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Milton Malsor RFT drop-in session 16th January 2016 (20-1-2016)

Thank you all for coming along to our Village Hall on Saturday to talk with us and look at the various documents we had on display regards the proposed Rail Freight Terminal. We welcomed residents of Blisworth, Milton, Hunsbury, Roade, Collingtree, Hartwell and other Northampton districts. It was a pleasure meeting you all.

As mentioned previously, please watch out for more information here, in quarterly newsletters and flyers. If you need to talk to anyone on the Parish Council about this Proposal, contact us via our Parish Office

RFT Drop-in Session

Residents’ action group (16-1-2016)

A residents’ action group - “Stop Rail Central” - has been set up to oppose the proposed Rail Freight Terminal development between Milton Malsor and Blisworth. You can find out more on the Group’s web site.

Rail Freight Terminal - meeting for Milton villagers (10-1-2016)

The Village Hall will be open on Saturday 16th January 2016 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for villagers to view the RFT plans that are currently available. Please come along and see the major threat which this proposal poses to our village.

Some of your Parish Councillors attended a meeting in Blisworth (along with at least 200-300 Blisworth residents) on Monday 4th January and an Action Group has been formed to fight this proposal. If you wish to help in anyway please speak to a member of the Parish Council. Assistance from anyone who has particular knowledge of Highways and transport, drainage and flood risk, noise or air pollution would be especially welcome.

We must emphasise that this really is a major threat to the village, as this proposal is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and as such the decision as to whether it goes ahead or not is made by a Secretary of State in Westminster following a recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate.

More details can be found in the flier “Our Community Under Threat”

Update on Proposed Rail Freight Terminal (5-1-2016)

Plans to construct a new strategic rail interchange could spell the end of our rural community!

Ashfield Land have now attended meetings at Milton Malsor and Blisworth Parish Councils to discuss plans to construct the eight million square foot (743,200 square metre) facility, known as Rail Central, on land between Blisworth and Milton Malsor. The interchange would cover 600 to 700 acres of land if it is approved.

Ashfield has not yet made an official planning application to the Planning Inspectorate for the development.

The area in question, at Arm Farm in Milton Malsor, falls under the control of South Northamptonshire Council, but any decision would need to be made by the Inspectorate as the development is considered a nationally significant infrastructure project. Strategic rail freight interchanges are large multi-purpose facilities linked into rail and trunk road systems. The purpose of such a facility is to enable freight to be transferred between transport modes, thus allowing rail to be used to best effect to undertake long-haul journeys, with other modes – usually road – providing the final delivery leg of the trip.

If approved, Rail Central would provide ancillary offices, a service depot, facilities for heavy goods vehicles and more. It would result in the destruction of up to 250 hectares of farmland, as well as 24/7 light, noise and air pollution and an increase of traffic congestion amongst other issues. The application is not expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate until the first quarter of 2017.

See links in the previous News item for additional information on Scoping documents.

The Parish Council are preparing a response as part of early consultation and the final copy due next week will be published here.

Urgent - spread the word! (17-12-2015)

Ashfield Land are in consultation and approaching the Secretary of State to obtain approval to build a rail freight terminal (an “Inland Port”) between Blisworth and Milton Malsor. It will cover 600-700 acres of land and be the end of our rural community.

There are actions we can take to have our voice heard. Keep an eye and ear open for post from the Parish Council, this website, Milton Malsor Village Facebook Group and look at South Northamptonshire Council and Google for further information.

We have limited time to respond to the first consultation - by 11th January. Ashfield say they will consult with parishes in the area, particularly Milton Malsor and Blisworth. However, this may not be until April/Easter time.

More details can be found in the document DIRFT III Expansion 2012 which identifies and assesses sites that have characteristics suitable to accomodate development of the Rail Freight Interchange. There is also further information and useful links in this letter from the Planning Inspectorate.

Don’t forget your licence for those festive events (7-12-2015)

Those organising festive celebrations are reminded they must obtain a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) or risk having their event cancelled.

Landlords and owners of licensed premises who wish to extend their opening hours, and members of the public organising events which include entertainment or sell alcohol, must apply to South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) for a TEN.

Standard TENs must be submitted at least ten working days before the event; or alternatively Late TENs can be accepted five working days before the event.

Deadlines (Late TENs) for the major festive dates are:

A TEN is a legal requirement for events with less than 500 people that can last up to 168 hours seven days). It is needed at any event; where alcohol is sold, there are indoor sporting events, music is played, films; plays; dancing or entertainment (excluding carol or religious services), and boxing or wrestling.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “The festive season will soon be upon us and I urge anyone organising an event to check to see if they need a TEN and if they do to send in their application as soon as possible. If you are not sure if you need a licence, or need help with the application then please contact our Licensing Team and they will be happy to help.”

Application forms can be filled in online at www.gov.uk/temporary-events-notice , or obtained from the Licensing Team by email licensing@southnorthants.gov.uk or by phone 01327 322278.

Christmas bin collections (1-12-2015)

Residents are advised to make note of changes to South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) bin collections over the festive period.

Collections due on Christmas Day, Friday, 25 December will be brought forward to Monday, 21 December. Collections due on New Year’s Day, Friday, 1 January 2016, will be brought forward to Monday 28 December.

All green garden waste bins will be suspended for two weeks, over the public holidays. However in the New Year, residents can put their real Christmas trees out for collection next to the green bin. Making sure they have no decorations on, and are cut in half if bigger than the bin.

Councillor Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services said: “The collections in the New Year tend to be the largest of the year and delaying those collections due on the public holidays would have just added to the already high work load and may have impacted the quality of the service. Bringing them forward clears residents waste before the festive period and steadies the busy schedule for waste collections. We also find that gardeners give themselves a break to enjoy the festive period, so there’s little need for the green bin collections.”

The bin collection calendar will once again be included in the winter edition of SNC Review, the Council’s quarterly magazine to residents which is currently being delivered to every home in the district.

Alternatively, you can view the new calendar on the SNC web site.

You can also find on the SNC web site information on how to maximise your recycling.

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 www.gov.uk/registertovote. 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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