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Veolia named as Northampton’s new environmental service contractor

Veolia named as Northampton’s new environmental service contractor

Northampton Borough Council has awarded its new environmental services contract to leading company Veolia.

Following a tough competitive process, the company's proposed service was felt most likely to deliver the exceptional service people in Northampton deserve.

This includes bringing street cleansing standards up to scratch and roll-out of new recycling bins within four months of the new contract's June launch. More »

As part of the new bin collection service, many residents can expect to see delivery of a third lidded wheelie bin for all recyclables, replacing the boxes, though in areas where sack collections take place these will remain.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: "Veolia is offering services at a level people deserve but we have been unable to provide through the current contract.

"A fundamental issue residents have had is with recyclables being blown out of boxes and littering the streets, so I'm sure those in wheelie bin areas will welcome the introduction of a single bin.

"The changes outlined in the winning bid demonstrate an understanding of the complex issues we've faced during the past decade and offer practical solutions.

"Fine details of the contract will be worked out in the coming months to ensure the kind of excellent service we are expecting is delivered."

The new contract comes as a result of strong opinions expressed by around 8,000 people to a survey carried out in 2016.

Residents made it clear that the new environmental services provision needed to be of excellent quality and the Borough Council has listened, allocating additional budget to the project.

In order to minimise the impact, the Council is able to borrow at significantly lower rates than the private sector so has decided to buy all associated vehicles direct, which will save taxpayers around £1 million.

As part of the new service, all dry recyclables will be collected together and delivered to a commingled facility where they will be sorted and packaged.

Grounds maintenance also forms part of the contract and will deal with all areas of public open space in the borough, with particular attention on Northampton's premier park in Abington.

And a key part of the new service is to change behaviour, increasing participation in recycling and waste reduction and tackling littering, including gum and cigarette butts.

The contract will also see kerbside collections of small electrical items introduced and improved reuse of bulky items following collection. » Less

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:38 by Michelle Orpin

Council eyes possible increase in private sector rental property enforcement

Council eyes possible increase in private sector rental property enforcement

Northampton Borough Council could be set to increase the sizeof its private sector housing enforcement team while cutting costs to the local council taxpayer.
In a new model championed by Government, the Council is able to impose fines of up to £30,000 per offence for a variety of offences committed by landlords and managing agents.

The aim of the new initiative, based on legislation contained within the Housing and Planning Act 2016, is to ensure private rented accommodation is safe, well managed and fit for purpose. More »

It would also allow the Council to tackle those who let houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) without the appropriate license to do so.

At present, the Council's private sector housing enforcement team is too small to be able to deal with many substandard, unlicensed, badly managed privately rented homes.

Next week's Cabinet will discuss the issue and decide whether to agree an expansion of the team in order that it can undertake increased housing enforcement, paid for from fines imposed on landlords and managing agents who are breaking the law.

Cllr Stephen Hibbert, Council Cabinet member for housing, said: "The Government has given local authorities the power to impose fines on landlords and managing agents, as an alternative to prosecution which can be more expensive and take a long time.

"Our housing enforcement team has already identified almost 500 properties which it knows or suspects are HMOs and should be licensed.

"The team is also aware of other substandard privately-rented accommodation in the borough which it doesn't currently have enough time to tackle.

"An increase in staffing will enable more housing enforcement to be undertaken and this will, in turn, generate extra income to pay for the new posts.

"The Council's plans are backed by a number of responsible landlords who already manage and maintain their properties to a good standard. In the long term, our aim is to ensure that all landlords are living up to their obligations."

The new Government legislation also allows for an extension of rent repayment orders which can result in up to a year's rent being returned to those who paid it. This could be the tenant if they have paid the rent, or the Council if the rent has been met through housing benefit.

If agreed at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 17 January, an additional 8 Officers will be recruited, with the cost being met from the extra income generated from civil penalties. » Less

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:09 by Michelle Orpin

Police relaunch free message alert system to help keep communities safe – sign up today!

Police relaunch free message alert system to help keep communities safe – sign up today!

Northamptonshire Police has relaunched a free message alert system, to help people living and working in Northamptonshire be much better informed about crime and police activity in their local area, and help keep their communities safe.

The messaging service, called Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert (formerly known as Community Connect), now has greater functionality than previously, allowing frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county. More »

The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk and is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire.

After signing up to the messaging system, people will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping them up to date and informed about crime and issues relevant to them and the area where they live or work.

Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits. People will also be given the option of what they want to receive alerts about, and how often – you will only receive messages about topics that you have selected.

Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: "Our communities play a crucial part in helping us prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour. Police officers and PCSOs will be regularly sending out message alerts via Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert, appealing for help, highlighting suspicious activity, offering crime prevention advice, and keeping people up to date about general police work and safety events.

"This re-launched community messaging tool means we can now do this in real time, with officers sending out alerts via mobile devices while they are still out on patrol. This allows information to be shared really quickly and much more directly with the public about crime and activity in their specific locality, helping us to involve and protect the community much more.

"If for example, there has been a spate of distraction burglaries in a particular district or an increase in vehicle crime, we can tell people immediately. So they can better protect themselves and be more alert to any potential threats and risks. We can also very quickly share descriptions of suspects or appeal for witnesses – giving us a greater chance of arrest.

"We already have more than 10,000 people signed up to the alert system and we want many, many more to register and receive information from Northamptonshire Police and our partners. By working together, we can make Northamptonshire a safer place to live and work and help to protect people from harm."

Signing up to the messaging service is really simple and quick. The alert system is completely secure and registration is free. To register with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert visit www.Northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk

Police relaunch free message alert system to help keep communities safe – sign up today!

Northamptonshire Police has relaunched a free message alert system, to help people living and working in Northamptonshire be much better informed about crime and police activity in their local area, and help keep their communities safe.

The messaging service, called Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert (formerly known as Community Connect), now has greater functionality than previously, allowing frontline police officers to send alert messages direct from their mobile devices to thousands of local people. They will be able to do this in real-time while they are out and about policing the county.

The alert service is free and simple to activate by registering at www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk and is available to anyone living or working in Northamptonshire.

After signing up to the messaging system, people will receive regular alerts from Northamptonshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other partner organisations, keeping them up to date and informed about crime and issues relevant to them and the area where they live or work.

Alerts are received either by email, text message or voice message – whichever suits. People will also be given the option of what they want to receive alerts about, and how often – you will only receive messages about topics that you have selected.

Chief Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: "Our communities play a crucial part in helping us prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour. Police officers and PCSOs will be regularly sending out message alerts via Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert, appealing for help, highlighting suspicious activity, offering crime prevention advice, and keeping people up to date about general police work and safety events.

"This re-launched community messaging tool means we can now do this in real time, with officers sending out alerts via mobile devices while they are still out on patrol. This allows information to be shared really quickly and much more directly with the public about crime and activity in their specific locality, helping us to involve and protect the community much more.

"If for example, there has been a spate of distraction burglaries in a particular district or an increase in vehicle crime, we can tell people immediately. So they can better protect themselves and be more alert to any potential threats and risks. We can also very quickly share descriptions of suspects or appeal for witnesses – giving us a greater chance of arrest.

"We already have more than 10,000 people signed up to the alert system and we want many, many more to register and receive information from Northamptonshire Police and our partners. By working together, we can make Northamptonshire a safer place to live and work and help to protect people from harm."

Signing up to the messaging service is really simple and quick. The alert system is completely secure and registration is free. To register with Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Alert visit www.Northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk » Less

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:46 by Michelle Orpin

Upton parish: bigger than you may think…

Stortons Gravel Pits from National Lift Tower (John Boland)

Our parish doesn't just cover the new housing that's sprung up recently in this part of the town. Upton parish spans an area as far as the former St Crispin's Hospital site, off Berrywood Road in Duston to the sustainable Upton Park development off Weedon Road, neighbouring Sixfields. Some 3664 people live in the parish, according to the 2011 census.

View the Upton parish boundary map online