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Planning consultation - Special meeting held on Wednesday 1st December at the Village Hall
The hour long presentation and discussion, included a question and answer session, with Councillor Ian McCord. The points covered will help residents understand the impact of the potential development of 6,000 homes between Furtho and Deanshanger and provide everyone with the relevant planning considerations to include in a response to West Northamptonshire Council.
Residents are urged to have their say by completing the relevant sections of the consultation, available by clicking this link.
The discussion touched on, but didn't include the proposals for land alongside Stratford Road and at Furtho Pit. This land is now subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, that must be submitted along with future planning applications. A planning application is expected early in 2022 and Cosgrove Parish Council will organise a consultation meeting for residents to attend as soon as more is known.
The Parish Council now understands that South Northants Council approved this area for development back in 2019, but it's believed that the scale of development was far less imposing than the recent proposal.
The presentation made at the meeting can be viewed by opening attachment 1. below.
Guidance for responses, produced by Cosgrove Parish Council, can be viewed by opening attachment 2. below.
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Oxford - Cambridge Arc
Government has designated this area for inclusion in the Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge growth area, known as the Arc.
With potential for major development, everyone is encouraged to comment on the consultation at 'have your say'.
Responses must be completed before 12th October 2021.
Cosgrove Community & Parish Council Update
Parish Council Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall, unless notice is posted in advance of a change.
Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings to observe discussions and raise any concerns during the agenda item of 'Public speaking Time' .
Social distancing will be in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and for everyone's safety.
With no internet connection at the Village Hall it is not possible to provide visibility of the meetings for the general public using Zoom.
For details of meetings visit the Parish Council page.
Tee Junction Yardley Road/Castlethorpe Rd
A number of serious accidents and near misses have occurred at this junction in recent weeks and many prior to that. The Parish Council have continued to demand improvements at the junction, but even though work programmes are authorised, nothing changes. The PC continue doing all they can do, raising concerns with Highways and West Northamptonshire Council along with suggestions that will make the junction safer.
WNC held a site visit in September, to seek a solution to the high number of accidents at the junction. Parish Council chair, Wayne Smith was expecting to be invited to the site meeting, but was excluded. The Parish Council awaits a report from WNC Councillor Ian McCord.
Your undesired experiences at the junction, need to be passed to the authorities to add weight to the reports already made. Please email our Parish Council clerk or let us know by using the Contact tab above.
Play Equipment Improvement
Interest has been raised in the community for improvements to the play equipment on the play area. With a range of age groups to provide for, the Parish Council welcomes suggestions from the community. The majority of the existing equipment has been sourced through Wicksteed Park Play Equipment, but if your suggestion is available from an alternative supplier, please include the supplier, cost and preferred location. Suggestions can be sent to the Parish Council clerk or using the Contact tab above.
Playing field equipment during Covid-19 restrictions
The playing field and equipment are open for use, but users are must take extra precautions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Parents are reminded that the play area is not supervised, there is no provision for sanitising equipment and no hand washing facilities. Please ensure that extreme caution is taken when using the equipment. The Parish Council strongly recommend that the Risk Assessment, available on the Covid-19 page, is read by all parents before their children use the play equipment.
Pavements and paths
With higher volumes of traffic through the village at this time of year, it is vital that pavements and paths are clear and pedestrians not forced to walk in the road. Overgrowth from hedges and hanging branches obscure pavements and require cutting. Please check property boundaries and help by cutting back and clearing obstructions.
Concerns continue to be raised over vehicles driving through the village at unacceptable speeds. Sadly, it's reported that these incidents are often residents and not delivery drivers or visitors to the village, who show great respect. Drivers are reminded that our village roads are congested all through the year, requiring vehicles to be driven well below the speed limit to ensure the safety of everyone. Please remember that the speed limit is too fast in a congested village and should never be treated as a target speed to drive at. Additional speed indication devices are planned to remind drivers of their speed, please take notice and keep speed well below the limit. Records of excessive speed are recorded and may be shared with the police in an attempt to keep everyone safe and encourage offenders to be more considerate.
Litter and Dog poo
Sadly our village is suffering from litter and a small minority of dog owners not picking up after their dog. Dog owners must also pick up when walking our Rights of Way and in fields or meadows. Other users don't want to tread in it and grazing animals can be seriously harmed if consumed. More information is available on our Village walks page. Please help keep our parish tidy and use the bins provided throughout the village to dispose of all litter. If not near a bin, please keep it until you find one, or take it home and place in your own bin. Together we can keep our village looking its best.
The legal process for the land to be transferred to the Parish Council has taken far longer than expected. Our Parish clerk and Councillor Jeff Proctor have worked tirelessly to get this over the line and recent communications from our legal consultant indicates that it's almost there.
The delay has meant that the site is overgrown again, but with legalities now advancing, it's expected that the transfer of the land to Cosgrove Parish Council will be concluded soon. No more work will be done on the plot until after the land is registered, but it's hoped that plots will be allocated soon.
It has taken a number of years for the Parish Council to identify and organise, with many previous requesters disappointed by the unavailability of suitable land. The efforts and hard work by project leader and Parish Councillor, Jeff Proctor, have taken this from a wish to reality. If you wish to register your interest for an allotment plot or find out more, please speak to, or email Jeff Proctor.
For government, Public Health England and information on what you are allowed and not allowed to do, view our Covid-19 page.
Neighbourly support is encouraged to assist people who are advised to self isolate. The Parish Council has organised a community support group to help members of the community who need help with shopping or collecting medication from local chemists. For details visit our Covid-19 page.
West Northamptonshire Council contracted with Gigaclear, to install fibreoptic cabling throughout the village. Gigaclear have provided contact details for any resident that may have concerns or questions.
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The inconsiderate siting of the green termination box on the corner of the play area, at the junction of The Stocks with Stratford Rd without the required authorisation, has compelled the Parish Council to demand that it is relocated to an acceptable location. With all the work completed by volunteers to make the area a pleasant place for sitting, the green box must not spoil this and needs to be sited in a less obtrusive location.
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