Parish Council

Nether Heyford has a Parish Council of 9 members and a Parish Clerk. The Council meets in the Baptist Chapel Schoolrooms on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm (unless stated otherwise and notified via The Prattler and village noticeboards)

The October meeting of the Nether Heyford Parish Council was held on Oct 1st 2018 at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom.

Next meeting is Monday November 5th 2018 at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom (situated between the Village Hall and the Baptist Chapel overlooking the green)

Parish Council Meeting Notes – October 1st 2018:

Public Participation.
Cllr Harries informed that Council that he had just returned from SNC’s Grants Panel and was pleased to report that the Bowls Club grant application for £4,000 had been successful.

A member of the public enquired if it would be possible for residents to be encouraged to clean the debris from verges in front of their homes and also to take part in a village tidy up day around the Village Green. The Chairman suggested that an article be included in the next edition of “the Prattler” and include information on the village Facebook page and website.

It could be argued that we are in a difficult period regarding public funding of services which have been taken for granted before. If residents were prepared to take some responsibility for clearing litter, weeds and leaves from the area fronting their properties the village might look a lot better.

A resident asked the Council about areas of overgrown grass and what was happening about the road closure on the road leading to Upper Heyford from Nether Heyford. The Chairman responded that grass mowing was in hand.

Road Closure.
The issue relating to a gas leak and subsequent road closure was still ongoing as the gas leak is proving difficult to locate. The road closure has been frustrating for all, but it is hoped (as of Oct 17th) that the issue is now solved and the road fully open for the foreseeable future. If the closure had been due to Highways work we would have been kept informed; but the work was being carried out by an Utilities company (Cadent), and they have powers to close roads without reference to Highways.

Presentation by the Environmental Agency.
Flood Risk Management Project – Representatives of the Environmental Agency, Tom Lester and Catherine Chinn addressed the Council on the recent activity relating to Nether Heyford. The purpose of the visit was to update the Council on the situation relating to flood risk as planned capital works had not taken place as anticipated. It was explained that the reason for the lack of progress was due to the results of a mapping exercise. The findings of which revealed that the situation relating to the flood risk was not as extensive as first thought. Future works are unlikely to take place before 2021 as there is a need to secure funding. Anglian Water and Northants County Council are being approached to see if they are prepared to contribute. On a positive note a recent development that concerns the revenue works e.g. maintenance, has taken place locally to elevate flooding around Nether Heyford. There has been an update on the flood warning area to reflect changes – all those affected by these changes will be notified by the Environmental Agency and encouraged to sign up to the “flood warning services”. Leaflets are being produced for distribution.

Allotments.
Cllr Corner reported that the order for the 27 fruit trees had been placed and that the Allotment Management Group are busy putting together a plan to plant the trees in the Community Orchard. There are now 32 Allotment Holders renting 45 plots of land with a further 14 plots vacant and available for letting, 7 plots given over to community use and wildlife and 10 plots allocated to the Community Orchard.

Next meeting Monday November 5th 2018 at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom (situated between the Village Hall and the Chapel overlooking the green.

Parish Council – Main Contact:

Mr Guy Ravine
Clerk to the Parish Council
Address: c/o Old Dairy Farm, Upper Stowe, Weedon, Northamptonshire, NN7 4SH
Telephone: 01327 340410
Email: netherheyfordparishcouncil@gmail.com

Parish Council – Councillors:

C. Kiloh
Address: 19 The Green
Responsibilites: Chairman, Planning, Finance.
Telephone: 07779 900860

Mike Brasset
Address: The Foresters Arms, The Green
Responsibilites: Canal Matters, Planning
Email: mikethepub@hotmail.co.uk

L. Dilkes
Address: 1A Roberts Field
Responsibilites: Village Hall Rep, Youth Club, Vice Chair, Finance
Telephone: 07967 753216
Email: thedilkesfamily@outlook.com

Lynda Eales
Address: 3 Church Lane
Responsibilites: Allotments, Playing Field
Telephone: 01327 341707
Email: lyndaeales@aol.com

P. Green
Address: 8 South View
Responsibilites: Joint Burial Board
Telephone: 01327 349072
Mobile: 07763 244065

Neil Haynes
Address: 30 Weedon Road
Responsibilites: Tree Warden, Planning, Joint Burial Board
Telephone: 01327 340167

A-M Collins
Address: 25 Wakefield Way
Responsibilites: Arnold Trust, School Governors
Telephone: 01327 341180
Email: anna-twenty5@sky.com

Sue Corner
Address: 7 Close Road
Responsibilites: Allotments, Planning
Email: sue.corner@sky.com

A.Williams
Address: 26 Church Street
Responsibilites: Planning and Finance
Email: anthony.k.williams@talk21.com

Next meeting is Monday November 5th 2018 at the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom (situated between the Village Hall and the Baptist Chapel overlooking the green)

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Reporting problems with Pot Holes / Road Markings / Street Lighting / Broken Pavements / Grit Bins / Road Gritting

The County Council’s Highways Department will only deal with problems that have been reported on Northamptonshire County Council The Street Doctor website. Alternatively, phone 0300 126 1000 and ask for Streetdoctor.

All the streetlights in the village belong to the Parish Council so if any are faulty please phone the Clerk.

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About Nether Heyford Parish Council

Nether Heyford has a Parish Council of 9 members and a Parish Clerk. The Council meets in the Baptist Chapel Schoolrooms on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm (unless stated otherwise and notified via The Prattler and village noticeboards)

Agendae for full Parish Council and for Committee Meetings are posted on the Notice board outside One Stop and The Village Hall three days prior to the meeting.

Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend and can take the opportunity to raise issues with the Council at the beginning of the meeting. The District Councillors and the County Councillor generally attend, and the local PCSO sometimes attends.

The responsibilities of the Council are varied and include the provision of the following services:
– Churchyard
– Cemetery
– The Green
– The War Memorial
– Seating & litter bins
– Street lighting
– Grass cutting – via Agency agreement with Northants County Council
– Litter picking and provision and maintenance of dog bins
– Making environmental improvements as and when thought appropriate
– Liaising with the county council on highway safety and repair
– Liaising with the county council on public transport matters affecting the parish
– Liaising with the county council on the state of footpaths and other rights of way
– Liaising with the police on matters of concern within the parish
– Considering and commenting on planning applications within the parish and on major planning applications in neighbouring parishes
– Making grants to village organisations from council funds

Annual Parish Meeting
All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting between 1st March and 30th June each year. The meeting allows the Council and local community organisations to explain what they have been doing over the last year and electors can have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of the parish.

Who may Attend?
Anyone may attend but only registered electors may ask questions. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of Nether Heyford – this will be welcomed and it is the whole purpose of the meeting.

Who will chair the meeting?
Normally the Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting otherwise the meeting will elect a Chairperson from amongst those electors present.

Will Parish Councillors be there?
Usually they do attend and will speak as necessary but the purpose of the meeting is to enable the electors to have their say. Councillors will listen and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

Can I suggest Agenda items?
Yes, just get them to the Clerk to the Parish Council or come along to the meeting and raise the item then.

Are Minutes taken?
Yes – they are published in the monthly village newspaper The Prattler and displayed on the village notice boards.

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