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Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Northamptonshire, who form the grass roots tier of local government in England.
We offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.
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Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:27 by Danny Moody
Welcome to the latest eUpdate from Northants CALC. This final edition of 2014 is packed full of funding opportunities, news, guidance and updates. There's a report on the Northants CALC AGM, an article about attaching Christmas lights to lighting columns, and news of the soon-to-be-launched Local Council Award Scheme. On pages 9 to 17 there is an Election Special feature with all the information, tips and tricks to encourage people to come forward for election as a parish or town councillor. Plus there's all the usual features, including details of upcoming training courses and a cautionary tale. Near the end there is a light-hearted look at the minutes of Much Hooey Parish Council. More »
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:01 by Danny Moody
Over sixty voting delegates attended the 67th Annual General Meeting of the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (Northants CALC) on Saturday 18 October 2014 at the Saxon Hall in Raunds. In all, approximately 100 attendees participated in the annual business and heard an illuminating keynote address from local government academic Professor Colin Copus from De Montfort University on Localism and what it means for parish councils. More »
During the business items there was overwhelming support for a one-off structural change in membership fees from 2015. The Association's board had recommended a significant increase that would put the Association on a sound financial footing for the future and after a lively debate the motion was carried with 52 votes in favour, 7 against and 2 abstentions. An earlier amendment that the change be phased in over three years was heavily defeated. Chief Executive, Danny Moody, promised that the Association would work hard to deliver value for money and would listen to the smallest parishes to ensure that services were fit for purpose for all.
A motion from Deanshanger Parish Council that government be lobbied to "protect all pubs from the threat of conversion to supermarkets, betting shops and pay-day loan stores by ensuring the need for planning permission and community consultation, which is not presently required under change of use legislation" was carried unanimously with a suggestion that similar protection be sought for community post offices and banks.
Two directors, Kath Bonner Dunham and Gwen Radcliffe, retired from the board at the AGM and a presentation was made to Gwen in appreciation for her nearly thirty years of service to the Association. The AGM also elected her as a new Vice President. The two directors joining the board to fill the vacancies are Linda Carter from Brackley Town Council and Lynn Lavender from Duston Parish Council.
The Came & Co Northamptonshire Council of the Year 2014 award went to Brackley Town Council for its WWI centenary commemoration project, which included the cleaning of the community's war memorial, involving local children and conducting a trawl of the council's archives to find relevant information. A community service was held on 4 August 2014 in Brackley, which will go down as a special day in the history of the council and the community. The award was presented to Town Clerk, Linda Carter, by Vice President, Jeffrey Greenwell.
A prize draw for a set of 640 Christmas lights donated by Blachere Illuminations was won by Billing Parish Council.
In his closing remarks Jeffrey Greenwell said "This is your Association. It is run for you, the member councils. By attending this meeting you control the Association and today you have voted to make it a strong Association for the future".
Next year's AGM will take place on Saturday 17 October 2015 and all member councils are encouraged to attend. » Less
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:12 by Danny Moody
The stage is set, the bacon rolls are ordered, the delegates are booked. The 67th Northants CALC AGM takes place on Saturday 18 October from 9:15 a.m. at the Saxon Hall in Raunds. More »
Almost one hundred delegates have booked to attend, so it promises to be a lively event. Apart from the AGM business the delegates will hear a keynote address from Prof Colin Copus (@ProfCopusLG), Professor of Local Politics and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University. The presentation will be lively, challenging and thought-provoking.
The hashtag for the AGM is #NCALCAGM. » Less