Parish Council – April 2020 Meeting

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Due to government regulations prohibiting public meetings the April 6th, 2020 Parish Council meeting was held online, using the Zoom platform. This is in line with national advice and is the first interruption in public meetings in the history of this parish. At this time there is no indication of how long these conditions will persist, but it is certain that the next meeting, The Annual Meeting, will also take place online on May 4th. Parishioners wanting to participate in the Public Session should contact the Clerk for details.

At this time there is no guidance on the status of the Annual Parish meeting, which would normally be held before the April ordinary meeting, so it has been decided not to go ahead with it until such time as clarity has been achieved. If this meeting does not take place it may well be the first time in 150 plus years, as it predates the inception of Parish Councils in 1895.

Due to difficulties experienced by Councillors unused to using the internet, a reduced number of Councillors attended the online meeting, but a quorum was achieved and was supplemented by the District and County Councillors.

The Play Area It was decided prior to the meeting, and with great sadness, that the Council would have to accept advice to close the Play Area, due to the potential danger of the virus being able to remain viable on metal and plastic surfaces for considerable lengths of time.

Litter Bins Dave, the Linkman, will do his best with the litter bins and we are very grateful to him for doing this thankless task, which I am sure is not one that many of us would relish at a time like this. We can help him by taking our rubbish home and putting it into our own bins. It is particularly deplorable that some people continue to put quantities of domestic waste into these bins.

Dog Waste Bins The contractors will continue to work as normal, but have asked for understanding – as they fear that there may be more usage than normal with so many people being at home.

Lights Our lighting maintenance contractors have shut down for the duration, so I am afraid that any lights that go out will remain out for the time being. There is little we can do about this.

Reports from the District and County Councillors
Cllr Bignell reported that all SNC officers were now working at home, that all planning site visits had been deferred until the emergency subsides, and that a Covid 19 death had occurred in Bugbrooke.

Cllr Brown reported that there would be no Local Government Reform this year, but that the Shadow Councils would still be formed. NCC as the health Authority had been very busy, and was seeking to help all volunteer groups. He had been updating voluntary groups as information became available. A Hotline has been established as a result of which a number of people in distress have been helped. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) supplies have been secured. Some services have been reduced or stopped.

Reports on effect of Covid 19 emergency. Voluntary groups in the village had rapidly formed and supported the elderly and vulnerable. TADD (Towcester Area Door to Door) drivers had been delivering medication from Bugbrooke surgery, which is looking at video link consultations.

Banking – electronic banking. Clerk to try and expedite as quickly as possible. Cheque book and flash drive to be left with the chair, to enable Council to continue should the clerk become ill. Chair and LD to be given details of G-mail account.

Play Area – to consider replacement/additional equipment. Deferred due to current situation. The Play area has been closed in line with current advice.

To consider a further donation to the Church roof fund. – A further grant towards the church roof repairs had been mooted. Clerk pointed out that the grants policy only allowed for grants of £250 unless there had been a request made prior to the Precept Meeting. Councillors felt that figures needed to be provided before any further grant could be considered. The District Councillors cautioned against donating money to religious institutions: this had been assumed to be allowable under section 137 as a benefit to the whole community that the historic fabric of the church be maintained. Clerk to check legality of such donations with the internal auditor.

Vote of thanks to all those involved in the Community Involvement. Resolved. To thank all residents involved in the support of elderly and vulnerable, and the distribution of food parcels. This is a very hard and anxious time for those in self isolation, especially those who are alone in their houses. To have this support at hand is a great morale lifter. Jez Wilson, Faye Brasset, Sue Boutle, the Rev Stephen, TADD drivers including Tony Paice had all done a great deal. Thanks too to all the staff at the One Stop Shop who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in keeping a vital supply line open, as have Glenn and Helen and all the staff at Heyford Meats. Having their shops open helps reduce unnecessary journeys.

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com  It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Parish Council meetings in 2020 will continue to be on the first Monday of each month, (unless a Bank Holiday) and start at 19:30. The next one is on May 4th.

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the Councillors please visit:

Nether Heyford Parish Council Website 

Parish Council – Annual General Meeting Monday 4th May 7:30pm

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The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will be held online (via Zoom) due to the Coronavirus Emergency on 4th May 2020 at 7:30pm.

Councillors are summoned for the purpose of transacting the following business. Parishioners and press are welcome to attend the whole meeting as observers.

The full agenda is available online on the Nether Heyford Parish Council website.

Agenda: www.netherheyfordparishcouncil.org.uk/uploads/nether-heyford-parish-council-agenda-may-2020.pdf

Zoom ID is 630-318-8070.

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the Councillors please visit:

Nether Heyford Parish Council Website 

Parish Council – March 2020 Meeting

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The March meeting was held as normal on Monday 2nd in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Reports from the District and County Councillors: Cllr Harries reported that SNC has passed its final budget, with an approximately 2% increase which will equate to around £5 p/a per band D house. The grants process is being changed, and information will be coming through shortly.

Cllr Brown reported that NCC had also passed its final budget with an increase of 1.9%. The structural Changes allowing the formation of the Unitaries have now been passed by parliament and progress towards the Unitaries is now ongoing, with the new system to be in place for April 2021. A reform of children’s services is taking place, and some other services will be split into two. The final make up is not yet clear as the shadow authority that will run up until the inception of the unitaries may choose to make changes.

PCSO: The PCSO had sent in his regular report, which shows that he is active and working with young people. Councillors felt that some comments made on social media were unfair and had little relevance, and that they were happy with the situation.

Lights: There was some concern that those lights deemed irreparable would be off for some time while the situation regarding the installation of new LEDs was clarified.

Roads and pavements were felt to be deteriorating again, and that repairs in Furnace Lane and Hillside Road were poor.

The Green and Play Area: Resolved. Fete to take place on the green on June 20th. (Update 3/4/2020 Fete is now postponed until 2021)

Playing Fields: A hedge intended to screen the container had been planted. There had been many positive comments about the new basketball/Netball court.

Footpaths: Very wet and muddy. The path from Church lane to the river is collapsing and is felt to be dangerous. To be reported.

Churchyard: Repairs on church roof are taking place.

Canal: The tow paths are so wet as to be barely passable. Clerk to ask that they be upgraded.

Joint Burial Board: Tree damage has occurred during recent storms and one tree has split. STS have been asked to assess the situation.

Youth Club: It was reported that all was well, but concern that the trees between the back fence and the Luddle were in need of assessment.

Defibrillators: reported to be in working order and ready for use.

Neighbourhood Plan: SC reported that the consultant had been visited, and final work to pull the plan together was progressing. The Neighbourhood Plan group were looking to apply for Lottery and other grant funding.

Election: The elections have been postponed until next year, which means that Parish and District Councillors will serve for another year.

Grants Policy: A Grants policy was adopted, stipulating that grants of £250 could be given during the year – but that anything beyond that figure would have to be considered when the annual precept was being prepared.

Play Area: to consider replacement/additional equipment. A further presentation would take place on March 6th after which the various quotes would be compared and brought to Council.

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com  It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Parish Council meetings in 2020 will continue to be at the same venue, on the first Monday of each month, (unless a Bank Holiday) and would start at 19.30. The next one is on April 6th and will be preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting. (Update 3/4/2020 Annual Parish Meeting has now been postponed and all meetings are now virtual online meetings)

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the Councillors please visit:

Nether Heyford Parish Council Website 

Parish Council – February 2020 Meeting

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The February meeting was held as normal on Monday 2nd in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Reports from the District and County Councillors. Cllr P Bignell reported that he is confident that LGR will proceed, and that much work is being done towards the introduction of the unitaries, with blueprints for the various processes being produced; although nothing is certain until the statutory instruments have gone through parliament. (Which has now happened). The larger towns (incl Northampton) will have Town councils, which is likely to change the dynamics of Town/Parish relationships.

Public Participation. A resident had noted that many runners are avoiding wet paths and verges and running in the road in the dark, many without light or luminous clothing – causing concern that vehicle drivers will not see them. Another resident asked for a speed panel in Furnace Lane as he felt that vehicles were travelling as fast as 60mph past his house. Chair responded that speed cameras were being considered.

PCSO. had supplied a January Report. Councillors were concerned that some residents misunderstood the role of the PCSO and expected too much. Despite some reports on social media he is round and about the village on a regular basis. His work pattern is not made public in advance for obvious reasons. He is shared with Bugbrooke and we pay 1/3rd of the cost against Bugbrooke’s 2/3rd. He has made himself known at the pubs, the shops, the Friday café, the school and Youth Club. Just at this moment we have a remarkably low crime rate within the village; whether that is due to the PCSO being around is open to question, but his presence certainly helps.

Parking issues. There have been complaints about parking on the pavements, partly or wholly. The legality of this is debatable, and enforcement against it unlikely. The Parish Council would ask residents and their visitors to be considerate about their parking, and remember that there are wheelchairs and mobility scooters about, as well as mothers with pushchairs buggies etc who can be seriously inconvenienced or endangered if you have completely blocked a pavement.

Lights. It was reported that 3 suppliers had been short-listed, and that some nominal costs were anticipated. It was hoped to have schemes finalised in mid March ready for an application in April for New Homes Bonus money.

VE day. It is hoped to join in the national celebrations, but nothing definite yet has been planned by any village organisations. The Parochial Church Council and Village Hall Committee are understood to be looking at this at their forthcoming meetings.

Storms and Flooding. The Village has got off relatively lightly during the recent storms, although some damage and inconvenience has been caused.

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com  It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Parish Council meetings in 2020 will continue to be at the same venue, on the first Monday of each month, (unless a Bank Holiday) and would start at 19.30. The next one is on March 2nd.

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the Councillors please visit:

Nether Heyford Parish Council Website 

Parish Council – January 2020 Meeting

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The January meeting was held as normal on Monday 6th in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Reports from the District and County Councillors: Cllr Adam Brown (NCC) reported that scrutiny of the Northamptonshire County Council budget was nearly complete. Staff would receive a long delayed 4% wage increase. He felt that children’s services were now in much better order; although there was a nationwide shortage of foster homes and places in children’s homes. Progress towards the Unitaries would soon be resumed. He expressed concerns about the development of the site opposite Clark’s Garage on the A5. Planning conditions were not being adhered to and he felt that Daventry Council were being very lax as regards enforcement. He would try and go through the local Government Association to try and get the house in order regarding planning before the Unitary came in.

Public Participation: Mrs Wright thanked Nick Essex for his efforts regarding the village sign, which all agreed is looking in very good shape; and asked that overhanging branches were kept at bay. Mr Wright asked for assurance that the Lime in the cemetery would be cut back, this was given. The chair thanked him for clearing the entrance to the cemetery.

Lights: 5 lights had been declared beyond economic repair by the maintenance contractors; as the Council are investigating the installation of new lights we would ask for patience from residents while the situation is resolved.

Roads and pavements: Graffiti had been reported in jitties. Potholes were reappearing after poor quality repairs. The chair thanked Keith Matthews and Steve Corcoran for clearing rubbish from near the bridge. The sand bin had arrived and was awaiting positioning.

The Green and Play Area: All very wet. The Play Area had been inspected but was felt to be in need of refurbishment. An increase in dog mess was reported as is often the case with winter when some seem to think cover of darkness means they don’t have to clear up. It can be accepted that lack of light makes clearing up a problem, but Council would urge dog owners to carry both suitable bags and a torch. Unfortunately, the problem with dog mess doesn’t end there; the linkman has reported an increase in dog waste being put in the ordinary litter bins, which is disappointing as they are a number of specific dog waste bins.

Playing Fields: The Netball/Basketball Court had been completed and will shortly
be in use.

Trees: A Corsican pine at the cemetery had shed a branch just before Christmas. The large branch was being dealt with.

Allotments: Rent night took place on Jan 16th and about half the rents due were
collected.

Youth Club: 30 children had attended the new term first meeting. The situation regarding helpers was now good. AGM to be arranged shortly.

Defibrillators: Both checked and in working order.

Precept: This is the annual demand that the Parish Council makes to the District Council in order to carry out its duties. A budget of £89,790 was set, and a Precept of £80,000 set, with any shortfall being covered by reserves. This represented an increase of 6.7% on the previous year. Costs in general are rising, and particular increases for next year are an approx. 10% increase in the cost of employing the PCSO, and the need to budget for election expenses; there being elections in May this year.

Parish Council meetings in 2020 will continue to be at the same venue, on the first Monday of each month, (unless a Bank Holiday) and would start at 19.30. The next one is on Feb 3rd.

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com 

It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

PDF Full Minutes January 2020

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be on the first Monday of the month at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30 pm and is, like all Parish Council meetings, open to all Parishioners. Council meetings take place on the first Monday of each month (unless there is a Bank Holiday)

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the councillors please visit our Nether Heyford Parish Council page.

Planning – Development site at Stowe Hill

A letter from Stowe Nine Churches Parish Council:

Development site on the A5 at Stowe Hill 

Application Number DA/2015/0195 – 5th Feb 2016

The application for this site was opposed by Stowe Nine Churches, Weedon Bec and Flore Parish Councils and by South Northants Council and Highways England, but was granted by Daventry District Council (DDC).  Objections included the unsafe access onto and off the A5, development in the open countryside and the long-term intentions of the applicant for more than one pitch or for use as a transit site.  Stowe Parish Council has also always had concerns about the ability of DDC to adequately enforce any transgressions of the permission.

The consent was for ’Use of land for stationing of caravans for residential purposes Oner Gypsy and Traveller pitches, formation of hardstanding, resurfacing of partially overgrown access track and conversion of existing building to dayroom ancillary to that use’ with a condition that ‘no more than one mobile home and one day van shall be stationed on the site at any one time’ and one that ‘The development shall not be occupied until highway improvement works to the access from the site to the A5 are compete…’

In April, Stowe Nine Churches PC raised the matter of the significant clearing of the site far in excess of that which had been approved and asked DDC to ensure that the development complied with the original proposal ‘and that additional pitches are not approved retrospectively’.

In May 2019 the Deputy Chief Executive of DDC said that there were ‘on-site unauthorised works to create a hardstanding beyond the planning permission’………..that ‘a retrospective/new application had been suggested’ and ‘their intention that additional vans will be coming to live on the site – they say in 2-3 years . He states that DDC were taking legal advice on their options but that there was no intention on the part of DDC to use that site as a ‘Stopping Place’.

Since May, Stowe Nine Churches has been supported by the Weedon District Councillors in endeavouring to ensure that DDC enforces the terms of the original planning consent, with little success.  We were told that no residents would be allowed on the site until the Highways England requirements for the entrance were met – which was a condition of the permission! -These works have not been completed, but there are now at least 5 static units on the site and rumours that up to 30 more units could be added once the necessary hard core has been delivered (3000 tonnes in 150 loads has been ordered from a local contractor!).

Executive Director (Community) Maria Taylor stated recently that the site is approved for residential use ‘for one traveller family only’ but that is not what the original permission said (see above).  There is a difference between one pitch (1 static and 1 mobile home) and one family – which could be a very extended family group in multiple caravans, and the consent was not personal to one family.

Our concern has always been that we did not feel confident that DDC would ensure that the terms of the original permission would be adhered to, on the basis that previous developments within the parish have been granted retrospective consent when works had ‘strayed’ from the original plans.

The Parish Council (Stowe Nine Churches) monitors all of the consents applied for and granted, as they occur and until the development is completed, and has called attention to perceived breaches as appropriate.  The system and rules should be made to work for everyone, not just those residents who are careful to comply with what has been granted.  If developers and land owners believe that they can do as they please, confident that they can get ’retrospective consent’ after they have built what they wanted, what is the point of the planning system?

Councillor Johnnie Amos, who has been dealing with this matter on behalf of the Parish Council, has been asked by DDC officers – where is the harm?  How many people care about what is happening? He has suggested that as a Parish Council we canvass the opinion of our residents.

If you feel as strongly as the Parish Councillors do – that ‘permission’ should mean what it says, then write to planningenforcement@daventrydc.gov.uk  and let them know how you feel.  The more correspondence they receive, the more likely they are to act. (Please copy in the parish clerk so that we can monitor the level of concern clerkstowe9churches@gmail.com )

Circulated by Stowe Nine Churches Parish Council

Daventry District Council planning website direct link: Application Number DA/2015/0195

Reference Number: DA/2015/0195
Registration Date: 09-Mar-2015
Application Type: FULL PLANNING
Parish: Stowe Nine Churches
Ward: WEEDON
Main Location: Land At Stowe Hill, Watling Street, Weedon (Stowe IX Churches Parish), Northamptonshire

Case Officer: Mr B Allen
Proposal: Use of land for stationing of caravans for residential purposes 1 No. gypsy and traveller pitches, formation of hardstanding, resurfacing of partially overgrown access track and conversion of existing building to dayroom ancillary to that use. Part Restrospective.
Decision: Approval Full
Decision Date: 05-Feb-2016

 

Parish Council – December 2019 Meeting

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The December meeting was held as normal on Monday 6th in the  Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Reports from the District and County Councillors: A report from Cllr Brown was read out, explaining that progress towards Unitary authorities was on hold due to the current political situation. He also gave details of NCC’s draft budget consultation. Cllr PB also referred to the uncertainty regarding the initiation of the Unitaries because of the General Election. He gave details of the refuse collections over the holiday period.

Public Participation: Mrs Matthews expressed concerns over the situation regarding flooding in Watery Lane and in support of the proposals of the highways department to alleviate it.

PCSO:  was felt to be doing a good job, and was visible and friendly.

Streetlights: Lights outside the Baptist Chapel, 15 watery lane, between Bliss Close and the Luddle, and Rolfe Cresc. all to be reported as out.

Roads and pavements: Poor condition generally. Conifers in South View had been cut.

The Green and Play Area: The Green was felt to be in good order. CK felt more trees were needed, AW wondered whether sponsoring would be popular. Play Area inspected and no problems.

Playing Fields: Netball Court had been started.

Trees: Churchyard and Green pollarding to be done in early New Year.

Allotments: Wildlife area progressing well. Pond being developed. 5 Allotments free.

Footpaths: Very muddy in the exceptionally wet weather.

Churchyard: Hedges trimmed, wall in good order.

Canal: MB reported the dog mess situation had improved.

Joint Burial Board: Fallon name plate details to be kept on file. 3 recent interments.

Youth Club: All going well. PCSO had visited to introduce himself.

Defibrillators: Both checked and in order.

To reconsider the situation regarding kerbs in Watery Lane. Discussion took place about the reasons for the problems in Watery Lane and about the proposed solutions from Highways, who recommended raising the dropped kerbs on the residential side of the road opposite the allotments, and dropping the kerb on the allotments side by 1 ½ – 2 inches over a 3 metre length. Highways have the funding to do the work. Resolved To support the Highways plan.
Resolved. To purchase a Sand Bin for placing in the area, and later to purchase sand and bags when it is installed.

To consider the provision of an office. This was a long term project, deferred for the present.

Church roof/Alarm. Council considered a contribution towards funding for a replacement steel roof, and an alarm system. It was felt an immediate contribution could be made, and further assistance given if required. Resolved. £1000 to be contributed towards the replacement roofing.

To consider removing the Memorial Green hedge. Resolved. To remove the hedge.

To consider signing the Armed Forces covenant. Resolved. To sign the covenant.

Grants Policy – to adopt. Deferred.

Neighbourhood Plan – No report on progress due to the illness of Mrs Corner.

To consider the recommendations of the Finance committee regarding the 2020/21 Precept. In light of the decisions at the meeting it was felt better to defer acceptance of the Finance Committee recommendations until January.

ACRE Village Awards 2020 – Resolved. To support the Village Hall Management application to be put in by Alwyne Wilson.

PDF of Full Minutes December 2019

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com 

It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Council meetings take place on the first Monday of each month (unless there is a Bank Holiday)

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be on the first Monday of the month at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30 pm and is, like all Parish Council meetings, open to all Parishioners.

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the councillors please visit our Nether Heyford Parish Council page.

Parish Council – November 2019 Meeting

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The November 4th meeting was held as normal in the  Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Like all Council meetings it was open to the public.

Flooding: We have been subject to heavy rain again, and the village has largely escaped the problems it has caused elsewhere in the County, and other parts of the Country. The lane between the Heyfords had to be closed for a time, and while that is inconvenient it is better to have the water there than elsewhere in the village.

Public Participation: Jo Dixon informed Council that the Tennis Club was fundraising towards a target, and had been applying to Sport England for funding, but that they wanted to deal with the owners of the land, so she asked Council whether they would accept contact from Sport England.

Mrs Reeves felt that Council should thank Mr Arnold for all his efforts on behalf of the village in regard to flood alleviation. The Chair thanked Mr Arnold on behalf of the Parish Council. Mr Arnold said that a great deal of work had been done, and that it had helped improve the situation regarding flooding.

Reports: Roads and pavements. The sign on Hillside road by the Green had been knocked over. Clerk to follow up regarding the signs that need painting.

The Green and Play Area: It was felt that the hedge on the Memorial Green should either be replanted or removed as it was in poor condition. Decision deferred to the next meeting.

It was resolved to allow the Heyford Singers to hold “Carols on the Green” on the Green in December, and resolved to give a grant towards expenses to the Heyford singers.

The Fair was supposed to be coming in September but had not done because of poor weather.

Playing Fields: It was resolved that Council to approach Sport England on behalf of the Tennis Club, and to accept funding.

Trees: The hedge in the jitty between the Memorial Green and Church Street was in need of attention. It would be checked to see who owns it.

Allotments: A report on expenditure was given and additional funding requested in next years precept. Mr Thorneycroft had asked for assurances that schoolchildren would be allowed to enter the new playing field through the allotments and was concerned that a gate had been chained and padlocked. It was not clear who had done this. The hedge between the water pumping station and the allotments was in need of attention.

Canal: It was reported that volunteers were doing many minor jobs.

Youth Club: to seek Quotes for external lighting so children could stay outside longer.

Defibrillators: In good order.

Neighbourhood Plan: A report on expenditure was given and a request for additional funding made to cover work on site assessment. Any money left over would be returned.

The Housing Needs survey would be distributed shortly, with a return date of 29th November. Part 1 would be filled in by all, Part 2 would be for those who intended to move or downsize in the next 5 years.

Precept Meeting: will take place on November 28th and set the budget for the next financial year. Village organisations wishing to apply for funding must apply by November 25th at the latest.

Reporting Highway and Footpath Issues. The Clerk will report issues that Council is made aware of, but Council would encourage residents to use the FixMyStreet service to report issues themselves as there will then be no time lag and first-hand reports are almost always better than 2nd or 3rd hand reports. The service can be found here: www.fixmystreet.com 

It is easy to use; you can have your own account and can check up on any issues you have reported.

Council meetings take place on the first Monday of each month (unless there is a Bank Holiday)

Clerk to the Parish Council: Guy Ravine, c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 07935 931787
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

Next Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be on the first Monday of the month at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom at 7.30 pm and is, like all Parish Council meetings, open to all Parishioners.

For further useful information about Nether Heyford Parish Council and full contact details for the clerk and the councillors please visit our Nether Heyford Parish Council page.

New Village Playground Area – Your help is needed

New Village Playground Area – Your help is needed

After years of hard service our Village Play area is getting a bit “tired” and is now in need of some major renovation work.

In view of this your Parish Council have taken the decision to use this as an opportunity to completely revise the whole thing.

We are planning a completely new Play Park that in addition to meeting the needs of younger children -as is the present case, will also cater for children into their teens. It is also hoped to put some “Outdoor Gym” type of equipment in place that can be used by all of us.

Right now we need to form a group who will work to plan and bring the project to fruition.

We already have three Parish Councillors prepared to work on this. Ideally we need two to three members of our community who are in touch with the needs of the proposed Play area users and who have vision, skill and ideas needed to complete a workgroup of six who will bring this plan to fruition.

We believe that we could have identified a source of funding. We have timescale to get the whole project finished by the beginning the next School Summer Holiday. We need to get going as soon as possible if this is to come together.

If you feel you have the vision, time and skills to be a part of this please contact either:

Dave Musson – Joint Project Leader –  davemusson073@gmail.com
Lesley Dilkes – thedilkesfamily@outlook.com