Notes from January PC meeting

Langdyke Countryside Trust. We thank Richard Astle, chair of the Langdyke Countryside Trust who gave a very interesting and informative presentation to an open meeting on 7 January attended by 20 residents and councillors. Richard explained that the Trust was founded in 1999 and in a nutshell is dedicated to reversing accelerating wildlife decline which for some species is more than 80% in the last 30 years (e.g nightingale, turtledove, brown hare), and improving our local environment. The trust manages seven nature reserves. Two of the reserves, Torpel Field and Bainton Heath lie within the BAPC boundary. In September 2019 the Trust launched its vision to create a nature recovery area in the countryside bordered by Peterborough, the A1 and the Welland and Nene rivers. The project aims to:

  • Increase wildlife habitats
  • Help local people understand and enjoy the natural and built heritage of John Clare Countryside
  • Pilot and champion best practice sustainable development and land use
  • Promote public health and well being
  • Create new jobs and economic opportunities

We encourage you to visit the Trust website ( ) and consider joining. You can also join the Trust’s Facebook Group

 The Trust is keen to enrol extra helpers for the weekly work parties and welcome more volunteers if you would like to get actively involved in their projects.  In the meantime the Trust is engaged in applications for significant grant funding to take the project forward and is continuing to engage local groups and councils.

Richard’s presentation generated much discussion during which we identified several areas where the Bainton and Ashton community could make an active contribution and we intend to report back at our March meeting. BAPC unanimously endorses and supports the aims of the Langdyke Community Trust.

Christmas Celebrations: Once more the BAPC erected Christmas trees and lights in Bainton and Ashton to celebrate the Christmas season. Despite the very poor weather we had a good turnout for the carol singing starting in Ashton and finishing in the Reading Room with mulled wine and mince pies. Many thanks to Anita and Lars Phillips for organising the event.

Speedwatch and Maintenance we highlight the fact that during a speed watch session on 4 December only one of the 135 vehicles recorded exceeded 35 mph. However initial data from the MVAS which now appears to be fixed, shows that a substantial minority of drivers are still exceeding the speed limit. Road and kerb maintenance issues about which we are aware, particularly the north side of the B1443 between the Reading room and Park Lodge, are being addressed slowly by the City Council.  

Planning applications noted:

19/01718/HHFUL Alterations to outbuilding to provide enlarged garage at Blue Boar Cottage, Helpston Rd – Pending at the time of meeting.

19/01680/CTR reduce and reshape crown of cherry tree and raise low canopy. Permitted 17/12/19. 

BAPC welcomes input from parishioners whether in writing or in person directly to councillors and you are very welcome, in fact positively encouraged, to attend our regular meetings in the Reading Room at 7.30pm – next one on Tuesday 3 March. At each meeting there is an opportunity for residents to speak. 

Agendas and Minutes of each meeting and councillor details can be found on village notice boards and the website . 

Website: we will shortly be looking to review and upgrade our website content and investigate additional channels of communication – if any resident is an interested user or expert please do not hesitate to contact us via Jenny or in person. 

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