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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:58 by Dick Stephen
South Northants residents are being encouraged to adopt a fresh approach to their health after new gym equipment was unveiled this week.
Last week Legacy Leisure took over operation of South Northants Council's (SNC) three leisure centres and installed new equipment at Towcester Centre for Leisure, and Brackley Leisure Centre.
The gyms in Brackley were closed for two days and the gym in Towcester closed for seven days while they were redecorated and the new Precor equipment was installed. More »
Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC's portfolio for community engagement and wellbeing said: "A great deal of hard work has gone into negotiating improvements as part of the new leisure centres contract. "It is wonderful to see that hard work beginning to bear fruit and we hope more people will take this opportunity to take a fresh look at their health and start using the gyms. "As part of the new contract there will be improvements to both leisure centres, including: a new six lane swimming pool and learner pool, dedicated spin studio, new 110 station fitness suite and new Precor gym equipment at Brackley Leisure Centre. Towcester Centre for Leisure will also see a new gym installed, comprising new Precor equipment, flooring and decoration, changing room improvements, as well as a refurbished café which will offer a new menu including healthy snacks and drinks.
An open day will take place on Saturday, 24 September at both Brackley and Towcester leisure centres, and will be a chance for visitors to speak to instructors about personalised exercise programmes and to use the gym for free.
For more information search for the leisure centres on Facebook or visit - www.southnorthants.gov.uk/leisurecentres.htm
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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:19 by Dick Stephen
The village is looking peaceful and pretty and everyone works hard to keep it that way. Unfortunately these efforts are being spoilt by some fly tipping of garden rubbish and grass clippings. This is unacceptable, all green waste should be disposed of in the green wheelie bin provided or put on a compost heap in your own garden. Larger quantities should be taken to the local recycling centres for bulk disposal. FLY TIPPING IS ILLEGAL AND UNPLEASANT. More »
A reminder please that the village is a "dog fouling free zone" and the majority of dog owners acknowledge their responsibility to clean up after their dog. There have been lapses recently and even dog poo bags thrown onto grass verges and into hedgerows within the village area. Please take these bags home and put in the black wheelie bin for disposal. PLEASE KEEP THE COUNTRYSIDE LITTER FREE.
There have been some incidents of crime in local rural areas reported to us by Northamptonshire Police. There have also been some incidents of cold calling recently reported in the village. Whilst promoting a business is not illegal, trying to gain entry into a property uninvited is illegal. The message from the Police is do not open the door to strangers, STOP AND THINK. If you don't know them, if they are not expected, DON'T LET THEM IN, if they are persistent call the Police on 101 and report the details or let your village Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator know on 01295 660363.
Whilst everyone enjoys the summer weather, the Police also warn of opportunist thieves who take advantage of open doors & windows to gain entry and steal property. Make sure front doors & windows are shut & locked whilst you sit & relax or enjoy your BBQ in the rear garden of your home. BE ALERT AND BE AWARE » Less
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:12 by Dick Stephen
Counting the cost of dumping waste illegally
Homeowners in South Northamptonshire are being urged to avoid rogue traders as the latest figures show it cost the taxpayer £28,154 during 2015/16 to clear waste dumped illegally in the district.
The number of fly-tipping incidents in 2015/16 fell slightly to 274 compared to the 308 in 2014/15, but the cost has risen by £3,505.
Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC's portfolio holder for environmental services said: "Costs do fluctuate according to the nature of the waste dumped so these figures are no great surprise. More »
"But by avoiding paying a few pounds to dispose of waste legally, this year fly-tipping has not only cost council tax payers over £28,000 and created an eyesore, but also risked the perpetrator being fined up to £50,000 or even a jail sentence.
"And it is not only the person who dumped the waste that risks a legal action. If traced, the person who has given someone without a carrier's licence waste to dispose of will also be prosecuted.
"If you have something you want to get rid of that is not suitable to go into your regular bins, then contact South Northamptonshire Council for advice."
At magistrates' court penalties for fly-tipping can be high – up to 12 months imprisonment, and/ or a fine of up to £50,000. However if the incident is so severe it is sent to crown court, imprisonment increases to a maximum of five years and the fine becomes unlimited.
Householders also have a duty of care concerning the waste they produce and must ensure the person who takes away their waste has a waste carriers' licence.
It is also recommended that they obtain a receipt and a waste transfer note detailing the nature of the waste, who took it away and details of the vehicle they used.