- Continued closure of Charles Cowper field
At the Parish Council meeting held via zoom on Wednesday 3rd June, the precautions and risk mitigation strategies concerning the reopening of the Charles Cowper field were discussed. This is classified as a playing field, which, unlike parks and open spaces, are still subject to Government closure restrictions. The Jubilee field is defined as an open space and therefore remains open, albeit with social distancing requirements. Playing fields are classified as spaces for team games such as football where social distancing is extremely difficult. Therefore, until Government regulations change, the Parish Council, with a duty of care to parishioners, has no choice but to keep the Charles Cowper field closed.
This issue will be revisited at each monthly meeting.
- National Volunteers week
It is to be recorded in the minutes that the Parish Council wishes to thank all the volunteers within the Parish for their efforts during these unprecedented times. It has been extremely gratifying to see the care and support that many people have been taking of friends and neighbours and the sense of community that this has engendered. Also, thanks go to the many who have kept the weekly Food Bank box so well supplied.
- Dog waste bin in the Jubilee field
The black wheelie bin, usually at the London End gate of the Jubilee field, is being re-sited. It is now being placed by the bench next to the big hedge halfway along the field in order to try and ensure that dog waste ends up in it rather than being tossed over the hedge as has happened in the past. Please could the bin be left in its new position other than when it is brought back to the gate for emptying.
Boddington Parish Council: Press statement
At the virtual meeting (via Zoom) of the Parish Council held on Wednesday May 6th, the question of the Annual Parish Meeting, which should have been held on April 19th was discussed. In accordance with Government regulations regarding Covid 19 and gatherings of people, this meeting was inevitably cancelled. Government regulations remain in place and these have affected Local Government Standing Orders including those of Boddington Parish Council. As a result, there will be no Annual Parish Meeting this year. Should parishioners have issues they would have raised for discussion at the Annual Parish Meeting, Councillors hope they will convey these to the Clerk.
The Government announced in March that the elections that were to be held this month, are to be deferred until May 2021. This has, of course, affected this Parish Council but all current Councillors have agreed to remain in post until then. Should a vacancy arise the Council will co-opt until the elections are reinstated. The Officers of the Council will remain as standing.
The Parish Council will continue to meet, via Zoom, on the 1st Wednesday of the month until current restrictions allow meetings to be held in person. The Zoom meeting details will be at the head of each month’s agenda.
Please be advised that due to Coronavirus and Government advise on social distancing the scheduled meeting of the Parish Council which was due to take place on 1st April 2020 has been postponed until further notice. A meeting will be reconvened when the government advises on how they can be held both legally and safely.
If you have any concerns, as always please do not hesitate to contact the clerk on email@example.com
DOG ATTACK IN THE CHARLES COWPER FIELD-UPPER BODDINGTON.
On Saturday 14th March, a family using the CCPF was subjected to an attack by 2 dogs who were loose in the field despite the notice banning dogs.
One of the children was knocked to the ground and while, fortunately, not suffering serious harm, was left extremely traumatised and with cuts and bruises.
The Parish Council put up the NO DOGS ALLOWED notice expressly to exclude dogs from this play area to protect users from this type of abuse and to prevent fouling.
The Parish Council wishes to remind parishioners that NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED on the CCPF (service dogs excepted) and that dogs on the Jubilee field MUST BE ON A LEAD.
Any parishioner seeing either of these two regulations being flaunted has the right to ask the perpetrator to abide by the rules or, if they do not wish to confront the individual(s), to make a note of any details that should be passed on to a Parish Councillor so that further action can be taken. As there is CCTV at the VH/CCPF the Parish Council will endeavour to identify abusers.
It is with great regret that the Parish Council has to report further incidents of the anti-social behaviour previously reported.
This involves dog waste bags being thrown over the hedge into the garden of 21 London End. THIS BEHAVIOUR IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE and the Parish Council will now take strident steps to identify the perpetrators and involve the police.
The Council asks anyone with information that might be helpful in identifying these antisocial individuals to come forward and report this to a Parish Councillor. This could be done in strict confidence. In addition to this, dog waste bags have been left on the seat of a bench and there is evidence that dog waste is not being picked up. This coupled with the flagrant disregard of the DOGS TO BE KEPT ON A LEAD rule means that the Parish Council has no option but to consider ways to restrict the use of the JF by dog owners. Yet again, it is the minority that will be spoiling the use of a facility by the majority.
New guide to care and support in Northamptonshire – a crucial time for information
A new, updated Northamptonshire Care Services Directory has been published recently in association with Northamptonshire County Council. It gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Northamptonshire.