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Superfast Northamptonshire Broadband – Stage 3 Plans: Fineshade

Below is an extract from a letter from the Superfast Northamptonshire Team

“We are writing to inform you of the excellent news that the villages of Fineshade forms part of the County Council’s Stage 3 plans with Gigaclear. The county council’s plans with Gigaclear will involve about 6,330 premises with deployment starting soon and the final premises connected by the end of 2018.

Gigaclear’s solution involves Fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology. This is widely acknowledged as the optimum technology as it provides the fastest speeds and greatest reliability. It is often referred to as Ultrafast broadband as it offers faster speeds than Superfast broadband. Gigaclear’s solution enables speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps).”

Further information about our plans with Gigaclear are detailed in the attached letter. To view the full letter please click here



A43 Stamford Road, Easton on the Hill Road Closure 23-27th January 2017

Northamptonshire Highways are requiring to carry out carriageway patching works on a section of the A43 from New Road to the County boundary.  To undertake this work safely will require that the road is closed from the 23rd to 27th January 2017 between 09.15 and 15.00 whilst the works are completed.

A plan showing the closure and diversion can be viewed here and if you require more information about the works please contact Northamptonshire Highways.

“Singing for Fun” Sunday 13th December @ 3.00pm


image  Raise the roof!

for The Peterborough Area Down’s Syndrome Group

A light-hearted concert of popular musical classics and seasonal songs and readings with Singing for Fun and friends – come along and join in!

Sunday 13th December

at 3 pm

Duddington St Marys

Church Lane PE9 3QG

 £5 entry includes mulled wine and mince pies! Children free entry.

   Singing for Fun website


Corby MP to Visit Fineshade Woods re proposed Holiday Village

 Andy Sawford Corby MP has announced that he will be coming here to Fineshade Woods next week on Friday 13th at 10.15 to visit the proposed holiday village. The press have also been invited after all it is election time!

We are trying to get as many people up here to show support for us so if anyone is around we will be meeting in the car park at 10.15.


Online Safety Survey – Help Us To Tackle Online Crime

For the attention of all Parents and Carers 
(Please pass on this message if you have any relatives or friends who fall into this category)
Don’t miss out on the chance to win a £100 shopping gift voucher! 
The deadline to take part in a consultation being run by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission has been extended to Friday 21 November.
The survey offers parents and carers the opportunity to help shape a new strategy to tackle online crime which affects children and young people across the county.
Social media has become part of our everyday lives but there are risks attached. These range from bullying and harassment through to child sexual exploitation.
We know that online crimes are underreported. This consultation will help the Police and Crime Commission understand the perceived risks and behaviours of young people and their parents so that a programme of education and prevention and can be implemented.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Social networking sites feature in virtually every single case our cyber-crime detectives investigate. 
“It is vital that we take positive action to tackle online exploitation, and this consultation is a crucial part of that. 
Surveys have been devised to capture young peoples’ experiences of being online and how they are affected by them, their perceptions of the risks they face and what they would do if they felt something they came across was inappropriate.
Parents and carers are also being asked to complete the survey, to enable the commission to find out how much they understand about the risks children face when they are online.
If this subject is relevant to you, please take a few moments of your time to help us by completing the survey and forwarding this request on to family and friends.
The survey is available online now – just click into the following link!/GetInvolved/23393
Closing date: Friday 21 November
A paper copy of the survey is also available. To request this, or if you have any other questions about this consultation, please contact Marie Rose


Planning Application for a “Glamping” site at Top Lodge


A planning application has been submitted for a “Change of use” of the privately owned field immediately in front of the Top Lodge offices and Visitor Centre. Click here for photo

“Change of use to lodge camping facility including 30 ‘glamping’ pods, car park, wardens residence, reception, welfare building and associated works.”

The entrance, toilet block and other building will be located close to the Whitebeam tree on the left of the picture.
The reference number for the application is 14/00195/FUL and it can be found online at East Northants website. The Design and Access Statement, Ecological Survey and maps can be found in the External Documents.
Comments can be made online, or very simply emailed to
Or by letter to:
Planning comments,
East Northamptonshire Council,
Cedar Drive,
Thrapston NN14 4LZ.
All comments must include your name and address and the reference 14/00195/FULThe consultation period ends on 2nd June
For more information about responding to this planning application, or to be kept informed of further developments with the Forest Holidays plans please send an email to

Shoestring Theatre presents “The Playboy of the Western World” June, Tues 10 – Sat 14 June 7.45pm, Stamford Arts Centre


Stamford Shoestring Theatre has another play coming up with some local talent back stage, on stage and play director. The production is The Playboy of the Western World and runs from Tues 10 – Sat 14 June 7.45pm at the Stamford Arts Centre.

This savage comic play’s Dublin premiere in 1907 provoked an audience riot. Nevertheless this remarkable drama survived, now regarded as Synge’s masterpiece, enduringly popular worldwide. Set on the West coast of County Mayo this lyrical comedy is based on a true story of a young dreamer who arrives, a starnger, in the village ‘shebeen’ seeking refuge. He claims to have killed his father; his passionate story-telling bewitches the locals; he becomes a celebrity, but – there’s a twist in the tale!”

Tickets £10 (£8) available from Stamford Arts Centre

Women’s Cycle Tour of Britain 6/7th May – Road Closures

Northamptonshire will be hosting the Inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain Cycling Race which commences on the 7th May 2014.

As Oundle is the starting location for the race it will be necessary to set up the day before with closures expected to come into effect at 9.30am on the 6th May and the roads reopened around 1pm on the 7th May. Please click here to see a plan of Oundle road closures.

Northampton will be hosting the end of the first stage which will require setting up on the 7th May. The first closures will come into effect at 4.30am primarily affected St Giles Street , Derngate and Guildhall Road and these will be in place until approximately 7pm.  As the riders approach the finish line it will be necessary to put into place a closure covering the final 1km an hour before they arrive.  It is likely that this closure will come into effect around mid day and will affect Victoria Promenade, Cheyne Walk and Bedford Road .  Please click here to see a plan of Northampton road closures.  Once the riders and support vehicles have reached the finish Bedford Road , Cheyne Walk and Victoria Promenade will be reopened.

The remainder of the route between these two points will be affected by a rolling road closure commencing at 11am along the route shown on the attached link.  The road will be closed by motorcycle escort prior to the riders and support vehicles approaching and reopened once they have passed.

If you require more information about the event please see the Women’s Tour website.