West Hunsbury Parish Council

Serving the people of West Hunsbury

West Hunsbury Parish Council

Clerk: Mrs Fiona Young
32 Holdenby Road, Spratton
Northamptonshire NN6 8JD

Tel: 07729 608062

  • Lake in Ladybridge Park

  • Welcome to West Hunsbury

    Welcome to West Hunsbury

  • Green Lane, Hunsbury Hill Road

    Green Lane, Hunsbury Hill Road

  • Remembrance Display 2022

    Remembrance Display 2022

    Remembrance Display 2022

West Hunsbury Parish Council provides YOUR local services. We strive to make West Hunsbury a better place to live, work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and information for all. If you can't find what you want or would like to recommend any improvements to our website then please contact us

Our parish clerk, Fiona, is available on the contact details above, please note that our mobile phone is monitored between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday but as our Clerk works part time there is an answerphone available outside her usual working hours.

Transport Services

We understand that our residents are very concerned about the changes to the local bus service, there are a couple of alternative transport providers that maybe able to offer a solution to some. Please find below for links to their websites -

Door to Door Service | Voluntary Impact Northampton

Free Bus Services by Ability - ABILITY Northants cic (abilitycic.org.uk)

Warm Hubs

For more information on the cost of living crisis and where residents can go for help, please follow the link to our Warm Hubs page.

Latest News

Council announces free parking trial to support Northampton's Market

Throughout February 2023, visitors to Northampton's Market at its temporary home of Commercial St Car Park, will be eligible for one hour's free parking.

From Tuesday, 31 January stall holders at Northampton's Market will be trading at Commercial St Car Park, while the historic Market Square is redeveloped to make way for new stalls, new paving and an interactive water feature to name a few of the improvements. More »

Visitors who spend £5 or more at one market stall throughout February 2023 will be eligible for one hour's free car parking at Commercial St Car Park. All they will need to do is redeem a QR code from the stall holder, and scan this on the barrier upon exiting the car park.

If visitors choose to stay longer, the discount for one hour's car parking will be taken off the total amount.

Cllr Dan Lister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth, said: "While we carry out vital improvements to the historic Market Square, we welcome traders to Commercial St Car Park.

"As a prominent and accessible location in the town, this provides a really good opportunity for visitors to support traders. We will be encouraging this by offering one hour's free parking for anyone who spends £5 at one stall or more throughout February.

"We are hoping this will prove successful in supporting our market traders and will measure this to see how it influences shopper behaviour, as well as continuing to consider other ideas to attract customers."

People will be able to take a photograph of the QR code on their phone, this is then scanned at the pay station or exit and the one hour (£1) will be deducted from their stay. If they do not have a phone they will be given a paper QR Code (2D barcode) to scan instead.

To find out more about Northampton's market visit: www.westnorthants.gov.uk/business-and-licensing/markets » Less

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2023 15:43 by Fiona Young

Drug dealing near you?

Drug dealing near you?

Dear residents,

Would you know what the signs are that one of your neighbouring properties may be being used to sell drugs and possibly exploit a vulnerable person? Here are some signs to look out for.

  • If vulnerable people live close by and you notice more and more people suddenly living at their address, it could mean a drug dealer has taken over their home͘.
  • Are people coming and going at odd times of the day and night?
  • Are there strange smells coming from the property?
  • If the windows of the house are covered or have the curtains closed all the time.
  • Are cars pulling up to or near the house for a short period of time͘?
  • If someone appears to be living beyond their means and enjoying a lavish lifestyle, but aren't earning the means to finance it, they could be making money from drug dealing.
  • Drug dealing groups often target young vulnerable people to deliver their drugs and collect the cash. Look out for youngsters with large amounts of cash or lots of mobile phones - usually cheap pay-as-you-go types.

If you have any concerns or suspicions you can call 101 More »

You can also pass on information anonymously to the independent charityCrimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please if you suspect something maybe happening, let us know so we can act.

Thank you.

PCSO EARL - Northampton South West neighbourhood Policing team

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Posted: Thu, 26 Jan 2023 10:53 by Fiona Young

Update on parking charge proposals

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) will not currently be pursuing plans to introduce parking charges at Northampton's Racecourse for the time being after listening to the concerns raised by local residents.

And proposals to revise parking charges at Daventry and Brixworth country parks will also be reviewed so that further options and possible solutions can be explored.

The Council will also be engaging with town centre businesses over plans to revise parking charges in Northampton town centre and working with the Business Improvement District (BID) to explore options around the future structure of parking charges. More »

The proposals to review parking arrangements in Northampton town centre, the Racecourse and at Daventry and Brixworth country parks form part of WNC's draft budget proposals for 2023/24, as the authority seeks ways to address a significant funding gap whilst continuing to protect and deliver vital services. Public consultation is currently under way on the draft budget and residents are encouraged to give their views before its closes next week (Tuesday, 31 January).

Following their meeting last week (17 January), Cabinet members have since withdrawn their decision to proceed with the proposals until further work is carried out to evidence the issues involved and the Council arrived at the best range of solutions. At the meeting, members listened to concerns from residents that introducing fees at the Racecourse could exacerbate local parking problems.

As part of its draft budget for next year, WNC is also considering proposals to increase parking charges in Northampton town centre by the equivalent of around 10p an hour along with the possibility of removing the two-hour free period on Saturdays and introducing a Sunday charge. With public consultation on the budget already under way, there are also plans to engage with local business representatives to look at future options for these pricing structures.

Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Leader of West Northamptonshire Council, said: "With increasing demand for services and significant inflation, the challenge of addressing a £60million funding gap in our budget next year has meant making some extremely tough and potentially unpopular choices, such as looking at car parking fees, to raise the income we urgently need to avoid cutting other services so we can continue protect our society's most vulnerable. We really wouldn't be looking at this if we had alternatives and I totally understand the strength of feeling from local residents and businesses. I also can assure residents and businesses that we've made millions of pounds of savings and efficiencies within the council before considering increases in fees and charges, and that program of efficiencies continues.

"Concerns had been raised that the car park was not available to Racecourse users, as others were occupying the spaces, but residents living near the Racecourse expressed real concerns at last week's Cabinet meeting about the impact of introducing parking charges and we've taken them on board.

"Our plans for the country parks would harmonise fees between the two sites for visitors and also ensure we are investing in technology to improve the experience for motorists, but we have also tried to keep costs to minimum whilst ensuring Blue Badge holders can park for free, but we'll reconsider this once we have clarity over the Racecourse parking.

"We understand the concerns that local businesses are raising about the town centre parking proposals and will be working closely with the BID to explore what options there may be for structuring charges in a way to help alleviate these.

"We know how important it is for a revitalised town centre with thriving local businesses and we are working really hard with all our partners on delivering multi-million-pound regeneration plans to achieve this.

"I would also encourage anyone with strong views on these issues to ensure they have their say through our budget consultation which is running until 31 January; all feedback will be carefully considered as we shape the final proposals next month."

To find out more about WNC's draft budget proposals for 23/24 and to have your say, visit https://westnorthants.citizenspace.com/cet/budget-2023-24/ » Less

Posted: Tue, 24 Jan 2023 13:00 by Fiona Young