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November 2018

BLTC logoBurton Latimer Town Council - VACANCY
BLTC is seeking a 12th Town Councillor to fill a vacancy that has arisen following the recent resignation of Mark Brereton. As the current vacancy has arisen wihin the six-month period before the next town council elections scheduled for May 2019, BLTC intends to fill the vacancy by co-option.

If you wish to be considered for the vacancy, please contact the Town Clerk George Sneddon (see advert, below, for contact details) to request a 'Co-option information pack'. Applications should reach the Town Clerk by Friday, 30th November, and the successful candidate will be decided by the Town Council at its meeting on Tuesday, 4th December 2018.
» Download advert
» Download a leafet explaining the role of town councillor

New Police survey to identify local priorities
In order to tackle local policing concerns Northamptonshire Police want to know what matters most to people in the area where they live and work.

If you have views on this in relation to Burton Latimer, please help the police by answering a few questions using their online questionnaire.
» Give your views online by completing the SurveyMonkey questionnaire
» Read Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commmissioner's latest newsletter

BLTC - bullet points from November's meeting
Burton Latimer Town Council met on Tuesday, 6th November. The minutes will be published after they have been approved at December's meeting - but in the meantime, here is a taster of what was discussed or decided:
  • The new scenic footpath that runs behind the Wheatfields development off Cranford Road has been extended, and the tree-lined walk now emerges near the A6/Cranford Road roundabout.
  • BLTC would like to hear residents' views about possible uses for a narrow strip of land (marked in grey stripes on the map) between the new footpath and Slipton Road.
  • BLTC is pressing the County Council to extend the 30mph zone in Higham Road so that it starts at the junction with the A6.
  • Plans for the 'Kettering Gateway' business park include a filling station and drive-thru restaurant. While approving the general scheme, BLTC has raised concerns about the proposed road layout and its implications for existing roundabouts, cycle paths, bus stops and access to the westbound A14 slip road at J10.

Burton Latimer Heritage Society - Quiz sheet
Test your local knowledge with the Heritage Society's Burton Latimer-themed quiz sheet, which is on sale now £2 each from the Library, Heritage Museum, The Diner and other locations (look out for the poster!). The quiz features old photos and cryptic clues, and the winner will receive a framed photograph by Jeanette Hancock. Completed entries should be delivered to the Heritage Museum or 27 High Street by 1pm on Thursday, 29th November, and the winner will be announced at the Heritage Society's Coffee Morning on Saturday, 1st December. All profits will go to the maintainance of the museum and its collections, and to the running of the Heritage Society's website.
» Download a poster
» Visit the Heritage Society website
Burton Latimer Town Council - New Town Clerk required
BLTC is seeking a replacement for our Town Clerk George Sneddon, who is retiring at the end of January 2019 after many years of service.

The part-time post (20 hours per week - including any evening meetings and events) may be worked flexibly over five days. For more information about what the role involves - or to request a recruitment pack - please contact George Sneddon on 07732 331946 or email georgesneddon@talktalk.net. The closing date for applications is 19th November 2018, and interviews will take place during the week commencing 3rd December 2018
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Burton Latimer's WW1 Heroes: "Lest We Forget"
Burton Latimer's Millennium Garden currently has a fitting tribute to the young men from our town who fought and died in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Each of the 104 Burton Latimer men who lost their lives in that conflict is commemorated in a poster - which will remain there until after Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

This project to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice has been a joint enterprise between the Burton Latimer Heritage Society, the British Legion and Kensigns of Kettering - with most of the research work being done by local resident Tony Dacre.

Domino's Pizza - planning application update
Domino's Pizza chain's application to Kettering Borough Council to open a pizza takeaway in Churchill Way was discussed by Burton Latimer Town Council on Tuesday, 6th November. BLTC raised concerns about parking, disabled access, litter, deliveries, and the impact of cooking smells on nearby residents, and will forward their comments to KBC for consideration at a future decision-making meeting of the Borough Council's Planning Committee.
» View the application on KBC's website


Pocket Park - volunteers needed
Burton Latimer's Pocket Park is a great place to walk, have a picnic - or just sit and relax - while enjoying the flora and fauna that thrive in the peaceful surroundings. It is also the venue for our town's annual Duck Race and Fete.

But it takes time and effort to keep the area looking good - which is why the Pocket Park team is asking for additional volunteers to help with events, and carry out vital maintenance work.

There's always plenty to do, and the work sometimes involves operating equipment - such as strimmers and grass cutting machinery - for which volunteers receive full training. All equipment and insurance is provided - so you just need to supply your own energy, enthusiasm and as much time as you can! For further information, phone Fergus on 07767 398386
» Find out more about the Pocket Park
» Download a poster

A windfarm windfall for Burton Latimer
Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) is to receive over £40,000 per annum (index linked) from Infinergy - which is the company that runs the Burton Latimer windfarm. This money is ringfenced for projects within Burton Latimer parish - and when combined with the monies NCF already receives from the windfarm's northern extension, the total available for local projects is now well in excess of £55,000 per annum. What's more, the NCF money is in addition to the existing windfarm fund administered by Kettering Borough Council - which can only be used for energy saving / efficiecy projects.

More information about the scheme and details of how to apply for a grant are available on the NCF website at www.ncf.uk.com.

Burton Latimer Civic Centre
Office space at Civic Centre for hire
Burton Latimerís Civic Centre in High Street has a range of office accommodation available for rent at attractive rates.

The building is wheelchair-friendly, and the rental for the various office spaces on offer includes car parking, heating, lighting, and access to tea and coffee-making facilities. Wi-fi is also available if required, at a separate charge.

To find out more, or to discuss your needs in detail, please contact Councillor Fergus Macdonald (t: 01536 725922, m: 07767 398386, e: fergus39@verginmedia.com).

Town Twinning Association - a call for new members
Since its formation in 1985, Burton Latimer Twinning Association has created formal links with the German village of Altendiez and the Italian town of Castelnuovo Magra. Exchange visits with the two twin towns have been organised from time to time - with the most recent being a highly successful trip to Castelnuovo Magra in 2015.

The Association has early plans to host a visiting contingent from Altendiez in 2017, and possibly from Castelnuovo Magra too. New members are always welcome - and if you are interested in joining the Association or wish to find out more, please contact Steve Thomas (Twinning Association Chair - tel: 01536 724309); Chris Thomas (Secretary - tel: 01536 724309); or Carolyn Tristram (Treasurer - email: carolyntristram@hotmail.com).
» Find out more about the Twinning Association and Burton Latimer's Twin Towns

The Local Offer
Northamptonshire's Local Offer
The Local Offer is a new source of information about services available in Northamptonshire for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. Northamptonshire County Council - like all local authorities - is required to provide a Local Offer by The Children and Families Act (2014).

Northamptonshire's Local Offer has been put together in partnership with health services across the county, and includes information about: schools (maintained and academies) and how they support students with a special educational need or disability; special schools / provisions; specialist health services (Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy etc); social care services; specialist youth clubs and activities; parent support groups; training - and more.
» Download a leaflet
» Visit Northamptonshire's Local Offer website

Burton Latimer Parish Plan - let's keep it going
Burton Latimer's highly acclaimed Parish Plan was published in 2012. The final document took account of views expressed in over 700 household questionnaires completed by local residents. The town council is now looking for interested local residents to join a small group to look at monitoring the actions in the Parish Plan, and to keep it active and up to date. This is a real opportunity to influence things in the town, and the group will meet around once every three months - so it won't be too onerous! If you would like further details please contact Maureen Jerram on 01536 725524, or by email at mjerram@tiscali.co.uk.
» Download a copy of Burton Latimer's Parish Plan
Burton Latimer Civic Centre - rooms for hire
The Civic Centre has a selection of rooms available for meetings and other events during the daytime or evening, from as little as &10 per hour, with 50% discount for Charities and local community groups. Facilities include:
  • Disabled access, and wheelchair-friendly layout
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Large training room for hire
  • Wi-Fi available on request

For more information about renting office space at the Centre, or hiring a room, please contact Councillor Fergus Macdonald.
» Download a leaflet Civic Centre room hire
» Find out more about the Civic Centre

Can you click it?
You can click it - YES YOU CAN!
Did you know you can renew a library book, report a pothole and apply for a school place on the Northamptonshire County Council website?

These are just some of the services which are available online as part of the County Council's Can You Click It? campaign, which aims to encourage people to visit the website for commonly-used services - including:



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