Archive for the ‘Wellingborough’ Category

HIND HOTEL LOCAL ISSUES Q & A EVENT

April 18, 2013

wpb0f20766_0f The Hind Hotel will host a Q & A on 23rd April 2013, – start time 7.30pm.

The main political parties vying for your vote in the forthcoming local elections are attending. Jonathan Hornett from the Green Party will be there.

Operations Director of the hotel, Shasha Khan will be chairing the event.

Commenting on the event, Mr Khan said, “Our local customers, especially in the main bar, are never shy about asserting their point of view. Given the Hind Hotel’s position in political history I feel it is appropriate for the hotel to host a Q & A event of this nature.”

Wellingborough Council Doubles Its £50k-plus Earners

January 19, 2012

THE number of Wellingborough Council managers earning more than £50,000 has nearly doubled in a year.

The figures, revealed by campaigning group the Taxpayers’ Alliance, show that 13 members of staff earned salaries in this higher wage bracket for the financial year 2010-2011, compared to just seven in 2009-2010.

The cost to taxpayers was an estimated £832,500 – up from £562,500 the previous year.

The increase in the amount spent on management salaries comes at a time when many workers in the private sector have had to take a pay cut to help their companies ride the recession, and other public sector staff have been hit by a pay freeze.

Matthew Sinclair, director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “It is disappointing to see so many middle managers at Midlands councils, particularly at a time when public sector pay is being restrained and low paid staff are being laid off.

“It’s not fair to demand that ordinary workers take a pay freeze or lose their jobs while more and more middle managers are enjoying generous remuneration.

“Councils need to cut back the bloated bureaucracies that have developed in town halls in recent years.”

The payment statistics were calculated to include bonuses, but exclude pension contributions.

Wellingborough Council said the rise in its total salary payouts was due to redundancies.

The report, compiled using data taken directly from the authority’s annual statements, said: “The total number of employees falling within the various bands is affected by termination or redundancy payments made to certain employees.”

But the number of redundancy packages was not disclosed, so it is unclear how much of the £832,500 goes towards existing managers’ salaries.

Figures for Northamptonshire County Council showed a fall in the number of managers earning more than £50,000 but the authority still employed 118 in the year 2010-2011, with an estimated cost of £7.9 million.

East Northamptonshire paid out an estimated £677,500 to nine managers.

The revelations come just weeks after the same lobbying group uncovered figures showing that councils in Northamptonshire were paying millions of pounds to suspended staff.

One employee for the county council was suspended for 277 working days on full pay – more than a working year.

They had an annual salary of £14,500 and were paid a total of £16,735 while off work. They were re-employed at the end of the period.

The total cost of payments to suspended staff at the council between September 2010 and December 2011 was £158,758.

The reason given for suspension was “gross misconduct.”

Source – http://www.northampton-news-hp.co.uk/News/Wellingborough-and-Rushden-News/Council-doubles-up-on-its-50k-plus-earners-18012012.htm

Nun Wood Wind Farm at Bozeat Has Been Granted Planning Permission

November 16, 2011

The appeal to overturn the decision to block the Nun Wood Wind Farm Development has been successful. George Paton broke the news on our Yes to Nunn Wood Wind Farm Facebook page. The decision by the HM Planning Inspector means that NPower are now able to construct 12 wind turbines between Harrold Road Bozeat and London Road Lavendon.

The development at Nun Wood will lay across the three counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire; comprising of 3 turbines within the Milton Keynes area, 6 within Bedford Borough and 3 within the borough of Wellingborough. The planned operational period will be 25 years and the scheme would meet the average annual electricity needs of between 13,700 and 15,600 homes¹ and make a valuable contribution towards the Government’s commitment to ensure 20% of electricity is generated from renewable sources by the year 2020.

Nun Wood is a good site for a wind farm because of the following reasons. It is on a ridge and monitoring has proven that it is a windy site. The connection to the electricity grid is via an onsite line, so there is no need for any additional overhead pylons. There are no national landscape designations in the area. The site is a good distance from homes and villages.

The following has been posted on the Milton Keynes Planning website:

Reference: 11/00011/NONDET
Address: Nunn Wood Land Between London Road And Harrold Road Bozeat Wellingborough Northants
Nature: CONSTRUCT A WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING 3 WIND TURBINES UP TO 125M HEIGHT TO BLADE TIP AND ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT, ACCESS TRACKS AND ANEMOMETRY MAST, IN CONJUNCTION WITH PLANNING APPLICATIONS TO BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL FOR 6 TURBINES AND ACCESS TRACKS AND THE BOROUGH OF WELLINGBOROUGH FOR 3 TURBINES, SUBSTATION, CONSTRUCTION COMPOUND, ACCESS TRACKS AND SITE ACCESS AS PART OF A SINGLE WIND FARM OF 12 TURBINES FOR AN OPERATIONAL PERIOD OF 25 YEARS
Status: Appeal Allowed
Appeal Type: Non-determination
Decision: Appeal Allowed
Parish: Lavendon Parish Council
Ward: Olney
Procedure: Public Inquiry
Decision Date: 15 Nov 2011

See also the Nun Wood Wind Farm website for more information.

‘Do more to attract business’

September 23, 2010

With dozens of shops standing empty in Wellingborough’s town centre, business owners say the council should slash business rates and stop carrying out long-term roadworks to promote trade.

But council representatives say work is being carried out to entice businesses to open in the 37 units which currently stand empty in the town.

A council spokesman said: “We have 37 commercial units vacant – re-letting is a council priority”

“There are new lettings every month, but we aren’t yet gaining as much ground as we would like as the effects of the recession make businesses very cautious.”

But the vast majority of small business owners believe more can be done to keep shops open and attract new businesses to open.

Gavin James, owner of J & D Mobility Services in Pebble Lane said: “We are an established business and we notice the costs – our rates are £6,500 a year or thereabouts and you can imagine the amount we have to clear to make it worth while. Any new or small business would struggle.

“The 28 weeks roadworks in Market Street is no help at all –
especially for shops like us which cater for disabled people.

“We have heard of shoppers who plan to go to Milton Keynes once the roadworks start.

“I don’t think that the council pay enough attention to the small businesses.”

Julia Dawson from George Alan outdoor and leisure in Market Street said: “Small new businesses would have no hope to pay the rates – there should be an introductory offer and ongoing support.

But Lawrence Hawes of Lawrence’s jewellery in Market Street believes the council is doing better than Kettering or Rushden.”

He said: “I take advantage of the reduced business rates and I am given a lot of support and advice from the council.”

Source – Evening Telegraph

Don’t throw it away – give it away!

June 16, 2010

Wellingborough Freegle and Wellingborough Mind are holding a ‘Give or Take Day’ where you can donate and take items free of charge. The idea is to re-use items and keep them out of landfill. What one person no longer needs could be just what someone else is looking for!

Saturday 19th June, 10:30am – 3:30pm at Wellingborough Mind 14 Havelock Street.

•Give something away
•Find something for free
•Clear out the attic
•Save stuff from landfill
•Refreshments available.
Recycle for Northamptonshire

Wellingborough will suffer again

May 7, 2010

Congrats to Peter Bone, he and his team has worked the hardest and deserved his victory.  Jayne Buckland the Labour candidate and local Labour Party also completely deserved their massive drop in votes for totally taking the people of Wellingborough and Rushden for granted; they lead an awful campaign and put up a candidate that neither comes from nor cares about the area.
Other candidates, including myself, aped the national vote with the Lib Dems showing no progress at all locally again. Generally the feeling from most of the candidates was that despite many positive campaigns, local and national media dictated the result and most people did not vote on local issues.
Unfortunately the result of this election in the Wellingborough Constituency means we will all suffer more cuts in public services, closing of local businesses, deprivation and building of housing developments where they are not needed or wanted. Wellingborough town in particular has gone downhill, but we do have some lovely statues thanks to your local Conservatives.
We need a new voting system to let people vote for what they want, not against what they don’t want so that politics can truly represent people. The Green Party really has succeeded to galvanise public support in Brighton where we now have our first MP. Caroline Lucas will make more of a difference that just another Tory. A hung parliament should make a government that works together for a change. A real change is still needed and it has just started with one Green, more to come… Thank you to all that voted Green.
Jonathan Hornett – Wellingborough Candidate

Jonathan Hornett New Biography

April 11, 2010

Jonathan Hornett is 36, married with two children and has lived in Wellingborough for 8 years.  He is a school governor, a retail manager and runs a whist drive.  Wellingborough and Rushden have really suffered since the last general election – town centres have fewer shops, housing estates are littered and graffitied, and public services have been cut and will soon be cut again.  He campaigns against building on green field sites, hunting, and nuclear energy.  He supports wind farm applications, local businesses and recycling.  He will help and support local people in making Wellingborough and Rushden safer, cleaner and greener.

Email – jonathan@northantsgreenparty.org.uk

Fax – 0871 9004344   Phone – 0845 345 7478

More Houses, Flats, Cars, Traffic…

April 11, 2010

More and more and more houses, flats, cars, traffic…  Residents of Eastfield Road have raised concerns about plans for the development of the first phase of a new urban quarter in Wellingborough.  The plan for the Eastfield Urban Quarter is for a development including shops, houses and hundreds of flats.  This site is next to the railway station, making them prime commuter property.

Wellingborough will soon become commuter-ville if the Conservatives/Labour/Liberals (who all live elsewhere) get their way, with no shops in the town centre, no public services, not enough dentists or doctors, and no countryside. Have we all had enough yet of broken promises from these people or are we about to become North Londonshire as advertised with our money.

Jonathan Hornett

Young Litter Pickers Clean Up Our Mess

April 11, 2010

It shows that some young people do care, they pulled more than 10 shopping trolleys from a stream on the second day of a big clean-up in Wellingborough last week, there were also a lot of car tyres, clothes, lots of bottles and cans, two or three scooters and a couple of bikes; well done and thanks to them the area around the Croyland stream is cleaner. It’s a shame that other people don’t care; I can’t understand why so much rubbish is thrown around by these disgusting yobs. They need to be prosecuted when caught because the few that litter are spoiling our town for the rest of us.

Wellingborough Borough Council needs to be more pro-active in deterring litterers and also hold companies whose refuse is constantly found strewn around the town accountable. Around Tescos there’s lots of their bags flittering around in the trees. McDonalds, KFC and other fast food outlets seem to advertise with their litter, perhaps this is why they do so little to clear up their litter?  We all need to tell these (and other) companies to clean up or we’ll go elsewhere; young people do generally care and it’s about time the rest of us caught them up!

Jonathan Hornett