Planning applications – 24 May 2018 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration on 24 May :

  • 13 Glebe Close, 18/01631/APP, two storey rear and side extension
  • Barley End, Stocks Road, 18/01404/APP, replacement of septic tank with sewage treatment plant to serve replacement dwelling

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

News from the Parish council published in the April PPP

In case you have misplaced your copy of the Pitstone Parish Post, please find below the parish council updates it included:

New Footpath to Marsworth

Work commenced on 5 February and should be complete by the time you receive this edition of PPP.   We hope that you all make good use of the new safe route into Marsworth and up to College Lake Nature Reserve.   This project has taken several years to get implemented and funded, and we’d like to express our grateful thanks to all the parties and individuals that have been involved in pulling together and implementing this initiative.  Funding was made available via a New Homes Bonus Grant, a Community Leaders Grant, a Local Area Forum Grant and provision from both parish councils.   Look out for details on the website and noticeboards of an official opening ceremony and walk to Marsworth.

Ball Stop Netting and Fencing at the Sports Pavilion

We are also delighted that the installation of two sections of ball stop netting, and two sections of replacement fencing at the sports pavilion has now been concluded.   Work will shortly commence on the extension of the larger pitch.   Funding has been made available for this project by the Football Foundation, a release of Section 106 sports & leisure development funds from Aylesbury Vale District Council, donations from both the senior and junior football clubs and a provision by the parish council.

New Telephone Number

Please note that the parish council has a new telephone number, so please use 01296 767261 when trying to reach the parish clerk.

Playgrounds
There are long outstanding plans to update/replace the play equipment on the recreation ground once it has been possible to secure the purchase/use of the land.   We also operate two further playgrounds in Hever Close and Windsor Road.   The current residential development see further play equipment installed in the parish.   Did you know that we check all our playgrounds on a weekly basis to ensure they are in a good state of repair and safe for your enjoyment?  If you are the parent of a child with a disability and have any concerns relating to disabled access or have particular disabled equipment needs, please get in touch with the parish council on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

Public Transport Infrastructure
Bucks County Council are currently investigating how best to utilize the Section 106 public transport funds provided by the residential developments in Vicarage Road and Rushendon Furlong.  We will keep you updated once the plans have been confirmed.

Pitstone Community Car Scheme

The parish council is still working with the existing car scheme members, other individuals, advisory bodies and local organisations to relaunch the car scheme.   If you can spare some time to volunteer as a driver or would like to take up the post of voluntary co-ordinator we would love to hear from you.

Should we have a Community Bus?

Bucks County Council and the parish council are jointly investigating whether there is a demand and support for a Community Bus amongst the local parishes.  In other locations, such buses might run trips to the supermarket, surgeries, libraries, day care centres, some do scheduled bus routes, some do day trip exercisions, some are used by schools/community groups etc.    If you feel a community bus would be of value or would like to volunteer to get involved as a driver/committee member/co-ordinator etc then please get in touch.  We will keep you updated with the outcome of the initial investigations.

Would you like to get involved?

Would you like to get involved with all the variety of work that falls under the scope of a parish council?   Do you have plenty of spare time to devote to improving life for the residents of our parish?  Perhaps you would like to consider joining the parish council?  For more information on what a parish council is, what it does and how you can be involved please check out the leaflet on : http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcpubs/pitstone-parish-council-general-information-leaflet/ or call the parish clerk and we will provide you with further information.    Please note that these are voluntary roles – all your parish councilors volunteer their time for the benefit of the community.

 

New Homes Bonus Micro Grants up to £1,000 are now available for voluntary and community sector organisations as well as parish and town councils!

An exciting development sees the introduction of a new NHB Micro Grant Funding Scheme which is open to voluntary and community sector organisations operating within a parish.  Easily accessible micro grants up to £1,000 are available for a variety of  capital costs including refurbishment and equipment purchases and are assessed on a monthly basis.  It is not necessary for the project to link to growth, although those that do may score more highly. Projects to be put forward for funding must evidence consultation at parish level and the application form must be endorsed by the relevant town or parish council prior to submission.  The closing date for applications is the 15th of each month.   For more information please visit the AVDC website.

Walk along the new path to Marsworth on Sat 12 May 2018

To commemorate the opening of the footpath between the villages of Pitstone and Marsworth, a walk will be taking place on Saturday 12 May 2018.

Residents of Marsworth will be departing from the Millennium Hall car park at 12 noon and walking across to Westfield Road in Pitstone and back again.

Residents in Pitstone are invited to meet at the Westfield Road junction, ready to join the Marsworth residents for the return trip.   Anticipated departure time approximately 12.20pm.  The sports pavilion car park will be available for parking.

If you choose to stay in Marsworth for some lunch we recommend booking a place at your chosen venue since numbers may be greater than normal that day.  Alternatively, you can join the immediate return walk back to Pitstone.

As well as providing a safe walking route to Marsworth and the facilities available there, the route can also be used to safely access College Lake.

The path is the result of many years of work in a joint project between both parish councils and Bucks County Council.  It has been made possible via a large grant from the Aylesbury Vale District Council New Homes Bonus, a grant from the County Councillor Community Leader Fund, grants from the Bucks County Council Local Area Forum and funding from both parish councils.

We  hope that many of you will be able to join us.

IMPROVED BUS INFRASTRUCTURE ON MARSWORTH ROAD

As part of the residential development off Rushendon Furlong, the developer paid a sum of money to Bucks County Council specifically to provide two bus shelters and two real-time information panels to improve the public transport infrastructure close to Rushendon Furlong.

 

Bucks County Council have carried out two sites visits, assessed the local area/utilities/land ownerships/access to sunlight etc, drawn up proposals and obtained quotations for this work.

 

Bus Shelters

 

It is proposed to install two glass/green metalwork bus shelters, similar in style to those that exist further down Marsworth Road.

 

When travelling towards Ivinghoe, the shelter would be located on the county council verge by the existing stop at the corner of Rushendon Furlong.   When travelling towards Marsworth, a new stop would be created in the county council verge between the junctions of Rushendon Furlong and Glebe Close.   The existing stop by the Haldi will remain operational as there is a sector of the Ivinghoe/Pitstone communities who will find this valuable, but it is not possible to upgrade this location to house a shelter.

 

Full engineering details still need to be established for both sites and Bucks County Council will be responsible for dealing with everything relating to safety, visibility, access and other matters.

 

Real-time Information Panels

 

Both new shelters will also be fitted with solar-powered real-time information panels which will provide travellers with up-to-date information about the services provided at that stop, along with real-time information about the location and progress of the bus you are hoping to catch eg whether it is running on time/its current location, thanks to GPS trackers fitted to the buses.

As part of the residential development off Vicarage Road, the developer of that site paid a sum of money to Bucks County Council specifically to provide two real-time information panels at the existing bus shelters by the recreation ground.   As this site is not suitable for solar powered devices, they will both be mains fed.

We trust that you will find these improvements to the public transport network in the village to be of benefit.   Should you have any comments, whether to show your support or to raise queries, please email the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or telephone 01296 767261 before Sunday 13 May 2018.   After this date, we will respond to Bucks County Council.

 

Planning applications – 26 April 2018 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration on 26 April :

  • 16 Williamson Way, 18/01283/APP, erection of conservatory to rear
  • Duncombe Farm Cottage, Stocks Road, 18/01285/ACL, application for a lawful development certificate for existing use – agricultural occupancy condition has been in breach for a continuous period of 10 years – current tenants of the property are not employed within agriculture

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Should there be a community transport scheme for the villages?

Pitstone Parish Council, Buckinghamshire County Council and Community Impact Bucks, are currently exploring the possibility of establishing a Community Transport Scheme (eg mini bus) to serve Pitstone and the surrounding villages.

Pitstone currently has a voluntary car scheme, but this provides a service for medical appointments only whereas an enhanced Community Transport scheme could provide a wider range of uses eg used by the schools and local groups, offering new/extended services like dial-a-ride, possibly regular routes.

As this will be a community-led venture, it is essential that we get as much input as possible from the wider community in regards to the viability of establishing this scheme and the priorities in terms of need from the potential service users.

To this end we are arranging a stakeholders meeting to discuss the idea in more detail. The meeting will take place on Thursday 10 May 2018 at 7.30pm and will be held at the Millennium Room at the Memorial Hall in Pitstone.

We encourage you to come along and take the opportunity to give us your views and ideas.  If you’d like to offer your voluntary services to help set up, maintain or drive for any such scheme, please also come along and chat to us. Please RSVP by Monday 30 April 2018.

If you have any questions about this then please contact Mrs Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council, on 01296 767261 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk

Would you like to join the parish council? Notice of 2 vacancies

Following the resignations of Annie Stack (who has served on the council for 10 years) and Colin Starling (who joined us at the May 2015 election), there are now two vacancies on the parish council for individuals to serve their remaining term of office ie until May 2019 (next year) when there will be another full election.

Please find below the official notice of vacancies for the two posts.  If ten electors give notice in writing to the returning officer by 26 April 2018 then a by-election will be called to fill these posts.  If no election is requested, then the parish council will fill the vacancies via co-option of suitably qualified persons.

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If you are passionate about improving the life of local residents, and have plenty of spare time to volunteer with the council (all councillors are volunteers) then you may like to read the documents below to find out a little more about what is involved and who is qualified to stand:

about council booklet

Become a councillor

PPC general leaflet Feb 18

PPC Key projects leaflet Feb 18

Code of Conduct May 2017 version

As a councillor, you also become trustee of two local charities, so you may also like to read:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

If you would like further information, or to express an interest in joining the parish council, please get in touch with the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 01296 767261.

 

 

 

Could your community group benefit from a grant?

The parish council offers grants to local community groups and charities that benefit Pitstone residents.  Applications are considered quarterly.   The next grant reviews will take place on 26 April and 19 July 2018.

Please see the grant policy on this web site for further information or contact the parish clerk.

The application deadline for 26 April meeting is Sunday 15 April 2018.

Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Pitstone Community Car Scheme Urgently Required

In our rural village, the infrequent public transport network unfortunately doesn’t always enable elderly residents to reach their hospital and medical appointments in a timely manner.   The Pitstone Community Car Scheme tries to assist these residents by providing a door-to-door service via a local volunteer driver.  Knowing they will get there on time, having someone to talk to, and being able to get home again afterwards can be a great comfort at what is often a stressful time for them.

The Pitstone Car Scheme took over 300 bookings in 2017 which shows the level of need for the service.    The scheme is urgently looking for a new co-ordinator to match customers with drivers.  You would take the telephone calls from customers, send emails to the driving team at the end of each weekday with details of the booking requests, then call the customers back the following day to confirm if the scheme is able to help.   You’d also keep all the records for the scheme, so need some experience of Microsoft Office packages such as Excel.

If you are friendly and possess good communication skills, are reliable and organised this could be the perfect role for you.  If you are at home quite a bit during the week and could spend up to 1 hour a day (depends on the level of calls received each day) liaising between our customers and drivers, we’d love to hear from you.  You could make a real difference to these residents!

Telephone/answering machine/call package provided.  Please contact the parish clerk in the first instance on 01296 767261 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk

Extra volunteer drivers also welcome (and thank you to those that have come forward over the last few weeks).  We will be holding an information session shortly to provide volunteers with more detailed information and get them signed up, so we’d love to see even more of you there if this is something that interests you. Please contact the parish clerk in the first instance on 01296 767261 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk

 

Missing hat & ear buds?

Did your child come back from sledging without their hat and ear phones?

Lost property in the Hever Close playground on the bench.

Planning applications – 29 March 2018 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration on 29 March :

  • 7 Church Road, 18/00662/APP, erection of outbuilding to frontage

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Planning application – 1st time sewage provision/pumping station for the end of Cheddington Road/Wellington Place

The parish council has received notice of a planning application by Anglian Water to provide a sewage pumping station at the junction of Cheddington Road and Wellington Place, to enable them to provide sewage services to the Pitstone properties in this location (which currently only have septic tanks and no pumped service).

Highway Land At Corner Of Cheddington Road, And Wellington Place, Pitstone: CM/0008/18: Construction of a sewage pumping station including a chemical dosing unit and telemmetry aerial and upgrade of existing layby

This application is being handled by Bucks County Council (not Aylesbury Vale District Council who deal with dwelling planning applications).

To view the application (ref CM/0008/18) and provide your response to this consultation please visit http://publicaccess.buckscc.gov.uk/online-applications/

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to Bucks County Council as the relevant planning authority, by the closing date (9 March 2018), quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line.

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to the council before noon on the day of our meeting (Monday 5 March 2018 at 7.30pm in the meeting room at Pitstone Memorial Hall) to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

How can the parish council support your community group at the annual assembly?

Every year the parish council hosts an Annual Assembly where residents can come along, find out what has been going on in the village over the last 12 months and what might be happening over the forthcoming year.  This year, the meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 7.30pm in the main hall at the Memorial Hall.  This is not a council meeting (though chaired by the council), but a community meeting where residents can find out about all the things that happen in the village.  Some years community groups have asked us to hold volunteer fairs, have asked to present, or have asked to have stands so that you can promote your cause to residents, or even just to have leaflets available to those that attend.   If you are attending, we can also list your group on the agenda/leaflet that is delivered to all homes in the parish, as well as appearing on our website/facebook page/twitter feed, to try and drive footfall for you.

We would like to understand how we can best support your group/cause this year.    Do you have a message you want to get out to the community?  Would you like a table?  Would you like to provide leaflets for residents to collect if they are interested, but not to attend in person?  Do you have a special reason for wishing to give a presentation to the community?   Or perhaps you are not in need of support on this occasion.

There is no charge associated with this opportunity.  The parish council will meet the costs of hall hire, publicity and provide tables.   You would need to provide any materials you need to dress your table/display boards etc.

Could you please let the parish clerk know by 21st February (email: parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk) if this is opportunity that would be of interest to your group, so that the parish council can build the annual assembly program around the needs of our community.

Free defibrillator training 19 March 2018 8pm

The parish council were pleased to support the provision of a new defibrillator outside Pitstone Memorial Hall (the one outside the Village Health Centre in Yardley Avenue is still there) and are delighted to announce that this is now in position.

This vital equipment could save the life of one of your loved ones whilst you wait for an ambulance to attend from Stoke Mandeville.

There is a free training session at Pitstone Memorial Hall on Monday 19 March at 8pm. Do go along, so that you feel comfortable using the equipment if the need ever arises.

https://www.facebook.com/events/383142012157045/

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Annual notice of allotment fees

ANNUAL NOTICE OF FEES FOR 2018/19

 

 

Both Pitstone Parish Council and Pitstone Allotment Association are delighted to announce that there will be no increase in membership or tenancy fees for the 2018/19 season.

 

The annual subscription to Pitstone Allotment Association will remain at £6.50 per quarter plot and the rental charge to the Parish Council will remain at £8.50 per quarter plot.   Therefore, the total charge for one quarter plot for the forthcoming year will be £15.00, as per the last six years.   Any funds collected by the parish council which are surplus to the running costs of the site will be ring-fenced for future maintenance and development work at the allotment site.

 

As per the terms and conditions of your Allotment Garden Tenancy Agreement, the renewal rental is payable in full on or before 25 March 2018.   New paperwork will be issued during February.

 

We hope that you continue to enjoy your allotment garden in this beautiful location and reap the benefits for your families.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

Planning applications – 22 February 2018 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration on 22 February :

  • 1 Albion Road, 17/04824/APP, single storey side extension
  • 89 Windsor Road, 18/00225/APP, single storey rear extension

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Work commences on the footpath to Marsworth on 5 February 2018

Good news!

The work to install a footpath between Pitstone and Marsworth will commence on 5 February 2018, and is estimated to take approximately 8-10 weeks.

As you know, both parish councils have been working on this project for a number of years with Bucks County Council and Transport for Bucks.   The majority of funding has been supplied by a grant from the AVDC New Homes Bonus Scheme, along with a Community Leader Grant and funds from both parish councils.

It is likely that there may be some disruption to traffic between 09.30-15.30 during this period.  BCC/TfB are currently finalising traffic implications and we will let you know when we have more details.

Could you drive a neighbour in need to their medical appointment? VOLUNTEER DRIVERS URGENTLY REQUIRED

Volunteer Poster – Car Scheme

In Pitstone, we have a number of residents that are unable to drive, don’t benefit from local relatives, and find it very difficult to access their medical and hospital appointments by the limited public transport services in the village.

Pitstone operates a Community Car scheme, where our residents can phone a central co-ordinator and see if there is a volunteer available to take them to their appointment.  We desperately need more drivers to keep the scheme operating.  It provides a much appreciated service and helps to reduce both stress and costs for residents during often worrying times of medical need.  The resident pays the driver a set fee for the destination they need, to cover the cost of petrol/parking.

Drivers only accept the journeys that they are able to accommodate/fits with their diary – so if you only want to accept journeys to Tring surgeries/clinics that is absolutely fine & if you are happy to drive someone out to Stoke or Oxford hospitals, that is also much appreciated.  There is no minimum or maximum commitment required.  The more drivers in the scheme, the lower the number of requests each individual may need to fulfil.  Please don’t feel that the time you may be able to contribute may be too small, every assistance is very valuable to the scheme.

Could you become one of our volunteer drivers, using your own vehicle?  Training and support will be provided.  Expenses paid.

Please get in touch with the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 01296 660791 or at 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, LU7 9FE by 23 February 2018.

Planning applications – 25 January 2018 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration on 25 January :

  • 34 Albion Road, 17/04815/APP, single storey rear extension
  • Barley End, Stocks Road, 17/04858/APP, demolition of retained part of house, retention and extension of garage block, construction of detached annex, and relocation of proposed glass house
  • 30 Vicarage Road, 18/00105/APP, two storey side extension and single storey garage extension

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Register your interest for an easily accessible raised bed allotment plot

Pitstone Allotment Association , who manage your local allotments oversee a thriving site, set in beautiful surroundings, giving our local community the opportunity to grow their own fruit and veg.
 
Whilst we recognise working an allotment plot is rewarding with many benefits, physical activity, growing your own produce, as well being part of a friendly community amongst them, it can be hard work maintaining one of the whole plots that we currently offer, particularly for those less able and not as fit and active as they used to be. To this end we are exploring various options that make allotment gardening more accessible to a wider proportion of our community. We are considering creating smaller more easily accessible raised beds.
If this is something that would interest you please contact our secretary Marjory Rankin to register your interest at pitstoneallotmentassociation@gmail.com.

Planning applications – 4 January 2018 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration at the 4 January meeting:

  • 14 Church Road, 17/04701/APP, single storey rear extension, garage conversion and internal alterations

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Delays possible on Cheddington Road 12/12/17

Cheddington Road, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
12 December — 12 December
Delays possibleTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: At the railway retaining wall – north of the junction with Marsworth Road
Works description: Vegetation removal and examination of the railway retaining wall. 09:00 – 15:00.
Responsibility for works: Network Rail
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: KL3375107-LEC1-W34003

Remember to submit your Pitstone volunteer of the year nominations – deadline 15 January 2018

 

All your nominations for the Pitstone Volunteer of the Year 2018 need to be sent to the parish council by 15 January 2018, so if you know of someone that is giving up their time and making a difference to the lives of the people in Pitstone, then please let us know.

As well as being an opportunity for you and the parish council to thank them in public, they may win a £50.00 award, framed certificate and entry into the AVDC Volunteer of the Year award.

Previous winners include: Margaret Cole, Klaus Ginda, Dave Clifford, Mary Saintey, Joe Marling, Michelle Lee, David Hawkins, John Groom and Elaine Thorogood.

Please email or write to the parish clerk on: parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or at 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, Beds, LU7 9FE providing the full name of the person you wish to nominate and the reasons why you think they deserve to win.

Are you able to check the street lights are working in your road?

To help us ensure that the street lights are all working, and get any issues reported quickly, are you able to check the street lights in your road once a month and report any issues you identify to the parish council?  We would then contact either our contractor, or the appropriate other party (eg Bucks County Council or Taylor Wimpey) to request a repair.

 

We would especially like to hear from you if you live in: Albion Road, Cheddington Road, Chequers Lane, Crispin Field, Rushendon Furlong,
The Green or Vicarage Road.

 

If you are able to help us, please get in touch with the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 01296 660791.

 

Thank you.

Last youth cafe Wed 13 Dec before the Christmas holidays

Brookmead have been in touch to tender their apologies but the hall/playground is not available for youth cafe to use on Wed 6 December as they have planned an evening concert by their choir and bands. Therefore unfortunately we need to cancel youth cafe for tomorrow night ie Wed 6 December.

The last youth cafe before Christmas is Wed 13 December and this session will still run.

There is no youth cafe on Wed 20 December as Brookmead is closed for the holidays.

To find out more about the youth cafe, click here: http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcinfo/youth-cafe/

Planning applications – 19 December 2017 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration at the 19 December planning committee meeting:

  • Land adjacent to old allotment gardens, Marsworth Road, 17/01871/APP, amended scheme for reconsultation – reduced scheme of 74 units and updated supporting information regarding drainage, trees, ecology, visual assessment and transport assessment. (Please note that AVDC have already approved outline planning applications for the day nursery and public house, this amendment only relates to the residential application)

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Missed dog bin emptying

The parish council is aware that some of the dog bins have not been emptied.  This problem has been reported to Aylesbury Vale District Council who have apologised for the inconvenience.  They have instructed their contractor to attend and resolve (they anticipate this will be done by close of 29/11/17), and are also investigating why the collections were missed in the first place.

In the meantime, please utilize an alternative dog bin or take your dog bags home with you.

 

Could you be a street light champion for your road?

There is no-one better placed to promptly know when a street light has gone out than the residents of that road.

Would you be willing to look at the lamp posts along your street and drop us an email/phone call at the start of each month to let us know of any problems?   This task was previously undertaken by a single volunteer, who has had to step down from the role, but it would be a much less onerous task if we can establish a ‘champion’ for each road.  It would just involve walking along the street once a month during the dark to identify any lamps not illuminating or flashing, and once during the daytime to identify any lamps stuck on 24hrs.  The parish council can then arrange with our contractor for any issues to be swiftly resolved, or notify BCC/Taylor Wimpey of any problems affecting their stock.

If you can help, please make contact with the parish clerk on 01296 660791 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

Are you ready for emergencies? Can you help the parish prepare for emergencies?


The chances of you being caught up in a major incident or emergency are low. Nevertheless they do and have happened.

Have you ever thought what you would do if you found yourself in a situation that was out of the ordinary? For example, if you were flooded by a burst water main, if you were evacuated from your home following a gas leak in your road or your home is cut off due to heavy snowfall.  It is often the loss of sentimental items that affect people the most – are your photographs stored high up within your property and do you have back ups stored at a different location?  If you run a business from your home, what would you do if all the internet in the village goes down for a week or more due to adverse weather?

Being prepared in advance means that you will deal with the issue more effectively at the time. If you know what to do you are more likely to make the right choices – and it can be very easy to prepare a plan for your home and family.

To help you plan for emergencies the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum have prepared a booklet that informs you of how you and your family can be better prepared.   The parish council has obtained copies of this leaflet for every household and delivered them to you with your copy of PPP.   You can also read the guide, and find further information, online at http://thamesvalleylrf.org.uk/home-family.ashx

The parish council also needs your help to ensure its own emergency plan for the village is comprehensive and robust.  This considers wider issues, such as what might need to happen if a train derails by Cheddington Road bridge, or we have numerous homes affected by a gas explosion.  So please contact the parish clerk (on 01296 6607691 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk) with any of the following information:

  • Please let us know if you store hazardous materials at your property eg for a hobby or if you work from home, that may cause an incident (for instance gases, diesel or chemicals)
  • Please let us know if you have a supply of any equipment or products that may benefit the community in the event of an emegency (for example sand bags, 4x4s, welding equipment or saws/power tools)
  • Please let us know if you have any skills that would be of assistance in an emergency (eg doctors, nurses, engineers, plumbers, tree surgeons etc).

Did you lose a glove at the firework display?

2 odd gloves were left behind at the sports pavilion after the fireworks on 4 November. They were rather wet and dirty so they have been laundered.

One is ladies size, pale pink fleece fabric with silver spots and a black tip on the thumb and forefinger.

The other is a child’s knitted cream mitten and the top can either be buttoned down or go over the fingers.

If you would like to be reunited with your glove, please let us know.

Almost £23.5k of funding secured for Phase 1 of the redevelopment at the sports pavilion

The parish council is delighted to announce that grant funding has been secured to commence work on the first phase of improvements to the sports pavilion site on Marsworth Road.  Phase 1 will see the replacement of a section of perimeter fencing, the installation of two sections of ball stop netting and an enlargement of the senior pitch.   This will start to bring the site up to the specification required by the football league, improve safety for those using our site and help to make the site more attractive to users.

We are most grateful for all the support received.  This project has received £14,298 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund; £7,791 awarded by Aylesbury Vale District Council following a release of Section 106 developer contribution funds towards sport & leisure in the parish; Pitstone & Ivinghoe Junior Football Club have provided a donation of £300; Pitstone & Ivinghoe United Football Club (seniors) have provided a donation of £1,100 and the remainder has been contributed by the parish council.   After a lengthy tender process, AlphaFence Sports & Security Fencing will be engaged to install the perimeter fence and ball stop netting, and Agripower are being employed to carry out the pitch enhancements.  We anticipate that work will commence at the start of December.

Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

The council is in the early stages of scoping the development that may be able to take place as part of Phase 2, and we hope to come back to you in the new year with an update.

Planning applications – 30 November 2017 meeting

The parish council is currently working on a dedicated planning application section for the web site.   In the meantime, following your feedback, we will post details of applications in this news section so that you can find them more easily.

Applications for consideration at the 30 November planning committee meeting:

  • 7 Vicarage Road, 17/04118/APP, addition of conservation type rooflight to the rear slope of the roof to match existing rooflight on the same slope
  • The Coach House, Erlegh Manor, Vicarage Road, 17/04281/APP, demolition of double garage building, extension to South East and South West, erection of dormer windows. Changes to driveway and car parking arrangements

The plans may be viewed online by going to http://eplanning.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and searching using the planning reference number.

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to AVDC as the planning authority, by the date shown on the yellow site notice, quoting the planning reference number.  This can be done on-line or you can post comments to:

The Head of Development Control, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FF

If you wish the parish council to take your comments into consideration when making our recommendation, please also supply the details to us before noon on the day of the meeting to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Local group/charity with event coming up?

Any local groups/charities hosting events over the next few months that are open to all residents?

If you want them added to this village web site’s event page, please remember to email the details to the parishclerk (parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk)

Key found

A key has been handed into the parish council.  Looks like a front door key.  Distinctive keyring.  Found on Monday 9 October on the recreation ground.

If you believe it may belong to you, please get in touch on 01296 660791 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

Please help us put on a “Party in the Park” event next summer

We need your help.

We are sure that you will all agree that previous ‘Party in the Park’ events held on Pitstone Recreation Ground have been great events for the whole community.  There are a range of bands playing throughout the day, food, drink, activities for the children, a range of stalls to browse etc.  And it is completely free –  so you are able to bring along a picnic and enjoy a day of free entertainment.   However, putting on such an event requires an awful lot of planning and preparation (organising the stage & sound engineers, sourcing and booking bands, creating running orders, sourcing and booking stalls & activities, arranging site layouts, obtaining the necessary licences and insurances, organising food & drink vendors, arranging first aiders, preparing publicity/banners etc.) and a lot of extra people to help on the day directing traffic, showing stall/event holders where to set up, helping with the BBQ/bar/stands, organising the bands & all their equipment etc   We need volunteers in order to make it happen again this year.  If we don’t get that help, we simply won’t be able to put it on again next Summer.

 

So, if you’d like there to be a Party in the Park next summer and are willing to help with the organisation/on the day please contact the parish clerk in the first instance on 01296 660791 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

Got a pothole in your road? Please report it to Transport for Bucks

Bucks County Council Transport for Bucks are responsible for the maintenance of the highways.  They conduct periodic inspections of A & B roads and less frequent inspections of residential roads.  In between, they rely on residents reporting defects to them.  Therefore, if a pothole appears in your road, or a road you drive down, don’t assume that someone else has notice and reported it.  They have an easy online reporting tool so either (1) go to buckscc.gov.uk and click on “tell us about a highways problem” or (2) click on this link: http://www.transportforbucks.net/Report-it-pothole.aspx   The screen asks you a series of questions about the location of the problem, the size & depth of the pothole and its location in the carriageway.  You can also upload a photograph to assist them.  At the end of the form, you can choose if you would like to provide your contact details so that TfB can keep you advised of progress & provide you with the ability to track progress online.   TfB give priority to large/deep holes in the direct line of tyres which are classed as ‘Category 1’ and these are then fixed in a quicker duration than more minor defects.

Bark stripping can kill trees


With the last edition of Pitstone Parish Post every home received the leaflet asking for your help to stop the vandalism on Pitstone Recreation Ground where numerous trees were having their bark deliberately stripped.  Put quite simply bark stripping causes trees to die – water and nutrients can no longer be transported and the tree ‘starves’.  Whilst the pace of stripping seems to have declined, we are sad to report that we are still seeing some instances of further stripping.  We are also aware of vandalism to other trees in the parish, especially along the woodland walk which lies between Castlemead and Vicarage Road where some trees have had several whole branches removed, and to the trees in the open space between Marsworth Road & The Crescent.  Some of the identified individuals have been between 10-16yrs and therefore may not be aware of the importance of the trees or the potential damage to their health, so if your children are out-and-about with their friends, please make sure that you explain to them so they can act appropriately.  If you witness any damage please report the individual(s) to Thames Valley Police on Tel: 101.

Could you help our teenagers?

The youth café meets each Wednesday from 6.30-8.00pm at Brookmead school during term time.  Children can join at the end of Year 6 just before they move up to Secondary School, and are eligible to attend until they leave school.  Most attendees are between 11 and 16yrs.  Children from our village can attend 6 different senior schools and the youth café provides them with a safe, warm environment to meet up in once per week.  Unlike a ‘club’ the café is a less structured drop in facility where the young people can join in with activities such as skate boarding, basketball, dodgeball, console games, crafts, board games, pool or table tennis etc, or they can just chill out and enjoy a snack and drink whilst chatting to their friends.  We need at least 8 adults on site each week and would love to hear from you if you are able to join our team of volunteers.  You do not need to be a parent of a teen to join us.  Many of our existing volunteers are retired, and enjoy coming to café each week as much as the youngsters do.  You can find more information about our youth café on: http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcinfo/youth-cafe/   Please do get in touch with the parish clerk on 01296 660791 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk and we’ll arrange for you to come along and experience what youth café is about.

Remember to submit your Pitstone volunteer of the year nominations

 

You are now able to submit your nominations for the Pitstone Volunteer of the Year 2018, so if you know of someone that is giving up their time and making a difference to the lives of the people in Pitstone, then please let us know.    As well as being an opportunity for you and the parish council to thank them in public, they may win a £50.00 award, framed certificate and entry into the AVDC Volunteer of the Year award.  Please email or write to the parish clerk on: parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or at 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, Beds, LU7 9FE providing the full name of the person you wish to nominate and the reasons why you think they deserve to win.   All submissions must be received by the end of January 2018.