Opening of Blackwell End Play Area

Thanks to the hard work of Councillor Kilvert and his team of volunteers, the Blackwell End play area has been transformed with the addition of some fantastic new play equipment for the under-12s. Grants from the National Lottery Fund, the Parish Council and fundraising contributions have swiftly been put to good use, and the equipment was installed in record time at the end of July at the start of the summer holidays. It was opened by one of the youngest residents with a party for local children on 31 July.


Upgrading the M1: smart motorways come to the region

Costain Gaillard  has provided advance notice of roadworks on the M1, which will be upgraded to a smart motorway between junctions 13 and 16 (in the same way as the stretch between junctions 16 and 19). Work begins at the end of July and will continue to 2022.

A presentation with full details of the works is here. 

Roadworks in Towcester July-November 2018

The A5 Watling Street through Towcester will be closed for approximately 17 weeks while roadworks take place.

The works include the reinstatement of a trench over a gas main that runs down the centre of the A5, alongside repairs to damaged drains and kerbs, the resurfacing of footways and the carriageway, and a refresh of road markings.

The work will be carried out in phases starting at the bridge over the River Tove near Aldi and Tesco, then will make its way south through the town centre, finishing near Marlow Road.

The work will take place in phases so as to keep disruption to a minimum for local residents.

  • Phase 1A, B, C Road Closure for 3 weeks
    River Tove Bridge to Northampton Road
    Covers/Frames/Gully Connections/ Drainage/ CCTV/ Surfacing/ Lining/ HFS & Loops
  • Phase 2A, B, C Road Closure  for 5 weeks
    Northampton Road to Richmond Road
    Drainage/CCTV/Gullies/Ponding/Gas Trench/Concrete Slab/Surfacing/Lining/ HFS & Loops
  • Phase 3  Road closure for 8 weeks
    Richmond Road to Reffield Close
    Drainage/CCTV/Gullies/Ponding/Gas Trench/Concrete Slab/Surfacing/Lining & HFS
  • Phase 5 Road Closure for 1 week
    Reffield Close for 100m to the South
    Drainage/CCTV/Surfacing & Lining
  • Phase 4 Road Closure for 2 days
    Up to Marlow Road
    Surfacing/Lining & HFS

Work is due to start 23 July 2018 and is scheduled for completion by the end of November 2018.

Click on this map to see a full-size version.

Through-traffic heading south along the A5 will be diverted south at the Tove roundabout along A43 to the A413 Whittlebury turning, then east at Cow Pastures and back on to the A5.

Northbound traffic will be diverted north at the Stony Stratford roundabout along the A508 into Northampton and on to the M1 or Mereway Ring Road, then south back towards Towcester via the A43.

It should be noted that gaps in the central reservation along the A43 will also be closed for safety reasons.

The timing of the closures on the A5 will vary and motorists should pay close attention to any signage.

One-way restrictions along Park Street, Browns Yard, Chantry Lane and Moat Lane in Towcester will be lifted temporarily when needed to allow access for residents and businesses.

For more information contact Mike Healy, Public Liaison Officer (PLO) who can be reached via 07964 114623 or

Good Neighbour Award 2018

The Potterspury Good Neighbour Award was launched earlier this year. We asked residents to nominate anyone in the village who had made a real difference to the lives of others and were delighted to receive six nominations for both individuals and community groups.

Chairman Steve Parkin congratulates Linden Boothby.

The Parish Council are pleased to award the inaugural prize to Pottersheart, the crafting group run by Linden and John Boothby. Pottersheart runs a popular drop-in session in the Village Hall, which attracts residents of all ages who join in with the crafting activities or stop by to enjoy coffee and cake

Many of the craft items are sold and the funds support the other half of Pottersheart, the adult education charity in Kenya.

It’s a wonderful scheme that does a great deal for the Potterspury community – congratulations to Linden and John.

Join in with Pottersheart’s activities every Monday in the Village Hall from 10.00–12.00.

Learn more about the charity here:

Blackwell End Play Area

There’s been a recreation area in Blackwell End for some 70 years and play equipment has come and gone several times. Most recently, equipment was removed some ago when it became unsafe.

It is now possible to install new items of play equipment if we are able to secure grant funding. The Parish Council has agreed to contribute £2,000 to the project and we hope to secure a grant from funding bodies such as the National Lottery Awards for All.

Six suppliers have provided plans and these will be available to view on
Saturday 24 February between 11am and 6pm in the Old Talbot. 

Without community support the project cannot proceed, so please come along to tell us which set of plans you, and most importantly, your children prefer. We want to hear from everyone.  The views of younger residents were critical when we installed the skatepark and we hope they will help out again.