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East Haddon are joining Northants Community Speed Watch Scheme(CSW)!
WE NEED YOU
Volunteers are needed to help East Haddon Participate in CSW between 22nd July and 19th August 2023. Volunteers do not need to be available for the whole period and will need to pledge a couple of hours at a time.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a volunteer programme run by Northamptonshire Police in conjunction with the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance. It enables local people to be actively involved in road safety, reducing speeding in their community.
Volunteer groups are given training and equipment to enable them to operate roadside speed monitoring patrols in their area over a four-week period.
Drivers detected as speeding by CSW receive a police warning letter and their records are held for 12 months to identify any repeat offenders. Anyone detected three or more times will be visited by police officers.
The CSW programme works with hundreds of volunteers representing more than 60 communities across Northamptonshire. With those communities participating in speed monitoring activity in 20mph, 30mph & 40mph speed limits.
The scheme only covers excess speed, it does not cover other traffic offences such as vehicle weights, no insurance or mobile phone use.
All volunteers must undergo a digital training session to enable them to take part in roadside sessions. This covers the practical and operating elements, and will be delivered by firstly watching our training video-presentation followed by attending a physical practical session in your area before a group has use of the detection equipment. Once trained, volunteers are covered by a form of public liability insurance while volunteering for CSW. While there’s no need to repeat the training, volunteers are welcome to undergo a refresher and can do so anytime.
The video can be watched in the comfort of your own.
The online link to this video is here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=nBsC_sjiCDQ
Free Mature Drivers Roadshow – 2nd May 2023
Are you a mature driver (aged 60+)? Live in Northamptonshire? Rely on being able to drive? This FREE roadshow is for you!
Driving is an important part of our everyday life and we (Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance (NSRA)) are keen to help to keep mature drivers driving safer for longer.
Our driving ability to drive changes over time for different reasons, especially as we get older. It’s important that we recognise whether and how our driving is changing so we can stay safe and protect both ourselves and those around us.
This Mature Drivers Roadshow is aimed at drivers 60+, and will cover all different aspects of driving. There will be a short talk and then plenty of time to meet informally with our many stand holders. Free advice will be available on car adaptions, eyesight, how your prescription medications may affect you, and much more.
There will be FREE IAM RoadSmart Mature Driver Assessments available to be booked.
Our aim is to keep mature drivers driving safer, for longer.
Book your Free tickets via Eventbrite: https://mature-drivers-2023.eventbrite.co.uk
The event is being held at Police Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton NN4 0JQ (https://what3words.com/bill.necks.boxer) with two sessions, 9.30am and 1.00pm.
Earlier this year, West Northants Council introduced a community bus service within the Brixworth area and surrounding villages, working with Community bus provider www.cmbus.org
The objectives have been to reconnect local villages without any form of public transport, with some means for older residents to re-establish their independence; to create communities and for those villages where there are bus services, provide them with an additional dedicated once a week independent shopping trip. For those with bus passes, it means that once registered, the trips for the customer are free.
Following the success of the Brixworth Area ‘Shopper Hopper’, WNC are now looking to support Commminibus with an additional route (please the detail on the attached newsletter) to Daventry. As such, a pilot will run on the 12th January 2023 of the “Haddon Hopper” to assess demand.
The provision is all volunteer led, including by Ka the owner operator.
On the newsletter, you will see contact information for either Ka or Christine. WNC hope to get a similar success to that achieved in Brixworth and villages.
WNC will also need to find some members of the local community act as volunteer co-ordinators for this route. If you are interested in volunteering contact details can be found on the attached newsletter.
WNC Customer Service Teams visit locations across West Northamptonshire on a monthly basis, offering advice and guidance to residents on a range of issues.
Sessions coming up this month include:
- Brackley Library (Manor Road, NN13 6AJ): Fri 25 Nov from 10am to midday.
- Doddridge Centre (St James Road, Northampton, NN5 5LD): Weds 7 Dec from 3pm to 5pm.
- Hunsbury Library (Overslade Close, Northampton, NN4 0RZ): Thurs 17 November 1pm to 4pm.
- Moulton Community Centre (Moulton Reedings, NN3 7AX): Fri 25 Nov from 10am to midday.
- Weston Favell Library (Weston Favell Centre, NN3 8JZ): Fri 11 Nov from 2.30pm to 3pm.
- Brixworth Library (Spratton Road, NN6 9DS) Tues 22 Nov from 10am to midday.
Visit our monthly Drop-in Sessions webpage to find out more. Monthly drop-in sessions | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)
West Northants Council has launched new online support hub and phoneline to help residents find help during the ongoing cost of living crisis. The webpage is designed to be easy to navigate and contains lots of information on accessing grants, money and debt advice, government funding, wellbeing tips and links to local community organisations. The drop-down options are tailored to specific users and aim to make the information quick to find and easily accessible, without the need to scroll for a long period of time. Residents can also find tips to help keep daily costs down, and a directory of Warm Welcoming Spaces –community buildings offering people in need a comforting place to keep warm and enjoy a little company. For those who prefer to talk to someone on the phone, our customer services team is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday to offer support and advice. We understand it can be difficult for people to find out what support is available, so we have worked closely with partners to create a central hub of information to help with this. If you aware of someone who is struggling – we are here to help. Please ask them to pick up the phone or get in touch so we can help them through this. Visit the Cost of Living Support Hub online or phone 0300 126 7000.
With the festive season fast approaching, our WNC is advising residents of the arrangements for waste and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period. Waste and recycling collection crews will be working throughout the festive season to make sure services are delivered on time and with no delays.
Here are some of the key messages for residents:
- Waste and recycling collection days in the South Northamptonshire and Northampton areas will not change over Christmas and New Year.
- Collections in the Daventry area which are due to take place on Monday 26 December, will be collected on Saturday 24 December instead.
- Garden waste collections will be suspended from 24 December until 6 January across West Northants. Real tree collections Crews will collect real Christmas trees on the weeks beginning 9 and 20 January. Residents in the Daventry and South Northants areas should put real Christmas trees on day that garden waste is due to be collected in their area. You do not need a garden waste subscription. In the Northampton area real trees should be put out next to recycling bins, and those on sack collections can present trees beside their recycling boxes and green sacks on their collection day. Please ensure any trees over 6ft tall are cut in a half, so they will fit into our lorries safely.
Additional recycling: Additional recycling can be put out in clear or plastic bags alongside recycling bins and boxes, or can also be taken to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. These are open as usual throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, when they will be closed. Centres will also close early on Christmas Eve, at 2pm.
Find out more People can find out more information about waste and recycling collections here Bins, recycling and waste | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)
West Northamptonshire Council has launched a new e-newsletter with the aim of keeping residents informed of news and updates about our Council. People are urged to sign-up via our online subscription portal, so they can receive regular information straight to their inbox. WNC recognise that clear, transparent communication is vital to us achieving our ambitions as a council, and across-party Task and Finish group identified the need to create this newsletter. WNC want to tell people about what they are doing on their behalf, and of course how we’re spending their money – and that’s why they are constantly trying to improve the way they communicate. Issued fortnightly, the newsletter will sit alongside WNC other key communications channels to keep people informed about the services provided, from biocollections to highways, environmental health to housing, schools and education, to health and wellbeing. There will be regular updates on the support WNC are offering to help soften the ongoing impact of the current cost of living crisis, as well as on the grants that are available to support community and voluntary groups to deliver important services. It will keep people updated on the regeneration projects West Northamptonshire Council is leading on across West Northants, and promote opportunities for residents to have their say on the important issues that affect us all. The newsletter will also highlight some of the fantastic days out that West Northamptonshire offers, our many wonderful heritage and tourist attractions, as well as our parks and open spaces. Residents are encouraged to subscribe to the newsletter so WNC can reach as many people as possible. People can subscribe via the link on our website, Sign up to our e-newsletter | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)
New rules which encourage responsible dog ownership and ban smoking in specific public open spaces came into force across the Daventry and South Northants areas this month(November).The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) gives our Council the ability to ensure that the public can use and enjoy these public spaces, and aims to help to make West Northamptonshire a better and safer place to live and work.
It will last for a period of three years, and means dog owners could be fined £100 if they fail to:
- Pick up their dog’s mess and dispose of it properly
- Carry the means to pick up after their dog
- Prevent their dog from entering public places from which dogs are excluded, including children’s play areas, schools, skateparks, tennis courts, multi-use games areas and bowling greens
- Keep their dog on a lead when in cemeteries, graveyards, memorial gardens, allotments, carparks, sports grounds, fields and pitches – when in use for authorised sporting activity
- Put their dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer
- Restricts a person from walking more than four dogs at any one time
- Prohibits smoking in: children’s play areas, schools, skateparks, tennis courts, multi-use games areas, and bowling greens.
Signage to remind people of the rules will be put place across the Daventry and South Northants areas in the coming months and we are currently compiling a list of hot spots for targeted enforcement work. Enforcement of the PSPO will be carried out by WNC officers.
Find out more information about PSPOs that are in force across West Northants Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) | West Northamptonshire Council (westnorthants.gov.uk)
Anglian Water will close Main Street between 11-13th January to undertake a new water connection.