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Parish Council Monthly Update

The defibrillator has now been ordered and will be installed as soon as the planning application is finalised due to the listed status of the phone box. An event will be held to explain how the defibrillator will be accessed and used.

Geoffrey Gilfillan from the Welland Project addressed the parish council meeting to ask for local community assistance in planting trees along and around the river to improve wild life and habitat. This welcome initiative follows a generous bequest from the family in memory of David Douche who was the Parish clerk for many years and a well liked and respected member of our community. Some 200 trees are expected to be available for the project and some landowners are already involved in the scheme.

The PC is looking for volunteers to form a working party to tackle odd – jobs around the village. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward to help maintain our lovely village environment please let the clerk, David Gibley have your details either by phone 01536 772159 or email


Due to a legal challenge regarding the process following the deletion of the footpath commit- ment HDC is conducting a second Consultation. The Village Referendum will now likely be in January 2018 and full details will be announced once the date is confirmed.

Village Flood Alleviation

The Parish Council has formed a small sub committee to further the work within the village concerning flood alleviation. Two reports have been complied by Mr Mike Yates and Mr Mel Christie, both of which provide interesting background, statistics and a range of possible flood alleviation measures for future consideration. Both reports have been forwarded to the Lead Local Flood Agency (LLFA) at Leicester County Council, together with a request from the Parish Council for a review of flood prevention measures within the village.

The reports mentioned above can be found on the links below.

Great Easton Flood Notes Report

Great Easton – Flood report


Food Bank – Village Donations to Local Foodbank

Within the village we are collecting food for the Trussell Foodbank in Corby. The collection will be ongoing throughout the year.

Everyone is invited to give generously from the list of items noted below:

Most Needed Items

  • UHT or powdered milk
  • Sugar
  • Fruit Juice cartons (UHT)
  • Instant coffee
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Tinned items – sponge pudding, rice pudding, meat or fish, fruit

Needed Items –

  • Pasta Sauces
  • Rice
  • Jam
  • Biscuits/ Snack bar
  • Teabags
  • Tinned Items – vegetables, tomatoes

Please deliver all donations to boxes which have been placed in both the church and the village hall, where the boxes will be emptied regularly.

Thank you very much for your support. This is a great chance for everyone within the village to get involved and help.


Great Easton – Permissive Footpath

The permissive footpath is now reopened, initially for the period to the 30th June and, subject to the proposed developments at Barnsdale and the Stables, eventually “in perpetuity”. This follows an agreement between the Neighbourhood Plan, the Parish Council, Raj Uppal and the current owners, Bybrook Builders. The formal agreement has been lodged with HDC, which will be updated at the end of the initial period. A copy of the agreement and further information can be found here.

The key points are that the footpath is for walkers and their dogs, during daylight hours, from the end of Gatehouse Lane along to the second gate. The recently erected high metal gate will be replaced with a further gate but at normal gate height. This walk will eventually form part of a circular walk leading back into the village above Barnsdale.

There is a current problem concerning vandalism and illegal use by motorcyclists. The cooperation of all is requested to help resolve this.