28 February 2022
People living and working across West Northants are encouraged to get involved in the biggest conversation yet about shaping local services and improving their community.
We have launched the Thrive West Northants Big Conversation – an online forum where you can have your say on anything and everything to help develop our future plans on a range of topics, including making the area more sustainable place to live and work.
Share your views
The conversation forum, which is totally anonymous and open 24/7 over the next three weeks, enables people to comment, discuss and suggest ideas about what things you think we should be doing and prioritising to help make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive.
You are encouraged to give your views on a range of topics, from tackling climate change and improving the local economy to caring for the young, elderly and vulnerable.
You can add your comments or ideas onto the online forum from your phone, tablet, or computer. These comments will later be analysed and fed back to help us shape our future plans. Those residents who are unable to access the internet at home or on their own devices can join in the conversation by visiting their local library.
You can join in the online conversation to post comments and suggestions anonymously, vote to support the ideas of others, or simply read what is being shared.
The conversation runs until 21 March when the comments will then be analysed. The age limit is 16 for registering but residents are encouraged to hold sessions with young people to get their views and then upload them onto the system.
Join in the big conversation at Thrive West Northants.
We want West Northants to be a place where everyone can thrive, but we can only do this by working together and listening to local people, enabling us to make the changes that residents want to see. We welcome all comments and ideas as part of our Big Conversation, whether they are innovative, controversial or critical, it’s important that people are honest with us.Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council
Our Council is coming up to its first birthday, having been formed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time of challenges alongside huge community values and spirit. We want to empower our communities further to find local solutions to local issues.
We need to look at ways we can make our communities more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable for the future and we’re confident that our residents have some great ideas to help achieve this.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that everyone has their say. Please join in and give your views and ideas on how we shape services and support communities to help you all to live your best lives.
28 February 2022
We are raising Ukrainian flags at our civic buildings in Daventry, Northampton and Towcester this week in solidarity with the country’s people.
Everyone will have watched as the horrific scenes unfolded in the world’s news during the past few days, as the Russian military invaded.
“We continue to send a message of support to the people of Ukraine, for the horrific situation they find themselves in.Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council
“They have our sympathy and our support, but they also have our huge admiration for the brave way they are pulling together in the face of adversity.
“We also know that there are a good number of people of Ukrainian descent living in and around West Northants, who will be watching the terrible events unfold in their native land, and who will likely have family members still in Ukraine facing danger.
“They are part of the great community spirit in West Northamptonshire, a community that has a fantastic record of showing compassion to those from other nations who are subjected to this kind of terror.
“This is a truly dreadful situation for everyone concerned, but we want them to know the huge support that they have from us all, as we all now pull together and support as best we can.”
Michael Prokopiuk has helped organise a vigil in Market Square to take place from 7pm this evening (Monday 28 February).
He said: “It’s like history is repeating itself. My parents were from Ukraine; after the Second World War, my mother was put into a labour camp and my father joined the resistance.Michael Prokopiuk
“They ended up being held in Rimini in Italy and eventually they came to the UK with lots of other families. I was born here seventy years ago.
“All of the first-generation Ukrainians in Northampton have gone now and there aren’t many of us from the second generation left.
“It’s terrible to think of the same thing happening to people in Ukraine now and we have people from the Russian community who oppose the invasion coming to stand with us this evening.”
01 March 2022
A total of 4,786 secondary school places have been allocated to pupils across West Northamptonshire today.
This is the first year that places have been allocated specifically within West Northants, following on from local government reorganisation last year.
79.4 per cent of applicants – 3,798 children – have been allocated a place at their first preference – a slightly lower percentage than for the county as a whole last year (80.7 per cent in 2021).
95.8 per cent of applicants have been allocated one of their preferred schools – similar to the number of children getting a place at a preference school (95.7 per cent in 2021).
98.7 per cent of applications were made online (the same as in 2021).
Families who applied for their secondary school place online and within the deadline are able to check their offer on the council’s online Admissions Portal.
Cllr Fiona Baker, WNC’s Cabinet Member for children, families, and education, said: “The move to secondary school is a milestone in the lives of all our young people and the Council and I will be working hard to make sure they get the support and opportunities they deserve during the rest of their journey."
Any parent has the right to appeal (through the independent appeals process) against refusal of a place at any school for which they have applied.
The next round of secondary school place allocations (for late applicants) will take place in April.
Primary school allocations will be announced on April 19.
02 March 2022
Our Cabinet will next week consider a land deal at Sixfields and further details will be published in the coming days.
Last Monday’s Full Council (21 February) was an opportunity for Cabinet to listen to and understand members concerns, most of which were overcome before this week’s special Cabinet meeting (28 February).
One or two issues remained, and Cabinet members felt it would be prudent to take the time to consider the bids received since the release of the council report.
The outstanding issues have also now been resolved and the latest bids are being considered. Full details will be published in a report, which will go to next Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting (8 March).
“We asked for a Full Council meeting to allow colleagues the chance to comment and ask questions.Cllr Malcolm Longley, Cabinet Member for Finance
“We listened with interest to the views of the public, club and members and, since then, we have given the issue further careful consideration and we believe we have now resolved any outstanding issues.
“There is no need to delay this any further, so we have agreed to bring a report to our Cabinet meeting on 8 March.”