Affordable Housing – Proposed new development in Yelvertoft

A representative from Daventry District Council (DDC) and a representative from Northants Housing Association (NHA) confirmed that following the housing needs survey carried out earlier in the year, there is a need for affordable housing.  A plot of land at the top of Hillmorton Lane has been identified for four bungalows and five houses.  Five of the properties will remain affordable in perpetuity. There will be a mix of rented, shared ownership, and market housing. This will be a rural exception site but will not set a precedent for future development outside of the village boundary. The Parish Council can be involved at all stages of the development.

The Parish Council have advised that they would prefer not to have responsibility for further street lighting.  NHA confirmed that there are alternatives such as PIR lighting.  There may be a need for a new street light at the top of Hillmorton Lane.

NHA confirmed that the properties will be eco e.g. airsource heat pumps.  Solar panels can be considered.

NHA confirmed that the properties will meet national standards e.g. larger properties, bungalows having wet rooms.



Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant

Yelvertoft Parish Council


We, the undersigned, commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces

Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.

The Armed Forces Covenant

An Enduring Covenant Between

The People of the United Kingdom

Her Majesty’s Government

  • and –

All those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown

And their Families

The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.

Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.

Section 1: Principles of the Armed Forces Covenant

  • We Yelvertoft Parish Council will endeavour in our business dealings to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:
  • no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

Section 2: Demonstrating our Commitment

2.1      We recognise the value of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families; and will aim to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:

  • Armed Forces Champion: appointing an Armed Forces Champion to promote support for the Armed Forces community;
  • Promoting the Armed Forces: promoting the fact that we are an Armed Forces-friendly Council, to our members and wider public; celebrating the work of the Armed Forces and encouraging positive interaction between them and members of the public;
  • Veterans: Recognising that military veterans are a valued part of our community; facilitating and encouraging their participation in civic and community events; providing a link to the Veterans Gateway on our website; encouraging local businesses to support the employment of veterans;
  • Service Spouses & Partners: encouraging local businesses to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
  • Reserves: encouraging local businesses to support the employment of Reservists;
  • Cadet Organisations: encouraging support for and membership of local military cadet units;
  • Armed Forces Events: promoting Armed Forces events such as local Breakfast Clubs, Coffee Mornings, Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal Day and Remembrance activities;
  • Armed Forces Charities: encouraging support for Armed Forces charities;.
  • Commercial Support: encouraging local businesses to consider offering discounts to members of the Armed Forces community.

2.2      We will publicise these commitments through our social media and on our website, setting out how we will seek to honour them and inviting feedback from the Service community and our customers on how we are doing.




You may have heard about what3words. It can be very beneficial for remote villages. Northamptonshire emergency services are using the scheme.
what3words has divided the globe into 3m squares and given each one a unique 3 word address. It means everywhere can be located with just three words. For example ///kite.chats.dine will take you to a precise spot in a field next to the River Ouse in York.
what3words is available as a free app for iOS and Android and online map.
Very useful for those who enjoy countryside walks and horse riding.

New Ultrafast Broadband for Yelvertoft

Work starts to install new ultrafast broadband by Gigaclear in November 2019 and will be completed by May 2020.  A message from Gigaclear:

Gigaclear are currently building your ultrafast, full fibre broadband network. During this phase our contractors will be in your community installing the fibre cables needed to bring you the best broadband speeds in the country.

For any questions during the build phase, please contact our dedicated Network Build Care team:
01865 591 137

Click here for Gigaclear Build FAQ’s

Your guide to key dates in General Election countdown

Residents are being advised of some important deadlines in the run-up to the General Election on 12 December.

Daventry District Council verifies and counts the votes for the Daventry Parliamentary Constituency, which includes Daventry District as well as to two wards from the borough of Wellingborough (Earls Barton and West) and the South Northamptonshire district wards of Harpole & Grange, and Heyfords & Bugbrooke.

People who are not already registered to vote have until midnight on Tuesday 26 November to do so if they wish to vote in this General Election. The quickest and easiest way to do this is at

The deadline to apply for, or cancel, a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November. Once people have received their postal vote they should mark their vote on the ballot paper and send it back so that it arrives by close of poll, which is 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

Anyone who cannot get to a polling station and wishes to appoint someone to vote on their behalf can apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on Wednesday 4 December, though if an elector falls ill or is called away on business after this date they may be able to apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on 12 December

Proxy and postal vote application forms can be requested by contacting Daventry District Council’s Electoral Services team at or on 01327 871100.

Meeting set to discuss climate emergency

People are invited to a meeting to explore what can be done in Daventry District to help prevent climate change.

The event, which takes place at Daventry District Council’s (DDC) Lodge Road offices from 7-8.30pm on Monday 11 November, has been organised by a task panel of councillors who are exploring what can be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the District.

The panel wants to hear people’s views on the action that DDC, Daventry Town Council, parish councils, voluntary organisations and residents can take reduce our carbon footprint.

There will be contributions from local organisations and activists concerned with climate change, followed by an open discussion on what should be done in Daventry District.

The cross-party task panel consists of Councillors Ken Ritchie, Jonathan Harris and Rupert Frost and was set up by DDC in July to consider how the Council can further reduce the environmental impact of its own activities, as well as encourage others to make improvements.

The panel is consulting experts in a range of fields in the course of its research, including climate change, sustainable housing and renewable energy, with a view to producing a final report containing its recommendations in the New Year.

The meeting on 11 November is open to anyone who is interested. It is helpful if those who plan to attend could email or phone 07754 165551 ahead of the event to help the panel manage the arrangements, but this is not essential.

Government lays unitary legislation before Parliament

Government legislation required to create two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire has been laid before Parliament.

The document, known as the Northamptonshire Structural Changes Order 2019 (SCO), sets out how the two new unitary authorities will be formed to replace the existing eight councils on 1 April 2021.

The Draft Order will now be considered and debated by both Houses of Parliament and if approved, should become legislation by the end of the year.

The Structural Changes Order confirms the following details:

  • The names of the new unitary authorities will be North Northamptonshire Council (covering Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough) and West Northamptonshire Council (covering Northampton, Daventry District and South Northants areas)
  • The existing eight councils will be wound up and abolished on 1 April 2021 when the two new unitary councils come into effect
  • Two temporary Shadow Authorities – one each for the North and West – will be formed in May 2020 with responsibility for delivering the new unitary councils and setting their first budgets and council tax.  Until then, the joint committees currently in place in the North and West will continue to take responsibility for putting unitary plans in place.
  • Elections for the unitary councils will be held in May 2020 – councillors will serve a five-year term, with their first year on the shadow authorities. There will be 78 councillors elected for the North and 93 for the West.
  • Parish council elections will go ahead in May 2020 too but the district and borough elections will not take place so current members will serve until their existing councils are abolished.

The draft Order also makes it clear that future governance arrangements, including overview and scrutiny, will be for the new councils to decide once they go live on 1 April 2021.

To view the full Order visit

Northamptonshire’s county, district and borough councils are working together with partners on a programme to ensure the two new unitary authorities are delivered on 1 April 2021 with better quality, integrated services for residents across the county.

The Future Northants programme involves councillors and staff from all eight authorities working together to prepare for the new unitary councils and ensure the transformation of public services across the county.

To find out more about and keep up-to-date on Northamptonshire’s unitary preparations, visit or

Notice of Casual Vacancy


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


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

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  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


Venue: Yelvertoft Village Hall

Please do come along and share your views.