Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

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

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VOI E-SCOOTER TRIAL LAUNCHES IN RUSHDEN, HIGHAM FERRERS AND WELLINGBOROUGH

VOI E-SCOOTER TRIAL LAUNCHES IN RUSHDEN, HIGHAM FERRERS AND WELLINGBOROUGH

From today, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Wellingborough will host a Voi e-scooter trial, giving its residents a new, green, accessible and socially distanced way of travel, particularly useful for journeys from one to three miles.

While Covid restrictions are in place, e-scooters enable key workers to make the necessary journeys without going on public transport or jumping on a car.

Initially, there will be 50 scooters available to rent in Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Wellingborough, from 04am to 11pm. To be eligible to ride a scooter, users need to be 18 years old and over and have at least a provisional driving license, which they will have to upload to the Voi app when they first register. The app is available for free on Apple App Store or Google Play. More »

Voi's carbon-neutral e-scooters will be available to rent on High Street and Higham Road in Rushden and Higham Ferrers. In Wellingborough, they will be placed in the town centre, near the train station and by the Isebrook Hospital and Park Farm Industrial Estate.

Voi shared e-scooters will cost £1 to unlock and then £0.20 per minute of usage. Voi also offers 24-hour (at £10) and 30-day (at £40) subscriptions, allowing users to take an unlimited number of rides at a fixed rate. The company also offers discounts for students and those on a low income. Whilst the lockdown is in place, Voi is offering free rides for NHS and Emergency Service workers.

Safety is a priority for Voi, and its operations exceed the safety requirements required by the Government. For instance, Voi e-scooter speeds will be capped at 10 miles per hour. The company also worked closely with the local authorities to create geofenced areas, including slow riding, no riding, and incentivised parking areas, to ensure riders and other road users' safety.

The e-scooter operator actively promotes user education and encourages all its users to take Voi's accredited, e-scooter digital traffic school, RideLikeVoila, which has trained over half a million users. In addition, the company also provides regular in-app safety information to riders.

While the pandemic continues, Voi is committed to upholding the council's health and safety policy by providing riders with safety and COVID-19 information and advice via its app. Voi's e-scooters are cleaned and disinfected regularly to ensure that they cannot become a source of infection. They are also fitted with handlebars with a special material that inhibits the transmission of viruses and bacteria, thus offering antibacterial, bactericidal and antiviral protection. Voi encourages its users to use hand sanitiser and wear gloves.

As part of the trial, Voi and the local authorities will engage with vulnerable groups to make sure the overall community has the possible experience with the introduction of this convenient new mode of transport.

Moving forward, Northamptonshire County Council will continue to work with Voi to look at how e-scooters can form part of the evolving transport infrastructure in the region.

Jason Smithers, Cabinet Member for Highways and Place for Northamptonshire County Council, said: "With our trials in Northampton and Kettering already providing a real boost in improving access to greener, more sustainable and affordable transport, we're keen to extend the e-scooter programme to include Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

"Voi has excelled in bringing these schemes to life across Northamptonshire, and we're very pleased to continue working with them to deliver major transformation in our county. We have every confidence the e-scooters will be just as popular in these towns as they have been in Northampton and Kettering.

Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, said: "I have followed the trials in other towns with interest and I think it is important to monitor this trial very closely in Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

"After 1st April the new North Northamptonshire Unitary Council will take on responsibility for this project and all aspects of highways and transportation, and we need to assist them in such trials to establish the long term sustainability and potential for this mode of transport."

Cllr Pam Whiting, Leader of Higham Ferrers Town Council, said:

"E-Scooters provide a clean and green alternative to public transport and car-sharing for those travelling to work and undertaking essential journeys. The Town Council are interested in schemes that aim to reduce the impact of climate change and are therefore keen to see the outcome of this trial in Rushden and Higham Ferrers."

Rushden Town Council, said:

"As a progressive town, Rushden Town Council cautiously welcomes the e-scooter trial. We understand the benefits this carbon-neutral, socially distanced mode of travel could bring to the town's residents and visitors and hope for a successful trial phase working with both Voi and Northampton County Council."

Richard Corbett, Regional General Manager of UK, Ireland and Benelux for Voi, said:

"We are delighted to launch our e-scooters in Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham Ferrers to support the local community to move around safely while complying with the current socially distancing measures in place.

"E-scooters are a green, flexible and affordable mode of transport, and they can support the green recovery of our cities and towns." » Less

Posted: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:00 by Sandra Mitcham

Final consultation stage for East Northamptonshires Local Plan

Final consultation stage for East Northamptonshires Local Plan

East Northamptonshire Council is seeking the views of interested parties on the pre-submission version of the district's Local Plan.

The Local Plan sets out planning policies for East Northamptonshire and helps to shape new housing opportunities and deliver community and green infrastructure to support future growth. It will also help to ensure future planning applications including up to date policy requirements adding local quality to development. More »

The council's Planning Policy committee approved the Pre-Submission Local Plan on Wednesday, 27 January which enables the start of the final consultation, known as Regulation 19. This particular regulation concentrates on whether the Local Plan meets the 'Test of soundness' – whether the plan is sound and has been prepared in accordance with all the necessary legal and procedural requirements and is positively prepared, effective and is justified by the evidence.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

"There have been many consultations on the Local Plan since we started preparing it in January 2017, and this is the final stage where stakeholders can comment on the soundness of the plan.

"We encourage those who do respond to clearly state why they feel the plan may not be legally compliant, meet the assessed needs, be an appropriate and deliverable strategy or be consistent with national policy. These are the key areas that the inspector will consider."

Once the Regulation 19 consultation ends, responses will be compiled with the Local Plan and its supporting documentation before being submitted for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate. If the Plan is found to be sound, it will be presented to North Northamptonshire Council for adoption.

This consultation will run for six weeks, from Friday 5 February to Friday 19 March 2021. Further details about how to respond and to view the consultation documents are available at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultation

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, paper copies of the draft policy cannot be displayed in libraries or the Council's contact centre. Should you experience any difficulty in viewing the document, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01832 742140. » Less

Posted: Wed, 24 Feb 2021 09:27 by Sandra Mitcham

Experts team up to hold a virtual festival for local businessesBu

Experts team up to hold a virtual festival for local businessesBu

A virtual festival will be held from 22 - 28 February to provide help and support for businesses in East Northants and Wellingborough as part of the Recovery Through Enterprise programme.

The Recovery Through Enterprise programme was set up, by local authorities and organisations, in light of the coronavirus pandemic to support local businesses and partner organisations from across the county and offers a variety of resources and help including personal 1:1 business advice, dedicated support for those thinking of starting a business and access to specialist resources. More »

Across the festival week, there will be a variety of business support webinars with guest speakers from organisations such as SEMLEP, Enterprise Nation as well as officers from East Northamptonshire Council's Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Health teams. There will also be a series of podcasts released with local high street businesses who have adapted throughout the pandemic.

The main event on Tuesday 23 February will include an introduction to the Recovery Through Enterprise programme, guest speakers and breakout sessions across the day based around digital media.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:

"The Recovery Through Enterprise programme continues to grow in strength and we are so pleased to be able to host a virtual festival to help businesses at this difficult time.

"We have experts across the week ready and on hand to give tips and advice to all businesses, so whether you are just starting a business from your spare room or are well established but are having to adapt to cope with the consequences of the pandemic, there really will be something for everyone."

Other highlights across the week include a virtual Dragon's Den style event, a tourism webinar from VisitEngland and Destination Nene Valley, a social media campaign to promote shopping local and a FastTrack Job Match scheme webinar.

To find out more about Recovery Through Enterprise and to book onto any of the sessions, please visit www.recoverythroughenterprise.co.uk

For live updates throughout the week, you can follow @enterprisingN and @_nenevalley on Twitter and you can also find Recovery Through Enterprise on LinkedIn. » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:41 by Sandra Mitcham