Proposals for One-Way System & Parking Restrictions: Gladstone Street / Nichols Street

For some time people have been talking about changing Gladstone Street and Nichols Street to create a one-way system to improve safety and to reduce the dangerous movements of vehicles due to insufficient road space.  You might remember a formal consultation from the County Council in January 2018 which led to the idea being dropped and obviously the changes have never taken place.  

Complaints from residents have continued and the Town Council set aside money in the current year’s budget to fund the changes if they are supported by residents.  The Town Council cannot change the road network: that is the County Council’s function.  

With any changes on the road network it is inevitable that some residents or businesses may not approve of proposals whilst others support them.  For this reason the law requires the County Council to allow a 21 day formal notice period where the public can object or comment.

That formal consultation will be carried out by Northamptonshire Highways and you MUST respond to that in writing if you want your voice heard, whether you agree with the proposals or object.  

A map of the Proposed One-Way System for consultation is on this website.   The idea is to bring traffic from Harborough Road along Nichols Street into Gladstone Street; and from Station Road (big Co-op roundabout) to Harborough Road along Gladstone Street.  The plan includes changes to parking along these routes.  Both Nichols Street and Gladstone Street would be one-way only.  New Street would remain two-way.

The Council has delivered letters to as many properties as possible which are likely to be directly affected (residences and businesses) and is inviting occupiers to comment on the proposals.

We hope to collate and analyse responses in time for the October Town Council meeting, with a view to presenting these to Northamptonshire Highways and publishing the results on the Council’s website.

Why not stand for election to become a Town Councillor?

The elections for Town Council seats will be held on 7 May 2020.  Nominations for people wishing to stand for election as Town Councillors close at 16:00 on 8 April 2020 so you don’t have long to think about standing for election yourself.  Yes, you.

Anyone over 17 can express an interest although there are some other rules (see the small print below).  

If you want to make a difference to Desborough’s community by becoming a Councillor you can help keep it a great place to live and work.  You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training.  You should be comfortable working electronically, have a positive outlook, a can-do attitude, and be willing to work as part of a team.

If you are interested in joining the Council please ask Kettering Borough Council for nomination details.  If you want an informal chat about becoming a Councillor please speak to any of the existing Councillors or contact the Town Clerk, Graham Thomson on clerk@desboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk, 01536 628816, or call into the Council’s offices on any Tuesday to Friday from 10 o’clock to 1 o’clock. 

The Town Council currently meets in the evening on the third Thursday the month. 

Are you concerned about Desborough and do you want to ensure that our community gets the right services?

Do you want to:-

    • represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are taken into account?
    • pursue your political beliefs?
    • contribute your business or professional skills?
    • extend what you are already doing through a political party, trade union, charity, voluntary group, or school governing body?

then becoming a councillor can be the next step.

The Small Print

To stand for election to become a town councillor you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector in Desborough parish from the day of your nomination onwards
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Desborough parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the Desborough parish
  • You have lived in the Desborough parish area (or within three miles of it) during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

Disqualifications from standing

There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to the Town Council.  You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election, any of the following are true:

  • You are employed by the town council or hold a paid office under the town council,
  • You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order,
  • You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day
  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998

A person may also be disqualified from election if they have been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority following a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (formerly the Adjudication Panel for England or Wales).