Northamptonshire County Council

Election 2017 Results

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  1. Join us for our special festival event from 8pm

    Northamptonshire week

    You can hear some of the best local bands and interviews from our virtual Northamptonshire Week.

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    Video caption: Featuring the best local artists and groups to help us mark Northamptonshire Week.
  2. 'Thank you NHS' written large on roads to hospitals

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Road markings featuring a rainbow heart have been painted on the approach roads to NHS sites across Northamptonshire to thank staff for their commitment and diligence during the pandemic.

    Sites to benefit include Berrywood Hospital in Northampton, Corby Community Hospital, Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton, Danetre Hospital in Daventry, Isebrook Hospital In Wellingborough and St Mary’s Hospital in Kettering.

    Road markings

    Northamptonshire Highways team asked specialist road markers WJ Lining and local traffic management contractor EM Pells to help them.

    Similar markings appeared at Kettering General and Northampton General Hospitals last month.

    The markings are all at buildings used by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    Chief operating officer, Jean Knight, said it was "this lovely tribute to our staff".

  3. Coronavirus: Caution advised as Northamptonshire cases start to fall

    Public health bosses in Northamptonshire are urging caution as the number of coronavirus cases finally starts to fall.

    In recent weeks, Covid-19 cases and deaths across the county had not fallen in line with national levels. As recently as Wednesday, the seven coronavirus deaths at Northampton General made it the hospital with the highest increase in deaths in the whole of England.

    Northampton Hospital

    Northamptonshire County Council's director of public health, Lucy Wightman, said the number of new cases was now falling, but added that "the virus continues to be in circulation and the risk posed by local outbreaks remains significant".

    With town centres starting to reopen, she warned that measures such as social-distancing, hand-washing and wearing face coverings where appropriate "should remain part of our everyday lives until such time as we are able to find a vaccine".

  4. Libraries plan phased reopening

    A planned reopening of seven libraries across Northamptonshire is going ahead.

    They are: Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Brackley, Kettering, Weston Favell, Daventry and Oundle.

    The opening times will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10:00 to 16:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00.

    Service available include:

    • A signposting inquiry service
    • Access to the internet by booked appointment
    • A select-and-collect lending service by prior arrangement only

    Lizzy Bowen, deputy leader of the council, said: “The phased reopening will ensure that health and safety measures are in place and social distancing guidelines can be adhered to, to protect both our staff and customers."

  5. 'Backlog' of birth registrations to take some time to clear

    The registration of births will continue in Northamptonshire from Monday with online bookings for face-to-face sessions opening up.

    Northamptonshire County Council said anyone with outstanding exceptional birth registrations or those who had their birth registration appointment cancelled when lockdown started would be contacted first.

    They will also be asked to complete and return a birth registration questionnaire in advance to minimise their time in the office, and will be contacted to arrange an appointment.

    Sandra Naden-Horley, cabinet member for corporate and community services, said: “The past few months have been unprecedented and we are now facing a backlog of appointments which will take some time to manage.

    Mother and child
  6. Council to end free parking arrangement

    Northampton will see parking charges reintroduced in all its council multi-storey and surface car parks from Monday 29 June.

    Parking charges were removed at the end of March in response to coronavirus, ensuring key workers could access free parking in all borough car parks throughout the town centre.

    The free parking for NHS staff will continue so they can carry out their duties unhindered.


    Jonathan Nunn, council leader, said: "Much as we might like to consider extending free parking further, our available funds have already been significantly impacted [by coronavirus].

    "If we don’t reintroduce charges at this stage there's a danger it will begin impacting on other vital services.”

    Northamptonshire County Council reintroduced on-street pay and display charges yesterday.

  7. Criticism over parking pay station hygiene

    A local authority has been accused of putting motorists' health at risk by not installing hygiene measures at its country park pay stations.

    Corby councillor Julie Brookfield said Northamptonshire County Council was showing a disregard for health by insisting that country park users must pay to park at its sites and touch the payment machines to do so.

    The authority does not have a contactless payment system and has not installed sanitation gel stations near to the machines, though signs state the stations are not cleaned between use.

    Barnwell Country Park, Oundle

    The council said it recommended visitors bring their own hand sanitiser as it waits for gel stations to "become available".

    It closed its country parks to cars at the start of lockdown, on 23 March, but reopened them on 20 May.

  8. Councils to refund parents cost of driving kids to school

    Some councils are to reimburse parents any costs they might incur for taking their children to school from next week.

    School books and bell

    Social distancing rules has meant pupils should avoid public transport (including school transport) and either walk, cycle, or use their own car to get to school.

    "If your child is eligible for home to school transport assistance and normally travels on a school bus or coach, but you are planning to drive them to and from school instead, we can refund you for the mileage you drive," Central Bedfordshire Council said on its website.

    It will be offering 36p per mile but Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire county councils will be paying more, at 45p. All will be offering a reduced school bus service.

    School transport will still be provided in the usual way for those pupils that cannot make their own way to school, though with a reduced number of seats due to social distancing rules," said Sue Clark, of Central Bedfordshire.

    Essex County Council said it would not be reimbursing parents who chose to make their own arrangements as they would still be providing "tax-payer funded" buses.

  9. Northants schools to assess 'what is feasible' for pupils' return

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Northamptonshire’s local education authority has backed the government’s plan for schools to reopen to some pupils and has asked schools to assess "what is feasible".

    Primary schoolchildren

    The county council said it will support schools to bring pupils back after the government's request to get reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children back into classrooms after half-term.

    Councillor Fiona Baker, who is responsible for children's services, said: "This needs to be done in such a way that we minimise the risks to pupils, staff and parents as much as possible.

    "To decide what is feasible, we are asking schools to carry out an initial comprehensive risk assessment so that leaders can evaluate potential solutions on how they can safely and effectively accommodate eligible pupils.

    "We can expect.. there will not be one county-wide model for the initial phased re-opening of schools.

    "However, Northamptonshire County Council will support schools to work towards gradually increasing pupil numbers at a pace their individual circumstances allow."

  10. Prepare to spend a penny at parks

    Public toilets at country parks across Northamptonshire will reopen from tomorrow.

    The county council said people need to carry on social distancing while using them.

    They also reminded people not to visit the parks with others from outside your household.

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    Meanwhile, the county council and Anglian Water are asking people not to travel to Pitsford Water, near Brixworth.

    The council said there had been a "significant increase" in the number of people visiting the park following the changes to the national lockdown restrictions last weekend.

    Anglian Water was working on plans to reopen Pitsford Water soon, once safety and social distancing measures were in place.

    Pitsford Water
  11. Country park car parks reopen in Northamptonshire

    The car parks at each of Northamptonshire's five country parks have reopened but public toilets, play areas and cafes at the parks remain closed.

    Northants country park

    Brixworth, Barnwell, Irchester, Sywell and Fermy Woods have only been accessible on foot for the past two months.

    The county council said normal parking charges apply and the money raised "goes back into maintaining our wonderful parks for you to enjoy".

    In a tweet, it said: "Please observe social distancing rules and show respect for other park users when visiting our parks, and we recommend bringing your own hand sanitiser to maintain appropriate hygiene.

    "Please do not use any play or outdoor gym equipment and kindly take your litter home with you."

  12. Long queues at waste recycling centres

    BBC Northampton

    There are again long queues at household waste recycling centres across Northamptonshire after the county council reopened them yesterday.

    It has said the sites are "very busy" and is advising people to only travel "if you cannot store waste safely at home".

    Information on opening time and locations is on the council's website.

    Towcester waste recycling centre
  13. More recycling centres reopen today

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Eighteen of the 24 recycling centres in Essex and all the centres in Northamptonshire are reopening today after the coronavirus lockdown rules were eased.

    Stock Road recycling centre, Southend

    Essex County Council said there'll be a one-in, one-out system at its 15 sites and social distancing measures will be in place.

    Southend Borough Council is extending the opening times at the two tips it runs and Thurrock Council says only five cars will be allowed into its site at any one time with access via Linford only - with a stretch of Buckingham Hill Road closed during the day for the next month.

    The nine sites in Northamptonshire will open at 10:00 but the county council is urging people to only visit them if absolutely necessary after long queues built up in other parts of the region last week.

    Councillor Jason Smithers said police would be monitoring how busy the surrounding roads are.

    Cars queuing outside a recycling centre in Buckinghamshire
    Image caption: Traffic queues formed when Buckinghamshire's recycling centres reopened a fortnight ago
  14. Northamptonshire tips to re-open next week

    Household waste recycle centres in Northamptonshire will re-open next Monday.

    The county council said the move is in line with government guidance, but is asking that only essential journeys to the centres take place.

    The local authority added if people can continue to store waste at home, then they should do so.

    Rushden Recycling Centre
  15. Miniature beasts provide country park lockdown lift

    A 'minature beast' made using household recycling waste.

    Country parks in Northamptonshire have been sharing creative activities to keep people entertained during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Posts on the Northamptonshire Country Parks Facebook page include ideas on making "miniature beasts" using recycling waste, and making natural bunting out of leaves from the garden.

    The county's six country parks are currently closed.

    Councillor Sandra Naden-Horley, county council cabinet member for corporate services, said it was "important to remember you can also enjoy nature at home" and the activities "are a fantastic way to entertain the family".

    The activities include how to make a fairy garden