Have your say on the future strategy for West Northamptonshire

People can learn more about a new plan to shape the future growth of West Northamptonshire at a series of exhibitions during September.

The events, which are taking place in Northampton, Daventry District, Brackley and Towcester, will give people an opportunity to ask questions about the development of the new West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan.

Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council, South Northamptonshire Council and Northamptonshire County Council are working together on the new document, which will set out the direction of economic and housing growth for the area up to the year 2050.

The Plan is an update of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, which was published five years ago, and is necessary due to new unitary plans for the county and developments around the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, which has been identified as an area of significant economic potential.

A public consultation running until October 11 is asking for people’s views on the sorts of things the new Strategic Plan should consider, such as housing requirements, priorities for economic development and community infrastructure needs.

The exhibitions will give people a chance to find out more the plan and the consultation, as well as providing an opportunity to chat to officers from the Joint Planning Unit and the partner Councils.

They will take place from 2pm to 7pm at:
• Towcester: The Forum, Moat Lane (NN12 6AD) on Tuesday 10 September
• Northampton: The Guidhall Court Room, St Giles’ Square (NN1 1DE) on Wednesday 11 September
• Daventry: Town Council offices, New Street (NN11 4BT) on Monday 16 September
• Northampton: The Guidhall Court Room, St Giles’ Square (NN1 1DE) on Tuesday 17 September
• Naseby: Village Hall, Haselbech Road (NN6 6DE) on Wednesday 18 September
• Brackley: Town Hall, High Street (NN13 7DS) on Thursday 19 September

The consultation runs until 11 October 2019 and people can find out more and fill in an online questionnaire at https://westnorthantsplan.inconsult.uk

Copies of the relevant documents and consultation are also available from libraries and council offices across the West Northamptonshire area.

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Coming soon….

Autumn is on its way and you can find details here of September’s films being shown by Badby & District Film Society

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Tortoise found on outskirts of Badby

Update: Tortoise now reunited with his owners.

A tortoise has been found wandering on the outskirts of Badby today, if you have lost one then please get in touch on 01327 872118. Please share this message with your friends/neighbours, so that he/she can be reunited with his/her family as soon as possible..

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Annual Horticultural Show, Sunday 1 September, 2pm, Badby

The Badby & District Horticultural Society proudly presents their annual show for 2019, to be held in Badby Village Hall and in the marquee on the green, open to visitors from 2pm.  Homemade cakes and refreshments will be for sale in the hall.  Awards/cups will be presented at 4pm.  Hope to see you there.

If you would like any further information about the Society, please contact Hilary Mensah on 704797 or hily.warburton@gmail.com  

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Badby bird notes for August 2019 –

Two people separately asked me, in the last few days, if the small birds flying around above the village in good numbers were swallows or swifts. In fact, they were nearly all house martins, perhaps including the ones that had been nesting under our eaves until recently as well as their young that had fledged at the beginning of August.

There were a few swallows among the house martins and I did spot a lone swift. Swifts have usually left on migration by early August, the last of the three species to arrive from their winter quarters in Africa and the first to leave.

RP

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Council Leader and Deputy Leader to stand down this autumn

Councillor Chris Millar has announced that he will resign from his role as Leader of Daventry District Council on 31 October 2019, along with the Deputy Leader Councillor Liz Griffin.

Councillor Millar, who has been Leader of the Council since August 1999, said: “The time is right for a new team to take the area forward for the benefit of the district as a whole, as we will not be standing for election to the shadow West Northamptonshire Council next May.

“It is important that a new leadership team representing Daventry District is looking to stand for the shadow unitary council, to continue to give a strong representative voice before and after the new authority comes into being.”

Both Councillor Millar and Councillor Griffin will continue to be Daventry District ward councillors. DDC’s Conservative Group is expected to elect a new Leader and Deputy Leader at the end of September, to enable a smooth transition prior to 1 November.

-Ends-

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Badby & Fawsley W I in September –

Badby & Fawsley W I  meets on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7.30pm in Badby Village Hall.

Heather Wilson will speak about   ‘Maker of Mad and Beautiful Things’  and will display some of the items she has made.

For further enquiries please contact Kathy Day on 01327 438582.

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Badby&Farthingstone Cricket Club Day –

The cricket club’s Open Day on Sunday, September 8, starts at 1pm.

This is a chance to get to know the village’s newly-formed club who are planning a day of fun with a bbq, salads, cakes, refreshments, tombola and some cricket.

There will be a mouth-watering selection of burgers, sausages, salads, cakes with wine, beer and soft drinks to wash it all down as well as a chance to play in the club’s infamous Seniors v Juniors match. Food costs £5 a head.

So come along to Long Roods near Badby Woods and enjoy the fun. Hope to see you there.

On the playing front, been a disappointing August to date with narrow away losses to Blakesley and the Open University. The August 11 match against Pattishall was unfortunately called off but will hopefully be re-arranged for early September.

Future fixtures starting at 2pm start at Longroods field:

August 18th: Northampton Eaglets (h) 
August 25th: SNCC (h) 
September 1: Blakesley (h)

Graeme Whitcroft

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Horticultural Society Annual Show, Sunday 1 September 2019

The Badby & District Horticultural Society proudly presents their annual show for 2019, to be held in Badby Village Hall and in the marquee on the green, open to visitors from 2pm.  Homemade cakes and refreshments will be for sale in the hall.  Awards/cups will be presented at 4pm.  Hope to see you there.

If you would like any further information about the Society, please contact Hilary Mensah on 704797 or hily.warburton@gmail.com  

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DDC: Climate Emergency Task Panel

Daventry District Council has formed a cross-party task panel to examine what more the Council can do to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

“Global warming is perhaps the most serious threat we are facing. It’s not just about record temperatures and severe storms – unless we can drastically reduce our emissions, our food supply will be at risk, many areas will be threatened with rising sea levels and many communities around the world will face catastrophic floods and famines,” said Cllr Ken Ritchie, the task panel leader.

“The UN has predicted that we have only 12 years to act before the damage to our climate is irreversible. That’s why we now speak about a Climate Emergency and not just climate change.”

“We will be examining what more the District Council can do to reduce the carbon footprint of its own activities because it is important that DDC sets an example for others to follow. But we all contribute to global warming through our use of energy and our lifestyles, and we will therefore be looking at ways in which DDC can encourage others – both residents and local businesses – to do their bit in reducing harmful emissions.”
Cllr Rupert Frost points out that the Government and many local councils have already declared a climate emergency and are preparing action plans in response to it. “In Daventry District we too must take action. There are lots of things we can do, such as making homes more energy efficient, promoting solar energy, and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, as well as planting more trees which absorb carbon dioxide. Some of the changes that are needed will cost money, but the cost to DDC need not be great.”

According to Cllr Jonathan Harris, “We all have a responsibility and a part to play in responding to the climate emergency. Unless we take action now, the consequences for our children and our grandchildren will be disastrous. That’s why our task panel wants to engage with residents across the District, working with them to reduce emissions and in a way that produces a better, greener and more healthy environment.”

Although Daventry District Council is likely to be abolished in 2021, the task panel wants to develop a strategy and plans which can be adopted by the new unitary authority which will replace DDC. “We want to put the climate emergency firmly on the agenda of the proposed West Northamptonshire Council, and we are therefore working in liaison with like-minded colleagues from other councils in the area,” said Cllr Ritchie.

The task panel is keen to hear from residents who have ideas to suggest, who have expertise to contribute or who are simply concerned and want to help. The task panel can be contacted c/o kritchie@daventrydc.gov.uk or on 07754165551.

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