Government says yes to two unitary councils for Northamptonshire

Two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1st April 2021 (Vesting Day), the Government confirmed today. The West Northamptonshire unitary will cover Daventry District, Northampton and South Northamptonshire and the North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough.  The existing district and borough councils and Northamptonshire County Council will all be abolished.

The Secretary of State James Brokenshire has reviewed all the evidence and representations received, and has now decided that replacing the eight councils with two unitary authorities is in the best interests of the residents of Northamptonshire.

Parliamentary Orders will follow later this year and there will be elections to the Shadow Authorities in May 2020.  Shadow Executives for the two unitaries will be selected from those elected and will determine the structure, budget and service delivery models for the new councils.

Services which complement one another but are currently divided between the district, borough and county councils, such as bin collections, waste disposal, planning and roads, will be brought together under each of the two unitary councils.

In a joint comment, the council leaders of Corby Borough Council (Tom Beattie), Daventry District Council (Chris Millar), East Northamptonshire Council (Steven North), Kettering Borough Council (Russell Roberts), Northampton Borough Council (Jonathan Nunn), Northamptonshire County Council (Matt Golby), South Northamptonshire Council (Cllr Ian McCord) and Borough Council of Wellingborough (Martin Griffiths), said:

“Now we’ve received the decision to progress with unitary, we will focus our efforts on creating two brand new councils that put the interests of residents at the heart of all decision making. This re-organisation needs to be about transforming how we deliver services so that they are more joined-up and make sense for residents across the county. We have a strong track record of collaborative working with each other and with partners and we will build on this to deliver services that make a positive difference to people’s lives.

“These new councils will also be major players in delivering the housing and jobs growth that Northamptonshire and the Cambridge to Oxford arc so badly need.”

“We have been working hard towards an anticipated 2020 Vesting Day but that was always going to be a tight timetable to meet if we were going to transform services as well as ensuring that they were safe and legal on that date.

“We therefore welcome the announcement that Vesting Day will be 1st April 2021.  That gives us more time to plan carefully and confidently for the future to ensure that we create two sustainable unitary councils that, while being very different in nature, will be exemplars of how to provide excellent services for our residents.”

Daventry District Council Leader Councillor Chris Millar said: “We are pleased to have received the Secretary of State’s formal decision which means 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.”

There will be elections to the Shadow Authorities in May 2020, so those newly-elected councillors will be able to work with officers to design and implement the new councils for several months ahead of Vesting Day.

Daventry District Council

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.

As well as the new hotline, people can also report a suspected HMO or a privately rented house in disrepair in confidence by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/hmo 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.

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.”

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For further information please contact:

Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email iopray@daventrydc.gov.uk

District’s veterans invited to new breakfast sessions

District’s veterans invited to new breakfast sessions

Past and present members of our armed forces are invited to join a new Veterans’ Breakfast club which has launched in Daventry.

Sessions are held at the New Street Café (next to Tesco) from 9.30am to midday on the fourth Wednesday of each month and offer veterans as well as current service personnel an opportunity to socialise in a relaxed, safe environment.

People can also access advice and support from the Royal British Legion at the same time.

Daventry District Council is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion, Daventry District Welfare Foundation, and the New Street Café on the scheme.

Chris Ward, of the Daventry Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Adjusting to life after serving in the armed forces can be difficult. Many veterans are left feeling isolated, so the aim of the club is to return that sense of belonging and to provide a place for veterans and service personnel to relax and socialise with each other.

“The breakfast club runs alongside our monthly support group, so I look forward to welcoming local members of our armed forces community to the sessions.”

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “Daventry District Council is a proud partner of Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire, which provides information and advice on support services available within the county for the Armed Forces community and their families.

“As part of that we are always keen to find ways in which we can help support our local armed forces community, so we are very pleased to be working alongside the Royal British Legion, and The New Street Centre on this initiative.”

More information on the support services offered by the Royal British Legion can be found at www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support  or by phoning their contact centre, which is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0808 802 8080.

For more information about Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire visit www.afcnorthamptonshire.co.uk

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For further information please contact:

Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email iopray@daventrydc.gov.uk Daventry District Council is a local authority providing essential public services for Daventry District, supporting the daily needs of residents, businesses and visitors. To find out more visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk

WW1 Memorial Bench

We are very pleased to announce the installation of the WW1 Commemorative bench.  Doesn’t it look fantastic!

We hope that all residents will enjoy it.

Discounted Compost Bins

30 April 2019

Special offers to encourage county residents to get composting

Discounted compost bins are being offered to Northamptonshire residents in a bid to encourage more people to get composting.

As part of International Compost Awareness Week (5-11 May), the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership is working with getcomposting.com to offer discounted compost converters from as little as £18.50. Residents can also buy a second composter for just £9.25 thanks to a fantastic ‘buy one get one half price’ offer.

Get composting’s Blackwall and Rainsaver products are made from 100% percent recycled plastic, including a combination of plastics collected by councils from waste segregation sites and kerbside collections as well as industrial waste such as old gas pipes, old wheeled bins and car bumpers.

As well as compost bins, the site also offers food waste digesters and hot composters, allowing people to compost all of their household food waste.

The Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates that the use of a home compost bin diverts approximately 150 kilogrammes of waste per household away from landfill sites each year.

It is also a cheaper alternative to chargeable garden waste collections and has the added benefit of producing a free supply of top-quality compost, which has multiple uses including as a soil improver, mulch or plant feed and helps gardens retain moisture.

Cllr Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “Composting is simple to do and around 30% of the average household waste can be composted.

“Although many households already compost at home, we want others to get involved, and this is a great incentive to encourage more residents to get composting and set up their own composting communities, sharing the rewards.

“Home composting organic waste also helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions and can be used as an effective and sustainable waste management method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

For full details of the offers, visit www.getcomposting.com, or call 0844 571 4444.

The buy one get one half price offer is available on selected products. A one-off delivery charge of £5.99 applies.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership (NWP) is a partnership of Northamptonshire councils and was set up to improve joint working arrangements on waste management matters.

Find out more at www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk

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For further information please contact: Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email iopray@daventrydc.gov.uk

Notice of Casual Vacancy

YELVERTOFT PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

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

……………….Odell……………………………………………………………………………………….

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

Signed…….S. Haywood……………………………..    Date…….26.04.19…………………………..

Parish Clerk

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

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

 

Armed Forces Support

Council’s support for armed forces sessions

Past and present members of our armed forces are being invited to join a new Veterans’ Breakfast club in Daventry.

The sessions will be held at the New Street Café (next to Tesco) on the fourth Wednesday of each month in order to give veterans as well as current service personnel an opportunity to socialise in a relaxed, safe environment.

The sessions will run from 9.30am to midday, starting on Wednesday 24 April, and will operate alongside a support group held by the Royal British Legion to offer advice to people currently serving in the armed forces, veterans and their families.

Daventry District Council is working in partnership with the Royal British Legion, Daventry District Welfare Foundation, and the New Street Café on the scheme.

Chris Ward, of the Daventry Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Adjusting to life after serving in the armed forces can be difficult. Many veterans are left feeling isolated, so the aim of the club is to return that sense of belonging and to provide a place for veterans and service personnel to relax and socialise with each other.

“The breakfast club will run alongside our monthly support group, so I look forward to welcoming local members of our armed forces community to the sessions.”

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “Daventry District Council is a proud partner of Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire, which provides information and advice on support services available within the county for the Armed Forces community and their families.

“As part of that we are always keen to find ways in which we can help support our local armed forces community, so we are very pleased to be working alongside the Royal British Legion, and The New Street Centre on this initiative.”

More information on the support services offered by the Royal British Legion can be found at www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support or by phoning their contact centre, which is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm on 0808 802 8080.

For more information about Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire visit the website.

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For further information please contact:

Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email iopray@daventrydc.gov.uk Daventry District Council is a local authority providing essential public services for Daventry District, supporting the daily needs of residents, businesses and visitors. To find out more visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk

European Elections

Preparations under way for European election

People living in Daventry District have until Tuesday, 7 May to register to vote in the European Parliamentary election scheduled to take place next month.

Daventry District Council is making preparations for the polling day on Thursday, 23 May following the latest agreement by the European Union and UK to extend the Brexit deadline to the end of October.

Residents are reminded that there are no local council elections in Daventry District on 2 May after they were postponed by the Government for a year in the light of proposals to restructure councils in Northamptonshire. Any polling cards they receive in the coming weeks will be for the European election only.

The deadline for registering to vote in time for the European parliamentary election is midnight on Tuesday, 7 May.  Those registering to vote for the first time can do so online.

Anyone unsure if they are registered, or who has recently moved house should contact the Council’s Electoral Services team on 01327 871100 or email electoralservices@daventrydc.gov.uk

Postal vote applications need to be completed and sent to DDC’s Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 8 May.

Applications to vote by proxy – when some votes on your behalf – must be received by DDC’s Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 15 May, though if an elector falls ill or is called away on business after that date, they may be able to apply up to 5pm on 23 May.

To request an application form for a postal or proxy vote call 01327 871100 or email electoralservices@daventrydc.gov.uk

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For further information please contact:

Ian O’Pray, Media Officer at Daventry District Council, on 01327 302310 or email iopray@daventrydc.gov.uk Daventry District Council is a local authority providing essential public services for Daventry District, supporting the daily needs of residents, businesses and visitors. To find out more visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Speeding in Yelvertoft

Residents in Yelvertoft are worried about speeding vehicles. With your support the Parish Council wants to continue with Community Speedwatch to tackle this danger.

Volunteers can be properly trained to use the calibrated speed gun, as used by police forces. We can’t fine motorists we find speeding but they will get a warning letter from the police as a reminder, and if necessary a visit from the police.

We will also get signs reminding people to slow down and interactive devices that will display the speed of a vehicle for drivers to see.  All of this is designed to educate and make drivers aware of speeding in our community.

Evidence collected from Speedwatch can be used by the Parish Council in any discussions with the County Council over possible traffic calming methods.

We need your help

We need adult volunteers to help with Yelvertoft Community Speedwatch if we are to continue so we are asking for your help.

If you are interested then contact the Clerk and register your interest at clerk@yelvertoft-pc.gov.uk

The next training day is 15th June 2019.

Thank you.

Flood Works in Yelvertoft

The Environment Agency will shortly commence essential maintenance works to the Yelvertoft Flood Storage Area during Spring 2019.

The flood storage area is made up of a number of Environment Agency managed assets including embankments, walls, culverts and a control/spillway structure. It is essential that all of these components are maintained to an acceptable standard to prevent issues occurring when the flood storage area is in use.

Late last year, issues with various parts of the flood storage area were identified by one of our asset inspectors. At this point we moved quickly to assess the work required to ensure the asset continues to perform correctly during flood events.

The work, which is being undertaken by our contractors Breheny, is due to commence on the 11th of March. We will begin by clearing vegetation and setting up our working area. Following this, work will take place on the control/ spillway structure, culvert headwalls and the flood wall along Crick Road. The final stage of the project will be the maintenance work on the existing embankments.

These works are not associated with, nor will impact upon, the initial assessment being undertaken to investigate the potential for future schemes surrounding the flooding in Yelvertoft.

If you would like further information regarding this maintenance work please do not hesitate to contact John Conniff (FCRM Advisor) on john.conniff@environment-agency.gov.uk