Category: Wellingborough & Great Doddington

Government lays Unitary Legislation before Parliament

Government legislation required to create two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire has been laid before Parliament.

The document, known as the Northamptonshire Structural Changes Order 2019 (SCO), sets out how the two new unitary authorities will be formed to replace the existing eight councils on 1 April 2021.

The Draft Order will now be considered and debated by both Houses of Parliament and if approved, should become legislation by the end of the year.


The Structural Changes Order confirms the following details:

  • The names of the new unitary authorities will be North Northamptonshire Council (covering Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough) and West Northamptonshire Council (covering Northampton, Daventry District and South Northants areas)
  • The existing eight councils will be wound up and abolished on 1 April 2021 when the two new unitary councils come into effect
  • Two temporary Shadow Authorities – one each for the North and West – will be formed in May 2020 with responsibility for delivering the new unitary councils and setting their first budgets and council tax.  Until then, the joint committees currently in place in the North and West will continue to take responsibility for putting unitary plans in place.
  • Elections for the unitary councils will be held in May 2020 – councillors will serve a five-year term, with their first year on the shadow authorities. There will be 78 councillors elected for the North and 93 for the West.
  • Parish council elections will go ahead in May 2020 too but the district and borough elections will not take place so current members will serve until their existing councils are abolished.

The draft Order also makes it clear that future governance arrangements, including overview and scrutiny, will be for the new councils to decide once they go live on 1 April 2021.

To view the full Order visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111190968/contents


Northamptonshire’s county, district and borough councils are working together with partners on a programme to ensure the two new unitary authorities are delivered on 1 April 2021 with better quality, integrated services for residents across the county.

The Future Northants programme involves councillors and staff from all eight authorities working together to prepare for the new unitary councils and ensure the transformation of public services across the county.

To find out more about and keep up-to-date on Northamptonshire’s unitary preparations, visit futurenorthantsnorth.org or futurenorthantswest.org


The ‘No Mirror Challenge’ from QL in Wellingborough

Nene Local’s HQ yesterday was set up within the QL salon in Wellingborough.  As editor, Helen Dawson, had a day of pampering and the ‘no mirror challenge’ – read the first part of the story here  – Wellingborough Salon Provide a New Look.

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I parked up and did a Facebook live on Welcome to Wellingborough then set foot inside Diana’s Gym on Finedon Road.  QL salon is within the gym, so plenty of easy parking!

Ql salon no mirror challenge

When I arrived the mirrors were already covered and another lady was in having the challenge too.

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon – no mirror challenge

Our hair was stripped of any colour so that a new colour could be applied, I said I was happy with anything, but you can opt for a more natural look and no colour stripping at all.

Once stripped of colour my hair was dried, the chemicals used seem very gentle as there was no ill effects on my hair.  Janine, who is an award winning colour technician began doing my colours, all in top secret of course!

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As my colour began to work, I headed over to Lu at the nail bar and had my nails done – lots of sparkles for me!

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My nails were completed then it was back to Janine where she cut, blow dried and finished my hair.  Make up was expertly applied by Lu and I was ‘complete’ and ready for the big reveal!

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It was such a fun day.  Sitting without the mirror is a weird experience as you sometimes see a flick of hair in your periferal vision as it is styled…one begins to wonder – was I pink? purple? red? multicoloured?  The whole is day spent wondering and you build a picture in your mind of what you look like.  I have to say I was totally wrong what I had imagined but loved what I had!

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL Salon make a video of your day plus take lots of before and after photos, which are great as a reminder of your day.  I loved seeing friends react to my photos and I’m already wondering what to have done at the salon next!

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon no mirror challenge

Book the No Mirror Challenge for yourself …

For more information and to book


QL is within Diana’s Gym, 109e Finedon Road, Wellingborough

Lu Buckley 01933 275353

Email: info@quattrolounge.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QLnorthamptonshire

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon no mirror challenge


Award Winning Wellingborough Salon can Provide a New Look for Christmas

When Lu Buckley, the Creative Director of QL (formerly known as the Quattro Lounge) got in touch regarding advertising I didn’t know how the client/magazine relationship was about to pan out….award winning salon

We were putting our heads together to think of an angle that would grip the readers.  The QL salon does an amazing amount of services and have some great specialisms.award winning salon

  • Hair replacement for men
  • Braids
  • Hair Brightening
  • Afro specialists
  • Lip Reconstruction
  • Microblading
  • Nail Extensions
  • Pedicure and Manicure
  • Cut & Blow Dry
  • Restyle & Colour
  • Balayage
  • Eye lash extensions

And the “no mirror challenge“ which I believe to be a unique service in the area.  The “no mirror challenge” consists of a new hair style, a new hair colour…  nails, full make up, maybe the addition of some eyelashes too – in fact the full works!!award winning salon

All with the client completely oblivious as of course the mirror has been covered up!

It’s an amazing treat for someone who is stuck in a rut with their look and in need of inspiration, maybe someone who needs a treat after a bad few months, or someone in need of a confidence boost.  It would also make a fabulous gift for Christmas for someone special.

What’s the Angle?

After looking at the range of services, Lu offered me the “no mirror challenge” which I have accepted.  Next Wednesday I shall put myself in the capable hands of Lu and Janine who already have some secret ideas about what they plan to do….

There is a short appointment the week before to do a patch test and strand test on your hair.  We also discussed likes and dislikes. I said I was quite happy with colours so long as my hair was pale around my face, happy with a little restyle.  My only limit was, as a part-time reflexologist I have to keep my nails super short so could not have any acrylics applied.  The ladies are happy to keep within your wishes so it’s OK if you’re not too adventurous!

I’ll have some before and after pictures done to share with you next week….  watch this space!

Take a look at some transformations below….

For more information and to book


QL is within Diana’s Gym, 109e Finedon Road, Wellingborough

Lu Buckley 01933 275353

Email: info@quattrolounge.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QLnorthamptonshire/

award winning salon

award winning salon

award winning salon

award winning salon

award winning salon

award winning salon


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