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Cabinet set out budget proposals for 2024/25

Cabinet members set out budget proposals for 2024/25 while protecting the most vulnerable in our community and tackling a significant rise in costs and demand for services.

In common with local authorities across the country, the Council is facing financial pressures due to a range of factors including the current economic climate, inflation rates and a rise in demand for services, particularly around supporting children in care and vulnerable adults.

However, given these pressures, the authority is proposing to deliver a balanced revenue budget for 2024/25 of £889.5m (£414.5m excluding dedicated Schools Grant).

The budget was presented to Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday and follows a six-week public consultation which allowed residents, businesses, partners and other stakeholders to review and provide feedback on the proposals. It has also been subject to continuous review and scrutiny, including consideration by the cross-party group of members of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The proposals seek to raise the average Council Tax by 4.99%, which is in line with the Government’s allowance, generating extra funding of around £13.1m – with 2% of the increase going towards funding adult social care and represents an increase on a Band D property of £84.52 a year, the equivalent of £1.63 a week.

The budget follows a strong commitment to making services as efficient as possible and reviewing income streams in order to maintain and protect services, with £24.1m of savings proposals put forward.

These will be found through savings in operating costs and includes restructuring departments, introducing back-office savings without impacting on how services are delivered to residents.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council, said: “In the face of severe financial pressures, rising costs and the continuing increase in demand for services, such as those supporting vulnerable adults and children, putting this budget together has been extremely challenging and we’ve faced some really tough choices. However, despite these pressures, we have still managed to protect services and there are no service reductions contained within these budget plans which I believe is a great achievement.

“Every decision we’ve made, every penny we’ve allocated, has been with you, our residents, in mind.

“Balancing the budget hasn’t been easy, but it’s necessary to ensure we can continue to provide the vital services our community relies on.

“We’ve therefore focused hard on how we can save more money and raise extra income to address inflationary pressures and cover the increasing costs of high service demand. Your needs are at the forefront of everything we do. We’re dedicated to finding ways to ease the burden and ensure that our community thrives, even in challenging times.”

At their meeting, Cabinet members agreed to recommend the final 2024/25 budget to next week’s Full Council, which will take place in Northampton’s Guildhall on Thursday, 22 February at 5pm. The agenda will be published this week on the Council’s website.

 

Contact Information

West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team

communications@westnorthants.gov.uk

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West Northamptonshire Council App Update

West Northamptonshire Council introduces enhanced Report It functionality in the Council app, enabling a seamless and efficient way to interact with the council, report issues and stay connected with the local community on the go.

The app is the go-to resource for West Northamptonshire residents, providing easy access to essential council services and timely local news. Now, with the addition of the Report It features, residents can report incidents ranging from fly tipping and graffiti to abandoned trolleys and street cleansing, all from the convenience of their mobile devices.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and HR, said:

“We’re thrilled to introduce the Report It feature to our West Northamptonshire Council App. It’s all about making life simpler for our residents and keeping our community connected and informed.

“We want you to have the tools you need to stay in the know, report issues, and actively contribute to our vibrant community. The enhancement of the Report It functionality takes this commitment a step further, empowering you to report incidents quickly and conveniently without the need to phone us.”

The app offers a host of functional features designed to enhance residents’ experience allowing you to access council services near your location. Whether you’re looking for the nearest council offices, car parks, food banks, libraries, parks or other essential local services, such as the network of Welcoming Spaces, the information is just a few taps away.

Cllr Phil Larratt, WNC Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste, added: “This app has been crafted to cater to the diverse needs of our residents, providing them with a one-stop solution to easily access local services, news, and real-time updates. Whether it’s receiving reminders for bin collection schedules, so you never forget to put your bins out, accessing our recycling guidelines, making it easier for you to make sustainable choices, or receiving alerts about any potential disruptions to collections, the app has it all.”

Download or update the West Northamptonshire Council App from your device’s app store to explore the new functionality. The app is continuously being developed, and we will be adding new features as we progress.

Contact Information

West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team
communications@westnorthants.gov.uk

Vacancy Advert

Councillor Vacancies

Great Oxendon Parish Council have two vacancies for a Parish Councillor

Do you want to make a positive difference in our village?

Would you like to influence decisions that affect your community?

You need to be willing to give up some of your time. How much depends on you and your commitment to work for your community without being paid.

The Parish Council meets once a month (except August) usually on the second Monday of the month.

Meetings normally last around 1-2 hours.

You must be 18 or over, an elector and have been a resident or worked within 3 miles of the Parish for the last year.

If you would like to be considered, please contact Sarah Smith, Parish Clerk at parishcouncil@greatoxendon.org

For further reading please download the Good Councillors Guide

Recycle your electricals

Recycling Old Electricals

West Northamptonshire Council has launched a new communications campaign to encourage residents across the area to recycle their electricals.

HypnoCat, the Recycle Your Electricals pink fluffy cat, will be hypnotising residents to recycle their electricals and he will appear in social media advertising across Northampton.

The project will encourage residents to recycle small domestic electrical items, including toasters, kettles, sandwich makers, hairdryers, irons and other items alongside their household collections.  Small items of waste electrical equipment, which will fit inside a carrier bag should be placed on top of your domestic waste bin as follows:

  • Daventry area residents: on top of the black general waste bin
  • Northampton area residents: on top of the blue-lidded recycling bin
  • South Northamptonshire area residents: on top of either bin
  • Residents can recycle their single-use vapes at Household Waste Recycling Centres or return them to where they purchased them from. Please do not place them with your household waste collection.

This is one of over 40 UK projects funded by Material Focus, the not for profit organisation leading the Recycle Your Electricals campaign who have provided £20,000 worth of funding.  This will lead the way in West Northamptonshire, joining other projects around the country in making it easier for 10 million UK residents to recycle their electricals.

The aim of the nationwide Electricals Recycling Fund is to significantly reduce e-waste and its environmental impact by making it easier for consumers to recycle their electricals. The projects that have been funded by Material Focus include a variety of recycling methods, from kerbside collections to more drop-off points in schools, community centres, and bring banks. Overall there will be over 400 new collection points plus kerbside collections for 5.5 million UK residents.

Recycle Your Electricals research has shown that 80% of consumers believe recycling is a good thing, and many of us already recycle things like paper and plastic. Research has also shown that most of us have unwanted electricals we want to get rid of, even if it’s just a drawer of cables – millions of      electrical items are hoarded in UK homes. And yet 39% of people bin electricals rather than recycle them because they think it’s simply too hard to recycle. The aim of these projects is to overcome these issues by making it easier to recycle electricals.

Cllr Phil Larratt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste, said: “With technology evolving at such a fast pace these days, older electrical and electronic items are often made redundant, so waste electrical and electronic equipment is the UK’s fastest growing waste stream.

“While they might have been replaced by the latest model, many of these items contain valuable plastics and metals which can be recycled.   The good news is that it couldn’t be easier to recycle these items via your kerbside collection service. Using the service not only helps the environment, but it also reduces the risk of fires in our bin trucks and waste facilities.”

“We are thrilled to support the new project from West Northamptonshire Council that addresses the pressing issue of e-waste.” said Scott Butler, Executive Director of Material Focus. “By investing in improved collection and drop-off services and we are taking a significant step towards creating a more sustainable future by making it easier for 10 million more people to recycle their electricals.” More information about recycling electrical items and batteries can be found at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/weeerecycle and www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk

Contact Information

West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team
communications@westnorthants.gov.uk

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Free eBooks, eAudiobooks & more with a virtual library membership

Did you know that you can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines with virtual library membership?

You can download free eBooks and eAudiobooks using the BorrowBox app (https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/books-reading-and-audio/ereads-and-audio/borrowbox-ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-emagazines) or the Libby app (https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/books-reading-and-audio/ereads-and-audio/libby-ebooks-and-eaudiobooks).

Further, the PressReader app (https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/books-reading-and-audio/ereads-and-audio/pressreader-enewspapers-and-emagazines) provides same-day access to thousands of newspapers and magazines worldwide, including UK national daily and weekend titles – all free as part of your library membership.

To get access to these services, you need to apply for virtual library membership via this link: https://northamptonshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Joining_form_for_Virtual_Membership_of_Northamptonshire_Libraries_and_Information_Service

Wormslade Anaerobic Digester Planning Application – Deadline for Comment 2nd Feb 2024

Wormslade Anaerobic Digester
Deadline for Comments 2nd Feb 2024

Website link to all applications:

https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/current-minerals-and-waste-planning-applications/current-minerals-and-waste-planning-applications-daventry

Background

This planning application was orginally granted Planning Permission on the 30th June 2016, with further material and non-material amendments passed on the 23rd March 2017 and 7th February 2019, although no obvious work on the site has taken place after those dates.

Three new applications have been submitted since. These are as follow:

APPLICATION No. WNC/23/00039/WASLAP

PROPOSAL 

Certificate of Lawfulness for Proposed Use or Development for an anaerobic digester facility pursuant  S.73 permission re 17/00037/WASVOC as amended by Non-Material Amendment ref 18/00049/WASNMA

The background to this is that the original proposer is no longer trading and a new developer/operator has come forward to take up the project. The rationale is that the planning permission is still Extant and can still lawfully go ahead.

APPLICATION No. WNC/23/00041/WASVOC 

PROPOSAL

Variation to Condition 2  (Revised Approved Plans/Drawing of planning permission 17/00037/WASVOC as amended by Non-Material Amendment ef. 18/00049/WASNM

The Planning Statement associated with this application details the amendments and Appendices show graphically the layout changes. Whilst minor in detail they do include the introduction of lightning conductors which are now required under new safety regulations.

APPLICATION No. WNC/23/00043/WASVOC

PROPOSAL

Variation of Condition 2  (timing of access construction and off-site highway improvements works ) of Planning Permission ref. 17/00037/WASVOC, as amended by Non-Material Amendment ref. 1800049/WASNMA

This refers to ‘delaying’ the inclusion of the A508 turning off and joining splays at the outset of heavy vehicle movement (principally earth moving and concrete mixers) but will be completed ahead of actual construction – and operation thereof – of the AD plant.

 

All members of the public are welcome to comment on the applications and can do so via an online form or emailing: mwapps@northnorthants.gov.uk or writing to Minerals and Waste Planning Services North Northamptonshire Council One Angel Square Angel Street Northampton NN1 1ED

This consultation closes on 2nd February 2024