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Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2017 - 2018

Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

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Higham Ferrers Town Council provides your local services. We strive to make Higham Ferrers a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Latest News

Join the Spring Clean

The Town Council, in conjunction with the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, 'The Great British Spring Clean' is organising a litter pick within the town for the morning of Saturday 3rd March from 9am to 12 noon. The Council would welcome volunteers to join the litter pick. If you are able to join us please contact the Town Council to register. Litter picking equipment will be provided to the volunteers. Suitable clothing and sturdy footwear should be worn. Meet at the Town Hall, Market Square from 9am onwards on the morning of Saturday 3rd March. More »

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:23 by Alicia Scholfield

Higham Times March 2018

Higham Times March 2018

The latest edition of the Higham Times is out now!

Pick up a copy from the Town Hall or the Library, next week it will be posted through your door.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:12 by Danielle Edwards

Update on the Future of the Library

Update on the Future of the Library

The Library is a service currently delivered by Northamptonshire County Council. As part of their money saving measures they consulted on 3 options which affected the future of Higham Ferrers Library. The Town Council gave a detailed response which supported option 1, as this was the only option where there was any future for the Library. A copy of this and other documents and reports relating to library can be found on http://www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk/library.html More »

What is the Town Council doing?

  • In accordance with the timescales given by Northamptonshire County Council the Town Council expressed an Informal Expression of Interest to manage the Library before Christmas. This does not mean that a final decision has been taken that the Town Council will run it. There is a lot of missing information particularly on costs which the Council are trying to gather. They felt it was unreasonable to close the door on the option without knowing the full facts.
  • The Town Council undertook their own consultation in the Town before Christmas, which had just over 400 responses out of 3800 questionnaires delivered.
  • The Town Council have included in their budget for 2018/19 funds to manage the Library should be it prove feasible to do so.
  • The Town Council have set up a working party who are gathering all the facts and figures to enable the Council to make a rational and informed decision whether it is feasible to run the Library and take over a building that has been poorly maintained. This group has been in the Library talking to users and groups at the Library.
  • Northamptonshire County Council have valued the building at £367,000 to buy and £33,000pa to lease. To buy the building the Council would have to borrow money as they do not have millions of pounds in their accounts. To put it in context the annual figure the Town Council will receive from the Council Tax to run all their services in 2018/19 is £365,000.
  • The Town Council have paid for their own valuation and condition survey on the building. This shows some significant repairs are needed including substantial roof repairs, new guttering and drainpipes as well as some new windows. The estimated cost for these is £50,000.

The Town Council recognise that this is an emotive subject, but any decision can only be taken when they have the full facts and figures as they need to ensure that the proposal is feasible and sustainable in the long term. They have also have a duty to ensure that they have undertaken due diligence when taking the decision.

Finally, Councillors cannot make any comments which may be seen as expressing a definite view for or against the Town Council managing the Library. If they do this will mean that they cannot take part in the debate and vote when the Town Council need to make the decision. » Less

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:53 by Sandra Mitcham