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.  

Council meeting 19/11/2020 access details

The monthly meeting will be held by Zoom on Thursday 19 November 2020 at 19:00

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81941323584?pwd=Z3NBazJyVW82OVUyeEpaMFdHRlNpZz09 

If necessary, use the following – Meeting ID: 819 4132 3584 Passcode: 579740

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 meeting ID and password given above.  To raise your hand when you are following the meeting by telephone please press *9, if the Chair invites you to speak you will need to press *6 

NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Members of the public who wish to follow proceedings are welcome to use the login details above using Zoom.  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 or here “Home” > “Policies” > “Your Rights” > “Your Right to Speak at Council Meetings”) to the Council using the email address above, by sending the same information to the Town Clerk by email, or using the email us facility on the Council’s website. 

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 17/09/2020 – access details

A meeting of Desborough Town Council will be held online using ZOOM on Thursday 17 September 2020, commencing at seven o’clock.

Meeting ID: 852 5589 8256
Passcode: 304869

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 (call charges may apply) 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.

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.

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.

Vacancies for Councillors, Loatland Ward, September 2020

Have you got what it takes to be a Town Councillor?

  • Do you want to serve our community?  
  • Do you have time or expertise which could benefit our community?  
  • Do you want to make a difference to all those around you?
  • Are you concerned about our local area?
  • Do you want to represent the views of local people?

If you would like to make a difference, and be involved in shaping the future of our local community, why not step forward and apply to become a Desborough Town Councillor?

The Council has two vacancies for Councillors (both Loatland Ward) and is looking for people to put themselves forward.  There is a short form to fill in and send to the Town Clerk.  The form is on the website here.

The closing date for the receipt of signed forms by the Town Clerk is 9 am on Monday 7 September 2020.

Meetings of the Council are usually held in the Library on the third Thursday of each month, except August when there’s no meeting and December when the meeting is a week earlier.  During the pandemic, meetings are held online using Zoom.

To qualify to be co-opted you must:-

  • be a British subject over 18 years old
  • be listed on the current electoral register
  • live in Desborough, or within 3 miles of its boundary, or occupy as owner/tenant any land/premises therein or have a principal place of work within the Parish
  • not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.

(other conditions apply).

If you are interested, would like more information, or an application form, please contact the Town Clerk.

Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor, Loatland Ward

Pursuant to Section 87(f) of the Local Government Act 1972, a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Loatland Ward of the Town Council.

If, within fourteen working days of the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to either:

– the Returning Officer at Kettering Borough Council or

– the Town Clerk at Desborough Town Council

by TEN electors for the Ward, an election will be held to fill the vacancy (in accordance with Coronavirus legislation). If no such request is received the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option.

A copy of the formal notice is here.

Dated 19/06/2020

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.