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Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:13 by Sally Willis
Northamptonshire County Council has launched a consultation on the Northampton Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and is seeking views from the public.
The Northampton Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan supports an ambition for Northampton to become a leading centre for active travel, which fully embraces walking and cycling. The document outlines the walking and cycling measures that could be introduced to transform levels of walking and cycling in the town. More »
Cllr Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for Highways and Place, said: "It's a really exciting time for cycling and walking in Northamptonshire. The Emergency Active Travel Fund has enabled us to investigate and trial light segregation, but it is clear from the feedback we received from the Commonplace consultation that people also want to see permanent solutions to improve the environment for those walking and cycling.
"This is the first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan to be published in Northamptonshire and follows the methodology set out by government. It outlines our future plans and it's really important in placing us in the best possible position to benefit from funding in the future.
"Encouraging people to do more walking and cycling for local journeys not only brings huge health and wellbeing benefits, but also improves air quality and helps to reduce congestion."
The Northampton Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan includes a summary of the analysis work undertaken, a network plan which identifies the preferred routes and core walking zones for further development, alongside a prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment.
The Council is looking for people's views on the scope of the document, its approach and whether any changes are needed to the schemes proposed to ensure that they meet the new cycling design guidance LTN 1/20 Cycling Infrastructure Design.
Have your say
The consultation closes at midnight on 23 October 2020. » Less
Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:58 by Sally Willis
It has been suggested on social media that the Parish Council may have dismantled the benches in Brackmills Park to enforce social distancing.
We would like to make it clear that the Council would never do such a thing as we consider them an essential amenity. More »
Although the Park is in our parish it is under the jurisdiction of the Borough Council and they have been informed of the vandalism.
The Parish Council is looking into a permanent solution to the anti-social behaviour and litter at the barn on the Pedlands footpath. » Less
Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:00 by Sally Willis
Northampton borough has seen a marked increase covid-19 cases and from Friday 21st August will be added to the government's watch list as "an area of intervention". Analysis shows that this spike is heavily influenced by a workplace outbreak at the Greencore food processing factory where 287 workers have tested positive. More »
As a result the factory will close voluntarily, and most employees and their direct households will be required to isolate at home for two weeks. This excludes those who have been furloughed for 14 days or more and who have not been on the Greencore site during that time, and those who have previously tested positive or been identified as a household contact of a case and have completed their required self-isolation period. The government will introduce regulations to ensure that this isolation period is enforceable and anyone who leaves isolation without a reasonable excuse prior to the required period ending will be subject to fines.
This decision has been taken as part of the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and keep both staff and the local community safe. In the lead up to this decision Greencore has been completely cooperative with all measures suggested to ensure COVID security in the workplace.
Alongside Public Health England and Northampton Borough Council we will continue to support Greencore so that they are in a position to re-open as soon as is safe to do so.
Currently we are continuing to avoid local lockdown in the county but it is essential that everyone works together to reduce transmission of the virus as otherwise there is a very real possibility that even stricter intervention measures will follow.
As always, we value your support in sharing the key information encouraging local people to stay safe. The latest information and guidance for the public is being shared at https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates and if they access social media, our community can follow updates using the hashtag #NorthantsTogether
The current guidance in Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough remains:
- Limit contact with others outside of your household or bubble
- Work from home if you can
- Keep 2 metres from others at all times, use a face covering where you are less than 2 metres apart
- Avoid using public transport or car sharing, wear face coverings if you cannot avoid these
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, self-isolate and get a test
- Avoid meeting those outside of your household or bubble in an indoor space
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for 20 seconds each time
- Do not share items with others outside of your household or bubble
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to work, either work from home or report sick, self-isolate and get a test
- Even if you only have mild COVID-19 symptoms, get a test
- If you are contacted by test and trace and asked to self-isolate, stay at home for 14 days » Less