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Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:04 by Sue Butler
Since our last update, the report we told you about has been received from the contractor WRS including a risk assessment by UXO specialist MACC (with reference to the explosive items that have been found on the site). This Report states that with the current measures, that is the fencing, signage and security guard, the site is safe. This, of course, assumes that the public are not ignoring these measures.
The report has also discussed the three options for a long term solution. These options have various pros and cons which include cost and will be discussed at a further Extraordinary Meeting scheduled for this coming Wednesday. More »
In the short term concerns about the ongoing cost of the current measures, both within the Parish Council and raised by members of the public, has resulted in an agreement to take back control of the site. This will reduce the weekly cost by some 75% for the village. This means that, as from Monday 5pm this week, the 24 hour security and fencing will be contracted directly to the Parish.
Public Liability insurance for the fenced off area only is under review with the underwriters of our policy due to the changed circumstances. This means that the fenced off area only will be uninsured for a short period. The Daventry District Council have provided us with a letter confirming that, from a regulatory perspective, the Parish Council are conforming to the right level of safety measures. Both this letter and the assessment report will be shared with the Insurers and will hopefully satisfy the underwriters.
With regards to liability, at this time and despite the evidence, the MOD are unwilling to accept accountability for this situation and the financial burden continues to lie with us, the village residents. Both Daventry District Council and Chris Heaton-Harris, our local MP, have been facilitating this process with the MOD. Progress has been slow. This makes decision-making by the Parish Council, who as you know are just voluntary residents, very difficult. Legal and Financial advice is being sought but, as you will appreciate, both of these options can be expensive and at this stage we need to assume that this will be all at our (Weedon Bec village) cost.
This is a really frustrating time for us all, and we continue to ask for your patience and support. A number of people have been putting in significant effort to progress this situation.
On a related note, last week the police had to be called in as a group of about 10 teenagers were being racially abusive to the security guard and kicking the safety fencing. We have also had an incident of a child climbing over the safety fencing to get into the site to reclaim a ball. Please, please can you encourage people to support the need to keep this site clear and safe and to allow the security guards to do their job. We will support the police in any further action they feel necessary.
This update will be posted over the next day or so on our Noticeboards and paper copies available at public locations as well as on this FaceBook site and on the Parish Council website. Can you please share this information with those who may not have access to these channels.Thank you » Less
Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:49 by Sue Butler
Bridge Street was re-opened on Fri 5th August.
Discussion is ongoing with Daventry District Council and the MoD in respect of what happens next. Since our last update the Council, working under guidance of the Contractor, have agreed to re open the road. As no work can currently be undertaken, the site has been rearranged which has enabled the road to be made safely accessible again.
The Mound is still fenced off and continues to have 24/7 security which is based in the cabin on the verge at the top of the Mound. The safety of all in the village remains the highest priority. You can be assured that this position is being reassessed frequently.
All previous statements regarding safety measures and monitoring of site still stand.
As soon as we receive any further news or directive from either Daventry District Council or the MoD we will, of course, let you know. We would ask for your continued patience and understanding until we can find the right way forward for the benefit of the residents of Weedon.
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 06:30 by Sue Butler
Daventry District Council will be carrying out a focussed district-wide 6 week dog poop spraying campaign in September 2016, to raise the profile of the campaign with residents, and to enable us to gather data to allow us to analyse its effectiveness.
I have sent information to the nominated residents who have taken part in the spraying initiative previously, to see if they would like to take part in this campaign. More »
Spraying initiative involves spraying high visibility, brightly-coloured biodegradable paint on dog mess, to highlight the extent of fouling and shocking irresponsible owners into clearing up after their pets.
We will be producing publicity materials to accompany the campaign so that people understand what it is all about. These will be promoted on our website, through press releases and on social media.
Once again they will be asked to identify a discrete area of need for spraying and to be willing to carry out the spraying and keep details of the extent of fouling in this area over a 6 week period, starting on 5th September 2016. During the week before the campaign we will provide a free canister of high visibility, biodegradable spray, as well as instructions on when, where and how often to spray. We will also send out some promotional materials to publicise the campaign in your locality. We will ask for feedback, which will be used to judge the effectiveness of the initiative in deterring dog fouling.
Please email or call Sally Johnson if you would like any more information regarding this campaign – contact details below.