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

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THE FUTURE OF HIGHAM FERRERS LIBRARY - TOWN COUNCIL TO AGREE A RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION

THE FUTURE OF HIGHAM FERRERS LIBRARY - TOWN COUNCIL TO AGREE A RESPONSE TO THE CONSULTATION

On Tuesday evening (26th February) Higham Ferrers Town Council will be discussing the consultation on the future of the Library. Although Northamptonshire County Council has not yet provided any figures in writing for the rental cost of the current building, they are still consulting on the option for a community group to run the service in current building for up to 3 years, whilst a new Community Centre is built, and the service transferred over. There is a well-established community group already providing volunteers to cover some of the opening hours, who are willing to take on the challenge and run the service going forward. However, there is no certainty on whether this is viable until a rental cost is offered and agreed. More »

The consultation states that the library has relatively low physical visits. However, analysing the data provided in the document 'Libraries Analysis - Assessment of Impact of October 2018 proposals' challenges this statement. Figures indicate that Higham Ferrers performs well particularly against Irthlingborough which is remaining as a statutory library.

The Town Council will be taking into account this conflicting data as well as the lack of information on rental costs when considering their response. A copy of the detailed needs analysis from August 2018. (referred to in Cabinet report December 2018) has been requested, but the County Council has refused to publish it. Councillors are starting to question whether decisions have already been made and whether there is a case for a judicial review.

The Town Council urges all residents to have their say and respond to the consultation on the Libraries which closes on 22nd March 2019. » Less

Posted: Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:20 by Sandra Mitcham

EXTENSION TO GREENWAY FINALLY UNDERWAY

EXTENSION TO GREENWAY FINALLY UNDERWAY

Works to extend the Greenway from Queensway to the right of way that runs down towards Midland Road, Higham Ferrers has finally started this week. Finalising the legal agreement with the Ferrers School, who owns the former railway land, delayed the project by over a year. The project is being led by the Town Council and is funded by a £40,000 grant from the East Northamptonshire Council Community Facilities Fund, s106 money from new housing developments as well as the Town Council. It is hoped this new path will be open in early April.

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:58 by Sandra Mitcham

PROPOSED COMMUNITY CENTRE CONSULTATION

PROPOSED COMMUNITY CENTRE CONSULTATION

Higham Ferrers Town Council is consulting on a proposed new Community Centre.

Higham Ferrers has grown by more than 37% since 2001 and the facilities have not always matched this growth. The Community Plan highlighted the need for a Community Centre. The Council is embarking on an exciting project to construct a new community building at Saffron Road Recreation Ground, which could:-

  • Replace the Sports Pavilion as it is no longer fit for purpose.
  • Provide additional community facilities for hire such as meeting and function rooms.
  • Provide offices for the Town Council, as the current premises do not meet the growing needs of the community .

In May 2018 the Council did consider whether to purchase the current Library building on Midland Road. However, with the purchase price of £367,500 and the work that was required to make it meet the growing needs of the community, a budget was needed in the region of £750,000. The Council felt it would be more prudent to put these funds towards a new building which would meet the needs of the community in decades to come. More »

We are at an early stage and are now consulting with the community to gauge support for the project as well as asking for ideas on what should be in the building.

Copies of the questionnaire will be delivered to each house in the town with the Rushden Reporter. Copies will also be available from the Town Hall and the Library.

Responses can be made online by using the link below:-

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MVWDM6W

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Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:44 by Sandra Mitcham