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Latest News

Support for South Northamptonshire businesses

Support for South Northamptonshire businesses

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:10 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt

An online system through which businesses can apply for grants during the Coronavirus emergency, has been launched by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

The grant support scheme is aimed mainly at supporting small businesses which were forced to close by the UK Government. More »

To apply, and to read the Governments FAQs on the scheme, visit - www.southnorthants.gov.uk/COVID-19-business-grants.

SNC is set to distribute more than £17 million from the scheme and estimates that over 1,500 businesses could benefit.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, SNC's portfolio holder for finance, performance and governance, said: "We know businesses across the district are feeling the strain and I want them to know we are doing everything we can to support them."

A £10,000 grant will be paid by us to all businesses which are in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate relief.

Businesses which are in receipt of the Enhanced Retail Discount for 2020/21 and have a rateable value of up to £15,000 which are not covered by the Small Business Grant Fund, will also receive a grant of £10,000.

Retail Leisure and Hospitality business properties with a rateable value of up to £50,999 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Businesses will be eligible for a grant on more than one property, providing certain criteria are met. A separate form must be completed for each property that may be eligible for a grant.

The application must be completed by the Business Ratepayer and a bank statement dated within the last three months will be required to support the information provided.

If the ratepayer is a company or partnership, it should be completed by a company director or one of the partners in the firm. » Less

Home Support App To Help Victims of Crime During Social Distancing

Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:59 by Lizzi Bucklow-Holt

Voice for Victims and Witnesses - the free, confidential support service for victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire - has released the Voice Home Support Hub app, to help people cope and recover from the effects of crime during social distancing. More »

The app is available for download now, for free, here…

The lockdown measures imposed to help stop the spread of Covid-19 have, for many, resulted in a loss of routine structure and traditional social networks that people rely on for support following traumatic experiences. This can have a profound effect on an individual's ability to recover from crime, especially at a time when latent anxiety is prevalent in many regarding the health of themselves, friends and family.

Voice - which is still operational and supporting people by phone and online during social distancing - has therefore created its Home Support Hub application to help breakdown these barriers to recovery by providing practical information on how to stay physically and mentally healthy during social distancing. The app details elements such as how people can improve their sleep pattern or harness their creativity to help their recovery journey.

Although created for those recovering from trauma, the Voice Home Support Hub contains practical advice for anyone struggling with their mental health during this period of isolation.

Anyone who has been a victim or witness of crime in Northamptonshire can access Voice, regardless of when the crime took place, and regardless of whether they have reported anything to the police or not. Support is free and confidential. Call 0300 303 1965 or visit voicenorthants.org

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A5 Overnight Roadworks A43 to Weedon

A5 Overnight Roadworks A43 to Weedon

Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:15 by Liz

Update 3rd April 2020

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Update 9th March 2020

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Update Bulletin 3 – 12.2.2020

Since my last update on 29th January 2020, we have substantially completed vegetation clearance and tree removal in Phases 1 and 2, from Tove Roundabout (A43) to Northampton Road (Litchborough). During the last few days, we have also managed to deal with windblown treefall and debris resulting from Storm Ciara, As part of our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment whenever possible, we have used dead wood to form eco-piles. These eco piles provide habitats for various mammals, invertebrates, amphibians and insects. More »

Works currently being carried out in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth include clearing vegetation from footpaths, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines, repairs to pipelines using both trenchless technology and excavating trenches, trial holes to locate mains and services, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system. These works will continue in Phase 1 for the next few weeks, with the exception of CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology as they will be completed this week.

Works currently being carried out in Phase 2, which runs northwards from Banbury Lane /Butchers' Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough), include CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology. These works in Phase 2 will continue for the next few weeks.

Please note that Phases 1 and 2 will run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane /Butchers' Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained. Please take care when using the crossroads and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Marshals.

Please also note that when we are carrying out kerbing and drainage works at these crossroads, traffic will be controlled with temporary 4-way traffic signals. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there may be occasions when your journey across the A5 at these crossroads is delayed. I would ask for your patience and understanding whenever that happens. These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

In my previous update, I advised you that we were planning to carry out a road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1, approximately 250 metres south of the Banbury Lane /Butchers' Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, to install a new surface water drain between 8pm Friday 14th February and 6am Monday 17th February 2020. However, as local businesses have stressed the importance to them of St. Valentine's weekend, it has been decided to postpone these works so that local businesses can benefit from the road remaining open to traffic over that weekend. Works will still be carried out overnight on Friday 14th February 2020 but the road will not be closed to through traffic until 9pm and will be re-opened again by 6am Saturday 15th February 2020. Please note that our decision to postpone these works is a singular one, as our programme for this essential maintenance scheme cannot sustain too many unplanned delays.

We are now planning to carry out this road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1 between 8pm Friday 21st February and 6am Monday 24th February 2020. To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, the A5 will be closed to through traffic between the Towcester Roundabout (A43) and Weedon crossroads during our working hours. All carriageways will remain open, as usual, when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please continue to use these and ask others to do the same. I'm sure that your local business community would appreciate it. I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Healy Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
Mobile: 07964 114 623 Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com
0300 123 5000 www.highwaysengland.co.uk

Update 30 Jan 2020

Works to our essential maintenance scheme on the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, started on Monday 13th January 2020 as planned. We are currently working in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth.

Works carried out to date in Phase 1 include: vegetation clearance, tree removal, clearing grass and vegetation from footpaths, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines, repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology, trial holes to locate mains and services, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system. These works, together with repairs to pipelines by excavating trenches, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, will continue in Phase 1 for the next few weeks.

Vegetation clearance, tree removal, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology started this week in Phase 2, which runs from Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough). Excellent progress to site clearance and tree removal in Phase 1 has resulted in Phase 2 starting earlier than planned. These works in Phase 2 will continue for the next few weeks.

NB: Phases 1 and 2 will now run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained. These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our works, cordless electric STIHL chainsaws are in the process of being purchased by our specialist contractor. These chainsaws are particularly intended for use in residential areas due to their reduced operational noise levels. Working on behalf of Customer Contact Centre: 0300 123 5000 www.highwaysengland.co.uk

Please note that we are planning to carry out a road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1, just south of the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, over one weekend. These works, to install a new surface water drain, are currently planned to take place between 8pm Friday 14th February and 6am Monday 17th February 2020.

Please note that the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, will remain open as usual when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal. Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please continue to use these and ask others to do the same. I'm sure that your local business community would appreciate it. I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact: Mike Healy Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England Mobile: 07964 114 623 Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Phase Plan

Motorway Diversion Route

Non-motorway Diversion Route

Update 9 Jan 20

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS: A5 JACK'S HILL Multi-Disciplinary Project

Update Bulletin 1 – 9.1.2020

As you may be aware, Highways England will be carrying out essential maintenance works to the A5 between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon until the end of July 2020.

These works are programmed to commence on Monday 13th January 2020.

The initial works to Phase 1 (from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads, Foster's Booth) includes vegetation clearance before bird nesting season commences and surveys of existing drainage pipelines.

These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive and are programmed to take approximately two weeks.

Please note that the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, will remain open as usual when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please continue to use these and ask others to do the same. I'm sure that your local business community would appreciate it.

I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 3 Jan 2020

Between January 2020 and July 2020 there will be major roadworks along the A5 between the Towcester Roundabout and Weedon.

This will include tree and vegetation clearance, repair to damaged drains, repairing ditches, and resurfacing.

It will entail:

  • Weeknight closures (8pm - 6am)
  • Some full weekend closures (8pm Friday - 6am Monday).

This news item will be updated regularly whenever information is received from the contractors or Highways England to keep residents informed.

The initial warning letter from Highways England is below. This information shows:

Working on behalf of

Customer Contact Centre: 0300 123 5000
www.highwaysengland.co.uk

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS:

A5 JACKS HILL

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROJECT

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TM Phase Plan

Main Diversion Route

Non - Motorway Diversion Route

Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com » Less