Tender to Cut and Maintain Blisworth Village areas – Seasons 2023, 2024 & 2025
Please contact the Clerk (blisworthparishcouncil@gmail.com) if you would like to receive a form and further information.  Please be aware all tenders must be submitted no later than 5pm, Friday 16th December 2022.
WNC offers cost of living support

WNC have set up a new area on their website to help people access a range of support and advice to help them through the current cost of living crisis.  Financial help for low wage workers, households with children, and those most needing help towards rent, council tax, household bills including gas and electricity, childcare costs and important daily essentials.

Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner today launches Flare Report App

Flare Report App allows women and girls to report, anonymously and quickly, incidents and behaviour that are inappropriate and make them feel unsafe, such as comments or touching, street harassment or other threatening behaviour 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.

 The Police want to encourage as many people as possible to download the app and to cascade through their own contacts and networks. Flare Report can be downloaded to Apple or Android devices.   Crimes can be reported on Flare Report but call 999 if you need an immediate police response. Flare Report App Information

Blisworth Round and About – Blisworth Newsletter.  R&A No 148 December_January

WNC Notice:  Driving Offences Survey
The consultation will run from Thursday, 10 November to midnight on Wednesday 21 December at WNC Citizenspace.  Please complete the survey and add your experience of traffic issues in Blisworth.

WNC can now apply for powers which will enable them to prosecute those driving in breach of regulations.

Offences include:

  • Ignoring no entry or no turning signs
  • Ignoring weight limits
  • Entering yellow box junctions with no clear exit
  • Stopping on school keep clear markings
  • Driving where and when motor vehicles are prohibited
  • Driving the wrong way up one-way streets or driving on routes for buses and taxis only

Should the powers be given, WNC will start using its new enforcement measures in the initial locations below using Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.

  • Hermitage Way, Wootton, Northampton
  • Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford
  • Victoria Gardens junction with St Johns Street, Northampton
  • Horsemarket junction with Gold Street and Mare Fair, Northampton
  • Fishponds Road junction with Great Billing Way, Northampton.
    Complete the survey.  Add your experience of traffic issues in Blisworth. WNC Citizenspace.
Public Spaces Protection Order
On Tuesday, (11 October) the WNC Cabinet approved a new Public Spaces Protection Order covering Daventry and South Northants. This Order came into force on 1 November 2022.

The PSPO means dog owners could be fined £100 if they fail to:

  • pick up their dog’s mess and dispose of it properly
  • carry the means to pick up after their dog
  • prevent their dog from entering public places from which dogs are excluded, including children’s play areas, schools, skateparks, tennis courts, multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and bowling greens
  • keep their dog on a lead when in cemeteries, burial sites, graveyards, memorial gardens, allotments, car parks, sports grounds, fields and pitches – when in use for authorised sporting activity
  • put their dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer

The order also restricts a person from walking more than four dogs at any one time and prohibits smoking in: children’s play areas, schools, skateparks, tennis courts, multi-use games areas (MUGAs), and bowling greens.  You must have the appropriate means to pick up dog faeces deposited by your dog. It is recommended that you take out several bags with you so that if your dog decides to go to the toilet more than once, you are not without a bag.  Dispose of the bag correctly in either a dog waste or litter bin, or take it home and place it, suitably wrapped, in your own waste bin.  Do not dump the bag in a hedge or hang it from a branch, this is littering. Littering is also an offence and you can receive a fine of £150.

Blisworth Parish Council Surgery

We will be hosting another informal surgery session where councillors will be present at the Blisworth Baptist Church for discussion on any parish issues. It will be a great opportunity to join us for a chat and air any concerns over a cup of coffee and maybe a bit of cake!  We are extremely grateful for the support of the Baptist Church and the use of their facilities to further support our local community.  Our next session will be on  Tuesday 13th December 2022 (10:00 – 12:00).  If you are concerned about the traffic issues in the village or have any other worries please come and have your say. 

Parking and Mobility issues
Could we ask residents to be mindful of the impact on others in the village of parking on pavements/dropped curves.  This can make it extremely difficult for residents with mobility issues to move freely around  the village.

Blisworth Notice Boards

We have a number of great notice boards across the village which are there to help residents advertise local events and services. We all want our notice boards to be well kept but sometimes they get very untidy. We are fortunate that some of our volunteers will be looking after them to keep our notice boards looking great.
Any notice that is out of date, weather worn or unsuitable will be taken off.  If the notice boards are full, anything from outside the village will be removed to make room.
To help, there will be a plastic bag at the side of all the notice boards with pins for notices and posters so all can be made secure with four pins on each corner.   Please can we remind you that staples damage the notice boards and are difficult to remove.  In order to support the volunteers that give their free time to keep the boards presentable, we will automatically remove any notices that are posted using staples  in the future.
Please could we also ask you to remove posters/notices once they are out of date as this leaves room for other residents to post up to date information.
Funding for Community Renewal

Some community groups and organisations are struggling to bounce back after the Coronavirus pandemic, and a bit of money to fund a new activity or to energise a relaunch might go a very long way.  The Janet and Bryan Moore Trust is a local charity which is inviting applications for funding for projects that help enhance and unite local communities such as childcare, scout groups, fitness groups and churches.  Parish and town councils are not eligible bodies themselves, but if you know of, or are a member of, a community group in need of funding it might be just what you’re looking for.  Grants up to £20,000 are available.  See www.janetandbryanmooretrust.org.uk for details.

Citizens Advice Bureau – If you are worried about debt, benefits, housing or anything else – Drop in to see an advisor at the Towcester Foodbank every Tuesday 12-2pm.  Citizens Advice & Food bank

Blisworth Football Club

Blisworth Football Club have asked Blisworth Parish Council to post their presentation detailing their forthcoming plans.  Football Club Presentation

Don’t forget to contribute to the Northants Police current priorities survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NorthantsLocalPriorities.  This is an opportunity for you to let Northants Police know about our concerns regarding  traffic and speeding in the village and hopefully this will inform the Police that  road safety is a priority for our village.

Police & Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (helping to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour).  If residents would like to receive notifications direct, you can register with: www.northamptonshireneighbourhoodalert.co.uk/

Please help Blisworth Parish Council to support residents.  Click on the ‘Operation Snap’ link below to find out how to report vehicles that exceed the 3-Tonne weight limit situated on the Stoke Road (near the canal tunnel entrance).   Operation Snap

Yet more warehousing developments

Blisworth Parish Council has been approached on behalf of the Harworth Group, who is preparing proposals to create new employment space off Junction 15 of the M1, near Collingtree in Northamptonshire.
The proposals include six industrial units, delivering 1.64 million sq. ft of logistics space.
We would be interested in residents’ views on this proposal.
Eastfield Play Area

Many residents will be aware that we recently received a small lottery grant to improve Eastfield Play Area.   The play area improvements were selected by the pupils at the local primary school. The play area is now OPEN to residents.  Please contact the parish council if you have any concerns/issues regarding the play area.

Details of End of Year Accounts and Exercise of Public Rights to view accounts for 2021 – 2022: Please click on the Documents Tab, Finance.

Covid Update

Public Health Northamptonshire has asked us to let you know that the Public Health Mobile Vaccination Service will be at the following locations next week:Saturday, 20-Aug-22 9am-5pm – Wootton Community Centre, Curtlee Hill, Northampton NN4 6ED.

The latest figures show that the drop in COVID-19 case rates has been slowest in the over 70s. Sadly we are still seeing deaths from COVID-19 in Northamptonshire and nationally.  The Spring Booster campaign began in March.  Anyone over 75 who got their previous booster around six months ago is invited to get an additional booster dose of vaccine. Residents of older adult care homes are also eligible to receive the Spring booster jab, as well as people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed.  This additional booster is currently being offered to those at extremely high risk to help minimise the chance of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 and having to be admitted to hospital.  Will you check if loved ones who are older or immunocompromised have had their Spring Booster or have been invited but not yet booked an appointment, or taken up the offer?  This can be accessed online at http://nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

COVID Clinics
We all need to help keep on top of the Coronavirus infection rate, and key to that is to keep up the vaccination programme.  Details about where people can get vaccinated can be found here: Coronavirus vaccination in Northamptonshire – Countywide services, and here: Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site – NHS (www.nhs.uk). Further information about the vaccination can be found here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

 

 WE STILL NEED YOU!  Parish Councillor Vacancies

There are four vacancies for a member of the public to become a Parish Councillor.  If you feel you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community, local issues and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live or work, then this is the position for you!  Do you have an interest in your local environment, local transport, local government finances, amenities, planning and housing issues, community events, anti-social behaviour and policing, and want to make a difference then please apply!

  • You must be aged 18 years and over, eligible to vote and have lived or worked in the parish of Blisworth for 12 months or more, or within 3 miles of the parish boundary.
  • Any elector can identify a potential councillor and nominate candidates for election and have the right to elect a councillor who represents their interests.
  • The role of Parish Councillor is unpaid however training and support is provided.  If you are interested please contact the Parish Clerk on blisworthparishcouncil@gmail.com.

Support to elderly residents

Northamptonshire Age UK provides support to elderly residents with a wide range of services including domestic cleaning, gardening, handy person, carer sittings service, day care at home, information and advice.  For more information please call 01604 611200 or email access@ageuknorthants.org.uk or visit www.ageuknorthants.org.uk.

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Grass cutting

Residents with any questions, concerns or issues about grass cutting in the village please could you contact the Clerk of the Parish Council and not the contractors that way we can make sure issues are logged and tracked.  Blisworth Parish Council:  blisworthparishcouncil@gmail.com


Blisworth is a thriving, picturesque village in South Northamptonshire situated 5 miles south of the county town. It has some 900 homes and an estimated population of 1870 (2010 village survey).
The West Coast Railway runs close to Blisworth and the Grand Union Canal passes through the village which extends from the famous Blisworth Tunnel, to the outlying residential areas of Blisworth Arm and Blisworth Park.
Village amenities include a primary school, a village shop with news agency and post office and two local pubs. Many small businesses surround the area, largely in discreet attractive business parks.

If you have any questions regarding the content of the website please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance:- E-mail: blisworthparishcouncil@gmail.com
Only information approved by the BPC may be included on this web site.

To visit West Northamptonshire Planning Applications Register, please click the link. Click here to be directed to the WNC Planning Applications Register

Please contact the Clerk for a copy of the signed minutes.