Updating the Parish Plan

The Potterspury Parish Plan was originally published in 2014 and reflected the views of residents on how the village should develop. Two developments of some 50 houses had recently been built and with the Section 106 money (compulsory contributions from the developers), the village benefited: John Hellins School was able to construct a new classroom and the Parish Council installed an adult outdoor gym, the skatepark and the MUGA.

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Rebuilding the High Street Cemetery wall

The impact on the parish council tax

Potterspury Parish Council has for many years been responsible for the maintenance of the High Street Cemetery. In June 2020 a section of the cemetery wall began to bulge and it ultimately collapsed in November 2020. After commissioning a structural survey, obtaining an outline design, and going out to tender, the Council commissioned the specialists Underwood & Weston to repair the wall. The cost of the rebuilding project was approximately £20,000. The wall is now complete and we have received many compliments about the standard of the work. It now has modern foundations with traditional lime motor masonry and looks able to last for many decades.

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Potterspury Parish Council last night agreed to work together with the other local parishes in the area to oppose the plans by West Northants Council (WNC) to locate 6,000 houses alongside Old Stratford Roundabout. The new WNC strategic plan, that will guide development up to 2050, considers an option to locate 6,000 houses right alongside the already congested Old Stratford Roundabout. The roundabout (A5/A422/A508 interchange) is part of the strategic road network and has already been identified as a transport pinch-point which requires substantial upgrading.

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Uncontested election 2021


Election to Potterspury Parish Council is uncontested as insufficient candidates put themselves forward for election. Therefore the 11 persons listed on the attached list have been duly elected for Potterspury.

Community Shield 2020

Choosing the winners of the annual Community Shield can be difficult. Handing it over to them should be a much more simple process, but like everything this year, it has proved trickier than normal. Just a few months late, the PC finally managed a socially-distanced award ceremony.

Kay, Anne and Jenny accept the Community Shield.

The small team who has done so much to strip back decades’ worth of undergrowth from the High Street Cemetery are this year’s winners. Anne Daniells, Jenny Walker and Kay Eglesfield, aka the ‘cemetery ladies’ have been quietly pruning and trimming the trees, clearing weeds and thorns and cleaning old graves, several of which had been lost for many years.

Jenny said she started the work when she heard a neighbour say that they would not consider using the cemetery as a resting place for her family because it was so overgrown, dark and spooky. Jenny and Anne both remembered how smart it was when they were children and were determined to restore it to its former glory.

Thanks to their work, it is now a peaceful oasis in the village, a haven for birds and wildflowers, and a pleasure to visit.