General

2019/2020 Precept

The Brixworth Parish Council has set its budget for 2019/2020. The total expenditure for the year is £183,680 with £163,620 of this coming from the ‘precept’.

The Parish Council has the right to raise this money via the Council Tax process and the ‘Brixworth Precept’ is shown on your itemised Council Tax Bill.

The Parish Council uses it money to maintain its parks & recreation grounds, grass cutting, community grants, some street lighting and litter picking as well as playing its part in the structure of local democracy. In addition to the precept the Parish Council also has money set aside for special projects.

The new precept has increased this year by approximately 4 pence per week on band D properties.

Review of Polling Arrangements

The District Council is currently carrying out a review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations. The aim of the review is to seek to ensure that all electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting and to ensure the Polling Places are accessible to all electors with a disability.

You can submit your views by using the on-line survey at Survey Monkey.

The deadline for comments is 12th April 2019.

Police Liaison

The perception of crime is often the biggest problem we have and it was no different when the Parish Council recently met up with the Daventry Community Safety Manager and the Neighbourhood Police Officer.

The fact is that the Brixworth crime figures are diminishing year-on-year.

However there had been a recent spike in theft from vehicles in the village and a gang from Nottingham had been subsequently arrested. Violent crime, including domestic violence, saw a slight increase, which is in line with national trends.

Is there less crime? Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. Social media plays its part in increasing this perception but there certainly isn’t the evidence to suggest that  local crime is increasing or out of control. The Parish Council has agreed to continue to promote community safety in the following ways:

Encourage the reporting of crime: Police resources are allocated to hot spots. Without reports, these areas cannot be identified. Use the 101 hotline to report crime where possible.

Work with the Neighbourhood Watch Team: Provide signage and resources, and encourage volunteers and community members to play a role in crime prevention.

Promote Crime Prevention: Share key messages via social media. The Parish Council can link to Northants Police who recommend products which can be used by the community.

Host Events: Such as a tool marking morning for local trades people.

Promote Seasonal Safety: From the Northants Police and the Community Safety Team.

Use the Crime Prevention Officer: Look at lighting levels, landscaping etc and recommend improvements.

 

Did you witness anything?

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for any information regarding a Burglary Dwelling, which took place at Shelleycotes Road, Brixworth on 6th February between 630pm and 7pm.

Intruders had entered through the back door, conducted an untidy search & both jewellery and cash was taken.

Did you witness anything? If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can also email your Neighbourhood Team at NeighbourhoodTeamDaventry@northants.police.uk