Cadet Recruitment

Calling all young people!

The Cadet recruitment window is now open for their September 2024 intake and young people across the county are being encouraged to do something amazing with their time and join up to the Northamptonshire Emergency Service Cadets (NESC).

Those successful in joining the cadet scheme:

  • Receive training in all elements of emergency services.
  • Learn transferable skills such as excellent communication tools and broaden your knowledge of public services.
  • Make positive contributions towards public safety.
  • Meet new and interesting people and develop new friendships.
  • Open up opportunities for future careers in any of the three services

If you are aged between 13-18 and are interested in learning more about the scheme, you can find out more information at www.northants.police.uk/cadets

If you would like to apply for this year’s intake, or know someone who would be interested, please head to the website, and complete the form before the closing date, Sunday, April 7, 2024.

The meetings follow a set curriculum where you will take part in activities such as visiting the Force Control Room, and officer safety training, as well as supporting each service at community events.

There are currently 6 cadet units in Northamptonshire that meet on a weekly basis between 6pm and 9pm – Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough, Daventry, Towcester, and Corby.

Mature Drivers Roadshow

Mature Drivers roadshow May 24

Mature Drivers roadshow May 24

Solar Farm – Monthly Updates from the developer

 

Solar farm update Mar 2024

Solar farm update Feb 2024

Yelvertoft Solar Farm – Update – February 2024

Solar farm update Dec 2023

Solar farm update Nov 2023

Solar farm update Oct 2023

Solar farm update Sept 2023

YSF – Update Yelvertoft Parish Council – July 2023

Residents Meeting – Yelvertoft Solar Farm – Information Boards – 24 June 2023

Solar farm update June 2023

Update Yelvertoft Solar Farm – Yelvertoft Parish Council – 15 May 2023

 

 

Annual Litter Pick

2024 Litter Pick ad

2024 Litter Pick ad

Crime Prevention Webinars – March 24

It is the start of spring and at Neighbourhood Watch Network we are working at providing you with our next round of Crime Prevention Webinars.  So we are delighted to invite you to register and attend these during the week beginning 18th March 2024.

We have invited experts in their field to talk about Burglary in a digital age, Antisocial Behaviour aimed at our heritage buildings and sites, addressing Vehicle Crime, exploring Isolation and Loneliness and knowing what to do if we are victims of Stalking or how we can support them.

When are the webinars being held

The webinars are held online via Zoom and will be from 4.30pm – 5.30pm each week day during that week.

Booking your place on our webinars

To book your place you will need to register for each of the webinars that you wish to join.  There is a limited amount of space and we want to ensure that you do not miss out.

The links for registering for  our webinars

Day Webinar Link to register
Monday 18th Taking your home security to the next level (burglary trends and technology) Register HERE 
Tuesday 19th ASB & Heritage crime – not just an issue for rural communities Register HERE

 

Wednesday 20th Top tips from policing’s tactical lead for vehicle crime Register HERE
Thursday 21st Understanding the role of isolation & loneliness in scams Register HERE
Friday 22nd Stalking and female personal safety Register HERE

 

We look forward to welcoming you to join the conversation with us.  Please do feel free to share this message to all of your networks and invite them to join us too.

Best wishes

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK

Annual Parish Meeting 2024

APM poster 2024

APM poster 2024

Road Closure – 11th March 2024

A sign has been erected by Anglian Water outside the school advising of a road closure. We have spoken with Anglian Water who have advised that this is for emergency repair works. This is a full road closure affecting the High Street and School Lane. It is emergency works to repair a leaking valve. As it is emergency works they automatically get a 5 day closure but having spoken to Anglian they hope it will only be a day. This cannot be guaranteed. The work is scheduled to start at 9am on Monday 11th March and will hopefully be finished by 3pm thus avoiding school drop off and pick up times. The school is going to inform parents through their media channels. Anglian are going to keep the school and ourselves updated.
Road closure School Mar 24

Road closure School Mar 24

RURAL WELLBEING SURVEY

Rural Wellbeing in Northamptonshire
Rural Charity Northamptonshire ACRE is conducting a survey to establish support needs in rural communities. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyzYabewXta6gFxmqcGeUY-tnRPdgYOV0V45nFBviIf_faMg/viewform

Air Quality Consultation

Have your say on our plans to improve Air Quality

We have drafted an Air Quality Action Plan that provides the actions we will take to work towards improving air quality and reducing air pollution in West Northamptonshire.

The draft plan extends the positive improvements in air quality that exist from previous plans and builds on this.

We would like people to have their say on the key proposals and the draft plan generally, and also to gather information to determine peoples understanding of air quality and identify any health-related issues so that this can also be considered in the plan.

Have your say

If you would like further information and to comment on the proposals, please visit Have your say on our plans to improve Air Quality.

This consultation closes midnight Sunday 17 March 2024.

West Northamptonshire Council, Feb 24

 

Environmental Agency update report

Monthly reports from the Environmental Agency:

Since our last update, we’ve been working on scoping the next stage of work. This stage is the Strategic Outline Case (SoC). For this, we take our initial assessment of the options, existing modelling work, and potentially feasible options. In progressing this stage, we will come out with a Long list of options, a short list of the most viable ones and some preliminary cost-benefit analysis. This will be the best indication of the route the project will go so far. While Further work (Outline Business Case / OBC) will refine the shortlist to a single preferred option, and we can’t pre-judge what that will so in most instances, the preferred option at SoC will be the preferred option at OBC.

We have reached out on the issue of the cameras and Yelvertoft has been put forward as a place where the integration of the cameras into a community website. This integration should fix issues of the cameras not loading correctly in the medium term, and this is expected to start being rolled out in the next 2-3 months. In the meantime, though, the advice has been to try different web browsers and devices when viewing the cameras. I have tried this can for myself on PC Microsoft Edge has consistently shown the cameras operating correctly and without error. We have limited access to iPads and different phones to fully test the different options but Chrome has tended to work when we’ve tried on our end. This isn’t a long-term solution, and the issue is being raised at a national level as this isn’t the only instance of people having issues connecting to vital cameras.

We have added the current flood warning areas along the Clay Coton and Yelvertoft area to the list to be reviewed to see if the warnings can be refined. This will only affect flood warnings issued from the Clay Coton Brook but hopefully will provide some additional security. However, unfortunately, we will not be able to provide warnings about flooding from the Yelvertoft Brook as the response times are too short. Our best way forward on this is to improve the reliability and usability of the existing cameras and continue to work on the Flood Scheme to reduce the instances where that is needed.

We are starting work on additional modelling updates to the Yelvertoft Brook, and as part of that, we want to fully account for the SUDS measures currently active and those recently implemented. Those features will likely be represented as variable reductions of inflows in different return period flood events with the largest impact felt in more frequent flood events and the effect smaller, proportionally,

I also wanted to flag the frequently flooded community funding – This funding is once again available; however, the turnaround times for applications are tight. We would need confirmation of 10 properties that have flooded twice or more internally in the past 10 years. There are other requirements as well; however, those are mostly on our end and require us to be able to spend the money in the right time period. Given that can be ask for some level of proof, this can be a difficult ask. Our deadline for an application is Monday next week however to fill in the application we would need confirmation of those properties by the end of the week. This is an exceptionally tight turnaround time for flood defence funding applications however given it’s an opportunity for additional funding if we are able to find that number it would be very helpful.

February 2024

Extract: “I’ve been keeping an eye on things remotely from my end in Yelvertoft but wanted to reach out and check how things are in the village. I see the flood alert has been pulled and hopefully that outlook continues going forward. How have things looked on the ground in the village? There is the National Incident Reporting System on 0800 80 70 60 which can be used to report flooding or anything that is likely to cause flooding like a blockage in a culvert.

I also wanted to update on the work we’ve completed so far. This last week we had the first draft of the economic analysis back from the consultants. I must stress that this is a first draft of high-level work and some assumptions, that will be checking later on, have been made.

The next steps on our end are review and approve the economic work by our consultants. Immediately after that we will then make some minor updates to the model; changes which aren’t expected to significantly alter the economic results. Then we will go into the Strategic Outline Case (SoC) where we take a long list of flood defences options assess their benefits before coming up with a sort list of the best.

We’re also talking with the LLFA about a meeting. Do evenings or weekends work better for the parish council and are there days which we should avoid? I suspect that next week will be busy with incident response and the like but the week after that looks more likely.”

November 2023

Last Friday, we had the final stage of the model review for Yelvertoft to confirm our initial expectations: the existing model is suitable for an initial assessment, but amendments will need to be made to progress further beyond that. Most of this would be desktop-based work, but other parts could include additional survey work on culverts throughout the village. Any amendments that will be made are not expected to impact the flood extent significantly but are required to ensure everything is up to the required standard.

September 2023 – second update report

The next step for us is to start completing an economic assessment. ARUP, our consultant, is currently undertaking this assessment and is expecting to submit it to us for review around 3 weeks. Once we have the economic evaluation alongside the model, we’ll have more clarity on our path.

Since the last update, the consultants have worked primarily on modelling the watercourse. The consultants have made amendments to the Hydrology, which represents how much water flows through the system, and the Hydraulics, including the physical representation of the village and the watercourse. So far, the assessment has shown only modest changes in the level of risk and indicates that, broadly, our modelling has not been too far off. We still need to combine Hydraulics and Hydrology and see how they interact, but we expect we won’t see significant changes. As much of the rest of the assessments we are undertaking rely on the modelling, this is currently our priority piece of work.

September 2023

Apologies I’ve gone quiet this month. Things have been moving unexpectedly on Yelvertoft and I wanted to get everything in order to give a proper update when we knew what our plan was.

As you may be aware the EA process for new flood risk schemes involves producing a number of reports. This generally starts with an Initial Assessment before moving through the three business cases, Strategic, Outline and finally a Full Business case. As we move through the stages we gather more data, do more investigations and narrow our options down until an approved Full Business case which has a single option which we then, assuming we get approval construct.

After reviewing the information we already hold and the options we, along with the community have already we’re not going to produce an initial assessment report. Instead, we’re going to focus on getting the data and flood model to a place where we’re ready to move on to the next stage. We took this decision due to the amount of information we already have on Yelvertoft from previous studies and we were concerned that if we produced a full initial assessment report we would end up a couple of months down the line with a report that re-iterates things everything involved already knew.

With this approach we are further along the process and closer to delivering however it does mean that it will be a longer time until a written report is produced and able to be shared. Whereas before I was expecting to have something to share in the summer the autumn is now looking more likely. I can still share our progress through monthly updates and at any meetings.

In terms of meetings and how those take place. My personal preference is in person. It my be my personal bias but I find those can be more productive and getting people into Yelvertoft can help sharpen focus on the issues. That being said I recognise this can make it harder to get a date that everyone who is needed to attend. Therefore what I would suggest is that the first meeting is virtual, once we have everyone we need at that virtual meeting we spend 10 minuets at the end finding a date and time that everyone can attend an in person meeting in Yelvertoft.

May 2023