Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application

The new Byfield Medical Centre planning application is once again coming up for review by the planning committee and is scheduled to be heard in February.  Any comments should be sent to Mrs Phillips ( ) who requires comments by the 25th Jan 2021.

Following the planning meeting on the 15th of January 2020, when the application was last heard, a fund raising group was established to help the applicants (the Doctors) pay for the additional surveys requested by Daventry District Council and NCC Highways.

The target of £20,000 was exceeded within 6 months during the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic.

Neighbourhood Watch News Jan 2021

Neighbourhood Watch Notes

January 2021

Firstly, Happy New Year from the Neighbourhood Watch Team.  We hope that you remain safe and secure during this forthcoming year.

To confirm our policy, we assume that you take notes of events as they are reported in the press and other media but it is our intention to emphasise those that may have a direct impact on our community.


Injections. You may have noticed recently that a vulnerable person in North London was scammed out of £160 by someone pretending to be from the NHS and who administered a fake COVID jab.

Please be aware that only the NHS administer the delivery of the vaccine and it is quite a formal process involving, at the moment attendance at a vaccination centre that is properly advertised.

If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of any approach made about vaccinations please contact the police, your GP or this NW team.

Couriers. Since the beginning of December there have been a number of incidents where fake couriers have attempted to get personal details so they can deliver a package.  Firstly, if you are not expecting a package it cannot have been mis delivered.  Secondly do not give personal details to anyone who you do not believe to be absolutely genuine.

If you are missing an item please only deal with the seller.

…and finally,

The NW team in the village needs to have as many members as possible in the village.  Please get in touch with me if you wish to join All I can offer you is relevant (and of course, some not so relevant!) information being delivered by email directly to you.  All I ask from you is a willingness to help those, perhaps less able than you in the community to stay safe and secure.

On that note of course during this pandemic and the current lockdown there may be some less fortunate people in the community who need something collecting or could just do with some contact.  Please let me know, in confidence of course, if anyone comes to your notice.


Stay Safe!

Tom Smith


01295 660608

Brief Guide to West Northamptonshire Unitary Changes

All Change for Councils in Northamptonshire

Local government in Northamptonshire is changing.  The existing system, which has been in place since the 1970s, is like a three-tier cake.  The bottom layer is parish and town councils which typically cover one village or town.  The middle layer is borough and district councils, which are responsible for things like planning applications, collecting the bins, tourism, and dealing with benefits.  The top layer is the county council, which is responsible for things like social services, education, and highways.

More Details :

Relief Road Completion – Provisional Subject to Consents – 24/10/2020

Following discussion with Fusion JV project manager please note the below update on the Relief Road.  The below schedule reflects meetings held with Western Power Distribution (WPD) this week.


The below programme is subject to the required consents and approvals.  Fusion will be producing a community notice that will reflect the below approach and will engage further with the consent approval bodies next week prior to the issue of the official notice to the community at the start of November.

My understanding is that from 16th November onwards no Industrial Estate traffic will be using the residential part of Appletree Road.  So some relief there.

Allens Orchard residents will have to wait to see the removal of the lights on 14th December


Document from Fusion follows


Chipping Warden Relief Road programme of remaining works


We are pleased to report that the final agreements between HS2 Ltd and Western Power Distribution, WPD, have now been finalised.  This is to enable the diversion of the power supply utility and the subsequent completion works in relation to the Chipping Warden Relief Road.

A meeting with WPD has taken place and the earliest availability to undertake the diversion works has been agreed.  The completion works are to be delivered over four phases of works.  Please note that the below dates are all subject to consents and approvals from a number of organisations, Northamptonshire County Council, Highways England and Warwickshire County Council – for the diversion route.  We are working with these approving organisations to meet the below programme.


Phase 1 – WPD diversion, week commencing Monday 16th November for up to two weeks – Subject to consents and approvals


The WPD utility diversion will require an increase in highway working area to undertake the diversion works safely.  This will require the introduction of temporary four way traffic lights controlling vehicle flow along the A361 and traffic joining from Appletree Trading Estate and from the residential section of Appletree Road at the A361 junction.  (Currently temporary traffic lights operate on the A361 under two way conditions).  The Appletree Trading Estate under phase 1 will be diverted down the Southern section of the new relief road to the A361 at the southern tie in.  This will assist in reducing the amount of traffic using Appletree Road and avoids Trading Estate traffic passing the residential properties.

Subject to consents and approvals this work is to take place from Monday 16 November and is expected to take up to two weeks to complete.


Phase 2 – Road construction in the area of the completed WPD diversion, week commencing Monday 23 November for two weeksTBC – Again subject to consents and approvals


The four way traffic lights used in phase one will be retained to provide the working room to construct the section of Relief Road previously occupied by the WPD pole and complete drainage works on Appletree Road.  The requirement for these temporary traffic lights is expected to be of two weeks duration.


Phase 3 – A361 through road weekend closure #1 ; Weekend of the 5 / 6 December – TBC – Again subject to consents and approvals


A weekend road closure on the A361 is required to construct the permanent traffic splitter island that will assist motorists to either enter the village or for through traffic to  be directed to take the Relief Road and the Appletree Road Trading Estate exit.  The construction of this island is not possible until the WPD pole is removed under phase 1 and the road partially constructed under phase 2.  The four-way traffic lights will be reintroduced after this phase 3 closure to enable further works after the weekend closure and the subsequent weekend closure under phase 4.  The Trading Estate will continue to access via a section of the Relief Road.


Phase 4 – A361 through road weekend closure #2  – Weekend of the 12 / 13 December – TBC – Again subject to consents and approvals


A further weekend closure is then required for final highway preparation, surfacing and white lining to connect the existing A361 to the new relief road and the retained road through the village.  At the end of the phase 4 weekend closure the existing A361 through the village will be reopened without traffic lights, including the Appletree Road junction.  The relief road at this stage will continue to provide access to the Appletree Road Estate only, with the remaining section being closed to all traffic.  Traffic entering and leaving the Appletree Trading estate will continue to use the southern section of the Relief Road to join the current A361 through the village.  Upon the completion of Phase 4 this delivers an initial improvement, removing traffic lights from the A361.  We have the opportunity to achieve this phase of works before the December Christmas holiday period but this is subject to consents and approvals for the earlier phases of works being granted.


Phase 5 – Highway Relief Road completion works including planting  – The timing of this phase is subject to earlier phase traffic management, road closures and diversion route consents and approvals


Subject to the completion of the above earlier phases in 2020 the works will conclude by early February 2021 with the final  planting and landscaping.  Works in January 2021 also include all safety related checks and compliance reviews of the completed works to enable the Relief Road to be fully opened.  During January the Trading Estate traffic will continue to be diverted to use part of the southern section of the Relief Road to gain access the A361.  This transfer of estate traffic flow allows the final completion works to be undertaken on the residential section of Appletree Road – removing the highway connection onto the Relief Road.


Subject to the consents and approvals detailed above the Relief Road will be fully opened in early February 2021.


Road Closure of A361 for 16th October postponed

You will all be ASTOUNDED to know that this weekend road closures are cancelled because Western Power Distribution still haven’t agreed work that involved removal of the Electricity pole in the carriageway opposite Allens Orchard. Apparently Mark Thurston (CEO Hs2) and Phillip Swift (CEO WPD) are regularly talking to try and resolve the problem. Since their combined salary is upwards of £1 million I despair what is happening in this country.

Apologies to those in Appletree Road, Allens Orchard and Banbury Road for further delays to removing the traffic management. But no amount of writing/pleading/shouting seems to have any effect.

I’m down to withering sarcasm now.

Nigel Galletly

VJ Day – 75th Anniversary

VJ Day

Saturday 15th August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when effectively the 2nd World War finally ended. There was a long gap between the end of the war in Europe and the final finish when soldiers from all over the commonwealth in the 14th (Forgotten) Army continued to fight against the Japanese.

It is the intention at 1100 hours on that day to lay a wreath on the village sign to commemorate this occasion and hold a 2 minute silence.

Sadly, as with VE Day in May, because of the current restrictions, this cannot be used as a village event to which everyone is invited, but the wreath will be there for everyone to view as they pass. It will remain in place alongside the others until Remembrance week in November.

If anyone should happen to be there at this time please respect other people and maintain a sensible 2 metre separation.

If anyone wishes to place flowers or a small cross as part of their own ceremony, they are welcome.


Tom Smith

OPFCC Youth Commission – A chance to have your say in changing services

Northamptonshire’s Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner is recruiting young people to be part of the Northamptonshire 2020/21 OPFCC Youth Commission.

The OPFCC Youth Commission has been set up by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to ensure that the views of young people are heard, and help change services for the better.

We are now looking to recruit around 20 young people from across Northamptonshire to form the 2020/21 Youth Commission. We are eager to encourage young people to apply whose voices might struggle sometimes to be heard. We are also keen to engage with young people who have already had experience of the criminal justice system. The age range for the Youth Commission is 14-19 years.

You can check out information about the commission at: where you will find an information sheet that can be downloaded, and an online application form for young people to complete.

I do have paper copies of the application form for any young people without access to a computer – if you need any just let me know and I’ll get them over to you.

Applications open on July 1st and will remain open until midnight on 31st July.

The first Northamptonshire Youth Commission ran from May 2019 until March 2020. The young people involved held a ‘Big Conversation’ with over 1000 young people in Northamptonshire – the results of their work are now shaping new initiatives that will help keep young people safer.

We would be really grateful if you could share this information on your council website and in any newsletters that you send out. I’ve attached a graphic in case that it is helpful

Do let me know if you need any more information…..and thanks so much for your support.



Dale Willis

Youth Commission

Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

Telephone 101 extension 346532 or 03000 111 222 (if out of county) Mob: 0797 602 1611

Address East House, FHQ, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ