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Hunsbury Meadows Parish Council represents the people of Hunsbury Meadows parish, delivering services to meet your local needs and working hard to improve overall quality of life.
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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:52 by Parish Administrator
A number of celebrations will be taking place to mark Armed Forces Day in Northampton this June.
The celebrations kick off with a flag raising ceremony on Monday, 25 June. Cllr Tony Ansell, the Mayor of Northampton, will be joined by Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, as he shares a few words before raising the Armed Forces Day flag in front of the Guildhall at 10am.
A full day of entertainment will then follow on Saturday, 30 June. The day will begin with a marching parade of serving troops, veterans and cadets taking to the town's streets at 10.30am. More »
The parade will set off from the top of Abington Street before looping around the Market Square twice. During the first loop of the Market Square troops will perform a salute and then Cllr Tony Ansell and Air Vice-Marshal Andrew White CB DL will lead an address, after the second loop at approximately 10.50am.
Following the parade, visitors can enjoy live music on the Market Square and visit stalls of Armed Forces organisations such as the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Rewards for Forces, the Royal Marines Association, the Grenadier Guards and Blind Veterans UK.
Cllr Ansell said: "Armed Forces Day celebrations provide a great opportunity for people to come together and show how proud we are of our Armed Forces, past and present.
"I would encourage everyone to come into the town centre to celebrate Armed Forces Day to show how proud we are of our veterans, cadets and active service personnel."
Phillip York, Chairman of the Northampton Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: "There is something for everyone to get involved in during our Armed Forces Day celebrations. From cheering on the parade, enjoying music from armed forces bands to meeting charities and groups that support current and former military personnel. Come along and show your support." » Less
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:13 by Parish Administrator
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.
Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest; More »
- Some money has been removed from a victim's bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
- Suspects have already been arrested but the "police" need money for evidence.
- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.
Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.
At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they've handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.
Your bank or the police will never:
- Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.
Don't assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother's maiden name), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you've been a victim of fraud
Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.
For more information about how to protect yourself online visit
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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:23 by Parish Administrator
From the councils of Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, Northamptonshire County, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough
We know that you all have many questions about local government reform in Northamptonshire. Naturally, you want to know how the process will work and how it will affect you and the work that you do. We don't have all the answers at this point but through this bulletin, which we aim to issue approximately every two weeks, we aim to keep you updated on the latest developments and the progress of the unitary activity. More »
Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has significant financial challenges. In January 2018, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government at the time, Sajid Javid, appointed Max Caller to carry out a Best Value Review of NCC.
In his report, published in March 2018, Mr Caller concluded that NCC's financial, cultural and structural problems could not be solved in isolation. He recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities to be introduced, one covering the north (Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough) and the other covering the west (Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire) of the county. These would replace the current two-tier system consisting of NCC and the seven District and Borough Councils (the principal authorities).
The newly appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, recently announced the appointment of commissioners into NCC - this was also a key recommendation of the Best Value report. They are Tony McArdle, lead commissioner, and Brian Roberts, finance lead, and both are very experienced senior local government officers. Over the coming months they will work with NCC officers and members to provide stronger leadership and improve financial stability.
The Secretary of State has invited proposals from any council or group of councils in the county, and has expressed a strong preference for one proposal that is signed up to by everyone. He has stipulated that any proposal must adhere to the following criteria:
- A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
- Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
- The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries
The Leaders and Chief Executives of all eight councils have jointly procured consultants to help develop the submission, which must be on the Secretary of State's desk by 31 August 2018 – an extension to the original deadline of 27 July, which was granted following a request from Chief Executives. This is good news as it creates the opportunity for more extensive local community engagement and consultation, and the development of locally generated proposals.
Consultation with town and parish councils will take place later in June. Locations, dates and times are being finalised and you will receive an invitation to a session soon. We encourage you to attend and help shape the proposal.
Public consultation will start on 13 June 2018 and will run until 27 July 2018. This will include an online questionnaire with paper copies available on request (locations for this will be confirmed), a representative phone survey of residents, focus groups with residents and events with other stakeholders. All details will be published on each council's website and in the local press and we'd appreciate your support in encouraging people to have their say. As well as our official group consultation, other consultations may take place at the same time (for example, BBC Northamptonshire plans to host focus groups and Question Time- style public sessions). It's really important that the public understands that for their comments to be considered to shape the actual proposal we submit to government, they must take part in the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation.
We have compiled a list of FAQs, which are now available on our website at https://www.northampton.gov.uk/info/100004/your-council/2353/northamptonshire-local-government-reform/1, to help residents understand this process, and we would appreciate your support in signposting people to this information. The list will be added to as we move through the process and more answers become available to us.
Look out for further updates in the next bulletin, due in late June 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your usual link in the council that sent you this bulletin. » Less