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As previously announced via the Ashton Village e-mail service, Northants County Council has mounted a public consultation over its budget proposals for the coming year April 2018 - March 2019.  

The draft budget proposes spending reductions that will be achieved through cuts in several significant services, not least of which is libraries and rural buses, once the current contract comes to an end.  Several residents have contacted the Council to object to the cuts.  

Please note that these cuts are neither proposed by nor under the control of the Parish Council, but please also be assured that we have responded formally to NCC as part of  the consultation, objecting to these proposals.  

The Parsh Council is working with our NCC Ward Cllr Allen Walker and SNC Ward Cllr John Budden as well as with neighbouring parishes to preserve the services, particularly the 33/33A bus service, that are vital to Ashton residents.  

Roxhill Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange

See the latest Newsletter about the proposed Rail Interchange here.

Our Clerk wrote this email as the PC’s response to the proposals.

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Ashton Parish Council South Northamptonshire

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-roads in Salcey Forest which forms the eastern corner of the parish. Ashton parish is approximately 3 miles at its longest, from Stoke Bottom lock to Salcey forest and covers some 1300 acres.

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.