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.

September 2015 meeting report


Holidays seemed a distant memory as we kicked off with news that village residents are still very unhappy about the bus service – or lack of it. The revised timetable is anything but convenient for a sizable proportion of residents, notably the 190 who use the doctor’s surgery at Paulerspury, or anyone who would like to travel north to Towcester or Northampton during the middle of the day. The Parish Council fully supports residents in their bid to improve the service and will contact Stagecoach and the county council. Again.

On a related subject, there has also been a request for a bus shelter. The Village Improvement Committee will consider the cost and best place to site one. Apparently Yardley has a lovely new shelter – and now their bus service has been ‘adjusted’ too, it’s almost unused on the wrong side of the road. Perhaps they’ll consider offers?


We are cautiously optimistic that Gladman will not appeal the decision to reject plans for 195 houses on land of Sanders Lane. SNC believe, like us, that the deadline to lodge an appeal has passed. They could submit a revised application, but let’s hope they forget about Potterspury altogether!

The House of Lords has established a select committee to decide National Policy for the Built Environment. Comments have been invited from local and parish councils regarding community involvement and community impact. We have sent a contribution based on our recent experiences, expressing the view that planning law is weighted in favour of developers who attempt to ride rough-shod over the views of local people.

Village matters

The acquisition of the land at the back of the mill gifted by the Wintle family is proceeding. Cllr Lucas reminded us that there is some £6,000 in the village Conservation fund and we will enquire of the county council whether there might be funds available to establish a pocket park or wildlife area.

The appearance of the brook alongside Water Lane is much improved since it was cleared by a party of residents in August – thanks to them.

Parking on the corner of Brownswood Drive and Homestead Way has become an issue. Our PSSO has been informed and the police will monitor the situation.

Allotments: it was resolved that we cannot justify the expense of installing a water supply from Blackwell End to the allotments. The proposal to install a bee hive on one allotment was also rejected.

Two trees on the A5 have died, but Cllr Lucas, the tree warden has advised us not to replace them. They were originally planted close together, and natural selection will ensure that the surviving ones have more space to flourish.

Cemetery: the PC and the PCC are still embroiled in a sedate debate about responsibility for the chapel of rest. Those with long memories muttered about sharp practices 30 years ago, but we are confident that we will shortly reach a satisfactory agreement.

These notes are compiled by a person who is not appointed by the Parish Council and they are not necessarily the views of the Council.

The next meeting will be on 14 October in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Parish Assembly 2015

The Annual Parish Assembly was held on 8 April and is a chance for everyone in the parish to reflect on events of the past year – what has happened, how the village benefited, and what can we do better. The Parish Council asks for reports from village groups who benefit from parish funding, as well as institutions such as John Hellins School, the Neighbourhood Watch and our local police team. District and county councillors also attend to present their reports. In addition, it is an opportunity for the public to voice their opinions about the performance of the parish council. (We’ll take it that silence – or at least a distinct lack of public attendance – gives consent to our activities!)

The reports were as follows and can be read by clicking on the links:

District Councillor Rupert Fordham
County Councillor Alan Walker
Parish Council Chairman’s report
Parish Council Finance Report
Recreation Ground Charity Report
Police Report
Neighbourhood Watch Report
John Hellins Primary School
Old Mail Treasurer’s Report


Parish Council Elections 2015

Potterspury Parish Council consists of 13 councillors and there is an election on 7 May. If you would like to stand, please contact clerk@potterspurypc.org.uk

If you would like to know a little more about what is involved, you can ask the clerk or any of the current councillors.

As a Councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change.

Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public they serve. Parish Councillors are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. By standing for your Parish Council you could make a real difference to your local neighbourhood.

You should consider becoming a Parish Councillor if:

• You want to do something positive for your community

• You want to spend your time productively

• You can think, listen and act locally


• Citizenship: British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU
• Age: 18 years age or over

The four qualifications are :

  • candidates must be on the register of electors, or
  • own or tenant land, or
  • principal or only place of work, or
  • live in the parish or within three miles of it.

If you decide to stand for election to the Parish Council, your nomination must be handed in by you or your representative, who can confirm your details, to the Election Officer at South Northants Council from Tuesday 31 March until 4:00pm on Thursday 9 April 2015. (There will be an appointments system) (SNC Offices will be closed Good Friday 3 April and Easter Monday 6 April)

Nomination Packs for prospective candidates will be available from the Parish Clerk from the second week of March.


The Good Councillor Guide – available at http://www.nalc.gov.uk



You should contact the Returning Officer at South Northants Council to obtain information and guidance on what you need to do to be nominated and election procedures.

The Returning Officer
South Northamptonshire Council
Electoral Services
Towcester NN12 6AE
T: 01327 322128 / 322121
E: electoral.services@southnorthants.gov.uk
W: http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk

Planning update – Sanders Lane

The Gladman application for 195 houses on land off Sanders Lane was dismissed very quickly by the Development Control Committee at SNC, who were unanimous in their condemnation of what they regarded as an opportunistic development scheme.

Potterspury can heave a sigh of relief (for now).

Steve Parkin, Chairman of Potterspury PC was interviewed on Radio Northampton this morning and spoke about the threat posed by large developers to small communities like ours.

bbcThe clip is at 2.25.09.

Planning applications

poundfield The appeal for 65 houses on Poundfield Road (APP/Z2830/A/14/2224285) was heard this week at the District Council offices in Towcester. Arguments revolved around whether or not SNC can demonstrate that they have a robust five-year land supply, but local knowledge was also important. Representatives from the parish council unveiled ‘new evidence’ in the form of the revised bus timetable, which sent legal counsel into a temporary spin.

The inspector’s judgement is expected in about a month.

News of the Gladman planning application for 195 houses off Sanders Lane has been in the local news. The Buckingham Advertiser carried the story, as did the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.