Public Notice

This notice has to be posted for 28 days. Please follow the link to read it, and respond if you wish to using the instructions in the notice. Thank you.
Collyweston Parish Council                                                  17th August 2017

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Spanning the Centuries

Spanning the Centuries:
the historic bridges of Northamptonshire by Julian Bowsher

Northamptonshire County Council has commissioned a beautiful new book which looks at the historic bridges within the county. Reading the book alongside the interactive mapping on the county council website provides an in-depth insight into local history and bridge building development over time.

The book costs £20.00 and can be ordered via this link.

 

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Olive – our local nonprofit online bulk oil buying scheme

by Action for Communities in Rural England (Northamptonshire ACRE

Our Bulk Oil Buying scheme has been running since October 2011 and was developed with the aim of helping people in homes, community buildings and businesses in rural Northamptonshire save money on their oil, particularly those in fuel poverty.

Our scheme enables us to bring people together to make the most of their collective buying power by ordering larger quantities of oil in one go. We are able to negotiate substantial discounts on the cost per litre of oil. These savings are passed on to members of the scheme.

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Catch a train to Corby?

Message from Tom Pursglove MP:

I have recently had a letter from the Rt. Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, regarding the re-franchising of the Midland Mainline. In the letter, the Secretary of State outlines that the Department would like to hear from both individual passengers and local communities with their views, to ensure the new franchise delivers the services that passengers want. I am keen to hear what local people think on this issue, so that I can help to make sure that local needs are firmly reflected in the feedback Ministers will consider later this year. In particular, I know there is a desire locally for more trains both north and southbound from Corby – a case I have made to Ministers and in Parliament for some time – and the Government remains committed to electrification of the line to Corby, on top of the track upgrades that are presently being delivered.

As such, I really urge everyone to take part in the consultation, so that we can ensure local voices are heard.  The consultation runs for 12 weeks, and responses are required by the 11th October. The consultation document and online survey are available at: https://bit.ly/eastmidlands-consultation. They are also available in accessible formats and hard copy on request by emailingeastmidlandsfranchise2017@dft.gsi.gov.uk, or by contacting: East Midlands Consultation, Department for Transport, 2/21 Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR.

From my perspective, it would be really helpful if people could copy me into their direct feedback by using pursglovet@parliament.uk, so that I too can fully understand and hear people’s views on this very important opportunity that only periodically comes around – let’s make our voices heard and push hard for further improvements to our rail services.

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Harvesting the skies for nature

by Adrian Thomas of the RSPB

Sometimes in making a garden better for wildlife, you have to challenge yourself, and for me that comes whenever the DIY toolkit is called for. After all, I’m the kind of person who gets confused when instructions say to use Phillip’s screwdriver, because I don’t know a Phillip.

In case you are the same, this article is all about fitting a water butt, and I’m hoping that by seeing a complete amateur in action (me), you’ll feel that anything is possible.

There are several reasons for wanting to collect rainwater:

  • It gives you a source of water for your plants, great if you don’t have an outside tap, or if your flower beds and vegetables are far from one.
  • You can save money! Many of us are on water meters, so why pay money when nature gives us all this free water?
  • Using tapwater to water your plants is a drain on the mains water supply, which can have major impacts on wetland habitats and their wildlife.

I am also a big fan of using stored rainwater to top up ponds. Most tapwater is stuffed with nitrates, which will boost any algae and blanketweed you have.

So here we go, brace yourselves as I bring out the powertools:

Step one is to choose your butt, making sure it will fit in the space you have, next to a drainpipe. This butt below holds about 210 litres of water; more slimline ones are available for tighter spaces. I always get water butts with the stand, otherwise it is impossible to get a watering can under the tap.

To get the water into the butt, it is possible to just drill a hole in the lid and slot it under a downpipe, but it will just overflow when full. So here I’m fitting a diverter kit to attach it to a square drainpipe, but you can buy diverters for round drainpipes too. Once the butt is full, it will then continue to flow down into the soakaway, drain or, in my case, rain garden.

To fit a diverter, you will need to drill a circular hole of the right size in the side of the butt to take a connecting pipe, and that’s where you do need the right drill bit.

 You then fit a connector, which is a simple matter of poking it through the hole and screwing the attachment on the reverse side, inside the butt.

 Then, with your butt on its stand in what will be its permanent position, you mark the downpipe at the same level as the butt connector.

 And here’s the scary bit – hacksawing through the downpipe.

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 A diverter unit then slots in to the drainpipe.

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 And then it is just a case of fitting a length of flexible pipe between the diverter and the inlet, pop the lid on, and you’re ready for your first downpour.

 Keeping the lid on is important – it means that birds can’t fall in and drown, mosquitoes can’t get in to breed, and algae can’t prosper in the dark. The water should keep fresh for ages. And all I have to do is scrape off that awful white sticker they put on the butt!

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Password expert regrets past advice

The author of an influential guide to computer passwords says he now regrets several of the tips he gave.

Bill Burr had advised users to change their password every 90 days and to muddle up words by adding capital letters, numbers and symbols – so, for example, “protected” might become “pr0t3cT3d4!”.

The problem, he believes, is that the theory came unstuck in practice. Mr Burr now acknowledges that his 2003 manual was “barking up the wrong tree”. He disclosed his views in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Current guidelines no longer suggest passwords should be frequently changed, because people tend to respond by making only small alterations to their existing passwords – for example, changing “monkey1” into “monkey2”- which are relatively easy to deduce.

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Do you look after a child for someone?

Northamptonshire County Council is encouraging people who have a child living with them who is not their own to register it as a private fostering arrangement.

Private fostering is when children up to the age of 16 living with someone other than a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility for 30 days or more and the county council has a statutory duty to record it.

Private foster carers can be a friend of the child’s family, or be someone who is willing to care for the child of a family they do not know.

This could include:

  • Children and young people living apart from their families
  • minority ethnic children with parents working or studying in the UK
  • children with parents overseas
  • children living with host families for a variety of reasons
  • children on holiday exchanges

Those providing private fostering could be entitled to benefits and support they may not currently be receiving.

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