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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 every  other month, Janaury, March, May, July, September and November, in Benefield 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 Monday13th March 2023 the Village Hall, and the  Agenda will be available by Monday 6th March.

A427 Road Closure to Corby

Anglian Water plan to close the A427 at the site of the new Academy on 13.2.23-19.2.23. Advanced warning signs have been out since 30.1.23. This was originally planned to take place w/c 27.2.23 but has been move forward to suit the school holidays which was a suggestion made by Weldon parish council.

They plan to start works by locating the water main they are connecting to by completing a trial hole on the opposite side of the road (bears lane entrance). Once this has been located the main they can then begin to complete the connection. If the main is located in a safe place thiswill ensure their team still have a safety easement while working we will be more than happy to reduce our TM needs to 2 way lights. Unfortunately until they complete the trial hole under the closure to locate the main they cannot determine if it is safe to reduce to 2 way lights.

 Stagecoach  have  organised a temporary shuttle bus for the affected locate villages while Anglian Water have the closure in place.  For a copy of the routes and times please click on this highlighted link. Please note the route and times were suggested to Anglian Water by Stagecoach as their busiest routes/times.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Council Tax Precept Consultation

If you have an interest in broadband news in North Northamptonshire, then please see the second edition of the Superfast Northamptonshire newsletter from Councillor David Howes. You can view the newsletter using this link Superfast Northants Newsletter Second Edition December 2022.

To find out more about social tariffs, how to apply and cutting costs go to Tips for cutting your phone, broadband and pay -TV costs – Ofcom.  This also provides helpful advice about switching your ISP.

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.

Town & Parish Information – Locally Identified Priorities Link & Neighbourhood Alert leaflet

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.