A Message from the Leader of the NCC

Cllr Matt Golby
Leader Northamptonshire County Council

Dear Resident,

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Although this may not have been the start to 2021 we had anticipated, and things may continue to feel a little difficult and challenging – I am optimistic that we will soon start to see improvement thanks to the swift development of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the opening of the Vaccination Centre in Northamptonshire.

However, it is worth noting that we still have a way to go in our fight against the virus, and must therefore continue to follow the guidance in place – to protect ourselves, our families and the NHS.

The new variant of COVID-19 continues to cause rapid rates of infection in the county, and we must do our bit by staying at home and only leaving for essential reasons, not mixing with other households, wearing a face covering when out, and washing our hands regularly. If you display any symptoms, however mild, you must get tested and self-isolate immediately. Details of our testing sites can be found here

Earlier this month Northamptonshire County Council and NHS Northamptonshire CCG made an urgent appeal for people to return community healthcare equipment that they no longer need. This includes items such as community beds, mattresses, commodes, bath lifts, shower chairs, toilet surrounds, crutches and walking frames, patient turning equipment, hoists and slings. Find out how you can help below.

Northamptonshire County Council recently confirmed that it will be providing free school meal vouchers during the February half term to children who qualify for free school meals. I’m delighted that we are able to continue to support families and pupils across the county who are most in need of our help. You can read more about this here.

We are also pleased to announce the successful launch of our Voi E-scooter trial in Kettering, which will provide convenient, accessible and eco-friendly transportation around the town for many. During the Covid restrictions, NHS and emergency service workers can also use these for free. To find out more information and register click here.

In this issue of In Northamptonshire you can find out how to continue to enjoy our country parks safely, how to improve your well-being with Pacesetter Sports and Wellbeing project and about the improvements being made to our county’s broadband now that more of us are working from home, plus lots more.

Stay safe and stay well.

Councillor Matt Golby
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council

Scooter success
Voi are offering NHS staff and Emergency Service workers free rides during the current COVID restrictions. Since December 2020, residents and visitors in Kettering have been able to hire e-scooters, with this new mode of transport proving immensely popular. Within the first month of launching, over 6,700 rides have taken place, with an average ride length of 16 minutes. Read more here.