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Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network are calling on members of the general public to urgently support their local food bank or food project. The network’s members including charities and community groups tackling food poverty are struggling with an ever increasing demand for their services.
Rachel McGrath of the Network said: ‘With an alarming increase in demand on services, local food projects urgently need our help. We’ve therefore put together a short film to highlight the current need and positively promote the work of local agencies supporting people in crisis in and around Northamptonshire. Hopefully people watching it online will feel compelled to help in some way. All contact details for local food aid projects are available on our website.’
The Network is asking local citizens to donate or volunteer to support the activities of local groups supporting people in crisis and in poverty. A new campaign video highlights four key food aid projects and the realities of what people are facing and why their services are needed. This includes the Hope Food Club and Shop Zero, based in Northampton, Northampton Food Bank and Kettering Community Unit. The projects show the increasing need for their services as mainly due to low and insecure wages impacted by zero hour contracts and an inadequate welfare safety net including ongoing problems with Universal Credit.
Already paving the way for supporting their local food projects is community group the Earls Barton Music Project (EBM) which has recently raised nearly £3000 for the Daylight Centre, a Wellingborough based Food bank to help with its work and the Food Plate in Earls Barton. Ian Thompson who is a Trustee of EBM said: ‘We have benefited in the past from Northamptonshire Community Foundation grants. Now it’s pay-back time, which we embrace enthusiastically. Thanks to the generosity of our members. My wife and I always buy something to go into the food bin on a weekly basis at our local supermarket. Helping others in time of need is very important especially those of us who are better off.’
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.
If anyone wishes to help they can find the video and more details on local food aid projects via this link: http://www.ncf.uk.com/about-us/community-leadership/nfpn
East Northamptonshire Council’s Planning Management Committee approves plans for forward-thinking extension to Chelveston Renewable Energy Park.
The Council has approved the planning application for the proposed gas peaking plant which will sit adjacent to the existing energy park, further increasing the overall efficiency. The purpose of the plant is to generate electricity at times when the wind farm and solar arrays on the site are unable to produce sufficient power to meet peak power requirements – such as during times of low wind or at night, often in winter conditions. Elected members resolved that the application is subject to certain conditions being met by the developer.
The proposal will ensure grid stability and assist in local supply and demand, matching local demand as it arises.
The development is an integral and supportive part of a larger energy park which is designed to deliver renewable energy. The plant will use natural gas which has a significant role as part of the transition to a low carbon economy and supports the national drive towards increased energy sustainability. The Chelveston Renewable Energy park overall will produce sufficient power for 60,450 households, offsetting some 78.75 tonnes a year of CO2 emissions from other power stations.
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said:
“Chelveston Energy Park is a huge benefit to our district and overall seeks to provide renewable energy supporting a local carbon economy. The addition of a gas peaking plant will further complement the existing development and deliver forward-thinking energy sources.”
Once it is open the scheme will provide back up power, but will not replace present renewable energy supply that will remain the National Grid’s preferred source of power.
Engineering Manager at Wykes Engineering, Robert Taylor, added: “We are pleased with the granting of planning permission from East Northants Council. We are committed to ensuring Chelveston Renewable Energy Park contributes to the wider decarbonisation of the National Grid by providing a wide range of energy production on this site. This application supports the renewable energy production on the site and contributes to the growing need for energy security at both a local and national level.”
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.
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