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Unitary Programme Re-Designed to Include Transformation of Services

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Unitary Programme Re-Designed to Include Transformation of Services

Following the announcement that two brand new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1 April 2021, the eight councils involved have agreed a way forward to deliver a programme that will see better-quality service delivery across the county.

 

A transformation programme has been agreed now that Vesting Day has been set for 2021, allowing time for creating much more than just two ‘safe and legal’ authorities.

 

In a joint comment, the council leaders of Corby Borough Council (Tom Beattie), Daventry District Council (Chris Millar), East Northamptonshire Council (Steven North), Kettering Borough Council (Russell Roberts), Northampton Borough Council (Jonathan Nunn), Northamptonshire County Council (Matt Golby), South Northamptonshire Council (Cllr Ian McCord) and Borough Council of Wellingborough (Martin Griffiths), said:

 

“Now that Vesting Day is later than originally anticipated, we’ve re-visited our programme and built in transformational work that will ensure we can deliver better integrated services from day one, rather than after the creation of the new councils.

 

“Sustainability is key to the success of the two new unitary authorities and part of that is creating services that provide what residents need when they need it most and are flexible. We’re working with health, the voluntary sector and other key stakeholders to make it easier for residents to access the services they need and make sure the right people are working together to deliver that service.

 

“The programme will be delivered by a team made up of staff from all eight authorities as well as some external programme management support. A Chief Executive from each current authority will lead each of the projects that make up the programme, making it a plan that is owned and delivered by all Northamptonshire councils.”

 

Our vision for the new unitary authorities is set out in a prospectus for change, which can be found at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/prospectusforchange

Community Invited to Celebrate the Greenway in Rushden

Residents from across the district are invited to join East Northamptonshire Council and the community to celebrate the work that has been completed on the Greenway in Rushden and officially open a new mural. A team of volunteers will also gather beforehand for a morning of litter picking to assist with the continued improvement and the Out to Water, Into History project.

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From 12pm to 2pm on Sunday, 23 June, a new mural will be unveiled at the Washbrook Road tunnel in Rushden following a competition earlier in the year. Before the ceremony, from 10am to 12pm, friends of the Greenway will be litter picking along the stretch from Crown Park to Asda in Rushden.

 

The new mural will be based on local school children’s artwork and has been designed to reflect the history and environment of the local area. The competition also included the creation of three wooden benches along the Greenway featuring quotes from local residents.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North said:

“Our district is full of green spaces and the Greenway is no exception. This event will provide an opportunity for residents and partners to gather and celebrate, whilst continuing to improve the area. The Greenway is all about community and the new mural at the Washbrook Road tunnel will be an excellent addition.”

 

Chairman of the Greenway board, Cllr Sarah Peacock added:

“The Greenway is a great area and it is wonderful that we can all gather to celebrate the work that has been achieved since the beginning of this Heritage Lottery funded project. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is helping with the regeneration of the area, including litter picking and tree planting, alongside the continued support from our partners Nenescape and Heritage Lottery Funding.”

 

Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda  Johnson agreed:

“Working with the Out to Water, Into History project has been incredibly rewarding and we are delighted how popular the Greenway is. It’s a shame people still drop litter, but it is a wonderful thing to see so many residents volunteering to keep the Greenway clean and the positive changes this has made. Their community spirit is inspiring, and we are grateful for their support.”

 

Also at the event, a new competition will be launched to help choose images that will adorn part of the tunnel.  The competition will invite locals to submit photos that showcase the area’s history and heritage. If you would like to find out more and get involved and ‘like’ the Out to Water, Into History Facebook page to find out more.

 

Refreshments for all volunteers during the community litter pick will be supplied by Morrisons.

 

For more information about the event and helping with the litter pick, please contact Lucy Hawes, Community Development Officer at ENC on lhawes@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or 01832 742268.

 

 

Scuba Diving comes to Northampton

A scuba diving duo have set up in Northampton bringing expert training from first breath to fully qualified thanks to £10,000 in funding from Enterprise Loans East Midlands.

Ivan Stanton and Chris Lambert officially launched Scuba Diving Training earlier this year. The Northants-based pair have been friends for more than 18 years and decided to set up the business after Ivan – a PADI IDC Staff Instructor who has taught scuba diving across the world – came back to the UK and spotted a gap in the market.

Ivan said: “Scuba diving was originally a hobby of mine but it turned into a career nine years ago. I’ve since been around the world training people so when I came back to Northampton, I noticed a real gap for high quality teaching and student experience.

Chris Lambert and Ivan Stanton, Scuba Diving Training Ltd

Chris Lambert and Ivan Stanton, Scuba Diving Training Ltd

“We set up Scuba Diving Training in order to meet this higher standard – we want students to feel confident and ready for when they dive in open water and not just tick the required boxes. Our aim is to cater to all people and abilities and produce good, safe divers.”

Chris – who looks after the management of the business and marketing – added: “We approached Enterprise Loans as we struggled to get funding from traditional banks due to Ivan working abroad for so many years. The process was definitely worth the effort as we’d been working on our business plan but our advisor Stefan really helped us get it into shape.”

Scuba Diving Training received a £10,000 loan via Start Up Loans and the funding went towards start-up costs including scuba equipment, a new website and marketing.

Stefan Nycz, business advisor at Enterprise Loans, said: “Chris and Ivan have developed a really fantastic company that is based on putting the customer first. Not only do they offer an expert service, teaching everyone from beginner to expert with the same level of dedication, but they’ve also teamed up with a number of independent travel companies so that people looking for a different type of holiday get the best possible training.

“They are incredibly passionate about the business, which splits training between the pool and Stoney Cove, so it’s been great to help these guys – nothing could ‘dampen’ their enthusiasm for the business!”

For more information on Enterprise Loans visit www.first-enterprise.co.uk or follow @1st_Enterprise on Twitter.