Oundle Town Council News

The latest local news and information from Oundle Town Council…

Earth Hour 25th March 2017

Saturday 25th March between 8.30-9.30pm is Earth Hour. Join millions across the world and turn off your lights. To register please click on the link below.


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Don’t miss out on the chance to save hundreds

Home owners and tenants have until 13 February to save money on their energy bills with East Northamptonshire Council’s (ENC) collective switching scheme. ENC has once again teamed up with leading collective switching expert, iChoosr, to take part in the Big Community Switch to help you get a better deal on your gas and/or electricity. The free scheme, known as Switch Save Smile, invites you to join forces and pay less for your energy. The more people who register, the greater the chance of getting a competitive energy deal.


Oundle Is a 'Top Charming Town'

The editors at TravelMag.com recently undertook a survey of 100 travel professionals to discover the ten most charming towns in the East Midlands.

After counting the votes, Oundle came out as one of the top ten.

You can read all about it and view the full list here:


Parking Update for Christmas Market & Lights Switch On

Please spread the word that there will be additional Car Parks available for Saturday’s Christmas Market & Lights Switch On.

The original plan to use the Recreation Ground has been changed as it is too wet, however Oundle Town Council have arranged for free parking on the Laxton Junior School Car Park on East Road and also on The Old Primary School site at Milton Road as well as all the normal Car Parks.

Please can you let as many people know as possible. All car parks will be signposted.

For more info about this event on Saturday 5th December please visit:


Junior Doctor Industrial Action

Statement from the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
On Tuesday 1st December Junior Doctors in England will be taking industrial (strike) action over 24-hours (starting 8am Tuesday) to reinforce their objections to the government’s proposed new contract.

We do not have any junior doctors at EMAS, however the proposed strike dates in December (1, 8 and 16 December) have the potential to have an adverse impact on our ability to respond quickly to 999 calls. As reported at our November Trust Board meeting (24 November) we continue to experience hospital handover delays at busy Emergency Departments across the region and the strike could make matters worse.

If patients who are well enough to leave hospital are not discharged by a doctor, Emergency Departments will not be able to transfer patients onto wards. This will mean backlogs building up in the Emergency Department as they will have no spaces available to accept patients brought to hospital by ambulance.

If that happens, our ambulance crews will need to remain with the patient to ensure they remain safe and cared for. This means we could have a number of ambulances held up at the hospital and therefore not be able to get back out on the road to respond to other patients who require a response to their 999 call.
Patient safety is our priority during any NHS industrial action, and we are working closely with our colleagues in the hospitals and other health services to seek to minimise disruption to our emergency, urgent and patient transport services as possible.

NHS Employers Chief Executive Danny Mortimer continues to keep NHS organisations in the loop with regard to ongoing discussions with the British Medical Association, through the ACAS conciliation services. In his latest letter, Mr Mortimer remained hopeful that through their joint endeavours the dispute could end, and that the contracts could be modernised for doctors whilst also addressing their concerns.


Notice to Oundle Traders and Businesses

Regular meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of each month with traders and businesses to talk about forthcoming Events in Oundle. Please come and see us so we can share information and hear your views.

The first meeting is on Wednesday 2nd December, 10 – 12 noon in the Upstairs Room, Queen Victoria Hall, Oundle. Please come and meet with us so we can confirm the plans for the Christmas Market and Light Switch-On being held on Saturday 5th December and Oundle Classic Sprints on the 28th December.

If you have any questions please contact Paula Prince, Oundle Town Council’s Events Officer on 01832 272055 [email protected]


Would You Like to Become a Councillor?

Elections For Oundle Town Council take place In May. Would you like to become a Councillor? To find out more join us for 'Refreshments and Information' on Tuesday 17th March at the Courthouse 2-3pm and 6-7pm. Current Oundle Town Councillors will be there to answer your questions on becoming a Councillor. Come and find out what we do, how you can contribute by becoming a Councillor, what you have to do and when.


Oundle To Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth

On Monday 9th March 2015 Oundle Town Council will take part in a historic flag raising event, to mark Commonwealth Day.

More than 730 Commonwealth Flags will be raised in various locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man. UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth Countries.

The flag will be raised at The Courthouse Mill Road at 10am by the Mayor Councillor Gwen Radcliffe who will read out the Commonwealth Affirmation and a special message of good wishes from Her Majesty The Queen.

More information see www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk


The Guardian Features Oundle

The Guardian Newspaper recently gave Oundle some great coverage in Tom Dyckhoff’s regular ‘Let’s Move To…’ feature.

Looking at the attractions of a particular location for those on the move, the piece starts…

You could set a period drama in Oundle. Something starring Penelope Wilton or Mark Rylance. With bodices, doublets and candle-snuffers. Something for a Sunday night on the sofa, after a supper of buttery toasted muffins. That’s Oundle.

The article goes onto cover headings such as: What’s going for it? The case against. Well connected? Schools. Hang out at… Where to buy and Bargain of the week.

Visit The Guardian’s website to read the full article:


Neighbourhood Plan Feedback Events

You, as the residents or business owners in Oundle have been consulted in focus groups and by the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire and the results are now in. What have people said and do you agree? Find out the results and then let us know by coming to a Consultation Feedback Event at the Courthouse on:

  • Friday 20th February 11am – 6.30pm
  • Saturday 21st February 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 22nd February 2pm – 4pm

It’s important you have your say. The Neighbourhood Plan is important in order to develop and maintain Oundle as a thriving market town, retaining the aspects which give it character and charm and make it such a wonderful place for us to live and others to visit.


Oundle Women's Tour Mini-Site Goes Live

Hot on the news of Oundle being officially named as the hosts for the Stage 3 Depart on 19th June, Oundle Town Council has put together a mini-website to keep residents and race visitors up to date on the Friends Life Women’s Tour 2015 and what is happening in the Town in and around the event.

Following the great success of the 2014 visit of the Women’s Tour, Oundle will be again be looking to provide a memorable send off for the massive event whilst showcasing the Town and providing local residents with an opportunity to taste the excitement. So for the latest developments, news of local Tour Events as well as Race News, please visit…



Oundle Gets Women's Cycling Tour Again!

Oundle has got a piece of the Friends Life Women's Tour Cycle Race action again for the 2015 event. Save The Date: The Mayor was delighted to have recently received the news that Oundle Town has been given the start for Day Three of the Friends for Life Women's Cycle Tour which will take place in the town on the morning of Friday 19th June. World-class professional women’s cycling will return to Northamptonshire this June as the county celebrates hosting the Friends Life Women’s Tour for the second successive year.


Oundle Classic Sprint Details Unveiled

Oundle is very proud to be the first town in the country to hold a closed road motorsport event. Sunday 28th December will be a day to admire the engineering of ground-breaking vehicles on two wheels and four. All profits to be donated to the Mayor's Charities and Help for Heroes. The Event will comprise of a static display of cars and motorcycles from all eras in the closed road area of Oundle Market Place, along with trade and club stands and a children's funfair making it a family day out. There will also be demonstration runs, held on a similar format to a sprint event, from West Street down through the Market Place into the top of North Street. This part of the event will comprise of hopefully more than one run per vehicle over the course of the day, but dependant on the number of entries. As it is a closed road event, non- road legal competition vehicles will be allowed to run.


You Are Invited to The Mayor's Charity Concert

The Mayor’s Charity Concert is to be held on Saturday January 17th 2015 at St. Peter’s Church Oundle. The concert will showcase the talents of outstanding young performers, including previous winners of Oundle Young Musician of Year, Pianist Irena Radic & Cellist Ellen Porter and Daniel Dixon, 2014 Oundle Young Singer.
A string quartet and wind ensemble from Oundle School also join the line up.

Enjoy a pleasurable, varied evening of music whilst supporting the Mayor’s Charities, CHAT Youth Counselling and Volunteer Action.

The concert begins at 7.45pm. It promises to be an enjoyable evening and we look forward to welcoming you.

Tickets £10 & £5 (child) – From Oundle Box Office
Oundle Box Office, 4 New St Mon-Fri 10.00am – 1.00pm
Tel: 01832 274734, or online at THE OUNDLE BOX OFFICE


Consultation on Parking Permits

Earlier this year the County Council approved a report at the July cabinet meeting, to allow officers to commence a consultation exercise in existing parking permit areas for the introduction of a new operating policy for permit parking in Northamptonshire.

This consultation has now commenced with letters being sent to residents who will be affected by the proposals (in Oundle this will be residents of East Road). A copy of the letter which explains what the consultation is about and how residents can give feedback through the consultation period is attached. This officially start on the 14th November and will close on the 12th December 2014.

Summary of the key changes:

  • Introduction of a limit on the number of residents permits issued to a property.
  • Introduction of a scratch-card system to be used for visitor parking.
  • Introduction of new types of permit (including carer permits and health worker permits)
  • New policies are proposed for the control and regulation of permits for new developments and houses of multiple occupation.
  • Annual resident’s permits will be increased to £60 for the 1st permit and £80 for the 2nd permit.
  • Annual business permits will be increased to £360.

The information about the proposals and links to the survey can be found on the following link: http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/residentsparking