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Business leaders ask about the future control of Wellingborough

Business leaders encourage people to speak up about the future control of Wellingborough.

Business leaders in Wellingborough are encouraging people to make sure they speak up about the future control of their town.

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland

 

Residents and businesses owners will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from the Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) about plans to establish a new town council in May next year.

Following plans to create a new unitary authority to collectively govern Wellingborough, East Northants, Kettering and Corby, a public consultation was carried out between July 23 and October 23 last year and, as a result, the Borough Council of Wellingborough agreed to adopt an order to establish a town council for Wellingborough.  More than 80 per cent of responses were in agreement that Wellingborough should have a town council.

Currently, the town of Wellingborough has no local government representation at a parish level.

 

The President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, Simon Toseland, said: “The creation of two unitary authorities within the county is presenting some challenges for the combined authorities. However, with change comes opportunity and the formation of a town council will hopefully pave the way to a more integrated relationship between local government and businesses.

 

“We would strongly recommend that people take this opportunity to engage in the process, either directly or through the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce. As the Borough Council states, now is the time to present your views and take an active role in helping shape the future.”

 

One issue of concern is the loss of the Business Improvement District (BID) after the Borough Council of Wellingborough voted against its renewal in March this year.

 

 

 

BIDs are common place in many towns throughout England and, in Wellingborough’s case, attracts an estimated 50,000 visitors a year to the town through the staging of events. The BID also provides other benefits for town centre businesses, including cheaper and more sustainable waste collection and recycling.

 

Members of the council’s Development Committee will meet on Monday, 9 September, at 7pm to discuss the future of Wellingborough BID.

Simon Toseland, added: “We hope the council will carefully re-examine the opportunity and support the BID.

 

“It is known that where local authorities are looking to secure funding initiatives from Central Government, having a BID in place actually helps their cause – not having a BID gives the impression, wrongly or rightly, that if a town won’t put its own hands in its pockets to deliver improvement then why should Central Government use tax payers money to help.”

 

Residents who have any queries about the process of forming a new town council or who might be interested in standing for election, are invited to speak to council representatives at the Swansgate Shopping Centre on Monday 19 August, between 11am and 3pm.

 

For more information about the community governance review visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk/cgr2018

 

 

Crowds Flock to Another “Amazing” Northampton Town Festival

Over 44-thousand visitors flocked to this year’s Northampton Town Festival, and thanks to the excellent weather of the weekend, all scheduled balloon flights went ahead as scheduled, providing a spectacular sight throughout the county.northampton festival

In total, there were 105 flights over two days, involving 30 balloon crews who provided a popular attraction for many of the visitors.

Just as popular was the live entertainment that began on Friday evening, and continued throughout Saturday and Sunday, with crowds wow’d by the stunt performers, including the Vander Superhero Space Wheel Show, Devil’s Horsemen, Stannage Stunts and Jamie Squibb.northampton festival

Visitors to the Racecourse also enjoyed a busy programme of live music, with the stage brimming with local talent while RePro Jam Squad on Saturday, and The Two Tones on Sunday, were headline acts.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the support of local people for our event, which is now in its fourth year,” said Peter Jones, a spokesman for the organisers. “It was a fantastic weekend, the feedback has been amazing, and we can’t wait for next year.”

Register to Vote – Annual Canvass Reminder

All East Northamptonshire residents have been sent a form checking who is registered to vote at their address.

 

The Household Enquiry Form (HEF) will come from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and is sent to every home across the district. It’s addressed to the occupier and will contain the details of all those in the household who are registered to vote. Residents are being asked to confirm that these details are correct.

 

Confirming details are correct takes less than five minutes and can be done via text, telephone or post. But the quickest and easiest way to confirm or update your household’s details is to visit: www.householdresponse.com/eastnorthants

 

If the details on the form are wrong, for example, someone has moved away or moved in, you need to let ENC know by either going online or completing the form and returning it by post in the pre-paid envelope. The envelope will be addressed to a London address, rather than East Northamptonshire Council.

 

The HEF is vital for local authorities to keep their electoral registers up-to-date, but not providing correct details could affect you too. Not being registered can affect your applications for loans, mortgages and even mobile phone contracts. You will also lose the right to have your say at the ballot box.

 

The information requested on the HEF is required by law and not responding or providing false information on the form can result in a £1000 fine.

 

A canvasser will visit the homes of residents who do not reply to collect the information on your doorstep during August.

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said: “Residents should not ignore the form when it lands on their doormat, as the annual canvass is an essential part of local democracy. So avoid a knock on the door when you are settling down in front of the TV and complete your HEF straightaway – it’ll take less than five minutes.”

 

For more information about the electoral register visit www.gov.uk/electoral-register/overview

Beat the Streets Awards Presentation Day

When: Saturday 25 May from 12pm – 2pm

Where: Walled Garden, Rushden Hall Park, Rushden, NN10 9NG

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About

The celebration of the success of Beat the Street, East Northants.

The six-week interactive initiative that turned the district into a live game, Beat the Street East Northants, ended on 8 May. More than 8,000 local residents, businesses, community groups and schools travelled more than 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street.

Local schools and organisations created teams and competed against each other to see who could travel the furthest to win some fantastic prizes.

At a celebration event at Rushden Hall Park Wall Garden on Saturday 25 May, representatives from the winning teams will pick up their prizes and celebrate the end of the six-week game.

The winning schools will be awarded at special celebration assemblies following by activity sessions, and community groups will be awarded for their efforts at the event. There’ll be a chance to speak to the winners, participants and organisers of the initiative -Intelligent Health, Freedom Leisure and East Northamptonshire Council.

The Plan for the Afternoon

12:00pm – 12:10pm: Welcome from Hannah Smith, Engagement Coordinator East Northamptonshire

12:10pm – 12:20pm: Speeches from Cllr Dudley Hughes, Chairman of ENC, and Joe Bailey, Healthy & Active Lifestyles Officer at ENC

12:20pm – 12.40pm: Prize giving

12:40pm – 12.45pm: Closing speeches and picnic / games begin

12:45pm – 1:00pm: Photo opportunities and press interviews

Background:

  • Took place from 27 March to 8 May
  • More than 50 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ appeared from Rushden to Thrapston
  • Players tapped the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team
  • Schools and community groups competed against each other to see if they can travel the furthest
  • There were leader boards with prizes to win including sports, crafts and book vouchers
  • Families encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams
  • In addition to the leader board prizes, registered players could win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days
  • Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, and East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure, which manage leisure facilities across the district on behalf of the council