Hardingstone Parish Council

Serving the people of Hardingstone

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Clerk: Mrs Sally Willis
Parish Rooms, High Street
Hardingstone, Northampton

Hardingstone Parish Council is here to serve local residents.
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The Parish Room is the office of the Clerk and is where the Council holds its meetings.

Latest News

Expert team of conservators to assess repair works for Eleanor Cross

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:13 by Sally Willis

A specialist lead consultant and an expert team of conservators have now been appointed to review the repair works needed to Northampton's Eleanor Cross.

The appointments have been made following a successful grant application to Historic England, for 50% of the repair costs, which was confirmed at the end of May. The creation of this team was one of the grant conditions. More »

The team will now conduct a detailed site visit and inspection of the Cross during the week beginning 5 September, to ensure that the right and appropriate conservation repairs are undertaken as promptly as possible and in a considered and informed way.

Once the necessary repair works have been identified, Northampton Borough Council will work with the team to prepare a detailed schedule of works and tender for a contractor to price them. These next steps will all take place this coming autumn.

The grant application to Historic England came following recommendations from Cliveden Conservation, who were commissioned by the Borough Council and submitted a condition report in February 2018.

The Council has been working closely with Historic England all along, and since February has been taking the steps needed to progress a funding application and meet the grant conditions.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: "Everyone is keen to see the repair works to the Eleanor Cross begin and we hope the appointment of this expert team is recognised as an important step forward.

"With the team's help, we will be able to ensure that any works carried out will be informed, diligent and timely.

"Once we fully understand the works needed, we will of course progress them as quickly possible, including any precautionary measures that may be identified during the site visit during week beginning 5 September."

Dr Ben Robinson, Principal Adviser Heritage at Risk at Historic England, said: "Historic England recognises that the Eleanor Cross, a nationally important monument, is at risk. The progressive decay of its stonework over time needs to be addressed. To assist Northampton Borough Council in its care of the Eleanor Cross, we are pleased to have awarded a substantial grant towards repair costs.

"Appropriately qualified conservation professionals have now been appointed by Northampton Borough Council. Their first task is to fully investigate the problems that the Cross faces and to draw up a schedule of comprehensive repairs. The Eleanor Cross has had a complex history of previous repairs. New repairs must be carried out very sensitively and with a great deal of thought about the performance of repair materials in the future.

"The repairs will be carried out as soon as feasible. If temporary protective measures are necessary, they will be put in place." » Less

Report on future of Northants out Friday 17 August 2018

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:24 by Sally Willis

The proposed local government reform submission papers will be available on Northamptonshire councils' websites from 3pm on Friday 17 August 2018.

A response to the Secretary of State's invitation to 'submit proposals on restructuring local government' has been drafted by all eight authorities in Northamptonshire. Ahead of meetings taking place across the county week commencing 27 August, a proposed submission, consultation results and the Price Waterhouse Cooper report will be available online this Friday. More »

In Northampton, councillors will meet on Wednesday 29 August at 6.30pm. Details of the meeting can be found here: http://www.northamptonboroughcouncil.com/councillors/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=242&MId=8834 » Less

Community forums looking for new members

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:49 by Sally Willis

Northampton's Community Forums are calling out for new members this summer.

People who live, work or visit the town are welcome to join the six active groups, which each meet at the Guildhall on a bi-monthly basis. More »

The Community Forums provide people with an interest in their local communities to get involved and help shape services, projects and events delivered by Northampton Borough Council.

Examples of projects and events that forum members can get involved in, include weeks of action, civic services, fundraising and awareness day celebrations such as International Women's Day, International Youth Day, Personal Safety Week and Parliament Week.

The forums include:

  • The Diverse Communities Forum, which looks at the needs of the whole community including health, culture and crime.
  • The Disabled Peoples' Forum, which focuses on health, accessibility and transport issues.
  • The LGBTQ Forum which supports awareness days and concentrates on issues facing the LGBQT community.
  • The Pensioners Forum, which focuses on the health, housing, transport and financial well-being for the older generation.
  • The Women's Forum, which supports the International Women's Day celebrations and key topics such as public safety, faith and cultural diversity.
  • The Youth Forum, which as the town's youth council, aims to speak out for and on behalf of the young people of Northampton. Their work includes stamp out hate crime campaign, Holocaust Memorial Day and Northampton's heritage.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: "The Community Forums have delivered some fantastic events and projects over the years.

"Through their work, the forums provide excellent opportunities for all to express their needs and views about Council led services and to get involved in future plans for the town.

"If you are passionate about making a difference in the town by highlighting community issues, celebrating achievements and bringing communities together, we encourage you to get involved in our forums' work."

Anyone interested in finding out more about Northampton's six Community Forums can email forums@northampton.gov.uk or meet some of the forum members at the upcoming Love Northampton Food Fair at the Guildhall on Saturday, 18 August. » Less