Category: News from our Area

New Waste, Recycling and Street Cleaning Contract to Bring Benefits for Residents

Never before has our waste and recycling been in the news so much, from single use plastic bottles and straws to ear buds, baby wipes and coffee cups, we are now all united in our desire to do better by the environment and our oceans. So it is timely that today East Northamptonshire Council has signed a new deal to better manage waste and recycling throughout the area and to help residents recycle more and waste and litter less.


The new seven year contract to provide rubbish, recycling and street cleaning services in the district has been signed by Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) and Paul Taylor, Group Chief Executive of FCC Environment (UK) Limited.

New waste, recycling and street cleaning contract to bring benefits for residents of East Northamptonshire

The new £20m contract, which will save council tax payers over £3m over the seven years, has a strong focus on high standards of customer service, and includes opportunities for the council and its new contractor FCC Environment to develop services in line with innovations emerging within the waste sector such as the potential use of alternative fuel vehicles during the life of the contract and potentially into an extension.


Residents will continue to receive the same fortnightly recycling and refuse collections as they currently do. If changes to collection days are necessary to improve efficiency, they will be communicated well in advance to avoid any confusion or inconvenience.


Trade waste will also continue to be collected in the same way and the Garden Waste Club remains open for residents to join to recycle their green waste.


The new contract will begin when the existing one expires at the end of July 2018.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We’re committed to providing a reliable and convenient waste collection service which promotes recycling and represents value for money. This new contract will ensure we continue to deliver first-class waste collection and street cleaning services to our residents – who work hard to recycle as much as possible. Together, we will continue protecting our environment by sending more and more of our household waste for recycling.”


Waste Services Manager, Charlotte Tompkins, added: “We will be collecting the same refuse and recycling in the same bins.  Collections days may change to accommodate all the new houses built in the district and to allow us to ensure we are still using the most fuel efficient routes. Otherwise, it’s collection business as usual.”


Group Chief Executive of FCC Environment Paul Taylor said “FCC Environment is one of the UK’s leading waste and recycling businesses serving the needs of some 60 local authorities. We process 1.6 million tonnes of recycling each year and generate 102 MW of green energy from the waste that cannot be recycled. We are delighted to be binging our experience to residents of East Northamptonshire and look forward to working closely with the council to exceed the communities expectations.”


Open-air Garden Theatre Tour of Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that we will be appearing at KIRBY HALL with our production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Saturday 16th June.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is delighted to be bringing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Kirby Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan house that was once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Elizabeth I. This summer the grounds will become the home of a different Queen altogether – the quick-tempered and terrifying Queen of Hearts…


Chapterhouse Theatre Company is now in its 19th year of touring open-air theatre to stunning country houses, castles and heritage sites across the UK and Ireland. From the first year of performances at 30 venues with Romeo and Juliet in 2000, Chapterhouse now visits over 180 venues every year, and has become a greatly anticipated addition to thousands of theatre-goers’ calendars.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

What Chapterhouse does is theatre at the coalface, carried by the power of acting… and they do it with distinction”The Stage


worth catching them whatever the show, wherever they go” –  Northern Echo

Why Long-Term Relationships Deliver the Best Property Finance Deals

At this month’s Northamptonshire Property Social, on Monday 16 April, local landlords and property developers will meet commercial finance expert Mark Dodsworth of Blue Storm Financial Services.


Mark will be sharing over 30 years of experience in financial services. He will explain why he is passionate about forming long-term relationships with his clients to ensure they get the best and most appropriate finance available to them.


He says: “Your existing bank might produce an offer of finance but is it the right deal for your business?


“An experienced whole of market broker who gets to know you and understands your aims and objectives can make sure that the right approaches are made to the right lenders. They will help you get the best deal and save you time.”


Mark will talk about funding options for buy to let properties and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Mark Dodsworth of Blue Storm Financial Services

Mark Dodsworth of Blue Storm Financial Services

Potential interest rate rises, periods when a tenant may fail to pay the rent and the borrower’s ability to maintain mortgage payments all need to be taken into account.


The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) regulations and taxation changes mean that mortgage lenders are tightening their affordability criteria and reducing borrowing levels.


With the recent changes in taxation and interest relief it’s more important than ever for private or incorporated landlords to have the right mortgage for investment properties.


For developers Mark will also talk about the best way to plan and obtain development and bridging finance to take forward that ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity or to maximise return on investment.


Contact Amber Properties on 01604 644 449 if you would like to find out more about financial options in the property sector and meet other property professionals in the Northamptonshire area. Alternatively you can book online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northamptonshire-property-social-tickets-44363177458