Precept for 2016/17
The Council’s budget for 2016/17 was finalised at the December 2015 meeting and the precept was set at £8,614 which is the same level as last year. Please contact the Clerk if you would like more information, including a full breakdown of the Council’s budget for 2016/17.
Community Speed Watch 2016
As reported previously, the Council is once again asking for volunteers to be trained to help with Community Speed Watch (CSW). The next training session will be held at Caroline Chisolm School, Wooldale Road, Northampton NN4 6TP on Saturday 13th February 2016 from 9:30 am to 12 noon so please contact the Clerk if you would like to volunteer for CSW.
Volunteers are trained to use hand held speed cameras to monitor the speed of traffic through their village and the information obtained is passed on to the Police. Letters are then sent to the owners of the speeding vehicles, stating that repeat offenders could face prosecution. By being involved in CSW, Great Addington has the benefit of follow up visits and continued support from Northamptonshire Police to ensure that as much as possible is being done to tackle the problem of speeding.
Northamptonshire Police sent traffic survey reports from before and after Great Addington had use of the speed device and associated equipment last year and these showed a significant reduction in speeding. The percentage of vehicles exceeding the 30 mph speed limit reduced from 84% to 42% while those travelling over 35 mph dropped from 57% to 12%. The Council would like to thank everyone for their continued support of CSW, especially the volunteers.
Nuisance caused by bonfires
The Council has received a further request to remind residents in Great Addington to be considerate to their neighbours when disposing of garden or household waste by lighting bonfires. Burning waste that is likely to create excessive smoke or noxious fumes such as rubber, plastics and painted materials is harmful to the environment and to human health. People with existing health problems such as asthma or a heart condition are particularly affected by smoke.
There are no specific byelaws prohibiting garden bonfires (or specifying times they may be lit) but if you plan to light a bonfire, please make sure that the wind direction is blowing away from neighbouring properties because this is less likely to cause a nuisance. Please also note that there is legislation (the Environmental Protection Act 1990) which deals with the nuisance and harmful effects bonfires might cause.
If you would like more information on disposing of waste responsibly or if you wish to complain about a nuisance caused by bonfires, please write to Environmental Services, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 4LZ, call 01832 742263 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
Northamptonshire County Council public consultations
Northamptonshire County Council is inviting local residents to ‘have their say’ this month on its minerals and waste allocations and designations; prioritising services to improve health and wellbeing, and parking standards to be used when accessing developments. The Parish Council has decided that it will not submit formal representations to these consultations because it believes that residents are better placed to put forward their own views on the issues which affect them.
If you would like more information and/or wish to comment on any of these issues, please write to Northamptonshire County Council, County Hall, Northampton NN1 1DN, visit the website http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/council/consultations/pages/register.aspx or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before the respective deadlines.
Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of the Council will be held in the Memorial Hall, Great Addington on Wednesday 17th February 2016 at 7:45 pm. and the agenda will be available (on the website and the notice board) 3 clear days before this date. Please note that members of the public have the right to attend any meeting of the Council.
Clerk’s contact details
Please write to the Clerk at 10 Rushwell Close, Great Addington, Kettering NN14 4BP, call 01536 330858, send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit the website www.greataddingtonpc.co.uk
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