Planning Appeal Birchfield Spring Nursery aka the “Fish Farm”

Residents will be familiar with the recent troubled history of this site over the last ten or so years.  Most recently, the Borough Council issued an enforcement notice and investigations are ongoing from the Environment Agency (EA) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The Environment Agency prosecution for breaches of the waste permit at Birchfield Springs is currently awaiting trial at Northampton Crown Court, listed in early 2021.  Due to the ongoing activities at the site, these investigations are continuing and the EA are working closely with the Local Planning Authority.  Any waste incident reports from members of the public should be directed to their incident hotline 0800 807060 so that they can respond accordingly and continue to gather evidence.

Mr L Thomas has appealed against the planning enforcement notice issued by Kettering Borough Council.  The Appeal will be determined by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State and will be dealt with by a Local Public Inquiry.   This is very important because the Inspector has the power to dismiss the appeal (if they find in favour of the Borough Council), but (if they find in favour of the Appellant) to grant planning permission and quash the enforcement notice.

The Town Council will make representations to the Inspectorate but it is open for any member of the community to do the same.  If you wish to comment you should make written representations to BOTH the Planning Inspectorate AND the Borough Council quoting reference APP/L2820/C/3253535.  The addresses are:-

The Planning Inspectorate, 3/26b, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN

Development Services, Kettering Borough Council, Bowling Green Road, KETTERING, NN15 7QX

You can also comment online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3253535

Details of the enforcement notice on Kettering Borough Council’s website are here https://www.kettering.gov.uk/enforcement/details/764

A copy of the procedure note for the Inquiry is here: Birchfield Springs Inquiry Procedure

A copy of the Borough Council’s letter to the Town Council is here: Birchfield Springs Letter 20201223

Santa Claus is coming to town!

The Town Council is delighted that arrangements have been made for Santa Claus to come from the North Pole directly to Desborough in 2020.  Santa and his elves and helpers will be doing their best to keep themselves and everyone Covid secure.

He will be touring streets in the town on Friday 18 December setting off from his landing spot in Station Road at 6.30 p.m. and will follow this route.  On Saturday 19 December he will follow this route setting off from his Station Road base at 5.30 p.m. and on Sunday 20 December he will again depart from Station Road and will follow this route.

All routes are subject to change if absolutely necessary. Unlike previous years there will be no cash collection.

Please stay safe and wave from your doors (or at a safe distance) and don’t approach the sleigh.  

Remembrance Sunday 2020

The Council is observing Remembrance Sunday but in a different way from usual.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown Desborough Town Council, the Desborough Branches of the Royal British Legion, and the Churches, are unable to have the traditional parade, service, and gathering at the War Memorial this year.

You might have noticed that this year’s wreaths have already been laid at the War Memorial.  A church service has been recorded (following COVID-19 rules) and is available on YouTube (or follow the link on St Giles Desborough’s FaceBook page).

On Sunday, the timetable will be as follows:-

10:57 to 11:00 St Giles Church bell will ring for three minutes

11:00 Loud firework set off following two minutes’ silence

11:02 Loud firework set off

11:02 onwards Community members invited to stand at their doorsteps and applaud.

Please carry out your act of Remembrance at home.

If you are going to the War Memorial you must take charge of yourself and follow the lockdown and social distancing rules.

Council meeting 18/06/2020 – access details

A meeting of Desborough Town Council will be held online using ZOOM on Thursday 18 June 2020, commencing at seven o’clock.

To join the meeting follow this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83296630761?pwd=QXBTRWh4OUR2SVIrbUhrUDZ3WXMvZz09

Meeting ID: 832 9663 0761

Password: 0153762172

If you wish to join by audio telephone only (your normal call charges will apply) dial one of the following numbers: 0203 481 5240; or 0131 460 1196; or 0203 051 2874; or 0203 481 5237 and use the same meeting ID and password given above.

Members of the public who wish to follow proceedings are welcome to use the login details above using Zoom through the app or through a web browser. If you wish to follow proceedings by telephone only please contact the Town Clerk for further information.

All members of the public will be muted and not able to be heard unless the Chair of the meeting invites them to speak. Owing to the remote nature of attendance, any members of the public wishing to address the Council are requested to provide details to the Town Clerk before the meeting either by emailing the usual form (available on the Council’s website here Your Right to Speak at Council Meetings, by sending the same information to the Town Clerk by email, or using the email us facility on the Council’s website.

Council meeting 21/05/2020 access details

A meeting of Desborough Town Council will be held online using ZOOM on Thursday 21 May 2020, commencing at four o’clock in the afternoon

To attend the meeting follow this link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74200371369?pwd=WlNKMFZmR0l4eXdXZHNmWG00SlV1UT09

and use the meeting ID: 742 0037 1369

and the password: 8wMF0DTC05

 

Members of the public who wish to follow proceedings are welcome to use the login details above using Zoom through the app or through a web browser. If you wish to follow proceedings by telephone only please contact the Town Clerk for further information.

All members of the public will be muted and not able to be heard unless the Chair of the meeting invites them to speak. Owing to the remote nature of attendance, any members of the public wishing to address the Council are requested to provide details to the Town Clerk before the meeting either by emailing the usual form (available on the Council’s website here Your Right to Speak at Council Meetings, by sending the same information to the Town Clerk by email, or using the email us facility on the Council’s website. 

Do not use public play or fitness equipment

During the current crisis public facilities are closed.  In Desborough that includes the library and the leisure centre, as well as restaurants, pubs, clubs, and cafés.

Please do not use, or allow your children to use, the skatepark, outdoor gym equipment, or other play equipment.

 

Stay home

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response

Following the advice of HM Government, the Desborough Town Council office will be closed for the foreseeable future.

You can still get in touch with the Council using the contact details above or by using the contact page on the website www.desboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk

Please help keep yourself and our community safe by following the Government’s advice on hand washing, self-isolation, and social distancing.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Quick Links

For more information on the symptoms and steps to take, go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

For the latest advice on travellers returning from affected areas, plus guidance to schools and care homes, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Details of the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Public Health England also maintain an informative online blog which is available here.

The recommended source of information for the public is now on the NHS website which is here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

People who think they may have symptoms are being pointed to the NHS-111 on-line questionnaire in the first instance, which can be found here https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19