Notice of Casual Vacancy

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

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

……………….Jackson……………………………………………………………………………………..

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…….17.10.19…………………………..

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.

 

Bin changes bring huge boost to waste recycling rates

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

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.

Under the service, residents receive a weekly food waste collection, a fortnightly mixed recycling collection in a blue-lidded wheelie bin, and a general waste black bin collection every three weeks.

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 www.daventrydc.gov.uk/recycling

Save Our Shop

As you will know, our shop/Post Office has closed.

This is of course sad news for all of us in Yelvertoft and the surrounding villages who have used the shop to get their newspapers, fresh milk and bread and buy those things you find you have run out of. It will also be bad news for us all as the loss of the Post Office will mean no more cash dispensing, no more posting parcels and packages, no more foreign currency on your doorstep. If you have your prescription delivered to the shop, this will stop.

However, all is not lost. A group of very concerned residents have got together, with the support of the Parish Council, to form a Working Group to launch the Save Our Shop campaign.

A questionnaire is the first step on the journey to retaining a shop and Post Office in the village.  Please do complete our questionnaire.  All residents have been posted a copy but you are also welcome to complete it online and return by email to clerk@yelvertoft-pc.gov.uk.  Please be honest and as realistic as possible in your answers. Your responses will be treated in confidence. It is entirely anonymous, unless you wish to add your name at the end.

Please either complete your questionnaire online or post it to 1 Styles Place by Friday 23rd August.

Save Our Shop questionnaire JUL 2019

Local businesses and people who live in the surrounding villages are also invited to complete a questionnaire.

All residents are invited to a meeting to discuss the closure of Yelvertoft shop and Post Office, and to discuss whether residents would like to look into options for saving our facilities or not.

Tuesday 27th August 2019

7pm

Venue: Yelvertoft Village Hall

Please do come along and share your views.

 

Nominations for Daventry District Sports Awards now open

People across Daventry District are being encouraged to nominate their local sporting heroes for an award.

Run by Everyone Active in partnership with Daventry District Council, the annual Daventry District Sports Awards aim to celebrate the wealth of sporting talent in Daventry District.

People are encouraged to showcase their club, team or school or to recognise local athletes, coaches or volunteers by nominating them for an award.

There are eleven categories recognising the best community club, activity group, team, coach, volunteer, young leader, school, young sportsperson and disabled sportsperson of the year. There is also an award for best overall sportsperson, and a Lifetime Contribution to Sport award.

The awards, which feed into the regional heats of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, will be presented at a formal evening celebration at Daventry Leisure Centre on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “Daventry District boasts a very active sporting scene with some incredibly talented individuals, who are often backed by talented coaches, nurturing clubs and schools, and a huge network of volunteers.

“Our annual Sports Awards aim to highlight everyone’s contribution, and are an excellent opportunity to give recognition to anyone involved in local sport who you feel deserves a public accolade for their achievements. Please get in touch and submit your nominations.”

People can find out more about the criteria for individual awards and submit a nomination at     www.everyoneactive.com/news/daventrysportsawards

For more information contact Megan Whittingham at Everyone Active either by phone on 01327 871144, or email MeganWhittingham@everyoneactive.com

VOTERS

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.

The 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.

Failure to respond could mean a person won’t appear on the Electoral Register, which means they will also not be able to cast their 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.

 

Are your dog’s microchip details up-to-date?

Dog owners are being reminded of the importance of making sure the information on their pet’s microchip is kept up-to-date.

Daventry District Council’s Dog Warden service is issuing the advice after coming across a number of cases recently in which a lost dog’s chip contained information for their owner’s old address – making it difficult to reunite them.

A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is painlessly implanted under the dog’s skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

The dog owner’s contact details are logged on a central database, so should the dog be found after going missing or being stolen it can be scanned and quickly returned to its owner.

Since April 2016 dog owners have been required by law to make sure their dog is microchipped, with those who fail to do so facing fines of up to £500.

As well as helping reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:

  • Helping to prevent the theft of dogs
  • Allowing for easier identification of owners who are guilty of animal cruelty
  • Enabling vets and the Council to contact dog owners directly if a stray is found
  • Tackling the issue of stray dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.

Councillor Richard Auger, Environmental Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Microchipping is the most effective tool for our officers to reunite dog owners with their lost pets. However, it’s only useful if the information on the chip is kept up-to-date, and it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure this is done. If you move house you must contact the database company that your dog is registered with and update your details.”

People are also being urged to ensure they properly report any stray dogs they find so they can be reunited with their owners.

If you have lost or found a dog, please contact Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. If you find a dog outside of normal office hours, or on a Saturday or Sunday, please contact Dunsmore Kennels on 024 7654 2566 or visit www.dunsmorekennels.com

Anyone who finds a dog during the evening or when the kennels are otherwise closed is advised to keep the dog overnight if they can, before contacting the kennels or the Council. Please ensure you do not put yourself at risk of being bitten or attacked by the dog if you are prepared to secure a dog overnight.

Please find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/dogs

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Press release number: 2589

For further information please contact:

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

Shop Closure

We will be discussing the shop closure at our meeting on Monday 8th July at 7.30 in the Reading Room.  What may be done to retain a shop and Post Office in the village. Please do come along if you wish to discuss possibilities.

Unitary programme re-designed to include more transformation work prior to Vesting Day 2021

Following the Secretary of State’s announcement, two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1 April 2021 (Vesting Day), a year later than we originally anticipated.

This extra time allows the councils to carry out some transformation work on the services currently delivered across the county.

This will require a different approach to delivering the programme, which previously focussed on ‘safe and legal from day one’ – this remains a priority but re-configuring services is just as important.

The Chief Executives and Leaders have re-visited the plan to build in this extra time and have agreed a single integrated plan for the whole county with a greater focus on transformation. We know that when we get to implementation, the West and North will do things differently, and the plan will accommodate that variation.

This ‘one programme, one team’ approach will involve all eight Chief Executives taking ownership of work streams and being collectively accountable for their delivery to the Leaders’ Group.  This approach will ensure that this transformation programme is owned and delivered by all Northamptonshire councils.

Our vision for the new unitaries is set out in the Prospectus for Change, which can be found on the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/lgr

Cllr Chris Millar – Leader

Ian Vincent – Chief Executive

 

WOULD YOU MAKE A GOOD PARISH COUNCILLOR?

Have you ever considered volunteering to become a Parish Councillor? If the answer is no, then you should reconsider. The Parish Council plays a vital role within Yelvertoft. The Parish Council works towards keeping the Parish an attractive place to live and can influence the future of the area.

Here are a few reasons why you should give the role your consideration:

  • You would like to help keep the Parish a desirable place to live
  • If you’re female or under 25 then have a good think, as women and youngsters are under-represented in local authorities
  • You are interested in planning and development
  • Be a voice for the people of the Parish
  • Training and support are available
  • As a resident your opinions are important

What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. As it is the authority closest to the people, a parish council is invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason, it is a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

As a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support. A member of the community with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the parish. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped to make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.  Yelvertoft is an area with a rich history and preservation of the area is of great importance. The Parish Council helps to ensure the area continues to be a desirable place to live, go to school, work and visit.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect their local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), highways issues and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities. It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions, but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions such as Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire County Council and developers. In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

The Parish Council holds a meeting once a month to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings usually last three hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss. In addition to the regular meetings, councillors are occasionally required to attend other meetings representing the Council. Such meetings won’t happen too frequently, so it’s not going to take over your life.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • be at least 18 years old.

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • be an elector of the parish, or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

What support is there?
The Parish Council is supported by the Northants Local Councils Association (NCALC), which offers advice and training. The other councillors are friendly and always there to help. The role of the Parish Clerk is to support the Parish Council in several ways. The clerk carries out administration tasks, acts as legal adviser/researcher and liaises with outside agencies. The role of parish councillor is voluntary but expenses can be paid. We always have a training budget for Councillors to attend any training course they require to carry out their duties.

Don’t take our word for it!

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now. Come along to a Parish Council meeting, or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the role, or contact the Clerk.

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