Following an urgent invitation from the Government, and because of the need to make local government services more sustainable, Northamptonshire’s eight councils are proposing to reduce the number of councils in the county from eight to two from April 2020. All of the councils are seeking the views of residents, businesses and others about the proposal during a period of public consultation from June 18th to July 22nd.
So please read their documents and take part in the consultation - www.futurenorthants.co.uk
9th June 2018
I apologise for yet another leaflet through your letterbox, however this may well be the most important one that you will receive.
Over 100 individuals have written to SNC (South Northants Council) to propose that the JF (Jubilee field) is designated a LGS (Local Green Space) under the Localism Act 2012. SNC are supporting this proposal.
The Parish Council believe that the designation of the Jubilee Field as a Local Green Space should be refused and are responding to SNC and need your support.
The PC (Parish Council) bought the field in 2012 to have control over any future development. The cost over 15 years will be nearer £120,000 including maintenance, rather than the £100.000 that the PC paid. There is an outstanding debt of over £55,000. You, the parishioners pay for this as part of your council tax.
The PC is currently investigating a partial development of the field with predominately affordable smaller homes. Designation of the JF as a LGS will delay this at least 10 years.
You would have recently seen at least 3 leaflets and a share offer document from the Friends of the Jubilee Field (FOJF) urging you to buy shares to buy the field from the Parish Council. Interestingly, as parishioners, you are already stakeholders. Your PC own it in your name.
The PC has a deadline of 29th June 2018 to provide comment, observation and objections. You have the same timeframe and I urge you to respond in writing to SNC to the address below. If you need help wrth this or wish to ask more questions, please do not hesitate to contact the clerk or a Parish Councillor.
Please send your objection with reasons to Mrs Caroline Bamby, Senior Technical Supporting Officer, Planning Policy and Growth Strategy Team, South Nor1hants Council, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester NN12 6AD or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support.
On behalf of Boddington Parish Council
Boddington Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from HS2’s Community and Environment Fund (CEF). The CEF fund has been created by HS2 to add benefit to communities along the route that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of HS2 from London to West Midlands.
The £75,000 grant will be used for the creation of a new playground on Charles Cowper Field which is located next to the Village Hall.
This grant, together with funds from the Parish Council and Boddington Village Hall will enable Boddington to have an exciting inclusive playground for all ages. Following a public tender process Wicksteed Leisure Limited were selected as the preferred supplier and it is anticipated that construction will take place in July with a formal opening in early August.
A joint working group of Boddington Parish Council, Boddington Village Hall and the Friends of Boddington have worked together to deliver this first step in an exciting plan to create a fully accessible community recreation and entertainment centre for the benefit of all parishioners.
The Parish Council has been advised that the current amber street lights will no longer be manufactured after 2019 and manufacturers' stocks for replacements are very low. We will be considering this issue but meantime the faulty light outside no 26 Frog Lane is being replaced with a wide angle soft white LED lamp. This will give parishioners the opportunity to see what could be available in future. There are lots of variations in colour and brightness so please send us feedback on what you think about this particular replacement and any other concerns you have about our street lights.
LEDs are much more energy efficient so will cost a lot less to run. In addition they are guaranteed by the contractor for a year, then by the manufacturer for 10 years so maintenance costs will be much reduced.
Councillor Pat Stewart.