Category Archives: District Council

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. You can also contact by email:  nccg.communityresilience.covid19@nhs.net

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

 

Local Help During The COVID-19 Outbreak

Daventry District & Local Partners Supporting Those In Need Of Help.

Are you in need of extra support during the coronavirus pandemic? Or do you know someone in your local community who might need some help?

ddc logoDaventry District Council is working with a range of partner organisations to co-ordinate local efforts to get people the help they need during these difficult times.

An army of volunteers has come forward to offer their help with everything from collecting prescriptions or shopping for people who cannot leave their home, to offering a friendly ear to those who might be feeling a bit lonely.

So if you are in need of any support, or know anyone who might need help, please get in touch.

Help that can be arranged includes:

  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Help with shopping/emergency supplies
  • Telephone befriending

If you are in need of help and support please go to this page on Daventry District Council’s website and complete the online form.

Once you have completed the form, we will match you with a community group of volunteers who will contact you as soon as they can to arrange the support you need. Please be aware we are experiencing huge demand for these services at the moment, so you may not get a response straight away.

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.)

 

Daventry & Climate Change

Daventry District Council declares climate emergency

A climate emergency has been declared by Daventry District Council (DDC), with councillors agreeing a raft of measures in a bid to tackle the issue.

They include setting targets for the reduction of emissions and promoting the wide range of support and funding that is available to help residents and businesses be more environmentally friendly.

There are pledges to look at ways to further reduce the Council’s carbon emissions, as well as to work with other local councils to make improvements.

Other actions, such as requiring new-build homes to have heat pumps and/or solar panels, and making developers pay towards measures to offset carbon emissions, will also be explored.

The new West Northamptonshire Council will be urged to take up the mantle once DDC is abolished in April 2021.

A total of 20 measures were agreed at a meeting of Full Council on Thursday (20 February), following the findings of a cross-party task panel of councillors which was set up to explore the issue last summer.

The task panel, consisting of Councillors Ken Ritchie, Jonathan Harris and Rupert Frost, spoke to a range of experts and other councils during the course of their work, as well as taking into account the views of residents who attended a public meeting held in November or who contacted them with suggestions.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Climate change is one of the most important issues we face, and councils have a crucial role to play when it comes to tackling it, so it is important that we join the growing list of bodies that have declared a climate emergency.

“I would like to thank the members of the task panel for their hard work on this project, as well as the officers, experts and residents who contributed towards their research. We must work together if we want to address the causes of climate change, and this project has been a great example of that.

“We have an ongoing commitment to environmental improvement, and have worked over a number of years to both minimise our impact on the environment, and support our communities to make greener choices. The new measures that have been agreed further extend that work, and we will do our upmost to ensure they are taken on by the new West Northamptonshire Council when it comes into being next year.”

Protecting Employment

Daventry District Council Seeks Your Views

Daventry District Council (DDC) is consulting on steps being taken to protect key economic sites in Daventry District.

National legislation allows buildings used as offices to be converted into homes without the need to obtain planning permission, under what is known as a permitted development right. It was brought in by the government in 2013 to help developers convert empty office space for residential use, in order to boost house building.

However DDC wants to prevent that from happening in a number of important economic areas, through the introduction of an Article 4 Direction removing the permitted development right.

The Direction applies to ‘Strategic Employment Areas’ designated in Brixworth, Crick, Woodford, and the Drayton Fields, Royal Oak and Marches industrial estates in Daventry, as well as to Daventry town centre.

The Strategic Employment Areas were designated in the Council’s newly-adopted Part 2 Settlements and Countryside Local Plan, as sites where it is felt industrial and commercial space should be protected and encouraged.

The Local Plan also seeks to create a vibrant town centre in Daventry, and it is felt the loss of office space in that area could affect that. A range of more suitable sites for new housing in Daventry District are identified in the Local Plan as well as in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy.

The Direction is classified as ‘non-immediate’, meaning it cannot come into force for 12 months. It is also subject to a six-week consultation period to allow people – including those whose properties are affected – a chance to give their views.

Give Your Views

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Tuesday 7 April.

More information and details of how to comment can be found at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation

Hard copies of the Article 4 Direction can also be viewed at the Council’s offices on Lodge Road, Daventry, and at libraries throughout the District.

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.

Conservation Area Consultation Report

Skew Bridge To Be Included

The report being considered by Daventry Council on February 20th is available below.

As a result of input from Woodford Halse residents, the proposals have been amended to include the Skew Bridge and old station entrance on Station Road as part of the Conservation Area.

Woodford Halse Conservation Area Consultation Report

Conservation Area & DDC

Presentation on Tuesday 20th February.

Following on from the local consultation that took place at the end of last year, the appraisal and proposed boundary will be presented to a full meeting of Daventry District Council on Tuesday 20th February. Details are as set out below, in a letter from Rhian Morgan the Heritage Policy Officer for DDC……

Meeting Details

The draft Woodford Halse and Hinton Conservation Area Appraisal and boundary will be presented before full Council on Thursday 20th February for an adoption decision. The meeting follows the consultation on the draft document and boundary which took place in late 2019.

Results of the Consultation

The responses to the consultation, alongside officer comments and any suggested actions resulting from the consultation are set out in the report attached to the Council agenda, which can be viewed on the Council website at the following address:

Daventry District Council Meeting 20th February 2020

The recommendation to Council can be found under “Recomendations of Committees” which is linked directly here (entry relating to the Woodford & Hinton Conservation Area is on page 5):-

Recomendations to Council

The above should link to the plan itself from the text in the left hand side (starting “SG.14/20/01”) but currently seems not to be accessible.

The correct link is here:=

Woodford Halse Conservation Area Consultation Report

The Public Can Attend

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Council Chamber at the Daventry District Council offices on Lodge Road at 18:15 on Thursday.

 

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

The success of Byfield’s Good Neighbour Scheme has generated interest from Woodford residents and they are looking for a leader to drive it forward.

Good Neighbour Scheme Logo

Good Neighbour Schemes are all about doing the little things at a local level but having a big impact. The schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support to other residents in their community who may need help on an occasional or regular basis. Good Neighbour schemes provide a social ‘safety net’ for their village or local area, helping to link residents who may need support with others in their community who can give it. Volunteers can complete practical tasks (such as general gardening, changing a light bulb, helping with computer use, shopping, dog walking etc) and/or provide emotional support (befriending).

Set Up Funding Available

Northamptonshire ACRE has been working closely with Daventry District Council to set up a number of schemes in the Daventry District. The Council is keen to help more schemes set up in the area and can provide up to £1,000 per scheme for set up costs. Support from all live schemes is also accessible.

Find Out More

For further information please contact Emma Parry on eparry@daventrydc.gov.uk or phone 01327 302418.

DDC Logo                                                                                                   acre logo

DDC Planning Meeting

The planning proposal for a new Byfield Medical Centre was supported by many residents from Woodford, Byfield and other villages attending the planning meeting in Daventry on Wednesday evening. The decision on the proposal has been deferred to a later date.

The BBC has covered it here.

The Daventry Express web site has this article covering the meeting.

The Daily Mail on-line has this article.

DDC post an audio recording of their meetings for those that cannot attend. You can find it here on Youtube. (The first 34 minutes or so consist of the chairman’s introduction and reading the proposal. The remaining discussion continues until 1 hour 51 minutes.)

We also hope to have a statement from the Byfield Surgery Patient Participation Group regarding the next steps shortly.

Well Done Recyclers

Daventry Best in England at Reducing Household Waste.

Daventry District Council (DDC) recorded the largest per household reduction in the collection of general waste in England following the introduction of its new recycling service.  

The Council collected 363 kilograms of rubbish per household in 2018/19 – a 12.7% decrease on the 416 kilograms collected the previous year.

That is the highest percentage reduction across local authorities in England, according to figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Camden London Borough Council were second with a 9.3% reduction.

1-2-3 ServiceRefuse collection

It follows the introduction of the 123+ service in June 2018, which saw an 85% increase in food waste recycling and a 35% rise in mixed dry recycling such as cans, glass, paper and plastic in its first full year of operation.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Council Thanks Residents

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “We have been very pleased with the positive response to the 123+ service. Our residents are recycling more and throwing away less, and should take enormous pride in the huge environmental improvements they are helping us make as a District.

“I would like to thank our residents for their tremendous support, and urge everyone to make the most of the recycling and food waste services offered, so that the excellent progress we are making can continue.”

Find Out More

Residents can find out more about waste and recycling collections in Daventry District at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling 

Surgery Planning Consent Update

Daventry District Development Control Recommends Refusing Planning Consent

save our surgery logoA letter has been sent to those that commented on the planning application affecting the future of Byfield Surgery saying that the Daventry District Council Development Control Manager is to recommend that the DDC Planning Committee on 15th January refuse the application. No reasons for the recommendation are given in the letter but it refers to the report which is now available below.

A copy of the letter is available here.

A copy of the report to the planning committee with the recommendation is available here.

This makes it all the more important that as many as possible attend to the meeting in order to show local support for the application. Details of the procedure for the meeting are also included in the letter above.

 

Byfield Surgery Plans

Come along and give your support….

The Byfield Patients Participation Group is asking for as many as possible to attend the Daventry District Council Planning Meeting on January 15th.

To find out more about what is intended see this post from last year.

Download this poster and encourage others to support…. PPG Jan 15th Poster

Byfield Surgery Campaign

Please come along to Daventry District Council Planning Committee Meeting to show your support for the planning application for a new Medical Centre and 78 houses. The meeting is at 6:15 pm on Wednesday 15th January 2020, at

Daventry District Council

Council Chambers, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

The meeting is held in public which means you can attend but are not permitted to speak, however a show of support in numbers may be vital.

Published by the Byfield Patient Participation Group, representing the following villages:

Byfield, Woodford, West Farndon, Eydon, Moreton Pinkney, Canons Ashby, Culworth, Sulgrave, Lower Thorpe Mandeville, Thorpe Mandeville, Chacombe, Wardington, Edgecote, Chipping Warden, Appletree, Aston Le Walls, Lower Boddington, Upper Boddington, Wormleighton, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston, Hellidon, Upper Catesby, Staverton, Charwelton, Napton, Upper Shuckburgh, Badby, Fawsley, Newnham, Little Everdon, Preston Capes, Adstone, Farthingstone

Byfield Medical Centre SOS

DDC Planning Committee : 15/01/2020

The latest information we have is that the plans for the new medical centre in Byfield will be considered at the meeting of Daventry District Council’s Planning Committee on 15th January 2020.

SOS for Byfield SurgeryIf you want to ensure that we go on having access to nearby medical care, you need to support the application. Without it there is a very real risk that the Byfield Medical Centre will close and folk from Woodford and other nearby villages will have to access GP services in Banbury or Daventry. Your local MP and the Parish Council have already expressed their support but the views of local residents carry equal weight in the planning process.

The BEST way to help is by an individual letter expressing your concerns to Mrs C. Philips, Community Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or by email: cphillips@daventrydc.gov.uk as soon as possible in order to ensure it is considered.

You can find links to the details of the application here.

Your Last Chance

To Comment On Conservation Area Proposals

Consultation on the proposals to create conservation areas in Woodford and Hinton will close on Monday, 9th December at 5:00pm.

This is your last chance to comment.

You can find out what is involved and get links to the relevant documents and comment forms  via this post.

You can learn what happens next in the process from this summary of the recent drop-in meeting.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Xmas 2019 Rubbish & Recycling

Three Weeks To Go…..

With only three weeks until Xmas its worth re-posting what’s happening about refuse collections over the Christmas period.

You can watch this video on how refuse and recycling collections are affected this Christmas.

Christmas 2019 Waste and Recycling Collections

Households are encouraged to find out more about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

All collections

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 28 December.

If your collection is due on Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December) it will instead take place on Sunday, 29 December.

If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 4 January.

During the week beginning 23 December, all households will get an extra blue bin recycling collection on their usual collection day. This includes households whose collections have been rescheduled from Christmas Day and Boxing Day to the following weekend.

Garden waste collections for those subscribed to the service there will be a short break in collections during w/c 23 December so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Waste bins – your black bin will continue to be collected as normal on its three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Recycling – Your blue recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year. There will be an extra collection for all households during week beginning 23 December – please place your blue bin out with your food waste on your usual collection day.

Extra recycling will also be collected if you cannot fit into your blue bin – please place items into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks).

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including foil-free Christmas cards and wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Christmas trees – Households can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside their bins on the usual day of collection week beginning 6 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees. You can also take trees to the local household waste recycling centre – find your nearest at Daventry DC Recycling.

Check your collections calendar – You can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or by searching your postcode on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

You can also check your collection day and set up alerts on your mobile by downloading the free Daventry District Council app from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Reporting a Missed Bin at Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Thursday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Conservation Area Meeting

Drop-In Session

If you didn’t get the chance to go along to the drop in session about the proposed Conservation Area in Woodford and Hinton in the Old School Cafe yesterday, here is a short summary of what happens next:-

  1. Daventry District Council will finish the consultation process. This has to be completed by 5:00pm on Monday December 9th. If you have any comments to make on the proposals you can still do so up to that time using the comments form on the DDC web site.
  2. After the consultation is closed, DDC staff will prepare a report noting any suggested changes to the Conservation Area. This will be published as a “Statement of Consultation” and presented to Council sometime in the New Year.
  3. If the Council decide to adopt the proposal the final version will be published and will come into force. This will not be affected by the plans for unitary authorities in Northamptonshire.

This is your last chance to comment. Once this consultation closes the proposals will be finalised without further consultation. There is no public vote on the plan as there was for the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Read The Proposals

You can find out more with links to the DDC documents and feedback form in this post on the Signpost.

The Areas Affected

Details of the areas and what the plan means for residents are contained in the Conservation Area plan but this map shows the extent of the area covered by the changes.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

 

 

Don’t Forget : Conservation Area Exhibition

3rd December at the Old School Cafe

Don’t forget that Daventry District Council is holding an exhibition on the proposed conservation areas for Woodford Halse and Hinton in the Old School Cafe on Tuesday 3rd December between  3:30pm and 7:00pm.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council logo

Details of the proposals and how you can comment can be found via this post.

DDC officers will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

Conservation Area Exhibition

3rd December at the Old School Cafe

Daventry District Council is holding an exhibition on the proposed conservation areas for Woodford Halse and Hinton in the Old School Cafe on Tuesday 3rd December between  3:30pm and 7:00pm.

Woodford & Hinton Conservation Areas

Daventry District Council logo

Details of the proposals and how you can comment can be found via this post.

DDC officers will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

Conservation Area Consultation

Give DDC Your Views

Daventry District Council (DDC) are asking for the public’s views on a Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Woodford Halse and Hinton.

There are proposals to introduce a number of Article 4 Directions in the Daventry District.

Article 4 Directions can be put in place on buildings or features of buildings which are considered important to the historic and architectural interest of the area, requiring the owner to secure planning permission before making any changes to them.

Proposed Conservation Area

Conservation Area Proposed for Woodford Halse

 

They would apply to a range of properties in the Conservation Areas concerned, covering alterations including the painting of exterior walls, building or demolishing porches, installing solar panels, replacing chimneys and other work.

Hinton Conservation Area

Conservation Area Proposed for Hinton

 

The consultation on the Article 4 Direction proposals runs until 5pm on Friday 6 December, while the deadline to comment on the Woodford Halse and Hinton Conservation Area is 5pm on Monday 9 December.

You can find the proposals and the link to an online comment survey here.

Byfield Surgery Petitions

GP Medical Care In Woodford and the Surrounding Area

A new, extended, medical centre is part of a planning application for additional houses in Byfield. The application is opposed by Byfield Parish Council but the Medical Centre believes it will have to close if it cannot expand as proposed. It is only possible to fund the new medical centre as part of a new housing development which is making land available for a new centre.

The date for comments on the planning application that will prevent the closure of the Byfield Medical Centre and improve local access to medical services has been extended to Friday 1st November.

Information about the planning application is available here.

Send Your Support

If you want to help ensure that Woodford continues to have a local GP practice you need to support the application. Woodford cum Membris Parish Council has already voted unanimously to do so. The most effective way to show your support for this is by writing to the Daventry District Council planning department as advised in this letter. Individual letters and comments can carry as much weight in the planning process as the Parish Council’s comments. You can comment on-line here by clicking the link “Comment on this application” about halfway down the page.

Our local MP, Chris Heaton Harris has already sent his support, as has the MP for South Northants, Andrea Leadsom.

Sign A Petition

There are also petitions available to be signed in:-

The Vintage Beauty

Marriotts

Popsons

Village Meats

The Old School Cafe

Top to Toe

 

Get Up & Go!

Exercise to Move Safely & Avoid Falls

There is a new group starting in Daventry for people who are at risk of falling or who have fallen once in the last 3 months.  It is chair based gentle exercise to encourage the person to keep moving in a safe way and prevent falls.

Free sessions start in Daventry on Monday 9th September. Download the poster below for more details To book your place contact Helen Redwood, telephone 07912 891993 or by email Helen.Redwood@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.

Get Up & Go Poster

Good Neighbour Scheme Funding

Up to £1,000 to set up your Good Neighbours Scheme

Good Neighbour Schemes continue to be set up within Daventry district benefiting local residents and improving health and wellbeing in the community.

For those interested in setting up schemes, Daventry District Council has funding of up to £1,000 available along with:-

  • A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme, along with advice and support from Northamptonshire ACRE and Daventry District Council
  • DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) can help you set up your own Village Travel Club
  • Daventry Volunteer Centre Happy at Home Partnership can help with recruiting of your volunteers

Good Neighbours scheme logoIf you are interested in finding out about this great opportunity that is making a difference please let Emma Parry, Daventry Community  Projects Officer know. (Please note Emma does not work on Fridays)

Emma Parry

Community Projects Officer

Supporting Officer for The Daventry & District Forum (DDF)

UNISON Daventry Branch Equalities Officer

Daventry District Council
Lodge Road
Daventry
Northants
NN11 4FP
Tel: 01327 302418

www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/good-neighbours-scheme
www.daventrydc.gov.uk/leisure/ddf

DDC & Recycling

Daventry Claims Improved Performance

Changes to household bin collections in Daventry District helped boost recycling rates in the first year of operation, latest figures have revealed.

Bin changes bring huge boost to waste recycling rates

A total of 2,328 tonnes of food waste was collected for recycling between the launch of the 123+ service in June 2018 and the end of May this year – an 85% increase on the 12-month period leading up to the new service.

At the same time people also recycled 8,298 tonnes of cans, glass, paper and plastic in their blue lidded bins, which is a 35% increase.

There has also been a 25% reduction in the amount of rubbish being put in the black bins for disposal – from 16,081 tonnes down to 12,065 tonnes.

The 123+ waste and recycling collections were introduced on 4 June and are run by Daventry Norse – a joint venture between Daventry District Council and Norse Commercial Services.

Around 21,000 people signed up to the optional garden waste collection service in the first year, with even more people signed up to the service this year.

Meanwhile around 8,000 people downloaded the new Council mobile app, which was launched to help people get to grips with their new collection schedule.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These are excellent results which really show how making small individual adjustments to our recycling habits can add up and bring significant environmental benefits.

“I would like to thank all of our residents for their support in our efforts to increase our District’s recycling performance, and I look forward to an even better set of results next year.”

People can find out more about recycling services in the District at Daventry Council’s recycling page.

HMO Hotline

DDC Announce Help For Those In Shared Housing

A 24-hour hotline has been launched by Daventry District Council in a bid to improve living conditions for people in privately rented or shared housing.

Download This Handy Guide

If you do have any concerns about the condition of a privately rented property in the District or a home that you suspect could be an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), please let us know.  You can contact us below:

Daventry District Council HMO Web Site
Email: environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk
Hotline: 01327 302288

HMO Hotline PosterThe rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in our District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.  However, they also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why DDC is working to ensure that all HMOs are safe and properly licenced.

New laws introduced last year state that a licence is required for a HMO if:

  • 5 or more people live in the property, and
  • The tenants form more than 2 separate households or groups i.e. a couple and a family of three, and
  • The tenants share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen.

Do you live in or near a shared house that may not have license?  Signs to look out for include:

  • Lots of different people living at the property or leaving/entering at different times.
  • Issues of property disrepair – broken windows, water leaks, missing roof tiles, unkempt gardens.
  • Pest infestations.
  • Inadequate storage of rubbish.
  • Lots of vehicles parked and visiting the property.
  • Excessive noise coming from the property.

Report any concerns you may have in confidence and we will investigate further.

And you can download this handy guide.

Joanna Oakes
Community Projects Officer – Housing
Direct Dial: 01327 302259
www.daventrydc.gov.uk

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.

Polling Places Review

Vote and Polling LogoUse of Social Club Continues

Earlier this year Daventry District Council asked for views on planned changes to polling districts, places and stations within the district.

This included a proposal to move the polling station at the Social Club to the Memorial Hall. This change was tried in the recent Euro elections.

The review has now been completed. The views of local electors that responded were substantially in favour of the Hinton Ward polling remaining where it was before.  The issues that had led to the review have been resolved and it has been decided that the Hinton polling station will, in future, remain at the Social Club.

The following documents provide details of the review:-

Polling Station Review 2019 – Report

Polling Station Review 2019 – Recommended Changes

 

Voter Registration

Check your voter details ahead of next year’s elections

Residents are being urged to look out for letters dropping onto doormats from this week reminding them to check their voter details are up-to-date.

Daventry District Council (DDC) is sending the forms to every household in the district as part of its annual individual voter registration canvass.

Vote LogoThe aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

If you don’t respond, it could mean that you won’t appear on the Electoral Register, which means you will also not be able to cast a vote in upcoming elections and referendums.

The register is also used by credit reference agencies to check the rating of anyone who wishes to take out credit, including a new mobile phone contract.

If residents don’t need to make any changes to the information on the form sent to them, they can confirm their existing registration by using one of the following options:

  • Visit www.householdresponse.com/Daventry and log on using the security code supplied on their letter.
  • Call 0800 197 9871 and supply the security code from their letter (mobile providers may charge for this service)
  • Text NOCHANGE followed by the security code on their letter to 80212 (mobile providers may charge for this service)

Those who do have to make changes or add anyone onto the register can do so by either visiting www.householdresponse.com/Daventry or completing the inside of the form provided and sending back in the business reply envelope.

Residents who don’t receive their form can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or contact the elections team at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.

DDC August Kids Fun

Fun and affordable activities for children this summer

Action-packed but affordable activities for children will be taking place at Daventry Leisure Centre every Wednesday throughout the school summer holidays.
DDC LogoOrganised by Everyone Active in partnership with Daventry District Council, the Wicked Wednesday sessions feature pool inflatables sessions as well as bouncy castles in the main hall, at a cost of £2 per person, per session.

Or why not enjoy some open-air cinema on Saturday August 3rd?

Swim

The pool inflatables sessions are aimed at competent swimmers aged 8 and above and take place on Wednesdays 31 July, 14 August and 28 August. There are two sessions on each of the days running from 12.30-1.30pm, and from 2-3pm.

Non-swimmers and children aged 7 and below may join the session but must be supervised by an adult in the pool at a ratio of one adult to two children and are not allowed on the inflatables. Over 8s must be supervised by an adult at poolside.

Bounce

Big Bounce with DDCThe bouncy castle sessions are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 and take place on Wednesdays 7 and 21 August, with sessions from 10.30am to midday and from 12.15pm to 1.45pm.

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Watch

Why not pack some popcorn in your picnic and enjoy free family films on the big screen? On Saturday August 3rd in the Northern Field at Daventry Country Park you can watch:

11am: Peter Rabbit (PG)

1pm: Mary Poppins Returns (U)

4pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

More details here: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/summer

Phone To Book

Pool inflatables and bouncy castle sessions must be booked and paid for in advance by phoning Daventry Leisure Centre on 01327 871144

Alternatively, people can visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/summer

DDC’s Housing Hotline

Launched to Help Improve Housing Conditions

A new hotline has been launched by Daventry District Council in a bid to improve living conditions for people in privately rented or shared housing.

The dedicated number – 01327 302288 – has been set up to help people report in confidence any concerns they may have about the condition of a privately rented property in the District.

People are also encouraged to report any Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – commonly referred to as house shares – that they believed may be unlicensed or in a poor state of repair.

The new initiative comes in response to the massive growth of the private rental sector in recent years. According to national figures, there were 2.5 million landlords in the UK in 2018, and 11 million people living in rented accommodation.

Report On-Line

As well as the new hotline, people can also report a suspected HMO or a privately rented house in disrepair in confidence by visiting the DDC HMO page  the Daventry District Council HMO page or emailing ehcustomercare@daventrydc.gov.uk.

And while most landlords take their responsibilities to their tenants seriously, a small minority do not, allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions, causing ill health and distress.

National figures suggest that as many as 1 in 3 rental properties are not of a decent living standard, and 1 in 6 rented houses are dangerous to live in.

DDC Needs To Know

The rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in Daventry District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.

However they can also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why Daventry District Council is working to ensure that all HMOs in the District are safe and properly licenced.

Councillor Richard Auger, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health and Housing on Daventry District Council, said: “Our District is a popular place to live and work, and with the rental sector increasingly popular, it is more important than ever to ensure everyone here has a safe, well-managed place to live.

“In some instances, HMOs have been used by opportunistic rogue landlords, some driven by monetary gain, to exploit vulnerable tenants, and rent properties that are overcrowded, sub-standard and potentially dangerous.

“We are working with landlords and our partners to protect the health and safety of the tenants, but I would appeal to residents across the District to help be our eyes and ears on this, and report any concerns they have to us so we can investigate and take action where required.”

(The Signpost covered DDC’s advice to HMO landlords back in 2018 in this article.)

Change of Polling Station

Social Club Polling Moves To The Memorial Hall

Don’t forget for today’s Euro elections!

If you are usually used to casting your vote in a polling station at the Social Club; for this election the polling station is located in the Memorial Hall.

(See this original official notice).

If you want to give your views on this change, here is a link to a consultation on the planned permanent change.

 

Daventry’s Recycling Callendar

Keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats across the  district later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 Christmas season collection arrangements.

For more details visit Daventry Council’s Recycling Calendar.

Daventry's Recyling Leaflet

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

 

 

Polling Stations

Give Your Views On Polling At The Memorial Hall

You can have your say on Daventry District’s polling stations.

People are being invited to have their say on proposals to change some polling stations in Daventry District. One of these affects Woodford Halse.

The proposals are being made as part of the Polling Districts, Places and Stations review, which the Council is required by law to undertake every five years.

They take into account feedback from voters, councillors, parish councils and community groups, as well as information on proposed housing developments and expected population changes.

In most cases the recommendation is to keep the current polling arrangements, however a number of changes are being put forward, including:

  • Moving the polling station for Monksmoor residents from Daventry Court Hotel to Monksmoor Park CE Primary School
  • Moving Woodford Halse Social Club to Woodford Halse Memorial Hall – this move is being trialled for the European Parliamentary Election later this month
  • Moving Harlestone from the smaller room to the larger room in the Harlestone Village Institute.

People can view the proposals in full and have their say online by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pollingplaces

Responses can also be submitted in writing to Polling Places Review, Elections Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

The deadline for comments is 4.30pm on Tuesday 18 June.

Good Neighbour Schemes

Daventry District Helps With Setting Them Up

Good Neighbour Schemes are established by communities and run by local people to provide day to day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.

Good Neighbour SchemeThe best help is often closest to home. Good Neighbour Schemes provide that local, day to day support.

At the present time there are 3 live schemes in Daventry District and 12 pending. DDC is  looking to set up more.

How DDC Can Help

DDC provides support to set up Good Neighbour schemes. Your scheme could get:-

  • Funding of up to £1,000 is available to set up a scheme
  • A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme, along with advice and support from Northamptonshire ACRE and Daventry District Council
  • DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) can help you set up your own Village Travel Club
  • Daventry Volunteer Centre Happy at Home Partnership can help with recruiting of your volunteers

For more information see this brochure and contact:

Daventry District Council on 01327 871100,

Northamptonshire ACRE on 01604 765888,

DACT on 01327 701666 or

The Happy at Home Partnership on 01327 300614.

 

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-/

It’s That Green Bin Time….

Have you renewed your garden waste collections yet?

You have just a few weeks left if you wish to renew your garden waste collections for the year ahead.

The annual charge for the fortnightly service from the start of June 2019 until the end of May 2020 is £36 per bin. Households wishing to continue with the service must ensure they have renewed their subscription by Friday, 17 May to ensure no disruption to their collections cycle.

Residents can renew or sign up for the service using their credit or debit card at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 0345 218 5215.

Garden Waste Collection Renewal

Those who sign up will then receive a permit sticker to place on their bin or it won’t be emptied. Residents who do not wish to renew the service for 2019/20 will receive their last garden waste collections during the week beginning 27 May 2019.

More than 20,000 homes signed up to the chargeable garden waste service when it was introduced in June last year by Daventry District Council (DDC) and its environmental services partner Daventry Norse. The service is not paid for by Council Tax and was made optional and self-funding so it could continue for only those who want it.

Daventry Care & Repair Grants

The new financial year is fast approaching and Daventry District Council has grants available to help and support local residents to adapt and improve their homes.

Care & Repair Daventry District is dedicated to helping older people, people with disabilities, children and vulnerable people to live in safety and with dignity in the comfort of their own homes.

All grants have to be fully spent by March 2020 before DDC heads into its new unitary status.

You can find out more, see if you could be eligible and learn how to apply on the Care & Repair web site:-

 

Polling Places Consultation

Daventry District Council is reviewing the polling districts, places and stations within the district.

This document provides details of the review which will take place between 8th March 2019 and no later than 9th August 2019.

Electors needs to make comments before 12th April 2019.

You can learn more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pollingplaces.

You can take part in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YRSLYMB

 

DDC & Dog Fouling

Daventry’s dog warden flagged dozens of piles of dog poo along Grants Hill Way in Woodford Halse to highlight the extent of the fouling in this area.

There is both a dog bin and a litter bin nearby, so the culprit(s) have no excuse and are spoiling a popular path which provides the vast majority of responsible dog walkers access to the countryside.

DDC officers will continue their patrols in this area but we would also ask people to report any dog fouling they witness so we can identify a culprit. A description of the person, their dog, and details of any vehicle they may use would really help us.

Remember dog fouling can be reported to us online at https://selfserve.daventrydc.gov.uk/forms/DogFouling.aspx

Thank you for your support

Everybody Needs Good Neighbours……

People in Daventry are being asked for their support in setting up a scheme to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated members of our community

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are looking into the possibility of bringing a Good Neighbours scheme to the town to replicate successful schemes running in some of the villages.

The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems.

Please help by completing a short survey online here opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/goodneighbours. The survey will run until the end of March.

Paper copies are also available from:-

DDC’s Lodge Road offices

Daventry Town Council, New Street

Daventry Library, North Street

You can also request by calling DDC on 01327 871100 or print from the following:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Survey Questionnaire

You can also help by printing out and displaying this poster:-

Good Neighbour Scheme Poster

 

Conservation Area Appraisal

You Are Invited

Come along to an exhibition on the possibility of a conservation area in Woodford Halse.

Daventry District Council will carrying out an assessment of whether to designate a conservation area within the village. Conservation Areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, places where their character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced.

Local residents are encouraged to attend. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have relating to the appraisal that Daventry will carry out. The exhibition will be held in the Farndon Room, (behind the Library) School Street, Woodford Halse, on Tuesday 19th February from 3:30-6:30pm.

If you cannot attend the exhibition but have questions, you can direct them to the District Council either by email to heritage@daventrydc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01327871100.

You can find out more about Conservation Areas and what they mean here at the Historic England web site.

You can also read what was said about this in the Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan.  (can also be downloaded from here.)

Xmas Trees Monday 21st

Don’t forget you can put out your Xmas tree for collection tomorrow with the weekly bin collection, whether or not you pay for the garden refuse service.

Details here: Daventry Xmas Refuse Collections

Extra Recycling Collection

Please also remember that there is an extra recycling collection taking place next week (Mon 7 January). Please put your blue lidded bin out on your usual collection day alongside any other bins that are scheduled.

Real Christmas trees can be put out for recycling on your usual collection day in the week beginning 21 January.

Find out more at https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/waste-and-recycling/christmas-waste-and-recycling-arrangements/

Daventry’s Plan

When we completed the Woodford Halse Neighbourhood Development Plan last year, one of the requriements was that it had to fit in with the emerging Settlements & Countryside Local Plan being prepared by Daventry District Council.

That plan has now been submitted for independent examination in public.

You can:-

read the Notice of Submission here.

The Local Plan Submission documents can be viewed on the Council’s website:_

https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/planning-policy/part-2-local-plan/

The Plan documents are also available to view in Woodford Halse Library during normal opening hours.

Xmas Tree Collection

Updated Collection Arrangements for Real Christmas Trees

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmbk-jH38Xo

Households across Daventry District will be able to leave their real Christmas trees out for a one-off seasonal recycling collection in the new year.

Daventry District Council’s (DDC) environmental services partner Daventry Norse says it will collect real trees if they are put out alongside bins during the week beginning 21 January 2019. This is an extra collection for all homes, including those not currently subscribed to the garden waste service.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but if residents wish to recycle their trees sooner, then they can take them to their local household waste recycling centre.

Residents are also being advised of an extra collection of the blue-lidded recycling bins which will take place in the week beginning 7 January. People should put their blue-lidded bin out alongside any others that are due to be emptied on their usual collection day during that week.

Extra food waste will also be collected over Christmas and New Year – residents should place this in tied-up bags (plastic bags accepted) on top of their food bin on their usual collection day – it is advised to put these out as close to the collection as possible to avoid wildlife getting at them.

For most people, collections will continue to take place on their usual days as scheduled over the Christmas break. However people whose bins are emptied on Tuesdays are advised of the following changes to their schedule:

  • Collections which would have been due on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) will instead take place on Saturday, 29 December.
  • Collections due on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January) will instead take place on Saturday, 5 January.

Those subscribed to the garden waste service will continue to receive collections on their usual schedule in the run up to Christmas and New Year, but there will be a break in collections during the second week of January to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

People can check their collection day and set up notifications to remind them which bins to put out by downloading the DDC app for their mobile phone or tablet device.

Available for free from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app can also be used to access the latest news from DDC, as well as information about local facilities, services, shops, bars and restaurants.

Alternatively people can check their bin collection dates and find out more about waste and recycling collections at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling.

Daventry’s PSPO’s

New Public Space Protection Order Powers

Daventry District Council advises that new public space protection orders with increased powers came into force on 1st December 2018.

PSPO’s already say that anyone who is control of a dog in a public place must:

  • Pick up after that dog
  • Carry the means to pick up after that dog
  • Prevent the dog from entering a fenced-off children’s play area
  • Put the dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  • Keep the dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park

The new PSPO contains all of the regulations set out under the existing PSPO, with the addition of the following:

  • Dogs must be on leads in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
  • Dogs must be on leads near schools (when the school is open).
  • A maximum of 6 dogs can be walked by one person at one time
  • No smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas.

You can find out more by downloading this guide.

 

Xmas Rubbish

Daventry District Council has provided the following advice regarding rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas period….

Christmas Waste and Recycling Collections

Residents across Daventry District are being offered support to recycle as much as possible over the Christmas and New Year period. For most people, collections by Daventry District Council’s (DDC) environmental services partner Daventry Norse will continue to take place as usual.

However, for people whose bins are emptied on Tuesdays are advised of the following changes to their schedule:

  • Collections which would have been due on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) will instead take place on Saturday, 29 December.
  • Collections due on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January) will instead take place on Saturday, 5 January.

All residents are also being advised of an extra collection of the blue-lidded recycling bins which will take place in the week beginning 7 January. People should put their blue-lidded bin out alongside any others that are due to be emptied on their usual collection day during this week.

A range of festive items can be recycled, including sweet tins, and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a good rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule, and can be used to recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including vegetable peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Black bins containing general waste will also be collected on the usual three-weekly cycle, and residents are reminded to make good use of the recycling services, as bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Those subscribed to the garden waste service will continue to receive collections on their usual schedule in the run up to Christmas and New Year, but there will be a break in collections during the second week of January to allow crews to focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Subscribers can have their real Christmas trees collected after Christmas, by either cutting them up and putting them in their garden waste bin, or by placing it alongside the bin for collection in the week beginning 22 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but those without a garden waste subscription can take their tree to their local household waste recycling centre.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said:
“The Christmas and New Year period can generate a lot of waste, but our residents always do a great job of recycling. Hopefully the improvements we have made to the service with the introduction of the 123+ service, plus the extra recycling collection in the week beginning 7 January, will give people an even greater opportunity to recycle this Christmas.”

People are also reminded that they can check their collection day and set up notifications to remind them which bins to put out by downloading the DDC app for their mobile phone or tablet device.

Available for free from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app can also be used to access the latest news from DDC, as well as information about local facilities, services, shops, bars and restaurants. Alternatively people can check their bin collection dates and find out more about waste and recycling collections at:-

www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

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.

Landlords Forum

Following a successful event in May, Daventry District Council will be holding a second Landlords Forum for local private landlords on Wednesday 14th November 2018.  

The forum will provide a platform where news, views and experience can be discussed and also allow us to help and offer advice to landlords and managing agents on legislation changes, offer reasons for landlords to work with us, and help them to understand their obligations.

The forum will also allow opportunity to network and liaise with private landlords within the Daventry District area. Attendance is free and open to all private landlords and managing agents who rent out their properties in the Daventry area.   Please see below for further detail.

If you wish to attend DDC would like you to make them aware by sending an email to environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk

DDC, Dogs & Smoking

Be aware of new dog & smoking control powers

Dogs must be kept on leads around schools and in cemeteries and memorial gardens from December as part of new rules being introduced in Daventry District.  

The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will also limit to six the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at one time, and prohibit smoking in fenced-off play areas.   The new PSPO, which will come into force on 1 December, also includes all the rules set out under the existing PSPO, which state owners must:

  • Pick up after their dog
  • Carry the means to pick up after their dog
  • Prevent their dog from entering a fenced-off children’s play area
  • Put their dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  • Keep their dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park.

Daventry District Council will be working alongside schools and parish councils across the District in the weeks leading up to 1 December in order to agree appropriate boundaries and signage for the regulations requiring dogs to be put on leads.   The boundaries around schools will focus mainly on entries and exits and will apply only on school days. No smoking signage will also be added to fenced-off children’s play areas.   Anyone who breaks one of the orders risks a £100 on-the-spot fine or, in serious cases, prosecution, though the additional new regulations will only be full enforced from April 1.   Anyone who breaks one of the orders risks a £100 on-the-spot fine or, in serious cases, prosecution.  

Councillor Richard Auger, Environmental Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “The additional regulations set out in the new PSPO were introduced following public consultation on what powers they felt were needed to deal with the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who persistently fail to properly control or pick up after their pet.   “We are very supportive of our residents in their desire to create a cleaner and safer environment for everyone who wishes to enjoy our District’s public open spaces.   “We will be doing a lot of work in the coming weeks to prepare for the new regulations and inform residents, but I would encourage all dog owners to take heed of the new rules, so that they do not fall foul of them come their introduction on 1 December.”  

People can find out more at opens in a new window www.daventrydc.gov.uk/pspo

Xmas Bins

What You Need To Know

An update from Daventry District Council about arrangements for waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year.

Collection schedules

Collections will continue to take place as usual over the Christmas and New Year period, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

  • If your collection is due on Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December) it will instead take place on Saturday, 29 December.
  • If your collection is due on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January) this will instead take place on Saturday, 5 January.

Extra recycling collection

Your blue-lidded recycling bin will continue to be collected as usual over Christmas and New Year, with the addition of an extra collection for all households in the week beginning 7 January – please put your recycling bin out on your usual collection day alongside any other bins that are scheduled. Please also note that this extra collection is not listed on the paper calendar you received in June.

Extra recycling that you cannot fit it in your blue-lidded bin will also be collected during the festive period -please place items into clear or white bags (not black or green sacks) and put them next to your bin.

Don’t forget that a range of festive items can be recycled, including sweet tins, and foil-free wrapping paper and Christmas cards. As a good rule of thumb, wrapping paper that can be torn is probably made from paper and can therefore be recycled.

General waste

Black bins containing general waste will continue to be collected as normal on their three-weekly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Food waste

Food waste bins will continue to be collected on their usual weekly schedule. Please remember you can recycle leftover raw and cooked foods, including veg peelings, egg shells, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, solid fats, meat and fish bones. Please do not put any liquids in the caddy.

Garden waste collections

Those subscribed to the service will continue to receive collections on their usual schedule in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Please note there will be a short break in collections during the second week of January so that crews can focus on the extra seasonal recycling.

Christmas trees

Households subscribed to the garden waste service can put their real Christmas trees in their garden waste bin or alternatively place them alongside the bin for collection in the week beginning 22 January.

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees, but you can take trees to your local household waste recycling centre. Find your nearest centre atwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Keep up-to-date with our mobile app

You can check your collection day and set up notifications to remind your which bins to put out using our mobile app.

Available for free from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, the app can also be used to access the latest news from Daventry District Council, as well as information about local facilities, services, shops, bars and restaurants.

If you do not have access to a tablet or smartphone you can check your bin collection dates on the calendar delivered to you in June, or on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Reporting a missed bin

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on Wednesday, 2 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Daventry Cinema?

Daventry District Council have announced new plans for a cinema and restaurants in the town centre.You can see the announcement here.

They are seeking views on their plans in a public consultation.

The consultation will run from Monday 15th October until Sunday 28th October, with opportunities to view and comment on the plans during a series of open events at Daventry Library in North Street at the following times:

Tuesday 16th October 2018 from 3pm – 7pm
Thursday 18th October 2018 from 10am – 2pm
Saturday 20th October 2017 from 11am – 3pm

Alternatively, the proposals will be available online, and a questionnaire will be able to be completed here from Monday 15th October 2018.

DDC Helps Save On Energy Bills

The Big Switch : Residents Join Together & Save £££s

The Big Switch is a collective energy switching scheme that uses people power to try to secure cheaper energy bills for residents.

Daventry District Council is working with switching partner iChoosr in to help people switch to a better deal.

How Much Can I Save?

Since its launch, the scheme has helped more than 1,000 homes across Daventry District save an average of £232 on their energy bills. Many people have saved far more!

How Does It Work?

Residents register on the scheme with the amount of energy they use. iChoosr holds an energy auction and gets energy companies to bid for the total amount of energy involved, so getting a cheaper price. Residents only have to switch, if they want to, once the price is confirmed.

What Do I Do Next?

iChoosr & Daventry Distirct Council hold 3 auctions a year, visit their website for the latest auction dates! Register for FREE… You will need your annual electricity and gas bills to register Visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigswitchdaventry or call 01327 871100.

Step One: Register for free. Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for FREE for the scheme. There are a number of ways you can register and it’s an easy process, but you will need a copy of a recent energy bill or annual statement to complete the process.

Step Two: Sit back, relax. Once registration has closed, DDC’s switching partner iChoosr will invite energy companies to offer their best tariff to everyone in the scheme in a reverse auction process.

Step Three: Consider the offer. You will then receive a personal offer tailored to your household on the new tariff secured by the scheme. This will use the information you gave when registering to tell you how much you could save by switching. We cannot guarantee that everyone will save money. It depends on your current tariff arrangements.

Step Four: Make a decision. You will have until the end of the current auction round to decide whether you want to switch or not. There is no obligation to accept the offer and no fees or charges.

Advice To Landlords

Daventry District Council Advises on Change of Law Regarding HMO’s

From 1st October 2018, changes to regulations for licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will mean that all HMOs occupied by 5 or more people forming two or more households (where facilities are shared) will require a mandatory HMO licence.

Old restrictions on the number of storeys in an HMO property are removed. Now HMO licensing is needed for all properties shared by 5 or more people or two or more households.

Landlords with properties meeting the criteria must ensure they have applied for a licence by 1 October this year in order to avoid enforcement action.

Application forms can be downloaded from the DDC HMO page.

Collecting Old Green Bins

Daventry District Council is aiming to begin collections of unwanted garden waste bins in late September/early October.

If you are not subscribed to the new chargeable garden waste service and would like your bin taken away, please email escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk no later than 31 August.

If you have already emailed us to request the removal of your garden waste bin, you do not need to do so again. Once they have a collection schedule in place, they will email you to advise you when to put your bin out for collection.

If you have contacted DDC previously but did not leave an email address, please provide this information by emailing escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk, so that they can let you know when your bin is due to be collected.

Find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste

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).

Daventry Local Plan

You will know that Woodford has an approved Neighbourhood Plan which forms part of the overall planning approach implemented by the Government.

Daventry District Council are also producing their local plan covering the entire district (which therefore includes Woodford-cum-Membris).

As part of the process consultation exercises are taking place.

This flyer provides the details of how you can find out more and how you can make your views known, or lick on the picture below.

DDC Community Funding

Voluntary and community sector services set for funding boost

Voluntary and community organisations in Daventry District will receive an extra £250,000 of cash support to help them fund improvements to land and buildings and for new equipment.

And a further £60,000 will also be made available in revenue grants to voluntary sector service providers after both proposals were approved by Daventry District Council (DDC) on Thursday night (26 July).

At the meeting, councillors agreed to increase the amount of funding in 2018/19 to help meet growing demand for financial assistance from community and voluntary groups.

Capital grants up to a maximum of £15,000 are available for work such as building renovations, equipment or other major purchases valued at least £1,000. In exceptional circumstances, applications for larger amounts will be considered. Revenue grants are awarded to help organisations meet day-to-day costs of running their services.

The Council has already allocated two-thirds of its current £60,000 capital grants budget during the first quarter of the year, with more applications yet to be determined. DDC is also receiving more requests for revenue funding from key voluntary and community organisations seeing their costs and demand for their services rise while their usual funding sources fall.

In addition to these funding pots, £25,000 a year will continue to be available to community groups and organisations wishing to apply for small grants to fund local projects and events.

Councillor Alan Hills, Community, DDC’s Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: “This increase in funding is in response to the rising number of requests we are getting from local voluntary and community groups who are faced with diminished sources of funding yet seeing their budgets squeezed and running costs rise.

““Funding is available for a range of uses and I would urge groups to get in touch and see whether we may be able to help.”

For more information about Community Grants offered by DDC, including the eligibility criteria for each grant, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/communitygrants.

 

 

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.

 

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

Dog Law Proposals

Give your feedback!

Daventry District Council is consulting on proposals to extend and increase its powers to address irresponsible dog ownership across the district. It wants to extend current powers until 2021 and add additional powers.

Complete the feedback survey at: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultations

The consultation period closes at midnight on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Read this flyer for more details.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) can be used to regulate activities in public places that have a “detrimental effect on the local community”. They provide local councils and the police with additional powers to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Following an extensive consultation exercise, which prompted over 800 responses; Daventry District Council introduced a PSPO to tackle irresponsible dog ownership on 1st December 2015 to run for three years.

When this period is up in December 2018 the council can either extend the Order, or consult the public and introduce changes to create a new PSPO which will run for a further three year period up to 2021.

Current Requirements
The PSPO made it an offence if a person in control of a dog:

  1. Fails to pick up after their dog
  2. Fails to exclude their dog from a defined children’s play area
  3. Fails to put their dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
  4. Fails to keep their dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park
  5. Fails to have the means to pick up after their dog

As mentioned above, the council is keen to continue with these five requirements for another 3 year period but wishes to gauge the level of public support regarding a series of the additional proposals.

Proposed Requirements

The council is considering introducing the following changes:

  1. Dogs should always be on a lead in graveyards, cemeteries or memorial gardens
  2. Dogs should always be kept on leads near schools
  3. Dogs should always be kept on leads in built up areas
  4. Dogs should be excluded from playing areas of marked and maintained sports pitches (in season)
  5. A defined lead length and type of lead is to be used in areas where a dog should be on a lead.
  6. A restriction on the number of dogs to be walked at any one time
  7. Prohibition of smoking from defined children’s play areas
  8. Introduce DNA restricted areas of public space
  9. Delegation of enforcement powers to parish councils

Read the flyer for more details and give DDC your feedback

Our Friends Electric

Are You Using or Thinking of Using An Electric Vehicle?

Daventry District Council are conducting an online survey regarding electric vehicle charging points.

They are seeking information on the number of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in the district and those who are considering an EV in the future. This will help them to identify the local demand for on-street EV charging solutions and allow them to take advantage of a government grant available for local authorities.

Please complete this survey before the deadline of Friday 22 June.

You can read the full article and find a link to the survey  opens in a new window here.

 

 

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.

Rubbish News

Daventry District Council has issued two releases reminding residents of the changes to refuse collection and recycling in the District. Residents are urged to keep an eye out for their new collections calendar and information booklet for the new service, which will be landing on doormats district-wide later this week.

The day changes start from the week beginning 4 June 2018, when households will receive the new 123+ waste and recycling collection service:

  • 1 weekly food waste collection
  • 2 weekly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin
  • 3 weekly general waste black bin collection

+ Plus an optional two-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

From 4 June collections will take place from Monday to Friday and there will be no Saturday collections. The day changes are required to ensure the new service works as effectively as possible and collection rounds are balanced for crews. If you want to check if your day has changed you can do so here: Refuse Collection Day Checker. It looks like Monday will be Woodford’s day.

Here is a downloadable recycling calendar.

You will also be able to check your collection days and set reminder alerts by downloading the free Daventry District Council app, which will be available from Google Play and the Apple Store from 2 June.

To find out more about the collection changes, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/binchanges

Don’t forget, if you want garden waste collection you will need to sign up (and pay) for the service.

From 4 June 2018, households wishing to continue having their garden waste collected fortnightly will need to sign up for the service and pay an annual fee of £35.

For the majority of homes district-wide, this week’s brown bin collections (week beginning 21 May) will be the last ones before the new opt-in garden waste service begins. Brown bins will not be emptied after 4 June from homes that have not registered for the new service.

Residents can sign-up for the service at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 0345 218 5215.

All homes that sign up for £35 a year will receive a tamper-proof registration sticker in time for the start of the new fortnightly service. Garden waste bins that do not display the sticker after June 4 will not be emptied. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date.

Find out more, including a list of frequently asked questions, at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/GardenWaste

 

 

District Council Election Result

The result of the election on May 3rd 2018 for a District Councillor to represent the Woodford ward as published on the Daventry District Council web site was:-

Gary John DENBY (UK Independence Party) 191 votes
Christina Louisa FITCHETT (Labour Party) 347 votes
Rupert FROST (Conservative Party) 984 votes ELECTED
Edward JUDD (Liberal Democrats) 178 votes
Thomas Joshua SKILLINGTON (Green Party) 125 votes
Electorate: 5,448
Ballot Papers Issued: 1,829
Turnout: 33.57%
Rejected papers: 4

 

Polls On May 3rd

District Council Councillor Election & Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

On Thursday 3rd May between 07:00am and 10:00pm there will be two polls taking place:-

1. For the election of a District Councillor to represent Woodford Ward on Daventry District Council. This is the Notice of Poll, List of Candidates and Location of Polling Stations according to your electoral roll number.

2. For the referendum on the Woodford cum Membris Neighbourhood Plan. This is the Notice of Poll, Referendum Question and Location of Polling Stations.

Bins Alert!

New Recycling Bins to be Delivered By 31st May

New recycling bins are being delivered to households across Daventry District in preparation for changes to the collection service this summer.

The blue-lidded wheelie bins will replace the red and blue recycling boxes from 4 June, removing the need for residents to separate their recyclables and providing extra space to recycle large cardboard.

They are being delivered to nearly 38,000 households over the course of the next five weeks ahead of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service, which is being introduced by Daventry District Council (DDC) and its new environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

Anyone who does not receive their new bin by 31 May should contact DDC by emailing recycling@daventrydc.gov.uk or phoning 01327 871100. Residents who do not receive a bin within two days of their neighbours receiving theirs should also get in touch with the Council.

People should continue to use their old recycling boxes until the last collection before the new service starts on 4 June.

It is not planned to collect the boxes after the switchover. Once washed out they can be put to a range of different uses, or alternatively taken to a household waste recycling centre.

Collected fortnightly, the new blue-lidded bins will give people more space for recycling over two weeks than the current weekly box collections, and will help stop items getting wet or blowing away.

They form part of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service, which will comprise:

  • 1: a weekly food waste collection
  • 2: a fortnightly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin
  • 3: A general waste black bin collection every three weeks
  • +: An optional fortnightly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 per bin, per year.

More details about the new service, including information about changes to collection days, will be sent out to households in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/binchanges

Funding Fair

If you are interested in raising funds for your community group or club, then this FREE event at Towcester Racecourse is for you.

Find out how to access funding from a range of organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund and Tesco Bags of Help.

The event is jointly organised by Daventry District Council, Daventry Volunteer Centre , South Northants District Council, and South Northants Volunteer Bureau.

It takes place on Wednesday 16th May between 9:30am and 3:00pm.

You can find more details in this flyer.

To book a place visit funding_fair.eventbrite.co.uk.

DDC Landlord’s Forum

Daventry District Council will be holding a Landlord Forum for local private landlords on the 2nd May 2018.

The forum aims to provide a platform where news, views and experience can be discussed and also allow the Council to help and offer advice to landlords and managing agents on legislation changes, offer reasons for landlords to work with the District Council, and help them to understand their obligations. The forums will also allow opportunity to network and liaise with private landlords within the Daventry District area.

DDC intends to run the forums hopefully every six months to begin with. Attendance is free and open to all private landlords and managing agents who rent out their properties in the Daventry area.

Please click on the invitation right for further detail. >>>>

The Council are asking for those that wish to come to make them aware by 20th April by sending an email to environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk

DDC On Recycling Changes

We have had a series of press releases from Daventry District Council on the changes to recycling & rubbish collection. They are reproduced in full below.

There is also this handy guide to what goes where… 123Plus Recycling

There will be more details as they are released. Printed information will also be in your copy of “Daventry Calling” which should be delivered by 17th March.

Gearing up for major bin collection changes this summer

People living in Daventry District are encouraged to find out more about major changes to their waste and recycling collections launching this summer.

The new 123+ waste and recycling collection service will start in June 2018, delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.

From June 2018 households in Daventry District will receive:

  • 1 weekly food waste collection

  • 2 weekly mixed recycling collection in a new blue-lidded wheelie bin

  • 3 weekly general waste black bin collection

  • + Plus an optional 2-weekly garden waste service for an annual fee of £35 a year.

The changes are being introduced as Daventry District cannot afford to carry on with its current waste and recycling service, both environmentally and financially. Changing black bin collections from fortnightly to three-weekly will help encourage more recycling and reduce the money spent on treating and disposing of rubbish.

The Council will also be improving the recycling service to help residents slim their bins, introducing a new wheelie bin for mixed recycling that provides more space over two weeks than the current recycling boxes collected weekly.

It is likely that collection days will change for households from June 2018 in order to introduce the new service arrangements across the District. Further details will be provided to all households nearer to the time, including an information pack and new calendar.

A series of public awareness exhibitions and roadshows are also being planned to take place across the district this spring – further details to be published soon.

Further information on the new service is being issued to homes as part of the Coucil’s spring Daventry Calling residents’ magazine and people can also learn more about the changes, including a series of FAQs, on the Council’s website at daventrydc.gov.uk/binchanges.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jo Gilford said: “These changes to our District’s bin collections this summer are considerable yet crucial.

“We need to do more to increase recycling rates and we cannot afford to keep the status quo of the current collection service as the cost would effectively double.

“The three-weekly black bin collection will support our goals to improve our environment by encouraging more people to recycle as much of their waste as possible.

“We understand some residents will be concerned about whether they will cope with an extra week between collections. However we are confident that the improved recycling service and weekly food waste collections will really help people to slim their black bins.”

Norse Commercial Services Group Director of Operations Mark Emms said: “Norse is delighted to be in partnership with Daventry District Council and is working hard in planning the re-design and delivery of these important front line services to local residents. We are busy investing in new vehicles, equipment and system design to allow local teams to deliver the 123+ changes to household refuse and recycling schedules that will start to improve recycling performance from June.”

New wheelie bin to improve recycling collections

Households in Daventry District will receive a new wheelie bin to help them recycle even more of their waste as part of the new 123+ Collection Service.

From June, the current weekly red and blue recycling box collections will be replaced with a new, blue-lidded recycling bin that will be collected fortnightly. Residents will no longer need to sort their recyclables as they can all be placed in the bin mixed together, including large cardboard.

The new wheelie bin gives residents more space for their recycling over two weeks than the current weekly box collections and will be delivered to homes ahead of the new collections starting in June. Residents should continue to use their recycling boxes until then.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Jo Gilford said: “We’ve shaped the new service after listening to residents about the issues they currently have with their recycling boxes, such as items getting wet or blown away in bad weather and being unable to recycle large cardboard. The new wheelie bin not only resolves these issues but makes it easier for residents to recycle by giving them more space for items that they will no longer have to sort and separate for collection.

“Our residents already do a great job recycling their waste and we hope the new service will encourage these efforts further.”

New Recycling Service – FAQs

Why is the Council changing recycling collections from weekly to fortnightly?

By replacing the smaller boxes with a larger wheelie bin which can take mixed recyclables, we hope this will encourage more people to recycle. The wheelie bin provides an extra 40 litres of space for recyclables over two weeks than the blue and red boxes collected weekly.

Can I still recycle the same things?

Yes, you will still be able to recycle the same things and you will also now be able to add large cardboard. You also no longer need to sort your recyclables first as all recycling can be placed into the wheelie bin together.

Can I still use my red and blue recycling boxes?

No – when the new service starts you will no longer be able to use your recycling boxes – this is due to the new way that recycling will be collected by recycling crews at the kerbside.

The Council does not intend to collect your red and blue boxes after the switchover.

However once they have been washed out, the boxes have a range of different uses including storage in the garden, home, shed or garage – they can also make great raised flower beds and planters and could even be converted into composters.

Home composting offer exclusive to Daventry District residents

Composting bins are being offered at bargain prices to residents wishing to recycle their garden waste at home as an alternative to this summer’s new collection service.

Daventry District Council has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and getcomposting.com to offer a limited number of home composting bins for only £9.99 each including delivery (usually £17.98 plus £5.99 delivery).

The black 220-litre bins are available at getcomposting.com – type in your postcode for the offer – or call 0844 571 4444.

There are also other offers on the website exclusively for Northamptonshire residents, including a special ‘buy one get one half price’ offer on some bins – ideal for people with larger gardens or who want to team up with a friend or neighbour.

Getcomposting also has some special offers on a range of other items including water butts and other accessories.

Why compost?

• It’s easy to make and easy to use.

• It’s a free continual source of the very best compost.

• Improves soil structure, PH balance and moisture

• Helps your plants grow

• Reduces carbon emissions and the need for polluting bonfires

• Lessens organic waste from landfill and reduces refuse collection costs

For more information on recycling in Northamptonshire visit : http://www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk/

Daventry Norse environmental services

The 123+ waste and recycling collections are the first changes to be introduced under a new environmental services venture for Daventry District.

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services have entered into a
10-year agreement to work together in a joint services venture, called Daventry Norse. The partnership will launch on 4 June, 2018, immediately after the Council’s current environmental services contract with Enterprise/Amey ends.

Norse Commercial Services Ltd is owned by Norfolk County Council and already provides services with 15 other local authorities, including Wellingborough. Under the new contract, the Council and Norse will share ownership and control of the joint venture to deliver, shape and improve the following frontline services:

  • Waste and recycling collections for households and businesses

  • Street cleaning – litter picking and street sweeping on public roads and paths, emptying litter and dog bins

  • Grounds maintenance, such as cutting grass and maintaining trees, bushes on roadsides and Council land and maintaining play equipment

  • Clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti in public areas

  • Maintaining Daventry Country Park

  • Operating Daventry Market and public toilets in Daventry town centre

  • Preparing burial plots.

The Daventry Norse venture will also involve significant investment in facilities and equipment for environmental services, including a new fleet of vehicles, machinery and equipment and the redevelopment of the environmental depot and offices at High March Daventry.

The new-look 123+ collection service was agreed by the Council in July 2016 following public consultation and a wide-ranging review of future waste and recycling options launched in summer 2015.

About Norse Commercial Services

  • Started in 1990, Norse Commercial Services is a £200 million turnover company, employing over 10,000 people across England and Wales, and enjoying the long-term financial security of a £2billion+ forward order book.

  • The company operates 15 joint ventures with local authorities and provides contract services direct to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Through its unique and powerful combination of public sector ethos and commercial flair, it has built a reputation for cost efficiency, quality and innovation in service delivery.

  • In the last five years alone Norse has saved the public purse over £70million, whilst helping to protect front line services, provide job security and generate much needed income for financially stretched local authority partners.

  • Norse is committed to responsible business and to thinking about how the services it delivers can improve economic, social and environmental well-being. The Norse Way is the Group’s social responsibility strategy is shaped around what matters most to our staff, the business, and wider society and includes strengthening communities, improving skills, being dementia friendly and kind to the environment, buying locally and sustainably and shaping everything we do according to our four values – Quality, Innovation, Respect and Trust.

  • Norse provides services including Facilities Management, Cleaning, Catering, Environmental, Waste Collection, Transport, Building Maintenance, Care Equipment, Engineering, Printing, Grounds Maintenance and Security.

Annual charge for garden waste collections this summer

Garden waste collections in Daventry District will become an optional, chargeable service for residents this summer.

Households wishing to continue having their brown bin collected each fortnight from June 2018 will need to sign up for the service and pay an annual fee of £35.

The new arrangements are part of the new 1-2-3+ Collection Service being introduced by Daventry District Council and its new environmental services partner Daventry Norse.

The charge is being introduced as the Council can no longer afford to collect garden waste on a free-of-charge basis. Councils are not required by law to collect garden waste free of charge and not everyone uses the service. Making it self-funding will enable the service to continue for only those who want it. As a non-essential, opt-in service, it will not be paid for by the Council Tax.

The new service will start on 4 June and residents are encouraged to sign up for the service in advance.

Residents can register for the service from 3 April at daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 0345 218 5215. They can also request an email reminder on the website.

Further information on the new service will be sent to households this month as part of the DDC’s spring Daventry Calling magazine and alongside the annual Council Tax mailing.

Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jo Gilford said: “The plain truth is that in the current challenging financial climate, we can no longer afford to collect garden waste free of charge.

“Garden waste is not something that councils are required by law to collect free of charge, and not everyone uses the service, so by charging a small annual fee we will be able to keep the collections going for those who still wish to have them.

“This change takes us in line with around 50% of councils nationally that now operate a chargeable garden waste service.”

New Garden Waste Service – FAQs

How much does the service cost and how often is it?

The annual subscription costs £35 per bin, which runs from June 2018 until the end of May 2019. Collections take place fortnightly with a small break over Christmas, equating to £1.40 per collection over the year.

How and when do I sign up?

You can register from 3 April at daventrydc.gov.uk/gardenwaste.

Here you can also request an email alert to remind you to sign up.

You should sign up for the service before it begins on 4 June. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date.

I don’t want the service.

This is an opt-in service so you only pay if you wish to use it. If you do not wish to sign up, you may like to consider home composting or taking your garden waste to your local household waste recycling centre. We would not advise you put it in your black bin, as it will not be recycled. It will also quickly fill up your black bin, which will be collected every three weeks.

 

I don’t need the service – will you collect my old brown bin?

Yes. Once you have decided you are definitely not going to subscribe to the garden waste service please contact us and we will arrange to collect your old bin. You can do so by emailing Escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk.

How will you know I have joined the service?

All homes that sign up will receive a registration sticker to put on their brown bin. Bins that do not show the sticker will not be emptied.

Can I share a bin with a neighbour?

Yes, if you wish to share, then one of you will need to pay the charge and you can arrange between yourselves how you split the use of the bin.

Recycling Changes

Daventry District Council’s arrangements for recycling are changing from June 2018.

What is actually happening is spelled out on DDC’s web site where you can:-

  • find out what the changes are
  • learn about the garden waste scheme
  • register for your optional (chargeable) garden waste bin
  • get a home composting bin for only £9.99

Find out more here: DDC’s New Recycling Collection Services

Free Money

For Local Groups

Daventry District Council is launching it’s Local Lotto – a lottery designed to raise money for local community organisations.

There is a launch event to allow local groups to find out how it works and how they could benefit. This takes place on Wednesday 21st February 6:30 to 8:00pm at Daventry Rugby Club.

See the details of how to register in this poster:-

 

 

Festive Recycling

Here’s a short video from Daventry District Council about recycling at Christmas.

Collections over the festive period will take place on their usual days, with the exception of Christmas Day. Households that were due a collection on that day will receive a collection on Christmas Eve instead.

Black bin, recycling and food waste collections will take place as normal throughout the period, but brown wheelie bin collections will be suspended for two weeks from Christmas Eve, to allow the crews to focus on the extra recycling that Christmas brings.

For most residents in Daventry District this means their next scheduled brown bin collection after Christmas will be the week beginning 15 January.

You can visit DDC’s Christmas Recycling page. The detailed schedule is here (click for full sized image):-

 

Daventry Development Plans

Daventry District Council (DDC) have published their draft Development Plan and are asking for the views of residents in the Daventry area. This includes an exhibition in the Dryden Hall (just by the Library) on Wednesday 6th December, 3:00pm to 7:00pm but there are other venues around the district (see below) if you cannot make that date and time.

Our  Neighbourhood Development Plan is designed to fit in with the planning approach of DDC.

Here is the DDC announcement…..

Give your views on plans for the future of Daventry District

People living and working in Daventry District are being encouraged to get involved in an important planning consultation on the future of the area.

Over the next nine weeks, Daventry District Council (DDC) is urging people to give their views on the emerging draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan. This is a significant planning policy document, containing detailed guidance that would help shape local decision-making on future planning issues.

In particular, the draft Plan identifies four sites in Daventry for building about 1,200 extra new homes over the next 12 years to meet the town’s housing needs:

  • 800 homes in South West Daventry on land opposite the Grange estate, along the A45 between the A361 and A425.
  • Extending Micklewell Park by 180 homes.
  • An additional 100 homes on land at Middlemore, Daventry.
  • 120 homes in Daventry as part of the proposed WaterSpace and retail developments at Eastern Way.

The document also sets out proposals to create ‘green wedges’ on the town’s surrounding areas to protect the nearby villages of Welton, Staverton, Braunston and Norton.

Other features of the Draft Plan include:

  • A ‘hierarchy’ for the future development of villages and hamlets in Daventry District. This determines where future development would be both prioritised and restricted.
  • A new Parish Annex policy to protect a number of important local green spaces suggested by parish councils.
  • Creating up to 25 additional hectares of employment land in Daventry, including extending Heartlands and Apex business parks and a further site – Daventry South East Gateway. There is a particular focus on buildings for smaller businesses the area needs to thrive.
  • An update on the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, setting out the number of plots and pitches required over the next 12 years to meet the standards set by Government.
  • Proposals to protect the District’s distinctive landscapes, biodiversity and history, as well as leisure facilities and green spaces.

The consultation starts Monday, 27 November and runs until Friday, 26 January 2018. Residents are encouraged to attend a series of public exhibitions to find out more about the Draft plan. These will be held at Weedon, Naseby, Moulton, Daventry, Welford, Crick, Long Buckby, Woodford Halse and Brixworth over the next two weeks.

Following the consultation, DDC will then consider the responses received. They will be taken into account in preparing the proposed submission version of the Plan which will be consulted on in summer 2018, followed by an examination of the Plan by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.  Adoption is anticipated to take place in summer 2019.

Councillor Alan Chantler, Daventry District Council’s Strategic Planning Portfolio Holder said: “This draft Local Plan will play an important role in the future development of our District and the whole community has a real opportunity to help shape the document by joining in this consultation.

“We are grateful to everyone who gave their views and comments during the Issues and Options consultation in early 2016. All this feedback has been taken into account in preparing this draft Plan.

“I would encourage as many residents and businesses as possible to look through the document and give their views, or come along to one of the public exhibitions to find out more.”

How to take part in the consultation

The consultation on the Emerging Draft Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2) takes place between 27 November 2017 and 26 January 2018.

Members of the Local Strategy Team will be available to answer questions at a series of public exhibitions:

Venue Date Time
Weedon Village Hall Annex Tuesday 28th November 3pm-7pm
Naseby Village Hall Wednesday 29th November 3pm-7pm
Moulton Library Thursday 30th November 2pm-6pm
Daventry Library Friday 1st December 10am-6pm
Welford Village Hall Monday 4th December 3pm-7pm
Crick Old School Tuesday 5th December 3pm-7pm
Long Buckby Community Centre Wednesday 6th December 3pm-7pm
Dryden Hall, Woodford Halse Wednesday 6th December 3pm-7pm
Brixworth Library Thursday 7th December 2pm-6pm

You can view the Draft Plan, consultation documents and all supporting background information at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan or at the Daventry District Council Offices in Lodge Road, Daventry or at local libraries.

You can complete the comments form online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan. Parish councils are also welcome to nominate Local Green Spaces using a specific form available on the website.

Hard copies of the Plan are available upon request from the Local Strategy Service – email planningpolicy@daventrydc.gov.uk or call 01327 302559. Hard copies can be returned to by post to Local Strategy Service, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or to the above email address.

Care & Repair Grants

Home owner grants of up to £5,000 now available!

Did you know Home Repairs Assistance Grants (HRAs) can provide up to £5,000 to fund a range of work and essential repairs to your home including repair/replacement central heating boilers and radiators, new security measures, replacement windows and doors, roof repairs and replacements, and so much more.

If you are a homeowner over the age of 18 and in receipt of a qualifying income related benefit why not give Care & Repair a call today.

Did you know Interest free ‘Top-up’ loans are now also available?

For work costing more than £5,000, eligible homeowners can also access a further £5,000 in the form of an interest-free loan that is only repayable when your property is sold.

To find out if you could be eligible for a HRA Grant or Interest Free Loan contact Care & Repair today:

Email: careandrepair@daventrydc.gov.uk

Phone: 01327 871100

Web: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/careandrepair

Orcheck out this flyer.

Community Funding!

Free Money For Local Groups & Events.

Daventry District Council makes available grants to community groups that are looking for funding.

Community project grants are worth up to £1,000 and can be used for the purchase of small items of equipment or to cover training or volunteer expenses. Examples of things that have been funded in the past include: IT equipment, new furniture for village halls, new kit for junior sports clubs, and training expenses for first aiders and football coaches.

There are also one-off community event grants worth up to £500 which can cover the up-front costs of putting on a community event. Examples of events funded in the past include: village fetes and festivals, sports club open days, firework displays and Christmas pantos. Community events usually provide an opportunity for a number of community groups to come together and raise funds for themselves – as well as giving people a good time!

If your group would like to apply for either of these grants, opens in a new windowthis grant application form can be used for either of the grants described above.

The form includes details of terms and conditions, eligibility and how to apply so why not get started now!

opens in a new windowGrant Application Form

Daventry Development

Daventry District Council Planning Consultation

Henry Boot Developments is seeking detailed planning permission to build a food hall-style store and retail units on land in the Chaucer Way/Waterloo area of Daventry (north west of the town centre) and outline permission to build a pub, hotel and fast food restaurant with a drive-through at the location.

You can find out more about this and how to give your views on the DDC Planning Consultation page for the development here.

Comments must be received by Wednesday 22nd March.

Bins Out Tonight!

Don’t forget its grey bins and recycling boxes this Thursday, 29th December.

Full details of DDC’s recycling over Xmas and the New Year here… opens in a new windowRubbish News 

Council Members Update

The page listing Parish Council Members has been updated with additonal contact details, a correction of Jo Gilford’s email address and new council member – Paul Blackwell.

See the full list here opens in a new windowCouncil Members

Xmas Rubbish

Christmas 2016 Waste and Recycling Collections

promoxmasrecyclingHere are the details from Daventry District Council about rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas period……

All collections will take place on their usual days over Christmas and New Year, including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and on the public bank holidays after Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Black bins will continue to be collected as normal on their fortnightly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as excess side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Brown bins will be suspended for two weeks from Monday, 26 December and Saturday, 7 January inclusive. This will enable crews to focus on collecting extra recycling. Please refer to your collections calendar as to when your brown bin will be collected next.

Recycling boxes and food bins will continue to be collected weekly for all households on their usual collection day.

Large cardboard will be collected for two weeks from Monday, 26 December and Saturday, 7 January inclusive. If you have large cardboard and it won’t fit in your recycling box, please flatten it as much as possible and place next to your boxes on your collection day. Please do not place it inside another cardboard box.

Extra recycling can also be put out for collection over Christmas.

If you have more recycling than your boxes can hold, please continue to sort your items and place them into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks). Don’t forget that you can recycle a range of festive items, including Christmas cards, wrapping paper, sweet tins and drinks bottles.

Real Christmas trees will be collected on your scheduled brown bin collection day from 8 January for a four-week period. Please break it up and put it into your brown bin or place next to your recycling boxes. Alternatively take it to your local household waste recycling centre ­– you can find your nearest at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

There are no communal collection points for real Christmas trees and they are only collected from households, not businesses or other premises.

Check your collection calendar – new waste and recycling calendars were sent to households in October, featuring bin collection dates for the next two years up to June 2018. If you have not received this calendar you can find the information and check your collection day on our website at  www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling or call us on 01327 871100.

Reporting a missed bin over Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Christmas Eve, reopening on Tuesday, 3 January. During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Get some top tips for reducing your rubbish this Christmas at opens in a new windowwww.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk

 

Community Lottery?

Would Your Local Group Like To Benefit From DDC’s Plans?

cashDaventry District Council (DDC) is thinking about introducing a weekly lottery with tickets available for purchase online. It is proposed that tickets will be £1 each with 50p of this going towards local community groups, 30p going towards the prize fund and 20p towards an external provider who will manage the lottery on a day to day basis. DDC will not make any profit from the scheme.

DDC are keen to get the views of local organisations and clubs that might benefit from such a lottery. You can give them your views in this survey…. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZQQ3YR6

How Will It Work?

Local community groups can directly benefit because when somebody buys a ticket, they can select a local group that will receive 40p of the ticket price. A further 10p of the ticket price will supplement DDC’s existing community grants budget making a total of 50p for local good causes altogether. This compares very well to the National Lottery which only gives 28p in every pound to good causes and the Health Lottery which only gives 20p.

What Will It Cost?

It will cost nothing for local voluntary or community groups to sign up to the lottery scheme as long as they meet DDC’s current eligibility criteria for community grant funding. Once signed up, groups will receive a monthly BACS payment that equals the sum of every 40p that has been allocated to them over the previous month by ticket buyers. Therefore, there is much to be gained for community groups by encouraging their members and supporters to buy tickets and allocate 40p of the ticket price accordingly.

Housing Needs Survey

The Government asks local councils to assess the need for social housing in their local area so that appropriate planning decisions can be made. The last assessment carried out for Woodford Halse was in April 2012.

Daventry District Council is to carry out a new survey between Monday 3rd October and Sunday 30th October 2016. The results of this will be added to the work being done on the Neighbourhood Plan.topsmall

You are invited to complete the survey form that will be delivered to each household in the village shortly. The form looks like this so watch out for it….

top-2-1Alternatively you can complete the survey on line at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/woodfordHNS (survey only opens on October 3rd, link not active until then).

Please make sure you respond. Getting local views is essential so that future plans meet our future needs.

Daventry Canal

A 3 week period of consultation has opened on the proposed canal linking Daventry to the Grand Union Canal.

You can view all of the planning documents related to this  by searching for 11/0052/FULWND at opens in a new windowhttps://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/planning-and-building-control/search-comment-planning/

You will find a list of 176 documents related to the application! The document “Planning_Statement.pdf” provides a summary of the proposal.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the proposals must do so within the next 21 days and in writing to The Development Control Manager, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP

Care & Repair Home Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 for Home Owners

care and repairHome owners over the age of 18 who are receiving a means-tested benefit can now access up to £10,000 to make essential repairs to their homes.

Housing Repairs Assistance grants can provide up to £5,000 to fund work including: replacement or repair of central heating boilers and radiators, new security measures, replacement windows, doors, roof repairs and so much more.

If the work required exceeds £5,000 eligible homeowners can also access a further £5,000 of funds in the form of an interest-free loan repayable only when the property is sold.

Grants of up to £30,000 for Disabled residents

Disabled Facilities Grants can be used to fund a wide range of improvements and adaptations within the home including, installation of ramps, ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms, level access showers, widening of doorways, driveway and parking solutions plus lots more.

To qualify for this grant you or a person living within the property must be disabled and be receiving a qualifying means-tested benefit. If a disabled person is under the age of 18 they will be automatically entitled to apply for the maximum grant of £30,000 but if you are over 18 the amount you can apply for will depend on your income and savings.

Why not give Care & Repair a call today to see if you could be eligible:

Call       01327 871100,

visit opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/CareandRepair,

or email CareandRepair@Daventrydc.gov.uk

Or see these flyers…..

opens in a new windowHome Repair Assistance Grants

opens in a new windowCare & Repair Poster

opens in a new windowDisabled Facilities Grants

DDC’s “Ageing Well” Strategy

Back in February we posted an item asking for folk to give their views in Daventry’s consultation on improving the lives of older people in Daventry District.

DDC have now produced a draft strategy and are giving you the chance to give your views on it.

You can find out about the strategy and give your views here: opens in a new windowDDC Ageing Well Strategy Survey. (Responses needed by 26th August at 4:30pm)

If you would rather fill in a paper form opens in a new windowthis flyer describes how to get hold of a copy.

 

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

 

Funding Fair Update

Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse: 10th May

DDC LogoHere’s some more details on the Funding Fair mentioned in our earlier post.

Here are opens in a new windowdetails of the presentations to be given and a opens in a new windowschedule of presentations.

If you are a member of a voluntary and community group which is seeking funding why not come along to Towcester Racecourse on Tuesday 10th May 2016 from 10am to 3pm. There will be representatives from national and local organisations offering information on grant programmes.

There will be presentations, hosted by both national and local exhibitors, with two focusing on tips for writing good funding applications. Whilst presentation booking can be made on the day the partners recommend pre-booking as places are limited. Please review the details above and email South Northants Volunteer Bureau  to book your place at as many presentations as you wish.  Email fundingfair@snvb.org.uk to book your place(s).

Find out more in this poster: opens in a new windowFunding Fair

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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

 

Money For Local Groups

Funding Fair at Towcester Racecourse: 1oth May

DDC LogoDaventry Vounteer Centre, Daventry District Council, South Northants District Council and the South Northants Volunteer Bureau are joining forces and hosting a funding fair for local groups.

Come along between 10:00am and 3:00pm and find out about funding for your local community project or group with…

  • a case study of how one group raised £200,000.
  • accessing Community Grant and Community Infrastructure Levy funding
  • tips on writing grant applications.
  • stalls from funding providers.

And much more.

Find out more in this poster: opens in a new windowFunding Fair

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Notice of Elections

Police & Crime Commissioner + District Councillor

Elections will take place on May 5th for the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner and for one District Councillor for Woodford Ward on Daventry District Council.

The following notices ask for nominations for these elections. Nominations must be submitted by 4pm on Thursday 7th April.

opens in a new windowNotice of Election : Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner

opens in a new windowNotice of Election : Woodford Ward District Councillor

I’ve Bin Told That You’ve Bin Bold

Help Shape the Future of Bin Collections in Daventry District

DDC is encouraging residents and local businesses to have their say on future proposals for Daventry District’s waste and recycling collections….

Here is an outline of their proposals and the thinking behind them….

caddy“In June 2018, Daventry District Council’s current waste and recycling contract with Amey/Enterprise will end. When this happens, the cost the Council will need to pay to deliver the service will be considerably higher. This is partly due to the considerable drop in prices received for recycling materials which is unlikely to change in the future. Currently the service costs about £750,000 a year to run and if DDC carries on with the same service, the cost is likely to be at least £1.25 million per year higher.

“With local authorities needing to meet higher recycling targets in the future, DDC is also trying to ensure that a minimum 45% of waste is recycled. The Council has looked at a wide range of options for how best to provide waste and recycling service in a way that could be afforded within the Council Tax limits and grant available, complied with the law and changed things people particularly didn’t like.

“The Council is now seeking the public’s views on the option for the service which seems to best meet future requirements. Called a ‘1-2-3’ service, it proposes (1) a weekly food waste collection, (2) a two-weekly recycling collection and (3) a three-weekly general waste collection.”

How to give your views

The consultation runs until 5 pm on Thursday, 31 March, 2016 and all residents and local businesses are encouraged to get involved.

For more details and to complete the consultation survey and view FAQs about the proposals, visit the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/wasteoptions2018.

Alternatively you can request a paper copy by calling 01327 871100.

View a video quick guide to the proposals at opens in a new windowhttps://youtu.be/4Mphyruj9qY

Can DDC Help You Age Well?

Consultation Seeks Local Views

Daventry District Council is carrying out an ‘Ageing Well’ Consultation for six weeks starting between 25th January & 4th March 2016 to seek your views about the issues faced by older people and how growing older affects quality of life.

ageingwellDaventry District Council is updating its Older Person’s Strategy – Ageing Well in Daventry District 2016 – 2020

To help with this, DDC need to hear from our residents aged 50 years and older.

There is a survey for residents to complete and feedback from this will be used to help to develop the draft Ageing Well Strategy and DDC’s project work with older people.

The survey can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AgeingWellinDaventryDistrict and hard copies are available (to have a copy posted out to you please call the Council on 01327 871100).

If you have somewhere you can post it, please opens in a new windowdisplay this poster to encourage folk to participate.

DDC Warns Again About Council Tax Fraud

We posted a warning about this last week (see here) but it seems that it’s still going on because Daventry District Council have renewed their warnings

Be on your guard against a Council Tax rebate phone fraud. If someone calls you saying you are entitled to a council tax rebate then sadly, it’s not true.

For more details and to see how to protect yourself against this see here.

And please spread the word to anyone that might be vulnerable to this fraud.

 

Are You In To Win?

Don’t forget Daventry’s recycling competition!

caddyGo to opens in a new windowwww.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk and claim your registration pack so that you have a chance to win.

You could win monthly prizes just for recycling food waste.

Download opens in a new windowthis poster to remind others.

#FeedYourCaddy

Santa’s In The Country Park

Santa’s Stop on December 22nd.

opens in a new windowsantaHere’s a chance for kids to visit Santa as he stops off at the Visitor Centre in Daventry Park on Tuesday 22nd December 2015 from 10.00am until Midday.

Call 01327 871100 to book – limited spaces may be available on the day.

More opens in a new windowdetails in this flyer.

Are You In To Win?

Daventry’s  prize draw for recycling food waste.

Residents in Daventry District Council area could win some fabulous prizes as well as helping the environment by recycling their food waste.

caddyPeople who put our their food waste caddies for collection each week can register for the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s I’m In to Win scheme – and the chance to win prizes ranging from free leisure centre passes, experiences and days out as well as vouchers for local shops and restaurants.

All residents need to do is register their details online at opens in a new windowwww.feedyourcaddy.co.uk and then make sure they put out their food waste caddy for collection as normal each week.
I’m In to Win is fully funded by a Government grant and runs over the next three years, during which time everyone who registers to take part and regularly presents their food waste caddy for collection has a chance of winning a prize.

Every month there will be a winner from each of the four council areas who are taking part in the scheme: Corby Borough Council, Daventry District Council, East Northamptonshire Council and South Northamptonshire Council.

The lucky winner from each area will be notified by email, inviting them to choose a prize that suits them best. Winners’ names will also be published in the NWP’s monthly newsletter and online at opens in a new windowwww.feedyourcaddy.co.uk.

How to take part in I’m In to Win:

  1. Register online at opens in a new windowwww.feedyourcaddy.co.uk.
  2. Once you have registered your details you will be sent a registration pack – including an “I’m In” sticker for your food waste caddy and a leaflet reminding you of all the food waste you can put in it.

Dog Pooh Orders : Jan 1st

New enforcement powers will target irresponsible dog owners

Dog owners are being urged to take heed of new enforcement powers introduced across Daventry District to tackle the issue of fouling in our parks and open spaces.

The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) introduced by Daventry District Council is designed to target the small number of irresponsible dog owners who persistently fail to pick up after their pet, creating a mess as well as a health hazard.

The PSPO, which came into force on December 1, means dog walkers risk a £100 fine and potentially prosecution if they fail to:

  • Pick up their dog’s poo
  • Carry the means for picking up their dog’s poo while on a walk
  • Stop their dog from entering a fenced-off playground
  • Place their dog on a lead when directed by a Council officer
  • Put their dog on a lead in the area around the visitor centre/café at Daventry Country Park

The decision to implement the PSPO was made after a public consultation revealed strong support for it. Enforcement of the PSPO will focus on education at first, with people who fall foul of the new rules reminded of their responsibilities as dog owners by Council enforcement officers.

However the new powers will be fully exercised from January 1, so dog owners are being urged to make sure they have plenty of poo bags with them.

dogcontrolordersCllr Mike Warren, Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Every year our Council receives more than 100 complaints about dog fouling, which poses a real health hazard, especially to young children. We’ve introduced a number of innovative ideas and campaigns to tackle the problem, and those have proved effective in the main. But we still have a small minority of persistent offenders that we are keen to stop.

“This new order gives us greater powers to take effective action those irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their pets. Our initial priorities will focus on raising awareness of the new powers among local communities and to educate dog walkers about the issues. We will be advising them to make sure they have extra poo bags with them at all times to ensure they have the means to pick up, regardless of how long they’ve been out and about with their pet.

“These new powers are not intended to penalise the many responsible dog owners in our District, who should be assured that our officers will be taking a common-sense approach on their patrols. It’s not unreasonable though, for example, to expect someone who has just arrived at a venue to walk their dog to be carrying poop bags.”

People can find out more about the PSPO at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/dogfouling or you can read this “ opens in a new windowFrequently Asked Questions” and, if you want to promote awareness of this legislation you can opens in a new windowprint-out this poster.

Festive Rubbish News

Christmas 2015 Waste and Recycling Collections

opens in a new windowxmascollectionstable2015Daventry District Council have sent us details of the arrangements being put in place for rubbish and recycling collections over the coming festive period. Details are below and you can download a copy of the Christmas recycling timetable here.

Christmas Day (Friday, 25 December)

There will be no collection on Christmas Day and instead ONLY those properties affected will receive a collection of their recycling and food waste on Sunday, 27 December.

Boxing Day (Saturday 26 December)

There will be a recycling and food waste collection on Saturday, 26 December, but brown bins will not be collected.

New Year (Thursday, 31 December and Friday, 1 January)

Black bin, recycling and food waste collections will take place as normal.

Black bins – Over Christmas and New Year, black bins will continue to be collected as normal on their fortnightly cycle. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as excess side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

Brown bins – From 21 December until Monday, 18 January 2015 brown bin collections will be suspended for households in Daventry District. This will enable crews to focus on collecting extra recycling. Please refer to your collections calendar as to when your brown bin will be collected next.

Recycling boxes and food bins – these will continue to be collected weekly for all properties on their scheduled collection day. There are alternative recycling arrangements for households scheduled for a Christmas Day collection (Friday 25 December ).

Extra recycling

  • Large cardboard will be collected from Boxing Day (26 December) until Saturday, 9 January inclusive.
  • If you have large cardboard and it won’t fit in your recycling box, please flatten it as much as possible and place next to your boxes on your collection day. Please do not place it inside another cardboard box.
  • You can also put out other extra recycling for collection over Christmas.
    If you have more recycling than your boxes can hold, please continue to sort your items and place them into clear or white bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks)
  • Real Christmas trees – Christmas trees will only be collected when garden waste collections resume district-wide from 18 January, 2016. Please put your tree out next to your brown bin on your scheduled collection day from this date, or alternatively take it to your local household waste recycling centre. Find your nearest at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling.

Please note there are no parish collection points of Christmas trees in Daventry District. Any trees found in public places will be treated as fly-tipping.

Check your collection calendar

In December last year we sent you a waste and recycling calendar with collection dates for the 2015 and 2016 two-year period which we asked you to keep for future reference. If you no longer have this calendar you can download a replacement from our website at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling or call us on 01327 871100. Please note there are no changes planned to your existing collection day or schedule in 2016.

Reporting a missed bin over Christmas and New Year

Daventry District Council’s offices and Contact Centre will be closed from Friday, 25 December 2015 until Monday 4 January 2016.

During this time waste and recycling services will continue and you can report a missed bin collection on our website at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk.

Barking Mad About Dog Poo?

opens in a new windowBack in July we posted details of opens in a new windowDaventry DC’s Consultation regarding regulations relating to dogs in public places.

The consultation has now closed, the results have been analysed, and Daventry DC has decided on the actions it intends to take.

Dog__Excited_1The consultation showed support by residents and local groups for most of the proposals. There was, however, opposition to the proposal requiring dogs to be kept on leads throughout Daventry Country Park. In response to this feedback, the area within Daventry Country Park where dogs must be kept on leads will be restricted to the area immediately adjacent to the Visitor Centre/Café.  This more focused proposal for dogs to be kept on leads received majority support from dog walkers and non-dog walkers alike.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which contains these enhanced powers has been formally approved by Daventry District Council and will come into force on 1st December 2015.  The new powers which replace and add to powers currently provided for in the existing Dog Control Orders will address the following as offences:

  • failing to pick up after your dog. This will now include all land to which the public can gain access
  • failing to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer – this allows Council Officers to direct that a dog is put on a lead when it is causing nuisance and/or danger to other persons and their dogs
  • failing to exclude dogs from designated children’s play areas
  • failing to keep dogs on leads in the designated dogs on leads area around the Visitor Centre/Café in Daventry Country Park
  • failing to provide at the request of an authorised officer the means to pick up after a dog
  • Any breach of the order could result in the issuing of a £100 fixed penalty notice or being taken to court and receiving a fine on conviction of up to £1000. There will be an initial three month period of education during which officers will provide advice and issue verbal warnings as necessary.  From 1st April 2016 formal enforcement of the Order will commence.

A full copy of the results of the consultation is available as a opens in a new windowdownload from the Daventry DC web site.

Spooktacular

Fun At Daventry Country Park

opens in a new windowspooksThe Country Park is hosting a Spooktacular event for kids on 30th October from 3:00pm until dark  with under 5’s Scavenger Hunt, 5 to 11’s Trick or Treat Trail and Costume Competition.

Find out opens in a new windowmore in this poster.

On 28th October there is a min-adventure for 5 to 11 year olds with coaching in outdoor skills like fire safety and survival. opens in a new windowMore details here. Book with Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. £2 per child.

Dance the Night Away

DDC Chairman’s Charity Dance

Chairman of Daventry District Council, Deanna Eddon, invites residents to Dance the Night Away in aid of Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund.

The charity dance takes place on Saturday, 28 November at 7:30pm at the Daventry Community Centre on Ashby Road.

Those who attend the event will enjoy the sounds of Eric Darlington with the John Cleveland band, with music ranging from 1940s tunes to modern day hits and from ballroom classics to Abba.

Councillor Eddon said: “We’ve got some great entertainment lined up and there will be something for everybody on the night.

“Alongside some excellent music there will also be a raffle, with the proceeds going towards my chosen charity of the year, Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund. It promises to be a great night and hopefully we’ll be able to help a lot of children with life-threatening illnesses.”

d84d9e31-8334-4322-8ac4-1540e8db4e5fDaventry-based Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund  was established by Pete Spencer MBE in 1980 to help children with a range of medical conditions including cancer, leukaemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, dwarfism and Down’s syndrome.

Tickets for the dance cost £15 – call 01327 871100 or email chairman@daventrydc.gov.uk to book. It includes a welcome drink on arrival with a pay bar and raffle.

Save On Energy Bills

Daventry’s “Big Switch” Might Save You £££££’s

getresource.axdDaventry District Council is inviting local residents to register for “The Big Switch” as a way of saving money on your energy bills. The Big Switch is a scheme that passes on the benefits of bulk buying to home consumers by getting energy companies to bid for supply to a large number of consumers.

You can register without commitment but the scheme could save  you money. Since its launch in December 2014 it has already saved 300 households an average of £225 a year on energy bills.

You can find out more in this flyer:- Big Switch Flyer

DDC Remuneration Panel

ddc logoDaventry District Council has an independent panel that considers councillors’ responsibilities and makes recommendations on the allowances that they should be paid. DDC is looking to recruit two additional people to join the panel. 

The role involves one or two meetings a year and members receive a small payment plus travel expenses.

Applications, providing details of why you think you would be suitable for the role, are needed before 31st August.

More information is available in the attached poster….Notice of Recruitment August 2015

Planning Permission?

A New Way To Find Out About Planning Applications

Daventry District Council has now joined the ‘NN One’ partnership, which enables access to the Planning Aggregator, a way to show all undetermined planning applications in a particular area or parish.  DDC has added this tool to their website.  To see how this works:

1. Click on this link: http://mapping.daventrydc.gov.uk/

2. Tick ‘I agree’

3. Select ‘exit search’

4. Select ‘boundaries & planning’ from the drop down menu (6 of 7 options)

5. Select ‘planning apps non determined’

6. Move around the map, zoom in and out.

7. Click on any link to see a summary/description – then click on the link to the planning portal if you want to see more information.

It is possible that we could add this tool to our own web site to make access easier. Let us know if you think this would be a good idea by emailing: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com

Dogs & Public Spaces

Give Your Views On New Controls

opens in a new windowdogDaventry District Council is consulting on new proposals to extend and increase its powers to promote responsible dog ownership across the district.

The statutory consultation runs between 1st June, 2015 and 10th August, 2015.

opens in a new windowGive your views here.

The proposals are to:

  • Require people in charge of a dog in a public place to have the means to clean up after their dog.
  • Require dogs to be on leads in Daventry Country Park.

Give your feedback on the proposals at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation or opens in a new windowfill in and return this questionnaire or phone 01327 871100.

If you want to support this consultation, opens in a new windowplease print out and display this poster.

District Council

As well as the General Election, don’t forget that May 7th is also the opportunity to vote for your District Councillor, representing you on Daventry District Council.

Here is the official notice of polling with the list of candidates.

District Councillor Woodford Notice of Poll 07 May 2015

One for Quizzers

alzheimers societyCharity Fund Raiser for Alzheimer’s

The Chair of Daventry District Council is promoting a Quiz Night in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Put in a team of four for £15 on Friday 27th February in Daventry and help the fight against dementia.

More details in this poster:-  opens in a new windowQuiz Night Poster

DDC Seek Councillors

Have You Ever Thought About Becoming A District Councillor?

Daventry District Council is hosting an open evening to help people find out about what is involved in becoming a District Councillor.

You can go along on Tuesday February 6th and find out more:-

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Christmas Rubbish

No Collection This Thursday : Christmas Day

promoxmasrecyclingArrangements for rubbish collections over the Xmas period are posted on the DDC web site:-  Xmas Recycling & Refuse Collection.

Instead of the Brown Bin Collection on Thursday there will be a recycling and food waste for collection on Sunday, 28 December.

 

 

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.

Business Opportunities

27th November “Meet The Buyers” Event for Local Development Projects.

Contractors, sub-contractors tradespeople and suppliers from Daventry and the wider Northamptonshire area have the chance to ‘Meet the Buyer’ at an event which will highlight supply chain opportunities for public sector construction projects in the area.

logoThe free event is being hosted by building contractors Jeakins Weir, Wates, Morgan Sindall, and Clegg Construction, who are all looking to attract new supply chain partners for their work on the empa ii (East Midlands Property Alliance) Construction Framework.

The Northamptonshire ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is being held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 9am to 1pm at:

iCon Environmental Innovation Centre,
Eastern Way,
Daventry,
Northants
NN11 0QB

The event will formally open at 9am with an address by Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, which is supporting the event.

Councillor Millar said: “There is major investment in Daventry and the rest of Northamptonshire at the moment and I would urge local firms to take advantage of this event, which offers them a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the key contractors, find out about the exciting development projects coming up, and generate business opportunities.”

Alan Coole, head of service at empa, said: “This Meet the Buyer event will enable local businesses to meet the four empa ii framework contractor partners and potentially win sub-contracted work from them. November 27 has to be on the diary of anyone involved in building in Northamptonshire that wants public sector work.”

For further information on the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event please call Tony Shipley, Business Development Manager at Jeakins Weir on 01536 454400 or e-mail tony@jeakinsweir.co.uk.

A flyer for the event is available here: Meet the Buyer Forum Flyer

Find out more about empa here: opens in a new windowwww.em-pa.org.uk

 

DDC Helping You To Save

BigSwitch Energy Scheme Will Help Everyone Save On Bills.

Daventry District Council has teamed up with energy switching expert iChoosr to offer local residents a way to switch energy suppliers and save money.

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English: Daventry District Council Offices In Lodge Road (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The system uses the idea of collective switching. Residents register their interest and iChoosr uses that collective buying power to negotiate better deals from suppliers. While there are no guarantees, DDC says other councils have gained annual savings  of between £60 and £200 per household.

You can register your interest for free, without committing to change, but you have to do so before February 1st next year.

Find out more in the Big Switch Daventry Flyer or visit the DDC web site page on opens in a new windowBig Switch Daventry District and the opens in a new windowiChoosr web site.

Rubbish News

DDC’s Update on Refuse Collections Over Xmas

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daventry District Council has published details of the 2014 Christmas and New Year arrangements for waste and recycling collections.

Collection dates

Collections will take place as scheduled, including Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There will be no collection on Christmas Day (Thursday) and instead ONLY those properties affected will receive a collection on Sunday, 28 December. (Ed: this should include Woodford, I am guessing)

Black Bins

Over Christmas, black bins will continue to be collected fortnightly as normal. There are special arrangements for households on Thursday collections affected by Christmas Day. Please make sure you recycle as much as possible as excess side waste and bins with raised lids will not be collected.

 Brown Binsrecycleddc

From Monday, 22 December, brown bin collections will be suspended over Christmas and New Year for all households in Daventry District. This will enable crews to focus on collecting extra recycling. Please refer to your collections calendar as to when your brown bin will be collected next.

Recycling Boxes and Food Bins

These will continue to be collected weekly for all properties on their scheduled collection day. There are alternative recycling arrangements for households scheduled for a Christmas Day collection.

Extra Recycling

You can put out extra recycling for collection over Christmas.

If you have more recycling than your boxes can hold, please continue to sort your items and place them into clear or white bags next to your boxes.

Large cardboard will also be collected from Boxing Day until Monday, 12 January. If you have large cardboard and it won’t fit in your recycling box, please flatten it as much as possible and place next to your boxes on your collection day.

Christmas Day – Alternative Arrangements

Households due to have their black bin emptied on Thursday, 25 December should instead put their black bin, recycling and food waste out on Sunday 28 December. Properties that would have received a brown bin collection that day should present only their recycling and food waste for collection on Sunday, 28 December.

Real Christmas Trees

Christmas trees will be collected from the first full week of the new year until 31 January. Please place them next to your recycling boxes or inside your brown bin for collection when the service resumes.

Alternatively you can take them to your nearest household waste recycling centre. Find your nearest at opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Check your new collection calendar – All homes will soon receive a new waste and recycling calendar, including details about Christmas arrangements. It includes your collection dates for 2015 and 2016, so please keep hold of it for future reference.

Reporting Missed Collections Over Christmas

Daventry District Council’s offices will be closed from Thursday, 25 December until 2 January – to report a missed collection during this time, please visit opens in a new windowwww.daventrydc.gov.uk

 

Two Appeals from DDC

Clothes for Xmas & Christmas Helping Hampers

Daventry District Council has launched two appeals for Christmas to help those in need.clothes for xmas

Clothes for Christmas is collecting unwanted winter woolies to help those that need to keep warm in the winter.

Christmas Helping Hampers is appealing for contributions  of food that will help those in need over Christmas.

Please help in any way you can. You can see more details in these flyers:-

xmas hampers

 

Give Your Views

Consultations on Council Tax, Leisure Centre & On-Line Safety

Daventry District Council wants the views of district residents on two local initiatives, a new Leisure Centre and proposed  Council Tax Support Schemes. At the same time the Police and Crime Commission wants the views of young people as well as parents and carers on On-Line Safety.

You can help by completing questionnaires and giving your views on these issues through the DDC web site and the Northants Police web site as follows:-

opens in a new windowFinancial help with Council Tax for those on low incomes: closes 20/10/2014.

opens in a new windowLeisure Centre for Daventry East District:  closes 30/09/2014.

opens in a new windowYoung people & adult views on On-Line Safety: closes 24/10/2014.

 

 

 

Polling Stations

Voters’ Views Invited.

After recent muddles on notifying voters about which polling station to vote at Daventry District Council is conducting a review of Polling Districts and Polling Stations.

box_with_XThey are looking at the location of polling stations from the point of view of whether they are suitably placed and whether they have the appropriate disabled access.

Comments are invited from local electors.

More details can be found in this notice (corrected from original post):-

Polling Places Review Notice 2014-1

 

Latest “Daventry Calling”

The latest edition of Daventry’s e-magazine “Daventry Calling” is now available.

Apart from all the usual features on coming events, there are articles on Daventry’s new Credit Union  and on Daventry’s aim to create a cleaner, greener district food recycling programme.

Check it out here:  opens in a new windowDaventry Calling

Daventry WWI Centenary Events

Tea Dance, Museum Exhibition & Fete

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are three events coming up in Daventry to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

More details in these posters…

Saturday 9th August: Tea Dance

Saturday 9th August : Centenary Fete & Sports Day

Museum Great War Centenary Exhibition

District Council Elections

Vote For Your Daventry District Councillor

opens in a new windowPolling station sign, London. UK general elect...Here is the formal notice of poll for the District Council Elections to take place on Thursday 22nd May with details of the candidates nominated and polling stations:-

opens in a new windowNotice of Poll Woodford District

 

 

 

Calling All Crafters!

WW1 Centenary Commemoration Craft Event

Daventry District Council and partners are looking for support their plans to mark this centenary anniversary of World War I with various events on Saturday 9th August.

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Kitchener-leete (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These will include a Centenary Fete and Old Fashioned Sports Day that will hopefully depict an early 1900’s Country fete and sports day. It will be a feel-good family day out where everyone is welcome. (A full day’s programme will be made available during May 2014).

As part of the day DDC plan to hold a craft fair where all of the district’s local crafters can demonstrate their skills and meet the public. There is no charge for a pitch but DDC hope for just a small donation to support various nominated military charities.

This poster  Craft Fair Flyer  has all the details.

 

Register to Vote

Tuesday 6th May is the Deadline

In order to vote in the elections coming up in May you have to be registered. The deadline for registration is Tuesday 6th May.

You can complete the registration for here:  opens in a new windowhttps://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

REGISTRATION IS FREE (There are some web sites that will charge for helping you to register, these are unnecessary, There is no need to use them.)

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May Elections : Nominations

Notice of Elections for Parish Council, District Council & European Parliament

box_with_XOn the 22nd of May we will have the opportunity to vote for our representatives on the Woodford cum Membris Parish Council, Daventry District Council and at the European Parliament.

Don’t forget you can only vote if you have registered to vote. You can find out more on registering here on the opens in a new windowElectoral Commission’s Web Site.

Nominations from those wishing to stand are invited in the notices below. In the case of the Parish Council if fewer than fourteen individuals are nominated then all those putting themselves forward will form the new Council. Nomination papers must be delivered by no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, 24th April 2014.

The notices also contain details of when apply a postal vote or proxy vote application must be received.

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, the Electoral Commission opens in a new windowcan let you know if you are eligible to stand and if you want to go ahead there is  opens in a new windowthis useful guide to how it all works. You can find nomination forms and more information on opens in a new windowthis area of the Commission’s web site.  (The forms are under Section 2a.)

 

 

 

Fund Your Group

Daventry Hosts Funding Fair For Local Voluntary & Community Groups

If you’re looking for Grant Funding for your Community Project or thinking of developing a new project for the community or know an organisation who is, then this funding fair is a great place to start. Find out more below and in this poster.

There will be three short presentations

The Big Lottery Regional Manager – will be talking about Awards for All, which is a Grant Programme open all year round.

Northants Community Foundation Manager – Will be giving advice on completing successful grant applications.

ACRE Rural Officer – Who will be talking about free IT training and website designing for community as well as local rural community grants.

There will also be an opportunity to talk in person to discuss grants with representatives from The Big Lottery, Daventry & District Housing Community Development Community Chest Grants, Daventry & District Council Grants Officer, Daventry Town Council and Cummings Community Development Officer and others.

You will also have a chance to get some expert advise and conduct free searches online for specific national or local funding for your group and will receive a list of many grants that are available, such as Talk2us, Children in Need, Sport England, McDonalds, Greggs, B&Q and many more ……DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

 

Planning & Slade Lays Farm

Daventry DC Planning Committee Review

At their meeting on 12th March, Daventry DC Planning Committee considered a report recommending that the agricultural hire business operating at Slade Lays Farm on the Eydon Road should cease operating.  You can read the opens in a new windowReport here.

A decision was made in favour of the recommendation for an Enforcement Order. The order requires that Slade Lays Farm stops storing and retailing commercial vehicles, plant and equipment and agricultural equipment, and removes all associated vehicles, plant and equipment from the land, within a period of six months.

Taylor Plant & Construction Ltd. have appealed against the decision.

 

 

 

More WW1 Commemorations

Local Commemoration Calendar

WW1 Website 001Daventry Town Council, Daventry District Housing and Daventry District Council are planing a calendar of all local World War One centenary commemoration events.

You can add details of your event by opens in a new windowfilling in a form on their web site here.

Grants Hill Way Planning Application

Application Rejected By DDC

This application for 40 houses on Grants Hill Way was rejected at the November 20th Daventry District Council Planning Committee meeting.

Keep up to date with future news on this application here Planning Application on DDC Web Site.

 

Xmas Waste & Recycling Collections

Details of Christmas Collections 2013

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Collections will take place as scheduled, including Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There will be no collection on Christmas Day (Wednesday) and instead those properties affected will receive a collection on Sunday, 29 December.

Black bins – Over Christmas, black bins will continue to be collected fortnightly as normal. There are special arrangements for households on Wednesday collections affected by Christmas Day (see below). Please make sure you recycle as much as possible.

Brown bins – From Monday, 23 December to Saturday, 4 January inclusive, brown bin collections will be suspended for all households in Daventry District. This will enable crews to focus on collecting extra recycling over Christmas.

Recycling boxes and food bins – these will continue to be collected weekly for all properties on their scheduled collection day. Extra recycling will also be collected – see below for details.

Christmas Day alternative arrangements – Households due to have their black bin emptied on Christmas Day should instead put their black bin, recycling and food waste out on Sunday 29th December. Properties that would have received a brown bin collection that day should present only their recycling and food waste for collection on Sunday, 29th December.

Extra recycling – You can put out extra recycling for collection over Christmas.  If you have more recycling than your boxes can hold, please continue to sort your items and place them into carrier bags next to your boxes (not black or green sacks). Please put all your glass into your blue box and then separate any additional into bags, plastic into another, tins into another, etc.

Large cardboard will also be collected over Christmas, during weeks commencing 23 and 30 December. If you have large cardboard and it won’t fit in your recycling box, please flatten it as much as possible and place next to your boxes on your collection day.

Real Christmas trees – There are no special arrangements for the collection for real Christmas trees this year. You can place real Christmas trees alongside your brown bin for collection when the garden waste service resumes from 6 January onwards. Alternatively you can take them to your nearest household waste recycling centre. Find your nearest one here

Check your new collection calendar – All homes will soon receive a new annual waste and recycling calendar, including details about Christmas arrangements.

More information about waste and recycling is available online or call 01327 871100.

 

 

 

First World War Remembrance

What Should Woodford Do?

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Royal British Legion poppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monday 4th August 2014 will be the centenary of the United Kingdom entering into the first World War.  Daventry District Council plans to commemorate this historical landmark with various commemorative events as from March through to November and Remembrance Sunday on the 9th November 2014 that will hopefully touch every age group within the district.

Should we mark this anniversary in Woodford? If you have a view, send us an email at Signpost Feedback. If your association or group are already planning something, DDC would like to know. Della Butcher is coordinating this for DDC and you can email her here: DButcher@daventrydc.gov.uk

Here is a summary of DDC’s plans so far: DDC WW1 Commemoration Plans