The financial plight of Northamptonshire County Council continues to make the news headlines; fortunately we do not have that problem in Ashton.
In the main, this is because we manage our finances prudently, taking care to live within our means and keep adequate reserves for unexpected spending demands. That said, most things go up in price, year on year, especially the unavoidable spending on things like electricity for street lights, insurance, mowing and grounds maintenance and yes, the Clerk's salary!
To maintain our financial position, the precept -
Whilst the leaflet that accompanies your Council Tax bill next month will probably show this as a 10% increase for Ashton, that does not mean that you will be paying 10% more, rather it reflects the fact that the building of more and bigger houses in Ashton means there are more people paying more money into the Council Tax pot, so we increase the precept demand to South Northants Council to make sure that we , the Council claim our share of that money on your behalf, to spend in and on Ashton.
I hope this makes sense; if not, please do get in touch.
14th February 2018 at 7.15pm:
13th February 2018 at 7.30pm
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Welcome to Ashton Parish Council
The small village of Ashton, seven miles south of Northampton lies approximately half way between Milton Keynes and Northampton. With 153 houses, and approximately 400 residents, Ashton remains still a small community compared with its larger surrounding village neighbours.
The lowest point in the parish of Ashton (235 feet) is at Bozenham Mill, a few yards from the border of Buckinghamshire and close to the banks of the river Tove. The highest is one of 426 feet, at the cross-
The earliest written records we have of the village come from the Domesday book where the village is described as Asce or Aceshille. The ash tree was held in veneration by the Saxons and there is little doubt that this was the origin of the name of the village. Our village history shows we seem to have had continuous habitation here since the Roman times and even earlier and has had links with Royalty (associated with the Grafton Estate) from Henry VIII through to Charles II.
Our quiet village is tucked between the trees and in the folds of the hills, is south west facing and usually quiet, other than when the London – Birmingham express train rushes through the village. The railway line on its embankment (north – south) cuts the village in two. The eastern and smaller part of the village known locally as ‘Little Ashton’.
Most of the residents work in the local towns and villages, with some commuting to London & Birmingham, though in recent years some are becoming ‘home based’ in the village. We have a thriving local primary School, Church and pub, the Old Crown Inn.