Great Easton Parish Council – Councillor Vacancy – Parish Council Vacancy
Access to the Countryside and the Countryside Code
The Parish Council has been looking at how we might gain more access to the lovely countryside in our Parish, in addition to the public footpaths and permissive path up behind Great Easton Church provided by the Johnson family and Nevill Holt estate. Last year, all the landowners were approached to see if they would re-open more of the “permissive” paths that used to be in place when the stewardship scheme was in existence. This scheme paid landowners to provide access along “permissive” paths. We looked to offer payment along the lines of the scheme and yet without exception, all the landowners and managers of the land declined. In every case, they turned us down, citing a growing number of incidents where they have people trespassing, not controlling dogs and in some cases even being offensive and aggressive.
Not wishing to give up, we have decided that this may result from some misunderstanding. The countryside code is no longer quite as prominent as it used to be. To help people understand the code and perhaps get to the point where landowners and farmers no longer have negative experiences, we will be putting up some notices that explain the countryside code.
We also ask that everyone helps in this and plays their part, both in their own behaviour, but also in making sure others do the same. The law allows us access along paths and Bridleways, but not to roam off these. Anyone who leaves the pathway or bridleway or allows their dog to do so, is in fact, trespassing. In addition, the new open country and common land rights require that dogs are kept on a short lead between 1st March and 31st July and all year round when near farm animals. It should also be noted that if anyone enters an un cultivated wild area, with or without a dog, wildlife will be disturbed.
Conscious that people do want their dogs to have a run, we also looked to see if we could rent a field for this purpose. Again, despite the offer of payment, we have been turned down, but we will continue to try to find one. Please do your bit to help.
VAS ANALYSIS UPDATE –
Following the approval of the Neighbourhood Plan the Parish Council invested in a movable speed sign to be placed at the 3 entrances to the village on poles supplied by Leicestershire County Council.
To assess the most appropriate locations for the sign to have the most impact, data has been collected from each location. It has been found that the highest volume of traffic enters the village along the Caldecott Road with around 10% over the speed limit and a maximum recorded speed of 55mph. The volume of traffic entering the village from Bringhurst along Barnsdale produced the next highest count with around 17% over the speed limit and a maximum speed recorded at 65mph.
As expected, traffic up and down High Street is much lighter and only recorded around 0.5% of drivers over the speed limit (maximum 50mph). Traffic leaving the village along Barnsdale recorded around 7% over the speed limit (maximum 55mph).
It should be noted that the records of highest speeds are outlying data and were recorded during quiet times.
Average daily statistics gathered over a period of one month
|Traffic Volume (average per day)
|% of drivers over the speed limit
|Highest speed recorded
|Caldecott Road inbound traffic
|Barnsdale inbound traffic
|Barnsdale outbound traffic
|High Street (both ways)
Therefore the most effective use of the speed sign as a traffic calming measure is warning the inbound traffic from Bringhurst followed by inbound traffic along Caldecott Road.
Data will continue to be routinely gathered and assessed to look at trends later this year.
The Great Easton Recreation Ground Adult Fitness Equipment, Zip Wire and Covered Area
The preparation of the Great Easton Village Neighbourhood Plan included canvassing residents on facilities that they would like to see provided in the village. Amongst the most popular requests was the provision of adult outdoor exercise equipment for Clarke’s Piece Recreation Ground and high on the list for younger residents was a zip wire and covered meeting area. As this is a natural development of the existing facilities at the recreation ground, the Parish Council set about investigating how best to meet these objectives from the Neighbourhood Plan. A sub-committee was formed in February 2021 with Bob Wilson, Paul Brittain, Teresa Chapman, Bob Mitchell and Charlie Jefferson (as chair of the Recreation Ground Committee). The reports of this sub-committee have been reported in Parish Council minutes.
The group had 2 principal tasks; to research existing facilities in nearby villages to look at the most suitable equipment and suppliers for Great Easton; and to find a funding route that would provide a grant to buy the facilities. As part of the research into existing facilities, Teresa and Bob consulted with fellow residents of all ages on what they would want to see and use and spoke to the people responsible for managing the neighbouring facilities to find out what worked best and what to avoid. This research culminated in the following facilities being chosen:
1 Double sit up bench
1 Combi pull DOWN challenger and power push
1 Double leg press/ squat push
1 Ski Stepper or Sky Stepper
1 Surfer/ air skier/ double slalom skier
1 Spinning bike
- Rusland seat
1 Zip wire run with launch platform of 25-30m length using an area no more than 3m wide.
1 Covered seating area installed on a suitable base that will protect the ground from wear and tear.
To pay for the facilities the sub-committee applied to the FCC Communities Fund for a grant. In 2010, known then as WREN, the same charity helped fund the original play equipment at Clarke’s Piece and it made sense to take this route as a natural enhancement to the recreation ground facilities. The application was submitted in June 2021, and we were informed that it had been successful this September. The terms of the grant required match funding from the Parish Council of 11% of the project cost and this was approved by the Parish Council prior to the application.
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
- Fruit Juice cartons (UHT)
- Instant coffee
- Instant mashed potato
- Tinned items – sponge pudding, rice pudding, meat or fish, fruit
Needed Items –
- Pasta Sauces
- Biscuits/ Snack bar