Local sculptor needs help

Dave Cooke is searching for materials for a new art work.

If you have any horse brasses that you are able to donate, please contact Dave  (781130,  Bareen Cottage in Back Lane).

Road safety in Holcot : Speedwatch and a general update



As you know Holcot had applied and had been selected to take part in the 2017/2018 Community Speedwatch programme.

On Monday this week, Lisa (our volunteer coordinator) had received further details about the scheme and how it will be undertaken in Holcot, with the monitoring due in June and July.

In view of the fatal accident on Tuesday evening, the Police have now agreed that the scheme should be undertaken twice in Holcot this year, starting in two weeks time and then again on the original timetable.

If you have not already volunteered and are able to take part in either or both Speedwatch exercises (or would like further information) please contact Lisa Callan (lisa.callan@yahoo.com , 781230) as soon as possible.

February Speedwatch : we have the equipment for 6 weeks from 11 February.

Training will be held on Saturday 4th February 9:30-12:30 at Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Road, NN4 6TP

Although we have the equipment for 6 weeks, we will only monitor the traffic every other week. The dates for these are as follows:

Sat 18th – Sat 25th Feb
Sat 4th March – Sat 11th March
Sat 18th March – Sat 25th March

You will see boards going up in the next fortnight.

June Speedwatch :  Holcot will be paired with Walgrave.

Training will be held at Caroline Chisholm school on 10 June 9:30-12:30, and Holcot will take delivery of the equipment on 17 June. The equipment is then exchanged between Holcot and Walgrave on alternate weeks over a 6 week period.

Please volunteer for Speedwatch if you can – it will need just a few hours commitment as each monitoring session is planned to last only about an hour.

General update

As mentioned in the December parish newsletter, the Speedwatch campaign is part of a package of road safety measures that the Parish Council is seeking to implement to help control the already increased traffic arising from the A43 widening and Overstone Leys building works.

Included in this package are proposals;

  • 20mph limits within the village, and 30mph to the edge of the inhabited area of the parish;
  • a ‘gateway’ on Sywell Road to slow traffic;
  • works to restrict the Poplars Lane/Walgrave Road and Back Lane/Moulton Road junctions to restrict high-speed rat running;
  • A VASID moveable speed warning indicator.

Engineers are due to start finalising designs and costs of the proposals shortly. The speed limit proposals have to be approved by the relevant NCC Committee, which is due to meet on 7 February.  Funding is provided by NCC from so-called “Section 106” contributions from the Overstone Leys developers, with a contribution from the Parish.

Updates will be posted as these proposals develop.

Holcot Parish Council : Councillor vacancy

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Holcot Parish Council still has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.

Parish Councillors work on behalf of the community to represent parishioners, promote activities, look after parish amenities and manage facilities such as lighting. The parish council meets monthly, and are supported by a salaried clerk who undertakes most of the executive activities. There are no skill or experience requirements, just an interest in supporting your community.

Current discussions and activities include road safety and the impact of the A43 works, improving the playing field amenities, lighting improvement, and neighbourhood planning.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a parish councillor, please call David Walker on 781660 (chair@holcotvillage.co.uk) or talk to any of the other councillors. Alternatively send a short note expressing your interest and why you would like to become a councillor to clerk@holcotvillage.co.uk – the parish council will co-opt one applicant at their next meeting.

Roadworks : A43 update

Off-peak traffic lights will be in place on the A43 near Moulton starting 23 January.

They are due to be removed by 24 February.

Full details are here.

Telephone line quality

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Following on from the broadband problems experienced last week, David Cull has asked whether parishioners are having problems with phone quality. Here’s his note;

“Can you please ask around to see if any other residents have phone lines that have deteriorated in quality, again. We had this issue in the last 12 months and it was put down to a fault in the line between here and Walgrave. They seem to have fixed it but our phone line has got much worse in the last couple of months and I’ve an engineer booked for Wednesday through my provider. 
David Cull”


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