We asked, you said, we did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

We sought feedback on the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2024-2029 which sets out how, over the next five years, North Northamptonshire Council will work collaboratively with our partners to build on our existing approach and respond to challenges to tackle and help prevent homelessness and support those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. 

You said

In total, 75 people took part in the overall consultation; 65 of those were people who responded to the online survey and 10 were people who took part in the telephone interviews.

48 of those who entered the online survey fully completed it and 17 left the survey unfinished and failed to return before the deadline. Of those 17 people, 5 did not answer any of the questions and therefore have been removed from this analysis which left a total of 70 people. Whilst this is a modest number of respondents, 30% of all participants had lived experience of homelessness and/or rough sleeping. Respondents were asked to read the draft of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping strategy and then specify to what extent they agreed that each priority should form part of the final strategy.

Overall, people consulted were supportive of the five priorities set out in the strategy. 83% of all respondents strongly agreed / agreed that all five priorities should be included in the final strategy.

The breakdown for each priority was as follows:

• Priority 1 – 89% of respondents agreed this should be included
• Priority 2 – 91% of respondents agreed this should be included
• Priority 3 – 93% of respondents agreed this should be included
• Priority 4 – 93% of respondents agreed this should be included
• Priority 5 – 89% of respondents agreed this should be included

Individuals who were responding to the online survey on behalf of an organisation were asked if they have any further actions or ideas that could be included in the action plan which accompanies the strategy to deliver against the five priorities. The main ideas and themes gathered from these responses are as follows:

• Suggestions of a range of local partners who could be engaged to help deliver the action plan were put forward including S2S, Mind, Service Six, Teamwork Trust, Sure Start Centres, housing developers, private landlords plus any other organisations that may have an interest in supporting actions in the strategy or who could offer resources (e.g.: Supermarkets, banks, large businesses/employers, and the wider community in general).

• A need for a more action based and collaborative approach within the Homelessness Forum as well as sharing more data around aspects of the homelessness service such as the number of households in Temporary Accommodation.

• A suggestion to increase public awareness of homelessness initiatives and schemes in order to encourage support.

We did

The strategy is currently going through the governance process and will be presented for approval by Executive, currently planned for June.

The next steps based on the feedback that was received in the consultation will be to develop a detailed action plan which can be monitored throughout the 5 year period that the strategy covers. We have set the wheels in motion to get the North Northants Homeless Forum back up and running and are currently looking at ways to make this as productive and collaborative as possible. We have created a report of all consultation findings which will feed in to the action plan which underpins the strategy. We plan to develop the action plan with the collaboration of local partners. We are also researching ways to implement lived experience into our service.

We asked

In partnership with The Environment Partnership (TEP) and CFP Landscape & Heritage, NNC undertook an audit of greenspaces across North Northamptonshire in order to develop a strategy to invest just over £1.5m secured from the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

You said

A total of 97 sites were audited for quality and value.  290 responses were received to a residents’ survey.  A visioning workshop was also undertaken with NNC staff.  The conclusions from both were very similar, which has given the consultants preparing the Audit & Strategy confidence in their findings and the overall conclusions they’re making.  This is also expected to make the Council and its Members certain in agreeing recommendations for investment in priority schemes, and leave a legacy to go about seeking further funding from bids to deliver more projects beyond those receiving over £1Million of investment before the end of March 2025.

We did

The results of the consultation influenced the preparation of the Council’s Strategy for Urban Greenspace, which is in the final stages of preparation.  The Strategy will be put before Members of the UKSPF Panel in early June, whereby Members will be asked to agree multiple projects across each of the six towns (Corby, Desborough, Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden and Higham Ferrers) and satisfying demands in terms of both activity and enjoyment of the natural environment and habitats.

We asked

North Northamptonshire Council are developing their first All Age Carers Strategy. We asked carers, or someone who is supporting a carer, to feedback on the draft strategy.

The All-Age Carers Strategy 2024-29 sets out our vision and priorities for recognising, valuing, and supporting carers. It reflects legislation and national guidance regarding the role and duties of local authorities. The strategy also aims to respond to priorities that have been highlighted within North Northamptonshire, which were discovered during recent engagement events with local carers.

We have identified five key priorities to support carers in their caring role and to maintain their own health and wellbeing. The strategy outlines our actions for each priority, and we want to know carers views on these. The feedback will be used to further develop our action plan for the final All Age Carers Strategy 2024-29.

The priorities are:

  • Identification and recognition
  • Information and Advice
  • Carers Breaks
  • A life alongside caring
  • Joined up systems - Telling my story once

You said

  • 76 Surveys were submitted
  • Of the 76 submitted forms, 7 contained no information

The results of the survey show that those participating mostly agreed with the 5 priorities.

We did

The feedback has been collated, and will be taken to the newly formed *Carers Forum for discussion and decision making. This will then be used to make changes to the Strategy at future reviews - the strategy will be reviewed yearly by the group to measure success/identity where more support/changes are required.

*The Carers Forum is made up of carers, who are Experts by Experience.

We asked

The Council sought feedback on the draft proposals for a balanced revenue budget for 2023/24 and the medium-term financial plan for the next three years. The budget consultation period commenced on 21 December 2023 and closed on 26 January 2024.

The budget proposals set out a detailed spending strategy for the authority for the financial year 2024/25 as well as outlining the medium-term financial plan for the next two years. The budget proposed a balance net revenue budget for 2024/25 at £371.5 million.

The main proposals were:

  • To increase Council Tax by 4.99%, comprising a ‘core’ Council Tax increase of 2.99% covering all services and a further 2% for the adult social care precept, which is the maximum amount permitted. This would contribute an additional £9.6m per year and would represent a Band D level of Council Tax of £1,740.22 for 2024/2025, or the equivalent of £33.47 per week.
  • Draft Capital Programme 2024-28.

However, respondents were invited to comment on any proposal within the Draft Budget.

You said

Using the various means available to consultees, local people and organisations contributed to the North Northamptonshire Council Draft Budget 2024/25 consultation 475 times.

Council Tax increase proposals:

  • 44.3% of respondents said they strongly agreed or tended to agree with the proposal to increase core council tax by 2.99%, whilst 47.5% said they strongly disagreed or tended to disagree with the proposal.
  • 42.8% of respondents said they strongly agreed or tended to agree with the proposal to add an adult social care precept of 2% to council tax, whilst 45.2% said they strongly disagreed or tended to disagree with the proposal.

For more information about your feedback please see:

Appendix E – Draft Budget 2024-25 Consultation Analysis Report

We did

On Thursday 22 February 2024, the North Northamptonshire Council approved the 2024 to 2025 budget for North Northamptonshire.

The report before Council presented a balanced revenue budget for 2024/25 as well as outlining the medium-term financial plan for the next three years.

Through its budget, the Council will: 

  • Invest in the region of £57m in protecting and improving local services.
  • Continue to improve local schools, town centres, transport and rural neighbourhoods.
  • Tackle climate change, continuing the use of a dedicated £1m fund for this purpose.
  • Invest in adult social care and in care and support for children and families.
  • Help those on low income by maintaining the Local Council Tax Support Scheme at the current level of 25%.
  • Continue to support and develop the local economy, housing, education and skills.
  • Provide grants to local community and voluntary organisations.

Council Tax: The Council approved an increase in council tax of 4.99%, which includes the 2% adult social care precept and is the maximum increase permitted by Government.

This increase will contribute about an additional £9.6m per year and represents a Band D level of Council Tax for North Northamptonshire Council of £1,740.22 for 2024/25.

This Band D figure does not include the Council Tax for individual Town and Parish Councils or the Council Tax set for Fire and Police by the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Capital Programme: Final proposals for capital projects were also approved, totalling £163.5m over a three-year period. General capital projects make up £104.8m of this amount while the Housing Revenue Account is £58.7m.
 
There is also a Capital development pool - totalling £171.1m - for the progression and prioritisation of key schemes. 

Housing Revenue Account: This year’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) sees a balanced budget for the two Neighbourhood Accounts.

There will also be a rent increase of 7% for the next financial year, which accords with the Government’s rent setting policy for 2024/25. Any funding received by the HRA is retained within the HRA and will be used to support housing improvements and maintenance.

For more information about the budget, please see:

Council papers for meeting held on 22 February 2024

Draft minutes of Council meeting held on 22 February 2024

We asked

The company known as Scotts of Thrapston Limited, 4 Bridge Street, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4LR has applied to North Northamptonshire Council to vary their existing permit for the working of timber and manufacture of wood-based products, EPR/EN/9b, to include a biomass boiler as a directly associated activity.

Representations were invited from interested parties.

You said

No responses or representations were made.

We did

The existing permit will now be varied. For more information about Environmental permits please visit the NNC webpage at https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/environment/environmental-permits

We asked

NNC sought the views of Hackney Carriage licensees, residents and stakeholders on plans to replace existing legislation, in relation to licensing of hackney carriages, that was in place for former areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough. This meant that rather than the current four separate licensing zones, one NNC zone would be created.

You said

221 responses were received through the online activity and 35 were received via email.

Of the online responses, 54 respondents were in agreement to the proposals while 188 disagreed with the proposals.

All responses, including fully comments, can be viewed via the Licensing and Appeals Committee of 21 March 2024 papers.

 

We did

The Licensing and Appeals Committee reviewed the papers, including all responses, on 21 March 2024 and agreed to make a proposal to the Executive to replace the current four hackney carriage zones with one NNC zone and to review the current Hackney Carriage Byelaws.

We asked

Residents were asked to give their views on a proposed new PSPO for Rushden town centre. Rushden has been experiencing significant anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

The proposed restricted area that the PSPO will cover was set out, along with the suggested prohibitions. Residents were asked to say whether they agreed with the making of the PSPO overall; the proposed restricted area; what they felt about each prohibition and whether additional areas of the town, or other prohibitions should be considered for inclusion in the order.  
 

You said

NNC received 148 responses, with 83% of respondents saying they strongly agreed or agreed with making the PSPO.

The proposed restricted area was very widely regarded as the critical area for the PSPO to cover.

ASDA was identified as a key area for consideration of extending the PSPO restricted area.

Several other roads were identified further out from the town centre. However, for practical reasons with enforcement, these couldn’t be included.

The prohibitions were widely regarded as the key ones.

Many respondents offered other comments about their own experiences of issues in the town centre.
 

We did

All views helped support the PSPO proposals when they were considered and approved by NNC’s Executive at its meeting on 14 January 2024.

The PSPO is now being implemented and will be formally sealed as a legal order to start shortly. It will be in place for three years, when NNC will be required to review it and either extend for a further three years, with or without amendments, or discontinue with it.

We asked

In Autumn 2023, we conducted a survey seeking views on a proposed new way of delivering activities and respite (short breaks) for disabled children in Northamptonshire. It was important that we gave as many people the opportunity to feedback via an electronic survey and through face to face sessions. 

Conducted throughout October and November, the survey received an overwhelming response, with 150 individuals contributing their valuable insights and a further 134 attending the various workshops. 

You said

The following sets out the key findings:

  • The idea of a single referral pathway is beneficial to help avoid families having to tell their stories repeatedly.
  • Any assessment that is already in place should be used for access to the short break’s services. Some respondents did want to keep self-referrals.
  • Respondents agreed with the principle of reallocating funding, however, they did not agree with closing the residential short breaks unit 1 day a week.
  • That daytime activities preferred included swimming, activities involving animals, cooking or musical activities.
  • The need for better links with activities already taking place in communities and support for children and young people to access them.
  • The need for 1:1 or 2:1 staffing, followed by secure environments and small groups to access services.
  • The sleep service should not be added to the short breaks group of services.
  • Sensory impairment services should not be added to the short breaks group of services.
  • Adding personal care and support services to the short breaks group of services would be positive.
  • That in general, respondents agreed with some parts of the proposals but not all of it.

We did

The survey covered a broad spectrum of topics allowing us to review the entire provision and receive appropriate feedback. Thanks to this, a new model of short breaks and respite will be implemented; this will consist of:

  • A single referral route into the short break’s services.
  • Existing assessments being used to access the short breaks services and allowing parents to self-refer.
  • Residential short breaks unit reducing the bed capacity rather than closing 1 night a week; analysis shows this will still enable the need to be met.
  • The Sleep Service (and budget) will not be included in the Short Breaks group of services.
  • The Sensory Impairment services will not be included in the short breaks group of service.
  • Consideration of adding PCaS services during the 2nd year of the contract after modelling the viability of this.

Next steps 

  • Commissioning the new services to be in place by November 2024.
  • Complete a whole service review of the sleep service and agree a joint plan to reduce the waiting list.
  • Ensure the transition from the current services to the new services are as smooth as possible to avoid any negative impact on children, young people, and their families.

To read more and see the report you can visit the Northamptonshire Childrens Trust News page

We asked

North Northamptonshire Council sought the views of residents and interested parties on the development of a strategy to encourage more walking, wheeling and cycling tris across North Northamptonshire.

Although many areas across North Northants have, or are in the process of developing, an LCWIP, this strategy encompasses more rural areas and connects key settlements and identifies all trip generators.

The survey took respondents through various sections of the strategy and sought views on the different aspects, objectives, funding and how we are proposing to prioritise the order in which 33 proposed routes may be delivered.

You said

295 responses were received.

Respondents are in agreement with the Vision and its key objectives. Underlying all responses is the need for maintenance, inclusivity, deliverability, connectivity and safety to be at the heart of all the development of routes.

Securing future maintenance agreements is key with the delivery of routes, and that needs to be agreed at the outset. As is the maintenance of the Greenways already delivered.

Various alternative or additional suggestions were made including working with landowners to further develop the network, and keeping the Greenway off road wherever possible.

The questionnaire asked for “Greenway Champions” to come forward who would raise the profile of the Strategy, the benefits of the Greenway network, advocate it to their community and generally spread the word. This yielded 3 individual responses (more responses were yielded from the Wellingborough to Rushden Consultation). Various groups also came forward to offer their support for scop8ing out further routes.

It was clear that there is strong support for harmonisation of the S106 formula across North Northants, and further work needs to be done internally within North Northants Council in order for it to become an adopted policy.

We did

The North Northamptonshire Greenway Strategy was approved by the Greenway Board on 21 March 2024 and will go to Executive for decision making at a date to be advised.

It will be accompanied for a request to commit to further investigation into a more robust S106 formula in order for it to be relevant and in sync with other S106 requests to improve harmonisation with the new emerging local plans, internal departments and supplementary planning documents review.
 

We asked

The Wellingborough to Rushden Masterplan has been developed in order to look at how a Greenway connection can be made between Rushden Lakes and Wellingborough to connect to Chester House Estate. It would connect the Greenway from Woodford to Stanwick Lakes, Irthlingborough, Higham and Rushden.

Residents have been asking for such a route for a few years now, and the demand is there but developing it has some significant challenges. North Northamptonshire Council sought the views of residents on the proposed route.

You said

153 responses were received.

Responses indicated that the Wellingborough to Rushden Greenway route is much needed and well supported.

Variations of the route have been suggested, and where they have proposed linking to Irchester this can be fed into other plans. Suggestions that the route should be placed elsewhere e.g. to the North of the river have already been investigated and perhaps was not made clear enough in the Masterplan that the route currently being looked at is the only way it can be delivered with all the constraints of the landscape, nature, infrastructure in the area.

Indications for future use, is showing a sway towards leisure use.

It is also evident that the public wish to be kept informed of development and timeframes. Updates could be done through the Greenway Champions network, a website, regular press releases, through the existing Friends of the North Northamptonshire Greenway social media site and through the numerous stakeholders.

As of January 2024, timescales and costs for this project and the necessary assessments which need to be carried out are being investigated.

We did

The Wellingborough to Rushden Masterplan was approved by the Greenway Board on 21 March 2024 and will go to Executive for decision making at a date to be advised.

We will apply for Shared Prosperity Funding to initiate the Habitat Regulations Assessment and Flood Risk Assessments, both of which are crucial to start as soon as possible due to the length of the studies.

Work will continue to progress the Masterplan to a planning stage with the aim of submission late 2026/early 2027 with the project plan and its actions agreed at the above Executive meeting.

We asked

NNC sought feedback on the draft Strategy which is required to comply with The Education and Inspections Act 2006. The legacy strategy is the 2015 Northamptonshire SMOTS.

The draft strategy will:

  • Increase active and sustainable travel
  • Strengthen relationship with school community
  • Improve health outcomes for children and young people
  • Meet our statutory requirement

You said

There were 24 responses to the online activity.

Whilst there were very few responses, the responses were in favour of active and sustainable travel and indicated the desire for an improvement on roads, transport for children and options for active travel. The Future Communities Executive Advisory Panel (EAP) Committee agreed that the strategy should be put forward to the Executive for adoption.

Full details of the consultation responses can be viewed on the Sustainable Modes of Transport report that was discussed at Executive on 14 March.

We did

On 14 March 2024 the Executive reviewed the survey results and comments from the EAP Committee and approved the STETS for adoption.

We asked

Central government expects all local authorities to develop electric vehicle infrastructure strategies and NNC’s draft strategy was developed with input from the council’s Sustainable Communities Executive Advisory Panel and the town and parish council forums. The purpose of this consultation exercise was to hear the opinions of residents and other stakeholders to fine tune the 10 policies that were set out in the draft strategy.

You said

113 responses were received as part of the consultation exercise. 112 of these were received via the online form and a single response was sent to the NNEVI team via e-mail. 75% of the respondents were local residents but responses were also received from town/parish councillors and charge point operators. The overarching themes of the responses were focussed upon the requirement for an increase in the number of publicly available chargepoints, concerns regarding the capital cost of electric vehicles and the requirement to locate publicly available chargepoints strategically to bring the most benefit to the population without negatively impacting upon parking. Some suggestions received were beyond the scope of the strategy, however, all responses were carefully considered.

We did

The responses to the consultation were thoroughly reviewed and the strategy has been redrafted following the exercise. We are anticipating that this strategy will be published shortly.

We asked

This formal consultation was initiated following NNC receipt of two completed expressions of interest applications to relocate to the Glenvale Park site. Following a robust interview process the Panel recommended that Wilby CE VA Primary School relocates to the Glenvale Park Site.

Residents, stakeholders and interested parties were asked their views on the proposal.

You said

There was a total of 202 responses with 199 online and 3 email responses.

The overall response to the relocation was positive with a majority of respondents to support the relocation.

The full Executive report and appendices can be found on the NNC website.

We did

On 16 November 2023 NNC Executive approved the proposal to relocate Wilby CEVA Primary School to the Glenvale Park site.

A decision was made by the Schools Adjudicator to approve the relocation of Wilby to the Glenvale Park new school building.  The Department for Education will now consider the proposal as part of the relocation process.

A relocation committee has been formed and meet fortnightly to progress the steps needed to complete the relocation, which includes the freehold transfer of the Glenvale School and the Wilby School building. Other actions are running parallel so that a smooth transition takes place for the pupils, staff, parents and carers of Wilby CEVA.

We asked

We sought feedback on the experiences of unpaid carers to shape the way forward for the service.

You said

62 carers completed the survey, in varying degrees of completion.

Some key points are that:

  • One third had visited the NNC website pages.
  • A small number indicated they had found the information they were looking for.
  • A quarter had been in receipt of a carers assessment, with wait times varying from under 5 working days to a small number still waiting for their assessment.
  • Carers told us that they are not overly aware of the services the Council fund for carers.

We did

The survey results were used in conjunction with face to face and online workshops with carers, alongside Expert by Experience input, to identify where carers living in North Northamptonshire would benefit from improvements to the support currently offered by NNC via its Supporting Carers contract.

The survey and workshops identified 5 key themes that NNC have included in the Strategy: :

- Identification and recognition
- Information and Advice
- Carers Breaks
- A Life Alongside Caring
- Joined up systems - telling my story once 

NNC has drafted an All-Age Carers Strategy, which is currently out to public consultation. You can view the details on our Consultation Hub, which is open for your feedback until 3 March 2024.

The results will be analysed and will inform any amendments made. The draft Strategy will be presented to the Executive for adoption, in April 2024.  

We asked

NNC sought the views on the review of the content of three separate Dog Control PSPOs currently in place in the form legacy district and borough council areas (East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough) and incorporate the Corby area into one overall PSPO relating to Dog Control.

A PSPO allows the council to enforce key restrictions including dog exclusion in all fenced children’s play areas, county wide controls on dog fouling, dogs on lead orders in places such as cemeteries and the ability to request dogs to be placed on leads when required.

Proposed changes included:

  • Remove the requirement that dogs must be kept on a lead no more than 1.5m in length in prescribed areas – currently this is only within the Kettering area.
  • Remove the restriction that a person may not take more than 6 dogs onto any land at any time – currently this is only within the Kettering area.
  • Elements of the existing orders are replicated to cover the former Corby Borough Council area, including dog exclusion from all enclosed or fenced off children’s play areas, dog fouling control and a requirement to have dogs on leads in certain areas such as churches and cemeteries.

You said

There were 72 responses to the online survey with 72% of respondents strongly agreeing or agreeing with the contents of the proposed PSPO.

Several representations were made in relation to additional considerations, including Fermyn Woods, Irchester main hub area and Corby areas. Full details can be found in the consultation appendix as part of the Executive papers for the Executive meeting held on 16 November 2023.

We did

The draft Public Spaces Protection Order (Dog Control) Order 2023 was approved by Executive on 16 November 2023 and is now in force. Full details can be found on the NNC website PSPO page.

We asked

Residents, organisations and business were invited to give their view on the proposed Corby Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan which was created in collaboration with WSP and Brightwayz.

The LCWIP provides a strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements at a local level and enable the long-term approach to developing networks for the next ten years.

The Corby LCWIP had a range of engagement and consultation with stakeholders and the public throughout the development of the plan. This engagement included a series of workshops with key stakeholders and residents that were held during the development of the LCWIP as well as a dedicated feedback section on the Commonplace website.

Participants at the most recent public consultation were able to comment on:

  • Proposed routes and corridors
  • Priority of individual routes and corridors
  • The overall LCWIP report

You said

The online public consultation was promoted to stakeholders/residents who had already been involved in the development of the LCWIP as well as to the wider population through various media. In addition, various events were attended to raise the profile of the consultation and to provide assistance to those wanting to comment upon the proposals.

There were 105 responses in total:

  • Only 14% of the respondents disliked or mostly disliked the plan.
  • 59% of contributions loved or liked the plan.
  • The remainder of 27% were neutral contributions.

The walk routes most often identified by respondents as being important to them were:

  • Town centre 25%
  • Corby Old Village 16.1%
  • Oakley Road 13.7%
  • Weldon Road 11.3%

The cycle routes identified by respondents as being important to them were:

  • East- Station to Weldon/Priors Hall Park South 26.5%
  • North East – Train station to Priors Hall Park 20.5%
  • North – Rockingham triangle 15.7%
  • South East – Stanion to train station 14.5%
  • West – Cottingham to town centre 13.9%
  • South West – West Corby SUE to town centre 9.0%

Numerous detailed comments on each of the route proposals were provided.

We did

Each of the responses and comments have been analysed and considered. A Consultation Report that summarises the findings of this analysis has been prepared and will be reported to NNC members (along with a report on the overall engagement for the overall LCWIP process) when approval of the Corby LCWIP proposals will be sought. The report includes proposals to reflect all comments received and ensure they are considered as the design of the route proposals is developed further.

We asked

As part of the Active Communities Framework Consultation residents were invited to have their say on the future provision of sport and leisure in North Northamptonshire Council area via completion of an online community survey.

You said

656 residents completed the community survey. 

We did

The results of the community survey are being analysed by Max Associates (consultants) together with other survey results which were sent and completed by; National Governing Bodies (Sport), Schools, Town and Parish Councils, Voluntary Sector and Sports Clubs.  Workshops and consultations with external partners/stakeholders and North Northamptonshire Councillors also took place.

The draft report from Max Associates will be considered by the Steering Group in February 2024 and a final report will be taken to the Council in August 2024. We will update you after this time.

We asked

We were considering the extension of the current PSPO for a further three years following its expiration in November 2023. The PSPO covers the Wellingborough Town Centre area and feedback was sought from residents and stakeholders. The current PSPO had been successful in tackling issues of anti-social behaviour, drug taking and criminal activities.

You said

The response rate was very low. Four of the five respondents agreed with the extension for a further three years, whereas the final respondent wasn’t sure. Respondents told us how important the PSPO was to the local area.

We did

The PSPO has been extended for a further three years from 2023 to 2026 with no changes to the prohibitions or the restricted area it covers.

We asked

We were considering the extension of the current PSPO for a further three years following its expiration in November 2023. The PSPO covers alleygates in the Isebrook and Victoria Ward and feedback was sought from residents and stakeholders. The current PSPO had been successful in tackling issues of anti-social behaviour, drug taking and criminal activities.

You said

Respondents told us how important the PSPO was to the local area. Respondents were asked whether they agreed the gates on the alleyways had helped reduce anti-social behaviour and crime, and whether the PSPO should be extended for a further three years. Nineteen responses were received of which 18 said they agreed with both questions.  

We did

The PSPO has been extended for a further three years from 2023 to 2026 with no changes to the prohibitions or the restricted area it covers.

We asked

We applied to FCC Community Action Fund – England for funding to create a new playground area at Barnwell Country Park.

Residents were asked to vote on four options.

You said

55 responses were received with the winning design being option 3, by Kompan Ltd.

We did

Funding has been approved by the FCC Communities Foundation and we are hoping that the installation will be completed by July 2024 in time for the summer holidays.