Pat Knight : Highways Warden

Here’s the latest of our profiles of folk in or around Woodford….

Patrick Knight, known as Pat, is a member of the Parish Council and is also the Highway Warden for the village. Both these posts are purely voluntary.

His role as Highway Warden is to act as a link between the Parish and Northamptonshire County Council Highways on highway related matters. He has points of contact in the highways department and arranges meetings and site visits where the larger issues are involved. He reports back to the parish council on a regular basis and those reports are minuted and published in the parish council minutes.

Some of the things he has done for the Parish include being responsible for promoting the recent resurfacing of the footpaths and roads in the old part of the village, Sidney, Percy, Castle, and Cherwell Terrace. This took more than 18 months of meetings and site visits to persuade the authority to carry out the works, due to the expense involved.

He was also responsible for getting the works on Station Road carried out in 2014/15.
Currently he is working hard to get the Byfield Road and the recent diversion route between Woodford and the water tower reinstated to its previous condition.

Other projects include a safer route to school for children from the Byfield Road development, and other issues surrounding the impact on the road network from the new development. He recently had a meeting regarding these issues and also to push forward with resurfacing the bus stop at Kings Corner, marking the Gorse Road/Manor Road junction, the provision of 30 MPH repeater roundels on the road surface on Byfield Road between the football club and Scrivens Hill, and repairing the recently laid surface in Sidney Road which is sinking.

Pat is also working to introduce a Community Speedwatch scheme, and recently secured Northants County Council funding for a Vehicle Activated Speed sign to place at various locations in the parish. He also liases with the PCSO and Northants Police regarding parking issues in the parish.

The Highways Warden role does not involve the reporting of individual potholes and road defects, these can be done via the opens in a new windowNorthamptonshire County Council Street Doctor scheme website. Pat can however pass on notifications for people that do not have access to the Internet. It’s important to remember that any repairs and schemes take time so you may feel nothing is being done. It is, and Pat does his best to keep everyone updated as and when he gets information.

Pat can be contacted on this e mail:, and is happy to visit anybody that wants to chat about any highway issues. And of course highway issues can also be discussed at Parish Council in the meetings at the Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month when all are welcome to attend.

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