25 February 2022
West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) invites the public to join them to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) at the Guildhall in Northampton on Saturday, 5 March from 11am – 3pm.
The event which brings together local organisations that champion women, is being held to mark International Women’s Day which this year falls on Tuesday, 8 March.
Organised by the WNC Women’s Forum, the event will support this year’s IWD theme which is #BreakTheBias, with local organisations and groups on hand to talk to the public about the unfair treatment women can face day to day and what support and advice is available.
The organisations taking part include Northampton Domestic Abuse Services; Northampton Community Foundation; NLive Radio; United African Association; Rights of Women; Doddridge Centre; Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club; VCSE Assembly; Peak Empower; Crimestoppers; NN Journal; The Co-op; Belling Community House Sewing Group; Neals Yard remedies; Albanian Cultural Association; Moldovian and Romanian Community and Collingtree Park Care Homes.
There will be recorded interviews played over the big screens in the Great Hall throughout the day, including co-chairs Cllr Anna King and Pauline Woodhouse who will be talking about their time on the Forum and the Inspirational Woman Awards which are now in their 10th year.
The Northamptonshire Police and Fire service will also be at the event promoting the role of women in both services along with GamCare who will be highlighting the harm gambling can cause specifically for women.
Cllr David Smith, WNC's Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement, and regulatory services, said: "We are delighted to have so many local groups joining us for the day to help spread the word about the support that is available and also the work that is being done to breakdown the prejudices that many women face each day – either at work or home.
"On the day we will also be celebrating the many inspirational women in West Northants as we announce the winners of this year’s Inspirational Women Awards and recognise the many women playing hugely important roles across our communities and workplaces."
The Inspirational Women Awards ceremony will be live streamed from 2:30pm on screens in the Great Hall and on the Council’s YouTube channel.
The awards aim to publicly recognise and promote those women who inspire and have a real impact on the lives of others in the community or the workplace.
There are two categories this year – The Business Award and The Community Award and the judges will be joined by last year’s winners Teresa McCarthy-Dixon (Community) and Dolores Sanders (Business).
This year the shortlist includes Angie Kennedy, Maisie Summers-Newton and Cllr Rufia Ashraf for the Community Award and Milly Fyfe and Jo Burns-Russell for the Business Award.
If you need any more information about the event or the awards, please contact [email protected].
25 February 2022
Two Northampton men who ignored fixed penalty notices for littering will have to pay more than £1,700 each in fines and court costs, magistrates have ruled.
Tyler Howard (41), of Bouverie Walk, was spotted dropping a refuse sack on a verge near his home before his waste collection day. He then refused to pick it up when asked to do so by a Neighbourhood Warden.
Richard Travis (40), of Broadmead Avenue, dumped a large cardboard box in Northampton’s Eastfield Park.
Neighbourhood Wardens from West Northamptonshire Council issued both with £150 fixed penalty notices for the littering offences, which took place in April last year.
When they failed to pay or make any kind of contact with the Council they were summonsed to court.
And at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court last week (Tuesday 15 February) both were found guilty in their absence and each fined £400 and ordered to pay £1,275 in legal costs, plus a £40 victim surcharge.
Litter and fly-tipping are a blight on the environment of West Northamptonshire. It is something that residents regularly complain about and we spend thousands of pounds a year collecting the litter and waste dropped and dumped on our streets, roadsides and open spaces.Cllr Phil Larratt, Cabinet Member for Climate and Waste Services at West Northamptonshire Council
Unfortunately it is people themselves who fly tip and litter, and it is only right that we take enforcement action against the perpetrators where we can.
The Council sets out its approach to tackling litter in its Litter Charter.
25 February 2022
New restaurants are set to open at Daventry’s flagship Mulberry Place cinema development in time for the Easter holidays.
West Northamptonshire Council has leased the two restaurant units at the £12.5m development to DOUGH&Co Woodfired Pizza and Burger Amour.
The pizza and burger restaurants are both part of chains run by Suffolk-based restaurateur Chris Sharman, who operates in more than a dozen locations around the east of England.
Offering fresh, authentic food with a relaxed informal atmosphere, the restaurants will also create 50 new jobs for the local area.
We’re delighted to announce our new restaurants at the fantastic new Mulberry Place development in Daventry.Chris Sharman, CEO of DOUGH&Co Woodfired Pizza and Burger Amour
We offer a very relaxed, informal atmosphere and take real care and pride in the food that we serve. Our wood-fired pizza for instance, is made in our own way, with our own recipe sauce and dough cooked by our real chefs.
Daventry has a great feel to it and it’s really exciting to be part of this new leisure development. We can’t wait to welcome our first customers.
The new restaurants will join The Arc Cinema, a four-screen complex which will offer digital laser projectors, state-of-the-art immersive surround sound systems and luxury electric recliner seats as standard when it opens to the public on Friday 4 March.
Developed by the Council, the new Mulberry Place development, based off North Street in the heart of Daventry town centre, also boasts a new public square with decorative fountains.
This is an incredibly exciting time for the people of Daventry, with the state-of-the-art new cinema set to open on 4 March, followed by these fantastic new restaurants around a month later.Cllr Lizzy Bowen, WNC's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth
The Arc Cinema offers a premium experience for movie-goers, and with these new restaurants, plus all the other fabulous venues that Daventry has to offer, residents of the town and the wider area will have a first-class leisure destination to really be proud of.
We’re delighted to welcome Burger Amour and DOUGH&Co Woodfired Pizza as our neighbours in Daventry. They will help make a great entertainment experience even better for those who want to dine as well as catch a film.Brian Gilligan, of The Arc Cinema
25 February 2022
"Learning to live safely with coronavirus means continuing to reduce the risk of catching and passing on the virus with COVID-19 sensible and safe behaviours." That’s this week’s message from Northamptonshire’s Director of Public Health as a further 4,089 residents across the county test positive.
There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the local and national public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Reduce the risk
Individuals can still reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:
- getting vaccinated
- letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
- wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high
- trying to stay at home if you are unwell
- taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive
- washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’
Covid remains a dangerous disease, particularly if you haven’t been vaccinated. Getting vaccinated and having the booster or fourth dose when invited is important.
People can also call 119 or visit a local drop-in clinic
Learning to live safely with coronavirus means continuing to reduce the risk of catching and passing on the virus through COVID-19 sensible and safe behaviours. The most effective way to avoid passing on COVID-19 infection to others if you test positive is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.Lucy Wightman - Joint Director of Public Health, North and West Northamptonshire Councils
We all know by now that when someone with COVID-19 breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release small particles (droplets and aerosols) that contain the virus that causes COVID-19. These particles can come into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth or can be breathed in by another person. The particles can also land on surfaces and be passed from person to person via touch.
It’s also important we remember that the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 can be higher in certain places and when doing certain activities such as singing or vigorous exercise. In general, the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is highest when you are physically close to someone who is infected.
It is also possible to be infected even by someone you do not have close contact with, especially if you are in a crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated space. This is because the infectious particles can stay suspended in the air for some time. We must all THINK COVID! and continue to act to protect ourselves and others.
Covid-19 in the county this week
Analysis of the county’s recent coronavirus cases and rates over the period 14 to 20 February 2022, shows:
- 4,089 residents tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Of this number, 412 were reinfection cases ‘Reinfections’ are a new measurement now appearing in the county’s weekly data surveillance report and are defined as, ‘an infection of COVID- 19 from any of the variants after 90 days from the date of the last positive test.’
- Northamptonshire’s infection rate per 100,000 population is 580.1. West Northamptonshire's rate is 628.8. Both are significantly higher than the national average of 446.1
- The highest rates locally are Northampton (658.9) and South Northamptonshire (614.9)
- 17 people died in Northamptonshire within 28 days of a positive test
- Overall, more women than men tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days
- The age group with the most positive cases was 30-39 and also the most female cases
- 10-19-year-olds also had high numbers of positive cases, this was the age group with the highest amount of male cases, this was also the age range with the most reinfections, likely due to school environments
View the weekly Covid-19 Surveillance Report.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently dealing with a number of storm related incidents across the county, mainly attending damaged buildings, fallen trees and other exterior structural issues. The increase in incidents is no more than we anticipated at this time and we are well resourced to attend and deal with results of the high wind. The Met Office have said that the peak wind for this region will last until around 3-3.30pm, we so are asking people to continue to follow advice which is being widely publicised on social media, TV and radio and in particular we are urging people to only drive if it is absolutely essential.
All agencies across the county are working well to support each other and ensure that we continue to keep Northamptonshire safe. We would like to thank colleagues from the Northamptonshire Emergency Planning Team, who are coordinating calls from people who require assistance, but do not need the emergency services. This is allowing us to attend hazardous incidents, that require immediate attention and could lead to issues affecting public safety.