 3 December 2018 to ensure we meet the Government’s anticipated timescales, if it decides to proceed with the unitary proposal.

What are the choices for the name – or can I suggest anything?  

There is no official shortlist, but various names have been suggested since discussions started about a proposed new unitary authority for West Northamptonshire. We have listed some of these below and we would be keen to find out your preference or suggest to us an alternative name:  

  • West Northamptonshire Council
  • Northamptonshire West Council
  • Northampton and West Northamptonshire Council
  • Greater Borough of Northampton Council
  • Borough and District of Northampton Council
  • Grand Union Council  

Here are some things you may like to consider when suggesting a name:

  •   The proposed new council would cover the geographical boundaries of Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire.
  • There may well be a future proposal to create a Northampton Town Council alongside the proposed new authority, in the same way as there is already a Daventry Town Council and Brackley Town Council
  • Does the name reflect how you identify with the area as a local resident or business.
  • Do you think the name reflects a sense of place to people outside the area, such as visitors, businesses or potential investors
  • Whether or not you think the new name should be totally different to the names of any of the current councils.
  • Is retaining the shire identity of the area within the name important to you
  • Could the name shortened or simplified in a way that it could lead to a loss of place identity.

Is this a chance to influence whether or not this proposed new council goes ahead?  

No. This informal consultation is being carried out so that Daventry District Council can gauge the views of its residents on what they think a new authority should be called if it is established by the Government.   Your suggestions will be fed back, along with the views of those living in Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire, who will also be consulted by their respective councils over proposals for a new name.

So how can I have my say on whether or not this proposed new council is a good idea?  

The Government is due to carry out its own consultation on the bigger question of whether the proposed new councils go ahead, so if you have a view on that, we would encourage you to take part in that separate consultation as and when it is launched, which we understand may be in October or November 2018.  When details of that formal Government consultation are known, we shall make details widely available.

Why is this an ‘informal’ consultation?  

This is an informal consultation on a possible name because the decision on the name for that council (if it is ultimately formed) is not something that any of the four current councils can decide.  The decision on the name for the proposed new council for the western part the county will instead be for the Government to propose and for Parliament to decide.  We however can share our views with the Government, and later with Parliament, to help inform their decision.   That is why we are carrying out this informal public consultation on the name now – so you can tell us what you think.  That will help inform our views, which we will then share with Government and Parliament.

What is the timetable for being able to influence the name, if it does all go ahead?  

We need your views please by Monday, 3 December 2018.  The reason for that timetable is that we think the if the Government decides to go ahead with this proposal, after having carried out their formal consultation still to come, it would publish important technical documents sometime before Christmas or in early 2019 that will go on for Parliamentary consideration.  Those technical documents would likely contain names for the two new proposed councils, including the one for our part of Northamptonshire, so it is important that we feed in any strong views on the name before those technical documents are finalised and published.

How do I make my suggestion?  

Please respond to us by answering the following question:  

What do you think a new Council covering West Northamptonshire should be called?  

You can submit your respond online at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation  Alternatively you can write to us at: LGR Naming Proposal Daventry District Council Lodge Road Daventry NN11 4FP.

NCC Restructuring

Following the recent consultation exercise, NCC has published the proposed approach that will be discussed by Councillors and, if approved, put to the Secretary of State.

Restructuring of Governance in Northamptonshire

This approach would create two unitary authorities in Northamptonshire; West Northants (combining Northampton Town, Daventry and South Northants) and North Northants (Ketterin, Corby, Wellingborough, East Northants).

Libraries In Court

Those concerned about the future of Woodford’s library may be interested in this article in the Northampton Chronicle covering the court action challenging the County Council’s closure decision consultation.

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/wait-for-outcome-of-high-court-hearing-over-plans-to-close-21-libraries-in-northants-1-8583250

Local Government Questions?

Worried about the planned integration of local government in Northamptonshire?

Here is your chance to find out more.

A “Question Time” event in Daventry on Saturday 14th July, 6:30 to 8:00pm at the iCon Centre will give local residents a chance to find out more about local government reorganisation across Northamptonshire.

Speakers include Danny Moody, CEO of Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils, Daventry Councillor Ken Ritchie and Professor Colin Copus (Professor of Local Politics at De Monfort University).

You can book your place on the Eventbrite web site democracy-in-daventry-question-time; or you can email the event chair Abigail Campbell on abigailathome@googlemail.com to reserve a place and ask a question in advance.

This is your opportunity to find out more about how you services and representation will be affected once Daventry District Council is dissolved as it will be under the new proposals.

Please also respond to the consultation on local government by visiting www.futurenorthants.co.uk or by collecting a form from your local library.

If you feel the current proposal will not meet local needs, there is an online petition calling for Daventry to be its own unitary authority here:
petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223194

More details are available in this flyer: Daventry Local Government Question Time

Although, originally billed as taking part, local MP Chris Heaton-Harris has chosen not to appear at the event, according to this article in the Daventry Express.

 

Forewarned..(Updated).

Cuts In Gritting Next Winter Will Hit Woodford

According to an article on the Daventry Express web site, planned cuts to precautionary gritting will mean that the following roads won’t be gritted as a precaution against freezing:

  • Byfield Road
  • Scrivens Hill
  • Church View
  • School Street
  • Station Road
  • Hinton Road

These will be among almost 500 roads in Northamptonshire that will no longer be treated, saving the County Council an estimated £475,000.

Northants County Council have published the detail of their proposals here. Precautionary gritting will continue on the Byfield Road from the junction of Phipps Road to Byfield. Effectively it is the old part of the village that is impacted by these changes; the routes to the shops and the school. NCC will also be removing gritting bins at the foot of Scrivens Hill, Eydon Road and Hinton Road.

Manor Road – Adams Road, Membris Way – Ash Way, Scrivens Hill, Station Road, High Street Church Street, South Street and the Eydon Road will continue to be gritted in “adverse conditions” (i.e. “during daytime hours in advance of a high confidence forecast for snow or when the forecast temperatures are not forecast to rise above zero for 48 hours.”)

 

 

 

Library & Rhymetime

Because of the problems at the library – a fault with the County Council’s IT cabinet and not anything to do with the building itself – the County Council has asked us to publicise the following notices:-

Rhymetime Is Still Running: Tuesday 14:00 to 14:30

Items Due Back Renewed Until July 18th

Future Northants

Give Your Views on New Councils In Northamptonshire

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire started on the 18th June. All residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county have the chance to have their say.

The eight local authorities in Northamptonshire are working on a proposal to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for a new local government framework for the county. The Secretary of State has said that the new arrangements  “must command a good deal of local support”, so stakeholders across the county have an opportunity to comment before a final proposal is submitted.

Formal consultation runs from 18 June until 22 July 2018.

You can have your say by going online to complete a questionnaire at www.futurenorthants.co.uk

To help understand the proposals, you can download the document “Future Northants“.

At the Future Northants site you can also find links to the best value report (previously discussed on the Signpost here) which concluded that the financial, cultural and governance problems at Northants County Council could not be solved in isolation and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked that the eight authorities in Northamptonshire submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:

  • A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.

Alongside the consultation website, copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire will also be available in libraries and local council offices from Monday, 25 June.

Please check the Daventry District Council website for details of venues where you can pick up a copy. (Note: no details available as of 21/06/18).

Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, said: “It’s really important that people living in Daventry District get involved and have their say as part of this important consultation on the future of their local councils, so please take the opportunity to share your views.”

A representative telephone survey will be carried out and a series of focus groups with representative groups of invited residents will also take place across the county, as well as engagement with other stakeholders.

Other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time, so it’s really important that people respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils for their comments on the proposal to be considered.

In addition to the criteria set out by the Secretary of State, Government has stated:

  • Only one proposal will be accepted, not a range of options
  • It must demonstrate clear potential for savings
  • It must command a good deal of local support
  • Due consideration should be given to recommendations in the Best Value Report
  • Any solution should prioritise the Government’s wider housing and growth agenda
  • Extensive consultation must be carried out

NCALC

Northants County Association of Local Councils provides support to parish councils across the County with a number of schemes (they helped us with training when we wanted to create the Signpost, for example).

They publish a newsletter regularly and this month’s has some articles that all residents might find interesting. Articles include:-

  • repairing pothole damage in our roads
  • a Q&A on the planned reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire
  • how GDPR is affecting local councils.

You can download a copy here.

County Councillor’s Report

Robin Brown, the County Councillor elected to to represent the village, gave a report at yesterday’s Annual Parish Meeting.

He has asked that we publish it in full and we are happy to do so.

Here it is:- Councillor Brown’s Report to the Woodford cum Mebris Annual Parish Meeting 2018

 

Children’s Centres Consultation

Consultation on the provision and delivery of Universal Children’s Services
De-designation of Children Centres in Northamptonshire, 2018

A consultation is being run by Northamptonshire County Council. The following post from them  gives important information:

​”The council recognises the importance of the provision of support for parents and children in their early years.

“Following the council’s decision earlier this month to decommission 21 libraries in the county, we are seeking views on the locations of universal children’s centre services and the range of services available. Whilst these issues are related, it is important to understand that a designated children’s centre relates to physical premises at a specific location, and the provision of services is about a description of services that can be delivered via a number of different buildings or locations.

“The universal children’s services will be provided based on need and evidence-based interventions within the County that are accessible to families with children under 5. The council is seeking the views of existing and future service users to consider how best to achieve this. We would like to hear your views about this to help us shape our services going forward.

“Please visit our web site for further information.”

Have your say.
You can give your views in a number of ways. Please visit the Children First Northamptonshire  web site for more information and all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including their online questionnaire.
This consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018.

Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register.

Library Consultation Closing

Don’t forget that Northampton County Council’s consultation on Library Services closes on January 13th.

There is still time to make your views known here:-

NCC Consultation on Libraries

All of the options proposed involve the closure of Woodford’s library but the Parish Council is exploring the possibility of running a community library. Pat Darby is leading this initiative for the Parish Council.

Northants & Libraries

Regarding the Public Meeting on December 11th. Those concerned about the threat to the Library may be interested to see the web cast of the Northamptonshire County Council meeting at which a motion regarding closure of libraries was debated.

You can view the proceedings of the Northampton County Council Meeting on 23rd November can be seen here: NCC Full Council Meeting Web Cast 23/11/2017.

In order to view the contributions to this motion, scroll down on the right hand side to agenda item 11a, or you can view the meeting from about 3 hours 14 minutes onwards.

You can read the County Council’s proposals on the future of Library Services here.

Details of the parish meeting can be found here: Public Meeting 11th December.

 

Safety Matters

Northamptonshire Safer in the Summer

Here’s the latest edition of “Safety Matters”, a joint initiative of Northants Police, Northants Fire & Rescue and Northants County Council to help improve safety awareness.

This summer number includes:-

  • Being Water Aware
  • How to be fearless: safeguarding young people
  • The National Bikesafe Show in Northants
  • On-line safety

& much more.

Download it here:- Safety Matters Number 2

Fire & Police

How Should They Be Managed? A Consultation.

A public consultation has been launched on how Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service should be governed. You can give your views in a survey at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk.

The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

It is to proposed to transfer from the Fire Authority which currently sits in Northamptonshire County Council, to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who would become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

The government wants emergency services to work much more collaboratively and has recently changed the law to allow this to happen. Northamptonshire claims to already do this really well  but they believe there is scope for this to increase and for fire and police services to work more closely together to keep communities safe.

There is a leaflet and a short animated film to describe the proposal.

You are invited to complete the online survey designed to capture people’s views,

The survey can be accessed at www.northantsfireproposals.co.uk  (a postal survey and easy read version are also available).

The survey closes on Tuesday 1st August 2017.

Safety Matters

Here’s the Latest Safety News from Northants County Council

This edition of Safety Matters has details of….

  • Free Half-Day Car Kraft Driver Experiences for non-drivers (15 to 25) and drivers (17 – 30)
  • Child Safety Week (5th – 11th June)
  • The Facts on Mobile Phones & Driving
  • What You Need To Know About Kids’ Booster Seats

Download your copy here: opens in a new windowSafety Matters Spring 2017

 

Footpath News

Here’s an update from our footpath warden, Joe Pitt…..

“The footpath (FN5) that leads from the Byfield Road (opposite the top of Kitchen Lane) alongside the football pitch and bowling green has been getting dangerous for some time. Northants County Council Highways Department has recently cut back the vegetation and trimmed the hedge so that the pathway has been imporved. Once the weather improvesHighways will return and do some work to improve the levels on the path. Meanwhile, access up this pathway has been made a lot better.”

You can see local rights of way by entering your post code into this map provided by Northants County Council.

Don’t forget , with Spring and the lighter evenings coming, you can always try one of our local walks. Details here: opens in a new windowWoodford Walks

County Needs Your Views

Prioritisation Framework Consultation and Engagement

Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and customers.

To do this we need to be clearer what we, our residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. We need your help to clarify our values and principles and use these to develop the framework we will use for prioritising. You can help us in two ways – by completing a survey and/or attending a workshop

1.       You can find our survey on the County Council website – opens in a new windowhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Prioritisation_Stage2

2.       You can come to one of 4 workshops that we will be holding around the county, so we can hear from you in person and discuss our principles and values together. Details are available on the Consultation Register – http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/council/consultations and  will be in libraries.

The workshop details are also outlined below. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, without the need to RSVP or let us know in advance.

  • 13th March, 10 am to 12 noon, Council Chamber, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX
  • 13th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EZ
  • 14th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Kingsthorpe CollegeE, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7HR
  • 16th March, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden NN10 9YP
  • 20th March, 12.30 to 2.30 pm, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane, Volunteer Centre , Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6YZ

We welcome your contributions and will take all the information we get from this consultation process to develop our own, unique statement of principles and values to feed into the prioritisation framework.”

Roadworks, Feb 6-8

Northamptonshire Highways need to carry out urgent carriageway repairs to the following roads.  In order to carry out this work,  the roads are closed as follows:-

Eydon Road, Woodford Halse – one day on the 6th Feb 2017 between 08.30 and 13.00 and the plan can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=102461

Preston Road, Woodford Halse – two days from the 7th Feb 2017 between 08.30 and 15.00 and the plan can be viewed here https://roadworks.org?tm=102465

NOTE: The lay-by at the bottom of Scrivens Hill will also be closed as part of these works from Feb 6th for 5 days..

County Grant Delivered!

Northamptonshire County Councillor, Robin Brown, delivered a cheque for £300 on Wednesday as a grant to the Parish Council.

Robyn Davison, Kay Coles and Robin Brown

The grant will be used to put up a new Parish Council notice board that will be located on Woodford Meadows, helping to bring the new development into the village circle.

Parish Council Chairman Kay Coles and Vice-Chair Robyn Davison accepted the cheque on behalf of the village outside the Woodford Halse Memorial Hall.

In 2014, the installation of the 1914 Centenary clock and weathervane were also supported by a grant from the County Councillor’s empowering councillor fund.

 

Footpath News

Here’s an update from our footpath warden, Joe Pitt…..

“A follow up on the problems on the footpath (FN5) which runs from opposite the top of Kitchen Lane alongside the football pitch, past the bowling green and out to the Sara Field. Judith Gardiner sent a comment to the Village Signpost pointing out that it was overgrown and dangerous. Nick Wedgbrow for Northants County Council has confirmed that vegetation will be cut back and the surface mowed in the New Year to address these problems. At a later point the plan is to grade the path with a mini-digger to provide a more level surface on the path.

“The footpath leading down from the Eydon Road to Harley Equestrian and beyond (FN20) is to get a new waymarker post pointing down the drive to Dairy Farm.

“And finally, good news after a long battle! The  Eydon to West Farndon Bridleway (FN24 / AL7) that starts at Butterfly Lane was closed as a result of an unsafe bridge over the Cherwell. This has now reopened by rerouting it over a new crossing. ( opens in a new windowHere are the details of the original closure ).”

You can see local rights of way by entering your post code into this map provided by Northants County Council.

Don’t forget, over the Christmas Break you can always try one of our local walks. The ideal way to shake off all that turkey and Christams pudding. Details here: opens in a new windowWoodford Walks

Fire Service Future Plans

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched public consultation on their draft Community Protection Plan, which will help shape the future priorities and structure of fire and rescue service.

Thewoodford_halse_-_geograph-org-uk_-_185655 Community Protection Plan (CPP) sets out the current profile and achievements of our fire and rescue service and the direction of travel over the next three years.  The Community Protection Plan reflects the findings of a recent fire service review. This review recommends a review of fire cover, response times, a more flexible staffing model and further collaboration with other blue light organisations including shared premises.

A six-week consultation is now open and will run until Wednesday 21 December 2016.  Findings from this consultation will be reviewed and the final plan will be considered at Cabinet in February 2017 for a final decision.

While the plan doesn’t appear to mention Woodford specifically, your attention is drawn to the statement on page 24…

fireplanp24Details of the Plan can be found here:- Fire Service Draft Community Protection  Plan.

You can give your views in the following survey: opens in a new windowFire & Rescue Service Plan Consultation Survey.

Northampton County Council’s web page on the consultation can be found here: NCC on Fire Service Plan Consultation.

MP Email…

I’ve just noticed an error in the email address that we had on the site for Chris Heaton-Harris, our Member of Parliament. This has now been corrected.

Don’t forget if you need to get in touch with your MP or your District or County Councillors, you can do so via the opens in a new windowemail addresses listed here.

Byfield Road Update

Pat Knight, the opens in a new windowParish Highways Warden received the following update from NCC following his meeting to discuss the apalling state of the Byfield Road…

roadworks“Thank you for your observations on the trench work completed by the developer. They have now completed remedial work, however we have requested that final surfacing be postponed until the new year and the trench monitored, to ensure the trench is now robust. During this monitoring period the carriageway maintained in a safe condition.”

A361 Roadworks: July 8-12

Gully Emptying: Possible Delays

More roadworks newsroadworks.

Northants County Council will be emptying gullies on the A361 between the A45 junction at Daventry and the Oxfordshire border over the four days between July 8th and 12th.

There will be rolling works with stop-go boards controlling traffic, so it’s not easy to say when and where congestion will occur.

Here is a link to the Roadworks.org site with some details: opens in a new windowA361 Roadworks.

 

 

Local Public Health Consultation

Northants County Council Seeks Views of Services for 0 to 19 Year Olds

A consultation looking at key public health nursing services for children and young people has been launched.

Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for commissioning a public health nursing service covering the full age range from 0 to 19. This includes school nursing, health visiting, specialist breastfeeding and the family nursing partnership.

The consultation will find out what people like about these services, how accessible they are currently and what they want these services to provide.

To improve continuity across the services and age ranges, the council is planning to combine these services so that professionals will be able to continue to work with the same children for a longer period of time rather than passing them to another service as they get older. Feedback gathered through the consultation will help inform this new approach.

Councillor Robin Brown, the Cabinet member for public health and well-being,  said: “We are planning to change the way we commission these services and in doing so, improve the continuity for children and young people and their families.

“For example, currently when a health visitor is working with a child, once he or she starts school the responsibility for their support is passed on to a school nurse. This means a new professional has to learn about the child and their individual needs, potentially slowing down any progress.

“By commissioning these services together professionals will no longer be bound by the traditional age ranges of services, and both children and families can benefit by receiving support from the same professional for longer.”

The consultation is open from 27th April until 12th June and is available at opens in a new windowhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/0-19PublicHealthService

Update on The Local Offer

Help For Children & Young People in Northamptonshire

local offer

A year ago we posted details of the Northants Local Offer, a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 0-25 years, living in Northants.

The Local Offer is a website to find the information about services and provision for children and young people with a special educational need or a disability and is described in the Children and Families Act (2014). All Local Authorities are obliged to provide a Local Offer by this legislation.

Some of the information families can find on the Local Offer include: schools (maintained and academies) and how they support students with a special educational need or disability, special schools/ provisions, specialist health services (Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy etc), social care services, specialist youth clubs and activities, parent support groups, training and more.

You can find information about these services can be found in opens in a new window this leaflet and on opens in a new windowthis poster.

Or you can find out more at their website….  www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer

Or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest: @LOnorthants

 

 

Election Notices

The following notices are posted in relation to the elections on May 5th….

opens in a new windowNotice of Poll : Police & Crime Commissioner

opens in a new windowNotice of Poll : District Councillor for Woodford

 

Election Notices

The following notices are posted in relation to the elections on May 5th….

opens in a new windowThose nominated for the post of Police & Crime Commissioner

opens in a new windowThose nominated for the post of Councillor for Woodford Ward on Daventry District Council

opens in a new windowThose acting as agents in the Police and Crime Commissioner election

 

Broadband – Are You Superfast?

The first stage of the Superfast Northamptonshire project was completed at the end of December 2015, three months ahead of target.  Over 57,600 additional premises in the county can now access superfast broadband.  Information on these areas can be found on the opens in a new windowRoll Out Schedule – see “Superfast Broadband Now Available”.

Some areas within the parish can now benefit: most of Woodford Halse and Hinton is covered. Parts of West Farndon may be covered. Places outside the village, however, may still not be able to be served, although plans exists to resolve this as part of the projects third phase.You can use the Superfast Broadband map to click on areas and find out more.

You may have already received a Superfast Northamptonshire postcard through their door.

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The aim is to raise awareness that superfast broadband can now be ordered and where to go to find out more.  There is also advice on the project website’s opens in a new windowGet Connected page.

Benefiting from faster speeds is not automatic – if you are able to access superfast broadband, you still need to contact an internet service provider to upgrade your broadband service at a higher cost.

Children’s Centre To Close?

County Council Consultation Needs Your Say : Deadline 28/04/16.

As a result of cuts made to the budget, intended to meet austerity targets, Northamptonshire County Council intends to make changes to the way that Children’s Centre services are delivered.

The County Council consultation asks for your views and opinions about the changes that they are proposing to make to Children’s Centres in the county. Included in this is a proposal to cease using the current Children’s Centre and instead deliver services via the library on a “part-time basis”.

image009You can read the proposals in this document: Children’s Centre Consultation Proposals. (The part about Woodford Halse is on page 10.)

You can take part in the consultation here: opens in a new windowChildren’s Centre Consultation Survey or in writing or by email with details on the County Council’s web site.

Responses to the proposals must be received by 28th April 2016.

Could You Adopt?

NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

An adoptive parent has talked about the joy of becoming a mother as Northamptonshire County Council launches an appeal to find more adopters. Jane says adopting her two children is the best thing she’s ever done. She said: “The joys far outweigh the challenges of being a parent. I can’t even remember was life was like before I had my two boys.”

Jane adopted the brothers two years ago as a single parent through Northamptonshire County Council. She said: “I had been thinking about adopting since I was in my early 20s. For me, it was never about what I could get from being a mum, it was about what I had to offer.

“I assumed that being a single person would be an issue but I was pleased that the county council was really supportive and really positive about what I could bring.

“There have been challenges along the way, but becoming a family has been a wonderful experience and I have no regrets. I cannot explain the difference becoming a mother has made to my life.”

Northamptonshire County Council has approved 57 adopters since last April and placed 73 children for adoption. The time it takes for a new adopter to be approved is now just six months on average.

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There is currently a need to find adoptive parents for children aged two and upwards, sibling groups, different ethnic groups and children with complex health needs.
Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for families and learning, said: “Adopting a child is not a decision to be taken lightly, but our adopters tell us it is the most rewarding thing they have ever done.

“With an increasing number of looked after children in Northamptonshire, we are constantly looking for people to come forward and offer a stable, loving home to a child or young person. As Jane’s story shows, you don’t have to be married and there is no upper age limit.

“I would encourage anyone who is thinking about adoption to contact our team to find out more.”

The council is also looking to find new carers for its fostering for adoption programme, where a child is placed with adopters who are temporarily approved as the child’s foster carers whilst the court process is still going on.

More information about adoption including details of information events can be found at opens in a new windowwww.couldyouadoptme.co.uk Here you can find out more about the process, read stories from our adopters and make an enquiry online.

Trading Standards News

Dodgy DVD’s, Clocked Cars, Bad Builders, & Rabid Rovers.

Here’s the latest report from Northampton’s Trading Standards Service.

bwc-new-152As well as news of successes against a number of bent businesses (which gives plenty of food for thought on things to watch out for!) there is advice on your rights as a consumer following changes in the law in October and suggestions on how to find reliable traders.

A worthwhile read!

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Byfield Rd Closure Warning.

18th to 20th January.

Northamptonshire Highways will be carrying out carriageway patching works on a short section of the Byfield Road between Hinton Lodge and Phipps Road.

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To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed for up to three days between 09.15 and 15.30 and it is expected to commence on the 18th January 2016.

A diversion will be in operation during the time the road is closed.

opens in a new windowSee this diagramme – closure indicated in RED, diversion indicated in BLUE.

Stagecoach haven’t posted details of bus service alterations but they should appear here….

opens in a new windowhttps://www.stagecoachbus.com/regional-service-updates/midlands/northamptonshire?date=1453075200000

NCC Budget Consultation

Northamptonshire County Council Draft Budget and Council Plan.

At the NCC Cabinet Meeting on 8th December it was agreed to publish the draft budget and council plan for a period of 6 weeks formal consultation.

image009NCC feel it is important that they hear from as many people as possible during this consultation period, as all those involved in Local Government work together to find the best solutions. This information is being sent to your Parish Councillors for their input but you are also invited to take part.

Details of the consultation, including the proposals and a range of ways to take part, can be found on the Council’s dedicated web page.  Take part and have your say at: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/draftbudget

Your views and ideas are needed by 16th January, so that they can be considered fully and seriously.

The Budget and Council Plan will be agreed at the Council meeting on 18th February 2015.

 

Time To Apply For School

It’s Time To Apply For A School Place For Your Child

AdmissionscupcakeSchool admissions for the September 2016 term at Northamptonshire schools are now open.

No child is automatically allocated a place – please make sure you have applied to Northamptonshire County Council by the following dates…..

Primary Admissions

If your child turns four before 31st August, 2016, it’s time to apply for their primary school place.

Applications should be made by 15th January, 2016 at 5pm.

Secondary Admissions

You must apply for a secondary school place for your child. It is time to do this if your child: has their 11th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 6 in primary school) has their 13th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 8 in middle school outside of Northamptonshire), or has their 14th birthday between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (Year 9 in secondary school) and wants to transfer to a Northamptonshire University Technical College.

This includes all secondary schools in Northamptonshire, including East Northamptonshire schools who have now moved to a two-tier system to match the rest of the county.

Applications should be made by 31st October, 2015 at 5pm.

How to apply

Everything you need to apply is available on the opens in a new windowschool admission section of Northamptonshire County Council’s website. This includes:-

  • the application form to be submitted online,
  • guidance,
  • information about how school places are allocated,
  • the entire schools directory with contact details,
  • Ofsted information,
  • each school’s admissions policy,
  • information about how to get help.

opens in a new windowwww.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions

Road Closure & Buses

27th July for 5 days – Byfield Road: Scrivens Hill to Phipps Road

IMG_0502Stagecoach Buses have now provided an update regarding bus services during the closure of the Byfield Road.

The road will be closed for up to five days from the 27th July between 09.15 and 15.30.

Buses will not serve the Phipps Road stop on Byfield Road, Byfield Road stop on Scriven’s Hill and Quinton Lane stop on Station Road.

Passengers should use alternative stops on Phipps Road at Hinton Close or Foxglove Avenue.

Stagecoach have posted details here:- opens in a new windowStagecoach Service 200 Updates

 

Byfield Road Closure

27th July for 5 days – Byfield Road: Scrivens Hill to Phipps Road

Northamptonshire Highways will be carrying out carriageway patching works along a section of the Byfield Road between Scrivens Hill and Phipps Road.

To undertake this work safely, the road will be closed for up to five days from the 27th July between 09.15 and 15.30.

There is no update yet on how buses will be affected but details should be posted here:- opens in a new windowhttps://www.stagecoachbus.com/tis-service-updates.aspx

Northampton Highways have responded as follows to a query regarding access to the Trading Estate… “Yes access will be maintained to any roads off the closed section.  There may be restrictions on times etc but you should be contacted in writing from the Construction team giving more information.”

This map shows the closure area (in red) and the diversion (in blue).

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Local Offer – Northamptonshire

Local Offer Northamptonshire

If you are a parent/carer of, a professional supporting, or a young person

with: Special Educational Needs/Disabilities who is age between 0–25,

living in Northamptonshire… then the Local Offer is for you!

See poster for more information.

Local Offer Northamptonshire

 

Worried About Flooding?

Northants CC Launches New Flood Online Toolkit

Northamptonshire County Council has been developing a new online toolkit to assist communities, individuals, land owners and businesses with improving county-wide flood resilience.

The Northamptonshire County Council Flood Toolkit is now officially live and can be accessed through the following web address – opens in a new windowwww.floodtoolkit.com.

The Flood Toolkit allows you to: –

  • Find out if they are at risk of flooding using the interactive Flood Risk Map.
  • Discover who is responsible for flooding outside their home or on the roads and how to contact them.
  • Learn how to protect their property from flood water through engaging images.
  • Locate funding sources for flood related projects using the Funding Mechanism Tool.
  • See how much rain has fallen in their local area through the Rain Gauge Widget.
  • Educate children through the Flood Aware Schools Pack.

You can utilise this free resource and share this with your neighbours.

The NCC Flood and Water Management Team hope that you find the Flood Toolkit useful, engaging and enjoyable!

Northamptonshire County Council, Flood and Water Management Team, Room 271, County Hall, NN1 1DN

Email: floodandwater@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Webpage: opens in a new windowwww.floodtoolkit.com

Northant’s Local Offer

Help For Children & Young People in Northamptonshire

local offerLocal Offer is a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 0-25 years, living in Northants. Local Offer provides a signpost to services and facilities which are available across the county, providing information to the young people, their parents and families and to professionals who support them.

Find out more in opens in a new windowthis poster

or visit their web site : opens in a new windowwww.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer

 

Cash For Community Groups

Get to Meet The Folk With The Money

This  free of charge event – Cash For Community Groups : Meet the Funders – is being hosted by East Northamptonshire Council and is open to groups from all parishes in Northamptonshire.

If you are interested in making a booking, please contact Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742191, email sdavies@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Cash for Community Groups

Are you a local community group needing money for a project which will help people in your area – setting up a new club; extending existing services; improving a local feature such as a village pond or play area; improving facilities at your local community centre or village hall, for example?

Well look no further! Despite the economic climate, funds are still available from a variety of sources for groups requiring £50, £500, £5,000 or even £50,000+.

East Northamptonshire Council is holding a FREE “Meet the Funders” event, open to all, where visitors can find out what sorts of funding streams are available to community groups and speak directly to the funders. This will take place at the Council Offices, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, NN14 4LZ on Thursday 5 March 2015, from 12 noon to 3.30 pm.

Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council, will be present on the day to guide visitors to funders who can help their projects. The event will give community groups the chance to speak directly to funders, outline their projects and find out immediately whether they’d be eligible for funding support.

Funders attending the event will include:

  • The Big (Community) Lottery
  • The Heritage Lottery
  • Comic Relief
  • BBC Children in Need
  • The Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • The Northamptonshire Community Foundation
  • The Central England Co-op Community Fund
  • Spire Homes Community Fund
  • The Mick George Community Fund
  • East Northamptonshire Council’s own grants
  • ProHelp, which gives professional help for free
  • The Charity Bank, which can offer low interest loans
  • Utility Warehouse, which can help your money go further
  • Northamptonshire ACRE, which offers support to rural communities across the county
  • Nene Valley Community Action and Volunteer Impact Northamptonshire, local voluntary sector support bodies who can offer training and advice.

Leaflets and information on a range of other funders will also be available. If you are a not-for-profit body with a constitution and a bank account, you have a good chance of finding a funder who could help you!

To find out more about the day, please contact Su Davies, External Funding Manager at East Northamptonshire Council on 01832 742191, email sdavies@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk. Or just come along!

 

Jurassic Way

Fancy A Long Walk In The Spring?

There was lots of interest in the recent post on local street names which included mention of the Jurassic Way long distance path crosses the parish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome time ago, Northamptonshire County Council published two short guides to the path covering the southern section from Banbury to Ashby St Ledgers, and the northern section from the Hermitage to Stamford. The free pamphlets include a map showing the route and information about local history and places along the route.

You can download the pamphlets from the Northants County Council web site (warning: each section is a 10.7M bytes download):-

opens in a new windowJurassic Way South

Jurassic Way North

Bridleway Update

News on the Farndon – Eydon Bridleway Closure

JOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoe Pitt, our Footpath Warden, has provided an update on the progress of re-opening the Farndon – Eydon Bridleway bridge:-

The bridleway has been closed for some time now because the bridge over the River Cherwell by the site of the former Burnt Mill was surveyed and found to be unsafe.

The landowner has now allowed a “ opens in a new windowpermissive path” for walkers and it is now possible once again to walk up to Eydon along Butterfly Lane using a diversion across his land and via a private bridge that he has built.

Discussions are now on-going with the County Council with the possibility of re-routing the bridleway.

This is very good news, so that when the weather improves, I hope walkers will once again take advantage of this excellent walk between Farndon & Eydon.

Our previous posts can be found here: opens in a new windowBridleway Closure News

Recycling News

Daventry Recycling Centre’s New Opening Times.

Northants County Council are changing the opening hours for their recycling centres including the centre at Daventry which will now be open 10:00am to 6:00pm every day EXCEPT Wednesday and Thursday when it will be shut. New times will apply from February 1st 2015.

Details, together with times for other centres are in this Northants CC flyer:-

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Library News

Craft, Rhymes, IT & More!

imagesAs well as the Local History sessions on Sunday afternoons ( opens in a new windowsee here), we thought you’d like to know about these events and activities taking place at the Library…..

Free Tablet and Laptop Help sessions are currently underway at the Library every Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30. If you need help with your tech BOOK NOW to see our resident IT buddy and learn how to get the best out of your laptop, tablet or other device!

Beside these new sessions our weekly activities are going strong:

  • Come and join us for ‘RhymeTime’ at Woodford Halse Library 11:30am – 12:00 every Saturday for under 5s! This is a nursery rhyme active sing-a-long run by our fantastic Rhyme time Leader. Grans and Grandads, Mums and Dads bring your children and stay to sing-along.
  • Knitting Club every Saturday 10:30-11:30am for 7-11 year olds
  • Free children’s craft activity every Sunday. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Family Craft Activities In the Library for children and adults to come and enjoy! Running every Wednesday, activities so far have included: a fantastic cake making and decorating session (come have a taste and bring a topping as we run another on Wednesday the 4th of Feb), pumpkin lantern craft, beautiful dream weavers and Paper Firework decorations. With activities running every Wednesday afternoon from 4, pop on down and join the festivities!

Work on the garden is progressing wonderfully, thanks to the kind and brilliant work of Abbi Bayliss and the team. The Library would like to say a big thank you this month to Alpha-Cure for donating our wonderful Library Christmas tree, which has been appreciated by all, and to Kevin Bunting for offering to help the Library with getting some soil for our garden. We are really grateful for your continued support.

Interested in Volunteering? Come and pop in to Woodford Halse Library and have a look at our many volunteer roles! We currently have volunteers helping children read, create a beautiful library garden, help with leading RhymeTime sessions and lots of other roles. If you think you might be interested please pop into the library for an informal discussion.

Last but not least, the Library space is now available to hire for community events at very competitive rates during closing time. A cosy and intimate space ideal for small to medium-sized groups, hiring options start at an hour at a time. For further information call into the Library or see the Library Room Hire page at  www.northamptonshire.gov.uk.

 

 

Pharmaceutical Consultation

Are Northants Pharmacies Meeting Your Needs?

Northamptonshires Pharmaceutical Service is carrying out a Needs Assessment to make sure it meets the needs of people across the county.

pharmaIf you have views on the way that the pharmaceutical service operates and the ways in which its services could be developed you can contribute to the discussion.

Download the draft needs assessment and draft executive summary.

Then you can complete the survey here:-  opens in a new windowNeeds Assessment Consultation Survey before 9th February 2015.

For more details see the Northants County Council Consultation page

 

On-Line Services

More and more government services are available on-line and that includes services from your district and county council.

Northamptonshire County Council recently sent us details of their Click It campaign and we’ve used them to set up a page for the County on this web site, listing the services you can find on-line and linking to them. We’ve also added details for similar services available from Daventry District Council. These are all in the new Local Government section of the opens in a new windowVillage Directory.

We hope to be adding more details about the Parish Council’s work in future updates too.

Here’s what Northants County Council had to say…..

There are an increasing number of services available via the county council website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk, including applying for a school place, paying a parking fine and renewing a bus pass.

image003People can also go online to order their child’s school meals, register for a blue badge parking permit and check their eligibility for free childcare for under twos. The county council’s Can You Click It? campaign aims to drive more people to the website for commonly-used services rather than phoning the customer service centre.

ACRE’s Village Viewpoint

Latest Issue On-Line Here

viewpoint summer 2014Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) brings together issues of concern to villages and communities like ours.

Village Viewpoint provides a round-up of the various projects that ACRE is involved in, including opportunities for local project funding.

The latest edition (available here to download: Village Viewpoint Summer 2014 or read the opens in a new windowon-line flip-book version) includes:-

  • ACRE news on the help available to rural communities around Northants
  • The 2014 Best Kept Village Competition
  • Forest Schools
  • The Rural Communities Buildings Loan Fund
  • Updates on Speedwatch, the Community Web Site programme and much. much more.

Community Group Web Sites

Support For Building Your Own

300px-InternetThe Village Signpost web site is built using a free tool called WordPress. This lets any group get a web site on-line easily and quickly.

Northampton ACRE helped us to get started and other community groups might be interested to set up your own sites.

If you would like to learn more there is a workshop on 17th July to explain more.

Details here:-  ACRE Workshop Poster 17-07-14

Summer Safety

Don’t be a Numpty!

image005Northampton’s community resilience and safety campaign is focusing on common summer dangers.

To coincide with the beginning of the summer season and currently forecast warm weather, they are sharing the following light hearted video to spread the safety message: keep safe this summer.

View the video here.

Follow the Northants Emergency Planning Team on twitter by going to www.twitter.com/NorthantsEPTeam.

Northants Highways News

Here’s the latest newsletter from Northamptonshire Highways Department with details of May’s “Operation Journey” event at Silverstone,  local road safety initiatives and Cycle Connect – Northampton’s bicycle hire scheme amongst other stuff.

Northants Highways Newsletter May 2014

Youth Ambition Awards

Nominate By June 2nd 2014

We’ve just heard about this but the closing date is coming up very soon so get your nominations in.

yaa-152-mainThe Youth Ambition Awards are held by Northampton County Council, in conjunction with Northamptonshire Newspapers’ Education Awards and in partnership with Connexions, who provide targeted support to young people across the county.

 

They are designed to recognise young peoples’ achievements in the following areas:-

  • Young Apprentice of the Year
  • The Arts Award
  • Young Role Model of the Year
  • Project or Campaign of the Year
  • The Taking Charge of Your Life Award

You can opens in a new windowsee more in this poster (feel free to print and display it), nominate online  at opens in a new windowwww.northamptonshire.gov.uk/youthambition and read more about opens in a new windowlast year’s winners here.

 

Cycle Tour In Northampton

World Class Women’s Cycling Tour on Northant’s Roads

The first ever Women’s Tour cycling event is coming to Northamptonshire on 7th and 8th May 2014.

The Tour of BritainThe Women’s Tour will bring world-class women’s cycling to the UK in the country’s first ever international stage-race, bringing the world’s top riders to compete against Britain’s Olympic heroines.

Over 100 of the best female riders, including past and current Olympic medalists and World Champions representing 17 trade and national teams will be competing to become the first ever Women’s Tour champion.

Competitors include GB riders Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Lizzie Armistead and Northamptonshire’s own Hannah Barnes who will all be pitting their skills against multi-time World Champion Marianne Voss, considered by many to be the finest cyclist of her generation.

Northamptonshire County Council is the host partner for stage 1 of the tour. As the host we not only want to promote the tour and encourage people to spectate but we also want the legacy of the tour to continue in the County and encourage women and girls to get involved in sport.

The closest part of the route to Woodford Halse goes through Kislingbury, Rothersthorpe and Milton Malsor on May 7th. If you are interested in watching (or want to make sure you don’t get caught up in the traffic!) then details of the timings for the route are on opens in a new windowthis fact sheet or you can see a opens in a new windowmap of the day’s route here.

ACRE’s Village Viewpoint

Latest Issue On-Line Here

villageviewpointNorthamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) brings together issues of concern to villages and communities like ours.

Village Viewpoint provides a round-up of the various projects that ACRE is involved in, including opportunities for local project funding.

The latest edition (available here: Village Viewpoint Spring 2014) includes:-

  • ACRE news including the Best Village Competition (Would you like to volunteer as a judge?)
  • Current project updates including Speedwatch, village halls and broadband checklist.
  • Details of the next Community Website workshop evening
  • An evaluation of the LEADER programme (a North Northants initiative to develop rural economies), 2008—2013
  • Find out how to set up a community shop or pub
  • Register for the Countywide Forum Conference
  • What’s happening around the county
  • Latest funding news including the People’s Millions and Daventry Funding Fair

Trading Standards News

Update from Northants Trading Standards

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Issue 7 of Northants Trading Standards News has lots of useful information for consumers including:-

  • Tips to avoid rogue builders
  • News of recent prosecutions for illegal trading
  • Help with debt
  • Shopping on-line, by post or phone – know your rights
  • Buy with Confidence scheme : new traders

Its all in the latest edition:

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Emergency Planning Appeal

Get involved in Emergency Planning

We’ve seen first hand recently how much damage can be caused in an emergency.

It is the Northamptonshire County Council’s Emergency Planning team’s job to make sure that Northamptonshire is as prepared as it can be for extreme weather, an accident, or other circumstances that might put us at risk.

Resources on the ground and community preparedness are vital to ensure that danger and lasting damage caused in an incident is minimised.

To do this, Northampton County Council needs your help.

emergency team

 

 What could you do to help?

 

  • Join the Emergency Response Corps – As a member of the Corps, you’ll be trained and ready to join the Emergency Planning Team when they need your help. You’ll help run reception centres providing a base for emergency service personnel and a refuge for evacuees.

  • Volunteer with NCC’s Partners – Northants County Council works closely with all the emergency service providers and supporting organisations who also rely on volunteer support.

  • Become a Community Coordinator – NCC’s Emergency Planning Team have created a Self-Help Template so you can make sure your community is ready to respond to an emergency as soon as it starts.

  • Make sure you’re ready at home – Do you know what you and your family would do if there was an emergency close to home? Find out how you can be best prepared.

 

Flood Advice from NCC

County Council Emergency Flood Information

Northamptonshire’s Emergency Planning team have received a Yellow Flood Guidance Statement to continue until at least Saturday.

They have put together an information page on the Northampton County Council website to help residents find current flood warnings, to report a flood, and to prepare for flooding.

You can find it here: Flood Advice Page 

You can also connect with them on Twitter:

  • @mycountycouncil – Northamptonshire County Council central account
  • @NorthantsEPTeam – Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team

And here’s a video to help spread the safety message: opens in a new windowKeep Out of Floodwater!

More Bridleway News..

Update on the Farndon – Eydon Bridleway Closure

JOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoe Pitt, our Footpath Warden, has provided an update on the progress of re-opening the Farndon – Eydon Bridleway bridge.

When the site was surveyed last year, Northamptonshire Highways they discovered that they need detailed ecological survey work to apply for a license before the work can be carried out. Unfortunately this cannot be done until April.

Northamptonshire Highways also have not been able to confirm the ownership of the bridge yet but are continuing with this while waiting for the ecological surveys.

Although these issues are delaying this project, Northamptonshire Highways still intend to complete the work needed to re-instate the right of way.

Our previous posts can be found here: opens in a new windowUpdate on Bridleway Closure 

Comic Book Club

The Phoenix Rises At Woodford Library

Starting February 28th, every Friday after school (3:30 – 4:15pm), Woodford Library will be hosting the Phoenix Comic Book Club with:heroes

  • regular weekly magazine
  • quizzes
  • crafts
  • competions

It’s free so come along and make this club your own!

Under 9’s need to be accompanied.

The Library is looking for children and adults to help with this weekly event so if you can spare some time, let them know.

Latest ACRE Village Viewpoint

Winter 2013 Edition

The Northamptonshire branch of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is one of 38 rural community councils, part of  a country wide network, helping rural communities with the problems they face.

For example, ACRE provided the training and support that made this web site possible.

Their latest newsletter provides updates on the various ACRE initiatives with helpful guidance for organisers of local events (page 13), support for energy efficiency (page 22) and details from the Food Standards Agency on Food in Village Halls (page 10) among others.

Download it here:  opens in a new windowVillage Viewpoint Winter 2013

Flood Report Published

Investigation Highlights Need For Better Co-operation

Following the floods that occurred in Woodford Halse on 21st November 2012 a report was commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council under its duties as the Lead Local Flood Authority.

The completed Flood Investigation Report has been now published on the County Council’s Flood and Water Management web pages at: Northants Flood Investigations with the specific report available here.

Section 4.6 of the report provides guidelines for “riparian landowners” (those owning properties alongside a watercourse) which will be helpful to those with properties beside the River Cherwell or one of the streams that feed into it.  Section 4.7 provides guidance for other residents, including the following which, if your property is at risk of flooding, you may find helpful:-

For its part, in response, the Parish Council arranged for the Hinton Road and Upton Close culverts to be monitored & cleared of debris. They also arranged clearing the stream & banks of debris & vegetation from the Hinton Road culvert to Larch Close.

 

Byfield Road Closure

Byfield Road will be closed for re-surfacing road works between Grants Hill Way and the Fire Station from 11/12/2013 until an undefined date.

Details are available here: opens in a new windowNorthants CC Roadworks Site

Bus route 200 will be affected with the stops at the end of Phipps Road and outside the fire station not available for the duration of the works.

2014 Carers Awards

Do You Know A Carer Who Deserves Recognition?

Many people choose not to describe themselves as a carer – it’s just something they do for someone they care about. This Jane Roebuck Carers Awards 2014 is your opportunity to do something for them.

The Northamptonshire Carers Awards were named in honour of Jane Roebuck who spent many years fighting for the rights of carers and supporting carers in Northamptonshire. The awards recognise and celebrate the great work of carers of all ages from around the county.

If you know someone who devotes their time to looking after someone else and think they deserve recognition for the hard work and support they provide, or you are a carer who has received support from your GP or school to help you with you caring responsibilities, then why not make a nomination for this year’s awards?

The 2014 Northamptonshire Carers Awards will take place on Wednesday 29th January at Rushton Hall and will feature the following award categories:

  • Carer of the Year 2013 (18+)
  • Young Carer of the Year 2013 (Under 18)
  • Best GP Practice supporting Carers
  • Best School supporting Carers
  • Best School Staff Individual supporting Young Carers

For further information about the awards and to make a nomination, you can find more details and nomination forms at:- opens in a new windowhttp://www.wholooksafteryou.co.uk  

Nominations are welcome until 3rd January 2014