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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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Northamptonshire County Council needs to find £115m savings over the next 4 years predominantly to meet social care costs in the county. One of the services under threat is the Library and Information Service including Higham Ferrers Library.

The County Council is consulting on 3 options. Under option 2 and 3 there will be no library in Higham Ferrers. Under option 1 there will be support for a community managed Library. More »

What does this mean for the Town Council?

By the 13th January 2018 a group has to express an informal Expression of Interest in managing the library. Due to the time constraints being imposed, which the Town Council consider unreasonable, and the size of the library, the only group that could possibly do this is the Town Council. The Town Council would have to purchase or lease the building and be responsible for building costs and any staffing costs. To buy the building is possibly in excess of £300,000. A market valuation is expected to be available on 22nd December. Under a 2 year service level agreement the County Council would fund books and the IT provision.

The Town Council is trying to gather all the information it needs to be make a reasoned and balanced decision, at the same time as trying to set budgets for 2017/19. The Town Council will not be able to take over the service from the County Council without increasing council tax. The Town Council won't know which option the County Council has chosen until late February, which is after the Town Council has had to set its budget and then by 31st March it has to provide a full business case and submit a formal expression of interest. The library would be handed over by the end of September 2018.

The library is only one of the services that may be affected by cuts at the County Council. The full impact of other cuts on Higham Ferrers is not yet known. The Town Council has to also factor this unknown into their decision making.

The Town Council urges residents to let the County Council know their views on the proposed cuts to services. A consultation for the library is available on www.northamptonshire.gov.uk The Town Council is also running its own consultation which has been delivered to every house in Higham Ferrers. If you want to know more please visit www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk or email clerk@highamferrers-tc.gov.uk. » Less

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:53 by Sandra Mitcham

Live Blue Lights Demonstration

Firefighters will be staging a mock rescue demonstration and sharing road, winter and fire safety advice in Higham Ferrers next week. Organised by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), the event will see a road traffic collision scenario re-enacted in the Market Square car park in Higham Ferrers from 6.30pm on Tuesday (December 12). Fire crews will use dummies to show how they rescue people from crashed vehicles, with a commentary provided to explain the equipment and techniques used. NFRS staff will also give spectators advice on road safety, safe winter driving and fire safety, including how to book a free home fire safety check. The free event will run from 6.30pm to about 8pm on Tuesday in the Market Square cark park, Higham Ferrers, adjacent to the war memorial.

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:27 by Danielle Edwards

Book of condolence opens in memory of Councillor Harwood MBE

Book of condolence opens in memory of Councillor Harwood MBE

Following the sad news of the death of deputy leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE a book of condolence has been opened to the public.

Cllr Steven North, Leader, is inviting residents who wish to pay their respects to sign the book.

"Glenn was a positive force and influence – and a good listener for anyone who wanted his time. He will be missed by many." said Cllr North. "It's important that the district has an opportunity to express its loss at this difficult time." More »

The book is available for signing in reception at the council's offices on Cedar Drive, Thrapston during normal opening hours.

It will be available until Wednesday, 13 December after which it shall be passed on to the Harwood family on behalf of the local community.

The flag at the council is flying at half-mast as a mark of respect

For more information on this press release email communications@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742217.

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Councillors and officers have already signed the book. » Less

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:20 by Sandra Mitcham