Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers

CllrReavey

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

Tel: 01933 312075

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Help for East Northamptonshire businesses during COVID

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Help for East Northamptonshire businesses during COVID

East Northamptonshire Council has announced a further business support funding package to support businesses that have had to close or have been severely impacted due to the recent lockdown measures.

These grants differ from those offered earlier in the year, in amounts available and eligibility criteria. Previous schemes are now closed.

The new Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required by law to close for 28 days due to national lockdown restrictions imposed by Government. More »

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, a single grant to cover the 28 day period will be paid to each eligible business and the grant amounts will be fixed:

  • If the business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, it will receive a cash grant of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • If the business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of above £15,000 and below £51,000, it will receive a cash grant of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying period.
  • If the business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, it will receive a cash grant of £3,000 per 28-day qualifying period.

A new Discretionary Grant Scheme has also been developed to support businesses that are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant but have been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.

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

"We know life has been tough for many of our businesses and want to get this help out as quickly as possible. I would urge anyone who thinks they qualify to complete the online application form so that we can confirm they are eligible and that they get the correct payment.

"I'd also urge local businesses to take a look at the range of business support available via our Recovery Through Enterprise plan. This includes support with financial planning, business development and mental health."

For details of eligibility and how to apply, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/COVIDbusiness

Details of further business support can be found at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/COVIDbusiness including the council's economic recovery plan – Recovery Through Enterprise. » Less

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 14:33 by Donna Anderson

East Northants Council and police hold joint patrols to support pandemic restrictions

East Northants Council and police hold joint patrols to support pandemic restrictions

Patrols by officers from East Northamptonshire Council and Northamptonshire Constabulary have shown that most people and businesses are complying with coronavirus restrictions.

Teams of officers have been giving out advice on how to comply with the emergency regulations, answering questions from businesses and reminding people about wearing face coverings and keeping social distances.

The vast majority of individuals and businesses are complying with the government restrictions with only one Fixed Penalty Notice issued to date in East Northamptonshire. More »

Environmental services officer, Kieran McCoach explains:

"Councils and the Police have different powers for helping to manage the lockdown so it makes sense that we work together to cover the broader set of issues as well as pick up on any other problems that might be cropping up in neighbourhoods.

"Our residents and businesses really seem to understand the importance of working together to protect our community and we've had a positive response from business owners who welcome the support in ensuring that customers wear face masks and maintain social distancing. Where there are issues, we're working with the businesses and residents to ensure everyone understands what is required of them. "

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:

"It has been heartening to hear how the vast majority of retailers, businesses and public have been working together to keep the community safe and I welcome these patrols to provide support and advice and help limit the spread of infection."

Superintendent Elliot Foskett, from Northamptonshire Police, said:

"We have been provided with funding by the Home Office to help enforce the Covid-19 legislation and as a result have been working closely with our local councils to patrol our towns and villages.

"Throughout the pandemic we have followed an engage, explain, educate and enforce approach, where we have prioritised speaking to the public, reminding them of the legislation and only taking enforcement action as a last resort.

"The vast majority of people are following the guidelines and I thank them for that, however, we will not shy away from taking enforcement action when it is clear a breach has taken place, including any businesses that have broken the law."

So far, patrols have taken place in Rushden, Higham and Irthlingborough with future visits planned for Raunds and the north of the district. » Less

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:33 by Sandra Mitcham

Higham Ferrers Christmas Lights Switch On

Higham Ferrers Christmas Lights Switch On

While we cannot hold our popular Christmas Sparkle event this year, the Town Council have tried to retain as many traditions as we can and bring them online where they can be safely viewed by all.

On Saturday 21st November, the date that would have been the Christmas Sparkle this year, we turned the Christmas lights on with a festive countdown video released on our Facebook and YouTube pages. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/vNArUadbvTU and at www.facebook.com/HighamFerrersTC. More »

Our thanks to everyone who took part in the video: Higham Ferrers Nursery and Infant School, Higham Ferrers Junior School, Henry Chichele Primary School, Reverend Michelle Dalliston, the Bedesmen of Higham Ferrers (represented by member Cllr Chris O'Rourke) and Town Council representatives David Wicks (Mayor's Sergeant) and Mayor Cllr Tina Reavey.

We hope you all enjoy this glimpse of the lights coming on in Higham Ferrers, and as the video says...keep an eye on the Market Square in the next week or so as we have some more surprises coming! » Less

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:33 by Emily Arrow