Roadwork notice: Marsworth Road 23-27/9/16

Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
23 September — 27 September
Delays possibleSome carriageway incursion
Works location: 55
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Advanced planning

Browns Hedge, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
22 September — 26 September
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 7
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Advanced planning

Information provided by Transport for Bucks.

Castlemead Garden Refuse

AVDC is aware that the brown garden refuse bins were not collected from Castlemead on Monday.  The problem was caused by a crew being off the road.  They are working over the next few days to try and catch up and collect from the missed roads.   AVDC ask that you leave your brown garden refuse bin by your property boundary, and they will try and get it emptied by the end of Friday.

Please note that not all Castlemead roads may be collected on the same day this week.

If your bin has not been emptied by the weekend, please contact the AVDC waste team.

Arriva bus passes for 16-17yrs

Please find below a link to the Arriva web site, where you can purchase bus passes for a variety of timescales.  An annual pass, is approx £600 (vs approx £1000 for the school bus service into Aylesbury for the 16yrs+ age group).

The pass is valid on any bus, at any time, including weekends, evenings and school holidays.  So may therefore help your 6th form student reach weekend work and leisure activities as well as school/college etc and provide a viable alternative to the dedicated school bus service.   Do check bus times though.

Please direct any queries re the cost of school bus travel direct to Bucks County Council.

https://tickets.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east

This mornings lost property

Anyone know Finley White? If so, please get him/his parents to contact the parish council regarding the property he left on Pitstone Recreation Ground. Also, seeking the owner of a black ladies size 10 cardigan, also left on the Recreation Ground.

Last week, we managed to successfully re-unite one child with his hoody and another with his baseball cap.  There was also a child’s crutch left in one playground.   Please make sure your children’s clothes etc are labelled, and then we have more chance of returning them.

Certificate of Merit awarded in Best Kept Village Competition

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Pitstone has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition 2016 for achieving a highly commended grade in the Defraine Cup.

Our thanks go to the village litter pickers, grass cutters and ground keepers along with all the residents that contribute to keeping our village looking well kept, clean and tidy.

 

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to the Council

Planning applications – 26 September planning committee 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 26 September 2016 planning committee meeting (7.00pm in the Meeting Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall) are:

  • Consider application for demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension with a pitched roof at 12 Marsworth Road (16/02976/APP)
  • Demolition of garage and replacement with garden room, veranda and raised platform (retrospective) at 15 High Street, Ivinghoe (16/03069/APP) (please note that the application site lies within Ivinghoe, but the rear of the grounds backs onto properties in Groomsby Drive that reside within the parish of Pitstone.

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

 

Seeking an Assistant Youth Worker

We are currently seeking an Assistant Youth Worker, 2.5hrs per week in term time, to work with our Youth Café manager in Pitstone.

Please find attached the job description, person specification and application details.

Closing date Wed 21/9/16.

Conclusion of Audit

The audit of accounts for the year ending 31 March 2016 has been concluded with no issues identified by Mazaars.

The annual return is available for inspection by any local government elector and is also available on the web site (see previous post).

The notice and the external auditors certificate is now attached.

Planning applications – 1 September planning committee 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 1 September 2016 planning committee meeting (7.00pm in the Millennium Room) are:

28 Crispin Field, Pitstone, 16/02860/APP, extend existing front porch with new roof

single storey front extension to 3 Morton Close (16/02901/APP)

approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 13/02837/AOP relating to access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of one bungalow on land by 120 Vicarage Road (not 104 Vicarage Road as stated on form) (16/02789/ADP)

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

 

Curbside weeds

Bucks County Council announced that there will be no routine weed spraying across Buckinghamshire during 2016-17 and hence the visible weed growth in the roadside gutters, roundabouts and islands.

They advise that while budget considerations have played a role in making this decision, there are 2 key influencing factors:

  1. There is a detrimental environmental impact of the widespread use of herbicides on pollinating insects.
  2. The legal constraints that are now imposed on the widespread use of herbicides significantly reduces the effectiveness of the application.

Transport for Bucks will continue to treat noxious and injurious weeds in line with its legal obligations.  To report these concerns go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/telltfb.

In the meantime, the parish council is exploring other options.  Residents are able, like in the old days, to remove the weeds from the curbside outside their properties by hand if they take sufficient care when working by the highway, however Transport for Bucks confirm that the widespread use of common domestic weed killers is not permitted so please do not apply weed killer.

Play around the Parishes

Just a reminder that the parish council has funded two visits from Play around the Parishes this summer holiday on 1/8/16 and 19/8/16.  Details can be found in the events section of this web site.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to the parish council

Pitstone Parish Council meeting 30-6-16

Please find attached the draft minutes of the meeting.  These will be agreed as a true and correct record, or amended accordingly at the next committee meeting.

 

 

Everyone is welcome to attend any of our full council or committee meetings.  If you are unable to attend in person, you can keep up to date by reading the minutes that are published to this web site.

 

Dumping your garden waste in hedgerows counts as flytipping and is illegal

Flytipping includes dumping garden waste anywhere, including in hedgerows, grass verges and woodlands.  Just because it may eventually compost down, does not make dumping acceptable or permissible.

Now that the summer is here, there seems to be a growing problem in Pitstone with garden waste and grass cuttings being dumped in numerous places throughout the village including: all along the field side of Vicarage Road, through the Byway Open to All Traffic between Queen Street and Grange Road, in the woodland at the end of Church Road and all through the woodland walk that runs between Castlemead and Vicarage Road.

As well as causing problems for the landowners where the material has been dumped (for example preventing grass cutting and blocking drainage ditches), dumping your waste in this manner is illegal and you could be fined and ordered to pay costs.

Further information about the “Illegal Dumping Costs” campaign by Bucks County Council can be found here:

http://www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/illegal-dumping-costs/

You can report flytipping here:

http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/environment/waste,-recycling-and-treatment/fly-tipping/report-fly-tipping

You can subscribe to the brown bin garden waste collection service here:

http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/garden-waste-service

Or you can take your garden waste to a recycling centre, contact details here:

http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/household-waste-and-recycling-centres

Quotations being sought for replacement wooden fencing

Please find attached details of replacement fencing currently being sought by the parish council for the western boundary of our pavilion site.

If you are interested in providing a quotation and would like to arrange a site visit, please contact the parish clerk on parisclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

 

Thank you to PRS Office Furniture

The parish council would like to thank PRS Office Furniture, based in the Pitstone Green Business Park, for their kind donation of 5 metal benches to be installed at the pavilion sports ground off Marsworth Road.   We are sure that all the football spectators will be very grateful to have somewhere to sit and watch the beautiful game.

To find more about PRS and the furniture/services they can provide, please visit their website: http://www.prs-officefurniture.com/

 

Updated Information on Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan consultation by AVDC

Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan – consultation by Aylesbury Vale District Council

 

From 7 July to 5 September, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) will be consulting on their latest draft of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) and are inviting comments from local residents and other interested parties on any aspect of the draft.

 

Scroll down to read more about:

 

  • what the VALP is, and why it is important for all of us;
  • the consultation exercise that AVDC is carrying out; and
  • Pitstone Parish Council’s views on the latest draft of the VALP.

 

What is the VALP and why is it important?

 

The VALP is the district-level Local Plan which sets out AVDC’s vision for delivering growth in the District up to 2033. Most importantly it is the document which, in conjunction with Neighbourhood Plans such as ours, will be used to determine planning applications (and all other planning-related matters) throughout the Vale.  The VALP replaces the ill-fated Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VAP) which was withdrawn by AVDC in February 2014 and will, once adopted, formally replaced the rather elderly Aylesbury Vale District Local Plan (AVDLP) which dates back to 2004 and only certain parts of which still apply.

 

AVDC’s consultation exercise

 

The consultation exercise runs from 7 July to 5 September and we would encourage all residents to take part in it.

 

To inform the process, AVDC are running a number of consultation drop-in sessions throughout the summer.

 

Date Location Venue Time
Monday 11 July Haddenham Village Hall Social Centre 11am to 8pm
Wednesday 13 July Buckingham Community Centre 11am to 8pm
Thursday 14 July Aylesbury Friars Square Shopping Centre 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 27 July Newton Longville Village Hall 2 Paradise 10.30am to 7.30pm
Thursday 4 August Wendover St Anne’s Hall 11am to 8pm
Friday 5 August Aylesbury Friars Square Shopping Centre 10am to 5pm
Monday 8 August Whaddon Jubilee Hall 11am(*) to 8pm
Wednesday 10 August Winslow Public Hall Elmfields Gate 11am to 8pm
Thursday 1 September Weedon Bucks County Showground 8.30am to 4.30pm

 

(*) planning officers present from 4pm onwards

 

Whether or not you are able to visit one of these sessions, you can find out more about the draft VALP – in particular the background to it, and its policies on housing, transport, and environment – on the AVDC website: http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/vale-aylesbury-local-plan-draft-plan.

 

AVDC’s website also explains how you can respond to the consultation exercise and comment on the latest draft of the VALP. This is your opportunity to influence any part of the Plan that is important to you, before it goes in front of the Government’s Planning Inspectorate during Spring 2017.  The Parish Council will naturally, in due course, also be responding to the consultation.

 

Pitstone Parish Council’s views

 

During June an unapproved draft of the VALP, on which they were intending to consult, was made available by AVDC. They have now published the approved consultation draft.  The Parish Council’s views are, similarly, now based on the version of the Plan upon which public consultation is taking place.  There have been no material changes to the draft VALP (or to our views) since the pre-consultation version.

 

The VALP is positive for Pitstone

 

The Parish Council’s initial view is that the latest draft of the VALP is a positive one for Pitstone. This is particularly so given the high level of support within the village for our own Neighbourhood Plan that 97% of you voted in favour of adopting back in March.  The policies of the emerging VALP remain closely aligned with those of our own Plan, which reflects well on both the VALP and the neighbourhood planning process that we recently went through.

 

In various ways the VALP expressly seeks to achieve the same objectives that you voted in favour of – objectives such as protecting the “areas of special landscape value” south of the immediate centre of our village, and ensuring that sites designated for employment purposes (such as the ‘data hub’ site on Westfield Road) are not given over to additional housing. In addition the VALP strongly resists development in open countryside that is not adjacent to an existing settlement; and it is based on a detailed “land availability assessment” which reaches the same conclusions as our Neighbourhood Plan steering group during 2015, namely that the various greenfield sites which adjoin our village are also unsuitable for housing.

 

In other respects the VALP supports the policies and objectives of our Neighbourhood Plan in an indirect manner, by leaving numerous detailed “non-strategic” local matters that are consistent with the VALP’s objectives to the neighbourhood plan itself. This means that our NP will continue to be the primary point of reference in respect of matters such as:

 

  • the settlement boundary of our village;
  • its community facilities;
  • the ‘design principles’ to be applied to any new housing that is built in the village; and
  • protecting designated “local green spaces” such as the land opposite The Crescent;

 

What about housing numbers?

 

The one area where the VALP has caused some confusion is the amount of new housing envisaged for villages such as Pitstone. The VALP as a whole contains lots of housing numbers that are connected with the esoteric objective of achieving a “five-year housing land supply” across the Vale – a complex mathematical process based primarily on statistical assumptions.  The important number for any village to focus on is its “residual housing number” (the amount it is actually expected to provide) which, for Pitstone, is 149 new homes.

 

The Parish Council recognises that, as this target does not include the Rushendon Furlong expansion (c.40 houses) for which outline planning permission has already been granted, it could result in Pitstone having a slightly higher new homes target than the 170 that were envisaged in the Neighbourhood Plan. This increase can be attributed to two things.

 

  • Housing targets in the VALP are no longer expressed as a fixed number (the previous draft, dated October 2015, specified 100 new homes for every “larger village” such as Pitstone) but, instead, on the basis of a percentage uplift to current housing numbers in any particular village.
  • 12,000 of AVDC’s total of 33,000 new homes are required because of “unsatisfied need” in other Districts: in other words AVDC’s target, which would otherwise be just 21,000 new houses, is being increased by more than 50% because other nearby District Councils (such as High Wycombe) are building fewer new homes than they should be.

 

Equally, the VALP makes it clear that any housing target it lays down for any particular village is on the assumption that sufficient land is available – and it expressly recognises that, in some cases, it won’t be. The Parish Council’s view is that our Neighbourhood Plan clearly demonstrates how, save for the land intended to take our 170 new homes, no other suitable sites exist; and this is something we will be conveying to AVDC when commenting on the current draft of the VALP.

 

Next steps

 

It is also important to remember that the VALP, and the requirements it lays down about housing numbers, are still in draft and subject to both consultation and further refinement. AVDC have already indicated that they will be robustly seeking to minimise the additional housing required across the Vale (and, in turn, in individual villages such as ours) as a consequence of other Districts failing to take their fair share.  In its response the Parish Council will also be seeking to ensure, as best it can, that the interests of our village are protected to the maximum possible extent.  The many positive aspects of the VALP for Pitstone and its environs should, of course, also not be forgotten as work progresses on turning it into a robust, sustainable Plan for the Vale as a whole.

BBQ & Cricket at last youth café on 13 July

13 July is the last youth café for this academic year.

We are delighted that the Ivinghoe & Pitstone United Cricket Club will be in attendance coaching in cricket skills.

We are also pleased to say that there will be a BBQ again this year.  Please ensure that you/your child brings extra cash to pay for any food that they would like.

Have a wonderful summer holiday.

No youth café 20 July

Please note that there will be no youth café on Wednesday 20 July as Brookmead are hosting a performance that evening.

The last youth café this term will be on Wednesday 13 July.

We hope that you all enjoy your summer holiday and look forward to seeing you next term.

Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan – consultation by Aylesbury Vale District Council

From 7 July to 5 September, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) will be consulting on their latest draft of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) and are inviting comments from local residents and other interested parties on any aspect of the draft.

 

Scroll down to read more about:

 

  • what the VALP is, and why it is important for all of us;
  • the consultation exercise that AVDC is carrying out; and
  • Pitstone Parish Council’s views on the latest draft of the VALP.

 

What is the VALP and why is it important?

 

The VALP is the district-level Local Plan which sets out AVDC’s vision for delivering growth in the District up to 2033. Most importantly it is the document which, in conjunction with Neighbourhood Plans such as ours, will be used to determine planning applications (and all other planning-related matters) throughout the Vale.  The VALP replaces the ill-fated Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VAP) which was withdrawn by AVDC in February 2014 and will, once adopted, formally replaced the rather elderly Aylesbury Vale District Local Plan (AVDLP) which dates back to 2004 and only certain parts of which still apply.

 

AVDC’s consultation exercise

 

The consultation exercise runs from 7 July to 5 September and we would encourage all residents to take part in it.

 

To inform the process, AVDC are running a number of consultation drop-in sessions throughout the summer.

 

Date Location Venue Time
Monday 11 July Haddenham Village Hall Social Centre 11am to 8pm
Wednesday 13 July Buckingham Community Centre 11am to 8pm
Thursday 14 July Aylesbury Friars Square Shopping Centre 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 27 July Newton Longville Village Hall 2 Paradise 10.30am to 7.30pm
Thursday 4 August Wendover St Anne’s Hall 11am to 8pm
Friday 5 August Aylesbury Friars Square Shopping Centre 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10 August Winslow Public Hall Elmfields Gate 10am to 6pm
Thursday 1 September Weedon Bucks County Showground 8.30am to 4.30pm

 

Whether or not you are able to visit one of these sessions, you can find out more about the draft VALP – in particular the background to it, and its policies on housing, transport, and environment – on the AVDC website: http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/vale-aylesbury-local-plan-draft-plan.

 

AVDC’s website also explains how you can respond to the consultation exercise and comment on the latest draft of the VALP. This is your opportunity to influence any part of the Plan that is important to you, before it goes in front of the Government’s Planning Inspectorate during Spring 2017.  The Parish Council will naturally, in due course, also be responding to the consultation.

 

Pitstone Parish Council’s views

 

(NB.  The synopsis which follows is based on a version of the draft VALP that had still to be presented to various AVDC scrutiny committees for approval during late June.  It is possible that the VALP ultimately published for consultation may differ from the version which existed at the time of writing.  This article will be updated to the extent necessary when AVDC confirm the final draft.) 

 

The VALP is positive for Pitstone

 

The Parish Council’s initial view is that the latest draft of the VALP is a positive one for Pitstone. This is particularly so given the high level of support within the village for our own Neighbourhood Plan that 97% of you voted in favour of adopting back in March.  The policies of the emerging VALP remain closely aligned with those of our own Plan, which reflects well on both the VALP and the neighbourhood planning process that we recently went through.

 

In various ways the VALP expressly seeks to achieve the same objectives that you voted in favour of – objectives such as protecting the “areas of special landscape value” south of the immediate centre of our village, and ensuring that sites designated for employment purposes (such as the ‘data hub’ site on Westfield Road) are not given over to additional housing. In addition the VALP strongly resists development in open countryside that is not adjacent to an existing settlement; and it is based on a detailed “land availability assessment” which reaches the same conclusions as our Neighbourhood Plan steering group during 2015, namely that the various greenfield sites which adjoin our village are also unsuitable for housing.

 

In other respects the VALP supports the policies and objectives of our Neighbourhood Plan in an indirect manner, by leaving numerous detailed “non-strategic” local matters that are consistent with the VALP’s objectives to the neighbourhood plan itself. This means that our NP will continue to be the primary point of reference in respect of matters such as:

 

  • the settlement boundary of our village;
  • its community facilities;
  • the ‘design principles’ to be applied to any new housing that is built in the village; and
  • protecting designated “local green spaces” such as the land opposite The Crescent;

 

What about housing numbers?

 

The one area where the VALP has caused some confusion is the amount of new housing envisaged for villages such as Pitstone. The VALP as a whole contains lots of housing numbers that are connected with the esoteric objective of achieving a “five-year housing land supply” across the Vale – a complex mathematical process based primarily on statistical assumptions.  The important number for any village to focus on is its “residual housing number” (the amount it is actually expected to provide) which, for Pitstone, is 166 new homes.

 

The Parish Council recognises that, as this target does not include the Rushendon Furlong expansion (c.40 houses) for which outline planning permission has already been granted, it could result in Pitstone having a slightly higher new homes target than the 170 that were envisaged in the Neighbourhood Plan. This increase can be attributed to two things.

 

  • Housing targets in the VALP are no longer expressed as a fixed number (the previous draft, dated October 2015, specified 100 new homes for every “larger village” such as Pitstone) but, instead, on the basis of a percentage uplift to current housing numbers in any particular village.
  • 12,000 of AVDC’s total of 33,000 new homes are required because of “unsatisfied need” in other Districts: in other words AVDC’s target, which would otherwise be just 21,000 new houses, is being increased by more than 50% because other nearby District Councils (such as High Wycombe) are building fewer new homes than they should be.

 

Equally, the VALP makes it clear that any housing target it lays down for any particular village is on the assumption that sufficient land is available – and it expressly recognises that, in some cases, it won’t be. The Parish Council’s view is that our Neighbourhood Plan clearly demonstrates how, save for the land intended to take our 170 new homes, no other suitable sites exist; and this is something we will be conveying to AVDC when commenting on the current draft of the VALP.

 

Next steps

 

It is also important to remember that the VALP, and the requirements it lays down about housing numbers, are still in draft and subject to both consultation and further refinement. AVDC have already indicated that they will be robustly seeking to minimise the additional housing required across the Vale (and, in turn, in individual villages such as ours) as a consequence of other Districts failing to take their fair share.  In its response the Parish Council will also be seeking to ensure, as best it can, that the interests of our village are protected to the maximum possible extent.  The many positive aspects of the VALP for Pitstone and its environs should, of course, also not be forgotten as work progresses on turning it into a robust, sustainable Plan for the Vale as a whole.

Planning applications – July Planning Committee 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 21 July 2016 Planning Committee meeting (7.30pm in the Millennium Room):

11 The Pightle, 16/02340/APP, change of use of adjoining land into residential garden to form part of curtilage of existing 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

 

Quarterly grant review coming up

Pitstone parish council sets aside a small budget each year to help local groups with expenses for equipment or events.  It is able to offer grants to community and voluntary bodies provided they meet our criteria. 

Criteria:

  •  All applicants must provide services that benefit the residents of Pitstone.
  • The council reserve the right to prioritise applications that meet identified needs or other areas of focus that may be determined.
  • It must be within the legal power of the parish council to supply a grant for the requested purpose.

The next quarterly grant review will take place at the July 2016 full council meeting.   Any applications need to be received by noon on 18 July 2016 so that they can be included on the next agenda.   The subsequent grant panel will be in October.

If you think your Pitstone based club or group may wish to apply, please ensure you read our attached “Grant Policy” for full application details.

Local Area Forum support highways proposals

Thank you to all the residents that submitted feedback to the highways proposals consultation.

We are delighted to confirm that the Bucks County Council Local Area Forum has agreed to provide £2,460 during the current financial year towards undertaking a Road Safety Audit to assess all the locations identified in the Ben Hamilton-Baillie report.   Pitstone Parish Council will be supplying an equivalent amount of match funding so that the report can be commissioned.  The same will be happening in Ivinghoe.   Once the report is available, we will share this with the community.

Once the Road Safety Audit has been undertaken, and further discussions have taken place between all the parties, Area Scheme Delivery will be able to prepare a budget estimate for the completion of a feasibility design using both our Ben Hamilton-Baillie report and the Feasibility Stage Safety Audit.

Come and see the beautiful orchids

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The orchids have started to come into flower, so please do come up to Westfield Road by the Warwick Road turning to see them.

Last winter we counted nearly 300 small plants which we thought were bee orchids over the whole of Castlemead estate and chose to protect the 3 areas where the fledgling plants were in the greatest quantities.  We are delighted to say that over 100 bee orchids and 9 pyramidal orchids are currently flowering or in bud in these areas.  To see such a large quantity in such a small area is quite rare.
As well as the orchids, there are also an abundance of other wildflowers in these plots which have attracted butterflies and insects to the area including the rare small blue butterfly, so look out for them too.
If you are new to orchid spotting, you may like to start at the entrance to Warwick Road on the left hand side.  Once you’ve spotted a few, you’ll soon be able to identify them and then you’ll see plenty of plants along the Westfield Road path and throughout the protected areas.  Feel free to walk amongst the grass so you can get up close, but please be careful where you step.
We hope that all our residents have enjoyed the wonderful displays of flora and fauna and would like to thank the local households for their patience with the lack of grass cutting in these 3 patches (cutting will resume on 18/7/16).

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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR YOUTH CAFE VOLUNTEERS

This week is National Volunteers Week and we would like to take this extra opportunity to thank all our youth cafe volunteers for the wonderful work they do, and the commitment and support they show to the youth of Pitstone.

We couldn’t run the cafe without them, and we are most grateful that they are part of our team.

THANK YOU!

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the youth café (6.30-8.00pm on Wednesday’s during term time) please contact the clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk

Help needed with football, cricket, rounders, make-up/nails/beauty and crafts

We have young people aged 11 to 16 years at our youth café that would love to learn more football skills, cricket skills especially bowling, play rounders and join in with crafts.

Our young people are also asking for beauty, make-up, nail polish and hair styling tips.

If you have skills in any of these areas and could spare some time to volunteer between 6.30 and 8pm on Wednesdays during term time at our youth café, we would love to hear from you.

You could come for just a few weeks in a row to give our young people short workshops, or join our group of permanent volunteers.

Please contact the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 01296 660791 for more details.

Thank you.

Thank you to the Pitstone Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

2016 annual assembly thank you

 

The Parish Council was delighted that a number of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group members were able to attend the Pitstone Annual Assembly and receive a small token of thanks from the Council on behalf of the community for the numerous hours of time they all devoted to researching and implementing the Pitstone Neighbourhood Plan.

 

A huge thank you to all the members of the team, including those that couldn’t attend the event, and also to all the residents who interacted with our Neighbourhood Plan events, consultations and referendum.

 

You can view the Neighbourhood Plan anytime at the library or on the website: http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcpubs/pitstone-neighbourhood-plan/

Klaus Ginda is our Volunteer of the Year 2016!

2016 Klaus Ginda

Klaus has held numerous volunteering roles within Pitstone for many years so we are sure that you will join us in celebrating his devotion to our community.

 

He is currently the co-ordinator and main driver for the Pitstone Community Car Scheme; he sits on the Pitstone Community Cinema committee and helps at all their events; Klaus is the voluntary Advertising Manager for Pitstone Parish Post, co-ordinates the volunteers and also hand-delivers many himself; he carries out monthly day patrol and night patrols of the village to monitor street lighting; Klaus headed up the Heritage sub-group for the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group; he volunteers at the Pitstone Youth Café every Wednesday; for many years Klaus was a trustee for both the Pitstone Town Lands Charity and the Williamson Trust and for many years Klaus was also a Parish Councillor (all members are voluntary).

 

A huge thank you to Klaus from both the members of Pitstone Parish Council and all the residents who have had the pleasure of benefitting from the endless hours of time that Klaus has contributed.

 

There are many people in our village that give up lots of their time to help other residents or community groups.   If you know someone that deserves a special thank you, please send their details to the parish clerk so they can be considered for the 2017 award.    The winner is presented with a framed certificate and cheque at the Annual Parish Assembly and is also entered into the AVDC Volunteer of the Year scheme.

 

Disturbed by aircraft noise?

Did you know that if you are disturbed by aircraft noise over your property you can complain to Luton airport on the following email address:

noise@ltn.aero

So if you find aircraft noise an issue at night, or during the day, ping them an email each time you are disturbed and it will keep up pressure on the airport to monitor and adjust their flight practices.

 

Planning applications – 26 May Planning Committee 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 26 May 2016 Planning Committee meeting:

2 Railway Cottage, Marsworth Road, Pitstone, 16/01594/APP, two storey and single storey rear extension

Victor House, Westfield Road, 16/01704/APP & 16/01705/ALB, conversion of building from office (B1) use to provide 8 flats including internal and external alteration

Plus minor amended plans for land behind Rushendon Furlong/Glebe Close.

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 26 May 2016 to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Latest roadwork update from TfB including Station Road, Ivinghoe closure

Roadworks
B488 Horton Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
12 May — 31 May
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: From Horton Road, Ivinghoe To Station Road, Cheddington
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

B488 Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
12 May — 31 May
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: Whole Length
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

B488 Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
12 May — 31 May
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: Whole Length
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

Church Lane, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
11 May — 17 May
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: Lamp Column O/S 16 . F\W.
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: UK Power Networks
Current status: Advanced planning

Crispin Field, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 May — 16 May
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 47
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: SGN
Current status: Advanced planning

Solving Traffic Problems within our Expanding Community

Traffic problems are at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days in both Ivinghoe and Pitstone.  Ben Hamilton-Baillie is an architect who ha worked for a number of years in the fields of housing, transport and planning.  His particular expertise is in implementing innovative solutions that “reconcile the need for efficient traffic movement with quality public open spaces”, particularly in rural communities such as ours.

Thank you to everyone who attended the public meeting on 10 May 2016 at Pitstone Memorial Hall.  We hope that you found Ben Hamilton-Baillie’s presentation both inspiring and motivational.

Please find below copies of the two reports produced for Pitstone and Ivinghoe.  Hard copies of the reports are also available to view in the following locations:

Beacon Villages Community Library
CuriosiTEA/the Hub
Brookmead School reception area
Little Rothschild surgery
The Village Health Centre, Yardley Avenue

The parish councils welcome your feedback and comments on these proposals.  Please email your thoughts to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or write to 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, LU7 9FE.

Closing date 10 June 2016.

 

 

Best Kept Village judging takes place in June and July

The Parish Council has once again entered into the Best Kept Village competition.  This is awarded to villages that are free of litter, display evidence of community involvement and have well maintained public buildings and areas.  It is not related to Britain in Bloom.   In the past the parish has received several commendation/runner up awards but not won the overall competition.

Judging will take place between 6 June and 8 July, and the whole community can play their part.   Please help to keep our village tidy.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

Are you wonderful at hairstyles, nail art or make up?

Can you create amazing hairstyles? Are you a whizz at beautiful nail art? Can you provide make-up tips? Would you be willing to demonstrate your skills to our young people and teach them how to do it for themselves?

We have young people (11-16yrs) interested in these activities and would love you to volunteer at our youth cafe from 6.30-8.00pm on Wednesdays during term time.

Please get in touch you would like more information.

Thank you.

Pitstone’s neighbourhood plan is now in place

Pitstone’s neighbourhood plan is now in place

14 Apr 2016

On Thursday 14 April, the neighbourhood plan for Pitstone was officially ‘made’ – which means that it has now been completed and approved by Aylesbury Vale District Council. 

A major function of neighbourhood plans, such as the one which has been produced for Pitstone, is that they are used to inform planning decisions within the framework of Aylesbury Vale’s overall development plan.  

AVDC is also working on twenty-eight other neighbourhood plans for different localities. In each case, the district council supports local communities by providing them with essential advice on the neighbourhood planning process, ensuring that each individual plan is broadly in line with local and national planning policies.  

AVDC also organises and conducts referendums, before helping to ensure that neighbourhood plans are adopted and implemented.  

Cllr Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “The residents of Pitstone are to be congratulated on the successful submission of their neighbourhood plan, which will undoubtedly have a significant influence over the future development of their locality. The district council will continue working closely with communities across Aylesbury Vale on important planning issues, including the completion of neighbourhood plans.” 

Details of the Pitstone neighbourhood plan are now available at AVDC’s website:

http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/pitstone-neighbourhood-plan

 The relevant documents are also available for public viewing at AVDC’s offices in The Gateway, Aylesbury and at Beacon Villages Community Library in Ivinghoe, or by contacting the Parish Clerk of Pitstone Parish Council at: parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk

Please also find attached a copy of the Pitstone Neighbourhood Plan decision statement.

Upper Icknield Way road closure 19/4-2/5/16

Roadworks
B488 Tring Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
19 April — 02 May
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: From Dunstable Road To Upper Icknield Way
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

B488 Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
19 April — 02 May
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: From Tring Road To Northfield Road
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

Church Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
18 April — 22 April
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Opposite 17a For Supply To St Mary’S Church
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Advanced planning

Planning applications – 28 April Planning Committee 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 28 April 2016 Planning Committee meeting:

Land to the rear of Glebe Close and Rushendon Furlong, 16/01130/ADP, approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 13/03491/AOP relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 40 residential dwellings together with new access, associated parking and informal open space and attenuation pond.

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 27 April 2016 to allow sufficient time for the information to be circulated to all councillors.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Quarterly grant review coming up

Pitstone parish council sets aside a small budget each year to help local groups with expenses for equipment or events.  It is able to offer grants to community and voluntary bodies provided they meet our criteria. 

Criteria:

  •  All applicants must provide services that benefit the residents of Pitstone.
  • The council reserve the right to prioritise applications that meet identified needs or other areas of focus that may be determined.
  • It must be within the legal power of the parish council to supply a grant for the requested purpose.

The next quarterly grant review will take place at the 28 April 2016 full council meeting.   Any applications need to be received by noon on 18 April 2016 so that they can be included on the next agenda.   The subsequent grant panel will be in July.

If you think your Pitstone based club or group may wish to apply, please ensure you read our attached “Grant Policy” for full application details.

Latest roadwork notifications from BCC

Roadworks
Stocks Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
22 March — 22 March
Delays possible Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Approx 50m From County Boundary
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
22 March — 22 March
Delays possible Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: 75m After Goldings Spring, Approx 100m Before County Boundary
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
22 March — 22 March
Delays possible Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: Just Before County Boundary
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Advanced planning

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
21 March — 23 March
Delays unlikely No carriageway incursion
Works location: Opp 21, Cheddington Road.
Works description:
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Advanced planning

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
21 March — 23 March
Delays unlikely No carriageway incursion
Works location: S/O 2, Yardley Avenue.
Works description:
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Advanced planning

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
21 March — 23 March
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: 159
Works description:
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Advanced planning

Planning applications – April Planning Committee 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 11 April 2016 Planning Committee meeting:

Land to the rear of Pitstone Orchards, Marsworth Road: 16/00904/AOP: outline application with access to be considered and all other matters reserved for the erection of a farmhouse

The meeting will also be discussing pre-application information supplied by Croudace Homes re Rushendon Furlong 13/03491/AOP (sent by Croudace to all homes in Rushendon Furlong & Glebe Close, but is not available on the AVDC web site, therefore please contact the clerk if you wish a copy)

17 Church Road, 16/01045/APP, single storey rear extension.  Demolition of front outhouse and reconstruction of single storey front extension and canopy.    Plus 16/01046/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 date of the meeting.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

PITSTONE VOTES “YES”

Friday 18 March

97% of those voting in yesterday's village referendum did so in 
favour of AVDC adopting the Pitstone Neighbourhood Plan.

This is a terrific result from a high turnout of voters and the 
Parish Council, the NDP Steering Group and the "Vote Yes" campaign 
would like to thank everybody involved, for supporting the Pitstone 
Neighbourhood Plan and everything it stands for in such a resounding manner.

More to follow, in the next edition of PPP and at the forthcoming 
Annual Parish Assembly on 17 May 2016; but in the meantime, our 
thanks once again.

97% of you voted ‘yes’

Delighted to say that 97% of those that voted today, voted in favour of Aylesbury Vale District Council using the Pitstone Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

Please find attached the official Declaration of Result of Neighbourhood Plan Referendum.

The parish council would like to thank everybody that took the time to vote today.  We’d also like to thank all the members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, who have contributed hundreds of hours of voluntary time over the last 18 months to research and prepare this plan on behalf of our community, and thank those in the Yes campaign group. A thank you as well to the staff who manned the polling station, working from 6am to 11.30pm today.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council