Community Speed Watch

The Council is once again asking for volunteers to be trained to help with Community Speed Watch (CSW). As reported in previous issues, CSW uses the combined efforts of the Safer Community Teams, Parish Councils, the County Council and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). Volunteers are trained to use hand held speed cameras to monitor the speed of traffic through their village and the information obtained is passed on to the Police. Letters are then sent to the owners of the speeding vehicles, warning that repeat offenders could face prosecution and three CSW detections will lead to a visit by Northamptonshire Traffic Police. Great Addington has use of the speed device and associated equipment on alternative three weeks from Saturday 6th August to Saturday 17th September 2016 and will be paired with Burton Latimer. Training sessions for new volunteers will be held at Caroline Chisolm School Wooldale Road, Northampton NN4 6TP on Saturday mornings on 7th May, 18th June and 30th July 2016 9.00 am to noon. The Council would like to thank everyone for their support of CSW, especially the volunteers.

‘Clean for the Queen’ – Operation Spring Clean 2016

As reported last month, the Council is once again asking for help with Operation Spring Clean and this year it will be held on Wednesday 13th April 2016 from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 pm. The theme will be ‘Clean for the Queen’ which is a national project being organised by a coalition of anti-litter campaign groups, such as Keep Britain Tidy, to prepare for the Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday later this year. The project website says “When [Queen Elizabeth] came to the throne litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. What better way could we show our gratitude to Her Majesty than to clean up our country?”

‘Clean for the Queen’ – Operation Spring Clean 2016 will be based at The Hare and Hounds and there will be a buffet for the volunteers afterwards. All essential equipment will be provided and so please come along to The Hare and Hounds carpark at 6:00 pm. on Wednesday 13th April 2016 to offer your support for this worthwhile event.

Annual Parish Meeting (of electors)

As reported last month, the Annual Parish Meeting (of electors) will be held in the Memorial Hall, Great Addington on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 7:30 pm. This is different from the monthly meetings because electors in the Parish have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments throughout the evening. Please come along and let your Council know what you want for Great Addington. If you would like more information about the Annual Parish Meeting and/or to send suggestions for discussion, please contact the Clerk.

Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Council will be held in the Memorial Hall, Great Addington on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 7:45 pm. and the agenda will be available (on the website and the notice board) three clear days before this date. Please note that members of the public have the right to attend any meeting of the Council.

Clerk’s contact details

Please write to the Clerk at 10 Rushwell Close, Great Addington, Kettering NN14 4BP, call 01536 330858, send an e-mail to or visit the website

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Helen Hoier, Clerk

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