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Landowners reminded of funding scheme to support fly-tipping removal

Landowners reminded of funding scheme to support fly-tipping removal

Posted: Thu, 26 Jan 2023 17:27 by Dick Stephen

Landowners across West Northamptonshire can apply for funding to clear and prevent fly-tipping on their land under a scheme delivered by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

When fly-tipping takes place on public land, the taxpayer pays for the removal and disposal of the waste. However, if a fly-tip occurs on private land, the landowner pays for the clean up and removal.

The scheme was initially launched as a pilot last year by Stephen Mold, the Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire (PFCC), and was extended in October 2022 for a further 12 months. More »

Private landowners are able to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 towards the cost of having the fly-tipped waste cleared away and to support them in establishing prevention measures which will make the land less vulnerable to fly-tippers in the future. Funding is only available for private landowners.

Cllr David Smith, WNC's Cabinet Member for regulatory services, community safety and engagement, said: "West Northamptonshire is a beautiful district and it is very disappointing that some individuals decide to fly-tip their waste rather than dispose of it in a responsible and legal manner, quite rightly these individuals risk heavy fines and possible imprisonment when caught and prosecuted.

"I would encourage farmers and landowners on the frontline of this important issue to find out more about the scheme and how it can support them."

West Northamptonshire Council is committed to tackling fly-tipping and deterring people from blighting communities. The Council's Cleaner Communities campaign aims to provide guidance on how people can ensure they only use licensed waste removal companies, highlight when people have been prosecuted for fly-tipping, and gather intelligence on dumped waste to lead to a prosecution.

Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold said: "Fly-tipping is a crime and is a blight on our streets. The anti-social behaviour of a minority can ruin our communities for everyone else.

"Private landowners can face significant costs to clear their land of illegally dumped waste, but they can apply for a grant to help offset some of the expense in removal of the waste, or to help cover the cost of setting up deterrents."

Apply for a grant to remove fly-tipping on private land

Find out how you can support West Northamptonshire's campaign to create Cleaner Communities

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West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team

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Earning £400 or less a week? You may be eligible for £250 towards winter essentials

Earning £400 or less a week? You may be eligible for £250 towards winter essentials

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2023 18:39 by Dick Stephen

Struggling households in West Northamptonshire who work but are on a low wage can apply for the Government's Household Support Fund and potentially receive £250 in cash.

West Northamptonshire Council is urging residents on a wage of £400 or less to visit the Household Support Fund page on their website or to call on 0300 126 7000to check if they are eligible for the payment, which is paid into a bank account in two instalments. More »

This scheme aims to support those who have not received any of the £650 Cost of Living Payment (paid in 2 lump sums of £326 and £324) and the previous phase of the Household Support Fund.

You will need to be earning less than £400 a week (after tax, including any government benefits) and must provide:

  • Two of your most recently monthly payslips or four of your most recent weekly wage slips (depending how you're paid and how long you have been working for your current employer)
  • Identification such as a recent bank statement, your driving licence or a recent utility bill.

The first award of £125 will be credited to the applicant's bank account at the point of approval of the application. The second payment will be credited to the same bank account 60 days later (without the need for a further application).

To qualify you must be employed, have a valid bank account, live in the region, not been in receipt of the recent £650 government Cost-of-Living payments (£326 and £324) and be over 18.

To apply visit the Household Support Fund page on the Council website or call 0300 126 7000

Cllr Matt Golby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said:

"Working households who receive a low wage are expected to receive the help which has now been extended to those earning £400 or less a week. Late last year the scheme was on offer to those working and earning £300 or less a week but the council revised the criteria, recognising the continuing rise in inflation, and extended the offer to more households.

"The rising cost of living is causing uncertainty, worry and concern for many of us right now, but we want you to know – you are not alone and there is lots happening both in the local community and nationally that can offer support.

"West Northamptonshire Council's Anti-Poverty Strategy sets out how we will work with partners to support people struggling financially, what we will do to stop people falling into poverty and how we will work to get the best deal for the people of West Northants. This work is underway, and we are committed to its delivery."

The full range of Cost-of-Living assistance can be found on West Northamptonshire Council's Online Cost of Living Support Hub which is full of information and advice about the rising cost of living to help all residents find support and help available to them.

The webpage is designed to be easy to navigate and contains lots of information on accessing grants, money and debt advice, government funding, wellbeing tips and links to local community organisations. The drop-down options are tailored to specific users and aim to make the information quick to find and easily accessible, without the need to scroll for a long period of time.

For those who can't access the Internet, residents can also call WNC's customer services team and speak to somebody directly about the support available between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please call us on 0300 126 7000

WNC has also worked with the public, private, health and voluntary sectors so that anyone who is feeling cold knows where they can go to stay warm and enjoy a little company this winter. Everyone is invited to the network of Warm Spaces, non-judgemental, safe and welcoming places where people in West Northants can come together to stay warm, and perhaps enjoy a hot meal or a cup of tea and a biscuit. The Warm Spaces Directory can be found here.

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West Northamptonshire Council Communications Team

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Notice of road closure Banbury Road Boddington _ January 2023

Notice of road closure Banbury Road Boddington _ January 2023

Posted: Sat, 21 Jan 2023 12:30 by Dick Stephen

A variety of road closures betwwen Boddington and Wormleighton are taking place during January 2023.

Full details are available in the attached document