Christmas and New Year Closure

The Council's office will be closed for the festive period. The office will be closed from 4:30pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

County Council consultation on libraries

Northamptonshire County Council will be hosting a series of drop-in consultation sessions on the current proposals for libraries. These sessions are for members of the community to speak to County Council officers to give their views on the proposals. The session in Desborough Library will be from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

Budget Consultation Meeting

A special meeting will be held in Desborough Library on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 7pm to discuss the budget for the coming year.

During the Autumn 2018 consultation a number of ideas were suggested for the use of the reserves. This meeting is a further opportunity to influence the Council's plans for the coming years. This is a different meeting from the County Council's consultation drop-in on libraries earlier in the day.

Desborough Town Council Budget Consultation

As residents will know, Desborough has been subject to very high Council Tax charges over the last three years and the Town Council now a lot of money in reserves because the money collected from our community has not been spent.

The proposals of the previous administration are largely uncosted, vague and unworkable. The Town Council has a responsibility to set a precept to cover its costs as there could be future caps placed on these by the Government. If this Town Council set an unrealistically low precept, it could cause financial problems for future Town Councils which would not be the right or proper thing to do. A 'win' now for the current Council is short-sighted, as every Councillor believes in the town, its future, and wants to do the right thing for all residents.

There is money to use sensibly but of course, this needs to be done with the town's support. This is why the Council is sending out a leaflet to all residences to start the process of discussion so that it can work towards a solution which meets the needs of the town over the next year and a half.

The Town Council realises this is a question to which there are no simple answers, but has one initial idea to present to the residents which is further explained in a leaflet. This is just the start of the process.

We know that the County Council has been trying to close our library for more than a year.

The Council wants to hear from the residents about the financial reserves it has. As starting point in that process leaflets are being delivered to every residence asking two things:

  • Do you agree that using some of the Desborough Town Council's reserves to buy the library building is a good thing?
  • Would you like to make comments and put forward any other suggestions on how this money could be used?

For further information click here. Councillors were in the Library on Gala night (30 November 2018) to explain further.

If you want to contribute to the discussion you can:

  • Fill in the tear-off portion of the leaflet and post it in the box in the library
  • Email your response (based on the tear off portion of the leaflet)
  • Complete the online survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H72563H

County Council consultation on the future of the libraries

The County Council has launched its consultation into the future of the library service. The consultation runs for eight weeks (until 8 February 2019). Please use this opportunity to have your say about the future of library services in Northamptonshire by following this link.

More About Desborough

Desborough is a rapidly expanding and changing town situated in Northamptonshire, with 8045 electors (February 2016). An additional 700 homes are planned over the next few years as identified in the Rothwell & Desborough Area Action Plan 2009 produced by Kettering Borough Council. Key sites within the town have also been identified by the Borough Council for regeneration as detailed in the Desborough Urban Design Framework 2004. In addition Desborough "Greenspace" is 22 hectares of land designated as a public open space.

Desborough is one of the founding 12 members of the Charter of European Communities and through this has links with 26 other EU members. Through the Desborough and District Twinning Association the town is twinned with Neuville de Poitou in France and with Bievre in Belgium.

Desborough Town Plan

The Council has committed, on behalf of the town, to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Desborough. When adopted, the plan will help local people shape development within our community and establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the town.

A draft Plan was produced and following consultation a second draft was published in July 2017. There has been no further progress with the draft plan since then although there have been some significant changes to the background situation.

The Council has therefore decided to "call in" the Plan and to disband the Neighbourhood Plan Group and to form a Working Party to review the current draft: its status, and aspirations of the current draft plan, and report the findings to the December 2018 Council meeting.

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County Council consultation - have your say on the long-term future of county libraries

The County Council has launched its consultation into the future of the library service. The consultation runs for eight weeks (until 8 February 2019). Please use this opportunity to have your say about the future of library services in Northamptonshire by following this link.

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:51 by Graham

Changes to bin collections over the festive period

Kettering Borough Council has announced that all grey bin collections will be suspended from Christmas Eve and will recommence from Monday 7th January 2019.

Black bins that are due to be collected on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day, will be collected on other days. The day will be notified on a tag attached to the bin.

Kettering Borough Council will also be collecting grown Christmas trees from Monday 7 January 2019 for two weeks. Residents are being asked to place the Christmas tree next to the blue or grey bin on recycling collection day and the crews will take it away to be composted. Any tree over 5ft tall should be cut first. More »

Additional recycling over the Christmas period that won't fit in the recycling bin, should be either put in CLEAR plastic bags or in a cardboard box, and placed next to the blue bin on the usual collection day. All cardboard should be flattened and stacked neatly next to the blue bin.

For further details look here. » Less

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:42 by Graham

Changes to bin collections over the festive period

Kettering Borough Council has announced that all grey bin collections will be suspended from Christmas Eve and will recommence from Monday 7th January 2019.

Black bins that are due to be collected on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day, will be collected on other days. The day will be notified on a tag attached to the bin.

Kettering Borough Council will also be collecting grown Christmas trees from Monday 7 January 2019 for two weeks. Residents are being asked to place the Christmas tree next to the blue or grey bin on recycling collection day and the crews will take it away to be composted. Any tree over 5ft tall should be cut first. More »

Additional recycling over the Christmas period that won't fit in the recycling bin, should be either put in CLEAR plastic bags or in a cardboard box, and placed next to the blue bin on the usual collection day. All cardboard should be flattened and stacked neatly next to the blue bin.

For further details look here. » Less

Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:42 by Graham