County council latest: HQ sale postponedUnpublished
Northamptonshire County Council is postponing the sale of its new headquarters, One Angel Square in Northampton.
They will instead try and use reserves to balance the books.
The news comes as this week the government approved inspectors recommendations to send commissioners in to oversee the county council's operations and financial management.
And Corby Borough Council's leader, Cllr Tom Beattie, has again stated that the authority won't willingly accept a recommendation to merge it with others to create a new unitary authority for the north of the county.
"Living Legends" on the wayUnpublished
Arts collective Made In Corby have decided on ten "Living Legends" for an exhibition coming up at the Rooftop Arts Centre.
The project funded by the National Lottery received many entries from the public which were featured on social media before judges sat down to select the final ten.
They are being visited by a writer and photgrapher to document their stories - the ten range from a shopkeeper on the Kingswood estate to the founder of Adrenaline Alley.
Other nominations are also set to be featured in the exhibition in a big screen at the centre - while photography workshops will look to get more people in the town involved.
The exhibition is set to open for a month from May the 2nd.
BFI award for Corby teenagerUnpublished
A teenager from Corby has been picked out by the British Film Institute as "One to Watch".
Emily Fisher, 16, is studying GCSEs at Kingswood Secondary Academy but has also been part of the HD Media community interest company which has been working with youngsters in town on documentary film-making.
Emily's work has seen her nominated and become just one of three people nationally given the award this year from the BFI in association with the charity "Into Film".
Emily now says she aims to go to university and study film production.
Local government shake-up on cardsUnpublished
Mar 16 - Leaders of district and borough councils in Northamptonshire have called for a meeting with the Secretary of State for Local Government.
It follows an inspectors' report on the county council which recommends to government that the authority is scrapped with two new unitary bodies replacing all local authorities in the county.
A joint statement from the borough leaders says they don't believe the unitary model is the only way forward and that residents need to be at the heart of any solutions - and that the leaders have suggestions that could contribute.
Corby Borough Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie said "CBC considers itself a well run and efficient Council. As evidenced by our own LGA Peer Review in 2014 we are financially strong to the point that we have recently approved a budget for growth. It is extremely disappointing that because of the failure of others the future of our council is now threatened. The people of Corby deserve better than this.”
On Friday the seven MPs for Northamptonshire released a joint statement welcoming the report's findings while Corby MP Tom Pursglove added that wherever possible the new model should mean Corby people taking decisions about the town.
The Conservative leader of the county council, Cllr Heather Smith, resigned on Thursday following the report's publication.
KGH beset by emergency pressureUnpublished
Mar 8 - Kettering General Hospital say they are under intense emergency care pressures and are urging local people to use NHS services appropriately and stay away from A&E wherever possible.
A significant number of patients have attended with minor conditions and as a result waited four to six hours – and then often been referred to their GP.
KGH bosses say the high pressure situation – which is also a theme across the rest of the UK – means that both hospital and community services are very full.
Kettering General Hospital’s Acting Chief Executive Rebecca Brown said: “We are under extreme pressure at the moment. We do have a high rate of patients who are appropriately being admitted to hospital and more than half of patients in hospital at the moment are over 75. These patients – often with multiple medical conditions – need to be our priority. Local people can help by not attending A&E for conditions which they could wait and see their GP for. Or maybe they could access other NHS services such as the Corby Urgent Care Centre, NHS 111 advice line or their local pharmacist.”
KGH Medical Director, Prof Andrew Chilton, added: “We would urge local people to do everything they can to support discharges from hospital. Anything people can do to help their relatives to return home - or into appropriate community care – as soon as possible is very helpful because any delays in discharge only add greater pressure on the hospitals’ front lines.”