Howdens withdraw development proposal (8-6-2015)

Howdens issued a Press Release on 4th June 2015 in which they announced their withdrawal from the M1 Junction 15 planning application.

Collection of small electrical items (19-3-2015)

South Northants Council (SNC) has introduced an easier way to recycle electrical products. From the next blue bin collection unwanted electrical items will be collected from the kerbside alongside the rest of your recycling. Any small household electrical item is suitable, as long as it fits into a carrier bag.

To get residents started, a one-off plastic bag will be delivered alongside the spring edition of SNC Review which is delivered to every home. Afterwards, residents can use any standard carrier bag for future electrical items. All residents have to do is put their broken, old or unwanted electrical items in a bag and place it on top of their blue bin lid on recycling week. The items will be collected by the regular collection crew and placed in separate containers on the side of the vehicles. The electrical items will be taken to a special facility where they will be safely dismantled and recycled.

Electrical items contain precious metals like gold and silver as well as heavy metals and other toxins and recycling them stops harmful substances getting in to the soil. Residents are also reminded they can recycle household batteries by putting them in a small plastic bag and placing it on top of the blue bin lid during recycling week. Large electrical items can be collected by the bulky waste collection service for a cost of £30 per collection and can be booked by calling 01327 322344. Alternatively you can take them to a household waste recycling centre.

Recycling Centre opening hours (5-2-2015)

Opening times of all Household Waste Recycling Centres have changed from 1 February; for details please refer to the County Council’s information sheet. In particular, the site in Towcester is closed on Tuesdays and Wenesdays, and the Sixfields site is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Opening hours are changed to 10am to 6pm all year.

Paying council tax does not automatically register you to vote (29-1-2015)

Residents who move house are being reminded that registering for council tax does not automatically register them on the electoral roll. South Northamptonshire Council and Cherwell District Council are urging anyone who has recently moved or who is planning to move prior to this year’s May elections to ensure they register to vote before the 20 April deadline.

Although it is not a legal requirement for people to vote, it is a legal requirement to submit details for the register and failure to do so may result in a £1,000 fine.

Sue Smith, electoral registration officer, said: “The electoral register is about more than providing people with a right to vote. It is used for jury service selection and to perform credit checks for things such as mortgage, mobile phone and credit card applications and if details are not up to date, it could affect people’s credit ratings.”

“It is a common misconception that registering for council tax means people are registered to vote but that is not the case. People will need to submit their details specifically for the register either online or over the phone. Those who have moved into a new build house may find their address is not yet recognised online but by contacting us we can help resolve the situation which means they won’t miss out on their chance to vote.”

Following last year’s elections the Government rolled out a new voter registration system, known as Individual Electoral Registration (IER) which will use information held by the Department of Work and Pensions to validate voter applications and cut down on electoral fraud.

This year, depending on where people live, they could be entitled to take part in up to three elections. All eligible voters will be entitled to take part in the general election to elect their MP. In many areas, district council seats will be also be up for election. Furthermore, elections will also take place for some town and parish councils.

To register to vote visit Alternatively for assistance or to request a form in the post to register a new build address call Cherwell District Council on 01295 227005 or South Northamptonshire Council on 01327 322128.

Appeal regarding development of two houses between No.1 and No. 17 Rectory Lane (13-9-2014)

The Inspector has rejected this appeal. This is good news for the village. You can read the Inspector's reasons here. The Inspector has mentioned the village Neighbourhood Plan and has given it a limited bearing only as it has not yet been formally adopted by South Northants Council.

Howdens expansion plans (6-8-2014)

Howdens, the kitchen and joinery company, say they need expansion away from Brackmills. A very large site at junction 15 in Milton Malsor Parish is proposed which would take up about a third of our parish area. Read the leaflet circulated to all the residents by the parish council.

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