Both Peterborough City Council and the Parish Council are well aware that the footway along Barnack Road from the start of the 30mph to the start of the garden at Hambleton House is badly obstructed by overgrown vegetation. This is has given rise to a dangerous situation where pedestrians are forced to walk in the busy road. It is the responsibility of the landowner to keep the path clear. A landowner claimed responsibility for this vegetation a few years ago but the land has since been unregistered.
Peterborough City Council have written to the previous landowner asking if he still retained the land but no reply has been received.
Peterborough City Council have asked Aragon services to visit the site and supply them with a quotation to cut back the short section of hedge prior to the wall, trim back the trees and overgrowing ivy on the wall to make the footpath usable.
Current budgets do not include vegetation, no owner means Peterborough City Council cannot claim the money back so they will have to fund this, in the same light they will not be touching the wall, this has shown no further signs of deterioration and with no current claimant would be a cost that we could not fund.
Peterborough City Council will only pay for the minimum work required to open the full footway but once they can find a way to prove the identity of the landowner then their legal team can take action.
Peterborough City Council will raise another order for Aragon to do additional cuts until they get a land owner resolution. This will be coming out of the already small maintenance budget so they will be looking at around a 6 month revisit which is twice a many cuts as it has had in previous years, once the vegetation has been cut back they can then assess the level of siding out that is required and get that done also.
The Highways Inspector will keep an eye out for when the work has been done and then regularly as he passes to check the regrowth, letters will have to sent out to the remaining land owners between Barnack and Bainton to remind them to keep their section clear also.
The Highways Inspector will get the Tallington road signs overgrowth dealt with.
The documents for the 2018/19 Annual Return can be downloaded via this link.
We welcome two new members to the Bainton Speedwatch team of volunteers. New members are always welcome. Please contact Cliff Stanton if you would like to join.
The Bainton Speedwatch team of volunteers took part in the police Speedwatch Week of Action. Two sessions were held. The first was held outside Bainton Reading Room on Monday afternoon. 120 vehicles were recorded in an hour travelling from the Barnack direction of which 4 (3%) were travelling at 35mph or more. The highest speed was a white VW at 44mph in the 30mph zone.
On Friday afternoon 151 vehicles were recorded in an hour as travelling from Helpston. 16 vehicles were recorded as travelling at 35mph or above in the 30mph limit (11%). Of these, three cars were travelling at 41mph in the 30mph zone. The police will be contacting the registered keepers of all vehicles recorded as travelling at 35mph or over.
Dangerous driving covers the below:
Anyone with information is urged to contact police either online at www.cambs.police.uk/report or call 101.
More details about Speedwatch can be found at:
· https://www.communityspeedwatch.org/ (National)
http://speedwatch.info/ (Cambridgeshire Constabulary)
Bainton and Ashton Parish Council (BAPC) met on 8 May in the Reading Room with 16 parishioners present. Refreshments were provided and we began with the Annual Villages Meeting where reports from BAPC, Allotment Association, Buttercross Club, Bainton Reading Room, Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch were presented. Detail of the reports will be available in due course and as usual on notice boards and on the website as will the minutes of the ordinary BAPC meeting that followed.
In the meantime we report:
The retirement of Graham Fletcher as chair of BAPC. At the end of the Annual Meeting Graham announced his retirement and resignation as chair and as a councillor. This marks the end of 10 years of dedicated, solid, distinguished, unfaltering service to our community in the BAPC chair during which time Graham missed just one council meeting. Outside the regular statutory meetings, Graham’s incredible personal contribution utilising sizeable portions of his own time, thought, energy and his sheer physical effort cannot be overstated. We thank him most sincerely on behalf of all parishioners for having our villages at the very top of his priority list all these years. Graham, BAPC will miss you but we wish you a long and happy future life in Bainton.
Bainton and Ashton in Bloom
We are delighted to learn that our bid to the Communites Fund at Peterborough City Council has been reviewed and approved. We are one of only five community projects awarded in the first round of competitive bid assessments by the Peterborough Together Partnership Board. The full official summary description states:
“Bainton and Ashton Parish Council – £1,637.86 to bring together young and old residents to create a colourful spring bloom for all local people and walkers/cyclists. The project will specifically seek to involve families with children, elderly residents at risk of isolation/loneliness and social housing residents not already involved in village activity. Plantings will be on show and a series of village open days will take place in spring 2020 to establish a wider community partnership and enable local people, invited groups and passing walkers/cyclists to enjoy some colour at a usually grey time of year.”
We thank Bainton resident David Hare for the idea and his detailed plans that formed the basis of the bid. Watch out for further information from David and BAPC in the next Parish News.
Planning notices reviewed:
· Poplar Farm, Bainton Green Road, Ashton. 19/00416/HHFUL and 19/00416/HHFUL. Two storey and single storey rear extensions, erection of a pergola at the rear and demolition of barn.
· Swallows’ Rest, Ufford Road, Bainton.19/00446/CTR Sycamore tree – fell
· 1 St Marys Close, Bainton. 19/00581/HHFUL. First floor extension over attached garage, single storey front extension and erection of detached garage
A further vacancy arises following the resignation Graham Fletcher. Notices will be posted but if anyone is interested in joining BAPC please do not hesitate to contact Catherine (clerk) or councillors Susie Lucas, Cliff Stanton and/or Chris Womack who will be happy to provide you with more information and answer any queries.
BAPC welcomes input from parishioners whether in writing, in person directly to councillors and you are very welcome in fact positively encouraged, to attend our regular meetings. At each meeting there is an opportunity for residents to speak and the next meeting is on Tuesday 2 July at 7.30pm in Bainton Reading Room.
Can you be tempted? If you don’t have the time or energy for a full size plot then one of these small plots could be the answer. They are large enough to grow a row of strawberries and a row of autumn raspberries, providing you with fruit from June to October. Or, new potatoes could be planted now followed by your choice of veg for the summer months – Helpston Garden Centre offers a wide range of potatoes and vegetable seedlings, with free advice! Of course growing veg isn’t your only option, try annuals or dahlias to give you flowers for the house – with not an air mile in sight!
We have a small dedicated team of volunteers who man the Speedwatch sessions. We have to have three trained volunteers at each session. The frequency of the sessions depends on whether we have three trained volunteers available at any one time. We will be able to hold sessions more frequently if we had a larger pool of volunteers to draw from.
Each session usually lasts an hour and we log the details of vehicles passing at 35mph or above. These details are emailed to the police who will write to the owners of the vehicles reminding them of their responsibility. The details are also entered onto a national police database and drivers caught for the third time anywhere in the country or exceeding the limit by a large amount will receive a visit from the police. The aim is not to prosecute the drivers but to educate them. The police take notice of our reports and use them to plan enforcement sessions where they may prosecute offending drivers.
The relationship between speed and injury severity is particularly critical for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. For example, pedestrians have been shown to have a 90% chance of survival when struck by a car travelling at 20mph or below, but less than 50% chance of surviving an impact at 30mph. Pedestrians have almost no chance of surviving an impact at 50mph. We have recorded speeds in excess of 50mph in Bainton and regularly report vehicles travelling at more than 40mph through the village.
Please contact me if you would like more details. I will arrange for you to have a short training session with the police if you would like to join us. It should be stressed that once trained, the volunteers only take part at times suitable to themselves.
This national Community Speedwatch site gives some interesting live statistics from Speedwatch groups.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary Speedwatch site is here:
Cliff Stanton (01780 749123)
The current Household Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe will be closing on Sunday 17th February 2019, and moving to a brand new site opening on Monday 18th February 2019. The new site will be located at: Fengate Household Recycling Centre, Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5XG. Further information as we have it will be on the City Council’s website https://bit.ly/2Gs3RVe and on here: #PeterboroughRecycles♻️
Brown bins will be collected on your scheduled collection day (the same day as your green bin) on either the week commencing 3 or 10 December, and week commencing 14 or 21 January.
Collections return to fortnightly on the same day as your green bin collection from the week commencing 28 January.
For further information about the garden waste service please visit the garden waste collection service page on the council website.
Please be aware that there have been more instances of vehicle number plate thefts in the area.
Extraordinary Meeting of Bainton and Ashton Parish Council at the Reading Room, Bainton PE9 3AE at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Traffic calming proposals for Ashton.
The public and media are cordially invited to attend.