Archive for: January 2020

Local Thrapston Girl Vies for Miss Great Britain Title

Do you know that Miss Northamptonshire is lovely local girl, Amber Jade Carter!

So let’s vote for Thrapston’s Favourite Beauty Queen!


Voting is now LIVE !  So why not take a couple of moments to help Amber Jade Carter.

Text MISSGB 26 to 64343 to vote for her Miss Northamptonshire for the Miss Great Britain national final!

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WEEE Collection Scheme off to a Flying Start

Approximately 13 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) have been collected across East Northamptonshire in just 6 weeks since a new collection was launched.

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Following a successful pilot in Raunds, the Waste team at East Northamptonshire Council rolled out a weekly WEEE collection scheme in mid-December and have already seen a brilliant response.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said “As a Council, we are committed to helping residents with their recycling in the district and are delighted that there has been such a high uptake of the WEEE collection scheme in a short space of time.


“But the work doesn’t stop here and we encourage East Northants residents to carry on putting out their unwanted electrical items for collection, so we can maintain these high figures and avoid electrical products being sent for disposal unnecessarily.”


Since December 2019, electrical items including kettles, speakers, microwaves, printers and other small electrical items have all been collected from neighbourhoods across the district and will now be sent to a dedicated facility for sorting and recycling.


Residents across East Northamptonshire who have unwanted small electrical items should place them out for recycling on their usual collection day in a carrier bag, next to recycling or refuse bins and a full list of items which can be accepted is available on East Northamptonshire Council’s website.


For full details about the weekly WEEE collections, residents in East Northamptonshire should visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/WEEE

Get involved with Big Energy Saving Week 2020


As part of Big Energy Saving Week, held on 20th-26th January 2020, Cambridgeshire-based charity PECT can help you discover how to reduce your household’s carbon footprint and save on energy costs.


There is substantial evidence about the detrimental impact of inadequate household heating on your physical and mental health. Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and keep their homes heated for less.

energy saving week

Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust run the annual campaign in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.


We all have the power to save energy, money and the environment through everyday actions. The campaign raises awareness about how simple changes such as switching energy supplier, accessing grants, and making homes more energy efficient can have a big difference.


PECT will be on-hand throughout the week and beyond to provide advice to those people who are struggling to pay their energy bills or cannot keep their home heated at a sufficient temperature. Health impacts caused by cold homes include cardiovascular and respiratory problems, diminished resistance to infection, and increased levels of anxiety and social isolation.


“Head to one of our Big Energy Saving Week events to see out how we can help your household save energy,” explains Project Officer Nikki Dekker. “We can provide you with the information and resources needed to stay warm and healthy, whilst cutting costs and carbon. We can also point you in the right direction for further support and funding opportunities.”


PECT’s Energy Advice Events


  • Monday 20th January, 10am-2pm
    March Library, City Road, March, PE15 9LT
  • Tuesday 21st January, 10am-2pm
    Wisbech Library, Ely Place, PE13 1EU
  • Thursday 23rd January, 12.30pm-3pm
    Whittlesey Child & Family Zone, 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD
  • Friday 24th January, 10.30-2pm
    Peterborough Central Library & Archives, Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RX



East Northamptonshire Council Officer is the First Inspector in England to Receive Leading Qualification

Licensing Compliance Officer at East Northamptonshire Council, Emma Matthews, has been awarded the animal establishment inspector training certificate by the Pet Industry Federation (PIF).

Emma Matthews

Emma Matthews

Building on the knowledge and training Emma obtained after successfully passing her initial exam with 93% she completed a five day course at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre in March 2019 this year and the supporting assessments, Emma received the accreditation in September the same year.


The new Licensing of Activities Involving Animals regulations (AAL), which came into force on 1 October 2018, requires those carrying out inspections to be appropriately trained.


Emma joined the enforcement team in April 2018 and became the first officer to obtain this qualification. Until October 2021, officers with more than 12 months experience of inspecting animal premises can continue effectively with Grandfather Rights.


On passing her course, Emma commented: “I have loved every minute of this training – the five days at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre gave me a wealth of knowledge, and I have learnt so much through my own personal development, and considered things in my animal licensing work that I hadn’t considered before.


“The more licensing officers who achieve the certificate can only be positive as it directly benefits the standardisation of the regulations across the country, thereby instilling more confidence in licensed businesses.”


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North added: “Following the changes in legislation in October 2018, it is important that East Northamptonshire Council ensures we continue to upskill our officers so that they hold the relevant qualifications.


“Emma worked really hard to achieve this qualification and we are all proud of her for being the first inspector in the country to be awarded the certificate.”


Further details about the Professional Programme in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals course and qualification, including course dates and registration, can be found in the Education section of the Pet Industry Federation website: www.petfederation.co.uk; by calling 01234 273933, or emailing education@petfederation.co.uk



Councils Work in Partnership to Adopt Neighbourhood Plan for Neighbouring Parishes

East Northamptonshire and Rutland Councils worked with the parishes of Wakerley and Barrowden to successfully adopt the Barrowden and Wakerley Neighbourhood Plan.


The successful adoption of the Barrowden and Wakerley Neighbourhood Plan, (covering 2016 – 36) celebrates partnership working between neighbouring parishes and local planning authorities.


In December 2014, Barrowden Parish Council and Wakerley Parish Meeting jointly contacted Rutland County Council and East Northamptonshire Council, with a view to preparing a joint Neighbourhood Plan for the two parishes.


On 17 October 2019 the Barrowden and Wakerley Neighbourhood Plan 2016-2036 was passed at referendum.  The Plan was formally “made” on 9 December, once East Northamptonshire Council had passed the resolution, for the Parish of Wakerley; and following the referendum under delegated powers by Rutland County Council, for the Parish of Barrowden.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We worked with Rutland County Council to successfully adopt the joint neighbourhood plan for two adjacent parishes.


“Although initially this raised concerns about whether it would be possible to prepare a single Neighbourhood Plan that covers two local authority areas, we worked collaboratively to adhere to the relevant legislation and we’re pleased that both councils have adopted the plan.


“The plan will benefit both parishes and we look forward to continuing to work with Barrowden, Wakerley and Rutland councils.”


Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council, said: “Barrowden and Wakerley are only separated by a short distance. However, the communities being located in different local authority areas creates an added level of complexity when preparing a joint Neighbourhood Plan.


“The most important consideration throughout this process has been needs of the local residents on both sides of the boarder, for whom a single Neighbourhood Plan makes sense. I’m therefore pleased that Rutland County Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Barrowden Parish Council and Wakerley Parish Meeting have been able to work so effectively together, and that the final Plan was met with overwhelming approval by both communities.”


The Barrowden and Wakerley Neighbourhood Plan is one of very few Neighbourhood Plans that cover more than one local authority area and must have regard to two sets of strategic Local Plan policies; those of the 2011 Rutland Core Strategy and 2016 North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy.


Despite these challenges, the Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for examination in November 2018, which was successfully passed on 17 October 2019; with 88% in favour, on a 39% turnout.


Further information about the Barrowden and Wakerley Neighbourhood Plan, or Neighbourhood Planning in general, is available through the following links:

East Northamptonshire Council Crack Down on Illegal Alcohol Sales

The Licensing Enforcement team from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has been working with Northamptonshire Police Licensing department to cut down on illegal alcohol age-restricted product sales across East Northamptonshire by conducting test purchasing.

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A test purchase is when the Police, local authority or Trading Standards employs a child aged between 15 and 16 to visit a bar or shop and tries to purchase age-restricted goods, in this case alcohol, to check that the law is being complied with. Test purchases can happen at any time that a premises is open and if a business fails a test purchase, it is likely they’ll receive another within three months.


Between 15 April and 30 October 2019, 28 test purchases were conducted across East Northamptonshire, with nine businesses failing. All the sellers who failed were issued with a Penalty Notice for Disorder fine for £90.


This operation has also resulted in three reviews of premises licences and one premises surrendering its licence prior to formal action being taken, meaning no alcohol sales can take place and conditions being added to the licence.


Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“These figures show, sadly, how common illegal alcohol age-restricted sales are in East Northamptonshire and we will continue to work with Northamptonshire Police to keep residents and, in particular, young people, safe.


“Unfortunately if a seller is found to have sold an age-restricted product to an underage customer, the individual is fined and may have to appear in court, rather than the business owner.”


PC David Bryan, Northamptonshire Police Licensing Officer added:

“We would always recommend that Challenge 21 or 25 is adopted by businesses – this means that if the customer does not look 21 or 25, then the seller must ask for a valid form of ID to prove the person is over 18.


“In addition it is always useful to have an ID policy, detailing which ID you and your employees are going to accept. Typical ID accepted includes photo driving licences, passports, HM Forces ID cards and ID cards with the PASS hologram.”


To find out more about licensing in East Northamptonshire and to report any illegal activity, please contact East Northamptonshire Council’s Licensing Enforcement Officer, Rita Groves on 01832 742241 or rgroves@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk