Welcome to Boddington
Welcome to Boddington Parish website.
Boddington consists of two villages, Upper and Lower Boddington on the Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire borders.
Pictures provided by members of Badby Photo Club
Can you click it?
Did you know you can renew a library book, report a pothole and
apply for a school place on the Northamptonshire County Council website?
These are just some of the services which are available online as part of our Can You Click It? campaign, which aims to drive more people to the website for commonly-used services rather than phoning the customer service centre.
What’s available online?
Here are the services available online:
- Street Doctor
Report a highway fault
- School admissions
Apply for a primary or secondary school place
Book an appointment to register a birth, death or marriage
- Copy certificates
- Adult Learning
Search, book and pay for your course online
- Blue Badge
Apply or renew your blue badge
- Bus passes
Apply for or renew your old age bus pass
- Parking fines
Pay your fine online
Renew your library book online
- Free childcare for two year olds
Check your eligibility
- Safeguarding adults
Report a safeguarding concern
- Free school meals
Check and apply
Search and apply online
Don’t leave others to step in it!
Most of us remembered to put the clocks back last weekend – but if you are a dog owner there is just one more thing to remember as the nights draw in, don’t forget to ‘bag and bin’ your dog’s mess when you are out and about in public places.
The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, but for those that don’t they are breaking the law as dog faeces pose a public health risk. If an officer from South Northamptonshire Council witnesses a dog owner not picking up they may be liable to a fixed-penalty fine of £75. If the fine is not paid the owner could be fined up to £1,000 plus court costs.
We have also issued fixed penalties where a member of the public has witnessed a dog owner failing to pick up.
Some owners wrap the dog mess in a plastic bag, but then leave it at the side of the path. This is a littering offence and if the offender is found guilty in a Magistrates' Court the fine could increase to £2,500 plus costs and they will get a criminal record.
Cllr Andrew Grant, deputy leader and portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Thoughtless dog owners are not only spoiling other people’s enjoyment of our streets and countryside but also threatening public health and giving responsible dog owners a bad name. For this irresponsible minority the message is clear – they risk being prosecuted.”
The best place for wrapped dog waste is in your own black household wheeled bin, but it can also be placed in any dog waste bin provided by your town or parish council. Failing that it can be placed in any street litter bin.
Stepping in dog waste is not just unpleasant but it is also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, and other forms of infection. The most damaging of these is caused by the roundworm Toxocara canis which can pose a serious health risk to any individual unlucky enough to ingest infected soil.
For more information on dog fouling and how to report someone for failing to clean up after their dog visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/dog-fouling or call 01327 322323.
Explanation of Boil Notice
Why did you need to boil your water for nine days?
An explanation from Dr Robin Price, Regional Quality Manager at Anglian Water.
Recently, we asked all of the residents of Upper Boddington to boil your tap water before using it for drinking, preparing food and brushing teeth. This is an unusual step for us to take, and we know that it is inconvenient for our customers. We also know if can be worrying, so we have written this article to explain what are looking for when we sample your water, what we found in Upper Boddington, and why we asked you to boil your water.
We repaired a burst on the water main which supplies your village on Saturday 13th September. This was a standard repair for us, and the engineers who undertook the work reported that nothing entered the water main during the work. Our engineers are trained to immediately report to a more senior manager if any soil or water from an excavation could have entered a water main which is being repaired. As per our standard procedures, we took two water samples following the repair. One was ‘upstream’ of the repair, and one was ‘downstream’, and as the village of Upper Boddington had been without water for a while, we took an additional three samples in the village. These samples were sent to our Laboratory in Huntingdon late on Saturday evening, and analysis commenced on the Sunday morning.
What were we looking for?
Water supplies are disinfected before they leave our water treatment works – this ensures there are no harmful bacteria remaining in the water and that it is safe to drink. But it is important to remember that tap water is not sterile, and contains naturally occurring, harmless bacteria, just as other food and drink products do. We monitor the numbers of these bacteria by taking regular samples of water from our treatment works, water towers, storage reservoirs and directly from customers’ taps. If numbers are found to be unusually high for any reason, we will investigate and take whatever action is necessary.
It’s not practical to monitor for every single type of bacteria, so we look for so-called ‘indicator’ bacteria, in the same way that the food industry does. We routinely look for background bacteria, known as heterotrophs or ‘plate count’ bacteria, by analysing 100 millilitre (ml) water samples at 22°C and 37°C. We also routinely look for coliform bacteria (again by analysing 100 ml samples at 37°C) and also confirm that there are no harmful bacteria by looking forEscherichia coli (‘E coli’) which grows at 44°C. National water quality regulations state that water should not contain any coliforms or E coli, or an ‘abnormal’ number of background heterotrophs.
The testing for coliforms and E coli takes around 18 hours, and after this time we count how many ‘colonies’ are present; at this stage the results are known as ‘presumptive’, and further testing is required to ‘confirm’ the type of bacteria present. This testing takes a further 18 hours.
However, we do not wait for the ‘confirmation’ before we take action. If we find ‘presumptive’ coliform colonies after the initial 18 hours of testing, we will investigate, including taking further samples from the tap which was sampled. Detection of any presumptive E coli or greater than 50 coliforms per 100 ml potentially indicates something far more serious, and as well as investigating and sampling, we will ask the customer to boil their water supply until we have the confirmation and the results of further testing. We also inform the local Environmental Health Officer, Public Health England and the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI).
What bacteria did we find in Upper Boddington?
One of the five samples which was analysed on Sunday 14th September was found to contain eleven presumptive coliforms, which was reported on Monday 15th September. Although this was far below our trigger level of 50 coliforms per 100 ml, we returned to the property that day and collected samples from the original tap, a second tap at the house, along with a neighbour and the fire hydrant at the end of the water main in the village. The last sample was collected in the early hours of Tuesday 16th September, and all samples were sent again to our Laboratory in Huntingdon.
On Wednesday 17th September, the Laboratory reported that samples from both taps at the original property, along with the fire hydrant contained presumptive E coli. As mentioned earlier, detection of presumptive E coli indicates a potentially more significant issue, and so it’s at this stage that we made the decision to ask all customers in Upper Boddington to boil their water as a precaution whilst we investigated and took further samples. This is when we issued you with the first letter to ask you to boil your water.
We also began work to increase the chlorine concentration of the water supply in Upper Boddington to disinfect the water and remove any potentially harmful bacteria.
On Thursday 18th September, the Laboratory reported that the presumptive E coli which had been reported the previous day had not confirmed as E coli. However, other samples across the village had been found to contain presumptive coliform bacteria, indicating that although there were no harmful bacteria in the supply, numbers of the other types of bacteria were too high. We made the decision that, as a precaution, we would ask you to continue to boil your tap water until we had finished chlorinating the water mains.
It’s at this stage we decided to issue you with bottled water, as it was clear that the advice to boil your water was going to continue over the weekend.
Over the next few days, the chlorine level in your supply was increased for just over 24 hours. We allowed the chlorine levels to reduce to their normal levels, and then took two sets of samples a day apart, as per our procedures. Unusually, coliform bacteria were still detected after this work, so we then began work to ‘air scour’ the water mains. This work, which involves the injection of pressurised air into the water mains, was undertaken during the day so as to minimise noise disruption. Unfortunately, because of the pressure the air scouring puts on the network, this caused a pipe to burst, for which we are sorry.
After successfully air scouring the entire network of water mains in Upper Boddington, we increased the chlorine concentration for a second time. As we had done previously, we then took two sets of samples (a total of 32). Just one sample contained low numbers of coliforms, and following consultation with the local Environmental Health Officer and Public Health England, we made the decision to lift the boil water notice for all but four properties in Upper Boddington. These four properties were those where we had been unable to collect further samples following detection of bacteria at some stage during the boil water notice.
Over 200 water samples were collected and tested throughout this period; out of all of these just two samples from Upper Boddington were found to actually contain E coli. No E coli were detected in further samples from these properties or in any other properties in Upper Boddington. The cause of the E coli could have been something as simple as a tap fitting, and did not indicate a widespread problem. The highest number of coliforms detected was 27 per 100 millilitres in a single sample – significantly below our trigger level of 50 per 100 ml that might indicate something more serious.
Throughout the event, we took samples from Lower Boddington and Aston le Walls, which are ‘upstream’ of Upper Boddington, and were satisfied that there was no need for everyone in these villages to boil their water.
If there was no E coli in the water, and coliform numbers were below the level of something more serious, why did we ask you to boil your water?
This is a precaution we felt we had to take, after early samples suggested there may have been a problem. It is vitally important that tap water supplies are of the highest quality, and detection of unusual numbers of even harmless bacteria indicates that the water supply is not up to our usual high standards. We will always take a very precautionary approach to water quality, and we apologise for the inconvenience that our investigations and the action we needed to take will have caused you.
Why were there high numbers of bacteria in the water supply?
We are satisfied from our investigations that this was not connected to the burst wate
Parish Councillor Vacancy
Boddington Parish Council
Clerk to the Council: Kirsty Buttle
79 Alma Road,
Tel:01295 275372 email: email@example.com
NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF PARISH COUNCILLOR
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Norma Woodwardhas ceased to be amember of Boddington Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the said Parish Council.
In accordance with the Local Elections Rules an election to fill the vacancy shall be held if, within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 23 October 2014), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, South Northants District Council, Springfields, Towcester NN12 6AEby TEN electorsfor the said Parish.
In the event that no such request is received by 23 October 2014the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
Dated this 6 October 2014.
Note: In computing the fourteen days Saturdays, Sundays, day of Christmas break, of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning are disregarded.
Letter from Anglian Water
> Dear Mrs Buttle,
> First and foremost, I'm writing to apologise for the inconvenience caused by
> the recent boil notice in Upper Boddington. We know it will have been very
> frustrating, and for that, we are very sorry.
> I'm also writing to let you know we are carrying out a full investigation
> and review of the water pipes in your area, following a number of recent
> bursts and interruptions to your supply. I am very sorry that you have been
> subject to these interruptions.
> We have already met with representatives from your Parish Council to discuss
> this investigation. It is our intention to make the appropriate improvements
> to the network to stop this happening in the future, and we will continue to
> discuss this with your Parish Council.
> We wrote to you during the boil notice to update you on the work we were
> doing. This included raising the level of chlorine in the network, followed
> by 'air scouring' the pipes. While we were doing this work we carried out
> over 200 tests on the water, and it was only when these tests showed the
> water was up to its usual high standards that we were happy to lift the
> advice to boil your water.
> Several people have asked what we were looking for and what we found in the
> water. We have provided an article to your Parish Council which explains
> this in more detail. Simply, in a small number of our tests we found a
> higher number of naturally occurring bacteria than we would expect, and
> these bacteria can indicate that the water isn't up to its usual high
> standards. That is why we asked you to boil your water as a precaution,
> while we investigated and took action.
> I'd like to thank you, and the whole community, for your patience while we
> carried out this work. We promised to consider compensation once we had
> concluded the work. This letter is to let you know that we will be crediting
> your Anglian Water account with £50 by way of an apology.
> Please be assured that we will conduct a full review this incident, and we
> will learn any lessons that we can to minimise the chance of anything like
> this happening in the future.
> Once again, please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.
> Yours sincerely,
> Alan Fox
> Regional Network Service Manger
Blue badges and bus passes
Subject: Important information regarding blue badges and concessionary bus passes
Northamptonshire County Council are currently running two campaigns to promote services that can now be done online.
The first is Blue Badge applications and renewals. By using the online system
• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
• Find out if you are eligible
• You can save the form and go back to it at any point
• It will take just 15 minutes to complete the form
• Assessment should be processed within 6 weeks
The second is Bus Passapplication and renewal. By using the online system
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Simple and straightforward to use
• Find out if you are eligible
You can save the form and go back to it at any point
• Your new bus pass should arrive within 10 working days
Citizen's Advice On line
Can’t get through on the phone? Work full time? Find it difficult to come to our offices? Access to the full range of Citizens Advice Bureau Services is now available online. Accompanying our award winning website www.adviceguide.org.uk, we now have an enhanced capacity to respond to enquiries made directly via our local website www.cencab.org.uk. How does it work? Its very simple - just submit your details and the nature of your enquiry with as much information as you can about the problem via our simple to use online form and we’ll get back to you with a tailored response. If we think you’d benefit from speaking to someone we’ll give you a “short cut” into our service based on our available resources and the urgency of your problem. Websites: www.adviceguide.org.uk www.cencab.org.uk Self help Ask us
Can’t get through on the phone?
Work full time?
Find it difficult to come to our offices?
Access to the full range of Citizens Advice Bureau Services is
now available online. Accompanying our award winning
website www.adviceguide.org.uk, we now have an enhanced
capacity to respond to enquiries made directly via our local
How does it work?
Its very simple - just submit your details and the nature of your
enquiry with as much information as you can about the
problem via our simple to use online form and we’ll get back to
you with a tailored response. If we think you’d benefit from
speaking to someone we’ll give you a “short cut” into our
service based on our available resources and the urgency of
pictures for anti hs2 campaign
I have suggested to the Magazine "Four Shires",[http://www.fourshires.co.uk/] that they may want to do a photo spread on what will be OUR lost Beautiful Countryside should HS2 be built and that readers and others s_ubmit their own photographs to show their local areas that will be lost. I am glad to say they have decided to make a request in their August Magazine for photographsto be submitted for putting into the September or October Magazine. Either buy a copy, or go on line for final details, or phone Jeremy Wilton Editor on 01295273138.
If HS2 is built, it is essential to show what the countryside looked like before the bulldozers move inand it is also hoped that by showing MP's and others what will be destroyed, they may just think twice before ruining the Countryside we live and work in.
Any help you can give please would be really appreciated, so get your Camera out and whilst it is nice and warm go and take some beautiful pictures of the place we live in and that we may well lose.
Pictures to be sent tohttp://www.fourshires.co.uk/ FTAOJeremy Wilton by email or post. No payment will be made for the picture and it may be used to present to MP's during the Petitioning period, or any other time to prevent HS2 despoiling our magnificent Countryside.
Any further questions please contact me on either 01327 261121 - 07557225964 or by email.
Chair SNAG [South Northants Action Group against HS2]
Voter registration is changing
More than 60,000 letters were sent to south Northamptonshire residents this week informing them of the biggest shake-up of how they register to vote.
As part of a nationwide initiative to help reduce electoral fraud and improve accountability, the Government has launched the Individual Electoral Registration system, known as IER, which makes every eligible voter responsible for registering themselves to vote.
Previously each household across the UK received a single form asking for details of all eligible voters within the property, but this will now be replaced by the new system which will write to every voter individually.
James Doble, South Northants Council’s (SNC) deputy electoral registration officer, said: “The Government is rolling out the new IER system across the UK.
“For the vast majority of eligible voters, they will not need to do anything as they will automatically have had their details transferred from the old system, to the new one.
“However, for about 9,000 residents in south Northants they will need to provide some or all of their details and for the first time ever, this can be done online or over the phone.
“All they need is to s_ubmit this information along with their date of birth and national insurance number.”
Where possible, the Government has automatically transferred eligible electors by matching personal details against those held by the Department for Work and Pensions.
In this instance, individuals will receive a letter from SNC advising them they will not need to do anything further.
In south Northants, about 60,000 of the district’s eligible voters have been matched.
The remaining 9,000 voters will receive a letter advising them that their details were not able to be confirmed.
If this occurs, residents need to go online or call SNC to provide their information. A national insurance number and date of birth will be required.
Residents who have not received any letter by the end of July should register their details online or submit them over the phone.
Mr Doble added: “This new system will make every person responsible for their own registration and will make it harder for people to defraud the system by submitting false details.
“It is important every eligible voter ensures they are included on the electoral register as this is used to provide credit checks for mortgages, credit cards and mobile phone contracts.
“If residents fail to submit their details, they could have any of these applications refused and receive a poor credit rating."
Residents are being advised to check their letters and contact the SNC immediately if there are any errors including letters which are sent to people who no longer live at their address.
For more information, or to register details online visit - www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or call 01327 322128.
Shoemaker goes to War exhibit
A Shoemaker goes to War exhibition
2nd August -9 November
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
This exhibition will look at the stories of some of the shoemakers who fought in the first world war and the impact on Northamptonshire’s shoe industry as well as those they left behind.
Produced in partnership with the Northamptonshire Regimental Association and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association.
credit unions come to county
Credit Union comes to south Northamptonshire
A not-for-profit Credit Union that will give south Northamptonshire residents an alternative to the high street banks will be launched in Towcester next week.
Not only can savers earn dividends from their deposits with the Northamptonshire Credit Union (NCU) but those about to be move onto the Universal Credit system might find it easier to manage their finances.
The NCU will provide savings and loans services and deposits can be made direct from a salary, benefits, Standing Order and PayPoint.
The NCU will be launched by South Northants Council (SNC) and South Northants Homes (SNH) on Wednesday, 16 July at Towcester Recreation Ground off Islington Road between 3pm and 5pm.
The launch marks the expansion of the Northamptonshire Credit Union which was started in 1997 by Northampton Borough Council’s payroll department to help council workers.
Councillor Ian McCord, SNC’s portfolio holder for resources said: “The County’s Credit Union was set up by local people who recognised the need for an alternative financial services provider which exists to provide a fair service for everybody.
“We also recognise the changes to Universal Credit will present new challenges for some and this will provide them with a range of financial services backed by their local authority.”
SNH Assistant Director, Housing Services, Gill Higginson, said: “We are delighted the new Credit Union will give our customers a safe and secure way to budget and save and when necessary borrow. It’s an excellent addition to our existing money and benefits advice services.”
It is hoped as many people as possible will attend the launch and sign up for an account, and SNC’s partners at SNH have been leafleting their residents.
A bouncy castle and a face painter will also be on hand to keep children busy while their parents learn about the scheme and sign up.
The national Illegal Money Lending Team will also be sending their Loan Shark performer to illustrate the fact that the NCU will also provide an alternative to less scrupulous money lenders.
NCU is a membership organisation, which is owned and run by its members and unlike the high street banks, it does not have any private shareholders influencing what it does.
Anyone living or working in Northamptonshire or the Cherwell district of North Oxfordshire can join.
All members have the same rights, including the right to stand for election to the Board of Directors, and can influence the way the organisation is run.
More than one million people in Britain are already members of a credit union and worldwide the CU movement has over £1.5 trillion of assets.
Parish Council HS2 Response
Please see the attached response by the parish council to the HS2 Environmental Statement.
Notice from SNDC
Don’t fall foul of the law
Christmas is a time to share but one thing not at the top of Santa’s list is dog mess. Dog owners in the district are being reminded by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) to ‘bag and bin’ any dog mess when they are out and about in public places.
Most dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dog, but for those that don’t they are breaking the law as dog faeces pose a public health risk. If a council officer witnesses a dog owner not picking up they may be liable to a fixed-penalty fine of £75. If the fine is not paid the owner could be fined up to £1,000 plus court costs.
Members of the public can help reduce dog fouling in the area in which they live by contacting the environmental protection team on 01327 322323 or filling in an online form. It is important to include the name and address of the person in charge of the dog if known, a description of the dog plus the date, time and place of the offence.
If fouling occurs at regular times it may be possible for an officer to witness the fouling and take the necessary action.
Dog owners should always take a poop scoop or bags with them to use to clean up after their dog. The waste can be put in any public bin, not just the designated dog waste bins. Some owners take the trouble to wrap the dog mess in a plastic bag, but then leave it at the side of the path. This is a littering offence and if the offender is found guilty in the Magistrate’s Court the fine could increase to £2,500 plus costs, and they will get a criminal record.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Thoughtless dog owners are not only spoiling other people’s enjoyment of our streets and countryside but also threatening public health and giving responsible dog owners a bad name. For this irresponsible minority the message is clear – they risk being prosecuted.
“Those who choose to disregard our repeated pleas should remember that serious illnesses such as ‘Toxocariasis’ can be contracted from dog faeces and this condition can lead to blindness.”
Here are a few tips for dog owners:
• Train the dog to go in the garden, if you have one. You can then bury the mess or clean it up and bin it
• If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after them. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or buy a poop scoop from a local pet shop
• You can also buy biodegradable plastic ‘doggy bags’ from our council offices at Springfields in Towcester or phone 01327 322323. The cost of these bags is just £6 for 300. Similar bags can be purchased from other retailers
• Remember to take a bag or poop-scoop with you, just in the way you would with your dog’s lead
• Every time your dog fouls, bag it and bin it
• Take the poop scoop home and dispose of it there or use a bin if available and remember rain does not wash the problem away
• Never let your dog out alone to ‘go to the loo’
• Worm your dog. Virtually all puppies are born with the toxocara infection which can cause blindness in humans. They may need to be wormed at two, four, six and eight weeks and thereafter every two months, depending on the worming product. Check details with your vet.
To report someone for failing to clean up after their dog call the council’s environmental protection team on 01327 322323, or visitwww.southnorthants.gov.uk/998 to report online.
Please find attached a current list of the charges for South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) pest control service. You may be interested to note that we now advise and treat for squirrels and moles which can be a particularly troublesome pest.
From September Boddington Pre-school is open for the following times:
- Tuesday 8.15 - 15.15
- Wednesday 8.30 - 15.15
- Thursday 8.30-14.15
Toddlers and Babies
From September Toddlers and Babies will meet on Fridays upstairs in the Village Hall during term time 9.30 - 11 am. Everyone is welcome; please come along for a cuppa and a chat with friends while your little ones play.
Care Services Directory
Finding care is made easier in Northamptonshire
The new 2013 Northamptonshire Care Services Directory is now available. The Directory is packed with useful editorial that explains all available care options and includes comprehensive listings of care providers for residential care or care in your own home. There is also guidance on paying for care and what financial assistance is available from the Government.
Robert Chamberlain, Publisher of the Care Choices Directories, comments ‘When choosing care you should be armed with the most up-to-date information to help you decide which kind of care is most suitable, who will provide it and how it is to be funded. The Care Services Directory is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering long term care’.
If you want to speak to someone about care options, funding, accessing services or other care-related questions you may have, call this directory’s free helpline on 0800 38 92 077. The friendly operators can give you more information, talk through any queries and provide you with a shortlist of care homes, in your chosen location, that meet specific care needs.
To receive a free copy of the Northamptonshire Care Services Directory 2013 simply call the Adult Care Team on 0300 126 1000.
It is also available in e-book format with a spoken word option viawww.carechoices.co.uk
Notes to editor
- Care Choices Ltd was established in 1993 and is a leading publisher of care directories for Councils across the UK.
- The listings of care providers contained in Care Choices’ publications are supplied by the regulatory body Care Quality Commission.
- Northamptonshire County Council are a distributor of the Care Choices Directory which is available free of charge to members of the public.
local buses - County Connect
Northamptonshire's County Connect local bus service comes highly recommended by parishioners.
This service will take you from any designated pick up point to any other in town of village. You must make a booking to use this service.
To use you must register, it is free, either call 0845 456 4474 or log on to www.county-connect.co.uk, you will then get a welcome pack with more details. The service does not operate on Sundays or bank holidays, it works on Mon - Fri 7am - 7pm, and Sat 8am - 6pm. You can travel as often as you like.
If you want to have a local bus service then please think about registering for this one. Please pass the phone number on to anyone who is not on line.
Free independent advice and support for residents living in Boddington and surrounding villages:
- Do you have concerns on welfare benefits - what you might be eligible for and how to claim?
- Do you want confidential advice on debt or other money matters?
- Do you want suggestions on ways of reducing your household bills?
- Are you interested in volunteering an would you like to know about local opportunities?
- Would you like job-seeking advice and support?
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