December - "WARNING OVER CHRISTMAS PARCEL DELIVERY SCAM - IT COULD COST YOU MONEY!" - During the Christmas period 2005, a number of people across the UK received cards from Parcel Delivery Services (a service run through a service provider called Studio Telecom). This scam appears to be starting up again.
The scam involved the delivery to the householder of a card informing them that a parcel delivery had been attempted while they were out and they should call an 090 number for more information. This number was a premium rate line and callers were faced, typically, with call charges of £9 or more. When ICSTIS (Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information) were informed of the content and promotion of this service they removed access to the service (operating on 20 numbers) on 29 December 2005.
If you are invited to call a premium rate number (starting with the dialling code `090') and believe there is a problem with the content, promotion or operation of the service then please call the ICTIS Contact Centre for free on 0800 500 212. Staff will be able to look up the number for you and give you any information we have about it. Alternatively, you can check a number yourself at www.icstis.org.uk/consumers/ncd/default.asp
Wednesday, November 08, 2006 A new audit committee has been set up at South Northamptonshire Council to manage, among other things, the risks of fraud and corruption, and residents in the district are being urged to report any examples of benefit, Council Tax or any other fraud to the Council.
The Council already has a number of policies and procedures in place to minimise the risk of fraud from within the council. These include policies on anti fraud and corruption, money laundering, whistleblowing, gifts and hospitality and a staff code of conduct. The setting up of this new audit committee will boost these policies making sure they are being followed. It will also work to minimise the risk of anyone committing fraud within or against the Council.
Councillor Stephen Clarke, Chairman of the audit committee said, "The Council continues to promote better value for money by highlighting and demonstrating ways in which we can make improvements to realise financial savings or reduce costs, guard against the risk of fraud, irregularity and impropriety; provide a better quality of service, strengthen and enhance our management, administrative and organisational processes and achieve our aims and objectives more cost effectively."
Martin Henry, Head of Finance, said "We will continue to raise awareness of fraud, both within the authority and in the community. In addition, we encourage the reporting of suspected fraud and we will take appropriate action when fraud, corruption and irregularities come to light. Therefore, I would urge anyone to report examples immediately to me."
To report any examples of benefit or council tax fraud, call Martin Henry, Head of Finance at South Northamptonshire Council on 01327 322234
APPROACHING D-DAY! - The D is for Distribution - of the Parish Plan questionnaire. This operation will be carried out by a small task force of volunteer villagers during the weekend of November 4th- 6th. ...more...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - Community activities or charities for young people in South Northamptonshire could be up for some money as South Northamptonshire Youth Council launches this year's offer of grant aid
The Youth Council, now in its ninth year, has decided to put aside part of its £5,000 budget to help youth groups and youngsters involved with other community organisations or charities within South Northamptonshire. In recent years the Youth Council has offered grants to a variety of organisations from scout groups to football clubs, from toy libraries to youth forums. This year, any organisation that works to help young people is invited to bid for a grant from £50 to £500.
Councillor Sandi Smallman, Portfolio Holder for Youth, said: "This dedicated grant fund gives opportunities to groups that are often excluded from other grant schemes. It is very important for the Youth Council to be able to decide which schemes they think are most deserving based on their own experiences of provision for young people."
If you are involved in an organisation that benefits the community, particularly younger people in South Northamptonshire, and would like to apply for a grant, an application form can be obtained from Laurie Berruto, Youth Council Co-ordinator, South Northamptonshire Council, Council Offices,
Springfields, Towcester, NN12 6AE or e-mail Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01327 322122. Applications must be received by the end of January.
The Youth Council will decide on the amount it will allocate from its budget to grants at its meeting in February and applicants will be asked to do a short presentation. All applications will be assessed on their individual merits.
Motorist Workshop -SAS Developments -Local lad Steve Baker - Citreon and Peugeot Master Technician -
now set up garage workshop in Banbury to cater for all your Services and Repairs -All models -competitive rates. Free collection and delivery service -out of hours and weekend work undertaken by appointmeent call 01295 279054 or visit: www.the-sas.com
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - The Council would like to thank the residents of the 50 villages in the district for helping to make the new recycling schemes such a success. Thanks to our residents' hard work, the council has been able to recycle over 130 tonnes of garden waste and cardboard, 20 tonnes of glass, 30 tonnes of paper and 7 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles in just two weeks.
The Twin Bin and Door to Door recycling schemes, which provide green bins for compostable waste and recycling boxes for glass, cans, plastics and paper, already operates in two thirds of the district but were expanded in September to cover the whole of South Northamptonshire.
Compostable waste will be turned into compost to be used on local fields instead of being buried in a landfill site and the recyclable materials are taken to special recycling facilities in Northampton and Milton Keynes before being reprocessed in factories around the country to be turned into new products.
Councillor Andrew Grant, Cabinet Member for the environment said: "Now that nearly 100 per cent of the district is recycling so successfully, we want to say a big thank you all the residents for working so hard to improve the amount of household waste they recycle. "With the extra villages on the scheme we are aiming to be able to recycle up to 45 per cent of the districts rubbish - which will mean 18,000 tonnes of waste is recycled every year and won't end up in landfill sites."
The Council also wants to remind residents that separate vehicles collect the recycling boxes and bins – therefore you will probably find that they are emptied at different times. Secondly we would like people to remember that cardboard should be placed in the green wheeled bin and not the small recycling box.
If you have any questions about the new recycling schemes please contact South Northamptonshire Council on 0845 230 0226 or email email@example.com
Got an urgent problem but don't know who to call? - Well, if you call Police with a non-police related emergency from July 3, you'll be bounced to Boing. Around 27 per cent of the 999 calls made to Northamptonshire Police last year were not police emergencies but many of them came from people in a real crisis that needed help to find a plumber, chemist or electrician out-of-hours for example. From July 3, when police receive such a call, they will Boing it – putting it through to a special information service that can help callers find the right people to deal with a non-police related crisis. The Boing service allows Northamptonshire Police to put callers through to an organisation that can give them the sort of help they need at the first point of contact. It also help by taking away calls that should rightly be directed elsewhere, freeing us to deal with calls about crime and other incidents in a timely way. Boing operates a 24-hour service, seven days a week. Ten police forces around the country are already putting people through to their service. This service comes at no cost to Northamptonshire Police, and no cost to the caller other than that of the call they have made. Boing can contacted direct by the public on 0800 587 0548 or view their website:http://www.boinguk.com
"PARENTS URGED TO COMPLY WITH NEW CAR SEAT LEGISLATION" - Northamptonshire County Council is urging parents of older children to make sure they are ready for a change in the law on children's car seats or risk a fine of up to £500. New laws which came into force on 18 September will place a new responsibility on parents to make sure that children up to 135 cms in height (approximately 4ft 5ins) or up to 12 years of age use an appropriate child restraint. The detailed rules are:· Children under 135cms and under 12 years old must use the appropriate child car seat in a vehicle . · Drivers are legally responsible for ensuring children under 14 use seat belts or child restraints in cars and goods vehicles. Those 14 years and above are legally responsible for themselves.
· Rear-facing baby seats must not be used in a seat protected by a frontal air-bag unless it has been deactivated.
· Children under three must use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in all cars, van and goods vehicles.
· There are three exceptions which allow children three years to 135cms to travel in the rear and use and adult belt and these are: 1. in a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle if the right child restraint is not available 2. for an unexpected necessity over a short distance and 3. where two occupied child seats in the rear prevent the fitting of a third.
· The penalties for non-compliance are a £30 fixed penalty notice. If a case goes to court the maximum fine is £500. In 2004 there were some 200,000 fixed penalty notices and 5,000 cases went to court.
September 2006 - An extra 10,000 households in over 50 villages will be joining South Northamptonshire Council's successful recycling schemes in September and October, and the first deliveries of the new bins and boxes are due to start the week beginning Monday 11 September.
The Twin Bin and Door to Door recycling schemes already operate in two thirds of the district and this final and most ambitious stage of the rollout project will mean that almost 100 per cent of the district can recycle up to half their household rubbish. During the beginning of September residents in the newly covered areas will receive their information packs, green bins and recycling boxes and the first collections will start from the 1 October. The Twin Bin scheme offers residents a green bin to dispose of their garden waste and cardboard, and cans, plastic, glass and paper can be recycled on the Door to Door scheme. This latest expansion to the schemes is being partly funded through a £70,000 grant from DEFRA.
Councillor Andrew Grant, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said; "Thanks to our residents that are already on the scheme we currently recycle around 35 per cent of all the rubbish we collect in the district. "This expansion should mean we can recycle even more – up to 45 per cent of the district's waste – this would make us among the highest performers in the country, and will mean that 18,000 tonnes of rubbish is recycled each year rather than being dumped in a landfill site."
The extra villages to be put on the scheme are: Adstone, Alderton, Astcote, Aston le Walls, Aynho, Blakesley, Bradden, Brafield, Caldecote, Chacombe, Charlton, Chipping Warden, Cold Higham, Cosgrove, Croughton, Dalscote, Denton, Duncote, Eastcote, Edgcote, Evenley, Farthinghoe, Gayton, Grafton Regis, Grimscote, Harpole, Heathencote, Hinton, Hulcote, Kislingbury, Litchborough, Lower Boddington, Maidford, Middleton Cheney, Moreton Pinkney, Newbottle, Overthorpe, Plumpton, Radstone, Rothersthorpe, Shutlanger, Slapton, Steane, Stoke Bruerne, and Syresham, Thenford, Tiffield, Upper Boddington, Upper Heyford, Warkworth, Weston, Whitfield, Wicken, Woodend, Yardley Hastings.
The Council cannot get 100 per cent of the district on the scheme as there are a few properties that cannot be accessed, such as flats.
July 2006 -New Classroom officially opened....Pictures and Story in Archive pages
NASH'S NEWS - Jennifer Nash is known by many in the village as she has been an active member of our community over many years. She was a pupil of the Village Primary School, a member of the Girl's Brigade and had leading roles in the village Pantomimes. On 5 August 2006 at 2pm, Jennifer is marrying Andrew Whiteside of Middleton Chenney at St.James' Newbottle. After their honeymoon they are going to be living in Cornwall.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Service and all her family and friends wish them both every happiness for the future.
Kimberley Nash has recently graduated from Manchester University with a first class honours BSC degree in mathmatics with Business and Management. Kimberley has worked extremly hard over the last three years to gain this result and everyone in the family is very proud of her acheivement. We wish her success in her new career working with Watson & Wyatt based in Birmingham.
June 2006 -TIM BOSWELL SUPPORTS NSPCC.....Story in Achive page
SOLD DOWN THE RIVER - A BUSINESSMAN who invested in new tourist facilities is outraged that a rail company 'pulled the rug from under him' by cancelling services. Last summer First Great Western (FGW) ran a Sunday service to Heyford station for the first time and Oxfordshire Narrowboats owner David Dare said he and other interested parties were told they would do the same this year. In anticipation of extra tourism he spent £150,000 on a canalside bistro and £6,000 on a cycle hire facility. Now FGW has cancelled the service claiming it was underused and not cost effective. "At a meeting last year I was verbally assured by First Great Western there would be a Sunday service this year and now they're denying that anyone ever said that. "They have reneged on their verbal agreement. What's farcical is that there are about 12 trains on Saturday which just aren't needed. I feel very let down and betrayed. "There are so many tourist opportunities here; British Waterways were on board and we were going full steam ahead to publicise these new services. Now we've had the rug pulled from under us." Heyford station is next to the Oxford Canal in Lower Heyford, near Mr Dare's boatyard.
He said one of the key reasons his bistro application was supported by Cherwell District Council was the extra tourism it would bring in specifically relating to the Sunday service. Though he added its success was not reliant on the service. FGW says it would cost £11,050 to run the Sunday service – four round trips between Banbury and Oxford, for the 13-week period from June to August. With the fare from Banbury/Oxford to Heyford costing about £5 return it would need 2,200 passengers to use the service – 170 each Sunday. Mr Dare claims he regularly saw 20 to 30 people arrive off the train on each of the eight Heyford stops on a Sunday, thereby meeting FGW's targets.
FGW won a seven-year franchise for the line in December after presenting its case to the Department of Transport. Cherwell Rail Users Group chairman Chris Bates said he too was given the impression there would be a Sunday service during consultations FGW carried out as part of its franchise bid.
He agreed with Mr Dare's estimates of how much the service was used and said he had observed more than 40 people on some occasions. "They've definitely gone back on their word," he said. "We're only talking about a small sum of money and I don't know how they did their passenger count but it must have been flawed.""It's an important service and just trialling it for one year isn't enough as people need time to become used to it. Cancelling it is very short-sighted."
FGW spokesman Adrian Ruck said all it had promised was to give it a try for one year and was stopped because it had only been used by a handful of customers. "Our only commitment was to continue it if it was successful," he said. He added if it could be proved financially viable or someone was willing to sponsor the service FGW may consider reinstating it. Oxfordshire County Council recently spent £20,000 revamping Heyford Station, money Mr Dare said would have been better spent sponsoring the Sunday service.
May 2006 - FREE SILVERSTONE GRAND PRIX TICKETS FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE RESIDENTS - Silverstone announced an exciting new F1 British Grand Prix initiative that will provide local residents, living within a twenty mile radius of the Northamptonshire based circuit, with the opportunity to enter an online ballot to win FREE tickets to all three days of the 2006 FORMULA 1 Foster's British Grand Prix - 9 to 11 June 2006. Silverstone has put aside 100 grandstand tickets (50 pairs of tickets) for the local community, which will be up for grabs in a free prize draw for anyone registering on the Silverstone website – www.silverstonef1.co.uk – before 1 June*.
"STATUS QUO TO ROCK THE CROWDS AT THE 2006 SILVERSTONE BRITISH GRAND PRIX" - Silverstone has confirmed that the world's favourite rock and roll band, STATUS QUO, will be back to entertain F1 fans at this year's GRAND PRIX PARTY (Sunday 11 June). The hugely popular post- race celebration, FREE to all race day ticket holders, will round off an unforgettable weekend of non- stop action and entertainment at the UK's biggest motorsport event of the year – the 2006 FORMULA 1TM Foster's British Grand Prix (9-11 June).
Attracting a record crowd of more than 18,000 in 2005, this year's Grand Prix Party will feature a high octane blend of stars, cars and guitars on a spectacular open-air stage in the centre of the circuit. TV broadcaster and motorsport pundit Tony Jardine will once again lead from the front, chatting on stage to a host of high profile personalities from the world of F1. Last year fans were treated to a multitude of guest appearances including, among others, Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli, Christian Klien, Christijan Albers, Honda Racing boss Nick Fry, and F1 greats that included Murray Walker, Sir Jackie Stewart and former British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert.
This year they will be joined on stage by the legendary Status Quo, who will rock the Silverstone crowd with a set of all-time classics including `Rocking All Over The World, `Sweet Caroline', `Down Down', and dozens more. In an exciting new development for this year, Silverstone has also announced that, in addition to the main Grand Prix Party stage at the inside of Becketts, three satellite stages will be set up in Entertainment Zones located behind the main grandstands at Stowe, Abbey and Pits Straight.
Silverstone TV will be broadcast throughout the weekend on giant screens at each of the stages, which will also feature a number of celebrity guest appearances, fantastic competitions and the England vs Paraguay football World Cup game on the Saturday - all building to the big show-biz finale on the main Grand Prix Party stage on Sunday.
TO CELEBRATE COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK - which runs from 7 May until 13 May, Farthinghoe Recycling and Reuse Centre will be selling bags of special recycled compost at very low prices. It is made from the green waste collected at the County recycling centres and is therefore an environmentally friendly substitute for peat based compost. It will be an excellent soil improver for your garden this spring and it is priced at only £2.50 per bag or five bags for £10. Farthinghoe Recycling and Reuse Centre is located on the A422 between the villages of Farthinghoe and Middleton Cheney. It is open from 8:30am until 7:00pm during the week and 9:00am until 5:00pm at the weekends. At the centre you can recycle a whole host of waste materials including glass, plastic bottles, scrap metal, engine oil, cans, textiles, compostable garden waste and many more.
For more information contact the site office on 01295 713782 or South Northamptonshire Council 0845 230 0226
Parcel Delivery Service Scam - If you receive a card through your door from a company call PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) saying that they have a parcel awaiting delivery instructions and can you contact them on 0906 6611911 - DO NOT call the number as this is a mail scam originating from Belize
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICTIS at http://www.icstis.org.uk <http://www.icstis.org.uk> or your local trading standards office. This is a genuine scam. ICTIS have the following information about this number. This is a card posted through your letter box from PDS Parcel Delivery suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and to call the premium rate number in question. This service costs £1.50 per minute. This service is under investigation by ICSTIS. Please be aware of this scam and forward this information to as many as possible. Should you receive a card from this company please follow the above instructions
Charlton-cum-Newbottle Parish Plan 'HAVE YOUR SAY DAY'.....check out Parish Plan Page
March 2006 - Former Charlton resident, Trevor Boyles, has won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Australia. Trevor (Left in photo below) won his medal along with a fellow team member while shooting clays in the Men's Paired Trap. Trevor grew up in Charlton and will be well known to many longer standing Charlton residents.
In fact, he developed some of his shooting skills in the fields in and around the Charlton area. (Trevor previously worked at Eddie Gladden' s farm on the Aynho Road and him and often enjoyed a day's shooting with "Podge" Thornton.) Trevor left Charlton to live in the Isle of Mann some years ago and was representing the Isle of Mann when he won his medal. Trevor still visits Charlton from time to time to see family and friends who still live in Charlton, Kings Sutton and the surrounding area – including his brother Colin who continues to maintain the "Boyles" family tradition of caring for Charlton Cemetery Andy Boyles. Witney, Oxon
"THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON OFFERS YOUNG BUDDING FASHION DESIGNERS THEIR FIRST CHANCE" - Calling all budding fashion designers from Years 10 – 13! Are you the next Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen? The University of Northampton is giving you the chance to showcase your talents in a schools competition across Northamptonshire and surrounding counties... All entrants simply need to do is design and make a standard size 12 dress out of recycled materials for one of the following celebrities/figures to wear to a glitzy party: Sharon Osbourne, Gwen Stefani, HRH The Queen or Katie Price (aka Jordan!)
There will be two judging categories – Years 10 – 11 and Years 12 – 13, with one overall winner in each category and one runner-up. Prizes on offer include VIP treatment at this year's Northampton Graduate Fashion Show (matinee performance) on Thursday, 15 June, 2006 with first-prize winners
having their dresses showcased on the catwalk by a professional model! Head of Fashion at The University of Northampton, Kim Rowney, commented: "This is a great opportunity for students with a passion for fashion to take a first step into this thrilling industry. To say you've had your dress modelled on a catwalk at this age is a great coup! Recycled fashion and customised clothing is such a popular trend and look at the moment and we thought it'd be really fun to offer an outfit selection for such a diverse range of celebrities."
The University of Northampton's Fashion Show is one of the highlights in Northampton's cultural calendar. Around 2,000 people last year watched the afternoon and evening Shows and graduates of the Fashion courses from the University have gone onto work for Alexander McQueen, Zandra Rhodes, Harrods and Per Una, to name but a few.
The University of Northampton welcomes entries from schools or individual students. The final date for submission is Friday, 28 April, 2006 and judging will take place on Wednesday, 10 May, 2006. Winners will be notified by Monday, 15 May, 2006. For further information about how your school/students or you can be involved, please contact Nicky Daniels, Marketing Manager, The University of Northampton on 01604 893003 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dress submissions can be sent directly FAO: Meredith White,
School Manager, School of The Arts, The University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.
Tickets for the afternoon Fashion Show at 2:30pm are on sale now from Explore Northamptonshire's Northampton Visitor Centre Box Office at the Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton, or by calling 01604 838801. All students (and their teachers) can buy tickets at £8 each (a standard ticket is £14),with groups of eight students or more being able to buy their tickets at a further discounted rate of £7 each.
Friday, February 10, 2006 - "FAKE ID WEBSITE CLOSED THANKS TO NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS" - A Northampton-based website that sold fake ID cards has been closed down following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council's trading standards service. Trading standards received three complaints about the website www.identacard.co.uk. Further investigation found that Identacard was based in East Hunsbury, Northampton and supplied fake identity and proof of age cards.
In October 2004, trading standards seized documents from the premises which included around 750 application forms from across the UK for various identity cards. The seized material showed that various identity cards were being supplied which contained information that was false, including one card which illegally useda registered trade mark 'Citizencard'.
New number for Northamptonshire Police - Northamptonshire Police has introduced a new countywide telephone number for the public to use
when making non-emergency calls. As of Thursday 1 December 2005 the new number for all non-emergency calls to the Force is: 08453 700700.
An automated call handling system was introduced at the same time, giving callers who know the extension number they need, the chance to key it in. This will speed things up for them, and allow other calls to be answered more quickly as well.
Staff in the Customer Contact Centre answered 288,775 non-emergency calls last year – 791 calls each day. Currently there are five local numbers in existence, depending on where you live in the county, all feeding in to a central switchboard. Northamptonshire Police hope that the introduction of the new number will make things easier for the public, with just one number to remember wherever in the county they are calling from. It will also make things simpler for people when the four policing Areas merge into two later this year.
The new telephone number – 08453 700700 - is charged at the normal local rate and will continue be answered by call handlers in the Force Communications Centre.
The existing local numbers will gradually be phased out but will still connect to Police for the time being, until people become used to the new number. There is, of course, no change to the 999 number for emergency calls. The new number will be promoted across the county to ensure it becomes widely known.
Bride's Heart melts in searing heat! - From our Australian Correspondent.......See Archive page for story
January 2006 FREE BUS SERVICE? - Free bus travel from within South Northamptonshire and to towns such as Milton Keynes will be on offer for the over 60s and people with disabilities from 1 April this year. South Northamptonshire Council's Cabinet agreed at a meeting this week that £190,000 could be used to fund an enhanced scheme that allows free travel across the whole of South Northamptonshire as well as to the neighbouring towns of Northampton, Milton Keynes, Banbury, Oxford, Daventry
and Wellingborough. The scheme is a better one than that which the government requires by making free travel available AT ANY TIME rather than the suggested off peak limitation. This is in addition to a countywide scheme to be run by Northamptonshire County Council - which will enable over-60s and people with disabilities to travel beyond their district or borough to anywhere in the county and to the nearest major town outside the county boundary, for just £1 each journey.
Councillor Graham Smith, Portfolio Holder for Quality of Life said: "I am pleased that the Council has opted for the enhanced scheme as access to transport is a key part of our work to help people to live independently, and can significantly improve their quality of life. It is especially important in a rural area such as South Northamptonshire. It will enable more of our residents to make use of the recent improvements to the buses.
"This scheme will play a vital part in ensuring that people can access key services such as GPs and hospitals, stay in touch with friends and communities, and travel longer distances for free or at an affordable price." The free pass can also be used on "JASON" Dial-a-Ride minibus scheme which is a vital link between the villages that are not served by the regular buses. To find out more about free travel in South Northamptonshire visit the council's website at http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/ or call on 0845 230 0226.
January 2006 COUNCIL TAX INCREASE - At a meeting on Monday, 9 January South Northamptonshire Council's Cabinet recommended an average annual increase of £6.69 (or just under 13 pence a week) for the district's Council Tax level for 2006/7.
The Cabinet has proposed a Council Tax charge for 2006-07 for the district's services of £143.29 for a Band D property. The final figure will be decided by Full Council on 31 January 2006. The Council has managed to deliver this increase without the need for reducing any of the services currently provided and with investment in several areas highlighted as priorities for the Council. The total annual Council Tax bill for householders in Northamptonshire for 2006/7 will not be calculated until South Northamptonshire Council has received information from Northamptonshire County Council, local Town and Parish Councils and Northamptonshire Police Authority on their tax requirements for next year. Councillors agreed to recommend to full council a budget of £9.642m for 2006/7, up £716,000 from last year, to build on existing services. The budget provides for a range of improvements, including:
· £100,000 additional funding on concessionary fares for the over 60s and people with disabilities
· £100,000 to expand the Council's door to door recycling scheme
· £16,000 for improvements to emergency planning
The budget also takes into account £1.122m for unavoidable pressures such as contractual and inflationary increases and increases in demand for services provided by the Council.
Councillor Martin Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: "There are many pressures on the Council's finances this year but we have managed to achieve a balanced budget without cutting services. "Despite increasing our budgeted expenditure by almost 11 per cent in order to maintain services at the current level and invest in the priorities of the Council we are pleased to have kept the increase in Council Tax to less than 5 per cent which we think is good value for money for our services." Of the total Council Tax bill for the district, approximately 11 per cent is used to pay for the services provided by South Northamptonshire Council. The budget is currently out for consultation.
THEFT - THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2006 - Sadly have to report a opportunist theft in the village on Thursday Evening between 6.30 and 7.30pm where the householder was upstairs bathing children and a theif entered through a rear door and stole a handbag from a kitchen table.
PLEASE be on your guard DO NOT leave anything valuable in sight, no matter for how long!