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Category: Rushden & Raunds

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.

Raunds Residents to take Part in Innovative Waste Collection Pilot

Raunds residents will pilot a new waste collection scheme from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).

 

The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) collection scheme goes live on Monday 23 September and will run until the end of 2019. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out across the district.

 

During the trial, residents will be able to place small and handheld electrical items out alongside their regular waste collection and these will be collected, taken to a dedicated facility for sorting and recycling.

 

Items for collection should be left next to recycling or refuse bin on normal collection days and the following small electrical items will be collected:

 

  • Hairdryers, hair straighteners, shavers, electric toothbrushes
  • Kitchen appliances such as toasters, kettles, hand blenders
  • DVD/CD Players, radios, MP3 players and remote controls
  • Clocks, watches, calculators and torches
  • Kettles
  • Telephones, cameras
  • Laptops, remote controls
  • Small electrical DIY tools such as drills and electric screwdrivers
  • Toys (remote control car or drone)
  • Chargers

 

Items should still have the cables attached and all batteries removed.

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

 

“As a council, we are committed to helping residents with their recycling in East Northamptonshire. With a growing number of electrical items in households due to technologies constantly changing, this trial is the next step in ensuring that as many items as possible are sent to recycling facilities.

 

“We encourage residents in Raunds to have a rummage through their cupboards and dig out all those unused and unwanted household electrical items for our team to collect and recycle. At ENC, we hope that the WEEE trial in Raunds will be a success and we can roll it out across the district.”

 

Any electrical items collected will be placed in a specially designed cage attached to waste trucks and due to the cage size only small and handheld items, such as the above list, can be accepted. If the cage becomes full, the waste team may have to leave items, but Raunds residents are encouraged to place any items left behind out for collection the following week.

 

More information about the WEEE pilot scheme can be found at: www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/WEEE

Constance Travis Charitable Trust donate £5million Gift to Northamptonshire Community Foundation

A £5million endowment gift has been awarded to Northamptonshire Community Foundation from the Constance Travis Charitable Trust, making it the single most significant gift to the Foundation since its inception in 2001

Daylight Centre

Daylight Centre

The funds are being added to an existing endowment fund held at the Foundation on behalf of the Trust and enable a major part of its Northamptonshire giving to be administered by the Foundation in perpetuity.

Daylight Centre

Daylight Centre

Regular giving to Northamptonshire charities has been a large part of the distribution of funds from the Constance Travis Charitable Trust over the past 35 years and the Trustees felt hat they would like to enhance their partnership with the Foundation in the administration of the grants.

Serve Rushden

Serve Rushden

Tony Travis, Chair of the Constance Travis Charitable Trust, said: “We have had a very good working relationship with the Community Foundation since 2004 and we are delighted that we will be working even closer with them in the future.”

 

Charities that have historically benefited from the Trust have been informed that they are still eligible for support but now need to make their applications directly to the Community Foundation. Serve Rushden have recently received £5,000 towards their work supporting elderly people and the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough have received £3,000 helping to alleviate people who are living in poverty.

Serve Rushden

Serve Rushden

Victoria Miles, CEO of the Foundation, said: “We are thrilled that the Constance Travis Charitable Trust continues to work in partnership with the Foundation, we have enjoyed an excellent relationship over the last 13 years and have worked together to help support thriving communities here in the county. The increase in this endowment fund is significant and we look forward to funding existing charities but also newly established community groups and projects. “

 

The Constance Travis Charitable Trust was set up by the family in 1983 and has supported a broad range of charities at an international, national and local level.

 

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading, independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need. For more information please visit www.ncf.uk.com

 

Nene Valley Festival Returns this September

People from across the district, and further afield, are invited to celebrate the rich heritage, wildlife and culture of the Nene Valley as the annual Nene Valley Festival returns this September.

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The festival which is now in its 6th year will take place from Saturday 14 September – Sunday 22 September. As with previous years, the festival will offer a variety of activities for the whole family and with funding from Heritage Lottery, via Nenescape, this year’s Nene Valley Festival will be bigger and better than ever.

 

Featuring more than 100 events at key locations across the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough, the festival will include a wide range of activities for all ages and will kick off with an official launch event at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 14 September to coincide with the national annual Heritage Lottery Days.

 

Cllr Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Councillor and Board Member for the Destination Nene Valley project, said:

 

“We are delighted to be celebrating the wonderful Nene Valley once again. Each year, we aim to better the previous year and hope the 2019 festival will be no exception. This year’s events will offer a wide range of events which will highlight all the brilliant attractions, wildlife and heritage along the Nene Valley.”

 

Festival highlights include a variety of walks, from heritage through to heath across the Valley alongside theatre and wildlife activities. Also, the festival will culminate with a finale event on 22 September at Stanwick Lakes. From 10:30am – 4pm, visitors are invited to Come and Meet the Settlers, join in with the Settlers’ Trails, as well as Archery and Axe Throwing.

 

The annual festival is being organised through the Destination Nene Valley project, which works with local tourism partners, and the Nenescape Landscape partnership, to promote the Nene Valley as a competitive, sustainable destination offering wildlife and heritage to local, national and international audiences.

 

Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda Johnson said:

 

“The Nene Valley Festival is the highlight of the year, and all the Nenescape partners are proud to support it and celebrate all the valley has to offer. Thanks to National Lottery players, the festival is one of the ways Nenescape has been able to help celebrate and sustain the heritage and wildlife along the River Nene.  This year’s festival promises to be packed full of events across the Nene Valley and will give people the chance to experience a range of activities, from Peterborough through to Northampton.”

 

To coincide with the festival, a brand new website has been launched which includes all the events on throughout the festival with new events being continuously added. The new website can be viewed at www.nenevalley.net.