Bugbrooke Parish Council
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Bugbrooke Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make Bugbrooke a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.        

COVID-19 UPDATE

In line with the recent government advice, the Parish Council is changing how we work in response to the COVID-19 virus. We are closing the office to all visitors; but can we can still be contacted at the office on 01604 832838 or by email at bugbrookepc@btconnect.com. We will respond to your messages as soon as possible.

It has been wonderful to see the community spirit of the Bugbrooke residents spring into action in response to the current situation. We have seen a Facebook page set up to co-ordinate a volunteer network to support the elderly and vulnerable in the village that may need extra support at this time. We would like to thank all involved with this amazing initiative, that has been set up by the good people of Bugbrooke. We also know that the food distribution scheme is still running and is available to all who need it.

Further information about COVID -19 and what to do can be found on the following website:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#contents 

Please keep looking after each other and yourself by following the official advice and of course keep washing your hands!
  


  




Covid-19 Update from Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly

“Police forces in the UK have a relationship with the public that is the envy of the world and we would always rather work with the public than against them.”

These are the words of a senior police officer at Northamptonshire Police as no COVID-19-related fines were issued by police officers across the county over the weekend period.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the public in Northamptonshire who have sent a clear message over the weekend that they want to save lives and work with us and the government by staying at home.

“We police by consent in this country and we have a relationship with the public in the UK that truly is the envy of the world. We engage, we listen, and we educate, and we would always rather work with the public than against them.

“We have been given powers that in all honesty, we would not normally wish to have. However, extraordinary times often call for extraordinary measures.

“That being said, we want to ensure that we continue to hold respect at the heart of everything we do and that a dialogue between the police and our communities continues to exist.

“Where our police officers and PCSOs have come across people outside over the weekend period, they’ve been able to educate them on why it’s so important to follow the government’s guidance to stay home, save lives and protect our NHS.

“Make no mistake, we will use enforcement and issue fines if we have to, but at the moment, our communities in Northamptonshire have been fantastic in their resilience to respond to such an unprecedented situation. Though there will always be people who will break the rules, and we will deal with them, it’s heart-warming to know that the majority support us.”

To enforce social distancing, people in Northamptonshire are being asked to stay at home and only go outside if they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. These include shopping for necessary food, household and medical supplies, travelling to and from work where working from home is not an option, and daily exercise that adheres to social distancing guidance. Full details of the measures are available: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Northamptonshire Police can issue penalty notices of £30, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days, where they have reason to believe there has been an offence under the regulations. These penalties are doubled for each repeat offence up to a £960 cap, with no reduction for early payment. Due to the exceptional nature of these powers, the regulations will be reviewed at least every 21 days to ensure they are still necessary.

  
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Bugbrooke's PCSO Matt Taylor has a twitter feed where he regulary puts updates which can be seen here or you can follow him on Twitter @pcsomatthew.

Please remember to use 999 to report a crime in progress or an EMERGENCY.

Non urgent matters can be reported to the control room on 101, or on alternatively on the website www.northants.police.uk.
  
Good Neighbour Scheme
Would you like to set up a scheme that could benefit people in Bugbrooke?
  
Good Neighbour Schemes (GNS) are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.
The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems. Once the scheme is set up, residents who need some help call the designated number to request help. This help might be for some like changing the batteries in their smoke alarm or they may need to get to a hospital appointment or need their dog walked while they recover from an operation. The co-ordinator would then link them with a volunteer on the system. If you think you would like to set up a scheme like this in Bugbrooke please contact: Rebecca.breakwell@northantsacre.org.uk or bugbrookepc@btconnect.com for more information.
  
Community Speed Watch
Every year volunteers in the village take part in speed watch - this initiative is very important and it has helped demonstrate when traffic calming measures are necessary. It also makes people realise what speed they are actually driving at through the village!

There is a short training course for new volunteers. Following the training, if you would be willing to give a few hours of your time spread over 6 weeks please contact the Parish Council by sending us a message or email:

bugbrookepc@btconnect.com. Thank you in advance for your support.
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Do you know there is an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Bugbrooke?

Sign up using the link below.

If there is enough interest the Parish Council will look to source signs to show that we live in a Neignbourhood Watch village.



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