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.

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Mon 20:00Pitstone Memorial Hall – Meetin

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.

Support provided for a second defibrillator at Pitstone Memorial Hall, and for banners for Rainbows & Brownies

Support provided for a second defibrillator at Pitstone Memorial Hall, and for banners for Rainbows & Brownies

The parish council was delighted to provide donations to help both these projects:

  • As you will probably remember, the time taken for an ambulance to reach the village from Stoke Mandeville is too long to provide the necessary immediate health care required in the event of a cardiac emergency. There is currently a defibrillator mounted outside the Village Health Centre in Yardley Avenue and there will soon be a second defibrillator outside Pitstone Memorial Hall which will enable even faster assistance to be given to anyone unfortunately suffering heart problems whilst at the hall or on the recreation ground.  In the event of a cardiac emergency, the 999 operator will provide the release code and the defibrillator will talk you through the process of giving life saving treatment to the patient whilst the ambulance is on its way.   Please make sure that you familiarise yourself with the location of both units, as you never know when you might need them.   The council was pleased to provide the requested 50% contribution towards the cost of £813.75.  The remaining funds are being raised via a Zone Cycle Studio sponsored spinathon on 11 November, and other fundraising events at the Memorial Hall.  We wish them every success with this event and thank them for their support of our community with the installation of this life saving equipment.
  • 1st Ivinghoe & Pitstone Rainbows and Brownies advised the parish council that the Rainbow unit had been running for 6 years but had never had an official banner to represent their unit at events such as the Remembrance Day service, furthermore the Brownie banner was now old and out-of-date. The council was pleased to be able to provide the requested 50% contribution towards two new banners, of £120.00.  We’d like to thank all the Rainbows, Brownies, their parents and their Leaders for showing their support of the fallen of the parish and attending important events such as the Remembrance Service.  We look forward to seeing the new banners in due course.

If you think your local community group could benefit from a donation, please read the parish council Grant & Donations Policy available on our website: http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcinfo/grant-policy/  or speak to the parish clerk.

Planning applications – 2 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 2 November planning committee meeting

  • 56 Vicarage Road , 17/03759/APP , Erection of front porch
  • The Old Bakehouse, Chequers Lane, 17/03892/APP, provision of link corridor to annexe outbuilding
  • McD Marketing, 4 Beacon Court, 17/03613/APP, installation of new window at first floor level
  • 7 Vicarage Road, 17/03853/APP, conversion and extension of existing garage and installation of a flue on side elevation

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

 

Could your community group benefit from a grant?

The parish council offers grants to local community groups and charities each year.  Applications are considered quarterly.   The next grant review will take place on  2/11/17 & then again in January 2018.

Please see the grant policy available on this web site for further information and details of application deadlines.

TVP Quarterly Neighbourhood Update

Some of you will be aware that PCSO Paula Boston has left Thames Valley Police after working in the district for 12 years. We wish her luck for the future.

Our first community forum was held at Wing library which was very kindly provide free of charge by the trust. We would like to see residents of other villages at these so please look out the date and location of the next one which will be released soon.

During the meeting it was agreed that our main priority will be:

“REDUCE BURGLARY DWELLINGS AND SERIOUS ACQUISITIVE CRIME”.

I attended the local area forum (LAF) and provided up to date states covering various crimes. Below are the current states August 2016-August 2017:

                                                            2016               2017               increase/decrease

Burglary Dwelling                            69                    48                    -30%

Burglary Non Dwelling                   87                    74                    -15%

Theft of Motor Vehicle                     14                    15                    +7%   

Theft from Motor Vehicle                80                    75                    -15%  

Criminal Damage                             70                    87                    +24%

Drug Offences                                  26                    24                    -8%

The biggest decrease has been Burglary Dwelling. We have been working hard to keep this number down working with both our partners and bordering forces. We are having regular meetings with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire police to identify those involved and sharing intelligence.

In August we completed a joint operation with Bedfordshire the results of this are contained within the good work section.

I did ask members of the LAF to speak with members of the parish and ask them how they feel the team could be more visible to you. Whether it be through social media, attending events etc. Please approach you parish council so they can feed any ideas back to the team.

Burglary dwelling

To help us reduce burglary even more please follow some of the below steps:

  • When leaving your property ensure all windows and doors are locked.
  • If you have a UPVC front door make sure it is deadlocked. Just lifting the handle doesn’t engage the locks you need to lift the handle and lock the door.
  • Arm your burglar alarm. Your neighbours may not check when it’s going off but we will.
  • Lock your back gate and remove any tools from the garden which could be used to force entry.
  • Ask one of your neighbours to move your post if you are away for a period of time. If a burglar sees lots of post piling up by the front door they may come and have a look through your window.
  • Put keys and electrical items such as ipads and laptops away and out of view.

Good new stories:

Joint operation

A total of 8 vehicles were seized for driving without insurance.

21 Intelligence reports were submitted.

18 TOR (traffic offence reports) were submitted for offences including no insurance and speeding offences.

1 person was dealt with for driving without due care.

1 person discovered without the required waste carriers licence and referred to the Local Authority.

Have Your Say’s

PCSO Jackie Dodson

Wednesday 6th September 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Tuesday 12th September 2017 at Edlesborough coffee morning, Taskers Row from 10.30am until 11.30am.

Wednesday 13th September 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Wednesday 20th September 2017 at Pitstone Yardley Lounge coffee morning from 10.00am until 11.00am.

 

Wednesday 4th October 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Tuesday 10th October 2017 at Edlesborough coffee morning, Taskers Row form 10.30am until 11.30am.

Wednesday 11th October 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Wednesday 18th October 2017 at Pitstone Yardley Lounge coffee morning from 10.00am until 11.00am.

 

Wednesday 1st November 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Edlesborough coffee morning, Taskers Row from 10.30am until 11.30am.

Wednesday 8th November 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

Wednesday 15th November 2017 at Pitstone Yardley Lounge coffee morning from 10.00am until 11.00am.

Wednesday 29th November 2017 at Pitstone Youth Café from 7.00pm until 8.00pm.

PCSO Frank Callaghan

Tuesday 5th September at Nup End Café, Wingrave from 11.30am until 12.30pm

 

Offenders brought to justice:

A male from Stoke Hammond has been jailed for 2 years for being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

Two people were arrested to suspicion of stealing a tractor from the Wing area. They are currently under investigation.

Two males issued with a Cannabis street caution in Stoke Hammond

One male issued with a Cannabis street caution in Slapton

Male charged with assault in Marsworth

If you see anything suspicious no matter how small of insignificant it may seem, if you think it’s not right or someone looks out of place please call us on 999 if it is a crime in progress or 101 if you have information. You can also email the team at greatbrickhillwingivinghoeNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Thames Valley Alerts

 

Thames Valley Alerts is the system for receiving crime and policing updates for your area. The state-of-the-art system allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. A new option includes receiving information via text and more traditional landline and email messages will still be available. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages you receive. To sign up to receive alerts visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk

Planning applications – 14 September 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 September planning committee meeting (7pm on Thursday 14 September in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall)

  • 11 Queen Street, 17/03194/APP, installation of free-standing greenhouse to rear
  • 17 Crispin Field, 17/03215/APP, part first floor, part two storey front extension, render to walls and alteration to windows and doors

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

 

Blackberries ready for picking

Lots of lovely blackberries ready on the bushes at the end of the open space between The Crescent and Marsworth Road, some in the hedgerow by the Windsor Road playground and some up in the Local Wildlife Site off Westfield Road.

Please help us stop the tree bark stripping on Pitstone Recreation Ground

Pitstone Parish Council needs your help. 


A large number of trees on Pitstone Recreation Ground have been wilfully vandalised over the last two weeks, having their bark stripped to such an extent that it is likely to cause lasting damage or death to several trees, and others will probably require additional expensive tree surgery in the months to come.

The recreation ground is a village green and damaging it, or anything on it, is a criminal offence and the matter has been reported to Thames Valley Police.

A tree needs the inner Xylem to transport water from the roots to the canopy, and the Phloem to transport nutrients from photosynthesis back to the roots.  Once the outer bark is removed and the phloem damaged, the roots can’t be nourished and they die, causing corresponding death to the canopy above that had been fed by those roots.

If you know who has been causing this damage, please get them to stop immediately, or report them to Thames Valley Police on Tel: 101.

Please be vigilant if you are on the recreation ground and if you do witness anyone damaging the trees, please report them to Thames Valley Police on
Tel: 101.     Thank you.

Full details and photographs of some of the damage can be seen on the link below:

tree damage poster august 2017

 

Planning applications – August 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 August planning committee meeting (date tbc)

  • 2 Hurst Path, 17/02650/APP, loft conversion with rooflights to front extension and dormer to rear
  • 20 Crispin Field, 17/02609/APP, single storey rear extension with two storey side 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

 

Last Pitstone Youth Cafe before the summer holidays this Wednesday (12 July 2017)

This Wednesday, 12 July, will be the last Pitstone Youth Cafe before the summer holidays.

There is no cafe on Wednesday 19 July (as the school premises are being utilised for another event and are therefore not available to us).

A big thank you to everyone who has been to cafe this academic year.  We hope you all have a very enjoyable summer holiday and we will see you again in September.

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 it 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.