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June 2018

Local government re-structuring - have your say!
Residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county are being invited to comment on proposals for a new local government structure across Northamptonshire.

All eight authorities in the county are working on a proposal following a Best Value Inspection of Northamptonshire County Council - which concluded that NCC's financial, cultural and governance problems could not be solved in isolation, and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked the eight authorities to submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:

  • A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.

The proposal also needs to command a good deal of local support - so residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county are being asked to comment before a final proposal is submitted. The consultation period will run from Monday, 18th June to Sunday, 22nd July 2018.

Copies of the consultation document that fully explains the proposal, along with an online questionnaire, can be found at www.futurenorthants.co.uk. The questionnaire will also be available in libraries and local council offices from Monday, 25th June.
» View the consultation document
» Complete the online questionnaire

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 Heritage Society - latest exhibition ends this month
BLHS's latest exhibition - called 'Collections' - features a range of personal collections by Burton latimer people.

The exhibition at the Heritage Museum in High Street will be open from 10am to 1pm every Thursday and Saturday, until Saturday, 23rd June. As usual, entrance is free.
» Visit the Heritage Society website

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).

Burton Latimer Pocket Park
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 or Maureen on 01536 725524.
» Find out more about the Pocket Park

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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