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Desborough is a rapidly expanding and changing town situated in Northamptonshire, with 8045 electors (1st February 2016). An additional 700 homes are planned to be provided over the next few years as identified in the Rothwell & Desborough Area Action Plan 2009 produced by Kettering Borough Council. Key sites within the town have also been identified by the Borough Council for regeneration as detailed in the Desborough Urban Design Framework 2004. In addition Desborough "Greenspace" is 22 hectares of land designated as a public open space.Desborough is one of the founding 12 members of the Charter of European Communities and through this has links with 26 other EU members. Through the Desborough and District Twinning Association the town is twinned with Neuville de Poitou in France and with Bievre in Belgium.

Desborough Town Plan Website

Desborough Town Council has committed, on behalf of the town, to the development of aNeighbourhood Plan for Desborough (known as Desborough Town Plan). This plan will help local people shape development within their community and establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the town.

Community Grant Scheme

Desborough Town Council has a small budget for the award of grants which are awarded to local groups annually in May and October.

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Road Closure A6 Bypass

Road Closure A6 Bypass

A6 road closure

Monday 20th February

Northamptonshire Highways have been working on the Desborough bypass section of the A6, in both directions, between junction 3 of A14 at Rothwell and B576 roundabout.

Following a routine inspection of the A6 crossing the River Ise on Wednesday 18 January, Northamptonshire Highways took immediate action and closed the bridge due to safety concerns. The inspection uncovered road foundation failures. Repairs to this section of road started on Monday 30 January and have required significant resource and excavations to replace the failing foundations. As repair works have been carried out we have continued investigative work along the closed section of the A6 bypass to ensure the rest of the carriageway and structures are up to standard. More »

Over the weekend this investigative work extended along the section between Braybrooke Road to the B576 where failings have been shown on the approaches to the rail bridge. The A6 runs over the rail line and we have identified foundation settlement issues which would pose a risk to roadusers if not repaired. This will require an extension to the current road closure and mean the A6 will remain fully closed from junction 3 of the A14 through to the B576 until at least the end of April.

These investigation and repair works will continue over the coming weeks. We are working with Network Rail as this work has an impact on both the rail line and the carriageway.

Whilst every effort is being made to open the A6 as quickly as possible our ongoing work has shown that the section of the A6 in Northamptonshire has foundation failings. As investigations continue there remains the possibility we will find further issues that could extend the timescale of the road closure.

A spokesperson at Northamptonshire County Council said: 'The works we are carrying out have shown the importance of our routine highway inspections. Without these the issues would not have been uncovered. By finding these early we are able to undertake the repairs to the foundations to ensure the road remains safe and prevent further deterioration. We apologise for the extended time period of the closure but we believe the best thing to do is to address all issues on the bypass under one road closure. This way we can be confident we will not need to revisit the location again.

We'd like to thank road users and local residents for their continued patience while we complete our essential work and reassure everyone that we'll be doing everything we can to complete this work as quickly and safely as possible '

The diversion can be viewed on roadworks.org. We are speaking with local hauliers and urging drivers to follow this diversion.

From the north travelling south on the A6 drivers are asked to –

• Divert onto the A427 towards Corby;

• Traffic will continue along the A427 exiting at the A6003 roundabout.

• Traffic will continue along the A6003 (Uppingham Road) to its termination at the A43 roundabout.

• Traffic must then access the A43 (Southbound towards Kettering) and continue to junction 7 where it will leave the A43 and join the A14 travelling westbound towards Desborough and Rothwell.

• Traffic will then exit on to the A14 at junction 3.

For more information please go to Info on A6

Follow us on Twitter for updates @nnhighways

Friday 17th February

Northamptonshire Highways has been working on the Desborough bypass section of the A6, in both directions, between junction 3 A14 at Rothwell and Braybrooke/Desborough road roundabout.

Following a routine inspection of the A6 crossing the River Ise, Northamptonshire Highways took immediate action and closed the bridge due to safety concerns on Wednesday 18 January. The inspection uncovered road foundation failures.

Repairs to this section of road started on Monday 30 January and has required significant resource and excavations to replace the failing foundations.

As repair works have been carried out we have continued investigative work along the closed section of the A6 bypass to ensure the rest of the carriageway is up to standard.

This weekend we will be temporarily extending the closure to include the section of the A6 between Braybrooke Road and the B576. This will allow us to continue with these precautionary investigations along the carriageway and on the rail bridge. We are liaising with Network Rail.

The road will be closed from 8am Saturday 18 to Monday 20 February. We are looking to open this up before the evening rushhour.

During this time the diversion will follow the route already in place.

For more information please go to Info on A6

Follow us on Twitter for updates @nnhighways

Wednesday 8th February

This week progress has been good and we are still on schedule to complete the repair works by the end of February as long as the weather remains kind to us.

We have completed the excavation of the south side and have nearly completed the fill.

We are now moving to the north side and repeating the process, which is pulling up the road surface, excavating the foundations of the road and then fill. Once both locations are completed the road surface will be reinstated.

As this work is taking place we are continuing investigations to ensure the highway meets our standards.

The fault we found on January 18th was only discovered due to our routine inspection taking place which shows the importance of this process.

Frequently Asked Questions document and further information is available HERE

The images below show the south side excavated on Feb 2nd and the same location today. The fill is almost complete and the kerb line has been reinstated.

Friday 3rd February

We are currently working on the south side of the bridge over the River Ise and have carried out extensive excavations and started to rebuild the foundations of the road.

Next week we will be moving across to the north side to excavate and rebuild.

To date our investigations have not shown the concrete structure itself to be damaged.

We are on programme, weather dependant, to complete these emergency repair works by February 28th.

Northamptonshire Highways would like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience during the closure of the A6 and your cooperation.

A6 road closure

Tuesday January 31

Northamptonshire Highways would like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience during the closure of the A6 and your cooperation.

As you are aware our investigation work showed that the initial findings are more significant than originally thought. The work involved is extensive and we have been mobilising our teams and securing the specialist equipment. Repair works started Monday January 30. We now have our site compound installed and works have started to excavate the area. To date we have removed the affected road surface and are currently waiting for it to be tested. This is something we have to do to ensure it is safe and can be removed from site. This week we will continue to test and remove materials.

Temporary change to diversion route this weekend

Network Rail must carry out planned works to replace the railway bridge (Barford Bridge) on the A6003. This is part of a much wider scheme on the busy railway network and requires the A6003 to close temporarily.

During this time the A6 diversion will be temporarily changed to accommodate their works and the need for a closure.

The first change will be this weekend. Saturday February 4 from midnight and will continue until 6am on Monday, February 6.

A signed diversion route will be in place taking traffic on the A43 Corby Link Road to the A427.

The official A6 diversion route will be in place outside these hours and is highlighted in the attached FAQs.

This A6 repair works are weather dependant and should be completed by the end of February.

Please find attached our Frequently Asked Questions document which we will continue to update. This will also be available HERE

Thursday 26th 2017

A6 road closure

Northamptonshire Highways would like to thank everyone for their patience following the closure of the A6 last Wednesday (18th January) and your cooperation in following the signed diversion.

In recent days we have reviewed all diversion signage and provided additional information where necessary.

We do realise how inconvenient this closure is. In everything we do, Northamptonshire Highways must put safety first. A routine inspection and drainage maintenance last week uncovered significant road foundation failure making it unsafe for vehicles to continue to use the road.

The bridge structure itself does appear to not be affected. However, the approaches to the bridge on the A6 has been shown to be unstable and unsafe, in both directions, between junction 3 A14 at Rothwell and Braybrook/Desborough road roundabout.

We realise people are concerned about the swift closure but we had to make this decision for the safety of all road users. On the night of the closure we immediately began to use all channels of communication to alert people to the closure. At this stage we were unsure as to the severity of the issue. Surveys in the following days showed that the stability of the carriageway is being compromised and that, although the road surface looks good, underneath the foundations are sinking and, in areas, voids or holes have appeared below the carriageway surface.

Last weekend we continued our investigations using ground penetrating radar surveys which showed that the initial findings are more significant than originally thought. The work involved is extensive and we have been mobilising these teams and securing the specialist equipment and will begin the repair works Monday January 30th. This work will be weather dependant and should be completed by the end of February. We will continue to provide progress updates.

We realise traffic volume has increased on the local network and are inspecting these roads for adverse impact and defects and will be repairing them during the A6 emergency works. Once the A6 reopens we will also inspect all local routes and ensure road surfaces, where affected, are repaired and bought up to standard.

When Northamptonshire Highways close a road and put a diversion in place we must provide a diversion on a similar standard of road. Diversion routes are carefully chosen to follow roads of a suitable standard and width to carry all traffic and avoids weight restrictions.

The A6 is a busy road with a speed limit of 60mph and the approved diversion route uses similar grades of road. This provides a safe route for vehicles unfamiliar with the area and local traffic. This also means we can minimise the impact on local communities.

We have also been speaking with local hauliers and advising drivers with this diversion.

From the north travelling south on the A6 drivers are asked to –

  • Divert onto the A427 towards Corby;
  • Traffic will continue along the A427 exiting at the A6003 roundabout.
  • Traffic will continue along the A6003 (Uppingham road) to its termination at the A43 roundabout.
  • Traffic must then access the A43 (Southbound towards Kettering) and continue to junction 7 where it will leave the A43 and join the A14 travelling westbound towards Desborough and Rothwell.
  • Traffic will then exit the A14 at junction

For live updates follow us on Twitter @nnhighways

We are updating the Northamptonshire County Council news page HERE

We are also updating all media and there is widespread coverage both on local radio and regional television.

Diversion route

The diversion route can be viewed at roadworks.org

Update 24th January

Desborough Town Council continue to liaise with Northamptonshire County Council Highways who are exploring all possible options to alleviate the traffic problems through Desborough.

Update 23rd January

Northamptonshire Highways has been working, since Wednesday 18th January, on a section of the A6, in both directions, between junction 3 A14 at Rothwell and Braybrook/Desborough road roundabout.

An emergency closure was put in place to enable the necessary investigations to be made and extensive engineering surveys continued over the weekend.

Northamptonshire Highways has taken the decision to keep the A6 closed. This is following a review which has shown the issues to be more significant and the condition of the road is a safety risk. We are now starting works with all our partners and have specialist teams on site and plan to re-open the road at the end of February. The works we are undertaking will also be affected by adverse weather.

All roadusers are advised to avoid the area or follow the signed alternative route. The diversion follows the most appropriate route and is for all vehicles as there are weight restrictions which must be observed. Please follow the official diversion which is clearly signed and shown on roadworks.org.

The signed route diverts traffic from the A6 onto the A427 junction towards Corby; traffic will continue along the A427 exiting at the A6003 roundabout. Traffic will continue along the A6003 (Uppingham road) to its termination at the A43 roundabout. Traffic must then access the A43 (Southbound towards Kettering) and continue to junction 7 where traffic will leave the A43 and join the A14 travelling westbound towards Desborough and Rothwell. Traffic will then exit the A14 at junction 3 to re-join the A6. We are monitoring this diversion route at all times.

We would like to apologise for this extended closure and the inconvenience this is causing. Northamptonshire Highways is committed to safety and this route must remain closed until we feel it is safe to reopen.

There will be regular updates on Twitter at @nnhighways.

Updates will also be available at northamptonsdhire.gov.uk

Update 19th January

Please remember the A6 will remain closed tomorrow, Monday 23rd January, pending investigations which have continued over the weekend.

Northamptonshire Highways has been working on a section of the A6, in both directions, between junction 3 A14 at Rothwell and Braybrook/Desborough road roundabout.

Following a routine inspection on Wednesday 18th January Northamptonshire Highways took the decision to close this section of the A6 with immediate effect. This is due to safety concerns.

For live updates follow us on Twitter @nnhighways

We are updating the Northamptonshire County Council news page HERE

The diversion route can be viewed at roadworks.org » Less

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:00 by James McKechnie

Borough Councillor Tebbutt Report to Desborough Town Council February 2017

Borough Councillor Tebbutt Report to Desborough Town Council February 2017
Last night February 15 at its executive meeting the KBC budget for the next financial year was agreed. There is no increase in the KBC element of council tax, a balanced budget again being produced in continuing very difficult times, a fantastic achievement.
Council house rents will be reduced by 1% as directed by government.
At its meeting on January 25th the Planning Policy committee agreed a revised Local Development Scheme 2017-2020 which will be forwarded to Full Council at its next meeting, on March 1st, for adoption.
It also received and noted the Monitoring Update of the Kettering Town Centre Area Action Plan.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:27 by James McKechnie

Trinity Singers

Trinity Singer are looking for new members .

We meet at

Holy Trinity Church

Victoria Street ,Desborough

on

Thursday evenings

7.30 - 9 p.m.

If you are over 18 and want to join a friendly group, this could be just the thing for you! No audition, ability to read music not essential, just a love of singing.

For more information contact

Ann 07752132587 or email ann.churcher24@hotmail.com

or

Carol 07801283261

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:01 by James McKechnie