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Burton Latimer Town Council meeting 5th February 2019: headlines

6th February 2019

Burton Latimer Town Council met at the Civic Centre on Tuesday, 5th February 2019. The meeting was chaired by Town Mayor Fergus Macdonald.

The minutes will be published after they have been approved at March’s meeting. In the meantime, here is a summary of the main points that were discussed or decided:

Revamped town website

  • Burton Latimer’s Latimer’s new town website ( has attracted almost 1,500 visits since it was launched on 7th January 2019.  The feedback received from users has been universally positive. The associated Facebook page (burtonlatimertownandcouncil) and Twitter account (@burton_latimer) have also attracted more followers since the revamped website was launched.

Library update

  • BLTC has submitted its proposal to take over the running of our library, and is now awaiting a response from Northamptonshire County Council. The plan – which was enthusiastically supported by those who attended the two public meetings in January – would ensure that Burton Latimer retains a professionally-staffed library.

Loose horses

  • The ongoing nuisance of horses escaping from a field near the river Ise into the pocket park and surrounding residential areas has been referred to the police. The welfare of the horses is a further concern, and their owner is likely to be prosecuted.

Duck Race & Fete

  • BLTC has reluctantly decided that the town’s annual Duck Race and Fete will not take place this year. The two main reasons for this are the closure of the Station Road bridge – which would have a significant impact on access and parking – and the need to give the pocket park more time to recover from previous years’ events.
  • In the meantime, the Pocket Park Management Board would welcome any suggestions for how the Duck Race could be enhanced in the future – and the maintenance team is always on the look-out for volunteers to help keep the area in good order. If you can offer ideas or practical support, please email John at