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The District Councillor with responsibility for Holcot is;

Cllr Lesley Woolnough
Postal c/o Daventry District Council
Telephone : 07765838071
e-mail: lwoolnough@daventrydc.gov.uk

Moving to Holcot? DDC have an online welcome pack

New waste services from June – leaflet

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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People are invited to have their say on plans by BT to remove payphones in Daventry District.

BT has contacted us with proposals to remove nine payphones from around Daventry District, one of which is a traditional red ‘K6’ telephone box.

We've published a draft response to BT’s proposals and are asking residents, parish councils and other interested groups to give their views on it.

Find out more and have your say at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultations
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We have reopened our coffee pods and packaging recycling drop-off point at our offices in Lodge Road.

The drop-off has moved to the back off the building, behind the green waste container pictured below, and is open from 10am until 4pm, Monday-Friday.

Please be aware we are no longer able to act as a public drop-off point for recycling empty crisp packets. However there are a number of other drop-off locations in the District (the nearest is at Daventry Hill School) and we would encourage people to use those instead. You can find your nearest drop-off point at www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1wtZ6QyNyr05ApVFeMFuKC_dq7dajX-4g&ll=54.26060313584826,-2.799118...
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One person has been fined £150 and three others were issued warning letters after piles of rubbish were left dumped next to bins in Daventry town centre.

The action was taken by our Environmental Health Team as part of efforts to ensure the bin areas behind shops in the town centre are kept clean and tidy.

A number of people have been leaving rubbish next to commercial bins in the hope it will be taken away, but this is flytipping and littering and we will issue fines for this where there is evidence to do so.

If you witness flytipping or littering in Daventry District, please contact us with as much information as you can provide. You can find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/flytipping
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Work to widen the busway on Daventry’s Middlemore estate to create a general purpose road is due to get underway this month.

The work, which is being carried out by Kelbec on behalf of Daventry District Council (DDC), is due to start on Monday 14 September and is expected to take about eight weeks to complete.

The road will be closed to all traffic for the duration of the works, with the exception of construction vehicles and emergency services. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.
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From the end of this month, homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements.

Find out more about the Green Homes Grant and other ways to make your home greener at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/action-on-climate-change/in-your-home/
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The flytipper who dumped this pile of rubbish by the side of the road has received a £400 fine.

Artificial turf, wood, carboard, plastic buckets, broken cupboards and even part of an old toilet were left on the verge off Brington Road earlier this summer.

Fortunately a witness reported the crime to us via our online self-serve system, and we caught up with the culprit and issued them with the fine, which they have paid in full.

Communities across our District are among the greatest strengths we have in the fight against flytipping. If you witness people dumping rubbish illegally, please get in touch with as much information as possible so we can take action. Reporting an incident online is quick and easy at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/flytipping or you can call us on 01327 871100
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Please try to walk, cycle or scoot to school where you can.

If you're sharing a car, open the windows, wear a face covering and socially distance.

Visit www.gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance on getting back to school safely.
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