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24 September 2018Public Policing/Safeguarding Meeting - Tuesday 25th September 2018


Open meeting – Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 7pm Long Buckby United Reformed Church, Brington Road
Following a presentation I gave to the Annual Meeting of your Parish Council earlier in the year, and conversations, queries, questions and challenges which took place both after I left, and since, I have been asked if I would support an open meeting for anyone from the Long Buckby community who would like to come. As your Neighbourhood Sergeant, I see it a key part of my role to offer that support in helping you to help the police keep your village safe - now and in the years ahead. So I have given a happy ‘yes’ to the invitation and have facilitated other contributors too.
This will be a positive opportunity to talk freely and to take your questions and comments on any aspect of the agenda for the meeting which has been organised by Rachel Dobbs (who has the privilege and burden of being my sister - and both a critic and supporter of policing at the same time.) In fact, since the public meeting Rachel has been passionate about trying to get to the bottom of a number of issues. Arranged in her private capacity, this meeting will hopefully unpack a number of those issues, ‘from the horse’s mouth’ and allow for mutual candour between the speakers and those who might wish to attend. To that end, it is good to hear that the meeting will be chaired and facilitated independently by Martin Heath, whose brief will be to ensure that the event is well and fairly managed and he certainly will have my permission to be appropriately challenging of us if he thinks questions are not answered or points are fudged. I understand that our MP also intends to come along, so this meeting should be energetic and informed.
The topics we have been asked to cover are shown overleaf, and I encourage anyone who has an interest in policing and safety in the neighbourhood of Long Buckby to come along. The doors will be open at 6.30pm. I understand that Market Square may be inaccessible due to a Fair, so bear this in mind if you would normally park there.
In the view of us involved, the main measure of the success of this meeting is not that everyone would agree on everything but would be that people leave better informed.

 ‘COUNTY LINES’ – contribution by Detective Chief Inspector Lee McBride, the force’s lead on gangs and this national phenomenon. Lee has been asked to talk about the relevance of people knowing about this subject in Long Buckby particularly at this time
 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Andy Crisp, from the county NHW organisation, will be present with information about the scheme and to take any questions. We would love to resurrect the NHW scheme in Long Buckby
 NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING – Sgt Sam Dobbs - what we do now, our policing limits and challenges, developing issues and building on points covered in the Annual Meeting earlier in the year
 ENHANCING THE POLICING OFFER – Sgt Sam Dobbs and Emily Evans (from the Office of Police & Crime Commissioner) – an overview of schemes for communities who wish to subscribe to initiatives approved by the Police & Crime Commission. This will include myth-busting and clarity on new local sponsorship of PCSOs and we hope to have sponsored and conventionally funded PCSOs present, as well as some current sponsors.
 ANY QUESTIONS – time to take your questions and views. If you cannot attend, or would rather not field a question in public, please email your question to racheldobbslb@gmail.com, and she will pass these questions to Martin Heath
It is rare that these events are arranged or take place like this so I hope it will be informative and useful to those of us asked to come, as well as you from the Long Buckby community who can attend. I see it a key part of our community engagement and the police doing ‘stuff’ with you and not to you.
I welcome and look forward to more of the energy I have been made aware of in your community and look forward to seeing as many as can come next Tuesday.
In the meantime, a shameless plug follows from me – please follow us on social media, check out the police website and if you don’t yet subscribe to our Neighbourhood Alert scheme, we can sign you up at the meeting, or if you drop an email to neighbourhoodteamdaventry@northants.police.uk
Finally, if you would like to play a part in setting our local policing priorities, please go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/daventryandsouth
Yours sincerely
SAM DOBBS - Neighbourhood Sergeant

18 September 2018Parish Council Planning Meeting - Monday 24th September 2018

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 24th September 2018 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome.

04 September 2018Parish Council Meeting

The next Long Buckby Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 10th September 2018 at 7:30pm in the Library.

A copy of the Agenda can be viewed here.

Everyone welcome!

22 August 2018DDC - Settlements and Countryside Local Plan Part 2 consultation

You may be aware that Daventry District Council will be consulting on the Proposed Submission Settlements and Countryside Local Plan Part 2 in the middle of August, following approval by Full Council on the 26th July 2018. You can view the Plan and the accompanying policies maps at the following webpage:


The consultation will start on the 13th August and close at 4.30pm on the 5th October 2018. Daventry Town Council, Parish Councils and Parish Meetings will be sent a hard copy of the Proposed Submission Local Plan and map book the week beginning the 13th August.

The consultation documents and supporting materials will be available to view from the Council’s webpages www.daventrydc.gov.uk/localplan , the Council’s Lodge Road offices and libraries at Brixworth, Daventry, Long Buckby, Moulton and Woodford Halse from the 13th August. A permanent exhibition will also be set up in the Lodge Road reception area.

During the first two weeks of September the Council will be holding four public exhibitions across the District. These are open to anyone who wishes to find out more about the Local Plan and members of the Local Strategy Team will be available to answer questions. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Local Strategy Team if you have any questions about the Proposed Submission Local Plan Part 2 or the consultation arrangements.

22 August 2018NCC - Consultation on the draft Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy

​Northamptonshire County Council, Corby CCG and Nene CCG are consulting on a draft Northamptonshire All Age Autism Strategy, which has been written by a mixed group of people in a steering group that included autistic people and family members and carers. It says how different local organisations in Northamptonshire will work together to support autistic people of all ages in a much better way throughout their lives. We would like to know your views on the vision and priorities that have been identified to make things better for autistic people in Northamptonshire.

Please visit our website for further information.

Have your say

You can give us your views in a number of ways. Please visit our website for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our online questionnaire.

This consultation closes at 5pm on Sunday 7 October 2018.

Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register. Please feel free to share this information with anyone you feel might be interested

09 August 2018Ultrafast Broadband Delivery coming soon to Long Buckby

Northamptonshire County Council’s partnership with Gigaclear is well underway.  Through the Superfast Northamptonshire project, we are making good progress on bringing ultrafast broadband to properties in rural areas of Northamptonshire which currently have low broadband speeds. This means that these areas will benefit from the fastest broadband speeds available in the UK.


We are pleased to let you know that the Gigaclear team will be starting work shortly in the Ashby St Ledger cabinet area and this includes properties in Long Buckby.   

Installing the network and making good afterwards

This will involve temporarily digging up pavements and roads to enable Gigaclear to lay full fibre cabling underground and also to install connection points outside the boundary of every property. All residents and businesses will be informed as soon as their connection is ready and they can take full advantage of the ultrafast broadband speeds available if they wish to place an order for services. 

All works, which may course disruption on the highway or pavements in order to complete the fibre installation, will be reinstated to Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee standards.


Keeping you informed

Gigaclear will provide channels of communication to help answer questions. They are also happy to attend a parish meeting to explain more about the rollout.


Further details of the areas covered in the project, and other useful information, can be found on Gigaclear’s and the Superfast Northamptonshire project websites, see links below.


·         https://www.gigaclear.com/superfast-northamptonshire-rollout-schedule/– - to register and receive the most up to date roll out information.

·         https://www.gigaclear.com/contact-us/ - please do not hesitate to get in touch with Gigaclear either online or by phone if you have any queries.

·         http://www.superfastnorthamptonshire.net/Pages/working-with-gigaclear.aspx - provides further information about the Superfast Northamptonshire project and the County Council’s partnership with Gigaclear.


07 August 2018Parish Council Meeting - Monday 13th August

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 13th August 2018 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome.

02 August 2018Bank Holiday Busker's Celebration

Following previous success, a Bank Holiday Busker's Celebration will be held in the Large School Room at the United Reformed Church, Brington Road, Long Buckby, NN6 7RW on Friday 24 August 2018, starting at 7.30pm.

This is a growing activity supported by a variety of local talent from near and far in your community.  This is an acoustic evening and all participants and audience are welcome.

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be available at reasonable price.

For further details, please contact Alan on 01327-842700 or mobile 07717-345445.

Thanks for your support.

Alan Ketley

24 July 2018Anglian Water - Roadworks Update

Anglian  Water would like to provide you with an update regarding their works.


Due to challenges around resources, this scheme will now start on the 13th of August 2018. 


The road closure at Long Lane will now start on the 13th of August until the 26th of August 2018.


The traffic management at Sandy Lane and at the B5385 road is now planned for 28th of August until the 8th of October 2018.


All other details relating to the scheme remain the same.

17 July 2018Parish Council Meeting - Monday 23rd July 2018

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 23rd July 2018 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome.

12 July 2018Street Lighting Upgrade - 2018

New Lamps for Old

Over the next few weeks you will notice the colour of all our old sodium streetlights will be changing from their characteristic amber/yellow colour to a warm-white

We are changing the bulbs that we use.

The lighting industry is changing and we have to move with the times

The pale blue mercury vapour lamps (of which we have about 70) are no longer produced. Mercury is nasty stuff to get into the environment, the lamps are now very inefficient and they are effectively banned. The same is rapidly becoming true for sodium lanterns with the one remaining UK manufacturer scaling back production with a view to eventual discontinuation.

The reason is simple; the new generation of lamps use a lot less electricity and have a much longer lifespan.  The upshot of this is that the Parish lighting bill will be reduced by more than £5000 in a full year and our carbon footprint (for lighting) will shrink by more than half. This has to be a good thing.

It may take some of us a little while to become accustomed to the colour change but, as you start to experience it, it is worth bearing in mind that the new lamps are in fact significantly less bright than the old ones. The white light gives better colour rendition enabling the eye to discern objects more clearly at a reduced brightness. Unfortunately the eye doesn’t understand this and at first sight concludes, wrongly, that the light is brighter.

03 July 2018Parish Council Meeting - Monday 9th July

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 9th July 2018 at 7:30pm in Long Buckby Library.

A copy of the Agenda is available to view here

Everyone welcome.

03 July 2018Road Closure - Lodge Lane, Long Buckby

Anglian Water are requiring to install a new meter on a section of Lodge Lane between Northampton Road and the entrance to Uplands Farm. 

To undertake this safely will require that this section of road will be closed from the 23rd July until the 5th August 2018.

29 June 2018Rural communities encouraged to use online crime reporting facility

Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.


Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.


PC Abbey Anstead said: “We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.


“If you’re a victim of crime or see something that doesn’t seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.


“Don’t worry that you’re wasting our time. No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it.”


The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.


PC Anstead said: “Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm.”


Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here




or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

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