Congratulations to Dave Seaton – Pitstone Volunteer of the Year 2019

Very many congratulations to Dave Seaton on being awarded Pitstone Volunteer of the Year 2019.

Dave has served for 8 years on the Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments committee putting in many hours of voluntary work to bring the Summer Festival and Bonfire & Fireworks Events to our community, the last few years of which he has served as Chairman.  Dave will unfortunately be stepping down later this year and will be sorely missed by his fellow committee members.

Parish Council Chairman, Dave Nicholls, presented the framed certificate, card and cheque for £50.00 to Dave Seaton at the Annual Parish Assembly on Tuesday evening.

Dave was the 11th recipient of this annual award.   If you know someone who goes above and beyond with their voluntary efforts to bring benefits to the residents of Pitstone, then please submit your nominations for next years award to the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

 

Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor

Councillor Gillian Arney stepped down from the parish council at the last meeting after over 20 years of service.  Our thanks are given to Gill for all her commitment to our community.

As a result, a vacancy has arisen on Pitstone Parish Council for the office of Parish Councillor.  If any ten electors give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by Monday 3 June requesting an election be held, the vacancy will be filled at a by-election.  If no such notice is received the Parish Council will seek to fill the vacancy by co-option of a suitably qualified person.  Please see the notice attached for full details.

The position will last until the elections in May 2020, at which point all existing members will be required to stand for re-election should they wish to continue on the council and new members of the community may also stand.  At this election, the number of seats will also increase from 10 to 11 to reflect the growing population.

Please find attached an introductory leaflet about the work of a parish council.  If you would be interested in joining the parish council, please contact the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 01296 767261 and we will be happy to supply you with further details.

Planning applications – 30 May 2019 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at the meeting being held on Thursday 30 May 2019 at 7.30pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • 16 Windsor Road, 19/01728/APP, single storey side extension
  • 6 Old Farm, 19/01840/APP, conversion of garage to studio gym

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.

Our meetings are all open to public and you are welcome to attend and express your views in person during the public participation session.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Could you drive a neighbour in need to their medical appointment?

Drivers urgently needed

In Pitstone, we have a number of residents that are unable to drive, don’t benefit from having 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 our coordinator who will check 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 or Pitstone 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.  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 Stephen Davies on parishassistant@pitstone.co.uk or
01296 767116

Want to get your message to our 3,500 residents?

Did you know that we have almost 3,500 residents in the village now? We have a high proportion of people under 18 years (almost 30%) and approximately 12% of people that have reached retirement age.

We produce a quarterly magazine called Pitstone Parish Post (PPP) which is not only hand delivered to every home in the parish, but is also delivered to all the business units on the industrial park and published online.

If you are looking to attract customers from Pitstone, why not consider advertising in the PPP magazine?

  • The next deadline for submissions is 24 June 2019.
  • Quarter page £15, Half page £27, Full page £54.  Inside cover/back page half page in colour £32.50 or full page in colour £65.   Discounts available for pre-payment of 4 editions.
  • Please contact the Editor on pppeditor@pitstone.co.uk & the Advertising Manager on klausginda@btinernet.com to reserve your space.

There are also opportunities for you to display your advertising banners around the football pitches at our sports pavilion site, which are home to 10 local junior & senior football teams who host regular home matches attended by both the local residents, the away teams and their supporters.   Cost £200 per season (August to May).  If this would be of interest, please drop an email to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

 

 

Seeking quotations for minor fencing amendment and JCB hire (deadline 19/5/19)

The parish council is seeking quotations for the following in connection with works planned at our allotment site later this autumn:

Location: Pitstone Allotments, Marsworth Road, Pitstone (opposite Woodz Pizza/Masons store).

  1. To relocate a section of perimeter post and wire fence approximately 8m long, to be moved by 1.5m away from the allotment site and into the adjacent track site.  If you walk up the track beside the allotments you will see some blue paint to mark the new location by the 2nd sharp bend (opposite plot 45 on the attached plan).  Will involve 3-4 of the existing posts.  We presume you will be able to re-utilise existing materials, but please specify in your quotation if any new materials are required.
    All contractors must possess public liability insurance (please supply a copy with your quotation) and be able to provide a risk assessment prior to undertaking work.
  2. To improve access for tenants, volunteers from the Allotment Association intend to lay some sections of track using a 20 tonne load of stone.  They require the assistance of a wheeled JCB with back actor and front shovel loader, complete with skilled driver.  Please provide quotations for both a full day rate and half day rate.  Please attach evidence of qualifications and suitable public liability insurance.

The parish council will need to provide evidence of insurance etc to the landowner before we can confirm appointment of the contractor.  Please be patient and bear with us whilst we obtain this permission.

Please submit your quotations by Sunday 19 May 2019 to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone, Beds, LU7 9FE, clearly marking your correspondence “ALLOTMENT QUOTATION”.  All quotations will be opened on Monday 20 May and anonymised data circulated to council for consideration at their meeting on 30 May 2019.

Initial ground-work, prior to leisure development

The Parish Council has long aspired to redevelop the leisure facilities on the land adjacent to Pitstone Memorial Hall.  This process has been complicated by a series of land and charity issues, as the land is not currently owned by the parish council.  We hope that these issues will be resolved in the near future, and in preparation, we are undertaking some initial ground-work at the site.

An illustration of the play space selected by the community and for which we already have planning permission is below.  The bulk of the old play equipment will be removed at the same time as the new equipment is installed.

It was originally hoped that an access path the new facilities could be provided along the far side of the hedgerow, but this is no longer feasible and the first section of the access path will now be installed on the recreation ground side of the site.  This will provide safe dry access to the site for pushchairs, wheelchairs and pedestrians and will be extended as the new facilities are installed (but currently won’t reach the entire length as construction vehicles require access at either end).

For safety reasons, the kicking goal unfortunately needs to be temporarily removed.  As part of the residential development around the hall, the developer is installing a new
multi-use ball court (illustration below), for which they have planning permission.

The youth shelter unfortunately needs to be temporarily removed as this area needs to be cleared for the new play equipment and access is required.  It will be stored so that it can be re-installed at a future date.

There remains an ambition to install a concrete skate park between the ball court and the play space.  Procurement for this can only commence once the land is within our
ownership.

We will keep residents updated with progress and apologise for any inconvenience caused by these initial works.

 

Planning applications – 9 May 2019 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at a meeting being held on Thursday 9 May 2019 at 7pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • 12 Short Hale, 19/01488/APP, garage conversion
  • 43 Cheddington Road, 19/01542/APP, dropped curb

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.

Our meetings are all open to public and you are welcome to attend and express your views in person during the public participation session.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Send us your stories!


Your PPP is looking for local news stories from the residents of Pitstone. We want to include articles about YOU and everything that makes Pitstone a great place to live. We want to hear about:

● Do you or your family have an interesting talent?
● Is your pet the best?
● Have there been some strange goings-on?
● Are you tenth generation Pitstonion?
● Have you had some impressive achievements?
● What’s been dug up in your garden?

You don’t need to be able to write as local councillor Louise Stoddart will come to you and write the article for you and take a picture to feature in the magazine.

For more details, please contact: ​louise.stoddart@pitstonepc.org

Quotations being sought for ground works by Pitstone Recreation Ground

In preparation for some forthcoming leisure development, the parish council needs to undertake some preparatory groundwork to clear access for the contractors and install an access path.

Please find below, details of the works required.

Quotations must be submitted by Friday 12 April.  Work must commence on, or before, 26 April.

If you have any questions or queries, please email parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk and we will ensure that the responses are published so that all potential contractors have access to the same level of information.

Thank you.

Update 9/4/19 : please allow for expansion joints at least every 8m.

 

Planning applications – 25 April 2019 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at a meeting being held on 25 April 2019 (time tbc) in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • Pitstone Cement Works, Marsworth Road, 19/01200/APP, removal of existing telecommunications mast and associated apparatus and equipment housing and installation of new 30m mast including 6 no. antennas, 2 no. 600 millimetre dish antennas and 2 no. 300 millimetre dish antennas and associated apparatus, 13 no. equipment cabinets at ground level and associated ancillary works
  • 7 Albion Road, 19/01311/APP, First floor 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.

Our meetings are all open to public and you are welcome to attend and express your views in person during the public participation session.

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Planning applications – 28 March 2019 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at a planning committee meeting being held on 28 March 2019 at 7pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • Woodz Pizzas Ltd, 17 Marsworth Road, 19/00723/AAD, retrospective application for erection of front fascia
  • Woodz Pizzas Ltd, 17 Marsworth Road, 19/00331/APP, retrospective application for flue
  • Rear of The Bell/The Haldi, 80 Marsworth Road, 19/00942/APP | Erection of two new 2-bed semi-detached dwellings to the rear of the site with associated parking and amenity space to the rear of the site. Alterations to the access to the existing first floor flat to the existing property. 
  • 89 Crispin Field, 19/00997/APP, Demolition of rear conservatory and erection of single-storey front extension with alterations to existing roof and single storey rear extension
  • 6 Queen Street, 19/01071/APP, Replacement of existing conservatory with single storey rear extension and conversion of garage

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.

Our meetings are all open to public and you are welcome to attend and express your views in person during the public participation session.

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 that benefit Pitstone residents.  Applications are considered quarterly.   The next opportunity for grants to be considered is coming up on 25 April 2019.

Please see the grant policy on this web site (http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcinfo/grant-policy/ ) for further information or contact the parish clerk.

Applications must be received at least 10 days ahead of the meeting date so that the information can be circulated to all members ahead of the meeting and your application can be advertised on our agenda.

Bus Information Panels

To help users of the bus information panels, Bucks County Council confirm that if a normal time is being shown, then for some reason the GPS tracking of that particular bus is not available in which case the display will disappear at the scheduled time.   If however, the GPS is working and the bus is being tracked, the minutes until arrival should be shown and will count down, and this tracking information should remain on display until the bus arrives.

We hope that clarifies the different display options.

Greatmoor Energy from Waste – do you know what happens to the refuse in your green lid bin?

On Monday 18 th February, Pitstone Parish Council took the opportunity to take a guided tour around the Greatmoor Energy from Waste Facility based in Aylesbury. The facility covers the whole of Buckinghamshire and some surrounding areas such as North London. Operated by FCC, Greatmoor sustainably manages the disposal of Buckinghamshire’s household waste by diverting it from landfill to turn into electricity. More than 25 megawatts of energy is recovered from the process of burning
waste which is enough to power 40,000 homes in Bucks.

How does it work?
The facility processes 110,000 tonnes of household (non-recyclable) waste and 235,000 tonnes of trade/commercial waste from bodies such as local authorities. The waste is collected in articulated lorries – using the most efficient vehicles with low emissions and they take the shortest distances from A to B to save fuel.

The waste processing site is enormous! The waste is dropped into a 23 metre deep bunker, a huge grab crane picks up the waste, dropping it into a grate where it burns at approx. 1000 degrees Celsius for 2 hours. The grate moves mechanically turning the waste to ensure full combustion. The grate is 10m x 12m making it the largest single-line facility.  The thermal energy from the combustion process is used to heat a boiler to produce high-pressured steam (400C and 50 bar pressure) that is fed to a turbine for the production and export of 25 megawatts of electricity. Sufficient to power 18% of all Bucks homes.

Emissions Treatment and Monitoring
Gases and fly ash generated from burning the waste passes thought a chemical neutralising system using ammonia, lime and activated carbon, cleaning the emissions. After chemical treatment the flue gases pass into the bag house filter, containing nearly 3,000 filter tunes, before leaving the 95m stack and entering the atmosphere. The emissions are monitored to ensure compliance with legislation and the requirements of the Environmental Permit are maintained. The emissions from the stack are 99% water vapour!

If you want to know more, or visit the UK’s largest single-line energy from waste facility please visit:

www.greatmoor.co.uk

£2,000 Grant Awarded to Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments

As you may know, Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments (PIE) is run by volunteers from our community and they have been providing high quality entertainment to our villages for over 20 years.  They arrange the Summer Festival held on Pitstone Recreation Ground and the Bonfire/Fireworks held at the Pitstone Pavilion each year.   Any profits generated by these events, organised by the community for the community, are often given as grants to other community groups to further benefit our residents – in fact since 1999 over £13,000 has been donated to over 20 local clubs and organisations.  For a number of reasons, PIE required a helping hand towards the cost of the 2019 bonfire/fireworks and the parish council was pleased to award a grant of £2,000 in support of this event which is regularly enjoyed by 1,200-1,300 local residents.

Please do support Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments and attend their events, so that these functions can continue.  This year’s summer festival will be held 14-16 June 2019 (events to be confirmed) and the bonfire/fireworks is normally held on the nearest Saturday to 5 November.

For more information about Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments, or to volunteer your help, please visit:  http://www.events-pi.com/

Dog bin etiquette

DOG BIN ETIQUETTE poster

Dog bins are for the disposal of fouling from pets that are out walking only.

All waste collected from your home, should be placed into your normal green-lidded refuse bin where it will be taken to Greatmoor Energy from Waste and converted, along with your other refuse, into electricity.  For more information visit: http://www.greatmoor.co.uk/

All our bins are emptied weekly in winter & twice weekly in summer.

Should you find that the bin is full, please be considerate and take your bag to the next bin or take it home with you.

Please don’t turn the bin into a bag tree, pile bags on the top or leave your bag on the floor.  These may then become damaged and their content escape causing distress and posing health hazards.

Please do consider the neighbours, other residents walking/playing nearby, the contractors, other users and the environment – and use these bins responsibly.  Thank you.

Can you help us review dog bin provision around Windsor Road?

The dog bin located at the top end of Windsor Road, near the cycle path, and before the junction with Westfield Road is regularly over utilised.  There are already additional dog bins located by the Hever Close playground, by the entrance to the Local Wildlife Site and by the Windsor Road playground.

We are trying to establish if there is a need for additional bins in this area and/or if there is a more appropriate location for this bin.  To do this, we need to hear from dog walkers in the area so that we can understand:

  • which route you take (do you walk up Windsor Road itself, do you come along the cycle/footpath up the centre of the estate, or do you walk up Westfield Road itself?)
  • why this bin is particularly over-used
  • if you think there may be a need for a bin in another location
  • if there is a more appropriate location for this bin
  • etc

All our dog bins are emptied weekly during the winter and twice a week during the summer via a service contract with AVDC.  The bins are the maximum size permitted.  Bins must be located within 25m of the highway so that the collection truck can gain access.

Please email any information to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk

Thank you.

 

Can the parish council support your community group at the annual assembly?

Every year the parish council hosts an Annual Assembly where residents can come along, find out what has been going on in the village over the last 12 months and what might be happening over the forthcoming year.  This year, the meeting will take place on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 7.30pm in the main hall at the Memorial Hall.  This is not a council meeting (though chaired by the council), but a community meeting where residents can find out about all the things that happen in the village.  Some years community groups have asked us to hold volunteer fairs, have asked to present, or have asked to have stands so that you can promote your cause to residents, or even just to have leaflets available to those that attend.   If you are attending, we can also list your group on the agenda/leaflet that is delivered to all homes in the parish, as well as appearing on our website/facebook page/twitter feed, to try and drive footfall for you.

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

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

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

PPP message from the Parish Council Chairman, Dave Nicholls

This quarter’s message in PPP from the Parish Council Chairman, Dave Nicholls

I’d like to wish all our residents a happy and prosperous 2019.

Each year the parish council has to agree our budget, which sets the precept for the coming financial year.  We finalise it in January so it can be passed to AVDC, who then collect the precept as part of the council tax bill.  This year, for the first time in over 10 years, we have had to make a noticeable increase.  There are a couple of reasons why we have been able to keep the increase minimal up to now.  Firstly, growth in the village masked any increases because the precept is shared across all households.  Secondly, the council took the decision a few years ago to reduce our emergency reserves to an amount sufficient for 3 months of council business, which is the legal minimum allowed.  In the intervening years, we have slowly used these reserves instead of increasing the precept, but they are now used up.  For a Band D property the increase amounts to approximately £1.95 per month, which allows us to continue to deliver all services as we have before and accrue funds for longer term projects.

On another subject, at the end of 2019 the Parish Council will have existed for 125 years.  We wish to put together some information on the history of the council.  Councillors will be searching the county archives for interesting items but we would also like residents to let us know if they have any Parish Council related memories or documents that they’d like to share.  If you have anything, please contact the clerk.

 

Welcome to our new Editor of PPP

You will have seen in the last edition of the magazine that Sue was stepping down as PPP Editor after many years of voluntary service.  The parish council would like to sincerely thank Sue for all her hard work and support and wish her well for the future.

We’d also like to introduce you to Stephanie Nicholls, our newly appointed Editor for PPP.  Stephanie is 19 years old and has a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.  She is creative and interested in pursuing a career in graphic design.   She will bring a younger perspective to PPP.

Stephanie designed the cover of the last issue of PPP, even drawings the poppies, and has undertaken other design work.  Forgotten what it looked like?  View the online edition here: http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcpubs/pitstone-parish-post-issue-118/

Stephanie has designed the cover of the current edition and all the content.  Looks fantastic.  If you haven’t had your PPP delivered yet, it will be with you very shortly.  Can’t wait?  View the online edition here:  http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcpubs/pitstone-parish-post-issue-119/

We extend a warm welcome to Stephanie and trust you will do the same.

The contact details for the Editor remain unchanged, please email pppeditor@pitstone.co.uk.

 

Thank you to all our volunteers and staff

A large number of volunteers supplement the work of our staff and regularly help the parish council to turn our village from a beautiful place to live into a thriving, wonderful community to live within.  The council is most grateful to all the support provided by the staff and volunteers who help at the youth cafe, deliver/edit/manage Pitstone Parish Post, check street lights, sit on Pitstone Allotment Association committee, drive and co-ordinate the Pitstone Community Car Scheme, carry out litter picking, conduct asset checks, clean the pavilion, assist with the management of our trees and grounds, sit on our Sports & Leisure Committee and help with village planning.   We held the very successful annual volunteer thank you event on Thursday 17 January, which gave the council an opportunity to say thank you in person.  A good evening was had by all those that attended, with people enjoying the opportunity to catch up with other volunteers/staff that they may otherwise only see infrequently.   So a huge thank you once again to everyone who plays a part in shaping this vibrant community we reside within.

Planning applications – 31 January 2019 meeting

Applications for consideration at the 31 January 2019  meeting:

  • 72 Vicarage Road, 19/00063/APP, single storey rear extension
  • 7 Queen Street, 19/00071/APP, proposed second cross over and renovate existing so both identical
  • Safran, Westfield Road, 19/00193/APP, replacement gatehouse building

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

 

Price freeze at the allotments for 2019/20

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 2019/20 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 12 months will be £15.00, as per the last seven 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.

It has also been agreed to run an 18-month tenancy for the renewal this March, so that in subsequent years the tenancy will renew in October, which better suits the allotment growing calendar and thus brings benefits to tenants.

As per the terms and conditions of your Allotment Garden Tenancy Agreement, the renewal rental will be payable in full on or before 25 March 2019 on this occasion, running to the end of September 2020 (moving to October renewal date from October 2020).   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.

If you wish to join the waiting list for an allotment, please email: pitstoneallotmentassociation@gmail.com or visit http://pitstoneallotmentassociation.org.uk/ for further information.

Care about local public transport?…then come join us

Pitstone Parish Council (PPC) is creating a new Working Party dedicated to public transport services in and around our Parish.  This is an open invitation to all Pitstone Parish residents, business owners and employees in our Parish with interest about public transport to join this group.  This new working group is being formed due to an increase in concerns, PPC objectives and the need to bring in additional perspectives and expertise in this often technical area.

What is PPC currently doing?

  • Liaise and lobby with Bucks County Council and public transport providers on behalf of the Parish
  • Look after bus shelters
  • Work towards providing new and better transport for the isolated, disabled and vulnerable (e.g. Community Buses and Dial-a-Rides)
  • Working towards providing better access to Tring and Cheddington Stations, including new bus routes
  • Communicate back to the Parish information from Bucks County Council and transport providers.
  • Correspond with schools and colleges about school transportation
  • Carry out local surveys

This list is not exhaustive, but should give you an idea.  Time and resources dedicated to the above have steadily increased due to more objectives being set and increased threats and opportunities that are arising.  As an example, the NDP set out the objectives to set up a Community Bus and bus routes to the local train stations.  Money has and will be received from recent housing developments (S106) towards these but it is a technical and time consuming challenge to achieve these objectives.  We have also had a recent significant change to our local buses due to Red Rose taking over the 61 bus route from Arriva, which presents both a threat and opportunity to our public buses.  Bucks County Council often change public transport policies; for example they are proposing significant changes to school bus provision and we are one avenue through which correspondence and lobbying can be achieved.

So we have decided to create a new Working Party to work towards public transport objectives and enable better understanding and correspondence between us and Parish residents so we can correspond with and when necessary lobby other stakeholders. I will be the Chairman.  My personal interest mainly arises out of previously being a regular bus user and a concern about the lack of services to stations and for vulnerable and isolated residents.  But I am also a good example of where we care and are keen to move forwards, but our collective technical expertise is lacking.

For information, a Working Party is a sub-committee group of the Council, which allows us to invite people outside the Council to become involved.  This is different from a sub-Committee as no powers will be devolved to the Working Party, as any recommendations will be passed back to the full Council to make a final decision.  Given PPC only has limited direct responsibilities, it was thought better to establish this as a Working Party.

The Council has set some provisional objectives for this group, but these can be discussed and changed over time.  However, it is important that this group does not become focused on any one particular objective, as the Council does have a responsibility to progress in a few different areas.

So if you are a regular user of local public transport services (or would like to be), have particular expertise or care about the provision of public transport and are 16+, live or work in the Parish, we would be very interested to hear from you.

Cllr Dr. Dave Frearson

New trees for the recreation ground

Four new trees (Betula Pendula, Carpinus Betulus, Sorbus Aira Lutescens and Sorbus Magestica) have been planted on the Recreation Ground to replace some lost to vandalism etc over the past 24 months.  Once these have matured, their canopies will also provide extra protection to help prevent cricket balls escaping onto Marsworth Road.

 

An additional sign has been erected near the rear car park reminding users that golf is not permitted on the recreation ground for the safety of all our users.

New Village Centre

AVDC approved the planning application for the residential development around the recreation ground just before Christmas.   This development forms the last major parcel of residential land identified within the Pitstone Neighbourhood Plan.  As part of the development, Nicholas King will be providing a multi-use ball-games court, new car parking, replacement woodland planting, footpath access through to Castlemead, primary and secondary educational contributions, sport & leisure contributions, additional on-site open space, affordable housing and a contribution to the Pitstone Safety Scheme.

AVDC had previously granted outline planning permission for a restaurant/café/pub and a private day nursery on the same overall site.  It is our understanding that Nicholas King will be placing these commercial parcels of land onto the open market, and that any eventual owners would then submit for full planning/discharge of planning conditions.

Full details of all applications can be found on the AVDC planning portal.

Elections Postponed until 2020, plus 1 extra seat in Pitstone

 

As you will probably all be aware, the Secretary of State has approved plans for the creation of a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire in 2020.  This will see the end of Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council, and the creation of a new single council.  As part of this process, the District Council elections originally scheduled to take place in 2019 have been postponed by MHCLG until May 2020.   All Buckinghamshire parish and town council elections (including Pitstone) scheduled to take place in 2019 have also been postponed by MHCLG until May 2020, and our existing councillors will now serve an additional year in their term of office.

Due to the residential growth in the parish, an extra seat on the council is likely to be approved, raising the number of councillors from 10 to 11 at the next election.  If you have a passion for improving life within the parish, and plenty of voluntary time to contribute, you may like to consider standing for election in 2020 so now is a good time to get involved with the parish council and find out what is involved.   Please check out the initial information in our leaflet: http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcpubs/pitstone-parish-council-general-information-leaflet/ or get in touch with the parish clerk.

£3,000 grant provided to Pitstone Memorial Hall charity

The parish council is delighted to have been able to provide a grant of £3,000 to Pitstone Memorial Hall charity to cover the majority of the cost of repairs to the soffits, fascias and guttering at the hall.   Work should commence in the next few months.

If you belong to a community group that could also benefit from a grant, please check out the parish council’s grant policy on http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcinfo/grant-policy/ or get in touch with the parish clerk.

Did you realise that the Memorial Hall was run by a charity, whose trustees are all local residents that care about the hall and the services it provides to the community?  If you are also passionate about this great local facility, and have time to volunteer, please get in touch with the memorial hall who will be able to provide some information about how you can get involved.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We would like to wish all of our residents, staff, volunteers, customers and suppliers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The office will be open over the festive period, with the exception of the bank holidays.

New Homes Bonus Micro Grant awarded to Pitstone Youth Café

The parish council is delighted to confirm that it has been awarded a grant of £800 from Aylesbury Vale District Council’s (AVDC’s) New Homes Bonus Micro Grant Scheme towards replacement games consoles and sports equipment for the Pitstone Youth Café including goal posts and basketballs.

The young people that attend the youth café asked for our help to source more up-to-date equipment and an improved range of sports equipment.   They have been holding their own fundraising events to contribute to the project and have successfully raised £40.00.   The parish council has also provided a financial contribution of £180.

If you would like more information about the AVDC grant funding available, please contact the grants officer, Jan Roffe, at  jroffe@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk.

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More funding for front-line policing (please complete the very short form)

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The information is repeated below for your convenience.

Dear resident

The Thames Valley Police budget has been cut by £101 million over the last eight years which has resulted in significant cuts to police officer and staff numbers. This year the Government has encouraged all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to raise the policing element of the council tax precept by £2 a month for a Band D property (the increase for other property Bands is set out in the below table). To prevent further damaging cuts to policing and restore some important frontline policing capability I would like to make use of this Government advice and raise the council tax precept accordingly.

On Thursday 13th December the Home Secretary announced the provisional police funding settlement for 2019/20. In response to the exceptional operational demands on the police, particularly in areas such as Thames Valley, the Government is increasing the funding available to PCCs by up to £813 million. This is provided all PCCs, including myself, increase their council tax for a Band D household  by £2 a month, or £24 a year in 2019/20 (the increase for other Property Bands is set out in the table below) which, collectively, will raise £509 million of the £813 million increase in funding. This new settlement will mean that forces can continue to provide an effective service, against the rising tide of demand and complexity in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public.

Demand on police forces nationally has risen significantly in the last year as a result of higher crime numbers, the increasing complexity of crime, and the increasing reach of criminals both physically and via technology. This includes an increase in the reporting of high harm and previously hidden crimes such as child sexual abuse and modern slavery. The challenge from serious and organised crime networks is also growing both in economic value and the geographical spread, whilst nationally there has also been a spike in serious violence and knife crime alongside the increase in a gang culture.  A significant amount of the more serious crime is now being committed by foreign national offenders.

In addition the police are dealing with a large amount of non-crime business, especially in relation to mental health. My focus will continue to be on delivering strong neighbourhood policing for all of the communities across the Thames Valley whilst addressing the serious threats and hardship posed by criminals operating in, or out of Thames Valley on our communities.

Despite increasing council tax by £12 last year (for a Band D property) the increasing demands and price rises means that policing continues to be under significant financial pressure. Our costs continue to rise as a result of police officer and staff pay increases, price inflation, police officer pension contributions and committed growth items. We remain efficient and effective but having already taken out £101m of cash savings and cuts from our base budget since 2010/11 the process of identifying new cash savings is becoming ever more challenging, however we are committed to making policing even more efficient and have already identified over £4m of new savings in 2019/20. 

I am proposing to increase council tax by £24 for a Band D household and will ensure that all the extra cash generated from council taxpayers will be spent on operational policing. The draft budget for 2019/20 will provide additional funding to:

  • Increase Local Frontline Policing – we will recruit additional officers and staff to respond to increasing crime demand and complexity and the impact of the reduction in the resources of and services provided by other agencies (particularly in the areas of mental health and children’s safeguarding).
  • Improve our investigation capacity and process – stretched resources are operating in an increasingly expanding and complex environment with investigations at all levels growing in size and complexity.
  • There has been an increase in organised crime which exploits the vulnerable as well as cyber enabled crime fraud and economic crime. We will recruit more investigators and invest in appropriate new technology and tools.
  • Improve Contact Management – the rise in demand and the complexity of that demand have increased the length of time it takes to assess the threat, harm and risk and ensure every call receives the appropriate response.  We will reduce call handling times, particularly for 101 calls, by recruiting additional staff to deal with the additional demand and more complex crime and incidents being reported.
  • Increasing our digital capability – we will exploit the modern platforms we have been investing in through the development of operational designed tools, expanding our mobile capability and improving connectivity will allow officers and staff to maximise the use of online digital applications facilitating the fast access and transfer of data, while investing in Intelligence technologies will improve the efficiency of transactional processes.
  • Sustainable funding for the capital programme – to ensure the long term financial stability of the force we have to provide revenue support to the capital programme to ensure that we can continue to invest in new technology and other infrastructure projects in future years.


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The majority of police funding (57%) comes from Government grants, with the remaining 43% coming from the Council tax precept. There are eight Bands of council tax depending on the value of your property.

In 2018/19 the policing precept was increased by £12 (7.0%) for a Band D property. The Government has again given PCCs the flexibility to increase council tax by up to £24 (13.2%) for a Band D household. The impact of this increase on your council tax is shown in the table below.

Band Current Police share of council tax in 2018/19 Proposed council tax 2019/20 Proposed monthly increase
A £121.52 £137.52 £1.33
B £141.77 £160.44 £1.56
C £162.03 £183.36 £1.78
D £182.28 £206.28 £2.00
E £222.79 £252.12 £2.44
F £263.29 £297.96 £2.89
G £303.80 £343.80 £3.33
H £364.56 £412.56 £4.00


Anthony Stansfeld
Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

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Last youth cafe of the term tonight. Re-opens 9/1/19.

Please note that it is the last youth cafe of this term tonight.   May we take this opportunity to wish everyone who attends, and all the volunteers that support it, a very merry Christmas.   We hope you enjoy your school holidays.

Pitstone youth cafe will re-open at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 January 2019.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Please do not allow your dog to foul our playgrounds

Unfortunately we are experiencing ongoing problems, particularly in one playground, with someone who regularly allows their dog to exercise and foul inside the play area and fails to clear up.

Please note that all three of our children’s play areas have fencing around them.  Please ensure that any dogs remain on the outside of the fence and are not brought into the play areas.  Some children may be frightened by your dog, even if you think your dog is being friendly, and dog fouling can be damaging to children’s health.   All play areas have appropriate signage in place, and all have dog waste bins located close by.

Please show consideration to the youngest people in our parish.  Do not use play areas as dog exercise parks.  There is plenty of open space around the parish where dogs can be exercised.

 

 

Grant confirmed by AVDC New Homes Bonus towards pavilion site redevelopment

The parish council is pleased to confirm that it has been awarded a grant of £370,000 from Aylesbury Vale District Council’s (AVDC’s) New Homes Bonus Funding Scheme towards the potential redevelopment of the pavilion site.

The planning application relating to the potential improvements to the pavilion site can be found on the AVDC’s planning portal (https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PHXDI9CLIQ800&activeTab=summary), or you can find all the  information on the parish council website (http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcnews/potential-improvements-to-pitstone-pavilion/).

AVDC will hold these funds until construction fulfilment, they are not held by the parish council.  We continue to explore other possible sources of funding and will keep residents updated on any progress.   It must again be stressed that the project can’t move forward to the next phase unless the project attracts sufficient grant/other funding.

If you would like more information about the AVDC grant funding available, please contact the grants officer, Jan Roffe, at  jroffe@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk.

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The real-time information panels are now active at 4 bus stops

Real time information panel

We are pleased to report that the forth real-time-information panel has now been installed at the bus stop located near the Local Green Space on Marsworth Road.  All four units are now working and displaying live departure information.  The buses are fitted with GPS which feeds into the system to provide up-to-date travel information.  No more waiting around wondering how late the bus is running, or whether it has already gone, as you’ll be able to see at a glance.

The four units are located at the following bus stops:

  • Travelling towards Dunstable:
    • The bus shelter by the Local Green Space on Marsworth Road, in front of The Crescent
    • The new bus shelter on Marsworth Road, by the junction of Rushendon Furlong
  • Travelling towards Aylesbury:
    • The bus shelter almost opposite Masons store, between Queen Street & Albion Road, on Marsworth Road
    • The bus shelter outside the Recreation Ground, on Marsworth Road

The information panels have been provided by the housing developers off Rushendon Furlong and Vicarage Road, and are owned and managed by Bucks County Council.

 

 

Planning applications – 3 January 2019 meeting

Applications for consideration at the 3 January 2019  meeting:

  • 20 Crispin Field, 18/04311/APP, single storey rear and two storey side & rear extension
  • 43 Marsworth Road, 18/04540/APP, single storey side and 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

 

Christmas Lights switched on

Photograph of lights in tree

The parish council Christmas lights in the tree on the Recreation Ground outside Pitstone Memorial Hall were switched on again on the first Sunday in Advent and will remain illuminated each night time until 12th night, bringing some seasonal cheer and welcoming those attending events at the hall.

May we take this opportunity to wish all of our residents a happy and healthy festive season.

Christmas lights in tree outside Memorial Hall

Could your community group benefit from a grant?

The parish council offers grants to local community groups and charities that benefit Pitstone residents.  Applications are considered quarterly.   The next opportunity for grants to be considered is coming up on 31 January 2019.

Please see the grant policy on this web site (http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcinfo/grant-policy/ ) for further information or contact the parish clerk.

Applications must be received at least 10 days ahead of the meeting date so that the information can be circulated to all members ahead of the meeting and your application can be advertised on our agenda.

New kissing gate installed on the Local Green Space

New kissing gate

We are pleased to report that the new kissing gate has now been installed on the Local Green Space between Marsworth Road and The Crescent.  This is situated at the far end of the green space and therefore opens up use of the internal grassed area putting an end to people walking down to the end and then finding that there is was no exit.

The new wooden kissing gate is also suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs to ensure it can be utilised by as many residents as possible.

Extra daffodil bulbs have also now been planted along the inside of the fence line and around a couple of crab apple trees, and both the wooden fence and the mesh fencing have been repaired.

 

 

 

Youth Cafe fundraising cake sales

The young people that attend the youth cafe have asked for the council’s help to buy some new equipment. We have worked with them to apply for a grant, and committed some funding towards their target. The youngsters themselves opted to hold bring-and-buy cake sales over the next few weeks to raise their contribution and demonstrate commitment to the potential grant provider. If your child is planning to attend cafe over the next few weeks please consider supporting them by providing a donation of cakes and/or a few extra pennies for them to purchase a cake.

Feasibility study for the Pitstone & Ivinghoe Safety Scheme commissioned

Bucks County Council logoThe parish council is pleased to announce that the Bucks County Council Great Brickhill, Wing & Ivinghoe Local Area Forum (BCC LAF) has agreed to allocate £7,535.50 from its Local Priorities Reserve towards the Pitstone Feasibility Study Scheme.  The parish council is also contributing £11,288.96.

As the flow of vehicles, bicycles & pedestrians affects both villages, this is a project we are working on in close partnership with Ivinghoe Parish Council.  The Ivinghoe elements have also been awarded BCC LAF funding, and Ivinghoe Parish Council is also making a financial contribution.

You will recall that concept studies for both parishes were initially commissioned from Ben Hamilton-Baillie Associates (available on our website), and the resulting consultation showed widespread support from both parishes.  Bucks County Council Local Area Forum then worked with the parishes to undertake a Feasibility Stage Road Safety Audit, which concluded in 2017, and outlines several other factors to be taken into consideration within any future design.

The next step needed is the current Feasibility Design Scheme which will aim to identify low-cost short-term measures and long-term structural suggestions, with layout plans of proposed options, commentary on the designs, recommended materials palette, cross sections where appropriate and budget estimates for implementation.

The Local Area Forum has placed the order for this Scheme with Transport for Bucks who will program the works, and we hope to be able to provide an update next spring.

Potential improvements to Pitstone Pavilion

As part of the neighbourhood planning process, and from previous surveys, we know that the community feels strongly that the pavilion site is developed and expanded to become a facility that can be utilised by a far larger sector of our local community.

At the moment, the site is home to senior and junior football pitches along with a changing pavilion.  The facilities were passed to the community many years ago as part of the leisure contributions paid by the developers of the Castlemead estate, but don’t meet the current needs of the football leagues or all the required legislation for public buildings.

The annual bonfire and fireworks event is hosted at the site, but the limited facilities restrict the number of other uses, both indoors and outdoors.

The parish council has been working with a number of partners to develop potential proposals that will provide adequate changing facilities; a multi-function room that will be available for local meetings, events and indoor exercise etc; a parish store & office to enable a wider range of services to be delivered to the community; required ground-keeping and storage facilities and improved parking & access.  The proposed facilities will enable a greater range of indoor and outdoor services to be delivered to the community, now and in the future.  A planning application has now been submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council, a number of documents are attached below, and you can also view the full details on the AVDC website (https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications//search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application) by searching for application number 18/04002/APP.   We encourage all residents to view the plans and submit your comments to AVDC.  The AVDC consultation is open until 10 December 2018.

It must be stressed, that for these proposals to progress to implementation, the council will need to be successful with a number of applications for grant funding to raise the necessary funds for the construction costs.

The council will keep residents updated with progress on both the planning application and our fundraising endeavours.

Attachments:

  • Design and Access Statement
  • Existing and proposed elevations
  • Existing and proposed layouts
  • Existing and proposed site plans
  • Proposed visuals

Would you like an allotment?

  • Eat fresh food, grown yourself, with no hidden chemicals.
  • The pleasure of seeing your own crops grow.
  • Physical health from regular exercise, as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Do your bit for the environment reducing the need for transport and packaging of your food.

Visit the website for application forms and club secretary contact details: www.pitstoneallotment association.org.uk

or email: pitstoneallotmentassocation@gmail.com

 

Two additional benches installed on the Local Green Space by The Crescent

New bench installed on Local Green Space by The Crescent New bench installed on Local Green Space by The Crescent

Pleased to confirm that two new benches have now been installed on the Local Green Space between Marsworth Road and The Crescent.   We know that this area of public open space is important to local residents and hope that now more of you will be able to take a moment to sit and enjoy this area.

A new kissing gate at the far end, and further planting, will be taking place shortly.

Lest we Forget – 1918-2018

Silent Soldier mounted at Pitstone Memorial Hall Decoration in bus shelter Silent Soldier on Marsworth Road Decoration on decorative village sign Decoration on Recreation Ground treeDecorative wreath outside Pitstone Museum Decoration on bus shelter

100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 we join the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Our thanks also to Pitstone Memorial Hall charity for allowing the Parish Council’s silent soldier, remembering the fallen of Pitstone, to be mounted onto the wall at the Memorial Hall (which is the site of the Pitstone War Memorial).

Our thanks to the Women’s Institute for the donation of a silent soldier to stand on Marsworth Road.

Our thanks also to the Women’s Institute, the children of Brookmead School, and all those who contributed poppies for the yarn bombing and bus stop decorations around the village.

 

New bus shelter installed

Pleased to announce that the new bus shelter has now been installed on Marsworth Road, close to the junction with Rushendon Furlong.

The real-time information panels will be installed during November, so we’ll post another update then.

 

 

 

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