A5 Closures at Towcester

Received from SNC

We a writing to inform you of roadworks on the A5 through Towcester set to be carried out by Highways England (HE).


The works will start at the end of July, are expected to last for around four months and there will be periods in which sections of the A5 will be closed in both directions for 24 hours.


HE have a dedicated Public Liaison Officer (details below) who has been talking to businesses and residents in the town, but we thought it important to make sure parish councillors across the district were also informed.


Please could you include this letter in your regular meetings and, if possible, post a notice on the village notice board and include in the village’s next online newsletter.


Access to The Forum, and the short and long stay car parks along Northampton Road, will be maintained but anyone travelling to The Forum should allow for extra travel time.


The works include the reinstatement of a trench over a gas main that runs down the centre of the A5, alongside repairs to damaged drains and kerbs, the resurfacing of footways and the carriageway, and a refresh of road markings.


The work will be carried out in phases starting at the bridge over the River Tove near Aldi and Tesco, then will make its way south through the town centre, finishing near Marlow Road.


Through traffic heading south along the A5 will be diverted south at the Tove roundabout along A43 to the A413 Whittlebury turning, then east at Cow Pastures and back on to the A5.


Northbound traffic will be diverted north at the Stony Stratford roundabout along the A508 into Northampton and on to the M1 or Mereway Ring Road, then south back towards Towester via the A43.


It should be noted that gaps in the central reservation along the A43 will also be closed for safety reasons.


The timing of the closures on the A5 will vary and motorists should pay close attention to any signage.


One-way restrictions along Park Street, Browns Yard, Chantry Lane and Moat Lane in Towcester will be lifted temporarily when needed to allow access for residents and businesses.


For more information contact Mike Healy, Public Liaison Officer (PLO) who can be reached via 07964 114623 or infoA5towcesterhighstreet@forkers.com.

Future Of Northamptonshire

Future Of Northamptonshire
You will all of heard about the proposed ‘Unitary Authority’ changes in Northamptonshire as a result of the County Council falling short on their fiscal responsibilities. South Northants District Council is proposed to be merged with Daventry and Northampton Borough Councils to form a new single tier authority and the existing County Council will be abolished.
This is (in my opinion) bad news for us as the City will drain resources from Daventry DC and SNC and our Community Charge is bound to increase.
Please read the document below and let them know your views via the consultation.


New plans for Euro Garages Services at Junction 11

Amended plans have been submitted to SNC Planning. See


This will require a rebuild of Junction 11 that will likely cause great disruption during construction.  See exert from supporting Highways Technical Note below.

Further mitigation measures have also been identified at Junction 11 which comprise an
additional lane on both M40 off-slip approaches to the roundabout and an extension of the second
lane on the A361 to accommodate the full length of queue predicted. The full package of
improvement works to be funded by the developer is summarised below:-
The signalisation of the A422 Hennef Way eastbound approach, partly proposed as part
of HS2.
The signalisation of the A361 and widening to provide two approach lanes.
Widening on the circulatory on the western side of the roundabout to provide an additional
circulatory lane.
Widening on the A422 Hennef Way east arm to allow the nearside left turn lane to be
extended by circa 50m, providing greater capacity on this arm.
Widening of the M40 northbound and southbound off slips to provide additional lanes and
greater capacity.

HS2 Bypass Plans Now Available Online

The Plans as shown at the Village AGM are now available on the HS2 CommonPlace website for our area.


Look on right under ‘Drawings shown at Chipping Warden AGM’

This also has maps for Aston-le-Walls crossroads and Wardington road widening.

These maps have kindly been published ahead of official release and as such may be subject to minor change.

Chipping Warden Village Fete – THIS SUNDAY

Our annual fete takes place this weekend at The Manor,  2 – 5pm Sunday 6th May.  All the favourites will be there – tombola, cream teas, BBQ, loads of games and other stalls.  And, to top it all, ‘Scruff’s’, the best dog show in South Northants!

Thank you again to Nick and Clare Brooke for hosting the fete again.

Superfast Broadband by Autumn 2018

Please see Email received Late April 2018


Subject: Ultrafast Broadband Delivery Coming Soon to your village!


 Dear Chairman,


 Northamptonshire County Council’s partnership with Gigaclear is well underway.  We are making good progress on bringing ultrafast broadband (up to 1,000Mbps), through the Superfast Northamptonshire project, 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 Appletree, Edgecote and Chipping Warden. Work is scheduled to complete in the in the quarter July to September 2018. Please note these dates are subject to change.  Follow the links below for details of any changes.


 Below is what will happen during this time and we would be grateful if you could circulate this information further with parish councillors and the local community.


 Installing the network and making good afterwards

This will involve digging up pavements and roads as Gigaclear installs the full fibre cabling along with connection points outside the boundary of every property. All residents and businesses will be informed as soon as their connection is ready and can take full advantage of ultrafast speeds. 

 Everything disrupted by the 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/postcode-checker/superfastnorthamptonshire  – 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.


 For more information, please find attached a copy of Gigaclear’s Parish Pack leaflet.


 Kindest Regards


Broadband Delivery Team

Developer Housing Survey – update

Gary Owens, the  Housing Strategy and Partnerships Team Leader (Joint) for the SNC has been unable to provide any answers posed so far by the Parish Council regarding the Grand Union Housing Group “Chipping Warden Housing Survey”, recently delivered to households in the village.  This is because the officer in his team who has been liaising with the developer is on holiday, back on Monday, suggesting that someone in the SNC did know about it.

So, until we receive his response we will not be able to comment on the survey more than reiterate:

  • the PC was not aware of it, contrary to what was written in the covering letter
  • the SNC conducts official housing surveys on a regular basis in order to meet the housing needs of communities across the county – we are unaware of any precedent where a developer conducts an independent survey into housing needs in a village
  • we do not know if this survey is legitimate
  • we do not know whether the SNC will take into account the results of this survey in any future planning application
  • this proposed development is outside the village confines


Any questions please let us know and we will ask them of the SNC until we have full clarity on this matter.