Towcester Town Council

Serving the people of Towcester

Towcester Town Hall

Town Clerk: Miss Elizabeth Cox
The Town Hall, 86 Watling
Street, Towcester
Northamptonshire NN12 6BS

Tel: 01327 350995

Coronavirus Support Line 0300 126 1000 (Option 5)

Towcester Town Council's venues, the Town Hall, The Sawpits Centre and Towcester Youth & Community Centre, are now closed to all hirers until further notice.

There will be reduced levels of staffing in the Town Council's office from Monday 23rd March but emails and voicemails will be picked up on a regular basis.

Please click here for information about community support for residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

Towcester Town Council provides your local services. We strive to make Towcester a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Towcester Town Guide Updated 2020

The Towcester Town Guide provides useful information on Towcester, the history of the town, map of the area and a comprehensive list of local services. Updated in 2020, you can access an online interactive copy of the Town Guide by clicking the image.

Towcester Town Crier

The Towcester Town Crier is a magazine published by the Town Council five times a year. It includes articles by local community groups, voluntary organisations and charities as well as news from the council and upcoming community events. It is distributed by volunteers to Towcester residences. Advertising rates start from £15. For more details contact the town council offices. To read the latest edition, click on the image.

Latest News

Courier Fraud on the increase

Courier Fraud on the increase

Posted: Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:43 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt

Courier fraud is becoming more PREVALENT and SOPHISTICATED.

What You Should Know
Also known as social engineering or vishing, generally, but not exclusively courier fraud is where the fraudster cold calls the victim on their landline (whether in possession of the victim's details or not). The victims are generally elderly/vulnerable.
They make claims designed to encourage the victim to divulge specific personal Information ultimately requesting the victim to provide their PIN. Some of the most common are: More »

 Claiming to be POLICE – citing recent arrests of individuals in possession of the victim's details and requiring the victim's ASSISTANCE to investigate.

 The victim's bank card(s) has a design FAULT and needs replacing. They ask the victim to cut their card down the centre ensuring the INTEGRITY of the chip.

 The suspects cite a fault with the victim's online bank card reader.

 A CORRUPT bank EMPLOYEE working at the victim's bank and the caller needs the victim's ASSISTANCE in catching the culprit.

 Bank card required for FORENSIC examination re police INVESTIGATION.

 To assist with a police investigation and ask the victim to actually go to the shops and purchase goods, current favourite ROLEX watches and APPLE products.

Also asking victims for their personal goods such as iPhones etc.

Some of the courier FRAUDS have PROGRESSED with the victim called on a second occasion and requested to withdraw all the cash from their other current account "due to a CORRUPT bank EMPLOYEE" and place the funds into a separately named account - a so-called "mule account". The fraudster will then arrange either an innocent TAXI company or ASSOCIATE to collect the bank card from the victim's home address and deliver it to a prearranged location where the card(s) are picked up. Consequently, the fraudster is in possession of both the victim's bank card and their PIN.

The suspect will either use the card to withdraw cash, use the card to purchase online goods or use it in stores to purchase high-value goods.

Your BANK and the POLICE will NEVER ask for your PIN.
If you receive one of these calls END it immediately.

Useful Contacts:
www.northants.police.uk
www.northants.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/
www.actionfraud.police.uk or tel 0300 123 2040
OR for Covid-19 specific advice www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19
www.met.police.uk/search?q=The+little+book+of+scams
www.victimsupport.org.uk
tel 01604 603477 or 0845 3030900
www.voicenorthants.org or tel 0300 303 1965
www.citizensadvice.org.uk (Consumer & Scam Advice)
www.nationaltradingstandards.uk
www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk (Trading Standards approved businesses)
www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/
www.cifas.org.uk/coronavirus-fraud-advice
www.crimestoppers-uk.org or tel 0800 555 111
www.getsafeonline.org
www.cyberaware.gov.uk
www.ageuk.org
www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart
www.ncsc.gov.uk/
(National Cybercrime Security Centre)
www.nationaltradingstandards.uk

Check HMRC-related phishing, or bogus, emails or text messages against gov.uk/government

For latest information on Universal Credit go to www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk

Northamptonshire Police are not able to provide status updates on reports submitted to Action Fraud. If you wish to receive an update please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or contact@actionfraud.police.uk. » Less

South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2) 2011-2029 Adopted

Posted: Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:43 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt

South Northamptonshire Council resolved to adopt the South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2) 2011-2029 at a meeting of Council on 22 July 2020

The South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2) now becomes part of the Development Plan for South Northamptonshire and will be used in decision making and the planning of the area. More »

The South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2) replaces all of the saved policies of the 1997 South Northamptonshire Local Plan (saved policies 2007) and supersedes Policy H2 and Policy H6 of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2011-2029 (adopted in 2014).

Further details on the adoption of the Part 2 Plan, including details of the legal challenge period, can be found on the Council's website at https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/65/local-plan-part-2-and-evidence/40/local-plan-part-2/12. » Less

Update on the Town Council's Community Venues

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:43 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt

Towcester Town Hall, The Sawpits Centre and Towcester Youth & Community Centre will remain closed to hirers until at least mid-September.

Whilst we understand some groups are eager to return to their regular activities, many of the groups that use our venues fall into the 'vulnerable' category, so we want to ensure we follow the latest guidelines and can comply with the onerous cleaning regimes, risk assessments, and 'track and trace' requirements to maintain safe venues for everyone including our staff. More »

Current guidance is contradictory: Community Centres can only open for 'essential' services, such as foodbanks, but the government has also said that some venues can reopen for health & wellbeing type activities, like yoga, but that masks should be worn indoors where people are gathering together. We also need to determine whether opening venues is financially viable due to the additional 'deep cleans' required between hirers. This may mean that we are unable to have more than one group in a venue at a time and must allow sufficient time between hirers in order to carry out additional cleaning. We are taking the time over the Summer to look into how this might impact our bookings, our caretakers (one of whom covers two venues, and the other falls into the 'vulnerable' category themselves) and the Council's finances.

The Council's first meeting after Summer recess is Monday 14th September. By then, we should have a clearer idea of the impact and any measures we need to put in place in order to reopen our venues. Obviously, we don't know what the future will hold as we enter 'flu season', so we will constantly monitor the situation.

Thank you for your understanding. » Less

Towcester Steps Up To Combat Coronavirus

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