The Parish Council wishes to remind you that pedestrian entry and exit to the Charles Cowper Playing Field (CCPF) and Jubilee Field (JF) must be made via the field gateways and official footpaths.
The Parish Council has commissioned repairs to hedges bordering both fields. The repairs are necessary to close unapproved gaps that had been made in the hedges to, presumably, provide shortcuts into and out of the fields. The gap on the CCPF leads onto private land, the gap on JF leads down a steep bank straight onto Townsend Lane. Neither gap offers appropriate, safe, entry and exit to the fields.
The repair of such gaps brings an unwelcome cost to the Parish. May we ask anybody seeking to re-establish these shortcuts to cease and desist.
Thank you for your co-operation.
I am very pleased to announce the publication of the Boddington Parish Plan.
The Plan document sets out the Parish Council's developing strategy and action plans on areas including community. facilities and leisure, housing, traffic and road safety and green and open spaces. The conclusions, strategy and action plans are informed and shaped by the results of the Parish Plan Questionnaire which are included in full in the document.
The Parish Plan is, and will remain, a work in progress. evolving through experience and continued consultation with you, the parishioners of Boddington.
I would like to thank Dr Malcolm Stewart for his outstanding effort in collating comprehensive background information on the Parish, the questionnaire results and our strategy and plans into this single document.
Dr Dennis Burton
Chairman, Boddington Parish Council
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.
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.
Please see the attached reports for Upper and Lower Boddington, as part of South Northants Council's review of conservation areas, together with the assessment criteria. They have concluded that Upper and Lower Boddington are not considered to fulfil the requirements to be designated a conservation area.
Please see the reports provided to the Parish Council Meetings
Please see the following information that has been circulated by HS2 relating to Royal Assent, Homeowner Payments, Rural Support zone schemes and a general update.
Please see the attached letter from SNC notifying the Parish Council that "the Friends of Jubilee Field" have nominated Jubilee Field for listing as an Asset of Community Value.
E-mail received from HS2 Ltd regarding works in Boddington:
I am writing to confirm that we will be undertaking Ground Investigation works around Upper and Lower Boddington. This work is due to start on the 26th September and will continue for approximately 5 weeks.
As part of the investigations, we will be undertaking pavement cores on Banbury Road, Boddington Road and Warwick Road, near Lower Boddington during this period. Whilst the pavement cores are being undertaken, there will be a manned ‘Stop/Go’ sign which will be in operation to control the flow of traffic. I thought that you would like to be informed of this work, as it may affect some of your local residents who regularly use this road.
We are sending notifications to local residents which will go out towards the end of this week.
If a member of the public does contact you about these works, we have a helpline who will be able to answer their enquiries. The number for the helpline is: 020 7944 4908. This number will also be on the notifications.
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 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 theinhabitants of the area.
Archaeological fieldwork trials demonstrated that well-preserved evidence for early medievalsettlement survives so to a great extent the field’s development is determined by theArchaeological remains below ground. The team working with Northamptonshire CountyCouncil’s resident Archaeologist have set out to preserve any artifacts & features by restrictingtree 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 cornerof 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 12Frog 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 oldtrees which seem to be resistant to Dutch Elm disease. This is a valuable experiment and thegroup 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 alongsideit. Northampton Ramblers Association built steps & a hand rail at the Frog Lane entrance tohelp 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 whilstadmiring 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 summerwith heads nodding & grasses swaying. Some rough areas have been retained to preservethe established vole population and there are Barn Owls nearby. A central area is left clear toprovide a landing area for the Air Ambulance Service should the need arise & it is hoped tomaintain 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 weavenew growth around the existing frame. Just above the Frog Lane entrance is a cluster of fruittrees 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.