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Traffic Management of the new A43

Geddington.net is always pleased to get ‘Comments’ about any of its postings – please keep them coming!

However, the new A43/Corby Link Road/Geddington By-pass postings have had more than their fair share of ‘Comments’, in fact we’ve almost had more for the new road postings, than all the other postings put together!

The concern in the ‘Comments’ centred on the amount of traffic still coming through the village, and what can be done to divert it onto the new road.

In our query to Cllr Jim Harker on this subject, he responded with the following:

“The County Council Highways department is looking at a number of options including road signage and road markings, and asking local haulage companies to encourage their drivers to use the link road.”

Comment from the Editor:
For those people expecting to see a massive and instant decrease in traffic, it has been a disappointing time. We can only hope that the options decided upon by the County Council Highways make a difference, and soon.

On a different note, it would be very interesting to see the results of traffic surveys in 3 month’s and 6 month’s time, and compare with them with the A43 Action Group’s survey results from the 1990s.

 

 

Flood Awareness Road Show

Northamptonshire County Council
is holding a

Flood Awareness Road Show

on Wednesday 25th June from 2.45 – 4.45pm
at Geddington Village Hall

 The NCC’s Floods & Water Department as well as the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign, are keen to highlight awareness of flood risk and what they can do to help the residents of Geddington.

The Fire & Rescue vehicle, which will contain the exhibition, will have:

Flood maps
Information on how to manage a local flood and
Free equipment to help manage the flood risk in Geddington
– and with Geddington’s history of floods, something, surely, to grasp with open hands!

It may seem odd to have this type of Show in the summertime, but as the Chief Executive of the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign and Chair of The Flood Protection Association, Mary Dhonau OBE, says, “Floods can happen anytime and anywhere. Having been flooded myself, I know only too well what an appalling experience it is. To watch as everything you have worked hard for is thrown into a skip is hard enough, but to lose precious sentimental items, is completely devastating. It is a little known fact that over half of the flood insurance claims from the floods of 2012, were from surface water flooding. Geddington is at risk of being flooded in this way and I’m sure many of you will remember past floods.”

(This can be born out by the residents of Bright Trees Road, for instance, as they couldn’t be farther away from the river in Geddington, if they tried and there were floods there in the 1990s,which resulted in the berm behind the houses on the north side.)

Mary continues: “So how would Geddington cope in an emergency? Does Geddington have the resources to hand to be able to act quickly? Would the drainage system of ditches, drains and watercourses in Geddington cope if we received month’s worth of rain in one day like in 1998?”

Mary is employed by the NCC to help promote the ‘Community Pathfinder Project’, Northamptonshire being only one of 13 other places in the country to have been selected by DEFRA for funding to deliver this project. This funding will provide Geddington with a community flood store, a rain gauge with associated warning system and the results of a community flood assessment.

Mary finishes with: “There’s much more, so do come, we’ll talk to you individually as well as a community – we look forward to seeing you there!”

For further information visit: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/envron/flood/pages/default.aspx

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How can you make a Difference?

How can you make a Difference?

By becoming an Organ Donor, that’s how!

Jeanette Humphries, Chair of Geddington’s Women’s Institute, asked geddington.net if it would spare some web space to promote community awareness of this life-saving procedure.

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In 1974, the National Committee of the Women ‘s Institute called for the creation of an organ donor register, which was finally set up in 1994. But twenty years on, there is still a shortage of organs and, as a result, 3 people die every day waiting for a transplant.

The Resolution before the W.I.’s National Annual Meeting later this month, calls on every member of the W.I. “to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities, to do likewise.”

Following the announcement of this Resolution earlier this year, each W.I. Group then had to discuss it and let the National Meeting know its result. Read more →

Highways & Byways – yet more

Surface Dressing

At the end of April, geddington.net was advised that surface dressing would shortly take place across the county.

Surface dressing, according to Northamptonshire Highways, “is a low-cost annual maintenance programme, where bitumen and chippings provide added protection to the road surface and is used to restore skidding resistance and seal the road against surface water.”

The programme has now reached the roads surrounding Geddington. The sign below is situated on the A4300, near the Weekley roundabout, but there are others, so be warned!

 

Surface dressing

 

We’re still open!

We’re still open and ready for business!

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These were the words from Trish and Pat, who run the Post Office and Teashop. Despite the partial closure, businesses and other venues are open and accessible and interested parties should not be put off by the, possibly, ambiguous signage.

Bridge Street signs

Bridge Street signs

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This is the second time in as many months that Queen Street has had to be closed to through traffic. In April, it was a gas main being installed and in May it’s a wall being rebuilt. (For more details on the whys and wherefores of the rebuilding of the wall, see our News post of 5 March – Tree Fellers at it again!)

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It should be made plain that Queen Street is only closed to THROUGH traffic and access to the Post Office, the Teashop, Askew’s Hairdressers, the Chapel, the Recreation Field, the Tennis Club, the Bowls Club, the Cricket ground and the Village Hall, are all accessible by vehicle via West Street and Bridge Street (and if you are a visitor to Geddington), either over the bridge or through the ford to Queen Street.

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Pedestrian access is still available for most residents, as can be seen in this image of a dog walker using the footway past the construction barriers.

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Usable footway

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Supporting framework

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However, given good weather, perhaps the work can be done in under the 10 weeks that’s advertised!

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Geddington By-pass opening – a new view

Geddington By-pass Opening

Yes, we know its official title is the Corby Link Road or, what will now be shown on new maps and satnavs, the A43, but for  ‘us residents’ it started off as the Geddington by-pass.  And we are so looking forward to less traffic, in particular the lack of heavy goods vehicles coming through the village on what is now the A4300.

Last Friday, we posted some pictures of the opening of the new by-pass taken from one of the bridges. At the end of the post we asked if you had any other pictures we could put on the website, particularly of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Well, we’ve managed to go one better than that. We have been very fortunate in being given some most unusual pictures taken, not only from the cavalcade, not only from the leader of the cavalcade, but from someone who was videoing from the sunroof of the leader of the cavalcade, the GVFB’s fire engine, the Queen Eleanor.

Many, many thanks to John Doran and the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade for all of the following images.

Geddington By-pass Open at last!

Northamptonshire Highways

On a cool but sunny day, the new A43 was opened this morning at 12 noon, with a ribbon cutting ceremony  by Mr Robert Goodwill MP.

In a speech by the Leader of the Northampton County Council, Jim Harker said “This was a much needed scheme and I’m delighted to be able to announce that we’re now ready to open it to the public. I see this scheme as essential to unlocking the development in Corby and the surrounding areas.” Following the cutting of the ribbon,  the cavalcade of  vehicles set off from Storefield Cottages Roundabout travelling north to the Stanion Roundabout, where they turned round and came back again, giving those of us on the two bridges a splendid view.

It's unlikely that you'll ever see this road so empty ever again!

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see this road so empty ever again!

A new view of the viaduct

A new view of the viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with many Geddington residents, Anglia TV News and the Evening Telegraph were also there to record the event, the Anglia photographer being particularly inventive with his viewing point.

The cavalcade included a Formula 1 car, a Formula E car, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari, a police car, ambulance and at least six coaches full of schoolchildren – what an adventure for them! – plus many others: the whole being lead by the GVFB Fire engine, the Queen Eleanor.

 

If you’ve clicked on any of the last 8 images and only got a small picture come up, click on it again to get a full size picture. To return to this post,  click on the ‘back’ arrow.

(Our reporter/photographer could only be in one place and chose one of the bridges. If you have images of the ribbon cutting ceremony, please email them to editor@geddington.net)

Ribbon cutting

Photo courtesy of Andrew Carter

 

Geddington Ford Closure

Northamptonshire Highways

have announced the following:

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The reason for the closure is to install an anti-flood defence in the form of a hump in the approach to the ford, which is designed to prevent water creeping up and flooding the gardens and houses of Bridge Street. The sets will be replaced and the tarmac will be renewed both sides of the ford.

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Geddington Bowls Club Open Day

Geddington & Newton Bowling Club

On Saturday 17th May Geddington Bowling Club held their club open day. The weather was set fine with hot sunshine in the afternoon. The Idea of the day was to throw the club open to anyone who would like to “have a go” at bowling. A steady stream of prospective bowlers came through the gates with up to 5 rinks being used at one time. If there is anyone out there who could not make it on the day and would like to try bowls please contact Barry Basford on 01536 392635 to arrange a mutually convenient day to come along.

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A big thank you must go to all the club members who helped with the event.

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From the interest shown during the day a Coaching programme has been developed for beginner bowlers:

Programme to start on Tuesday 27th May 2014

and then every Tuesday eveningfor the next 6 – 8 weeksBowls Club Open Day

Time 6.30pm prompt until 8.30pm

Cost for the complete program only £5.00

Dress casual but please make sure that you wear flat soled shoes to protect our green.

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Even if you didn’t attend the open day but you would like to learn to bowl please come along on the 27th. It is not necessary to attend all the evenings as many as you can would be good.

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Barry Basford

Head Coach

 

 

The Great Garage Sale

Another fine day!

“If you need to organise an event on a sunny day, get Jackie to do it!” said husband Gordon, slightly tongue-in cheek, because last year wasn’t quite so sunny, but this year the Great Garage Sale was held on the hottest weekend of the year so far.

It brought out the crowds – and that’s not just the stalls – the buying public started arriving at 8.30, even with a 10am official start! But it didn’t stop some canny stall holders from taking advantage of this opportunity.

At 10.30am, Jackie reported that she had sold more maps by then than last year.  The map pinpointed the position of nearly 60 stalls, but more had been added since the maps were printed, so there were about 90 stalls to be visited, with stalls in almost every street and road in the village.

Stallholder, Claire, said sales were steady and many others reported lots of interest.

 

Newcomers to the village, Nick and Janna of West Street, said their visit to the Garage Sale last year, solidified their decision to move to Geddington.  Nick said, “It was the obvious community spirit and general friendliness of the residents we’ve come into contact with, as well as this lovely house and garden of course, that firmed up our decision.”

Needless to say, with our narrow village streets, some of the parking would have been a traffic warden’s dream, had Geddington employed such a person.

 

Parking on Wood Street

Parking on Wood Street

As is usual, by early afternoon, the mad rush was over and on the whole, it was reckoned to be another successful village event, no, let’s call it a tradition, even if a modern one. So, well done Jackie, we’re looking forward to next year already!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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