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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 full  Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 12th September 2022 available. The next Parish Council Meeting is due to be held on Monday 14th November 2022 in the Village Hall, and the  Agenda will be available by Monday 7th November.

Anglian Water are requiring to carry out coring tests, source of water connection and installation of fire hydrant in connection to the Weldon Academy.  To undertake the works safely and with the least impact the road will need to be closed from the 24th October for a week which is during half term.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here https://one.network/?tm=130641365

If you require more information about the works please contact Michelle Fitzgerald on 07970 965426.

To report fly tips please use this link  https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/info/200084/recycling_rubbish_and_waste/130/fly-tipping

North Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Scope and Issues Consultation

Locally Identified Priorities Survey Outcome by East Northants Neighbourhood Team

North Northants Community Safety Partnership Structure

Newsletter from Jason Smithers, leader of NNC

Northamptonshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Newsletter

Final Consultation Statement

Consultation: Licensing Act 2003 – North Northamptonshire Council Statement of Licensing Policy 2022-2027

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 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.