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.
Feeling annoyed about the roads?
The only way to get County to improve the roads and potholes is to report them to STREET DOCTOR
The Jubilee Field was purchased in 2012 by Boddington Parish Council. Prior to its purchaseseveral planning applications were refused & three planning appeals were dismissed. The land had been neglected but with the help of volunteers gradually the field was transformedinto a natural area for all to enjoy.
The whole site consists of about 3.46 acres of land in Upper Boddington, NN11 6DP, andthere is a small car park for the use of visitors to the field.
The Jubilee Field Group has aspired to improve the Jubilee Field for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area.
Archaeological fieldwork trials demonstrated that well-preserved evidence for early medieval settlement survives so to a great extent the field’s development is determined by the Archaeological remains below ground. The team working with Northamptonshire County Council’s resident Archaeologist have set out to preserve any artifacts & features by restricting tree planting to areas already damaged by modern deposits of waste material.
The first major undertaking was a hedge-laying working party by volunteers tutored byexperienced residents. Work parties have re-vitalised the small spinney in north-west corner of the field and planted a stand of Silver Birches in the south-west corner and twocommemorative trees, a Jubilee Oak a Wild Service Tree (Sorbus Torminalis) near to 12 Frog Lane. The group is also taking part in the Great British Elm Experiment, two Elmsdonated by the Elm Conservation Foundation have been planted near to the hedge in LondonEnd. The Elms, one from Essex & one from Kent, were micro-propagated from sixty-year old trees which seem to be resistant to Dutch Elm disease. This is a valuable experiment and the group will be observing the trees over the next ten years or more for any sign of disease.
A new pedestrian gate was installed by NCC’s ROW team at the London End entrance following a generous donation from a parishioner a new field gate has been put in along side it. Northampton Ramblers Association built steps a hand rail at the Frog Lane entrance to help both young & old up the slope to the main field.
The field is attractive for young children with a grass maze adding to their enjoyment duringthe summer months. There is plenty of seating provided for those wishing to sit quietly whilst admiring the magnificent views over Warwickshire & Oxfordshire as far as Edge Hill or towatch a perfect sunset. The wildflowers are a kaleidoscope of colour in spring & early summer with heads nodding & grasses swaying. Some rough areas have been retained to preserve the established vole population and there are Barn Owls nearby. A central area is left clear to provide a landing area for the Air Ambulance Service should the need arise & it is hoped to maintain a circular footpath to provide some access for disabled vehicles & pushchairs.
A Willow Dome has been planted towards the bottom of the field in one of the dampest spots, to form a natural tunnel for children to use for imaginative play and a regular task is to weave new growth around the existing frame. Just above the Frog Lane entrance is a cluster of fruit trees which when mature should provide a variety of fruit for those happy to pick this bounty.
The group successfully applied for grants and held events on the field for the local community.
Jubilee Field Group was wound up as a working group of the Parish Council in July 2017.
In April 2014 Boddington Parish Council said a fond farewell to some stalwart members and welcomed a host of new councillors with a wide range and breadth of skills and experience, and an even broader range of ages and backgrounds! We represent a wide demographic of the community which means that all areas of concern are raised and addressed, from repairing playground equipment, to road safety, to community transport any many more issues besides.
With an accumulated residency in excess of a hundred years in the Boddingtons, one thing that the Parish Councillors do have in common is a passion for the area; an area which they they wish to preserve and protect for future generations
This means that whilst maintaining day to day tasks that make life for parishioners as easy and comfortable as possible such as ensuring that street lighting is on, footpaths, roads and open spaces are managed, and the area is kept safe and cohesive, we also believe it is imperative that any investments - no matter how large or small - provide sustainable, long term benefits to the parish as a whole. Alongside the wishes of the community, we address- and will continue to address - impending forces such as housing, HS2, wind farms and planning. We will shortly be embarking on a mass community consultation - the results from which will formulate a strategic plan for the Boddingtons, so put your thinking caps on and look out for announcements in the Black and White.
Its also important to note that all members of the public are welcome (and encouraged) to attend the Parish Council meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month at Upper Boddington Village Hall. Agendas are pinned on the notice boards in Upper and Lower Boddington a week in advance so whether you would like to participate or simply sit in and listen, please come along!
Report potholes to Street Doctor
The only way to get something done about potholes is to report them to Street Doctor. Northamptonshire County Council have responsibility for repairing the potholes but they allocate resources according to need and a set of criteria for how dangerous the potholes are. However we all need to report them, then they will check out the priority and repair them. You can also find out the status of any repairs or plans to repair the roads in your vicinity by going to Street Doctor.
The Community Benefit Fund (known as the Turbine Fund as it is income from the wind turbine) allocated to Boddington Parish Council is calculated by ‘The Ingenious Group’ annually. The base amount is £2500 and they usually increase this based on inflation. The payment is received in April and the funds must only be used for projects that will enhance the community and cannot be used for day to day expenses such as grass cutting and street lighting.
In order to ensure that this fund is fairly allocated to the community, Boddington Parish Council has agreed a grants awarding policy which sets out the criteria and timescales involved for organisations to apply for some of this fund.
The timescales set out in the policy are based on a financial year where the fund is available at the beginning of the year. As this policy has only just been introduced the funds for the financial year 2016-2017 are still available and the parish council welcome applications from any interested groups. Any applications received will be considered at the next parish council meeting, as stated in the policy, until the fund is exhausted.
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.