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Council teams up to tackle drugs in East Northants

Illegal drugs in East Northamptonshire have been sniffed out during an operation by East Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police and Alpha K9 Security Services.


On Friday 8 November 2019, ENC ran their most recent drug dog operation and a suspected Class A substance was recovered from one premises. During the evening, the team visited 15 licensed premises in total across the district and 11 stop searches were carried out by Northamptonshire Police of people who had been identified by the drugs dog. The majority of these searches confirmed drugs had been used by the individuals in the hours prior to being searched.


A Council spokesperson said: “We are proud to have joined up with Northamptonshire Police and Alpha K9 Security Services on these successful operations. Everyone involved has worked hard to ensure this was a success and a special mention should go to Raunds Town Council who funded the operation and are clearly taking proactive steps to keep their residents safe.


“The success we had wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the local community. This is an example of community engagement at its finest. We would like to thank local residents for the large amount of intelligence we have received concerning drugs and to those who were supportive whilst our staff were on the operation.”


DC Jane Manning of the East Northants Neighbourhood Policing Team, who led the operation, said: “By increasing both our visibility and visits to licensed premises, we are making it harder for those involved in the supply of drugs in our towns and villages.


“Having the resources of Alpha K9 Security Services available to us was invaluable to the operation, and we must thank Raunds Town Council for their support in providing the funding for the specialist drugs dog and handler.


“As a result of being able to take the dog into the licensed premises, we spoke to a number of people who confirmed they had used drugs earlier that evening, and enquiries are on-going into the possession of a suspected Class A drug.


“Detecting and preventing the use and sale of illegal drugs in our communities is a key part of our work, and it was great to speak with people during this operation to explain what we were doing and why – the general feedback we had from the public, patrons and landlords were positive.

“We will continue to work in partnership with Licensing Officer Rita Groves and her team at East Northamptonshire District Council, and the night time economy to provide a safe environment for visitors of all ages to enjoy.”


If you suspect drug activity in your area, and would like to report it, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Planning Applications: 08 November 2019 WEEKLY LIST

To add your comments to any planning applications – click on the ENC website or click the link below to go directly to the article you require.


Notice is given that the following applications have been received together with the last date for making representations:


19/01563/FUL (07/12/2019) (Info) (Art8) Demolition of existing dwelling and replacement with new dwelling at Poultry Farm Lowick Road Aldwincle NN14 3EL


19/01654/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Extension to and conversion of existing detached garage block into two storey dwelling with integral garage at Willoughby House 110 Main Street Aldwincle NN14 3EP


19/01719/VAR(30/11/2019) (Info) Variation of condition 8 to allow for variation of fascias and window design pursuant to planning permission  17/02560/FUL Two 2 storey Dwellings with access path, Access drive and six parking  spaces including 2 for existing bungalow. Proposed dwellings to be sited at bottom of rear garden at 10 Cross Lane Aldwincle NN14 3EG


19/01720/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) External alterations (as per Design and Access statement) including replacement windows, new door opening, installation of bi fold doors, remodel existing porch; Replace garage door, installation of French door balcony on first floor garage, extend existing garage windows at 51 Main Street Aldwincle NN14 3EL


19/01721/LBC (07/12/2019) (LBRegs) External and internal alterations (as per Design and Access statement) including replacement windows, rear roof extension, installation of bi fold doors, installation of roof lights, remodel existing porch, removal of internal walls and additional internal alterations at 51 Main Street Aldwincle NN14 3EL



19/01738/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Conversion and extension of redundant barns to form a single new dwelling and associated off road parking at The Estate Yard Main Street Bulwick



19/01657/FUL and 9/01658/LBC (07/12/2019) (LB/CA) (LBRegs) Retrospective Application – Works to outbuildings only: Installation of concertina doors, tiling to floor, boiler installed in corner of store (Store 1), staircase to garage to access roof void (Store 1a); Lining of the walls and tiling of the floor (Store 2) at 9 Church Street Easton On The Hill   Stamford



19/01686/FUL (07/12/2019) (Info) (LB/CA) Ground floor rear extension at Clairville Wakerley Road Harringworth


Higham Ferrers

19/01695/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Single storey rear extension at 16 Roman Way Higham Ferrers Rushden NN10



19/01746/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Replacement garage with first floor extension above and amendments to previously approved 19/00601/FUL for single storey rear extension, alterations to the front elevation,  replacement windows, doors, roof material, guttering and fascias and full rendering of property at 89A Lowick


Kings Cliffe

19/01584/FUL (Info) (LB/CA) Raising of rear thatched eave line either side of dormer windows; Replacement of concrete tiles on rear roof with blue slate tiles ; Removal of part limestone boundary wall and widening of driveway to provide additional parking space at 52 West Street Kings Cliffe


19/01585/LBC (07/12/2019) (LBRegs)Raising of rear thatched roof eaves line either side of dormer windows to create overhang to allow run off and preservation of thatch. Eveline to be lead lined; replacement of concrete tiles on rear roof with blue slate tiles; Removal of part limestone boundary wall and widening of cobble driveway at 52 West Street Kings Cliffe   PE8 6XA



19/01733/FUL (07/12/2019) (LB/CA) Change of use from dwelling to Health Care Clinic (D1) use at 10 Stoke Hill Oundle   PE8 4BH



19/01630/OUT (30/11/2019) (Info) Outline: Erection of five dwellings (All matters reserved) at Land Adjacent Brook Farm Cottage Brooks Road Raunds


19/01633/OUT (30/11/2019) (Info) Outline: Erection of two dwellings (All matters reserved) at Land Adjacent Brook Farm Cottage Brooks Road Raunds



19/01569/FUL (07/12/2019) (LB/CA) change of use of the existing public house (Class A4) to a mixed-use comprising restaurant and bar  (Classes A3 and A4) at ground floor level with external and internal alterations involving a rear  extension, the creation of a new lower ground floor to provide ancillary restaurant/bar space, a first  floor rear extension together with an associated extension of the roof above, and the sub-division  of the first floor and the new accommodation within the roof space to create a total of 8 self-contained flats at 105 High Street Rushden  NN10 0NZ


19/01652/FUL (07/12/2019) (Info) (LB/CA) Change of use from a taxi office to a dog grooming salon, additional works to single storey annex at 22A Church Street Rushden NN10 9YT


19/01689/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Creation of first floor with raised roof constructed over the existing bungalow at 223 Avenue Road Rushden   NN10 0SN


19/01702/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Installation of a two storey portakabin office building linked into Pharmaron’s existing unit. (Re-submission with additional information to mitigate previous concerns on Application 19/01020/FUL) at Pharmaron UK Pegasus Way Rushden NN10 6ER


19/01711/VAR (30/11/2019) (Info)Variation of conditions 4 and 5 pursuant to 9/00953/FUL – Erection of a lightweight relocatable building positioned in existing service yard for shelter of overspill product storage Condition 4 – Temporary use Condition 5 – PIR lighting at 1 Spire Road Rushden  NN10 0FN


19/01712/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Two storey rear extension (partially over existing ground floor kitchen) (Resubmission of 19/01371/FUL) at 15 Benedict Close Rushden NN10 9PH


19/01714/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Erection of a two storey side extension; single storey side extension with roof terrace over; Single storey rear extension; Porch and porch canopy to front elevation; rendering the existing brickwork, timber cladding to the existing bay window and gable end; New front boundary wall/railings and gates at 231 Bedford Road Rushden  NN10 0SQ



19/01717/VAR (30/11/2019) (Info) Variation of conditions pursuant to application 18/02167/FUL Conditions 2 and 3 – Demolition of existing detached dwelling house and replacement with new detached dwelling house Condition 2 – drawings Condition 3 – materials at Green Lodge Farm Brigstock Road Sudborough   NN14 3BU



19/01697/FUL (07/12/2019) (Info) (LB/CA) Change of use from 1 vacant retail shop (A1) No75 and 1 vacant office (B1) No73, to 2No. Dwellings (C3) – No71 to remain as retail shop (A1); Replacement external doors, block up existing door and installation of obscure glazing at No75 at 71 – 75 High Street Thrapston


19/01698/LBC (07/12/2019) (LBRegs) Addition of internal walls; Replacement external doors, block up existing door and installation of obscure glazing at No75; Installation of external gate to allow for the change of use from 1 vacant retail shop (A1) No75 and 1 vacant office (B1) No73, to 2No. Dwellings (C3) at 71 – 75 High Street Thrapston


19/01726/REM (07/12/2019) (Art8) Reserved matters: layout, appearance, landscaping pursuant to outline approval 07/02457/OUT (partial re-plan of 16/1690/REM relating only to 14 dwellings.) – Outline application for residential  development and Doctors Surgery.  (All matters reserved except for means of access) dated 21.12.2007 at Land off Huntingdon and Market Road Thrapston



19/01530/LBC (07/12/2019) (LBRegs) Installation of staircase, part removal of partition wall and construction of new partition at first floor,  alterations and improvements at 41 Islington Titchmarsh Kettering  NN14 3DG


19/01623/FUL (30/11/2019) (Info) Change of use of agricultural land and buildings to B1(C) B2 and B8 uses and erection of security fencing and gates. (Fresh application following refusal of 18/02401/FUL) (Retrospective) at Newbrook Farm Islington Titchmarsh Kettering NN14 3DG



19/01490/FUL (07/12/2019) (Info) (LB/CA) Installation of 6 solar panels to garage roof at 2 Oaklee Close Wadenhoe    PE8 5SQ


Northampton Farm Opens its Field for Spooky Pumpkin Pick Your own Fun

A Northampton farm is opening up its field so visitors can pick their own pumpkins ahead of Halloween.

The Brampton Halt branch of Smiths Farm Shop has decided to go all out for the spooky season and invite families to come along and hand select which orange root vegetable they would like to take home.

Adrian's granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Adrian’s granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Smiths Farm shop staff will also be on hand to help each child pick their chosen pumpkin, while also telling them some facts about how they grow and harvest them each year.

Proprietor of the farm shop, Adrian Smith said: “Being a family-run business we wanted to hold an activity which gets children more involved. Every year we grow our own pumpkins

from seed in the greenhouse, and then plant them in the field, it’s such a magnificent plant that can produce such a large pumpkin from such a tiny seed.

Adrian Smith has been hard at work gearing up for Halloween

Adrian Smith has been hard at work gearing up for Halloween

“As well as helping visitors to pick their own pumpkin, we’ll also be on hand with suggestions on how to cook with the vegetable and its seeds. People are very happy to buy pumpkins, but aside from using them for Halloween, they seem to be stuck with what to do with them. So, we’re saying this year to do less carving and more cooking.”

The field will be open from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, October 27.

The Farm Shop, which also has another branch at Billing, has been growing pumpkins for 30 years. In addition to pumpkins, the farm also grows a large range of squashes, such as butternuts, crown prince and little gems.

Adrian added: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the people of Northamptonshire onto our farm and carving out some fun. We’re sure the activity will pumpkin spice up Halloween, after all, if you’ve got it, haunt it.”

In a bid to reduce packaging waste, the Smith family are requesting people bring their own bags to collect their pumpkins in.

The family have been in business since 1958. Proud of their heritage, the company supports like-minded local food producers, providing them with an outlet to sell their homegrown products.

Local Groups Campaign to Tackle Food Poverty

This week members and supporters of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network have been supporting the national End Hunger UK campaign challenging government to set out a plan for ending UK food poverty by 2030. The network is supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation as part of its community leadership activity.

According to the Social Metrics Commission around 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children and 1.4 million pension-age adults are living in poverty in the UK.

Community groups, charities and supporters around the county have already done a photo stunt to highlight World Hunger Day on Wednesday 16 October including local organisations such as Re:store Northampton, Tools for Self Reliance, Service Six, Springs Family Centre, Growing Together Northampton and Baby Basics.  This is part of a day of action taking place across the whole of the UK. Members of End Hunger UK want to get their message across that in 2019 in the fifth richest nation in the world everyone should have access to good food and nobody should have to go to bed hungry.

Cafe Track Window Display

Cafe Track Window Display

Other activities by local groups to raise awareness of food poverty include Café Track, a social enterprise, on Northampton Market Square having a display of woollen-made food by local community group the Woolly Crew with information on food poverty for members of the general public to take away.

Thomas Cliffe from Café Track which supports autistic people into employment said: ‘I think it’s as simple as stopping food poverty. Food is an essential human need. Anything we can do to start a conversation is worthwhile.’

Rachel McGrath of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network said: ‘The intention is to raise awareness amongst the general public about food poverty and to create a talking point. We are asking people to contact their MP or local councillor to ask them how they will help tackle food poverty locally and nationally.’end food hunger

Buddies of Beckets, a community group supporting the maintenance and providing activities across Becket’s Park, have put up message boards across the park highlighting food poverty and yarn-bombing the park with woollen food and messages and facts about the End Hunger UK campaign.

Emma Heath from the Woolly Crew who has been supporting the activities of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network this week said: ‘Access to food should be a basic human right. If you’re hungry and not able to afford access to food, this also means you are at risk of mental health problems as well. We shouldn’t have kids in this day and age going hungry.’end food hunger

Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network will be sending woolly food and a message at the end of the week to MPs across Northamptonshire asking them to pledge to end food poverty by 2030 and to place the memento on their desk to not forget the plight of people living in poverty during their working day.