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Category: Wellingborough & Great Doddington

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

 

 

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

Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce call for Businesses to ‘Back the BID.’

Business leaders in Wellingborough have called the Borough Council’s decision to pull its support from an organisation which exists to fight for the survival and prosperity of the town centre a “travesty.”

Simon Toseland, president of Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce.

Simon Toseland, president of Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce.

The President of Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce is calling on business owners in the town centre to ‘back the BID’ when a re-election is held this autumn.

 

In March Wellingborough Council confirmed they would not back the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID) for a further five years because the regeneration body ‘did not demonstrate any new ideas for businesses’ or ‘provide any sense of direction.’

Simon Toseland, Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce president, is calling on businesses to support the organisation, which brings an extra 50,000 visitors a year to the town through promotional events.

 

He said: “The Council’s decision not to support the Wellingborough BID is a travesty. When you consider the challenges facing Wellingborough Town Centre, which include the evolution of retail towards on-line shopping, competition from Rushden Lakes, Brexit and the future unification of Northamptonshire’s Councils it seems crazy to oppose the BID’s renewal.

 

“With the challenges referred to above, in circumstances where a town centre did not have a BID, most towns would jump at the initiative. Prior to the BID, promotion and support of the town centre rested with the occupiers and any support that the Borough Council of Wellingborough could offer.

 

“ It was the Borough Council that approached me (as Chairman of the Town Centre Partnership) in 2010 asking if the TCP would deliver a BID for the town. For it to now play a role in dissolving the BID is baffling. The BID will commit £1 million over the next 5 years – I’m not sure the Borough Council can match this commitment given its impending absorption into a unitary authority.’’

 

Wellingborough BID was launched in 2011. It raises funds by charging members a percentage of their rateable value. A dedicated team, led by Executive Director John Cable, use the funds to organise events to attract visitors to the town.

 

There are 315 BIDs in England, most are supported by their local authority. Wellingborough BID has the most visited website in Wellingborough. Recent projects include the launch of a loyalty app which rewards people for shopping at certain businesses in the town centre.

 

Members also benefit from an average of £400 a year saving through the BID’s recycling scheme.

 

East Midlands Law Firm Opens Corby Office

East Midlands law firm Bray & Bray has opened an office in Corby, the next step in its strategy for expansion across the East Midlands region.

Bray & Bray new office May 19 Corby Enterprise Centre crop

Bray & Bray new office May 19 Corby Enterprise Centre

The firm’s new office is at the flagship development, Corby Enterprise Centre, and launches in response to sustained demand for Bray & Bray’s corporate, property and private client legal services.

 

Bray & Bray already has offices in Leicester, Market Harborough and Hinckley, with 11 partners, and more than 100 staff.

 

The new office will enable the firm’s corporate, property and private client legal teams to service Corby and Northamptonshire based clients.

 

Tim Gladdle, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial law says: “The local Corby market presents a significant opportunity for our corporate and private client teams, and it is particularly exciting to be at the forefront of this latest step in the firm’s wider expansion plans.

 

“Corby is experiencing a period of sustained growth, boosted by investment from central government, businesses and the local council. The area has some fantastic businesses and is also an important logistics and storage hub for the whole of the UK which is an area in which our firm has significant expertise.

 

“With its excellent transport links to London – the number of trains from Corby to London is set to double from 2020 – demand for housing is also growing, with several new housing estates in and around Corby, and ongoing regeneration of the town centre. Corby is set to play a significant part in Bray & Bray’s ambitious plans for growth.”

 

Tim adds: “As demand for our services continues to rise, our new office will support the firm in delivering top level legal advice and excellent client service to our rapidly growing portfolio of businesses and individuals. The move is an important step in expanding Bray & Bray’s regional footprint, and supports our ambition and strategy to become the law firm of choice in Leicestershire and beyond.”

 

For more information, visit: www.braybray.co.uk