As most residents will know, work to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Ashton has been under way for a while. The task has been undertaken by a Steering Group comprising a number of residents, including Jeremy Roychoudhury as the Parish Council's representative. However, following recent advice from South Northants Council, the body that oversees the neighbourhood planning process and who will have to approve the Plan, the Parish Council is required to put the Steering Group on a more formal basis; failure to do so now would almost certainly result in the draft Plan ultimately being rejected by SNC as a result of a failure to follow the laid down legal procedures.
At its meeting on 14 September, the Council resolved to establish a Neighbourhood Planning Committee and adopted Terms of Reference for the Committee that cover membership, the conduct of meetings and importantly, the production and publishing of proceedings in the form of Minutes. The first meeting of the Committee will be held on Wed 19 October at the Primary School, commencing at 7.15pm; as with Parish Council Meetings, an Agenda will be publicised on the Neighbourhood Planning page of this website and on village Notice Boards; as with Parish Council Minutes, the Minutes of the NHP Committee will be published just on this website.
Further information about this first meeting is available from Jeremy Roychoudhury or John Marshall, Clerk to the Council; contact details for both are to be found elsewhere on this site.
12th October 2016 at 7.15pm
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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.