Hardingstone Parish Council

Serving the people of Hardingstone

Parish Room

Clerk: Mrs Sally Willis
Parish Rooms, High Street
Hardingstone, Northampton
NN4 6DA

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

Proposals for Parking charges in Northampton

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:18 by Sally Willis

Northampton Borough Council is set to consult over new parking proposals after it considered comments from businesses and the wider community.

Changes to parking charges were set to be introduced this week but following recent discussions with the Town Centre BID and listening to the feedback it has received a new scheme is being put forward. More »

The Council owns and manages 16 surface and four multi-storey car parks requiring extensive maintenance and improvement, which formed part of the rationale for the changes.

Estimates for the major works required on our car parks for 2019/20 include:

  • £30,000 for replacement of old pay machines, ensuring card payments are possible across all the council's car park, making the process quicker and easier
  • £250,000 for major surface concrete repairs to Mayorhold multi-storey improving the experience for users
  • £400k for replacement of 10 lifts within St Johns, St Michaels and Mayorhold multi-storeys, reducing incidences of breakdown and improving quality
  • £90k for resurfacing works to the Grosvenor multi-storey exit ramp improving the experience of users

Further improvement work is also planned at the Mayorhold car park, plus surface repairs to the Commercial Street and Horsemarket car parks, upgrade of car park management software, and improvements to contactless payments, all of which are being costed.

The Council recently met with Northampton Town Centre BID, the Grosvenor Centre, members of the clergy, independent businesses, community groups and others to discuss the original proposals.

Comments were also received from members of the public – both directly and via the Chronicle & Echo newspaper – and the new parking proposal reflects many of the views expressed by the public.

As a result, a new proposal was devised. Below is a comparison of the current charging scheme against the initial and new proposals:

Surface car parks Monday-Saturday

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Existing charges

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Initial proposal

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Revised proposal

1 hour

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£ 0.60

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£ 2.00

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£ 1.00

2 hours

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£ 1.20

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£ 2.00

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£ 2.00

3 hours

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£ 2.40

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£ 4.00

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£ 3.00

4 hours

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£ 3.20

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£ 4.00

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£ 4.00

5 hours

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£ 4.00

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£ 4.00

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£ 5.00

All day

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£ 8.00

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£ 8.00

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See below*

Evening

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£ 1.00

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£ 3.00

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£ 2.00

Overnight

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£ 2.50

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£ 3.00

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£ 2.00

Sundays

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£ 2.00

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£ 2.00

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Free

Multi-storey car parks Monday- Friday

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Existing charges

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Initial proposal

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Revised proposal

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Revised proposal - Saturday only

1 hour

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Free

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Free

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£ 1.00

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Free

2 hours

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Free

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Free

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£ 2.00

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Free

3 hours

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£ 2.40

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£ 4.00

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£ 3.00

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£ 1.00

4 hours

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£ 3.20

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£ 4.00

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£ 4.00

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£ 2.00

5 hours

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£ 4.00

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£ 4.00

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£ 5.00

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£ 3.00

All day

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£ 8.00

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£ 8.00

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See below*

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See below*

Evening

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£ 1.00

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£ 3.00

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£ 2.00

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£ 2.00

Saturdays

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£ 2.00

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£ 2.00

Sundays

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£ 2.00

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£ 2.00

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Free

* Car parks within the inner ring-road charged at £8 and those outside at £6

The proposal retains the higher day-rate charge for drivers who wish to park all day within the inner ring road, to encourage them to keep those spaces clear for shoppers. To help with this, car parks outside the inner ring road, such as St Michaels, would be charged at the reduced day-rate of £6.

If charges were removed entirely, the Council would have to find more than £3.38 million additional income (based on figures for 2017-18). This includes business rates, depreciation, maintenance and improvement and support costs.

Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, said: "Some of those who contacted us wanted no changes to parking charges, or their removal.

"If we didn't charge for parking, this would mean either a significant reduction in the services and support we provide, or a huge hike in council tax, neither of which are acceptable – or even possible – in our opinion."

The Council now wishes to seek the views and thoughts of businesses, residents, community groups and others on the new scheme devised as a result of the feedback, discussions and commentary so far.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "From our engagement to date it's been clear that businesses and members of the public wanted us to explore alternative options.

"While increases are never ideal, we have to consider how the maintenance and improvement costs of more than £770,000 we have coming this year will be met.

"These new proposals are a significant shift away from what we had originally agreed and take into account the comments we have received."

The consultation will run until Friday 3 May and responses can be provided through www.northampton.gov.uk/parkingconsultation2019 » Less

Resident scammed by Rogue Trader - Please be aware

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:08 by Sally Willis

A resident was tricked into paying to have a roof tile fixed. The men said they would come back to fix others and then asked if they could go inside for a coffee. Luckily to resident said NO as there may have also been a distraction burglary! The men mixed concrete in a bucket on the drive. The vehicle involved was a white unmarked van –not a large one – with ladders on the top. More »

One man had an Irish Accent, the other an English one. A "receipt" was given

Another resident who happened to be outside a property was also told he had roof tiles loose. He was not near his property but was slowly walking along. 17th April. Again a white van involved.

THESE RESIDENTS WERE IN DIFFERENT ROADS ON DIFFERENT DAYS, BUT WERE IN AREAS WHERE THERE WERE MANY BUNGALOWS. Both these events were likely deliberate targeting of older residents.


Protect Yourself

Never open the door to anyone you are not expecting.

Do not accept offers of work unannounced at the door.

Always ring the Police if you suspect a rogue trader has knocked.

Police were not informed until NHW did so several days later.

Police gave an incident number 174 ON 17-04-2019

IF YOU HAVE INFO OF THESE MEN GET THE REGISTRATION NUMBER OR AT LEAST PART OF IT & RING POLICE QUOTING THE INCIDENT NUMBER & DATE.

Please pass this information onto anyone who you feel may be vulnerable. » Less

Notice of Vacancy

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:18 by Sally Willis

NOTICE OF VACANCY

in the Office of Parish Councillor

for the Parish of Hardingstone

  1. Under section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, notice is hereby given, that a casual vacancy now exists for a Parish Councillor in the Parish of Hardingstone arising from the resignation from office of Councillor Gary Shields.
  1. If within 14* days (26th April 2019) of publication of this notice, an election is requested by 10 persons who are named on the register in use at the time of the request as local government electors for the electoral area in which the vacancy has occurred an election to fill the casual vacancy will be held within 60* days beginning with the day on which this notice was given.

3. Any request for an election made pursuant to paragraph 2 above should be made in writing and must be made to: More »

The Returning Officer

Electoral Services

Northampton Borough Council

The Guildhall

St Giles Square

Northampton

NN1 1DE

4. If no such request is received, the Parish Council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option as soon as reasonably practicable after the expiry of the period of 14 days referred to in paragraph 2 above. » Less