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21 August 2019Parish Council Meeting - Tuesday 27th August 2019

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.  A copy of the Agenda is available to view here 

Everyone welcome to attend.

20 August 2019The Royal British Legion - Monthly Veterans’ Breakfast - Wednesday 28 August 2019

The Royal British Legion - Monthly Veterans’ Breakfast - Wednesday 28 August 2019

Members of the Armed Forces both past and present are invited to the New Street Cafe (next to Tesco in Daventry Town Centre) on the fourth Wednesday of each month for the Veterans' Breakfast

Breakfasts are available from 9.30am until midday, and there is a drop-in support and advice session offered by the Royal British Legion between 10am and midday

Future 2019 dates:

Wednesday 25 September

16 August 2019Plans progress for new leisure centre

Plans are moving forward to develop a new leisure centre to serve communities in the east of Daventry District.

Daventry District Council (DDC) and Moulton College have agreed that DDC will buy the Chris Moody Centre, an existing sports facility on the College’s campus and convert it into a public leisure centre. Providing a new leisure and sports facilities for residents and community use in the eastern part of the District is a priority for the Council, which plans to use developer contributions to fund the project.

The new centre would include a swimming pool, state of the art fitness suite and multi-purpose rooms for classes, functions and group cycling. Local schools and clubs currently using the facilities at Moulton would continue to be able to do so under the Council’s proposals.

DDC will be applying for planning permission for the changes, with it being planned that work would begin on the new leisure centre in early 2020.

Councillor Alan Hills, DDC’s Community Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, said: ““We are pleased to be working with Moulton College to achieve our vision for the new leisure centre.

“It will be an important hub for sport and leisure activity across the east of our District, helping to meet the need for more local amenities in the light of major future housing growth in the area.”

Corrie Harris, Principal of Moulton College said: “We are delighted to be able to engage with the local and regional community and contribute positively to the council’s investment strategy. The centre will be a superb leisure facility that will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

“The current facility is not central to the college’s educational offer and its conversion into a public leisure centre will widen its use among the community by local people, schools and clubs.”

Plans for a new leisure centre in the eastern part of Daventry District were identified as the top priority within the Council’s Sports Facilities Investment Strategy, which was adopted in February this year following public consultation

15 August 2019A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project *** Notice of Postponement of Resurfacing in Phase 3 ***

 
A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project   *** Notice of Postponement of Resurfacing in Phase 3 ***
 
We have received a warning of severe weather during the coming weekend.
 
This has resulted in the postponement of resurfacing works in Phase 3 (from the Flore roundabout to the Heart of The Shires shopping village) this weekend. . This postponement and the embargo on our works over the Summer Bank Holiday weekend, between 6am Friday 23rd and 8pm Tuesday 27th August, means that resurfacing works in Phase 3 are now planned to be carried out as follows:
 
1. Friday 30th August – Monday 2nd September - northwards from The Dial House to just north of Ivy House Farm.
 
2. Friday 6th September – Monday 9th September - northwards from just north of Ivy House Farm to Norton Lane.
 
Resurfacing works will be carried out between 8pm Friday nights and 6am Monday mornings over these weekends and the road will be closed to traffic.
 
A revised update will be distributed in the week after the Summer Bank Holiday.
 
Please accept my apology for this alteration to our programme.
 
Kind regards
 
Mike Healy
 
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

06 August 2019Parish Council Meeting - Monday 12th August 2019

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 12th August 2019 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.  A copy of the Agenda is available to view here 

Everyone welcome to attend.

02 August 2019REPORT A SUSPECTED HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMO) CALL DDC's 24-HOUR HOTLINE 01327 302288

You may have recently seen the attached article which was published in Daventry Calling.  A 24-hour hotline has been launched by Daventry District Council in a bid to improve living conditions for people in privately rented or shared housing.

If you do have any concerns about the condition of a privately rented property in the District or a home that you suspect could be a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), please let us know.  You can contact us below:

www.daventrydc.gov.uk/hmo

Email: environmentalimprovement@daventrydc.gov.uk

Hotline: 01327 302288

The rental market plays an important role in providing housing for people living in our District, and HMOs provide cheaper accommodation for residents whose housing options are limited.  However, they also pose greater risks than other types of accommodation for overcrowding and fire, which is why DDC is working to ensure that all HMOs are safe and properly licenced.

New laws introduced last year state that a licence is required for a HMO if:

•          5 or more people live in the property, and

•          The tenants form more than 2 separate households or groups i.e. a couple and a family of three, and

•          The tenants share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen.

Do you live in or near a shared house?  Signs to look out for include:

•          Lots of different people living at the property or leaving/entering at different times.

•          Issues of property disrepair – broken windows, water leaks, missing roof tiles, unkempt gardens.

•          Pest infestations.

•          Inadequate storage of rubbish.

•          Lots of vehicles parked and visiting the property.

•          Excessive noise coming from the property.

Report any concerns you may have in confidence and DDC will investigate further.

 

02 August 2019A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON - Roadworks Update

As you are no doubt aware, the recent severe weather resulted in the postponement of resurfacing works planned for the weekend of Friday 26th to Monday 29th July 2019 in Phase 3 of our essential maintenance scheme.
 
As a result of this postponement, resurfacing works in Phase 3 (from the Flore roundabout to the Heart of The Shires shopping village) are now planned to be carried out as follows:
 
1. Friday 2nd to Monday 5th August - northwards from the new Flore roundabout to just north of the turn to Dodmoor House.
 
2. Friday 9th – Monday 12th August – northwards from north of the bridge over the railway to The Dial House.
 
3. Friday 16th – Monday 19th August – northwards from The Dial House to just north of Ivy House Farm.
 
4. Friday 30th August – Monday 2nd September – northwards from just north of Ivy House Farm to Norton Lane.
 
Resurfacing works over these weekends are being carried out between 8pm Friday nights and 6am Monday mornings and the road will be closed to traffic over these weekends.
 
NB: Please note that no works will be carried out between 6am Friday 23rd and 8pm Tuesday 27th August to accommodate the Summer Bank Holiday weekend and the road will be open to traffic over that weekend.

Currently main drainage works are being carried out in Phase 5 (from Daventry Road (Norton) to B4036 Long Buckby) and these works will continue for the next two to three weeks.
 
Unfortunately, the severe weather also led to the postponement of main drainage works in Phase 5 planned for the night of Tuesday 30th / Wednesday 31st July 2019.  
 
Despite these postponements, we are still planning to complete our essential maintenance scheme to the A5 between Kilsby and Weedon by the end of November 2019.
 
Main drainage works in Phase 6 (from B4036 Long Buckby to B5385 Watford Gap) are currently planned to start in the second week of August. 
 
All main drainage works are being carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday inclusive and the road will be closed to traffic between these times . When the A5 is closed during our works in Phases 3, 5 and 6, traffic is being diverted as shown on the previously posted diversion route drawing titled TTRO PLAN – PHASES 3 TO 7 TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. 
 
NB: We are planning to return to Phase 2 (Weedon Bec crossroads to Flore Roundabout) to carry out hydroseeding to the verge adjacent to the southbound carriageway of the A5. These works will be carried out between the hours of 8pm Saturday 17th and 6am Sunday 18th August 2019.
 
Weedon Bec crossroads will remain open to traffic during these works.
 
When the A5 is closed during our works in Phase 2, traffic is being diverted as shown on the previously posted diversion route drawing titled TTRO PLAN – PHASE 2 TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. 
 
Please note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 
 
Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please use your local shops, bars and restaurants and ask others to do the same. I’m sure that your local business community would appreciate it. 
 
I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

Unfortunately, there have been incidences of unauthorised vehicles being driven into our working areas. These irresponsible drivers put themselves and our workforce at risk of serious injury or death. As a result of these incursions we have employed a Safety Camera vehicle which will record any such incidences and report the offender to the Police
 
NB: Please note that you can receive future update bulletins and other information about this scheme by email.
 
This can be arranged simply by providing your home and email addresses to:
 
 
Mike Healy
 
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
 
 
Mobile: 07964 114 623 Email: infoA5kilsby@forkers.com


 

01 August 2019Buskers Evening - Friday 30th August

I am pleased to anounce that another Buskers Evening will be held on Friday 30 August 2019 at the United Reformed Church, Brington Road, Long Buckby, starting at 7.30pm.  As usual, we look forward to a good evening of community entertainment, and it no matter if you are a performer or audience, it will be good to see you and anyone else who may wish to attend, so please spread the word.

31 July 2019Northants Police Operation Stock - Suspicious Vehicle Sought

Following suspicious circumstances on a sheep farm in Warwickshire, just across the county/Daventry boundary, we are keen to be informed of sightings of a white van challenged by a vigilant farmer on his land. We have full details of the vehicle: it's registration ends VXF and it has writing on the back including a company name 'Plantation Shutters' and we want to speak to the driver/occupants. Enquiries with the bona fide company of this name indicates it has no connection, hence our interest. If seen in Northamptonshire, please report on 101 or 999 depending on the circumstances, quoting Operation Stock (crime reference 1900036556)

31 July 2019Criminals Targeting People With Universal Credit Scam

Action Fraud has received 63 reports about a scam in which fraudsters target people with offers of “low cost” loans or “free” government grants. What the victims aren’t told is that the money they’ll receive is actually an advance payment for Universal Credit. The criminals use the personal information they’ve obtain under false pretences to make an application in the victim’s name. After the fraudsters have taken their “fee” from the advance payment, the victim is then left to pay back the total amount once their repayments begin.

How you can protect yourself:

Never share your personal or financial information with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s in response to an offer of “free money” or a “free grant”.

Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) staff will never approach you in the street or ask for your personal/financial details over social media.

If you have concerns about your benefits, you should visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.

 

18 July 2019Are your dog's microchip details up-to-date?

Dog owners are being reminded of the importance of making sure the information on their pet’s microchip is kept up-to-date.

Daventry District Council’s Dog Warden service is issuing the advice after coming across a number of cases recently in which a lost dog’s chip contained information for their owner’s old address – making it difficult to reunite them.

A microchip is a small electronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is painlessly implanted under the dog's skin and contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner.

The dog owner's contact details are logged on a central database, so should the dog be found after going missing or being stolen it can be scanned and quickly returned to its owner.

Since April 2016 dog owners have been required by law to make sure their dog is microchipped, with those who fail to do so facing fines of up to £500.

As well as helping reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:

·         Helping to prevent the theft of dogs

·         Allowing for easier identification of owners who are guilty of animal cruelty

·         Enabling vets and the Council to contact dog owners directly if a stray is found

·         Tackling the issue of stray dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.

Councillor Richard Auger, Environmental Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “Microchipping is the most effective tool for our officers to reunite dog owners with their lost pets. However, it’s only useful if the information on the chip is kept up-to-date, and it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure this is done. If you move house you must contact the database company that your dog is registered with and update your details.”

People are also being urged to ensure they properly report any stray dogs they find so they can be reunited with their owners. 

If you have lost or found a dog, please contact Daventry District Council on 01327 871100. If you find a dog outside of normal office hours, or on a Saturday or Sunday, please contact Dunsmore Kennels on 024 7654 2566 or visit www.dunsmorekennels.com

Anyone who finds a dog during the evening or when the kennels are otherwise closed is advised to keep the dog overnight if they can, before contacting the kennels or the Council. Please ensure you do not put yourself at risk of being bitten or attacked by the dog if you are prepared to secure a dog overnight.

Please find out more at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/dogs

18 July 2019Road Closure - King Street, Long Buckby

Anglian Water are intending on carrying out defect remedial works on a section of Kings Street in Long Buckby.  To carry out these works safely will require that the road is closed for up to two days from the 12th August 2019.

If you require more information about the works please contact Aura Carp on 07971 121393.

18 July 2019The Daventry & District Memory Cafe

The Daventry & District Memory Café provides help and support for people and their carers who have memory problems in Daventry & District.  They run activities, provide information and are happy to share their own experience with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  Sessions are £2.50 each, refreshments are available and run every second Tuesday & 4th Thursday from 1-3pm at the Methodist Church in Daventry.


On the 27th July, Elation Choir are putting on an evening of music for Demcafe as their chosen charity of the year.  The concert is 'Songs Through the Decades' and will be a sing a long event.  The tickets are £7 adult and £6 Concessions.  These are available from the Podiatrist at 14a High Street, Daventry.  The concert starts at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church, Market Square, Long Buckby.  Please come and meet the team and support both the choir and the people living with dementia and their carers who attend Demcafe.

 

For more information call 01327 877812, 07747349843 or view their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/demcafedaventryanddistrict/

16 July 2019Parish Council Planning Meeting

The next Planning Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 22nd July at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.  A copy of the Agenda is available to view here 

Everyone welcome to attend.

15 July 2019Police Appeal For Information After Further Incidents Of Illegal Sheep Butchery

Northamptonshire Police is urging rural communities to look out for and report any suspicious activity following four incidents this week where livestock have been killed and professionally butchered in their field.
Fourteen lambs were killed in a field off the A428 between Crick and West Haddon, sometime between 4pm on Sunday 7 July and 4pm on Monday, 8 July. The carcasses of 12 lambs were stolen and the remains left in the field, with a further two killed but left at the scene.
Between 8am on Tuesday, July 9 and 8am on Wednesday, July 10, 21 lambs were slaughtered and stolen from a field off the Nobottle Road near Whilton in Daventry, with their remains left behind in the field.
This morning, Saturday, July 13, the remains of at least 10 sheep were found in a field in Harrington Road, Kelmarsh, and in Moulton, a lamb was found injured in a field in Boughton Road, after being tied up with electric fence wire.
To help protect livestock and catch those responsible, Northamptonshire Police is urging people who live and work in rural locations to report anything suspicious they see.
Neighbourhood Inspector Scott Little said: “To have this many incidents in just a few days is extremely concerning and we are appealing for information from the rural community to help us catch those responsible.
“Inquiries are ongoing into these incidents and we are asking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in these areas over the past week to get in touch. We’d also like to hear from anyone who may have any dash cam or CCTV footage that might be relevant or any other information that could assist the investigation. 
“The lambs appear to have been professionally slaughtered and their carcasses have then been stolen. For farmers to find their animals have been killed and butchered like this is not only very upsetting, it also has financial repercussions.
“If you see something that strikes you as unusual, out of the ordinary or just a bit ‘off’ please let us know by calling 101 or making a report online. If you think a crime is happening at the time, please call 999.
“Even a small piece of information may be a vital key that allows us to link similar offences and help us identify and bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.
“We also want farmers to be aware that this has been happening and neighbourhood officers will be visiting farmers and landowners on their patch over the next few days. We're also advising that any loose fencing, pens or similar equipment that may be in your fields is removed and securely stored.
"If you suspect someone has attempted to target your animals, or find that you’ve lost livestock in this way, please report it to the police immediately.
Suspicious activity and non-emergency crime can be reported to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or online at www.northants.police.uk/reportonline. In an emergency, always call 999.
Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.
Incident numbers: 19000359831 (Whilton) and 19000355217 (Crick) 19000364661 (Moulton) 157-130719 (Kelmarsh)

05 July 2019A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project Update Bulletin 8 – 5.7.2019

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS:
 
A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project   Update Bulletin 8 – 5.7.2019
 
Since the previous bulletin dated 21st June 2019, they have completed main drainage works in Phase 3 (from the Flore roundabout to the Heart of The Shires shopping village) together with resurfacing works between a point just north of the turn to Dodmoor House and the bridge over the railway in the same phase.
 
They have also been carrying out main drainage works in Phase 4 (from the Heart of The Shires shopping village to Daventry Road (Norton) and Phase 5 (from Daventry Road (Norton) to B4036 Long Buckby) and these works are ongoing.

All main drainage works are being carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday inclusive.
 
They are returning to Phase 1 (from the BP service station to the Weedon Bec crossroads) to resurface the carriageway over the weekend of Friday 5th July to Monday 8th July 2019. Weedon Bec crossroads will be closed to vehicles during these resurfacing works which will be carried out between 8pm Friday night and 6am Monday morning. 
 
NB: For your own safety, please use designated footpaths and road crossing points. Traffic marshals will be in attendance to assist you. Please do not enter the working areas.
 
Works to Phase 1 are planned as follows:
 
Friday 5th July – 8pm – 12 midnight: Install Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic Management, milling carriageway up to a depth of 220mm and deal with any soft spots found after milling carriageway. Saturday 6th July 12.01am – 12 midnight: Milling carriageway to around 10am to a depth of 220mm, deal with any soft spots found after milling carriageway, lay Geogrid mesh reinforcement materials, resurface carriageway with asphalt materials and remove asphalt from a 22m section of  footpath adjacent to the new housing development in Phase 2.  Sunday 7th July 12.01am – 12 midnight: Resurface footway in Phase 2 with asphalt materials, resurface phase 1 carriageway with asphalt materials, allow area of resurfaced carriageway to cool / cure before applying road markings and cut for and install traffic loops in carriageway. Monday 8th July 12 midnight – 5am: Apply temporary and remainder of permanent road markings in carriageway.

 On Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July 2019 between 8pm and 6am they will be applying High Friction Surfacing in Phase 1. Between 8pm and 12 midnight on the same nights.

They will also continue to cut for and install traffic loops. On Wednesday 10th July, they will also be hydroseeding the verge adjacent to the southbound carriageway in Phase 2. .  NB: During resurfacing and associated works in Phase 1, escorted vehicle access to and egress from homes and businesses in Phase 2 (from Weedon Bec crossroads to the new Flore roundabout), will only be available from Flore roundabout.

NB: Please note that there is an embargo on our works over the weekend of Friday 12th to 6am Monday 15th July 2019. This is to accommodate the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. There will be no road closures in place between Kilsby and Weedon over this weekend.
 
They are planning to resume resurfacing in Phase 3 (from the Flore roundabout to the Heart of The Shires shopping village), working northwards from the bridge over the railway, on the weekend of Friday 19th to Monday 22nd July 2019.
 
Please note that all planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 
 
Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please use your local shops, bars and restaurants and ask others to do the same. I’m sure that your local business community would appreciate it. 
 
Apologies for any disruption the works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. 
 
Unfortunately, there have been incidences of unauthorised vehicles being driven into the working areas. These irresponsible drivers put themselves and our workforce at risk of serious injury or death. As a result of these incursions they have employed a Safety Camera vehicle which will record any such incidences and report the offender to the Police
 

02 July 2019Parish Council Meeting - Monday 8th July 2019

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 8th July 2019 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here

Everyone welcome!

20 June 2019Job Vacancies - Bridge House Farm

Full time stock person required – Long Buckby NN6 7QR

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist with our experienced team. High health Pedigree pig herd with excellent facilities. Recent investment means we have state of the art facilities and technology to improve the working environment. Help needed with every day tasks including pressure washing, cleaning, moving, feeding and care of pigs. Good attitude and enthusiasm is key with training and support available in all aspects of the work. 39 hours + Overtime with competitive rates of pay, pension and other benefits.

Part time staff needed with weekend and weekday opportunities – Long Buckby NN6 7QR

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist with our experienced team working with our High health Pedigree pig herd and excellent facilities. Help needed with every day tasks, cleaning, feeding and care of young piglets. Attitude is key with good attention to detail and willingness to learn. Looking especially for weekend cover but also potential for a week day role as well. Timing of hours open to discussion.

Please contact Charlie on 07725987909 or email Charlie@bridgehousefarm.com for more information

18 June 2019Parish Council Planning Meeting

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 24th June 2019 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here

Everyone welcome!

12 June 2019Crime Prevention Evening - Wednesday 12th June 5-8pm

Come and meet your local policing team on Wednesday the 12th of June 2019
 
Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to invite you to come to a crime prevention evening 5pm to 8pm at the United Reform Church in Long Buckby.
 
This is an opportunity for you to chat with Craig & Tara, your local crime prevention officer Brenda, your NHW coordinator Rachel Dobbs and street coordinators.
 
Please come along to express any of your concerns within the community.

12 June 2019ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS: A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project Update to Bulletin 6 – 10.6.2019

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS:
 
A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project   Update to Bulletin 6 – 10.6.2019
 
 ***THE BELOW RESURFACING WORKS HAVE NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED  ***    Works on the weekend of 8pm Friday 14h – 6am Monday 17th June 2019. Phase 2 (from Weedon Bec crossroads to the new Flore roundabout). to resurface the carriageway. THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED ACCESS VIA CAR TO YOUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES DURING THIS TIME – PLEASE FIND ALTERNATIVE PLACES TO PARK IF YOU NEED TO USE YOUR CAR DURING THIS TIME. 
 
Phase 1 (from BP to South Side of Traffic Lights by the Cross Roads Hotel on the A5  Deep drainage works in the carriageway will continue so the road will remain closed.  Those with permits or prior agreed permission will be allowed access via foot and vehicles to their properties and businesses. The resurfacing works here are to be scheduled for a later date. 
 
***********PLEASE NOTE THE A45 WILL NOW REMAIN OPEN AND WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS WEEKENDS WORKS *******
 
We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience this will cause but this work is essential to improve road safety and drainage in this area.  Due to the amount of heavy industrial vehicles working and manoeuvring in this area we have to close the road to prevent injury to you, your vehicles and our workforce. We are doing our upmost to cause minimal disruption.  Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys.  
 
Note – Unfortunately current weather conditions may cause the works to be rescheduled again.  We will notify you as soon as possible if this occurs.

04 June 2019Parish Council Meeting - Monday 10th June 2019

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 10th June 2019 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here

Everyone welcome!

04 June 2019A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project Update Bulletin 6 – 31.5.2019

Since my last bulletin on 20th May 2019 we have been carrying out main drainage works in Phase 3 (from the Flore roundabout to the Heart of The Shires shopping village) and Phase 4 (from the Heart of The Shires shopping village to Daventry Road (Norton)), as part of our essential maintenance scheme to the A5 between Kilsby and Weedon. These works have been carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday inclusive.   These main drainage works have included standard kerbing, kerbing combined with drainage outlets, repairs to existing drainage pipelines (based upon information from the CCTV inspections), using trenchless technology whenever possible but, also excavating where necessary, construction of new road gulley drainage connections, ditch clearing, construction of headwalls to pipe outlets in ditches and reprofiling of verges. 
 
Main Drainage works in Phase 3 are planned for completion by 6am Friday 7th June 2019 with works to Phase 4 continuing for approximately 3 – 4 more weeks.

I can confirm that, as previously stated, we are returning to Phase 2 (from Weedon Bec crossroads to the new Flore roundabout). to resurface the carriageway over the weekend of 7th – 10th June 2019. These resurfacing works will be carried out between 8pm Friday night and 6am Monday morning. 
 
Weedon Bec crossroads will be closed to vehicles during Phase 2. This is to allow for the reconstruction of damaged drainage pipes by excavation in two separate locations within the crossroads. We would prefer to carry out these works during Phase 1, when the crossroads will be closed for resurfacing. Unfortunately, due to the extent of resurfacing works in Phase 1, there is not enough time left in the programme to accommodate these additional works and reopen the road by 6am on Monday 10th June 2019. However, there is time in the Phase 2.
 
Works to Phase 2 are planned as follows:

Friday 7th June – 8pm – 12 midnight: Install Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic Management, milling carriageway up to a depth of 220mm (including areas above drainage pipes to be repaired in crossroads) and deal with any soft spots found after milling carriageway. Saturday 8th June 12.01am – 12 midnight: Milling carriageway to depth of 220mm and deal with any soft spots found after milling carriageway, lay Geogrid mesh reinforcement material, excavate and repair damaged drainage pipes in crossroads, resurface carriageway with compacted layers of basecourse, binder course and surface course material and resurface footpaths with binder course and surface course materials. Sunday 9th June 12.01am – 5pm: Resurface carriageway with compacted layers of basecourse, binder course and surface course materials, allow area of resurfaced carriageway to cool / cure before applying road markings, excavate and repair damaged drainage pipes in crossroads and apply temporary and permanent road markings.
 
As soon as all works are completed in Phase 2, vehicle and pedestrian traffic management will be removed and the road opened to through traffic.: 
  
I can also confirm that we are returning to Phase 1 (from the BP service station to the Weedon Bec crossroads) to resurface the carriageway over the weekend of 14th – 17th June 2019. Weedon Bec crossroads will also be closed to vehicles during Phase 1. These resurfacing works will also be carried out between 8pm Friday night and 6am Monday morning. 
 
Works to Phase 1 are planned as follows:

Friday 14th June – 8pm – 12 midnight: Install Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic Management, milling carriageway up to a depth of 220mm and deal with any soft spots found after milling carriageway. Saturday 15th June 12.01am – 12 midnight: Milling carriageway up to a depth of 220mm, deal with any soft spots found after milling carriageway, lay Geogrid mesh reinforcement materials, resurface footpaths with binder course and surface course materials and resurface carriageway with compacted layers of basecourse, binder course and surface course materials.  Sunday 16th June 12.01am – 12 midnight: Resurface carriageway with compacted layers of basecourse, binder course and surface course materials, allow area of resurfaced carriageway to cool / cure before applying road markings and cut for and install traffic loops in carriageway. Monday 17th June 12 midnight – 5am: Apply temporary and permanent road markings in carriageway.
 
As soon as all works are completed in Phase 1, vehicle and pedestrian traffic management arrangements will be removed and the road opened to through traffic. 
 
On Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 2019 between 8pm and 6am we will be applying High Friction Surfacing in Phase 1. These works will also involve the overnight closure of Weedon Bec crossroads. Between 8pm and 12 midnight on the same nights we will also continue to cut for and install traffic loops in Phase 1.
 
NB: Please note that we are planning to start drainage works at 8pm on Monday 17th June 2019 in Phase 5 of our works along the A5 from Daventry Road (Norton) to B4036 Long Buckby. These works will continue for approximately 3 – 4 weeks.

Please note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 
 
Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please use your local shops, bars and restaurants and ask others to do the same. I’m sure that your local business community would appreciate it. 
 
I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. 

Unfortunately, there have been incidences of unauthorised vehicles being driven into our working areas. These irresponsible drivers put themselves and our workforce at risk of serious injury or death. As a result of these incursions we have employed a Safety Camera vehicle which will record any such incidences and report the offender to the Police
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Mike Healy
 
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

04 June 2019Crime Prevention Evening - Wednesday 12th June 5-8pm

Come and meet your local policing team on Wednesday the 12th of June 2019
 
Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to invite you to come to a crime prevention evening 5pm to 8pm at the United Reform Church in Long Buckby.
 
This is an opportunity for you to chat with Craig & Tara, your local crime prevention officer Brenda, your NHW coordinator Rachel Dobbs and street coordinators.
 
Please come along to express any of your concerns within the community.
 

28 May 2019A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project Update Bulletin 5 – 20.5.2019

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS:
 
A5 KILSBY TO WEEDON Multi-Disciplinary Project   Update Bulletin 5 – 20.5.2019
 
Since my last bulletin on 27th April 2019 we have been carrying out main drainage works in Phase 3 (from the Flore roundabout to the Heart of The Shires shopping village) as part of our essential maintenance scheme to the A5 between Kilsby and Weedon. These works have been carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday inclusive.   These main drainage works have included standard kerbing, kerbing combined with drainage outlets, repairs to existing drainage pipelines (based upon information from the CCTV inspections), using trenchless technology whenever possible but, also excavating where necessary, construction of new road gulley drainage connections, ditch clearing, construction of headwalls to pipe outlets in ditches and reprofiling of verges. 
 
Main drainage works in Phase 3 are ongoing.
 
Main drainage works in Phase 4 (from the Heart of The Shires shopping village to Daventry Road (Norton)), similar to those carried out in Phase 3, will start tonight as programmed and continue for approximately 4 - 5 weeks. These works will also be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Monday to Friday inclusive. 
 
Please note that we will be returning to resurface the carriageway in Phase 2 (from Weedon Bec crossroads to the new Flore roundabout). over the weekend of 7th – 10th June and Phase 1 (from the BP service station to the Weedon Bec crossroads) over the weekend of 14th – 17th June 2019. Resurfacing in Phase 1 will involve the closure of Weedon Bec crossroads. Resurfacing works in these phases will be carried out between 8pm Friday nights and 6am Monday mornings. 
 
Please be assured that I shall send out more detailed information about our works in Phases 1 and 2 nearer the time.

Please note that all our planned road works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 
 
Local businesses will be open as usual during these essential works so please use your local shops, bars and restaurants and ask others to do the same. I’m sure that your local business community would appreciate it. 
 
I apologise for any disruption our works may cause. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. 
 
Unfortunately, there have been incidences recently of unauthorised vehicles being driven into our working areas. These irresponsible drivers put themselves and our workforce at risk of serious injury or death. As a result of these incursions we have now employed a Safety Camera vehicle which will record any such incidences and report the offender to the Police.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Mike Healy
 
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
 

28 May 2019LONG BUCKBY POST OFFICE RE-OPENS WITH EXTENDED HOURS AFTER BIG REFIT OF CO-OP STORE

LONG BUCKBY POST OFFICE RE-OPENS WITH EXTENDED HOURS AFTER BIG REFIT OF CO-OP STORE

·       Opens at The Co-op, High Street, Long Buckby, NN6 7RE

·       Major refurb of Co-op store

·       Modern open-plan retail environment

·       Open seven days a week

81 hours of Post Office service a week

Long Buckby Post Office has opened today (28 May) at The Co-op, High Street, Long Buckby, NN6 7RE with extended opening hours. This restores Post Office service to the area.

It is one of our new local style branches where Post Office services are delivered from an open-plan till alongside the retail counter.

The Co-op store has undergone a £600,000 refit to accommodate the Post Office.

Long Buckby Post Office, which had been based at 4 High Street, Long Buckby, NN6 7RD had been temporarily closed since February 2018 due to the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises, which we do not own, for Post Office use.

The opening hours are Monday to Saturday: 7am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm.

This provides 81 hours of Post Office service a week, making it very convenient for customers to visit.

Phil Senior, Co-op Area Manager, said “As a community retailer, we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit.  We are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the addition of Post Office services will be of great benefit to the local community. We have made a big £600,000 investment to this store to accommodate the Post Office and to modernise the shop.”

Mike Ball, Post Office Multiples Account Executive, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future.”

Issued by:

 

Post Office Press Office

20 Finsbury Street

LONDON, EC2Y 9AQ

Tel: 07436 038445 or 020 7012 3456 (24 hours),

Email: pressoffice@postoffice.co.uk www.postoffice.co.uk

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