Top priorities for town set out

The official launch of the Happy at Home project, toook place at the New Street day centre, Daventry, on Tuesday 20th November. Pictured is Volunteer Caroline Houghton with Alice Lane
The official launch of the Happy at Home project, toook place at the New Street day centre, Daventry, on Tuesday 20th November. Pictured is Volunteer Caroline Houghton with Alice Lane
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Helping vulnerable adults and elderly people live independently and meeting housing needs are two of the ‘top priorities’ for Daventry.

The Daventry District Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), which consists of representatives from several areas including local businesses, key public agencies, and the voluntary and community sector, have outlined key areas they aim to focus on in the coming year.

The group, in conjunction with Daventry District Council, prepares the district’s sustainable community strategy which outlines the long term vision for the area.

The annual report for 2012/13 shows the LSP increased the number of adults participating in sport to 24.8 per cent and reduced obesity in children. This is due in part to DDC encouraging residents to lead healthier lives and to refurbishment at the leisure centre.

Less promising figures, such as the number of public-facing void premises and reduction in the number of market stalls in the town, mean town centre regeneration remains a top priority for the LSP this year.

Chairman of the LSP board, Carella Davies, said: “We are lucky in Daventry because the LSP works really well and the people leading it really care about improving things and making a difference. For example the Happy at Home Partnership, funded by the National Lottery, launched in November, has been incredibly successful. It’s an example of a project that works towards our priorities.”

The project sees isolated elderly people partnered with volunteers for better access to services and friendship.

Other focuses include reducing the amount of general waste in the district, encouraging individuals to address climate change, raising the aspirations of young people and ensuring children have the best start in life.

To read the LSP annual report visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/your-council/lsp