Northamptonshire Highways is consulting on the Northampton North-West Relief Road, which will link the A428 Harlestone Road with the A5199 Welford Road and serve the housing growth that is proposed to the west and north of Northampton. It will also help address existing congestion, particularly in Kingsthorpe, by providing another crossing of the river valley.
The proposed route is being consulted upon until Friday 4th August and you can have your say in a number of different ways:
Midland Main Line Upgrade – proposed new electricity substation to supply the railway: preview at community consultation event on Tuesday 4 July 2017
The Midland Main Line railway is undergoing the largest upgrade since it was completed in 1870. Upgrades to the line include track realignment, station remodelling, capacity works, bridge reconstructions and signalling improvements. In addition, the line from Bedford via Kettering to Corby will be electrified by December 2019 – enabling faster, more efficient trains to operate on the network and a quieter, cleaner environment for lineside neighbours.
The upgrade plans include a number of electrical connections to National Grid’s network. These are at intervals along the railway line. One of those is needed here.
We’re currently developing plans for a new electricity substation to provide electricity supplies to the railway. The site is just north of the rail line, under the National Grid overhead line in Braybrooke parish. The proposed access to the site is from Kettering Road, off the A6.
Before we apply for planning permission around the end of July, we’d like to invite you to a preview of our community consultation event from 2pm – 3pm on Tuesday 4 July at Braybrooke Village Hall, Griffin Rd, Braybrooke, LE16 8LH. The event is open to the public from 3pm. We’d like to share our proposals, give you an opportunity to find out more, ask questions and share your views.
Our project team will be on hand to discuss the proposed new substation. Representatives from Network Rail will also be available to answer questions about the Midland Main Line Upgrade and its electrification programme.
The new substation is one of four new supply points along the railway. The first at Charlton in London is underway. The second here at Braybrooke is needed for October 2020.
The new substation will connect to a proposed new trackside feeder station which Network Rail will build as part of the rail upgrade works. Approximately 150 metres of buried electricity cables will connect the trackside feeder station to the substation. The substation will connect to our existing overhead line at an existing pylon. No new overhead lines are needed.
The OVO Energy Woman's Cycle Tour will be coming by near Braybrooke, passing by along Braybrooke Rd and Arthingworth Road. This is a great event and Northamptonshire Highways have worked closely with the organisers and are hoping to see people supporting the riders. It is stage 1 of 5 stages, taking place over the UK.
Those Braybrooke residents who opted to join up for Gigaclear fibre have been connected and running for nearly a year - with a huge improvement in service compared with BT. In fact Gigaclears performance has won them contracts with Northants County Council to roll out superfast broadband to a further 36 villages. Because of this increasing presence in the county Gigaclear have selected Craig McFadyen, who is based in Kettering, to provide support to existing users and to provide information to potential customers. He is available on 07827 227643 and is happy to give advice over the phone or deal with issues that you may have regarding internet access and wifi. For example how to access a wider range of TV channels over the fibre link or the best way to extend wifi coverage in your house. For those still on BT the Gigaclear pot is in the pavement outside your house and connection is quite straightforward, it is worth noting that Gigaclear have recently changed the installation types and costs which should suit the majority wanting to connect to their network and of course you can still opt for a self managed install costing only £100 which pays for your hardware and a full set of easy to follow instructions.
The closure to the Desborough bypass section of the A6 has been extended beyond the end of April as the damage is worse and repair work more complicated than initially thought. The A6 will be closed until the end of the summer school holidays.
Northamptonshire County Council will, today, trial re-opening the southbound lane of the A6 from Braybrooke Road to the A14 to relieve some of the traffic pressure in Desborough and Rothwell. We are aware of the effect that the closure has had on the local community and that is why we have decided to trial the opening up a section of the A6 in an attempt to alleviate some of the traffic pressure.
The A6 southbound opened this morning. We will be monitoring how this works and, if it has a significant negative impact, will have to close the section of the A6 again.
The main diversion route via the A14, the A43, A6003 and the A427 remains in place. This is very clearly signed and we are committed to encouraging vehicles not to use local roads as they are not suitable due to proximity to local communities and weight limits.
When Northamptonshire Highways close a road and put a diversion in place we must provide a diversion on a similar standard of road. Diversion routes are carefully chosen to follow roads of a suitable standard and width to carry all traffic and avoid weight restrictions.
The A6 is a busy road with a speed limit of 60mph and the approved diversion route uses similar grades of road. This provides a safe route for vehicles unfamiliar with the area and local traffic.
Extensive survey and investigation work has been carried out and repairs to the road where it joins the railway bridge are much more complicated than initially thought.
The works require significant collaboration and coordinated planning because of the proximity to the Midland Mainline and this process will take time to agree and put in place as we are working to minimise the impact.
The problems found on the carriageway leading on to the railway bridge are more severe than at the River Ise Bridge and there are logistical problems of carrying out repairs over a live railway line.
Because of these complications the work will not be completed until after the School Summer Holidays. The key priority is to repair and open the A6 as quickly as we are able to and every effort is being made to achieve this.
Northamptonshire County Council are committed to opening the A6 and funding is available for the repairs.The county council is working with all associated parties and identifying any funding available nationally for unusual situations such as this.
We would like to thank people and businesses in the local communities for their patience while this situation continues and apologise for the inconvenience this is causing.
On the retirement of Cllr Marie Jessop after 14 years distinguished service, the Council declared a vacancy on 21 March 2017. The Vacancy Notice is here.
Also at the meeting on 21 March, Cllr Dinah Berry announced her resignation after 4 years as Chairman, and as a councillor, with effect from the Annual General Meeting on 16 May. A new Chairman is to be elected at that meeting, and a further vacancy will be declared.
Prioritisation Framework consultation and engagement
Northamptonshire County Council is putting a process in place to help make the tough decisions it has to make about what to prioritise – that is, how we share out resources to achieve the best outcomes for our residents and customers. To do this we need to be clearer what we, our residents and partners think is important to bear in mind when deciding between competing priorities. We need your help to clarify our values and principles and use these to develop the framework we will use for prioritising. You can help us in two ways – by completing a survey and/or attending a workshop
1. You can find our survey on the County Council website - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Prioritisation_Stage2
2. You can come to one of 4 workshops that we will be holding around the county, so we can hear from you in person and discuss our principles and values together. Details are available on the Consultation Register - http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/council/consultations/pages/Details.aspx?cid=e8c54bc6-a119-4233-a316-935654276921&returnpage=%2fen%2fcouncilservices%2fcouncil%2fconsultations%2fadmin%2fpages%2fhome.aspx and will be in libraries.
The workshop details are also outlined below. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, without the need to RSVP or let us know in advance.
· 13th March, 10 am to 12 noon, Council Chamber, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX
· 13th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EZ
· 14th March, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, KINGSTHORPE COLLEGE, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7HR
· 16th March, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, Pemberton Centre, H.E. Bates Way, Rushden NN10 9YP
· 20th March, 12.30 to 2.30 pm, South Northants Volunteer Bureau, Whittons Lane, Volunteer Centre , Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6YZ
We welcome your contributions and will take all the information we get from this consultation process to develop our own, unique statement of principles and values to feed into the prioritisation framework.”
At its meeting on 15 Novemember 2016 the Council co-opted Matthew Kingston as a councillor to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mrs Stanley.
At its meeting on 20 September 2016, the Council with regret received the resignation of Cllr Stanley, and declared a vacancy for a Councillor. The Vacancy Notice is here. In the absence of a request for an election to fill the vacancy, in writing from ten local electors, the Parish Council will decide at its November whether and how to fill the vacancy.