New Year Messages

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris
Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris

The year 2014 will be a year of good things being delivered for Daventry and the surrounding villages.

The new University Technical College building will open its doors to those students that have been commuting to Northampton since September. Further developments will – fingers crossed – see a cinema and a supermarket petrol outlet come to the town; the latter should help reduce our ridiculously high petrol prices locally.

Throughout 2013 I’ve been fortunate to visit a massive number of charities and people who are doing amazing things to help others in their own communities. I feel quite privileged to see how much people are doing locally to help those less fortunate than themselves and would like to thank you all for everything you do.

Hopefully the good news of 2013 on the local employment front will continue through 2014.

Daventry’s unemployed claimant rate dropped to just 2% this month and there are now regularly more jobs available at the Job Centre Plus than there are people on Job Seekers Allowance. There’s no room for complacency on the job scene locally, but there is more good news on the horizon with potentially thousands of new jobs being created both in town and up at DIRFT in the coming months.

Nationally things are improving too, but most of the economic improvement is not down to Government, but down to hardworking people like you.

I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and I wish you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year.

Chris Heaton-Harris MP

As we come to the end of another eventful and positive year at Daventry District Council it is also encouraging to note the improving economic data coming forward at the national level, though it would be wise not to get too carried away!

We are looking forward to students arriving at the new impressive Daventry UTC building in the town during January and the start of the Henry Boot developments that will provide a brand new library, high street retail names and a multiscreen cinema.

We will continue to maintain our low Council Tax level (currently 35% below the national average for district/borough councils) as we continue to seek further innovative ways of investing in schemes such as Homes for Rent and the Daventry/Rugby crematorium to name two, in providing a revenue return which not only maintains but enhances local services.

We also have major responsibilities with respect to developing our Joint Core Strategy whilst assisting with the formation of Neighbourhood plans along with our input into the provision of more affordable housing throughout our District.

The good news is that we are doing better than most and be rest assured that we will continue our drive with both existing and emerging new partners to promote the message that Daventry District is “open for business”. This will maintain our thrust for further economic activity which will, in the medium term create more jobs and bring additional benefits to all our residents, businesses and visitors alike!

Wishing everyone a prosperous 2014!

Cllr Chris Millar

Leader, DDC