Past consultations

 

Details of consultations and engagement activities since 1 April 2021 can be found on the North Northamptonshire Consultation Hub and the West Northamptonshire Consultation Hub.


Details of public consultations and engagement activities run by Northamptonshire County Council that closed within the last two years.

For each consultation or engagement activity, please use the contacts provided if you require any further information or to request information in an accessible format.

2021

​Opened: 18 January 2021

Closed: 28 March 2021

Contact: charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk

Government legislation has now been passed to create a new North Northamptonshire unitary authority serving Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and East Northants, and a new West Northamptonshire unitary council serving the areas of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northants.

These two new councils will start providing services to the residents and businesses of Northamptonshire in April and two Health and Wellbeing Boards will be created, one for each of the new unitary councils.

The aim of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to secure:

  • better health and wellbeing outcomes in the region
  • better quality of care for all patients and care users
  • better value for the taxpayer

In doing so, the Health and Wellbeing Board brings together the NHS, local councils, the Police and other services.

The Health and Wellbeing Board for North Northamptonshire Council will be under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment in accordance with the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, as amended, by 1 April 2022.  Work started in the summer of 2020 in order to meet this duty with the assistance of Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC).

The pharmaceutical needs assessment is designed to assess the current provision of pharmaceutical services (ie those services that NHS England and NHS Improvement commissions from pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors), have regard to any specified future circumstance where the current position may materially change and identify any current and future gaps in pharmaceutical services.

The pharmaceutical needs assessment assists NHS England and NHS Improvement in determining applications by pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors for new, additional or relocated premises, changes to opening hours or the provision of more pharmaceutical services.

Whilst not falling within the legal definition of ‘pharmaceutical services’, there may be services currently commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council or NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group that inform the conclusions reached in this process and may assist those organisations in considering their commissioning intentions of other local services from pharmacies.

Have your say

As part of this process, the Health and Wellbeing Board is conducting a consultation process on the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment and seeks your views on the document. The consultation period starts on Monday 18 January and ends on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Your details will be held by Northamptonshire County Council for the purpose of analysing the responses to this consultation to be included in the pharmaceutical needs assessment. Your details and responses will be shared with PCC but will only be used for the purpose of this consultation and developing the PNAs. Any personal data you provide will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice.

If you would like more information about the consultation or have questions about the pharmaceutical needs assessment, please email charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk.

​Opened: 18 January 2021

Closed: 28 March 2021

Contact: charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk

Government legislation has now been passed to create a new West Northamptonshire unitary council serving the areas of Daventry District, Northampton and South Northants, and a new North Northamptonshire unitary authority serving Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby and East Northants.

These two new councils will start providing services to the residents and businesses of Northamptonshire in April and two Health and Wellbeing Boards will be created, one for each of the new unitary councils.

The aim of the Health and Wellbeing Board is to secure:

  • better health and wellbeing outcomes in the region
  • better quality of care for all patients and care users
  • better value for the taxpayer

In doing so, the Health and Wellbeing Board brings together the NHS, local councils, the Police and other services.

The Health and Wellbeing Board for West Northamptonshire Council will be under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment in accordance with the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, as amended, by 1 April 2022. Work started in the summer of 2020 in order to meet this duty with the assistance of Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC).

The pharmaceutical needs assessment is designed to assess the current provision of pharmaceutical services (ie those services that NHS England and NHS Improvement commissions from pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors), have regard to any specified future circumstance where the current position may materially change and identify any current and future gaps in pharmaceutical services.

The pharmaceutical needs assessment assists NHS England and NHS Improvement in determining applications by pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors for new, additional or relocated premises, changes to opening hours or the provision of more pharmaceutical services.

Whilst not falling within the legal definition of ‘pharmaceutical services’, there may be services currently commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council or NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group that inform the conclusions reached in this process and may assist those organisations in considering their commissioning intentions of other local services from pharmacies.

Have your say

As part of this process, the Health and Wellbeing Board is conducting a consultation process on the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment and seeks your views on the document. The consultation period starts on Monday 18 January and ends on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Your details will be held by Northamptonshire County Council for the purpose of analysing the responses to this consultation to be included in the pharmaceutical needs assessment. Your details and responses will be shared with PCC but will only be used for the purpose of this consultation and developing the PNAs. Any personal data you provide will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice.

If you would like more information about the consultation or have questions about the pharmaceutical needs assessment, please email charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk.

Opened: 6 November 2020

Closed: 3 January 2021

Northamptonshire Highways, farthinghoe@kierwsp.co.uk

The A422 through the village of Farthinghoe currently suffers from sub-standard geometry, a narrow carriageway and high traffic volumes making it difficult for large vehicles to pass each other. These issues are expected to be made worse by the level of development proposed in Banbury and Brackley which will lead to increased traffic through the village.

The last public consultation on the bypass took place in December 2015. The local community was asked for its views on alternative options for a 2.2km route to the south of the village and a 2.3km route to the north. The outcome of this consultation indicated there was a preference for a northern route.

Since January 2020, Northamptonshire County Council have been developing northern route options to address some of the feedback received during the 2015 consultation exercise and engagement with statutory consultees.

For further information about the consultation and proposed bypass routes, please visit the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass webpage.

This questionnaire has been developed for the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass consultation. It aims to ascertain the views of residents and other interested parties on 4 proposed routes to identify a Preferred Route to be taken forward for further development.

This questionnaire will run from Friday 6 November 2020 to midnight on Sunday 3 January 2021.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the A422 Farthinghoe Bypass - Preferred Route Consultation, please contact farthinghoe@kierwsp.co.uk.

 2020

Opened: ​9 November 2020

Closed: 20 December 2020

Contact: School Admissions Team, consultationschoolad@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Northamptonshire County Council’s School Admissions Team is co-ordinating a formal consultation on the admissions arrangements for mainstream schools within the county for the September 2022 intakes (primary, junior and secondary). This consultation period allows parents, schools, religious authorities and the local community to comment on proposed admission arrangements.

Consultation will take place between 9 November 2020 and 20 December 2020.

Determination of school admission arrangements by admission authorities must be completed by 28 February 2021.

Publication of admission policies as soon as possible after 28 February 2021 and must be completed by 15 March 2021 (published on school's website and copy to LA).

For more information, please visit Northamptonshire County Council School Admissions.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the Admission Arrangements for Northamptonshire Schools for 2022 Intake, please contact the School Admissions Team: consultationschoolad@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk.

Opened: 31 October 2020

Closed: 30 November 2020

Contact: Superfast Northamptonshire team, bigidea@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

The County Council is inviting telecoms suppliers, local residents and other stakeholders to review the proposed Intervention Area maps and coverage data and advise on any changes required.

The 'White' areas on the NGA map comprise the proposed eligible Intervention Area for further measures to be progressed through the Superfast Northamptonshire project. All measures are compliant with the European Commission decision on a National Broadband Scheme for the UK (2016). This forms part of the regulatory framework governing how public funding can be invested in broadband networks.

This consultation will run from Saturday 31 October to Monday 30 November 2020.

The deadline for responses is midday on 30 November 2020 – any responses received after midday will not be considered.

How to have your say

Please read Superfast Northamptonshire - State Aid Public Consultation 2020 and follow the link below to find out more about the consultation and how to submit a response.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact the Superfast Northamptonshire team via bigidea@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Opened: 6 November 2020

Closed: 27 November 2020

Contact: Rushmere Road Cycle Lane Consultation, RushmereRoad@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Northamptonshire County Council are seeking the views of local residents, road users and other relevant groups on changes to the temporary light segregation on the southbound (downhill) cycle lane on Rushmere Road in Northampton. The aim of light segregation is to make the route attractive and safer for cyclists.

To address immediate concerns raised by local residents we are making some minor changes to remove the first wands at the north end which have been regularly hit by vehicles. This work will be progressed ahead of the outcome of the consultation. All options presented below include the minor changes described above.

We would like to hear your views on four options:

  • Option A – removing the current wands and replacing with black and white reflective wands spaced at 3 metre intervals with gaps for side roads and drives.

  • Option B – removing the current wands and replacing with black and white reflective wands spaced at 5 metre intervals.  There would be gaps for side roads and drives.

  • Option C – removing the current wands and replacing with alternate black and white wands and orcas at 5 metre intervals.  There would be gaps in the wands/orcas to enable access to side roads and drives. There would be two wands at the north end of the scheme to indicate the start of the cycleway. Following the gap for a side road or drive, there would be two wands at the start of each section. Where the alternating pattern of wands and orcas results in an orca ending a section, this will be replaced by a wand.  South of the Rugby Club, on the approach to the 40mph zone, there would be wands at 5 metre intervals.

  • Option D – removing the current wands and replacing with two black and white reflective wands spaced at 25m intervals, with orcas at 5 metre intervals between the wands. There would be gaps in the wands/orcas to enable access to side roads and drives. There would be two wands at the north end of the scheme to indicate the start of the cycleway. Following the gap for a side road or drive, there would be two wands at the start of each section and at 25m intervals. South of the Rugby Club, on the approach to the 40mph zone, there would be wands at 5 metre intervals.

Plans of each of the proposed options, including illustrations of the wands and orcas and other relevant documents are available upon request.

The consultation will run from Friday 6 November 2020 to Friday 27 November 2020.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the Rushmere Road Cycle Lane Consultation, please contact RushmereRoad@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

​Opened: 19 October 2020

Closed: 27 November 2020

Contact: Jan Baines, consultationschoolad@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council is now consulting on proposed term dates for the 2022-23 school year.

The consultation period on these proposed dates will run from:

Monday 19 October 2020 – Friday 27 November 2020.

The proposed term dates can be viewed on the Northamptonshire County Council website.

The previously agreed term dates (for 2020-21 and 2021-22) can also be viewed on the Northamptonshire County Council website.

Opened: 30 October 2020

Closed: 20 November 2020

Contact: Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Officer, covenant@northamptonshire.gov.uk

The Armed Forces Covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. For more information, please visit the Armed Forces Covenant Northamptonshire website.

Local partners would like to develop ‘Armed Forces Community Hubs’ across Northamptonshire for members of the Armed Forces community (those currently serving, Reservists, Veterans and family members).

The proposed Armed Forces Community Hubs would provide a warm and welcoming place where any member of the Armed Forces community could go to for advice, help and comradeship - all free to access and attend. The Hubs would offer activities such as walking groups and of course refreshments.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we would also like to develop interactive Virtual Armed Forces Community Hubs that would offer the next best thing.

The Virtual Community Hubs will allow people to chat to each other and with local community groups. Plus, we are teaming up with Adult Learning to offer online training courses such as Healthy Eating on a Budget for Families and Emotional Resilience as well as links to partner organisations.

We intend to offer support and training in order for people to develop their digital skills and thus be able to access the Virtual Community Hubs.

We are keen to hear from members of the Armed Forces community, but welcome views from those in the wider community.

This survey will run from Friday 30 October to Friday 20 November 2020.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the proposed Armed Forces Community Hubs, please contact the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Officer via covenant@northamptonshire.gov.uk or 0791 2891735.

Opened: 11 September 2020

Closed: 31 October 2020

Contact: jmaddams@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Since 2015, the 30 Days 30Ways UK campaign aims to inspire and empower people to be more ‘emergency ready’.

This short survey has its roots in the 2008 ‘place survey’ across all local authorities in England and the 2013 ‘How Prepared Are You’ survey in Northamptonshire. It also takes inspiration from the ‘Emergency Preparedness Scotland 2014’ report and the 2015 ‘Risk & Preparedness’ study from Ireland.

This yearly follow on survey is anonymous and contributes to ongoing research by 30days30waysUK on household and community preparedness in the United Kingdom. 30days30waysUK is a professional volunteer network coordinated at Local Resilience Forum level.

For more information, visit the 30 Days 30 Ways UK website.

​​Opened: 9 September 2020

Closed: 23 October 2020

Contact: LTPconsultation@northamptonshire.gov.uk

The outbreak of COVID-19 has re-shaped our society.

In recent weeks and months people have taken the opportunity to explore their local area on foot and by bike and discovered the health and wellbeing benefits of being more active. With lower numbers of vehicles on the roads, many people have enjoyed the quieter streets and have had the confidence to try out cycling perhaps for the first time in many years. The focus now is ensuring that those people continue to walk and cycle for not only leisure but also for their day to day journeys and encourage others to do the same.

As part of the Emergency Active Travel Fund, the Council sought views on where social distancing measures were required and where people would like to see longer term walking and cycling improvements. The Commonplace consultation received over 1,900 comments from across Northamptonshire.

Respondents overwhelmingly supported the need for better walking and cycling links in and between urban and rural areas, with a desire for streets to be designed to safely accommodate all road users, whether they choose to walk, cycle, use public transport or drive to work, school or for shopping and leisure activities.

Ahead of the publication of the government’s Cycling and Walking Plan for England ‘Gear change - a bold vision for cycling and walking’ we had begun to develop a draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Northampton with support from the Department for Transport.

The publication of the government’s most recent vision document and the latest design guidance LTN 1/20 Cycling Infrastructure Design presents a significant step-change from previous walking and cycling guidance and the walking and cycling agenda are now moving at pace. Both documents support the need to provide safe, continuous, direct routes for cycling in towns and cities, physically separated from pedestrians and volume motor traffic, serving the places that people want to go.

The draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Northampton supports an ambition for Northampton to become a leading centre for active travel, which fully embraces walking and cycling, underpinning plans for any further expansion of the town. The document outlines the measures that could be introduced to transform levels of walking and cycling.

We are aware that some schemes proposed within the draft plan do not meet the latest walking and cycling guidance as they were developed based on the design guidance at the time (LTN 2/08 Cycling Infrastructure Design and LTN 1/12: Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists), which has subsequently been withdrawn. The Department for Transport have made it clear that any schemes submitted for future funding bids need to be designed in line with this new guidance.

But rather than delay public consultation further, we are keen to hear your views on the scope of the draft document and its approach, whether you support the measures outlined and if anything needs to change to ensure the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Northampton is aligned with current guidance.

We have also not had time to consider and incorporate the extremely valuable comments we received through the Commonplace consultation into the document. We will use those responses, together with the feedback received through this consultation period to produce a revised version of the LCWIP.

Comments should be submitted via the consultation survey by 23 October 2020.

Please feel free to only answer the questions relevant to you. You do not need to answer every question.

All feedback received will be stored in a confidential manner in accordance with data protection regulations.

If you have already made a comment/scheme suggestion via the previous Commonplace consultation there is no need to repeat it again in this consultation.

​Opened: 8 September 2020

Closed: 6 October 2020

Contact: cgay@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Public Health want to understand what services are needed to support people to improve their health and wellbeing, and in particular to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable, to see if they have access to the right types of services and if services need to be delivered in different ways to address these needs.

This information will be used to inform development of a community based approach to enable people across the county to improve their health and wellbeing, through working with local communities. These services will be based on local needs and will vary across the county.

This approach will be built on the knowledge and skills of local people and aims to build local communities assets so that communities themselves will be at the heart of this work. Examples of community based approaches include supporting and enabling local people to set up their own neighbourhood networks or working with local people to look at what types of activities they want and then enabling them to be able to deliver these, such as gardening, cooking, keeping active, social events. Key to this approach is that it is based on what local people need, based in local venues and enabling local people to have a role in the decisions about what types of services are needed and how they are delivered, as well as being part of the delivery.

This means that a key part in the initial phase of the programme will be in depth engagement with local communities to understand what local resources they have available and what types of things they need to improve wellbeing. It is anticipated that there will be a range of local providers who will deliver this.

Public Health are doing an initial consultation on these proposals and to ask for feedback so that we can develop the service specification and see if this type of approach is something that people think will help to address local health inequalities.

Please fill out this questionnaire to tell us your views.

You can also give us your views by emailing or writing to us. Please see our contact details below.

If you have any questions, comments or would like a copy of this questionnaire in another format (including easy read or large print), you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are:

Email address: cgay@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Postal address: Public Health, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Telephone: 07894299732

Thank you for helping us by filling in this questionnaire.

​Opened: 7 September 2020

Closed: 5 October 2020

Contact: nccg.covid.intelligence@nhs.net

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), and all our partners who are working together on the coronavirus pandemic, want to hear from members of our communities.

We want to gather feedback to understand your views on the spread of coronavirus in the county and to identify what might be helping or stopping people from following guidance.

We will ask you about getting tested, about social distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) and self-isolation (staying at home if you have symptoms or a positive test) so that we can identify ways of making all of these things easier for our residents.

Please note that your answers to this survey are anonymous and the results of all responses will be analysed by NCC public health and engagement teams with the overall findings being shared with our incident response team and Oversight and Engagement Board.

It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or have difficulty completing this survey please contact nccg.covid.intelligence@nhs.net

​​Opened: 6 August 2020

Closed: 3 September 2020

Contact: PaRichards@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council and NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group are responsible for commissioning a range of community health and wellbeing services. We are taking a joint approach to reviewing some of the services that we currently commission for children aged 0-19 and in order to support this, we would like to hear about your views and experiences. A list of the services in scope for this review is below:

  • Health Visiting
  • Breastfeeding Service
  • Family Nurse Partnership
  • School Nursing
  • Special School Nursing
  • CAMHS
  • CAMHS Crisis Team
  • CAMHS for Looked After Children
  • Looked After Children Service (for initial and review health assessments)
  • Community Eating Disorders Service
  • Continence
  • ADHD / ASD Team
  • Dietetics
  • Children’s Occupational Therapy
  • Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
  • Residential Short Breaks
  • Children’s Community Nurses
  • Community Paediatricians
  • Children’s Physiotherapy
  • Children’s Bereavement Service
  • Child Development Centre
  • Paediatric Audiology (South of the county)
  • Substance misuse service
  • Talk Out Loud Participation Group
  • Strong Start
  • Oral Health Improvement
  • Youth Counselling

This survey is for parents and carers of young people aged from 0-19 who live in Northamptonshire. There is a separate survey for your young person and we would be grateful if you could ask and/or support them to complete this in their own words.

Children & Young People’s Community Health Services Survey for Children aged 5-10

Children & Young People’s Community Health Services Survey for Children and Young People aged 11-19

The purpose of this survey is to gain a current understanding of the needs, views and experiences of our parents and carers. We think there are some things that we get right, but we know there will be areas that we can improve upon, and your survey response will enable us to gain information on:

  • How children and families like to receive information about 0-19 health and wellbeing
  • Your experience of accessing commissioned services for your child, at any level
  • What you like about local 0-19 services
  • What could be improved
  • Any gaps in service provision
  • How improvements could be made
  • What is important to you, as a parent/ carer / trusted adult of someone aged 0-19, about children’s community health and wellbeing services.

This survey is quite large because we are seeking feedback on a number of services and the best way for us to get meaningful data for each service is to ask about them separately. Please don’t let this put you off as there are only a few short questions for each service, and you will probably only have comments on a few services. If your child has not accessed any of these services you can leave those sections blank. However, we are still keen to hear your views about what you feel is important about children’s health and wellbeing.

The information you give us will be anonymous, and will be collated with other responses and used to inform future planning and commissioning of 0-19 services.

​Opened: 6 August 2020

Closed: 3 September 2020

Contact: PaRichards@northamptonshire.gov.uk 

We are asking children from Northamptonshire questions about their health and emotions. We are doing this because what you think is very important to us. We would like to understand what is important to you when it comes to being happy and healthy.

You might need help from a grown up to answer these questions, but they should make sure they only write down what you tell them to.

We will use your answers to tell us what we do well, and where we need to make things better. We will not be able to tell who you are from the answers you give us.

Your time and answers here can help us make our services better, thanks for being a superstar!

​Opened: 6 August 2020

Closed: 3 Setember 2020

Contact: PaRichards@northamptonshire.gov.uk

This survey is for children and young people living in Northamptonshire who are aged between 11 and 19.

Northamptonshire Public Health and NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are two organisations responsible for providing health and wellbeing services for children and young people in Northamptonshire. Where we use the term “health and wellbeing”, we mean physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

We are working closely together to review some of the community health and wellbeing services for children and young people aged 11-19. So that you know which services this survey is about, please have a look at the list below.

  • School Nursing
  • Special School Nursing
  • CAMHS
  • CAMHS for Children in Care (also known as CAMHS LAC)
  • CAMHS Crisis Team
  • Looked After Children’s Team (for initial and review health assessments)
  • Community Eating Disorders Service
  • Continence
  • ADHD / ASD Team
  • Dietetics
  • Children’s Occupational Therapy
  • Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
  • Residential Short Breaks
  • Children’s Community Nurses
  • Community Paediatricians
  • Children’s Physiotherapy
  • Bereavement Service
  • Paediatric Audiology (South of the county)
  • Youth drug and alcohol prevention service
  • Talk Out Loud Participation Group
  • Oral Health Improvement
  • Youth Counselling

We are really interested to hear your honest views on any of these services you use now, or have used in the past so that we can get an understanding of your experiences. We think there are things we do well, but we also think there are things we could do better, but we need your help to tell us where we can improve and make changes in the future.

If you haven’t used any of our services, this survey is still for you. We need to know what is important to you in case you do need to use our services in the future.

This survey is quite large because we would like feedback on a number of services and the best way for us to get useful feedback for each service is to ask about them separately. Please don’t let this put you off as there are only a few short questions for each service, and you will probably only have comments on a few services. If you have not used any of these services you can leave those sections blank. However, we would still like to hear your views about what you feel is important about children’s health and wellbeing.

It is really important that we only hear your views about our services (however, if you do need a bit of help from an adult to complete this survey, that is ok). This survey is for all children and young people aged 11-19 who are living in Northamptonshire, so if you know someone who has used our services, please let them know so that they complete this as well. Your answers will be treated anonymously and will be used to tell us how we can make services better for children and young people like you. 

​Opened: 27 July 2020

Closed: 23 August 2020

Contact: Charlotte Goodson, charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk

We are inviting you to tell us about pharmacy services in your area.

The services we are looking at include local services that you receive from pharmacies (or chemists). To do a good job, we need to regularly review what services we have, what our local people need, and how things might change in the future. This process is called a ‘pharmaceutical needs assessment’ and we are preparing two at the moment for Northamptonshire with the help of a company called Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC) who specialise in this kind of work. The feedback you provide will be shared with PCC but will only be used for the purpose of this survey and developing the PNAs. Any personal data you provide will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice.

Many people call them chemists but in this survey we use the word pharmacy. By a pharmacy, we mean a place you would use to get a prescription or buy medicines which you can only buy from a pharmacy or to talk to a pharmacist for advice about an illness that you may have or medicines that you take. We don’t mean the pharmacy at a hospital or the part of a pharmacy where you buy beauty products.

Your views are important to us so please spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire. There are 18 questions to answer about your experience of pharmacies and a number of questions about you. We anticipate it will take you nine to 15 minutes to complete, depending on how much additional information you would like to give us.

We really would like and value your input, but if you don’t want to take part, please just ignore this questionnaire; your decision will not affect the care you receive from the NHS or your pharmacy in any way.

The questionnaire is anonymous; you don’t have to give your name and address. Any information you do give will not be linked to you.

The results of our questionnaire will be published in the draft pharmaceutical needs assessments which Northamptonshire County Council will consult on over the winter.

We realise that you may have experienced difficulties in going to a pharmacy over the last few months, and that there have been delays beyond the control of the pharmacy staff in dispensing your prescriptions. These will have been due to Covid-19 as well as national drug shortages which have become more of a problem over the last couple of years. We would like to understand your experience of going to a pharmacy before and during the pandemic so that we can best plan for services going forward.

If you would like more information about the questionnaire or have questions on how to complete it, please email charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhs.uk.

​Opened: 22 May 2020

Closed: 17 July 2020

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

The current Targeted Safeguarding Intervention Services contracts will expire on 31 March 2021 and procurement rules mean that a new tendering process will need to take place to award new contracts from 1 April 2021. The current contracts are with Catch 22, Action for Children and Cambs and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and provide services that are designed to work with the whole family to support and develop strategies that enable the family to stay together and to help to prevent the children from coming into care. The current services delivers to children and young people with a range of needs such as poor family functioning, physical, mental or emotional health needs and damaging behaviours such as substance misuse or antisocial behaviour. Interventions range from short term help to stabilise and monitor the family through to longer term interventions of up to 6 months to support the families to make lasting positive changes.

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) wants to ensure that the current services continue to help families stay together as a family unit and are provided at the time when the family needs it without delay. We want the services to be using the latest approaches and would welcome ideas and suggestions on what could be improved.  The current funding budget has reduced by £671,000 to give a total budget £940,000 on which to buy services. Therefore we will be looking for innovative ways to keep the service levels the same as we have less money to spend on them.

We do not want to reduce the number of families that are worked with so we hope to find ways of working that are tailored to the family’s needs, that are delivered at the exact time a family requires help for as long or short a time as they need it. We will be looking to providers to propose innovative ways of working to facilitate this that may involve working with partners across all agencies and sectors, secure match funding from other sources or perhaps collaborating with the voluntary sector to build a group of highly skilled volunteer family support workers.

The aim is to get the best value and outcomes from the amount we have to spend by involving the views of children, young people, parents and carers in addition to frontline staff, staff from other agencies and providers of these types of services to design services for now and the future.

Your feedback will be used to help us have a better understanding of people’s views on the current services and will help inform service delivery in the future. Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

​Opened: 1 June 2020

Closed: 10 July 2020

Contact: Schoolconsultation@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council proposes to establish a new mainstream primary school on the new Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) development at Towcester, known as Towcester South. Provision for this school is made in the planning consent and the Section 106 (S106) agreement for the development. This agreement is a legal document which requires that sites suitable for 2 two form of entry primary schools need to be provided in accordance with timescales which are linked to the pace of the development along with other conditions which must be met.

Under the legislation which governs the establishment of new schools, the County Council is required to invite proposals to run the school from qualifying academy providers. That competitive process will be starting later in the summer of 2020. Prior to commencing the process, however, the Council is consulting on the school proposal generally.

This non statutory consultation will run from 1 June 2020 to 10 July 2020.

​Opened: 8 June 2020

Closed: 3 July 2020

Contact: CycleNorthants@kierwsp.co.uk

We want to hear Your Ideas for making Northants a better place for walking, cycling & maintaining social distancing.

Use our online interactive map to log your suggestions for cycle routes, cycle parking, improved footway space and quieter streets.

​Opened: 22 May 2020

Closed: 3 July 2020

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

This questionnaire is for parents, carers and professionals. If you’re a young person who uses the services, or a brother or sister of a service user please fill in our young person’s questionnaire.

Introduction

It is the duty of Local Authorities to consider the needs of carers with disabled children who would be unable to continue to provide care unless breaks from caring were given to them.  Breaks should enable them to carry out activities that they would otherwise not be able to do such as:

  • Receiving education, training or regular leisure activities
  • Better meet the needs of other children in the family
  • Carrying out day to day household tasks

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and the Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) provide different types of breaks. These include non-residential short breaks, residential short breaks, personal care and support, family link, holiday clubs and sleep services to help and support families to stay together as a family unit by giving them a short break.

This consultation is only about residential short breaks.

The current residential short breaks contract ends on 31 March 2021. This means we need to start preparing to purchase a new contract now so that it will be ready by 1 April 2021. Starting a new contract is an opportunity for us to review how the service could work differently and we would like your views on how it is working for you.  We would also welcome your ideas and suggestions on what could be improved to help shape how the services are delivered now and in the future. The amount of money we have to spend on the service remains the same and we want to get the best value and outcomes for families from this funding.

Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

How to have your say

Please fill out this questionnaire to tell us your views about the service.

You can also give us your views by emailing or writing to us or by telephoning us or using Zoom.

We were hoping to hold a drop-in session at both the John Greenwood Shipman Centre (Northampton) and The Squirrels (Rushden) to give people the chance to meet with the Council officers responsible for purchasing the service face-to-face and to answer any queries and listen to feedback. Unfortunately, due to the various restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are no longer able to hold these face-to-face sessions. However, if you wish to talk to Council officers we are still keeping these times free to speak to you either over the telephone (07917 068487) or by Zoom:

  • Tuesday 16 June – between 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Thursday 18 June – between 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Please email sufficiency@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk for more information and to book an appointment time.

If you have any questions, comments or would like a copy of this questionnaire in another format (including easy read or large print paper copies), you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are:

Email address: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Postal address: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Telephone: 0300 126 1000

Thank you for helping us by filling in this questionnaire.

​Opened: 22 May 2020

Closed: 3 July 2020

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

This questionnaire is for parents, carers and professionals. If you are a child or young person who has received support from Prospects (outside of the support you received whilst at school) then please fill in the other questionnaire which is relevant to you.

We are finding out what people think about services that support young people that are not or are at risk of not being in education, training or employment. These are sometimes called NEET services and are provided in Northamptonshire by Prospects.

Prospects Advisers help young people to decide what they want to do and support them to achieve this. This can include help to look for work and Apprenticeships such as preparing CVs, making applications and preparing for interviews.  Prospects Advisers also tell young people about courses and training that can help them improve their skills and qualifications for future employment e.g. college courses, the Princes Trust and traineeships.

If a young person needs help with other areas e.g. mental health, relationships, money.  Prospects Advisers can assist young people to find the right specialist help.

The current NEET contract provided by Prospects comes to an end 31st March 2021. This means we need to start preparing to think about a new service so that it will be ready by 1st April 2021. Starting a new service is an opportunity for us to review how the service could work differently. We want to make sure that the service still meets the needs of those who need it and would welcome your ideas and suggestions on what you would like us to improve. To help us do this we want to hear the views of children, young people, parents, carers and professionals to help shape how the services are delivered in the future.

Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

How to have your say

Please fill out this questionnaire to tell us your views about the service.

You can also give us your views by emailing or writing to us. Please see our contact details below.

Unfortunately, due to the various restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are not holding any face-to-face sessions. However, if you wish to talk to Council officers the Commissioning Manager will be holding two online “Zoom” sessions on:

  • Tuesday 16 June from 10am to 12.30pm
  • Friday 19 June from 1.30pm to 4pm

This may be an opportunity for a one to one conversation, or be part of a group discussion depending on numbers. Please email sufficiency@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk for more information.

If you prefer you can telephone the Commissioning Manager on 07818 538729.

If you have any questions, comments or would like a copy of this questionnaire in another format (including easy read or large print), you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are:

Email address: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Postal address: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Telephone: 0300 126 1000

Thank you for helping us by filling in this questionnaire.

​Opened: 17 February 2020

Closed: 29 March 2020

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

This is a consultation to seek your views on the current services delivered through Corby Children’s Centres. We are not proposing any changes to the current budget or level of service.  These are targeted support services such as training, 1:1 and group session, drop in sessions and SEND groups.

Your feedback will be used to help us have a better understanding of people’s views on the current services and will help inform service delivery in the future. Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

You do not have to answer all of the questions. If you don’t want to answer a question, or don’t know the answer, then move on to the next question.

If you would like this questionnaire in an alternative format, please email consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk or ask a member of staff at a Corby Children's Centre who will pass on your request to us.

If would like to talk to a member of staff from Northamptonshire County Council about this consultation, someone will be available at Pen Green between 9am and 1pm on Wednesday 11 March and Thursday 12 March 2020. These are informal drop-in sessions and there is no need to book.

​Opened: 17 January 2020

Closed: 14 February 2020

Contact: Julia Partridge, jpartridge@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this confidential survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey has been developed by Northamptonshire County Council in association with the Carers Association, the Clinical Commissioning Group and voluntary sector partners.  It is one of a number of different engagement activities we are carrying out in order to help us better understand the experience of being a carer in Northamptonshire.  Results from all of these activities will be used to help inform what carers services and support should look like in the future.

If you have any questions about this survey or about any of the other engagement activities then please contact Julia Partridge: jpartridge@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

If you require any information or have any queries regarding the support available to carers please contact the Northamptonshire Carers, their details can be found at the end of the survey.

Thank you again for your support and time.

​Opened: 18 December 2019

Closed: 31 January 2020

Contact: Steve Jackson, steve.jackson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Northamptonshire County Council is trying to gain a better understanding of how people currently use our country parks and what barriers may be preventing you from being more active in our parks.

Please help us by completing this short questionnaire. Your feedback will be used to help improve the facilities and activities available in our parks.

Any information you chose to provide will be treated confidentially and in accordance with data protection legislation and regulations.

 2019

​Opened: 11 November 2019

Closed: 27 December 2019

Contact: consultationschoolad@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council’s School Admissions Team is co-ordinating a formal consultation on the admissions arrangements for mainstream schools within the county for the September 2021 intake.  This consultation period allows parents, schools, religious authorities and the local community to comment on proposed admission arrangements.

Consultation will take place between 11 November 2019 and 27 December 2019.

Determination of school admission arrangements must be completed by 28 February 2020.

Publication of admission policies as soon as possible after 28th February and must be completed by 15 March 2020 (published on school's website and copy to LA).

How to have your say

If you would like to respond to this consultation then please email School Admissions Consultation at:
consultationschoolad@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Alternatively, please put your response in writing to:

Attn. of School Admissions Manager,

School Admissions Team,

Northamptonshire County Council,

One Angel Square, Angel Street,

Northampton, NN1 1ED.

​Opened: 13 November 2019

Closed: 24 December 2019

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

The draft budget agreed by Cabinet on 12 November 2019 is likely to be the County Council’s final budget and lays the foundations for the transition to two new unitary authorities from April 2021. This draft budget continues the work of last year to stabilize the County Council’s finances.

The development of the budget has been mindful of the growing demand pressures in Adult Services and the need to bring improvements to Children’s Services following feedback from Ofsted and as it transforms into a Children’s Trust.

The draft budget has been published a month earlier than normal to allow more time for scrutiny and consideration of public feedback.

We want to gain a better understanding of peoples’ opinions and need you to help us shape the future design and focus of our services. What you say will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

Your feedback on this consultation is really important to us, and all consultation feedback will be analysed and considered, and will help Councillors make a final decision on the budget at the Full Council meeting on 20 February 2020.  This meeting is held in public and anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must call Customer Services on 0300 126 1000.

The budget proposals are listed in full on the Draft Budget webpage, and Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community.

A lot of budget savings proposals relate to decisions that have already been made in previous budgets, the continuation of projects and financial adjustments to budgets with no service impact. These can be found listed in the Appendix to the Cabinet Report with the full list of budget savings but have not been included in this questionnaire. However, you can comment on anything within the Draft Budget in the comment boxes.

The online suvrey pages give details of the proposed council tax increase and budget savings proposals.  You do not have to answer all of the questions or give us your feedback on every section. If you do not wish to answer a question or give feed back on a specific section then you can skip those questions and move on to the next section.

Opened: 11 September 2019

Closed: 3 December 2019

Contact: FairContribPolicy@nass.uk.net

Northamptonshire Adult Social Services is planning to make changes to the way it works out how much people who receive social care services pay towards them. This is written down in some thing called the Fair Contributions Policy.

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

A proposal is a plan or suggestion made by someone for others to think about and help them make a decision. It is usually written down.

Please read the proposals and tell us what you think.

Why we are consulting

We are thinking about making three changes to our Fair Contributions Policy:

Disability Related Expenditure

Many people who receive social care will have to pay some money towards their care – this is known as a fair contribution.

When the Council works out how much someone can afford to pay towards their care, it leaves them with money to spend on everyday things like food and bills. It also leaves them with money to pay for things they need because of their disability. This is called Disability Related Expenditure.

The Council would like to know what you think about changing the amount of money people get to keep for Disability Related Expenditure. For some people, the amount they keep might go up but for other people, it might go down.

Older People’s Standard Income Disregard

When the Council works out how much someone can afford to pay towards their care, it leaves them with money to spend on everyday things like food and bills. At the moment in Northamptonshire, older people get to keep more than the Department of Health says they need (the statutory minimum).

The Council would like to know what you think about changing the amount of money older people get to keep for their everyday costs. We are thinking about reducing the amount of money that older people keep so that it is the same as what the Department of Health says they need (£189.00 per week instead of £194.50 per week).

Residential college charges

Some people who are at college and have care paid for by the Council have to pay money towards the cost of their care. At the moment, they are charged as if they are in residential care.

The Council would like to know what you think about changing the amount of money these customers pay so that they are charged as if they were receiving care in their own home. This will mean they get to keep more of their money and pay less towards their care.

Opened: 11 September 2019

Closed: 3 December 2019

Contact: FairContribPolicy@nass.uk.net

As a council with responsibility for social care, we must make sure that people who are eligible for social care have their needs met, within the financial resources available. At the same time, we must make sure that where customers meet the financial criteria to make a contribution towards the cost of their care, they do so in a way that meets current national regulations and guidance. We do this in a way which is equitable and fair and is clearly explained in policy statements.

Why we are consulting

What happens at the moment?

Social care is means tested. This means that everyone contributes what they can afford towards the cost of their care. This does not include services that are provided by the NHS, for example community nurses.

We want to make sure that we provide a fair service to all people who are eligible for Care and Support. We want those who can afford it to make a fair contribution towards the services they receive.

We are reviewing our Fair Contributions Policy and are proposing the following three changes, which we are consulting on:

  1. A change to the rate of Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) to have a single standard rate of £23 per week, instead of having two levels as at present (£18 per week for people on the lower/middle rate of benefits and £28 per week for people on the higher rate of benefits)

  2. A change to the level of Older Person’s Standard Income Disregard (a deduction of £5.50 per week to the current standard rate) which would bring the Council in line with other authorities and Department of Health guidance

  3. A change to the current charging model for residential college charges, so that all affected customers are charged a reduced amount for their care provisions by charging under domiciliary (home care) rules

Before completing this questionnaire, please read all of the supporting information for this consultation, including the equality impact assessments.

During the consultation period, we are unable to tell people how these proposed changes may directly affect them. If the proposed changes are agreed, we will write to all service users to confirm what changes are being introduced following this consultation and will let them know what, if any, changes will be made to their financial contributions towards their care and support.

​Opened: 11 September 2019

Closed: 19 November 2019

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Evelyn Wright House is a 29-bedded registered residential care home for older people over 60 years old who have a physical disability and/or dementia.

The home is in need of significant investment to bring it up to modern standards and fit for future use. It has been calculated that Evelyn Wright House is likely to need investment of approximately £800,000 to carry out the immediate remedial works identified as well as further additional amounts for necessary modernisations works.

Due to the increasing support needs of people in residential care, the building layout and configuration are also no longer fit for purpose and to change this would require further significant investment.  The current building is also close to not meeting the regulatory standards for building compliance for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as specified in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.

Unless the remedial works are carried out Evelyn Wright House will become unfit for purpose. However, the building works required to bring it up to modern standards and make appropriate interim arrangements for customers whilst necessary works are undertaken would take approximately 18-24 months, and the level of disruption this would cause current residents would be unacceptable. It is therefore proposed that we should stop providing the service at Evelyn Wright House and customers be moved to other homes. Customers care needs will be re-assessed to ensure any alternative accommodation is suitable and meets their needs.

Northamptonshire Adults Social Services (NASS) have made staff and residents aware of the scale of the work required and have explored options to move residents into other care homes. Some customers may wish to remain living in the Daventry area and there are some residential spaces available in another care home service close by, run by Shaw Healthcare, as well as other care providers.

The feedback from the consultation will help inform the Council’s decision on the future of Evelyn Wright House at the Cabinet meeting on 14 January 2020.

How to have your say

This questionnaire gives you the opportunity to tell us what you think about the above proposal.

Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

You do not have to answer all of the questions. If you don’t want to answer a question, or don’t know the answer, then move on to the next question.

You can also give us your views by emailing or writing to us. Please see our contact details below.

If you need any help in completing this questionnaire, please contact Michelle Wright on 01604 363778.

Before completing this questionnaire please read all of the supporting information for this consultation, including the equality impact assessment, which is available at the bottom of this page.

If you have any queries, comments or would like a copy of this survey in another format (including a paper version, easy read or large print), you can contact us by email, post or telephone. Our contact details are as follows:

Email address: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Postal address: Consultation, Equalities and Accessibility Team, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

Telephone: 01604 363778

Thank you for helping us by completing this qustionnaire.

​Opened: 30 September 2019

Closed 15 November 2019

Contact: Deborah Mbofana, Public Health Practitioner – Health Improvement, dmbofana@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council want to help more people to maintain a healthy weight or to reach their weight loss goals. Residents are able to access free weight management services if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 and above. This service is a 12 week group programme through a variety of providers. The Council wants to ensure that these services are meeting the needs of residents who want to lose weight

Why we are consulting

The Council’s Public Health and Wellbeing Team have developed this questionnaire to find out what helps people to lose weight and how that can be applied to weight management programmes in the county. The questionnaire asks for brief information about you, your knowledge, awareness and opinions of services that help people lose weight.

Please could you take about 10-15 minutes to tell us your views by completing this questionnaire.

Your feedback will be used to enable us to have a better understanding of our peoples’ views on weight management services and will help us shape the future of these services. Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

The Council is interested in your views even if you have never used a weight management service.

Thank you for helping us by completing this questionnaire.

​Opened: 20 September 2019

Closed: 31 October 2019

Contact: jmaddams@northamptonshire.gov.uk

30 Days 30 Ways UK is an annual month long campaign which is encouraging people to be more ‘emergency-ready’ by doing one simple challenge each day in September to make themselves, their families or their communities a little more prepared. Time has shown again and again that a little bit of preparation can make a big difference.

As part of this campaign we would like to get a better understanding of how prepared you are and how this is reflected across the UK. It will also help us to understand how this has changed over the 5 year that the 30 Days 30 Ways UK campaign has been running.

The survey below will ask you just a few questions about your understanding of the risks in your area and how prepared you are. It should only take a few minutes and is incredibly useful in helping us to understand where we are as a nation.

Data that you provide is anonymous. It will be analysed and collated to provide an overview of the general trends relating to resilience and preparedness. This will be grouped by both age and location (where provided) to better understand to what extent these are influencing factors. The results will be made available to partners for 30 Days 30 Ways UK and a summary report will be published later in the year. By completing the survey you are consenting for your data to be used in this way.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the remaining challenges.

​Opened: 11 September 2019

Closed: 31 October 2019

Contact: enquiries@healthwatchnorthamptonshire.co.uk

This survey is being run by Healthwatch Northamptonshire on behalf of Northamptonshire Adult Social Services.

Northamptonshire Adult Social Services (NASS) are looking at how they can change the way they provide adult social care to better suit the people who need it. They also recognise they are not organised in a way that makes sense to their customers and that they take too long to do some things.

They want to change this and have asked Healthwatch Northamptonshire to carry out a short, independent survey for them to gather your views to inform these changes.

This survey is for people currently receiving social care or who are a carer for someone receiving social care, or people who have received it in the last two years or cared for someone who has in the last two years.

Paper copies of this survey to be returned in the post can be requested from enquiries@healthwatchnorthamptonshire.co.uk or by phoning 0300 002 0010.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Any information you give Healthwatch Northamptonshire will remain anonymous and shared with Northamptonshire Adult Social Services (NASS) and collated into a report (which will be made available to the public). Healthwatch Northamptonshire do not ask for your name and will not use any information that would identify you. All information you give Healthwatch Northamptonshire will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and its data protection policy. You can read more about how Healthwatch Northamptonshire uses data at: www.healthwatchnorthamptonshire.co.uk/privacy

​Opened: 23 September 2019

Closed: 20 October 2019

Contact: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk

The next 18 months represent a critical stage for the future of public services in Northamptonshire.

During this time work will be completed to transform services and replace the county’s existing eight councils with two new unitary authorities.

In order for this to be a success it is essential that those services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council are placed on a firmer financial footing to make sure the two new unitary councils don’t inherit the significant issues faced by the authority.

This needs to happen before the new councils are created to make sure they start life with transformed, affordable services and a balanced budget.

To help us in this work we want your views on what you consider to be the priorities. We want to know what services you feel are most important to you, your family and your communities, how you rate these services and what improvements could be made.

We are asking these questions now and will repeat this every six months to make sure we are aware of your views on an ongoing basis.

What we spend now

Detailed explanations of what services are included in each of these areas are provided in the survey.

This does not include the following significant areas of spend which are paid for entirely through government grant:

Schools: £606m

This is the money spent on the day to day running of all the county’s schools

Public Health: £33.9m

This is the money which is spent on a whole range of services and initiatives aimed at improving the health of the population as a whole. This includes:

  • Weight management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Health screening
  • Immunisations and vaccines

Not including these areas the total net budget for the council is therefore £417.7m.

To help pay for all these services last year the council collected a total of £303.3m of council tax.

The remainder is paid for by business rates, and something called the New Homes Bonus.

How does this compare with other Councils?

The latest figures show how much we spend on services compared to other county councils.

Each service area is given a rank of how much is spent in Northamptonshire compared to all 26 county councils.

This shows how much the council spends compared to all 26 county councils with 1 being the highest spender and 26 being the lowest.

For example the council is ranked 19 out of 26 for the amount it spends on Environmental and Regulatory services.

The challenge

The financial difficulties of Northamptonshire County Council are well known.

For a number of years the council was spending more than its approved annual budget.

As a result of this and wider failings the Government has appointed two Commissioners to oversee the finance and governance of the council. It has also appointed a third Commissioner to oversee improvements in Children’s Services.

There has needed to be urgent work to repair the damage and last year the council balanced its books with a small underspend for the first time in several years.

However despite this progress, because of how fragile the finances are, further work is required. We have developed a Transformation Programme – combined with the work to move to Unitary Councils – which aims to deliver key improvements, and efficiencies in county council services before the changes to council structures.

As we continue with this work we want to hear from you about your priorities and views on council services. Of course there will be many different points of view about which services are most important and because of our fragile financial position we can’t make any promises at this stage about any services, but we think it is vital we hear your views. 

​Opened: 15 August 2019

Closed 27 September 2019

Contact: Parkingenquiries@kierwsp.co.uk

The County Council has carried out a review of the usage of Pay and Display parking bays within key areas of Northampton town centre and the charges associated with them.

The purpose of this review is to maximise the benefits of on-street parking in the town centre by introducing a higher rate tariff for parking at the busiest and most popular locations (similar to Milton Keynes). In addition, the authority is proposing to allow motorists to park for longer in bays which are currently underutilised.

How to provide feedback:

With any changes on the road network it is inevitable that some residents or businesses may not approve of proposals to make changes to parking restrictions, and for this reason the government requires local authorities to allow a 21 day notice period where the public can object or comment on these types of measures. In addition to writing to those affected, notices will be placed on site and in the local press.

After the closing date, all feedback will be reviewed and considered under the authorities internal procedures before a decision is made on whether to proceed with the introduction of the proposals.

The benefits that the proposals aim to deliver are;

  • Better management of the high demand for parking spaces in the most popular locations (e.g. Mercers Row), especially during peak periods.
  • To encourage the use of parking bays in areas on the Town Centre which are currently being underutilised.
    The reduction of congestion and incidents of obstruction from motorists cruising for spaces or waiting in the road for spaces to become available.
  • Improvement in the environment and experience for pedestrians and cyclists in the central area of the town centre by reducing the levels of traffic.

If you require further information please send enquires to Parkingenquiries@kierwsp.co.uk.

We aim to respond to all enquiries within 5 working days.

​Opened: 31 July 2019

Closed 4 September 2019

Contact: Northamptonshire Highways, cliftonville@kierwsp.co.uk

Northamptonshire is currently experiencing significant growth, with over 30,000 new homes planned up to 2031, creating opportunity for 15,000 new jobs.

The University of Northampton recently opened their new campus, accommodating more than 14,000 students and staff. The impact of such growth will impact on an already crowded network creating congestion, and worsening the existing air quality problems.

The Northampton Central Area Action Plan produced by Northampton Borough Council and our Northampton Town Transport Strategy both identify the Cliftonville Corridor as an area of concern regarding traffic levels and air quality. The route provides an important north-south link, as well as being one of the main accesses to and from Northampton General Hospital.

At peak times the corridor experiences congestion and traffic regularly queues back from Cliftonville Road along Bedford Road as far as the Barnes Meadow Interchange.

Following a successful bid for the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) have secured £1.814m to provide local Highway improvements to address these concerns, contribute to wider benefits on the strategic transport network and establish the Cliftonville Corridor as the eastern section of the revised inner ring road.

The £2.591m scheme, supported by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Northampton Borough Council, will help enable other local developments, such as the former Northampton St Edmund’s Hospital site which proposes to deliver up to 190 new homes.  The scheme will also help enhance the new £330m University of Northampton campus.