Yesterday 15th August, our grounds maintenance contractor experienced significant damage to his mower whilst cutting Stoke Road Green. This was due to the cutting deck making contact with a brick that was in the grass and not easily visible and the resulting damage means that some parts will need to be replaced. He reports routinely finding large stones etc in the grass whenever he comes to mow and whilst he normally looks for and then removes them before cutting, this one eluded him.
We believe that these stones are being used as football goal markers and we would ask that something other than stones and rocks are used to mark goals; the time-honoured method is, or used to be a coat or a jersey and in my experience that works perfectly well, so could we please ask parents to encourage their children to not use stones etc. Whilst the last thing we are seeking is to discourage play on the green, the bottom line is that stones, bricks etc must NOT be left on the green.
We have a very good working relationship with our contractor and would not want to prejudice that, so your co-operation in this initiative is appreciated.
9th August 2017 at 7.15pm:
7th August 2017 at 7.30pm
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The Localism Act of November 2011 sets out a ‘series of measures with the potential to achieve a substantial and lasting shift in power away from central government towards local people’. Included in these measures are reforms to make the planning system more democratic and more effective, and these reforms ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally. Instead of local people being told what to do, the Government thinks that local communities should have genuine opportunities to influence the future of theplaces where they live. The Act introduces a new right for communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan.
The message from South Northamptonshire Council is that it would be in the best interests of the Parish to have their views on how they want their local area to be shaped in the future incorporated into the District Council’s ‘Local Plan’ or their own ‘Neighbourhood Plan’. These two documents are the official policies which must legally be consulted in any future planning application in our Parish. It would give parishioners an opportunity to have their say. It would set out what Parishioners want for their village in the future, how they would like it to develop and how they could protect it from detrimental- and overdevelopment.
Following advice from South Northamptonshire Council, Ashton Parish Council have decided to develop this research which will be fed into consultations for the new Local Plan currently being written. This research will form the basis of a Neighbourhood Plan should the Parish wish to progress to this later. An essential stage in this process is to consult with the community of Ashton Parish. It is essential to obtain your views and this will be done initially through your answers to a questionnaire.
To contact Jeremy Roychoudhury about the Ashton Neighbourhood Plan, please email: