Northamptonshire County
Association of Local Councils

Empowering Parish and Town Councils

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CEO: Danny Moody
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Litchborough, Northampton
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    Welcome to Northamptonshire!

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  • Your County Association of Local Councils

    Your County Association of Local Councils

  • Empowering councils to help make towns and villages better places to live

    Empowering councils to help make towns and villages better places to live

The 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 are the grass roots of local government.

We provide member councils with vital operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish council network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website.

Latest News

Happy Birthday Shadow Councils

Happy Birthday Shadow Councils

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 09:33 by Danny Moody

Monday 11 May 2020, marks an important day in the history of Northamptonshire. Today is the start of the "shadow period" for the new unitary councils: West Northamptonshire Council and North Northamptonshire Council.

Regulation 10(d) of The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Structural Changes) (Consequential Amendments) (England) Regulations 2020 provides that the shadow period "means the period beginning with 11th May 2020 and ending on the fourth day after the 2021 election day". More »

A shadow council is one that has legal existence but is not yet responsible for the delivery of statutory services. It has shadow members (appointed to it by legislation) and shadow, or interim, officers, in particular a Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer and Finance Officer.

The shadow councils will meet infrequently, maybe three or four times during the shadow period. At the councils' first meetings, which must be held before 4 June 2020, they will appoint Executive Committees, which will meet as necessary to make key decisions. The Executive Committees will comprise 2 councillors from each of the constituent principal councils.

11 May 2020 is likely to pass by without much fanfare or ceremony, but nevertheless it is the day that the concept of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire becomes a reality.

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Parish Council Deploys Virtual Reality Headsets for Self-isolating Councillors

Parish Council Deploys Virtual Reality Headsets for Self-isolating Councillors

Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:50 by Danny Moody

A parish council in South Northamptonshire has beaten restrictions on local authority meetings due to Coronavirus by using high tech methods of engagement.

Tawldale Parish Council near Towcester has issued virtual reality (VR) headsets to four of its councillors who are currently self-isolating and unable to attend council meetings. VR enables them to attend council meetings, even though they are not physically present. More »

The Chairman of the parish council, Cllr Richard Ushaw, who is also Chief Executive of Northampton-based Light, Media and Optics Ltd (LMAO) which developed the headsets says "We didn't want to leave anyone out, just because they couldn't physically attend the meeting. This enabled them to take a full part, just as though they were in the room".

Cllr Evan Elpas, one of the self-isolating councillors, said "It was just like being there, even though I never left me lounge. I swear I could smell the village hall; that mix of floor polish, crayons and old curtains".

The council is considering extending the use of technology throughout its business. "One day we'll just be brains in jars" quipped the chairman, but quickly added "although admittedly that would make the annual litter pick more of a challenge".

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Coronavirus - Community Response

Coronavirus - Community Response

Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:18 by Danny Moody

Parish and town councils in Northamptonshire and across the country are busy mobilising a huge community response to the Coronavirus crisis. From acting as a conduit for official advice to organising large-scale Volunteer Helper programmes, parish and town councils are on the case!

Northants CALC is supporting member councils via a dedicated web page (the link has been emailed out) and we are communicating with colleagues across the public sector in Northamptonshire and also with other CALCs and the National Association to raise key points and share good practice. More »

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