MP Chris Heaton-Harris Visits East Farndon and Opposes Major Housing Development

On 14th January 2022, our local MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, visited East Farndon to meet with members of the East Farndon Parish Council (EFPC) and to see for himself, the size, scale and locations of the proposed major housing development between East Farndon and Market Harborough.

He has confirmed his 100% support for the EFPC objections to these developments and will do everything he can to support us in preventing these plans from going ahead.

A Google Maps overlay that illustrates the proposed development is shown below. Full details about the development, the EFPC response and information on how resident’s can object, are located in the Parish Council section of this website. To access, please use the menu or click the link below,

https://eastfarndon.org/major-housing-development

The latest situation is that West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) are not including these development proposals in their strategic plan, but Harborough District Council (HDC) still regard them as a potential option to include in their upcoming strategic plan.

EFPC will continue to work hard, together with our Ward Councillors and our local MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, to convince both WNC and HDC to scrap these proposals as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the East Farndon Parish Clerk or any of the Councillors. Their contact details can be accessed on this website, using this link, https://eastfarndon.org/parish-council/

Google Maps with overlay showing Major Housing Development Areas
Bench Under the Beech Tree

Vacancy for East Farndon Parish Councillor

Following a resignation, there is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor for East Farndon. An election will be held if, within 14 days of this notice, ten electors request one. Otherwise, the Parish Council will, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy following its co-option procedure.

You can access the official notice by clicking the link below,

You can view the East Farndon Parish Council co-option procedure by clicking the link below,

You can see more about how the Parish Council operates by clicking the link below,

Navigate to Parish Council home page

If you have any questions, please email Caroline Burton, the Parish Clerk by clicking the link below,

email Caroline Burton, Parish Clerk

Foodbank Collection – we need more help in 2022!

Our very first East Farndon collection for the Foodbank was Jan 14th 2021 (see attached photo). We therefore are just about to celebrate our first birthday!

Now that the Christmas and New Year holidays are over, it is more important than ever that we keep donating. Please help when you can.

Food drop-off points continue to be either 4 Rectory Court or Mill House, Main Street (just above the war memorial on the opposite side). You will find a box on the porch outside each house where you can deposit your food donations.

The Jubilee Foodbank have requested that we push for the donation of specific items as they have a number of critical stock outs. Please can residents do their best to donate the following,

  • Custard (tinned or long life carton)
  • Fray Bentos pies
  • Tinned chicken and red meat (such as chicken in sauce, chilli, meatballs, hot dogs, chicken curry, meat stew)
  • Any tinned veg, but particularly peas and carrots
  • Smash mash potato
  • Jam
  • Marmalade

If you would like to donate but are unable to drop off at either points then please email Paul Hodgetts or Mervyn Curtis and we will arrange to collect.

Every week, the Jubilee Foodbank pick up from us early on a Tuesday morning. They are specific about the type of food they will accept and so please visit their website to see the latest wanted list. Click on Shopping List – Jubilee Foodbank Market Harborough.

We will continue to keep everyone up to date with progress via this Website and the village Facebook page.

East Farndon Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 2022 – Save the Dates!

2022 is destined to be a special year. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place over the extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June. There are multiple national events, including the lighting of beacons across the world at 9.15pm on Thursday evening.

In addition, it is 200 years since the Parish Council started as a Vestry meeting on 31st May 1822, this replaced by a Parish Meeting in 1895, becoming the Parish Council in 1977.

East Farndon Parish Council (EFPC) is coordinating across our multiple village organisations to organise Jubilee events so that we can bring people together to celebrate in style. We have formed a Jubilee Celebrations Committee and are looking for help from as many volunteers as possible.

At this stage, please Save the Dates for the following village events that are currently in the planning stage. 

Thursday 2nd June – Jubilee Beacons & Beer

Two of our local farmers, Nigel & Richard, have kindly offered to light beacons to open the celebrations. Villagers will be invited to gather at Richard’s farm at the top of the hill to get a panoramic view of the beacons. This will be an informal event with people bringing their own food and drink if they wish to.

Friday 3rd June – Jubilee Coffee Morning

The Village Hall will hold a special Coffee Morning that will include a historical display that features Royal Celebrations in the village and 200 years of village support from the Parish Council.

Saturday 4th June – Jubilee Family Festival

We will hold a sizeable outdoor event that will take place on Nigel’s field at the bottom of the hill. During the afternoon, this will include a traditional Fete, a special Jubilee Children’s Lunch, Games and a variety of Armed Forces Displays. From late afternoon into the evening, we will enjoy the performances of multiple Music Acts, combined with a Bar and Food.

If you have any comments or questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact the Jubilee Celebrations Committee by emailing the Co-chairs, Caroline Burton and / or Mervyn Curtis via the following links.

email Caroline Burton

email Mervyn Curtis

View With Sheep

Please keep dogs on leads in fields with livestock

Over the weekend, the sheep in the fields near the East Farndon Church have been attacked by dogs. They are currently heavily pregnant and this has caused a lot of damage and stress to the sheep.

We are appealing to dog owners / walkers to please keep their dogs on leads when walking through fields with livestock.

For more information on how to prevent dogs from attacking farm animals, please read the NFU Mutual article by clicking the link below,

https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/news-and-stories/preventing-dog-attacks-on-farm-animals/

Farndon Calendar 2022 raises a record sum!

The November photo of Postman Lee was one of those which helped the 2022 calendar raise the record sum of £737.50 for the Air Ambulance. There were several donations and many people paid more than the asking price. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Lee was delighted with his picture and fishmonger Terry says he will put the calendar up in his market stall.

An apology, though. The printers had not caught up with Platinum Jubilee Bank Holidays. So ignore the one at the end of May and replace it with Thursday and Friday 2nd and 3rd June.

Alan Langley – 3rd Jan 2022

Back Lane Photo – Taken Jan 2021 for Jan 2022 Calendar

January meeting with our local Police Officer – your input needed

As most of you will know, Scott Harrison is our East Farndon Police Liaison Representative. He is also our Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and a member of the Parish Council.

In early January, Scott will be meeting up with our local Police Officer from Northamptonshire Police. He will discuss our ongoing challenges with motorists speeding through the Village, but also would like to raise any other concerns that residents have.

If you have any areas of concern that you would like Scott to raise, then please email him by clicking the link below.

email Scott Harrison, East Farndon Police Liaison Representative

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner asks for views on police and fire budget

The Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has launched a budget consultation to ask for views on the level of council tax precept for policing and fire and rescue services next year. The full news release is set out below, but you can access the survey directly from the following link,

https://www.northantspfcc.org.uk/public-budget-consultation-2022/

At the same time Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public for their views on the Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) 2022 – 2025. The plan outlines the risks in the county and how the Fire Service will mitigate the risks through their resources. The link to the CRMP survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LPZLXZ6

News Release

The PFCC sets the budget for both Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire Police. The budgets are made up from money raised from central government grants and the policing and fire precepts, which are part of the council tax.

Around 18% of the total council tax bill paid by a Northamptonshire household goes towards policing and fire services, 14% for policing and 4% for the fire service.

Over the past five years, the council tax paid towards policing and fire has been invested to give more police officers than ever before – from 1170 to around 1500 by March 2023 – which has enabled a new focus on neighbourhood policing; and in more firefighters, with the appropriate equipment to help them do their job.

The Commissioner has recently set a new Police, Fire and Crime Plan for the county, following a public consultation that overwhelmingly supported visible and effective response from the two emergency services.

The Government’s financial settlement, published last week, expects that Commissioners across the country will raise the council tax for police by an extra £10 a year for a band D property – an increase that is lower than inflation.

The central government funding for Northamptonshire Police is less than anticipated in the next financial year, so an increase in the council tax precept of £10 would mean the increased number of officers can still be afforded.

The settlement also gave the Commissioner the flexibility to ask for an additional £5 a year – less than 10p a week – for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, because it is one of the lowest-funded in the country.

Now Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold is asking the public for their views on the level of council tax they would pay so that the improvements that have been made in both services can be sustained into the future.

“I know this is another challenging year and the financial decisions that I have to make will be tougher than ever,” Stephen said.

“People have clearly told me that they want to see more police officers in their neighbourhoods, and that they want fire services that are able to respond quickly when needed.

“We have committed to ensuring that Northamptonshire Police has 1500 officers, the most it has ever had, and we are well on track to reach that number.  I want to ensure that we can sustain a force of that size, to serve this fast-growing county.

“The £10 a year increase on the policing precept that the Government expects will not cover the costs of inflation, but it will ensure that we can keep on making improvements in the policing.”

Stephen said that Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service needs the £5 precept increase so that it can achieve a stable financial base from which to modernise and extend the work it does in the community.

“I am very grateful that the Government has listened and enabled us to ask for £5 a year for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. That would put the service on a more stable footing to make the changes that it must make.

“People have made their priorities clear, I now want to know what they think about the precept increase that would allow these priorities to be met.” 

The consultation can be found at

https://www.northantspfcc.org.uk/public-budget-consultation-2022/

The consultation runs from Monday 20 December 2021 until 11.59pm on Sunday 16 January 2022.  

Responses will be considered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in deciding the level of council tax precept.  The Commissioner’s recommendation will be considered by the Police, Fire and Crime Panel on 3 February 2022 at a meeting held in public.

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Note to editors:  While the population of England grew by 14.4% between 2001 and 2020, the population of Northamptonshire grew by 20%.  In 2020, the population was 750,000