Rothersthorpe Village gains best village award

  • The best Village competition has been judged and Rothersthorpe was awarded the ‘Highly Commended Award’ against the overall winners Glapthorne!
  • Thank you to Shayne Major for completing the entry and for those members of the village that made themselves available to speak to the judges when they visited.
  • We hope you agree we have a village which we should all be proud of and will continue to strive to make better for all the residents and visitors.
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Rural Events Calendar

ACRE have published a rural events calendar for 2019/20 which lets you know information about local events including shows etc. Please find a link to the calendar here The RPC now have an ACRE representative so this kind of information should be available more often and will be published as soon as it is received.

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Rural Crime

SENT ON BEHALF OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE RURAL CRIME TEAM

Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.

“If you’re a victim of crime or see something that doesn’t seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.

“Don’t worry that you’re wasting our time. No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it.”

The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.

PC Anstead said: “Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm.”

Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here

https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

Kind regards

Northamptonshire Rural Crime Team

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Kislingbury Road – Planning

On Friday the Parish Council received notification that the Appeal against the decision of refusal for Outline planning permission for up to 66 dwellings with associated landscaping, open space and vehicular and pedestrian access off of Kislingbury Road, had been dismissed. The documentation including reasons given can be viewed at: http://snc.planning-register.co.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=98714

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Northamptonshire councils given extra year to perfect new structure

Councils in Northamptonshire have been given an extra year to prepare for the biggest shake-up of local government since the 1970s. Today, James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) gave his thumbs up to proposals which will see the number of councils providing services to the district reduced from eight to two. South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council and (half of) Northants County Council will form a new authority serving the west of the county. It will now take charge in April 2021 rather than 2020 as originally proposed. Cllr Ian McCord, Leader of SNC said: “I welcome the decision from Government at long last. “Ministers have taken twice as long to read and decide on the proposal as they gave us to put the bid together. “The election of the shadow council and a 2021 start date was something I asked MHCLG to consider a year ago, so I cannot now claim disappointment. “We will now use the time wisely to prepare the four councils for the new unitary structure in the West. “Our experience with Cherwell and South Northants integration tells us that the best way to do this is by bringing everyone with you.  “We have been developing a plan for this scenario over the past few weeks and we will be ready. “We now must seize the opportunities that a new council will present to us.   “The reasons for this decision are well known and today is about looking forward and ensuring that our residents get the best possible local government available.” The announcement includes confirmation that the elections to run the new bodies will take place in May 2020, alongside the delayed Parish and Town Council elections.  Those elected in 2020 will form the Shadow Authority for its final year of planning, and then move over to run the new council proper. The announcement also paves the way for Kettering Borough Council, The Borough Council of Wellingborough, East Northants Council, Corby Borough Council and (the other half of) Northants County Council to form a new local authority serving the north of the county. The formation of the authorities is still subject to Parliamentary approval.  The Government will also be establishing a Children’s Trust to take over responsibility for children’s social care across the authority.   Today’s announcement also confirmed that elections for the new West Northants council (and its shadow council) will be on the basis of three members per existing County Council ward, totalling 93 across the 31 Wards in the West Northants area.

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Appeal meeting- Commencing Tuesday 30th April 2019

As you may be aware the applicant has made an appeal to the Secretary of state about the application below after being refused planning permission by the Local Council:

Site Address: Land south of Kislingbury Road Rothersthorpe Description of development: Outline planning permission for up to 66 dwellings with associated landscaping, open space and vehicular and pedestrian access. Application reference: A/2017/2620/MAO Appellant’s name: R L Collins, S Collins, C L PassmoreJon Appeal reference: APP/Z2830/W/18/3206346 Appeal start date: 25 July 2018

The appeal will be decided by means of an Inquiry chaired by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The Inspector nominated to hold the inquiry is P Major BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI. The Inquiry is scheduled to last four days and will commence on Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 10.00am and will be held in the Council Chamber, The Council Offices, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD. A copy of the appellants’ statement may be viewed here along with a copy of the Local Planning Authority’s questionnaire and statement of case, and any further comments/documents relating to the appeal.

You may attend the Inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, give your views.

All comments that you have previously made on the application will have already been considered and the Parish Council will be sending in a statement to be read out at the hearing.
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Community Space Update

We’d like to provide an update on the Community Space. Firstly we haven’t progressed as much as we would have liked since the last meeting so think it is best to cancel the meeting planned for the 15th November. We have attached the Draft minutes from the first meeting here for you to read. We have progressed in engaging a number of play equipment providers, although need a third visit to ensure we research as wide a range of local offerings as possible and understand a competitive cost. We also believe we’ve identified the correct documentation to put the legal requirements in place for the space; we just need to arrange for some advice on how to develop the exact wording we require and to engage a solicitor to set it all up. To do this we need to make a decision on a name for the space and therefore the Trust. Name suggestions will be distributed via a number of methods in the next week or so and we’d ask you to vote for your favourite. Lastly as mentioned at the previous meetings we are looking to recruit a few more members on the committee. If you would be interested in joining us please let us know, also if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Regards

The Community Space Committee.

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Inugural AGM of Rothersthorpe Community Space Group

Having gained planning permission (dependent on conditions) the current committee is looking to transition to the next phase and kick starting this with our inaugural AGM on Thurs 18th Oct @ 7.15pm in the committee room.
Key to the meeting will be agreeing our group constitution and discussing future funding opportunities to maintain momentum and finally look to deliver the long awaited community space.
Please come to the meeting and offer your support.

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Propeller Cafe

The café continues to be open of Fridays throughout June (9-11.30am). If you would like to use the facilities for a charity fundraiser contact Val on 832422.

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Annual Parish Meeting / Annual General Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 14th May in the Committee room. There will also be the AGM and Annual Parish Meeting on the same evening from 7pm. The Agendas are displayed on the notice boards and are also available electronically via the Parish Council Tab.

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