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Notice of District Council By-Election

A by-election for a seat on Daventry District Council looks set to be held in July following the resignation of Councillor Fabienne Fraser-Allen.

A Notice of Election for the Brixworth Ward seat has been published today and potential candidates will have until 4pm on Friday, 21 June to submit their nomination papers.

If the by-election is contested, then the polling day will be held on Thursday, 18 July and people living in Brixworth, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Draughton, Lamport, Maidwell and Scaldwell will be able to vote.

Councillor Fraser-Allen was elected in 2016 to the District Council seat, which is one of three covering the Brixworth electoral ward area.

Residents in the ward who are not already registered to vote would have until 2 July to do so if the by-election is contested. For more information visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/elections

Annual Accounts – Notice of Public Rights

Publication of our unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return – Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2019

 

Each year the Parish Council’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with a formal notice of public rights. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to the Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer of the Parish Council. 

You can review the submission to the Auditors plus other financial documents for 18/19 by clicking here.

The period for inspection runs from Monday 17 June 2019  to Friday 26 July 2019.

Look out for your new bin collections calendar!

Residents are being encouraged to keep an eye out for new bin collection calendars which are due to hit doormats district-wide later this week.

The four-page leaflet gives households dates for the next 12-month cycle of waste and recycling collections, beginning at the start of June until the end of May 2020. It also includes details on 2019 festive collection arrangements including changes for Christmas Day and Boxing Day properties plus an extra seasonal recycling collection for all homes.

Alongside the new calendars, residents can look up their new collection days by typing in their postcode in the search bar of the Council’s website at www.daventrydc.gov.uk

Those with mobile phones or tablets can also check collections and set reminder alerts by downloading the popular free Daventry District Council app, which is available from Google Play and the Apple Store.

Twelve months on and the new service has boosted recycling rates, thanks to the efforts of residents. The first six months saw a 65{350aad3d9c21d5004237db7ec66427b4e95b8d5311eae14f62c11babf4f738e4} increase in food waste collected and 20{350aad3d9c21d5004237db7ec66427b4e95b8d5311eae14f62c11babf4f738e4} more recycling collected, with the amount of rubbish in black bins reducing by 28{350aad3d9c21d5004237db7ec66427b4e95b8d5311eae14f62c11babf4f738e4}. Over 20,000 homes also signed up to receive the garden waste service in 2018/19, which starts again for its second year this month – residents can renew their subscription for the year ahead (which runs from 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020) at a cost of £36 per bin at www.daventrydc.gov.uk.

Councillor Jo Gilford, Daventry District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder said: “Since the new collections service was introduced last June, we’ve been really impressed by how residents have stepped up their efforts to recycle more of their rubbish. With the national spotlight on excessive waste in the environment, our District has a strong track record of embracing waste and recycling changes and we’re proud of the way residents have adapted.”

The 123+ waste and recycling collection service is delivered by Daventry Norse, a new joint venture between Daventry District Council (DDC) and Norse Commercial Services Ltd.

Northamptonshire to go unitary in 2021

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has announced that two new unitary councils will be created in Northamptonshire.

One Council will cover the districts of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire, and be called “West Northamptonshire Council”. This will include the Brixworth Parish.

The other Council will cover the districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough and be called “North Northamptonshire Council”.

The announcement will allow all local government bodies in the county, including parish and town councils, to plan and prepare with greater clarity and certainty.

Vesting Day for the new unitary councils was originally planned for 1 April 2020, but it will now be 1 April 2021. This longer longer timescale will provide opportunity for greater transformation of services before the unitary councils come into being.

The announcement included arrangements for local elections. All parish and town councils in Northamptonshire will hold elections on 7 May 2020. On the same day there will be elections to the shadow councils, the precursors of the unitary councils.

The full written statement is at https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-05-14/HCWS1556/.

Monthly Parish Council Surgery

The next Parish Council surgery takes place on Saturday 4th May 2019 at the Library and Community Centre. Why not pop along and speak to our Parish Councillors about local issues?

Councillor Kevin Parker and Councillor James Collyer will be hosting the surgery from 10am until noon.

Next months Parish Council surgery is planned for Saturday 1st June 2019.