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.






Identifying HS2 workers – important

Last week two strangers were seen walking round the allotments wearing hi-vis jackets.  When questioned they claimed to be from HS2.  Nigel Galletly (our PC Chairman) queried this with HS2 who have denied that they were their employees.

Subsequently Hs2 have send this image of the HS2 branded clothing that HS2 employees and contractors will be wearing.

If anyone spots someone in the village wearing hi-vis, please challenge them if they are not wearing this clothing (or even if they are and not where they are meant to be), and let us know so we can inform HS2 and/or the police.



Village Fete

The Chipping Warden Spring Fete and Dog Show was held on the 30th April – we were very lucky with the weather and it was a great success.  Over £3500 was raised for the Church and the Chipping Warden Sports Club.  A huge thank you to everyone who came and everyone who helped.

Website relaunch!

The Chipping Warden and Edgcote Parish Council website has been relaunched.

The site is designed not only to ensure that all Parish Council documentation is easy to access and read, but also to provide an umbrella site for all other village organisations.  Several are included at launch – but these can be added to as the site evolves.

In addition, it will provide another way for HS2 to communicate with the village now that the HS2 Bill has been given Royal Assent and construction of both the bypass and the line will go ahead.

Please send ideas, feedback, news items, calendar entries, photos or any other content to editor@chippingwarden.org.