Rothwell Town Council

Serving the people of Rothwell

Clerk: Mrs Philippa Page
Market House, Market Hill
Rothwell, Northamptonshire
NN14 6BW

Tel: 01536 713252

The ridge on which present day Rothwell stands, overlooking the gentle Ise Valley, has witnessed the comings and goings of successive generations. By the Middle Ages, Rothwell or "Rowell" as it is known locally, was already a town of importance, dominating the then lesser settlement of Kettering (a state of affairs which persisted until the arrival of the railway at the latter). A charter, granted by King John in AD 1204 permitting a weekly market and annual fair, confirmed the trade. Both market and fair, called "Rowell Fair", takes place on Market Hill during the week following Trinity Sunday. The Fair is a very festive occasion with stalls and entertainment attracting visitors from far and wide. Early risers can hear the traditional Proclamation read by the Town's Bailiff at 6.00am outside the Parish Church on Trinity Monday.

Today, Rothwell is a bustling town of character with some 7,500 inhabitants. There are many active societies and clubs, a community centre and public library. Concerts are held from time to time in Holy Trinity Church, when audiences are entertained by a variety of musical talents and the church's renowned acoustics come into their own.

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When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Tyres?

When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Tyres?

October sees the return of Tyre Safety Month, and officers from Northamptonshire Police will be getting behind the annual campaign which encourages road users to regularly check their tyres.

Organised by charity TyreSafe, the campaign raises awareness of the importance of tyre maintenance in a bid to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured as a result of tyre-related incidents on the UK's roads. More »

According to research, one in five UK drivers have never checked their tyres' tread, while it is just one in three among younger road users. This is despite the fact that every year 170 people are killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents.

Throughout the month, TyreSafe will be encouraging all road users to adopt good tyre safety habits, highlighting the importance of checking their tyres' condition, tread depth and pressure on a monthly basis, and before long journeys.

The Safer Roads and Road Crime Teams, supported by colleagues from the wider Force, will be backing the tyre safety initiative as part of Northamptonshire Police's road safety campaign – Operation Journey.

As part of the awareness month, officers will be setting up roadside checkpoints across the county, stopping motorists at random to inspect the condition of their vehicle's tyres.

Officers will also be focusing on the condition of vehicle's tyres during routine stops as well as sharing regular tyre safety messaging on the Force's dedicated social media pages throughout October.

Although the campaign will be raising awareness through education, anyone found to be driving with illegal tyres could face three penalty points on their licence, and a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre.

PC Dave Lee, of the Northamptonshire Police Safer Roads Team, said: "As a Force, one of our key policing priorities is to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the county's roads.

"Working with our partners from the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance, this campaign provides us with another opportunity to focus on this, and highlight the importance of tyre safety.

"We cannot stress enough just how important it is to regularly check the condition of your tyres. Any wear, damage or deflation could seriously affect things such as braking and handling.

"If your tyres are not properly maintained or they are unsafe, they could contribute towards a collision, ultimately putting your life, and that of others, at unnecessary risk on the roads."

Driving without the correct amount of air in tyres makes a vehicle more difficult to control and reduces the amount of grip it has on the road. It also increases fuel bills, tyre wear and the risk of being involved in an incident.

Lumps, bumps, cracks and cuts are a sign your tyre may be dangerous and needs replacing. All tyres should have a tread depth above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm to ensure the tyre remains in contact with the road in the wet.

As part of your routine tyre checks, road users are advised of the following:

• The 20p test is a quick way to check tread depth – place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves at three points across the tyre then repeat around its circumference. If the outer band of the coin is visible, the tyres may be unsafe or illegal and should be checked by a tyre professional

• Most manufacturers display a vehicle's correct tyre pressures inside the filler cap or driver's door pillar as well as in the owner's manual. Different figures are given for normal loads and when fully laden

• While you're checking pressures, look at the tyre's condition. If you see any lumps, bumps or objects stuck in your tyre, you need to get the tyre inspected. If objects like stones are wedged in the tread, remove them if you can

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Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 17:27 by Town Clerk

Neighbourhood Watch October Our News Newsletter Is Here

Neighbourhood Watch October Our News Newsletter Is Here

This month we are thrilled to launch, for the third year running, the Neighbour of the Year Award, in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance; and Neighbourhood Watch Network's first ever Community Grants Fund.

We get to know our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps better in our Spotlight feature; and look at County Lines and what we can do about them. Furthermore we offer guidance and advice on supporting communities, and sustaining your Neighbourhood Watch group, as we face a rise in Covid-19 cases across England and Wales. More »

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Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:13 by Town Clerk

North Northamptonshire Council Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTSS) Consultation 2021-22

North Northamptonshire Council Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTSS) Consultation 2021-22

The consultation from North Northamptonshire Council on the Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTSS)

We know that by creating one scheme for the new unitary authority some people will be affected. It is important that North Northamptonshire Council continues to support those who need financial help to pay their Council Tax, but at the same time the support that is offered is an affordable scheme for all our Council Tax payers. More »

We would really like your views on our proposals for a new LCTSS. The consultation is open to all residents, stakeholders and people representing organisations.

The consultation will run for 8 weeks from 5th October 2020 to 30th November 2020.

Please tell us your views by completing this questionnaire. Alternatively, you can email or send your comments in by post using the contact details below.

The information provided by you in this survey will be used only for research purposes and it will not be used in a manner that would allow identification of individual responses. We will not be asking for you name or contact details. Any personal information supplied within your comments that could identify you will not be published.

Please contact us if you have any queries about this consultation or require it in another format or another language. Our contact details are as follows:

Email address:

Telephone: 01832 742330

What will happen next?

Once the consultation closes, we will collate all the feedback received and present this information for the North Northamptonshire Shadow Executive to consider when making their decision on how to harmonise the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for North Northamptonshire. We expect this to happen on the 28 January 2021. We will then publish full details of the up-dated scheme in early 2021, with the changes coming into effect in April 2021.

More information:

Give Us Your Views

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Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:31 by Town Clerk