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Upper and Lower Benefield is situated in East Northamptonshire, along the A427 in between Corby and Oundle.

Benefield Parish Council consists of 7 elected members who represent both Upper and Lower Benefield. The Parish Council Meetings are held approximately every 6 weeks in the Village Hall, Brigstock Road, Lower Benefield.

The Draft Minutes from the Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 23rd August 2021 are now available. The next Parish Council Meeting is due to be held on Monday 11th October,  the Agenda will be available by Monday 4th October

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Public Consultation on our Draft Summary Corporate Plan Consultation

The consultation on a high-level summary of the Corporate Plan provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved and help shape the future of the local area and public services provided.  The views of town and parish councils are really important to the Council and I would be delighted if you could take part in our survey.

The discussion about the new Council’s vision and values began last year at the shadow authority.  We have been keen to build on this good work already carried out.

Although not a statutory requirement, a public consultation is considered good practice. The closing date for responses is midnight, 3rd October 2021.

A summary of the proposed plan along with an online survey is now available on our consultation hub at https://northnorthants.citizenspace.com/corporate-plan/2021-25-consultation

A paper version will be available on request and will soon also be in our customer service centres and in all North Northamptonshire libraries.

Please note that all town and parish councillors are very welcome to complete the survey and collective responses can also be made.

All feedback received will be reviewed and a final version of the Corporate Plan along with a summary of the feedback will be considered by the Executive in October.  The Corporate Plan will then be presented to Council in December 2021 for consideration for formal adoption.

Last, and by no means least, I would really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about the consultation in your local communities. Everyone is welcome to take part and have their say.

Warmest regards

Jason

Jason Smithers |Leader of the Council

North Northamptonshire Council

Newsletter from Cllr Jason Smithers, leader of North Northamptonshire Council

There is a growing Cricket Club, the Cricket Pavilion has been extended, which is situated in Upper Benefield.

The Village Church is in Lower Benefield, along the Brigstock Road, which holds regular services on Sunday’s along with an Annual Flower Festival and Garden Fete. The Church page on this website was updated on Monday 6th September with details of the Harvest Festival.

The Village Hall page has been updated with details of a new event.

We look forward to seeing you all then – more details will be given nearer the time.”

Dog Fouling – Clean Up After your dog – It is the Law

There have been several reports of dog poop bags being thrown into the hedgerows along the permissive footpaths, please take it home and put it in your black bin.

The Law

Using powers in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (2005), East Northamptonshire Council has implemented four dog control orders including “Failing to remove dog faeces”. This applies to all land that is open to the air and the public are entitled or permitted to have access to with or without payment. Using these powers the council can issue a fixed penalty notice of £100 to any person that lets their dog foul and does not pick it up. Being unaware that your dog has fouled is not considered a reasonable excuse for leaving it.

If you are issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice and you don’t pay it you could be taken to court. The maximum penalty then rises to £1,000. Whenever you go out with your dog carry some bags with you, just in case. Having no bags with you isn’t a reasonable excuse for not clearing up and you could still be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Enforcement

East Northamptonshire Council’s Environmental Services Officers patrol areas where problems with dog fouling have been reported to try to catch the offender or act as a deterrent. If you would like to report a fouling problem it would be helpful if you could give them as much details such as approximate times when the fouling is happening and if possible descriptions of the dog and/or its owner. We may also be able to put up some signs warning owners not to let their dogs foul. Please see our dog fouling page for more information.

Please use the reporting dog fouling form to report an area to us where dog fouling needs to be cleaned up.