Boddington Parish - Upper Ward
Notice is hereby given that:
A poll for the election of Parish Councillor for Boddington - Upper ward will be held on Thursday 7th December 2017, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.
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You can see the detail of the relevant dates here
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.
The Precept, is a tax on the residents of the Parish which you pay as part of your council tax and collectively forms the income of the Parish Council. The Parish Council have had to increase the Precept by over 25% in each of the last 2 years and now stands at £32,000 to achieve a ‘standstill’ position. We are trying to build reserves in order to pay for projects identified in the Parish Plan Questionnaire. Clearly an ongoing annual debt of £6000 per annum for the Jubilee Field loan, severely limits the Parish Council’s finances.
Supporters of the Jubilee Field want to preserve the field in its current state. They have put an Asset of Community value order on the field. They have also completed forms to have the field designated a Local Green Space as part of South Northamptonshire Council Local Plan Part 2. South Northamptonshire Council have requested that all submissions are completed and sent in by 10th November 2017.
The Council has a duty to make best use of their assets in the interests of the local residents/taxpayers.
The Parish Council wants to keep its options open.
The Parish Council CANNOT recommend that you support the Jubilee Field being designated as a Local Green Space. It would prevent any proposed development both now and anytime in the future. It would reduce the financial value considerably and remove any options in the future. Why limit your options, when it is clearly totally unnecessary.
There are already protective elements in place to protect the Jubilee Field:
- It is in Public Ownership.
- It is listed as an Asset of Community Value.
- It lies within a Special Landscape area which means there are development restrictions.
- Other Planning considerations are also in place to safeguard against unwarranted development.
You may have seen adverts on social media, received notices, had people on your doorstep encouraging you to complete these forms. It is your choice as what to do, However, it is important that you understand what you are committing the Parish to, for now and for future generations.
So, please, whatever your views on the Jubilee Field, we believe supporting the designation as Local Green Space is not in the best interests of the parish.
If you have already completed a form supporting a Local Green Space designation, it is not too late to change your mind.
If you wish to make your views known contact South Northamptonshire Council, you can do so using this email address email@example.com or write to The Planning Policy Team, SNC, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD
You can download this statement here
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.
Cllr Ian Morris, County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “We understand that these proposals would have a big impact on the public and are changes in policy that we are bringing forward with a heavy heart".
“However the financial situation in which the county finds itself in is so severe, we are having to make proposals that we really don’t want to make".
“As has been widely reported we have made representations to government under the Fairer Funding campaign and believe that we need more money from central funds if we are to provide the standard of services in the county that the people of Northamptonshire really deserve.”
If you would like to comment on these proposals, you can email the County Council: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to:
Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation,
Northamptonshire County Council,
One Angel Square, Northampton,
South Northamptonshire Council has commenced a consultation under Regulation 18 Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) on the ‘Pre-Submission Draft’ of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan Part 2. The document will form part of the development plan for South Northamptonshire sitting alongside the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, Local Plan Part 1 and adopted Neighbourhood Plans.
NOTICE is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31 March 2017 was completed on 27 July 2017 and the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. As the requisite information as defined by Section 13(1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations is not displayed alongside this notice, it is available for inspection either from the parish website or by appointment.
To arrange a viewing appointment please contact:
Dr Malcolm Stewart,
Responsible Finance Officer
24A Frog Lane,
Between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00
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.
Thank you to all those that managed to come to the Annual Parish Meeting on 18th May. We would like to thank Counicllor Ian Morris, Northampton County Council and Councillor Rosie Herring, SNC for joining us and discussing issues for the Parish. Also we would like to thank Philip Freer for updating us all on the work of Friends of Boddington are undertaking with HS2.
The chairmans statement is also attached for your information.
The detailed report on the Parish Plan Questionnaire is now available and can be downloaded. It should be read in conjunction with the summary report.
The summary report was published in March and is available here.
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 by the Parish Council for the benefit of the community. It's development is managed by the Jubilee Field Committee.
Considerable work has been undertaken to clear the field and to place a number of seats around the Field.
The Jubilee Field Management Committee (JMG) is made up of the following:
Councillor Garry Williams - Chair
Councillor Mike Wakelin
Mrs. Mary Clugston
Mrs. Kaz Faulkener
Mrs. Sally Jones
Ms. Jeanette Mills
Mrs. Pam Stokes
Mrs. Kathy Gulliver