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Annual Parish Meeting

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All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting, which must take place between 1st March and the 1st June (inclusive). Meetings should not commence before 6.00 pm.

 

 

Great Oxendon Parish Council are going to hold this year’s Annual Meeting for members of the Great Oxendon Parish virtually starting at 7pm on Monday 12th April 2021.  The meeting will be held via the Zoom platform and the details to join the meeting are noted below:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9056573860

Meeting ID: 905 657 3860

 

Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting?

The meeting enables the Parish Council to explain what it has been doing over the last year and provides an opportunity for the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Who can attend the meeting?

The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish, which the public are entitled to attend and participate in.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?

Yes, any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chair or a designated Councillor.

An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything relevant to the residents of Great Oxendon

Who will chair the meeting?

The Chair of the Parish Council will chair the meeting or in his/her absence the Vice-Chair.

Will Parish Councillors be there?

Yes, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

Will notes be taken of the meeting?

Yes, a written record of the meeting will be taken and presented at the next Annual Parish meeting for approval.

What else happens at the meeting?

In recent years we have invited guest speakers from local clubs, societies and other voluntary and statutory organisations to talk about the work/activities of their group and/or present information on topics of local interest.

There can be, and often is, confusion between the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. The Annual Parish Meeting is not a Council meeting.

 

It’s election time at Great Oxendon Parish Council

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Parish Councils form the most local level of government and cover many rural and urban areas.  Your parish council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of your local neighbourhood. Their work falls into three main categories:

  • representing your local community
  • delivering services to meet local needs.
  • striving to improve quality of life in the parish.

As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish, town, community, and neighbourhood councillors are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. By standing for your parish council, you could make a real difference to your local neighbourhood.

Great Oxendon Parish Council provides, maintains, or contributes to the following services:

  • Litter Bins
  • Street lighting
  • Footpaths
  • Benches
  • The Village Hall
  • Bus shelters
  • Planning Applications
  • Traffic Calming measures

They also work with larger councils like Daventry and Northamptonshire to ensure the effective delivery of services to the local community.

 

Can I become a parish councillor?

Most people can stand for election, however there are a few rules. You have to be:

  • a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election.

For information about standing for election in the Great Oxendon Parish Council elections follow this link here.

The Parish notice  is the formal notice of elections

Advance Notice of Road Closure

Anglian Water are intending on relaying a section of  pipe outside the village hall on Main Street in Great Oxendon.  To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed for up to three days from the 13th April 2021.

The closure and diversion route can be viewed here https://one.network/?tm=121692503

If you require more information about the works please contact Georgina Byers on 07971 253629.

Grant funding available to eligible businesses.

National restrictions imposed by the Government have required a number of different types of businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. Daventry District Council is distributing government-funded grants to businesses which have been required to close or which have otherwise been significantly impacted by the restrictions.

Please visit the DDC website for more information on each grant, eligibility criteria, and details of how to apply

 

 

 

https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/business/business-rates/covid-19-business-support-grants/

2021 Census is Here!

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Every ten years the census takes place in England and Wales, providing insight into the people who live across the country and what their lives are like. This year, census day is on Sunday 21 March. You’ve probably already seen lots of advertisements and information on the TV, in newspapers and social media and you should have received your purple postcard in the post.

Look out for your Information Pack

Very soon every house will be sent an Information Pack which will explain how to complete the census and contain a unique code which will give them access to the form using any digital device.

If someone doesn’t want to complete the census themself, a family member or a trusted person can do it on their behalf. People can also request a paper copy. Everything will be explained in the Information Pack.

Where can people get help?

Call the Census Help Line on 0800 141 2021 (from 1 March)

Calling the Help Line
When someone calls the Help Line they will hear a recorded message and be given three options. The system uses interactive voice response to make a selection.

Option 1: Requesting a Paper Questionnaire

This is an automated service.  The person calling will not need to speak to anyone if this option is used. There is a  unique reference number on each contact letter. This  should be entered on the handset. A paper questionnaire pack will then be  dispatched.

Option 2:  Hear frequently asked questions (FAQs)

These FAQs  are changed over time according to demand.

Option 3:  Will enable the caller to speak to an adviser. 

 

What special help is available?

Text Relay Service  (18001) 0800 141 2021

Free language helpline 0800 587 2021

 

Help for anyone with accessibility needs such as Large print formats and Information in Braille Call 0800 141 2021

British Sign Language support is available online.

Does everyone have to complete the census form?

Yes. It’s a legal requirement to complete the census.

Help your community complete Census 2021 

There is a special website for Community Groups where you can download lots of information in a variety of languages.

To read more visit – Census website 

Follow and repost – Census2021 on social media platforms (eg Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

Contact – Gwen Rhys, the ONS’s Census Community Engagement Manager can help you if you need printed leaflets. She can also give a presentation at one of your regular meetings.  Email Gwen or call her on 07452 934885.

 

Potential candidates urged to find out more at elections briefing

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People thinking of standing as a candidate in the West Northamptonshire Council or town and parish elections are encouraged to join in a briefing taking place soon.

 

On Thursday, 6 May residents across Daventry, Northampton and South Northants will vote to elect councillors to the new unitary authority, which will go live on 1 April this year, replacing their existing district, borough and county councils. Elections are also due to take place that day to elect representatives for up to 165 town/parish councils across West Northamptonshire.

People thinking about becoming a candidate or acting as an agent for either of these elections is urged to attend an online briefing session on Wednesday, 3 March, from 5.30pm.

The session, which will be held on Zoom, will cover the nominations process, key electoral information, dates and deadlines as well as setting out important details about the Covid safety measures being planned for candidates and agents.

Those wishing to attend should email electoralservices.ddc@westnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 302326. The session will be recorded and available on YouTube later for those unable to attend.

Anna Earnshaw, Returning Officer for the West Northamptonshire elections and the Chief Executive of the new Council, said: “Anyone thinking of standing as a candidate or acting as their agent in the spring elections should attend this briefing.

“It will provide them with everything they need to know about taking part, including how to submit nominations, key dates and deadlines, as well as important information about Covid restrictions and the measures we’ll be taking to minimise risks from the pandemic to voters.”

Polling arrangements for West Northamptonshire and parish elections are currently being organised jointly by elections officers in Daventry District, South Northants and Northampton who will be brought together on 1 April as part of the new Council. To find out more about registering to vote, plus information on applying for postal and proxy votes, please visit your local district/borough website.

Gritting in the Village.

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grit

Northamptonshire Highways don’t have the resource to grit every road in the county – and unfortunately Main Street in our village is one of those roads that are not gritted.  However we do have grit boxes along the side of Main Street which we can use on highways and paths ourselves.

There’s a common misconception that the public could be held liable if they use grit from the grit bins.  This is not true, and Northamptonshire Highways actively encourage people to use the grit in these bins on paths, roads or public spaces.

 

So please don’t be afraid to clear public paths or roads using grit from the grit bins.

If you find the grit bins are empty or running low, please use the Street Doctor link to report it, and Northamptonshire Highways will come out and refill it.

 

 

Postal voters urged to apply early for new Council’s historic elections

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Residents in Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire are being encouraged to apply early to vote by post for the first-ever elections to the new West Northamptonshire Council this spring.

 

 

On Thursday, 6 May voters across the three areas will go to the polls to elect a total of 93 councillors for the new unitary authority, which will be formed on 1 April this year, replacing the existing district, borough and county councils.  On Polling Day residents will also be able to cast votes for the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and to elect representatives for many of their local parish councils.

Work is underway to ensure that residents can cast their votes safely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a range of Covid-safe measures being planned for polling stations, alongside the other usual options such as voting by post or by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf).

People are urged to apply for postal votes as early as possible ahead of the deadline of 5pm on 20 April and those wishing to vote by proxy can also do this now before the deadline of 5pm on 27 April.

Anyone who is not yet registered to vote must do so by Monday, 19 April in order to take part in this spring’s elections.

Polling arrangements are currently being organised by elections staff in Daventry District, South Northants and Northampton until the new West Northamptonshire Council is formed on 1 April. In the run-up to this, residents will still need to apply for postal and proxy votes via their existing district or borough councils.

Voters in Daventry District can apply by emailing electoralservices@daventrydc.gov.uk  or calling 01327 871100.

Residents unsure whether or not they are registered to vote can check by contacting their local elections team on the contact details above. Those who need to register can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, where they will be asked to provide their name, National Insurance number and date of birth.

Every ten years, the census provides a unique snapshot of our society

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The next census is happening in March 2021. By taking part and encouraging others to do the same, you’ll help make sure your community is counted in decisions on services and funding.

 

For the first time ever Census 2021 is digital first.  This means householders will be invited to complete their Census form using a digital device.  If this concerns you, don’t worry, there will be the option to ask for a paperbased form too.

We’ll start to see some national advertising about the Census towards the end of January, and then each household will receive a postcard in February.  Then in early March each household will be sent an information pack including a unique digital access code.

CENSUS DAY is 21 March 2021 – but that just means the date by which we must have completed our census submissions.  As soon as you receive your pack, you can complete your census.

Look out for your information pack through the post!

 

COVID-19 vaccination phishing SMS text message

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phishing

There has been an increasing trend of COVID-19 phishing and SMS text message scams.

This short article tells you more about the scams and how you could protect yourself and your family

 

As it stands, there are five key trends:
 Fake URL links claiming to redirect you to GOV.UK website to claim relief payments.
 Lockdown fines suggesting you have breached government regulations.
 Offers of health supplements that will prevent you from being infected.
 Financial support that appears to be from your bank.
 Fake text messages claiming to be from the NHS advising individuals that they are eligible to apply for vaccine, but requiring sensitive data such as financial information to make a payment.

 

To protect yourself and those close to you:
 Keep abreast of the news: As awful as it may seem, knowledge of attack methods and techniques will hone the ability to separate fact from fiction.
 Never click links within emails or text messages: Links take you to fake websites.
 Never call back using an unrecognised SMS phone number: This could lead you to speaking directly with a criminal or criminal organisation.
 Use official channels: For example, use GOV.UK to find relevant information about COVID support and support services. Once the official communication channels are known you can verify information and find out what the next steps are.
 Guard your data: A legitimate organisation won’t make unsolicited requests for sensitive information or payments. For example, the vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups. Use the official NHS app only available from Google Play or Apple Store for more.
 Don’t give into pressure: If someone tries to coerce you into giving them sensitive information, end the conversation.
 Watch your digital footprint. Cyber criminals will use social media accounts and relevant websites to research you and make their scams more effective. Request the removal of unnecessary information and check your privacy settings for every account.

 

Reporting
Please report all Fraud and Cybercrime to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online.
Forward suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk.
Report SMS scams by forwarding the original message to 7726 (spells SPAM on the keypad).