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Dust in the Parish caused by Segro works

The Parish Council has  received a response from Gavin Smith

Senior Environmental Health Officer Environmental Protection Team (Northampton Area)Regulatory Services regarding an email the PC sent complaining about the amount of dust coming from the Segro works.

Email below:

Further to your e-mail to Denis, I can advise that a site meeting took place with the Project Manager for Winvic and some of their Environmental Team yesterday afternoon regarding recent dust episodes affecting Collingtree and some of the surround villages the other side of the M1.

My main understanding for recent dust episodes near Collingtree over the last three weeks are relating to the formation of the earth bunds running parallel with the M1 for the extent of development site, which are designed to reduce noise impact from both the construction and operational phase (as well as dust during groundworks/ construction).

The meeting was constructive and we informative discussion about potential measures that can be implemented going forward.

Before Winvic’s Environmental Manager puts together a formal response covering issues discussed at the meeting they have requested (if possible) details of the number of dust complaints made by residents to the Parish Council (dates and times), post codes and the nature of the complaint (e.g. how the dust was materially affecting the use and enjoyment of the complainants properties etc). This will help them collate a response.

One concern we did have is the lack of Community Engagement and Winvic have stated that a site meeting could be held with the Parish Council and representatives from Environmental Health in the not so distant future, if the Parish Council would like this to happen.

I hope to hear from you soon with further details on the number of complaints (if complainants are willing to share with me any photos/ video evidence of dust with Environmental Health and specify dates and times that would also be useful).

Kind regards

Gavin Smith

Senior Environmental Health Officer

Environmental Protection Team (Northampton Area)

Regulatory Services

If anyone has any evidence they can email please email him at and also copy in the Parish Council at so we are kept in the loop.

The Queens Jubille - Celebrations Sunday 5th June

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when she was 25 years old.

To mark this exciting milestone, the Nation will come together over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen's 70 year reign.

The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The PC are looking into holding a fun day at the Collingtree Playing Field including holding a family picnic on the pitch, childrens games, afternoon tea for the overs 70's at the Village Hall, involvement from local companies such as the Wooden Walls and Jaspers Catering as well as Dawn to Dusk to name a few.

We would like to encourage residents to take part in "The Big Jubilee Lunch". Why not host your own street party over the bank holiday weekend, or as part of The Big Jubilee Lunch on 5th June.

Here is a useful link on how you can get involved.

If road closures are deemed necessary to hold your street party, you will need to apply for a road closure notice from West Northamptonshire Council. Please bear in mind that you should provide at least 6 weeks notice for this. For more information check out the advice on the West Northamptonshire Council website.

Collingtree Parish Council Community & Parish News


**Residents Suggestions Wanted**

The Parish Council have 15 tree saplings to plant around the parish to commemorate the Queens Jubilee.

Its is an urban pack of 5 Crab Apple, Rowan and Field Maple Trees. The pack is the ideal size for helping create more green spaces in an urban area, whether it’s in your garden or to share with neighbours and the wider community.

Do residents have any suggestions of where the saplings can be planted around the parish?

Would the school or church on like any from the Parish Council?

Please email your suggestions to the Clerk at



3 Parish Councillor Vacancies

Collingtree Parish Council has a number of vacancies for Parish Councilors at the moment and we would like to co-opt new members as soon as possible.

Parish Councilors are unpaid volunteers and are required to dedicate a couple of hours a week of their time to carry out their Parish Council duties, as well as attending the monthly PC meeting which is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

Anyone interested in applying or requesting further information should contact the Clerk in writing.

Please send your expression of interest via email to:



**Advance Warning - Jubilee Road Closure**

West Northants Council have granted permission for Milton Malsor Village to close part of the Collingtree Road for our Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday 5th June, 2022 between 12.00 noon and 6.00pm. The part of the road to be closed is from the Railway Bridge in Milton to Church Close in Milton, as the celebrations will be in the Play Area and Milton Football Club.

Therefore, there will be no access to Milton Malsor from Collingtree during this time, except for Emergency Vehicles.

I would be grateful if you would kindly inform Collingtree residents. Many thanks,

Keith Parker Hon. Sec. Milton Malsor Village Hall Committee



Crime Prevention Event Saturday 19th March from 11am - 1pm

Our local Neighbouring Police Team will be holding a Crime Prevention Event on "Saturday 19th March from 11am - 1pm" which is being held at the Collingtree Sports Pavilion at the Playing Field, Collingtree Village.

It will be an opportunity for residents to meet their local PCSO & PC's, lots of crime prevention information and advice. Talk about any concerns or issues in the area, we will also be inviting fire along too who will be able to provide fire safety advice.

Please come along and support the event!

Please spread the word.



Damaged Street Lighting Column outside of 24 Spinney Drive - Request for information

One of the Parish Councils Street Lighting Columns has been damaged and had to be made safe by Balfour Beatty on Monday. Despite our best efforts we haven't been able to establish who was responsible for the damage.

We are aware that a number of workmen and vans have been in Spinney Drive recently and wonder if a workman has reversed into the column.

Does anyone know what happened? Could you please contact the clerk at with any information you may have.

We are currently holding off contacting our insurers as we don't have all the information we need to hand.

Thanking you in advance.

Collingtree Parish Council


Saturday 23rd October 2021 - The new Sports Pavilion Opening Event

Some photos from Saturday's Sports Pavilion opening event.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone that attended the opening event. It was lovely to see so many people there and we thank you all for your support.

Special thanks go to so many individuals and organisations that have supported and donated to our project.

Central Foods for donating the £2500 towards the costs of refurbishing the building and for providing the snacks on the opening day. Chris Baker of Design 4 Retail for organising the kind donation of the bar stools and tables from their client BAT UK. Local residents Mark Underwood Grant Jones, Tony Entwistle, Rob Flight, Owen Coop, Penny Steel, and Gavin Glk Kelly who were all heavily involved at the start of the project and which included fund raising and securing grant funding from the Sports Lottery and from the Northampton Community Foundation. We really couldn't have done this without them!

Further thanks are given to Tony Entwistle, Matthew Gilkes, and Fed3 Management for project managing the build. They were amazing and delivered our package despite a few hiccups along the way.

To Sian Wong for creating our Opening Event Poster.

Lastly thanks to all those that supported our opening day, these include Cynthia Spence, South Northants Community Responders, Northants Police, Collingtree Cricket, Collingtree Tennis, GLk Soccer, Fiona who provided her lovely Caribbean food and Northants own super lightweight Ethan James. Thanks to anyone else that has been involved in the process and to anyone else that I may have forgotten to mention above.

Please find a link to help you find your local register office.

Registry Offices - Find Your Local Register Office (



Announcement from the Ability Bus Service - Recommencement of the bus service 


Hi All,

Hope you have been able to keep safe during these strange times?

We would like to give you prior notice that we are restarting the ABILITY Community Bus from 7th July 2020 and will adapt the service according to demand, we also hire out to groups should a group wish to go anywhere.

Clearly many people will be concerned about the risks of travelling and we have conducted a risk review to ensure passenger safety. The review has reduced the vehicle capacity so dependent on demand we are prepared to operate more services on each day to maintain social distance between passengers. As you will recall all passengers pre-book so we are able to track and trace each passenger on each journey. We have created a ten step plan for our passengers to understand the changes we must introduce. We will be writing to all passengers by the end of the week to let them know what is happening. During the lockdown we have kept in touch and had some wonderful messages of support with people looking forward to getting out again 

As it is mandatory that all passengers wear a face covering we wondered if anyone locally could produce some face coverings for us to give to the passengers. We have bought some disposable masks for the drivers and have some available if passengers have not got one. We have had a screen fitted to protect the driver in the minibus and have reduced the number of passengers on each journey amongst other measures to protect everyone as much as possible.

Please find attached a newsletter which has been distributed to all customers who are registered with us, but if you would like to use some of the editorial for your own Newsletter it will inform people who are not registered, as we would really appreciate your help in reaching people in your area and would be happy to attend any local events/coffee mornings, W.I. etc.

Please do take a note our new telephone number 01327 604123 and if you have any questions please do let us know. 

Kind regards



Lynn Hinch


ABILITY (Northants) cic

Please click below to download the latest ability news documents

The ability Covid 19 response document

Ability Newsletter

Restarting the service July 



** Please note the Play Area still remains Closed"

Please be aware, The Parish Council has not made an announcement that the Play Area was re-opened after all the new play equipment was installed due to the Covid 19 outbreak.

This status is to officially announce the play area is currently a no go area and is closed to all.

The decision to close the play area temporarily is based on the latest guidance from the Government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to protect the health and well being of all our parishioners and their children.

The play area remains closed until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation at this time.



Click here for the link  to the House of Commons proposed Coronavirus bill for the self employed.

Click here for the link on Current advice given by the Prime Minister and the NHS guidelines.



Covid19 Community Volunteers

Everyone in Collingtree Parish and Collingtree Park should now have received a leaflet from a Community Volunteer

offering help to those that are isolated or elderly needing assistance during the Coronavirus isolation.


ALL ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL MAY 2021 - Due to Coronavirus measures.

March 2020


March 2020

** Play Area Refurbishment Announcement **

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the Play Area is being refurbished and new play equipment is being installed next week.

We are excited to announce the new play equipment will also include a zip wire.

As of Monday 9th March 2020 for a week or two the Play Area is a no go area to everyone whilst works take place.

We will announce nearer the time when the play area is being reopened. We hope you will all bring your children down to the play area and continue to use it often.

The Parish Council would like to thank Mick George (Community Grant Fund) and Councillor Jonathan Nunn from NBC who have both provided substantial grants to the project and also to residents that have supported fund raising events held at the Wooden Walls Pub for this refurbishment project.

Also special thanks to Parish Councillor Penny Steel for all her hard work managing this project.


June 2019

Update on the Community Bus Service

Fantastic News for Collingtree residents, after months of no public transport in the Northants village of Collingtree near Northampton, a local social enterprise has come up with a solution to help the residents and employees who do not have not had a bus service.

ABILITY Community Transport have over a period of months been working with the members of the Collingtree Parish Council and residents to bring back a bus service to the village. The new service will commence on mid June. Call 07799 522097 for more details.

Collingtree Service

The solution is to commence a once a week service every Tuesday to allow people to get to Northampton for shopping, health or leisure purposes. It will pick up passengers from agreed pickup points close to  Watering Lane, High St, Ash Lane and Spinney Drive and will allow a couple of hours in Town (dropping off at TESCO, ALDI, Market Square) before returning to Collingtree.

Depart 10:30 arrive Town Centre 11:00                   Return 13:15 departure arriving back by 13:45

This type of service has been extremely successful in other parts of the county and following funding from South Northants Council, a pilot scheme commenced in January for the Hackleton parish which covers Horton, Hackleton and Piddington.

Click here to read the press release


May 2019

Police Speed Monitoring on Ash Lane Results

Speed Monitoring on Ash Lane took place between 15 May 2019 and 22 May 2019.

In that time:

12586 vehicles were surveyed.

1034 (8%) exceeded 30mph

246 (2%) exceeded the National Police Chiefs Council Threshold of 35mph.

The average vehicle speed was 25mph.

For Consideration of enforcement activity the Police measure the average for 85% of vehicles, this was 29mph.


May 2019

The Parish Council working alongside Ability Transport to offer Collingtree Residents a Community Bus Service

A proposed New Bus Service for Collingtree is Fantastic News for Collingtree residents, after months of no public transport in the village of Collingtree near Northampton, a local social enterprise has come up with a solution to help the residents. ABILITY Community Transport have over a period of months been working with the members of the Collingtree Parish Council and residents to bring back a bus service to the village.

Please find a links attached to a

Press release, Registration form (if you are interested in subscribing to the scheme) and an Excursion booking form.

Please note the registration form must be completed before someone will be able to travel. You can also register online or over the phone.

Ability transport hope to attend local events to help promote the scheme and hand out flyers.

Please note: Ability Transport are also looking for volunteer drivers to join them.


May 18th 2019

Two New Britannia Bus Services to commence in July 2019 

Please find attached a link regarding two new bus services Britannia Bus will be commencing in July 2019. The numbers 86 and 90 Deanshanger. Both services will run one day a week and will go via Collingtree.


March 2019

Community Defibrillator Training Session

March 27th 2019 at 6.30pm at the Village Hall.

The Parish Council have organised for the South Northants Community Responders Team to provide an hours training on the Parish Defibrillator before our next Parish Council Meeting. The training will take place on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 6.30pm.

All are welcome.

February 2019

Recreation Ground Play Area

Collingtree Parish Council are considering upgrading and improving the play area at the recreation ground and would like to consult with the local community to gain a wider perspective on a number of points.

We have listed below a number of questions, together with room for further comment, and would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing this questionaire.  We would be grateful if responses could be returned by 25th March and placed in the Parish Council post box held in the phone box on the High Street,  alternatively responses can be emailed to the Parish Clerk at The questionaire can also be downloaded here.


Local School Girl Poppy Wright raises funds to help towards the costs to purchase a Community Defibrillator

Poppy Wright a local school child and Collingtree resident attended the meeting to present a cheque for £430 to the Parish Council. The Parish Council Chairman Mark Underwood received the cheque on the PC’s behalf.

Poppy was recently unwell which resulted in visit from the paramedics. During their visit Poppy had a discussion with the paramedics about the benefits of community defibrillators and how they saved lives. This discussion sparked an interest in Poppy to fund raise to raise monies towards the costs of a Parish Defribrillator.

Poppys fund raising consisted of the making and selling of home made slime, baking cakes to be sold as refreshments at school events and organising a mufti day at school. Huge thanks are given to Collingtree Primary School for their support in allowing Poppy to fund raise at the school. A village defibrillator was recently purchased by Collingtree Parish Council and is fixed to the side wall of the Village Hall. Thanks are also given to the PCC for allowing the installation of the defribillator on their wall.

Special thanks are also given to Poppy for her hard work and fund raising efforts. Well Done Poppy!


Design Plan for a proposed Collingtree Traffic Calming Scheme

Residents in Ash Lane will be receiving a letter from the Parish Council in August detailing a design plan received from Northampton Highways for a proposed traffic calming scheme. Please email the Parish Clerk at with any comments you may have.

Copy Letter  Copy of Design Plan