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|Date: 17 July 2015|
For Immediate Release
Making Towcester accessible to all
People with disabilities and profound learning difficulties now have access to specialist changing facilities in Towcester town centre.
When it opened, The Forum, the district’s new community building in Moat Lane, included a room with an adjustable changing bench, hoist and disabled toilet. This facility was jointly supported by South Northamptonshire Council and Northamptonshire County Council.
The room has now been registered on the national Changes Places database.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.
Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs.
The Changing Places facility is in addition to able bodied toilets and standard disabled toilets which are available to anyone when The Forum is open to the public.
Cllr Rosie Herring, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing said: “There are 230,000 severely disabled people in the UK and without facilities like this their carers could be faced with changing their loved ones in unhygienic, undignified, difficult conditions.
“We are proud of the fact these facilities will make The Forum and the rest of Towcester town centre a place that is well known for its accessibility.”
For more information, or to find other Changing Places facilities throughout the country, visit - www.changing-places.org.
For more information please contact Amy McCormack on 01327 322091 or e-mail email@example.com.
SGN are requiring to install a new supply to 11 Rose Hall Lane in Middleton Cheney. To install the gas supply safely will require that the road will need to be closed for up to three days from the 3rd August 2015.
I have attached a plan showing the location of the closure and diversion route for your information. If you require more information about the works please contact Peter Burrows on 07977 473560.
Regulations Senior Officer
Harborough Road, Brixworth, Northamptonshire. NN6 9BX
tel: 01604 883400
Date: 13 July 2015
For Immediate Release
Community Infrastructure Levy - Examiner's Report Received
South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) has been considering the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
This work has been undertaken jointly alongside the other local authorities in west Northamptonshire and the West Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (WNJPU), which co-ordinated the work.
The CIL is essentially a pre-set charge that can be applied to new developments and collected by each local authority.
CIL is intended to be used to help towards funding a range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development, for example road schemes, schools and community facilities.
General information regarding CIL can be viewed in SNC's CIL Information Leaflet (http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/SNC_CIL_Info_June_2014.pdf) (235 kb pdf).
An independent examiner's report has now been received following a public examination of the Council's draft CIL Charging Schedule in May 2015.
That report can be viewed, along with the separate reports to Daventry District Council and Northampton Borough Council on the WNJPU website - http://www.westnorthamptonshirejpu.org/connect.ti/website/view?objectId=2737520.
It remains important to note that SNC has not yet determined whether or not it will be adopting the use of the CIL.
This is a decision that the Council intends to consider in September/October 2015, when reports are scheduled to be presented to Planning Policy and Regeneration Strategy Committee, Cabinet and the full Council.
Further updates will be provided, once the Council has made any decision regarding the adoption of the CIL.