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  • Welcome

    Welcome to Boddington

    Boddington comprises the villages of Upper and Lower Boddington which nestle in the beautiful South Northamptonshire countryside on the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.  

    Centrally located within commuting distance of London and Birmingham it offers the best of living in a thriving community with the practicality of working lives.

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  • County Connect Bus Service Under Threat

    Northamptonshire County Council are currently consulting on removing all money paid to subsidise public transport in the county. If this proposal is confirmed after consultation, the County Connect bus service would end during 2018 and it is likely that many rural parts of the county will have either no or limited public transport in place.

    Cllr Ian Morris, County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We understand that these proposals would have a big impact on the public and are changes in policy that we are bringing forward with a heavy heart".

    “However the financial situation in which the county finds itself in is so severe, we are having to make proposals that we really don’t want to make".

    “As has been widely reported we have made representations to government under the Fairer Funding campaign and believe that we need more money from central funds if we are to provide the standard of services in the county that the people of Northamptonshire really deserve.”

    If you would like to comment on these proposals, you can email the County Council: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk or you can write to:

    Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation,
    Northamptonshire County Council,
    One Angel Square, Northampton,
    NN1 1ED.

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  • PC Statement Green Space Designation

    DESIGNATION OF THE JUBILEE FIELD AS A LOCAL GREEN SPACE AS PART OF SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE LOCAL PLAN PART 2

    On 4th January 2017, the Parish Council unanimously decided that ‘It does not support the designation of the Jubilee Field as a Local Green Space (as currently defined).

    The Jubilee Field was purchased by the Parish Council in 2012 from the Slatcher family. The reason for this was re-stated in the Parish Council minutes of Wednesday 7th December 2016 ‘Boddington Parish Council agreed to purchase the land to allow the village to control the destiny of the field.’ The cost including legal fees was over £100,000. It was funded by a Loan of £75,000 and £25,877 from the Parish reserves, which were exhausted by this transaction. The ongoing repayments are just over £6,000 pa with capital and interest in order of £58,000 still outstanding.

    The Precept, is a tax on the residents of the Parish which you pay as part of your council tax and collectively forms the income of the Parish Council. The Parish Council have had to increase the Precept by over 25% in each of the last 2 years and now stands at £32,000 to achieve a ‘standstill’ position. We are trying to build reserves in order to pay for projects identified in the Parish Plan Questionnaire. Clearly an ongoing annual debt of £6000 per annum for the Jubilee Field loan, severely limits the Parish Council’s finances.

    Supporters of the Jubilee Field want to preserve the field in its current state. They have put an Asset of Community value order on the field. They have also completed forms to have the field designated a Local Green Space as part of South Northamptonshire Council Local Plan Part 2. South Northamptonshire Council have requested that all submissions are completed and sent in by 10th November 2017.

    The Council has a duty to make best use of their assets in the interests of the local residents/taxpayers.

    The Parish Council wants to keep its options open.

    The Parish Council CANNOT recommend that you support the Jubilee Field being designated as a Local Green Space. It would prevent any proposed development both now and anytime in the future. It would reduce the financial value considerably and remove any options in the future. Why limit your options, when it is clearly totally unnecessary.

    There are already protective elements in place to protect the Jubilee Field:

    1. It is in Public Ownership.
    2. It is listed as an Asset of Community Value.
    3. It lies within a Special Landscape area which means there are development restrictions.
    4. Other Planning considerations are also in place to safeguard against unwarranted development.

    You may have seen adverts on social media, received notices, had people on your doorstep encouraging you to complete these forms. It is your choice as what to do, However, it is important that you understand what you are committing the Parish to, for now and for future generations.

    So, please, whatever your views on the Jubilee Field, we believe supporting the designation as Local Green Space is not in the best interests of the parish.

    If you have already completed a form supporting a Local Green Space designation, it is not too late to change your mind.

    If you wish to make your views known contact South Northamptonshire Council, you can do so using this email address localplanconsult@southnorthants.gov.uk or write to The Planning Policy Team, SNC, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD

    You can download this statement here

     

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  • Election Results

    Please see the results of the Election for a Parish Councillor for the Upper Boddington Ward - the successful candidate is Graham Dixon

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Election Results

Please see the results of the Election for a Parish Councillor for the Upper Boddington Ward - the successful candidate is Graham Dixon

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Community

Boddington Walk

Local Walks around Boddington

Follow the local walk around Boddington

You can see the evidence of history as it still remains in the architechture of some of the old dwellings, and enjoy the beauty of lovely countryside. You can download a printable version of the map and commentary

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Community

A History of Boddington

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The spelling of Boddington has changed over the centuries from Botendon in Domesday Book (1086) through Bottelendon (12th century Survey of Northamptonshire), and Budinton in the Calendar of Close Rolls (1244) to Botyngdon (1358), Botyndoun (1396) and Botyngdon (1428). When it became established as Boddington we do not know, but on some 19th century maps it was spelled with only one d. The origin of the name could be Botas Hill (dun) or, as Baker surmises, it could be compounded of Boten, a contraction of the Saxon plural of botl, a habitation, and dune or done, a down, which corresponds with the situation of the upper village.

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