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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 14th November 2022 available. The next Parish Council Meeting is due to be held on Monday 9th January 2023 the Village Hall, and the  Agenda will be available on Tuesday 3rd Janauary

The Village Hall Page has been updated.

A consultation on ward boundaries for North Northamptonshire

Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner today launches Flare Report App that allows women to report, anonymously and quickly, any incidents or behaviour that make them feel unsafe when they are out and about in Northamptonshire.  Police will collate and analyse the reports made, so that problem areas can be identified and action taken to improve those areas where people feel unsafe.

Briefing Note on Outbreak of Avian Influenza on Poultry Farm near Oundle

Telent are intending on removing a decaying telecom pole outside of Brook Farm on Main Street, Lower Benefield.  To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed for one day between 9am and 3.30pm and it is expected to take place on the 10th January 2023.

The closure and diversion can be viewed here https://one.network/?tm=131922902

If you require more information about the works please contact Lynn Noon on 07977 192869.

If you see anything out of the roads and footways that is not right, please just go to our Street Doctor and report it. We encourage everyone to use this great public reporting tool. https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-transport/report-potholes-or-highway-problem Any defects or issues can be logged there and we will inspect within 5 working days and then get back to you with a response outlining what we can do. If we cannot do anything, we will explain why.

There is also some great highway information here Parking, roads and transport | North Northamptonshire Council (northnorthants.gov.uk)

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

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

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.

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.