Towcester Town Council

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Towcester Town Hall

Town Clerk: Miss Elizabeth Cox
The Town Hall, 86 Watling
Street, Towcester
Northamptonshire NN12 6BS

Tel: 01327 350995

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Latest News

A5 Overnight Roadworks A43 to Weedon

A5 Overnight Roadworks A43 to Weedon

Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 09:15 by Liz

Update Bulletin 3 – 12.2.2020

Since my last update on 29th January 2020, we have substantially completed vegetation clearance and tree removal in Phases 1 and 2, from Tove Roundabout (A43) to Northampton Road (Litchborough). During the last few days, we have also managed to deal with windblown treefall and debris resulting from Storm Ciara, As part of our commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment whenever possible, we have used dead wood to form eco-piles. These eco piles provide habitats for various mammals, invertebrates, amphibians and insects. More »

Works currently being carried out in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth include clearing vegetation from footpaths, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines, repairs to pipelines using both trenchless technology and excavating trenches, trial holes to locate mains and services, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system. These works will continue in Phase 1 for the next few weeks, with the exception of CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology as they will be completed this week.

Works currently being carried out in Phase 2, which runs northwards from Banbury Lane /Butchers' Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough), include CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology. These works in Phase 2 will continue for the next few weeks.

Please note that Phases 1 and 2 will run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane /Butchers' Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained. Please take care when using the crossroads and follow any instructions given by the Traffic Marshals.

Please also note that when we are carrying out kerbing and drainage works at these crossroads, traffic will be controlled with temporary 4-way traffic signals. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there may be occasions when your journey across the A5 at these crossroads is delayed. I would ask for your patience and understanding whenever that happens. These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

In my previous update, I advised you that we were planning to carry out a road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1, approximately 250 metres south of the Banbury Lane /Butchers' Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, to install a new surface water drain between 8pm Friday 14th February and 6am Monday 17th February 2020. However, as local businesses have stressed the importance to them of St. Valentine's weekend, it has been decided to postpone these works so that local businesses can benefit from the road remaining open to traffic over that weekend. Works will still be carried out overnight on Friday 14th February 2020 but the road will not be closed to through traffic until 9pm and will be re-opened again by 6am Saturday 15th February 2020. Please note that our decision to postpone these works is a singular one, as our programme for this essential maintenance scheme cannot sustain too many unplanned delays.

We are now planning to carry out this road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1 between 8pm Friday 21st February and 6am Monday 24th February 2020. To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, the A5 will be closed to through traffic between the Towcester Roundabout (A43) and Weedon crossroads during our working hours. All carriageways will remain open, as usual, when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also 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 continue to use these 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.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Healy Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
Mobile: 07964 114 623 Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com
0300 123 5000 www.highwaysengland.co.uk

Update 30 Jan 2020

Works to our essential maintenance scheme on the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, started on Monday 13th January 2020 as planned. We are currently working in Phase 1, which runs northwards from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth.

Works carried out to date in Phase 1 include: vegetation clearance, tree removal, clearing grass and vegetation from footpaths, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines, repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology, trial holes to locate mains and services, re-forming roadside ditches and breaking out existing kerb lines to replace them with an integral kerbing and drainage system. These works, together with repairs to pipelines by excavating trenches, installation of new pipelines and headwalls to those pipelines where they enter ditches, will continue in Phase 1 for the next few weeks.

Vegetation clearance, tree removal, CCTV surveys of existing drainage pipelines and repairs to pipelines using trenchless technology started this week in Phase 2, which runs from Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth to Northampton Road (Litchborough). Excellent progress to site clearance and tree removal in Phase 1 has resulted in Phase 2 starting earlier than planned. These works in Phase 2 will continue for the next few weeks.

NB: Phases 1 and 2 will now run concurrently for the next few weeks but, access across the A5 at the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth will be maintained. These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive.

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our works, cordless electric STIHL chainsaws are in the process of being purchased by our specialist contractor. These chainsaws are particularly intended for use in residential areas due to their reduced operational noise levels. Working on behalf of Customer Contact Centre: 0300 123 5000 www.highwaysengland.co.uk

Please note that we are planning to carry out a road crossing of the A5 in Phase 1, just south of the Banbury Lane / Butchers's Lane crossroads in Foster's Booth, over one weekend. These works, to install a new surface water drain, are currently planned to take place between 8pm Friday 14th February and 6am Monday 17th February 2020.

Please note that the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, will remain open as usual when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal. Please also 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 continue to use these 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.

For further information, please contact: Mike Healy Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England Mobile: 07964 114 623 Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Phase Plan

Motorway Diversion Route

Non-motorway Diversion Route

Update 9 Jan 20

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS: A5 JACK'S HILL Multi-Disciplinary Project

Update Bulletin 1 – 9.1.2020

As you may be aware, Highways England will be carrying out essential maintenance works to the A5 between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon until the end of July 2020.

These works are programmed to commence on Monday 13th January 2020.

The initial works to Phase 1 (from Tove roundabout (A43) to the Banbury Lane / Butcher's Lane crossroads, Foster's Booth) includes vegetation clearance before bird nesting season commences and surveys of existing drainage pipelines.

These particular works will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am Mondays to Fridays inclusive and are programmed to take approximately two weeks.

Please note that the A5, between Tove roundabout (A43) and Weedon, will remain open as usual when we are not working and winter maintenance work, i.e. gritting of the road, will be carried out as normal.

Please also 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 continue to use these 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.

For further information, please contact:
Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England

Mobile: 07964 114 623
Email: infoA5jackshill@forkers.com

Update 3 Jan 2020

Between January 2020 and July 2020 there will be major roadworks along the A5 between the Towcester Roundabout and Weedon.

This will include tree and vegetation clearance, repair to damaged drains, repairing ditches, and resurfacing.

It will entail:

  • Weeknight closures (8pm - 6am)
  • Some full weekend closures (8pm Friday - 6am Monday).

This news item will be updated regularly whenever information is received from the contractors or Highways England to keep residents informed.

The initial warning letter from Highways England is below. This information shows:

Working on behalf of

Customer Contact Centre: 0300 123 5000
www.highwaysengland.co.uk

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORKS:

A5 JACKS HILL

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROJECT

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TM Phase Plan

Main Diversion Route

Non - Motorway Diversion Route

Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
Mobile: 07964 114 623
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New year, new job for South Northants job seekers

New year, new job for South Northants job seekers

Posted: Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:18 by Liz

Job seekers looking for new work in the new year are being invited to join South Northamptonshire Council's (SNC) popular and successful Job Club.

Following a short closure over the festive season, the SNC Job Club has re-opened its doors this week to continue offering free and confidential advice on a wide range of topics to help equip people with the tools and skills to find work. More »

Councillor Stephen Clarke, SNC's portfolio holder for growth and regeneration, said "The Job Club has seen huge success since it started in 2010, helping over 500 people back into work.

"If it's your new year's resolution to get back into employment, pursue a career change, or even start your own business, then I'd encourage you to come along to one of our Job Club sessions at either Towcester or Brackley libraries."

The SNC Job Club offers advice from a wide range of experts who offer support and help with CV writing, covering letters and applications forms, information on all the latest local vacancies, apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities as well as debt, money and welfare advice.

The SNC Job Match service also matches potential employees with local businesses. This free and confidential service helps job seekers to find the right job for them and businesses to find employees with the skills and experience they require. Our Job Match advisors are up-to-date on current vacancies and have well-established relationships with a wide range of local companies.

For those thinking of potentially setting up their own business, the SNC Enterprise Club advisor is also available to offer advice and support to get you started.

Job Club takes place every Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:30pm, alternating between Brackley and Towcester Libraries. The next session will be taking place at Towcester Library, The Forum on Tuesday, 14 January. There is no requirement to book in advance.

For more information, visit https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/Job-Club, email jobclub@southnorthants.gov.uk or call 01327 322087. » Less

SNC Local Development Order Consultation

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Posted: Mon, 06 Jan 2020 12:27 by Liz

South Northamptonshire Council has prepared a draft Local Development Order (LDO). This is intended to help homeowners to extend their homes, by removing the need for planning permission for most extensions. There will be a quicker, alternative process put in place, for SNC to check that plans comply with the terms of the LDO. More »

SNC are seeking views about whether you support the idea in principle, as well as any detailed comments that you may have about the draft LDO. Any feedback they receive will be taken on board before a decision is made about how best to proceed.

SNC has prepared documents to accompany the draft LDO, which you may also make comments about if you wish. There is an online survey available, but SNC will also accept comments made by email or in a letter if you would prefer. It depends on what you have to say, as to the best way for you to respond to the consultation.

Where the consultation documents can be viewed

The consultation documents including the draft LDO, EIA Screening, Equalities Impact Assessment, a map showing the area to be covered, and the Design Guide, are available to view on the SNC's website at https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/consultation

In addition, paper copies of all the consultation documents are available to view at SNC's offices at The Forum, Towcester.

How to make representations

Representations can be made online at https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/consultation

By submitting a response form via email to planpol@southnorthants.gov.uk

Or by post to:

LDO Consultation
South Northamptonshire Council
Moat Lane
Towcester
NN12 6AD

All representations should be received by South Northamptonshire Council by no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, 17th January 2020.

Should you have any queries regarding the Local Development Order Consultation, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Planning Policy Team on 01327 322265. » Less