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The District Councillor with responsibility for Holcot is;

Cllr Mrs Ann Carter
The Stables, Church Way
Guilsborough, Northampton, NN6 8QF
Tel: 01604 743591
e-mail: acarter@daventrydc.gov.uk

The latest issue of Daventry Calling

Moving to Holcot? DDC have an online welcome pack

Waste and recycling collection

Daventry District Care & Repair

Grants of up to £10,000 for Home Owners

Home owners over the age of 18 who are receiving a means-tested benefit can now access up to £10,000 to make essential repairs to their homes.

Housing Repairs Assistance grants can provide up to £5,000 to fund work including: replacement or repair of central heating boilers and radiators, new security measures, replacement windows, doors, roof repairs and so much more.

If the work required exceeds £5,000 eligible homeowners can also access a further £5,000 of funds in the form of an interest-free loan repayable only when the property is sold.

Grants of up to £30,000 for Disabled residents

Disabled Facilities Grants can be used to fund a wide range of improvements and adaptations within the home including, installation of ramps, ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms, level access showers, widening of doorways, driveway and parking solutions plus lots more.

To qualify for this grant you or a person living within the property must be disabled and be receiving a qualifying means-tested benefit.   If a disabled person is under the age of 18 they will be automatically entitled to apply for the maximum grant of £30,000 but if you are over 18 the amount you can apply for will depend on your income and savings. 

Why not give Care & Repair a call today to see if you could be eligible: 01327 871100, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/CareandRepair or email CareandRepair@Daventrydc.gov.uk

A message from Paul Knight from Environmental Health at DDC

Please note people caught fly-tipping in Daventry District can be instantly fined £400 under new measures by Daventry District Council (DDC).

The Council’s Environmental Improvement Service is introducing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for small-scale instances of fly-tipping to tackle the problem more effectively. Previously offenders could only be prosecuted through the courts, which can be costly, time-consuming and often involve lengthy investigations.

The new powers have been introduced under The Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016. DDC has set its Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-tipping at £400, reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days of the offence.

There are currently between 60 and 100 instances of fly-tipping a month in Daventry District. It is hoped that the new FPNs will act as a deterrent to help reduce instances of small-scale fly-tipping. However the Council will continue to pursue court prosecution where offences are serious and it is in the public interest to do so, or when an offender refuses to pay a fixed penalty.

If one of your parishioners witnesses a fly-tipping please encourage them to report the incident by calling the contact centre on 01327 871100, or by logging the details via DDC’s website.

DDC mapping – visit this page to get an interactive map of planning applications, bins, open spaces etc.

New enforcement powers will target irresponsible dog owners

Dog owners are being urged to take heed of new enforcement powers introduced across Daventry District to tackle the issue of fouling in our parks and open spaces.

The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) introduced by Daventry District Council is designed to target the small number of irresponsible dog owners who persistently fail to pick up after their pet, creating a mess as well as a health hazard.

The PSPO, which came into force on December 1, means dog walkers risk a £100 fine and potentially prosecution if they fail to:

    • Pick up their dog’s poo
    • Carry the means for picking up their dog’s poo while on a walk
    • Stop their dog from entering a fenced-off playground
    • Place their dog on a lead when directed by a Council officer
    • Put their dog on a lead in the area around the visitor centre/café at Daventry Country Park

The decision to implement the PSPO was made after a public consultation revealed strong support for it.

Enforcement of the PSPO will focus on education at first, with people who fall foul of the new rules reminded of their responsibilities as dog owners by Council enforcement officers.

However the new powers will be fully exercised from January 1, so dog owners are being urged to make sure they have plenty of poo bags with them.

Cllr Mike Warren, Health and Housing Porfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Every year our Council receives more than 100 complaints about dog fouling, which poses a real health hazard, especially to young children.

“We’ve introduced a number of innovative ideas and campaigns to tackle the problem, and those have proved effective in the main. But we still have a small minority of persistent offenders that we are keen to stop.

“This new order gives us greater powers to take effective action those irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.

“Our initial priorities will focus on raising awareness of the new powers among local communities and to educate dog walkers about the issues. We will be advising them to make sure they have extra poo bags with them at all times to ensure they have the means to pick up, regardless of how long they’ve been out and about with their pet.

The results of the DDC consultation can be found here.

Media release : 04 August, 2015

This brochure advertises the Daventry District – please take a look.

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Government Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) allows people to claim back some of the money they spend installing energy efficiency improvements in their home.

Up to £5,600 is available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing certain energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.

For more information see this media release or visit this website.

Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association

Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association provides affordable homes for rent in the village.

Priority is given to people with a local connection, for example if you work or have family locally.  When a specific home is available, we will advertise through the Parish Council. You will need to be registered with Daventry Council housing team at http://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/housing/homechoice/ to bid for a home.

In the meantime, if you have a housing need, find out more at www.northamptonshirerha.org.uk/find-a-home or call us on 01530 278080.

A home of one’s own – how to get access to affordable housing

Ann, our District Councillor, has provided a note of how to gain access to affordable housing. See this document.

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Daventry District Council shared Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership's Young Citizen scheme 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

Hundreds of primary school pupils enjoyed a fun-packed day of activities focussing on the importance of being a good citizen. Year 6 pupils from schools across Daventry District and South Northamptonshire took part in the Young Citizen event at Franklin’s Gardens, home of the Northampton Saints. It featured a range of interactive workshops put on by our partners which offered life lessons as well as advice for staying fit and well.

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The Council and E-ACT have issued a joint statement this morning (16 October) on the future of the Randolph Building (formerly known as the Daventry UTC):

"The chief executives of E-ACT and Daventry District Council met last week and following positive discussions, both parties have agreed the basis of a plan, subject to Councillor and E-ACT board approval, that will provide community access to all E-ACT sites in Daventry and enable the Randolph Building to be fully utilised by E-ACT pupils of all ages without restriction - within the terms of the current lease, the space can be used primarily by 14 to 19 year olds.

"We are working closely together to ensure that we can continue to maximise the life chances of young people in Daventry while continuing to serve the needs of our local community."
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The audio recording of last night's Strategy Group Meeting is available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKZ0wYqYvzU&feature=youtu.be ... See MoreSee Less

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Simon Brunskill of The White Horse, Old explains at this week's #EatOutEatWell awards event how the pub changed its menu to offer healthier options.

The Eat Out Eat Well scheme has four levels of awards based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods and how healthy options are promoted to customers.

More than 100 premises across Northamptonshire have achieved the award since it was launched two years ago.

Businesses in Daventry District that are interested in achieving the award can find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/eatouteatwell
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Sameer Mirza suffers from osteoarthritis in his back and knees and was struggling to use his bathroom, a problem which became worse after he suffered a bad fall.
He was referred to Care & Repair through his occupational therapist, and our team was able to help him replace his bathroom with a wet room.
The work was funded by a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) which provides up to £30,000 to help people with a disability make necessary adaptations to their homes.
Find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/careandrepair
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You can now listen to the audio recording of last night's Planning Committee Meeting here ... See MoreSee Less

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Strategy Group meets in the Council Chamber in Lodge Road at 6.15pm tonight. Read the agenda and reports here bit.ly/2fMgN7Y ... See MoreSee Less

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Are Norse also taking over the care of Welton Road Cemetery? I do hope so and they take a lot more care and respect than Enterprise currently do! Fed up of finding my daughter's grave a mess with broken items from the useless cutting they do! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a reminder that our canvassers are out and about visiting homes across Daventry District who have not yet returned their electoral registration forms.

Over the past few months, the Council sent forms to every household as part of its annual individual voter registration canvass. People need to reply to stay on the electoral register so that they can vote in future elections.

Those who haven’t already responded will receive a visit from one of our canvassers, who will complete a registration form with them on their doorstep. All our canvassers, also known as Visiting Officers, carry official identification and you can check this by calling the Council on 01327 871100.

They will be out and about until the end of November.
People who are not in will receive a card to let them know the canvassers have been and to remind them to complete their registration form.
For more information visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/elections
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Have you responded to our annual canvass? It is held to make sure the electoral register is up to date, so if you've not responded, you need to do so now. Find out more in our video below or at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/canvass

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Planning Committee meets in the Council Chamber in Lodge Road at 6.15pm tonight. Read the agenda and reports here: bit.ly/2xbKJFP ... See MoreSee Less

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