Stanion Village Community

The recent severe storms that have wreaked havoc in parts of the country, should remind us all of the need for community, often neglected, but vital in times of need or during emergencies, when the people of a community react with kindness and concern for their neighbours and work together in mutual support. This can be the worst of times but in some ways the best of times. It also confirms the importance of communal assets, such as the village hall, which can be used as a central location to provide a coordination hub, and in addition, a place of shelter. If we lose the village hall then that asset is gone, and there is always that possibility, if we do not, as a community, take on the responsibility of nurturing, protecting and maintaining this incredibly useful community asset.

For those unaware of the history, the hall was built with the help of Corby Borough Council, who provided the land and additional funding, with our community making a considerable financial contribution over a number of years to provide the remainder of the funding for the project.

It would be a travesty if the physical and financial effort and commitment of those who preceded us were to be undone by apathy and the village hall was to close.

The Parish Council is currently supporting the Village Hall Committee in its efforts to raise money to improve the appearance and facilities of the village hall, for the benefit of us all. But to ensure the long-term viability of the hall, we need greater participation and commitment across the generations, and this is that call to arms!

So if you are community-minded and you are willing to help in any small way, please contact Len Farrow by email: lenfarrow@yahoo.com

The Village Hall Committee will be holding a Stanion Village Hall Community Meeting at 7:30 pm on Thursday 23rd April 2020 (St George’s Day) to discuss the current and future management and use of the hall. The invitation to attend is open to all parish residents. So please attend and support the Village Hall Committee, who freely give of their own time to ensure that we can all enjoy the benefits of this community facility.

Important Notification – Planning Application Cowthick Plantation

Mulberry Developments Ltd/Greatline Developments Ltd, have applied to Corby Borough Council for outline planning permission to build another Logistic Park, comprising office and commercial facilities with associated infrastructure on Land at Cowthick Plantation, Stamford Road, Corby.

These proposals are currently under consideration by Corby Borough Council under planning application reference 18/00817/OUT, the application has seen various amendments and updates to the original form of the application, first submitted in December 2018.

The Parish Council objected to the scheme in its original form and to the proposal under the revisions. Following on from our objection to the scheme we have been in contact with other Parish Councils along the route of the A6116, who are also concerned at the increase in HGV traffic along the route, and we have also had further contact with our Member of Parliament, Tom Pursglove, to keep him informed of developments. Though Tom has no statutory power in these matters he is very keen to understand our concerns and to provide support where he is able to.

The Parish Council’s written responses to the application are on this website under Planning.

North Northamptonshire Unitary Authority

The following link: futurenorthantsnorth.org will take you to a website designed to keep us all informed about the ongoing local government changes and the move to unitary authorities in the county. The new North Northamptonshire unitary authority will cover the areas of Corby Borough Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Kettering Borough Council and Borough of Wellingborough Council.

Litter, Car Parking & Buses

Despite a short-term improvement and the best efforts of the volunteer litter pickers, litter continues to be a village problem. We have now received an increase in the number of multi-purpose (dog waste friendly) litter bins around the village, so we have moved some bins to new locations and re-sited some of the dog waste bins. This should make it easier to dispose of general litter and for dog owners to pick up dog waste and dispose of it in a considerate and neighbourly manner, because some owners still appear reluctant to shoulder this responsibility as they leave their dog’s waste for others to clear up.

It also remains disappointing to see that some residents and/or their contractors still appear to view public areas of our village as cheap and convenient landfill sites, and rather than make the small effort of disposing of builders’ waste (much of which is toxic to wildlife) via the correct channels, they treat our village environment with contempt and dump their rubbish in public areas.

The ‘Community Payback Team’ continue to attend the village. They will be with us once a fortnight and will work their way around the village undertaking tasks at various locations, the village hall has already received some attention and we now intend to continue, restoring walkways and clearing the neglected and overgrown areas. The Community Payback Team will be supervised at all times whilst they undertake the work

Car parking is an ongoing concern. People are still parking on the pavements, partially or fully blocking access for pedestrians, which creates huge difficulty for those with mobility problems or visual impairment and those pedestrians using prams or accompanied by children. Please be considerate and think about the consequences of how and where you park. We would also remind people not to park on the grass verges.

We are very pleased to confirm that the bus service is now provided by Whippet. This solution will remain extant until the end of July 2020. Any changes to the provision of the service that we are made aware of will be notified via this website.

There is a link to the bus timetable on the home page.