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Supermarkets ramp up efforts to reduce plastic waste

Consumers are to object to the over-use of plastic packaging, and leading retailers are taking action. The reasons for urgent action are compelling. About ten percent of the plastic we…

Remembering Lady Brassey

The long-serving president of the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama, Lady Caroline Brassey died aged 74 in August 2019. Having joined the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama in…

First Responders get behind the wheel

First Responders get behind the wheel

In September, Oundle Community First Responders were able to upgrade their emergency response vehicle to a new estate car. Local businesses were approached to raise £3500 a year for three…

Barclays pledges to stay open – for now

Barclays Bank is the last bank in town, following the closures of NatWest and the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. However, Barclays has issued a time-limited promise: the company will…

Police beat

Police beat

The summer saw a spike in crime incidents reported, with an increase from 24 in July to 32 incidents in August. A winch was removed from a vehicle on Bellamy…

Keyless car theft leaves owners mystified

Keyless car theft leaves owners mystified

On Friday 19th July, a surprised car owner on Ashton Road discovered that their BMW M3 had been stolen from their driveway. The owner was still in possession of both…

Work to begin on North Bridge

The green light to begin Oundle’s North Bridge repairs has finally been given. In late October, the then MP, Tom Pursglove, wrote that planning permission had been granted and that…

Bike racks improve access for cycle parking

Bike racks improve access for cycle parking

After years of planning, in September 2019 the council was able to install new bicycle racks and shelters in locations around town, including the Market Place, opposite the Greedy Piglet,…

Milton Road primary school site sold to Oundle School

The former primary school site on Milton Road has been purchased by Oundle School, ending speculation about its sale to property developers. Dom Toriati, the School Bursar said: “It is…

Legal challenges to Neighbourhood Plan

Oundle’s Neighbourhood Plan has progressed to John Parmiter, the independent examiner appointed to review whether the plan meets “the basic conditions” and other relevant legal requirements. An unexpected obstacle to…

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