Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

Mayor 2018/19

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

Tel: 01933 312075

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Remove temptation and protect your vehicle against crime

Remove temptation and protect your vehicle against crime

Motorists are being reminded to always remove valuable items from their vehicles and never leave anything on show when they park up to reduce their risk of a break-in.

Northamptonshire Police is sharing crime prevention advice as it traditionally receives increased reports of thefts from vehicles at this time of year, with a second rise seen in October.

In non-commercial vehicle crime figures from 2017, cars made up 98 per cent of vehicles targeted by thieves. In almost one in three thefts from cars, entry was gained by smashing a window. One in 10 thefts happened through either an open window or unlocked door. More »

The most frequently stolen items included loose change, bags, purses and wallets, bank cards and mobile phones.

Laura Mitchell, Crime Prevention Officer at Northamptonshire Police, says: "That loose change was the item most commonly stolen from inside vehicles shows just how little it can take for an opportunistic criminal to be tempted into action.

"We appreciate the distress vehicle crime can cause, as well as the expense and inconvenience of repairs, but there's plenty you can do to reduce the risk.

"Remove temptation by taking valuables with you and never leaving anything on show when you park up. Close all windows and always check your vehicle is locked and secure before you leave it."

Number plates were targeted in 17 per cent of reported thefts from motor vehicles, and drivers are encouraged to replace standard fixings with tamper-proof screws to protect them.

Laura says: "Anti-theft screw kits are available very reasonably from car accessory retailers. They are very simple to fit but can't be removed without specialist tools, making it much less likely a would-be thief would bother trying to steal your number plates."

Remove temptation with this vehicle crime prevention advice

  • Before you get out of your vehicle, check nothing's left out on seats, the dash, console, door pockets or in footwells. Take all valuables with you. If you can't remove items, lock them out of sight in the boot or a vehicle safe. Be aware of your surroundings and whether anyone could be watching while you do this
  • Close all windows and remove sat navs or phone holders. Wipe away suction marks as these may tempt thieves to break in to see if the device is still in the car. Put phone charging leads away for the same reason
  • Always lock your vehicle. If it has remote locking, always physically check the doors have locked before you leave it. Criminals nearby can use a jamming device to block the remote signal, leaving the car unlocked so they can get in once you have left
  • Where you park matters. If you park in daylight and will be leaving your car until evening or overnight, consider how the area may look in the dark – will it be lit, will it be busy or secluded? Out and about, try to use car parks with Park Mark status - www.parkmark.co.uk

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Posted: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:09 by Sandra Mitcham

Conversation Northamptonshire - Northamptonshire County Council's 2019-20 Budget Consultation

Conversation Northamptonshire - Northamptonshire County Council's 2019-20 Budget Consultation

The proposed budget agreed by Cabinet on 11th December 2018 marks a turning point for Northamptonshire County Council, as it sets us on the path of securing and stabilising our financial position, transforming our services and confidently moving towards the future.

We are putting forward a fresh way for us to rise to our financial challenges. We are investing so we increase capacity in our own services, facilities and assets, so we can improve outcomes for our most vulnerable adults and children and at the same time become less reliant on more expensive external contracts and arrangements. More »

This budget marks the start of being able to stabilise our financial position and improve our financial management while making services far more sustainable for the longer term.

We want to gain a better understanding of people's opinions and need you to help us shape the future design and focus of our services. What you say will be part of a report with many other people's feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

Your feedback on this consultation is really important to us, and all consultation feedback will be analysed and considered, and will help Councillors make a final decision on the budget at the Full Council meeting on 21st February 2019. This meeting is held in public and anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must call Customer Services on 0300 126 1000.

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our website for all of the different ways you can give your feedback, including our online questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 23 January 2019.

Details of the above and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council's Consultation Register. » Less

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:08 by Sandra Mitcham

Consultation on the proposed change to the provision of Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Services

Consultation on the proposed change to the provision of Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Services

In October 2017 a public consultation was held around three proposals for the future of Northamptonshire Libraries. Details of this consultation are available on our website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/past-consulations

Following a Judicial Review in August 2018, the decision to keep 15 libraries under Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) control and offer the other 21 to community groups to be run as independent libraries was quashed. In September 2018, the new Chief Executive of the NCC conducted a new review of the library service, to make sure that NCC delivers its statutory duty to provide a "comprehensive and efficient" library service, whilst achieving the necessary savings for the Council by identifying opportunities to work with community groups to co-produce community managed libraries where possible. Following meetings with community groups, parishes and Borough and District councils, individual proposals have been identified for nearly every library within the county. We are now consulting on these proposals for each individual library. More »

We are still working closely with some communities to develop solutions for the following libraries, so these eight libraries are not part of this consultation. We will consult on the proposals for these eight libraries at a later date once they are available:

  • Abington
  • Duston
  • Far Cotton
  • Finedon
  • Higham Ferrers
  • Irchester
  • Long Buckby
  • St James

Please let us know if you would like us to contact you when the consultation on a library not currently being consulted upon begins.

Please see our website for further information and details of the proposals for each library.

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our website for all of the different ways you can give your feedback, including our online questionnaire.

This consultation closes on 8 February 2019.

Details of the above and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council's Consultation Register. » Less

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:05 by Sandra Mitcham