Road Safety : Northampton North Orbital Route consultation

In Spring 2016 Northamptonshire County Council consulted on proposals for the Northampton North Orbital Route (NNOR).

At the time the Parish Council expressed Parishioners concerns that the junctions on Holcot Road/Moulton Road (on whichever proposed route) would lead to the route through Holcot and Walgrave/Hannington becoming a rat run for the A43 and NNOR. Our view was that easy access to that route would mean that our traffic levels would increase substantially.  The letter from the Parish Council setting out our concerns is here.

NCC are now consulting  again – there are two options – options 7 & 8.  Sadly both routes still have junctions on the Holcot Road/Moulton Road.  Counter-intuitively, Northamptonshire Highways state that building junctions are the best way of reducing traffic on the Holcot route. The following images show the basic proposals as far as they relate to Holcot – the full details are on this website.

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Option 8Option 8

Similarly to the first consultation, NCC are holding events where the full plans can be seen and discussions held with Northamptonshire Highways officers. Please try to visit one of these events, expressing your opinion to the Highways officers.

  • Monday 3 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Kingsthorpe – Liburd Room, Whilton Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 7SB.
  • Wednesday 5 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Boughton – Boughton Village Hall, Butcher’s Lane, Boughton, NN2 8SH.
  • Thursday 6 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Harlestone – Harlestone Village Institute
  • Saturday 8 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Kingsthorpe – Pastures Community Centre, 222 Welford Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 8PN.
  • Friday 14 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Moulton – Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill Reedings, Moulton, NN3 7AX.
  • Saturday 15 July, 9:00am to 7:00pm – Pitsford – Pitsford Village Hall, High Street, Pitsford, Northampton. NN6 9AS.

The exhibition boards will then be on display in Kingsthorpe Library in Welford Road, Northampton between Tuesday 18 July and Friday 4 August.

There are three ways that you can respond to the consultation:

  • Write to Northamptonshire Highways at:  Northern Orbital Consultation, Northamptonshire Highways, Highway Depot, Harborough Road, Brixworth Northampton NN6 9BX

The Parish Council urge you to respond and express your opinion. The consultation ends on 4 August. If you decide to write or email, the Parish Council would be grateful for a copy of your letter (

As previously, the Parish Council will respond to the consultation.

Road safety : NNOR exhibition in the Church Room

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You will have seen in this post and this website that there are various consultation events being held by NCC to consider routes for the Northampton North Orbital.

The Parish Council believe that the NNOR has the potential to significantly impact our Parish, adversely if a junction is built on Moulton Road/Holcot Road. In the first consultation this opinion was echoed by parishioners, but NCC have a view that the junction would decrease traffic and consequently it remains in the updated proposals….

In addition to attending one of the NCC consultation events and responding to NCC via their questionnaire or by writing, please attend an exhibition on Monday 17 July from 7:30pm in the Church Room. The Parish Council have obtained copies of NCC’s maps and information, and this is a great opportunity to discuss the proposals with other parishioners and councillors.

Parish Council : Exercise of rights

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The Parish Council accounts for 2016/17 were presented at the Annual Parish Meeting. They have been subject to internal audit.

They are due to go to External Audit in August, and Parishioners have the right to view the accounts and associated records until the end of July. The formal notice is posted in the Parish noticeboard – please see below. Please contact Lisa if you would like to inspect the accounts.

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Playing field improvement : fundraising commencing

As you are aware, a few ladies in the village have formed a ‘Friends of Holcot Playing Field’ group, in an attempt to raise enough funds to give the playground a much needed overhaul.  The ladies have been looking at various avenues of fundraising, and have discovered a way that everyone in the parish could help.

The ‘Friends of Holcot Playing Field’ have recently registered for easyfundraising.  They would like to ask residents and their friends and family to please help raise money for the playing field by using the easy funding website when shopping online, and signing up for free.

Instead of going directly to the retailer website, log into  or download the easy fundraising app.  You will then be asked to choose the cause you wish to support.  Please search for ‘Friends of Holcot Playing Field’, and then you will be taken to the retailer’s website where you shop as you normally would (there are over 3000 retailers on board, including shops such as Amazon, John Lewis, Waitrose and other supermarkets, etc).  Because you visited  first, the retailer will then make a free donation to your cause.

This will not cost you anything, only a couple of minutes of your time to register once.  Don’t forget to go through easyfundraising every time you shop online.

The Friends of Holcot Playing Field really need your help and support, which would be very much appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Lisa Callan ( or Jackie Fountain (

Annual Parish Meeting : draft minutes

The draft minutes and meeting notes from the Annual Parish Meeting have been added to the Parish Council page, or can be viewed here.

If you have any amendments, please contact Lisa (

Walgrave : School Business Manager/Bursar role available


Walgrave/Pitsford Primary Schools have a job for a School Business Manager/ Bursar.  Closing is 30 June.

See this note for more details.


Walgrave : Primary School pirate fun day on 1 July

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Walgrave Primary School PTA are holding a fun day on 1 July. Full details are here.
Pirate fun anyone?

Flower and Vegetable Show : Schedule now available

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The Holcot Flower and Vegetable Show page has been updated. This year’s show is on 3 September – please put it in your diary even if you are not planning to exhibit. The auction will commence at 4pm.

The Schedule is now available here. There is truly something for everyone!Schedule