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Green Light for Northampton Town Council

A new town council for Northampton will be created on 1 April 2020 following an historic decision this evening by Northampton Borough Council (NBC).

The new council, which is set to be the largest community-level council in England, will have its first election of councillors on 7 May 2020. Its inaugural meeting will take place shortly thereafter.

Danny Moody, Chief Executive of Northants CALC, which represents all the parish and town councils in Northamptonshire, said "This is a great day for the people of Northampton. The new town council will give them a voice when the existing borough council is dissolved to make way for the unitary council. West Northamptonshire Council (the unitary council) will be able to concentrate on strategic matters such as adult social care and highways, and the town council can concentrate on what matters most to the local community of Northampton". More »

There's a great deal of detail to work through over the next few months but the path is now set. NBC also made a decision to create a community council in the Kingsthorpe area and one in Far Cotton.

Almost all of rural Northamptonshire is already parished - i.e. served by a parish, town, neighbourhood or village council. The centre of Northampton has hitherto been unparished but there are already community-level councils around the centre, such as Duston Parish Council and Wootton Parish Council.

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has also made a decision to create a new town council for Wellingborough from 1 April 2020 and it is likely that Kettering and Corby will follow suit in 2021. » Less

Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:15 by Web Team

DDCouncil has received the coveted Green Award from Investors in the Environment

DDCouncil has received the coveted Green Award from Investors in the Environment

Daventry District Council's ongoing commitment to minimising its environmental impact has earned the authority an award.

The Council has received the coveted Green Award from the Investors in the Environment (iiE) for the seventh year running. The national environmental accreditation scheme is designed to help organisations save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and receive recognition for their green credentials. More »

DDC earned the award – the highest given out by the iiE - following an audit which praised the Council's Greener Healthier Workforce Team for its ongoing efforts to develop and implement improvements.

In the last year the Council has introduced a new all-electric pool car for staff to use on essential business, given away dozens of free saplings for communities to plant, and handed out more than 40 free litter picking kits to parish councils and community groups. Staff have also taken part in meat-free Monday buffets to highlight the environmental benefits of reduced meat intake in diets.

The auditor's report states: "Daventry District Council has developed and manages a robust environmental policy that is clear and which highlights the commitments and objectives for DDC along with the high-level action being undertaken.

"By qualifying for the accreditation, the Council is demonstrating the organisation's commitments to minimising its environmental impact and helping to set the standard for the environment."

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: "We are extremely pleased to have retained the Investors in the Environment Green Award accreditation, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to environmental improvement.

"We have a number of goals that not only focus on minimising our own impact on the environment, but also on initiatives which support communities to help them make greener choices. It is rewarding to see our efforts recognised."

To find out more about environmental initiatives taking place in Daventry District, or for tips on how to minimise your impact on the environment, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/greener-living

For more information about the Investors in the Environment scheme, visit www.iie.uk.com » Less

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:48 by Web Team

Daventry District Settlements and Countryside (Part 2) Local Plan

Daventry District Settlements and Countryside (Part 2) Local Plan

A major policy document produced to help shape Daventry District's future development is sound and complies with legal requirements, an independent examination has concluded.

Planning Inspector Gareth Wildgoose says the Daventry District Settlements and Countryside (Part 2) Local Plan provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the area, so long as a number of changes – known as main modifications – are made to it. More »

His final report, together with the recommended main modifications, was published on Friday (10 January) and will be considered by Daventry District councillors next month.

A decision on whether to adopt the Local Plan is due to be made at the meeting of Full Council on 20 February.

Developed by Daventry District Council and shaped by input from key stakeholders including local residents, parish councils and businesses, the Local Plan is a significant planning policy document containing detailed guidance to help shape decision-making on future planning issues.

The plan will be used to determine planning applications, and will supplement policies in the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, adopted in 2014, as well as in Neighbourhood plans.

Submitted for examination in December 2018, it was scrutinised during a series of public hearings held last summer.

People can view the final inspector's report and the recommended main modifications at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan

Alternatively, printed copies are available at the Council offices in Lodge Road, Daventry, or from the libraries at Brixworth, Long Buckby, Woodford Halse, Daventry and Moulton. » Less

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:38 by Web Team