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

  • Barley End, Aldbury Lane, 17/01697/APP, Minor amendments to planning permission 16/04006/APP: Demolition of part of existing dwellinghouse, stables and outbuildings; construction of replacement dwellinghouse and glasshouse; alterations to retained part of building for use as annex and garaging; and installation of ground loops for ground source heat pump
  • 41 Marsworth Road, 17/01813/APP, Single storey side, single and first floor rear extensions

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

 

Congratulations to Margaret Cole, Pitstone Volunteer of the Year 2017

Margaret came to the village in the 1960s and has held numerous volunteering roles within Pitstone throughout that time so we are sure that you will join us in recognising her devotion to our community.

Margaret currently runs the Over 60’s club, helps regularly at the Pitstone Youth Café, volunteers at First Thursday Friends, assists with the Festival of Art & Flowers at St Mary’s Church in Pitstone and is a volunteer driver for the Pitstone Community Car Scheme.

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

There are many people in our village that give up lots of their time to help other residents or community groups.   If you know someone that deserves a special thank you, please send their details to the parish clerk so they can be considered for the 2018 award.    The winner is presented with a framed certificate and cheque at the Annual Parish Assembly and is also entered into the AVDC Volunteer of the Year scheme.

Planning applications – 9 May 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 9 May planning committee meeting:

  • Land to the rear of Vicarage Road, 16/04167/ADP, Approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 15/00139/AOP relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of a residential development of up to 68 dwellings, estate roads and associated works (amended plans)

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

 

Looking for an affordable home? Housing advice update

We would like to thank everyone who responded to the housing survey.  The response rate was very low, but if you are in need of some housing advice, please see the recommendations below:

Shared Ownership
A number of the responses asked for a greater number of shared ownership properties to become available in the village.  These properties are designed for people who can’t afford to buy a home outright on the open market.  The schemes are run by housing associations and you buy a % share in the house and rent the remainder of the property at a susidised rate so as to be affordable, you can then increase the percentage of the property that you ‘buy’ over time.  We can confirm that a number of shared ownership homes will be included within the housing developments off Rushendon Furlong, Vicarage Road and around the Memorial Hall/village green and the parish council will be working with the developers and AVDC housing.  They will predominantly be 2 and 3 bedroom houses (as 1 bedroom properties/flats are not affordable options under this model).
All interested residents should register with HelpToBuyESE.org.uk as all shared ownership properties that become available have to be listed on this website, and you will then receive notification when properties that meet your criteria become available.

Residents interested in the properties that will become available in the Rushendon Furlong development should also register their interest with Hightown Housing Association (www.hightownha.org.uk) as they have been appointed to run this particular scheme.

Rental via AVDC
The housing officer at AVDC confirms that anyone interested in renting a council property should complete the application form on the BucksHomeChoice.gov.uk website to determine if you are eligible.  Even if you are over 18yrs and living in the parental home with your own bedroom, you may still be eligible under the ‘shared accommodation’ regulations, so AVDC encourage you to check.   AVDC give priority to applicants from the ‘East of Aylesbury’ sub-group within which Pitstone falls, but they are not able to grant a higher priority to existing Pitstone residents and the parish council has no ability to influence this.  We can confirm that a number of rental properties will be included within the developments in Rushendon Furlong, Vicarage Road and around the Memorial Hall/village green, ranging from 1 & 2 bedroom flats up to 3 bedroom houses, and the parish council will work with the developers and AVDC housing for these schemes.  We would therefore encourage you to register with Bucks Home Choice so that you are able to apply for these properties once they come on the market.

Charitable Flats
Pitstone Town Lands Charity currently operate 4 x one bedroom flats in the village which they offer for rental.  All flats are currently occupied but you can register your interest by contacting the Town Lands Charity (Gill Lowe (Chair) 01296668809).

The parish council will provide further updates as and when they are available.

Planning applications – 27 April 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 27 April planning committee meeting:

  • 2 Castle Close, 17/01093/APP, single storey rear extension
  • Sports Pavilion, Marsworth Road, 17/00369/APP, installation of 2 sections of 6m high ball stop netting 20m to either side of the centre point of the northern goal by the rear boundary and 75m of netting along the western boundary (the parish council is the applicant)
  • 126 Vicarage Road, 17/00935/APP, Rear extension and garage conversion to form a granny annexe

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

 

Amateur photographer?

The Bucks and Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils are in the process of renewing their website and newsletter and would like to appeal to any talented amateur photographers in the area for photographs that capture our county.

They will need high quality resolution photographs with details of the location captured, the photographer, their contact details and permission to reproduce the photographs within our website and newsletter.  Ideally you should avoid pictures including recognisable images of people as we may not be in a permission to get their permission to use the photograph.

If you are interested in submitting photographs, please contact

Mel Woof

Council Assistant

Bucks & Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils

Tel: 01296 383154

BALC@bucksalc.gov.uk

Planning applications – 30 March 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 March planning committee meeting:

  • 4 Albion Road, 17/00804/APP, proposed one and a half storey side and rear extension
  • Walnut Barn, Cheddington Road, 17/00856/APP, detached outbuilding to rear

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

 

Daffodils in bloom

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The daffodils are now out in bloom along the Marsworth Road verge and in the open space land by The Crescent.   Our thanks once again to all the volunteers that helped to plant them several years ago, and to those that gave up time in the autumn to plant replacement/additional bulbs opposite the end of Queen Street.

A cheerful, uplifting sight on a wet and windy morning!

 

Surveys in old allotment site & field adjoining Memorial Hall

Please be aware that as part of the proposed development of the new village centre (behind the playground near the Memorial Hall and the field to the left of the Memorial Hall) that geotechnical and archaeological investigations will be taking place over the next 3 weeks.

The works will include a series of trenches, that will need to remain open for the archaeologists to be able to work in them.  Each trench will have safety bunding & netting around it when not attended.

There are no public rights of way, or permissive paths, across any of this land.   These long, open trenches will obviously pose an additional danger.   Signs will be erected at the site.   For your own safety, please keep out of the sites.

Grant application deadline 13/4/17

As you are aware, 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 27/4/17 so your fully completed application would need to be submitted no later than Thursday 13 April (prior to Easter weekend).

Please see the grant policy information for further information:

Grant Policy

Planning applications – March 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 March planning committee meeting (Mon 20 March):

  • Demolition of single storey side element and erection of single storey side and front extension to 17 Chequers Lane.  17/00596/APP.

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

 

Any local groups/charities/classes want to attend the annual assembly?

The annual village assembly is taking place on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 7.30pm in the main hall at the Memorial Hall.  Doors open 7.15pm.

As with recent years, we are more than happy for any local groups/classes/charities that wish a free opportunity to talk to the public/appeal for volunteers/promote their services to have a display table at the event.  The public can browse your stand before the meeting commences and again during the refreshment interval.

There is no charge associated with this from the parish council. We would however need you to let us know if you do wish to come along so that we can provision for the right volume of tables and ensure everything fits within the layout of the hall.  Therefore, if your group would like to take up this opportunity, please contact the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

General updates from the parish council

PPP will now have dropped through your letterbox.  Most of the parish council information that is included, has already appeared on our website, but the following brief updates below are now provided for completeness:

A quick update on other highway matters

Herts County Council continue to investigate a cycle path along Northfield Road to Tring station.  At the time of writing, we are waiting for the results of the Road Safety Audit relating to the Ben Hamilton-Baillie highway proposals, and for a quotation from Transport for Bucks towards the associated Feasibility Study.

 Sports Update

The council is actively progressing Phase I of a redevelopment program for the Sports Pavilion off Marsworth Road and hoping to install some ball stop netting, relocate and extend the senior pitch and replace a section of wooden fencing during the summer renovation period in 2017.  We are also seeking an architect to develop Phase II plans for a re-vamped building and grounds that will bring it up to the standard required by the football league and expand the use of the site.

Street light improvement progam

As you will be aware, the government are phasing out all SOX and SON bulbs, so all the street lights will be converted to LED, which is more energy efficient, better for the environment, requires less maintenance and offers improved illumination.  New lanterns are costly, so the parish council is developing a rolling program over the next few years.  You will already see these lanterns in many other communities and around the village including Glebe Close, The Pightle, Chequers Close and some in Cheddington Road and Church Road.  As well as having a structured roll-out program, lanterns will also be converted as and when they reach the end of their useful life.   The council is also currently investigating options for mitigating measures where determined necessary.  More information can be found in the street light policy on our website.  

 

Keeping up to date with Parish Council news

 Remember that the most efficient and timely way to keep up to date with news from the parish council is to like our new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pitstoneparishcouncil/ follow us on Twitter @pitstone_pc or watch our website http://pitstone.co.uk/pitstone-parish-council/ which has copies of all our minutes and policies.

 Completion of road improvements

Our thanks to Transport for Bucks/Bucks County Council for now completing patching works on Yardley Avenue, The Crescent and Church Road.   Remember that you can report potholes and other highway problems to Transport for Bucks using the following link: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport/tell-tfb/

Pitstone Memorial Hall Charity

The Parish Council is aware of local discussions relating to Pitstone Memorial Hall.
As the Custodian Trustee the Parish Council holds the hall property in trust, but takes no part in its management.
Any questions should, therefore, be directed to the managing trustees of the Pitstone Memorial Hall Charity.
A statement from the hall trustees can be found here: http://www.pitstonememorialhall.co.uk/

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Road works this week on Upper Icknield Way/Westfield Rd junction and Ivinghoe High Street

Roadworks
High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
02 February — 08 February
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: Outside Number 41
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: SGN
Current status: Planned work about to start

Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
02 February — 06 February
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Junction With Westfield Road
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire County Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
03 February — 07 February
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: Jrc834, So 79, Yardley Avenue
Works description: –
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start

Prize freeze at Pitstone allotments

ANNUAL NOTICE OF FEES FOR 2017/18

 

 

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 2017/18 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 three 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 2017.   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.

Youth Forum to visit the Youth Cafe on 18 Jan 2017

Do you want your voice to be heard in your community?
On Wednesday 18th January the Youth Forum will be coming to youth café to ask you what you think the young people need in your area. Your answers will get passed onto the local council and allow your voice to be heard!
See you then!

Thank you for supporting the Christmas activities in the parish

A big thank you to everyone who supported any of the Christmas activities held in the village, many of which were raising funds for various charities.  Rennie Grove advised that their santa float raised nearly £5k this year (across all the towns, not just Pitstone!) raising vital funds to support their nurses and help some families spend a memorable last Christmas together.  The Church Road residents created an amazing light display and raised enough to provide Frankie, a local girl with Rett Syndrome, with a hoist to enable her to enjoy hydrotherapy to help maintain her mobility.  Pitstone Church opened for the first time this Christmas and raised over £200 with their memory tree.  The Scouts operated their Christmas post again, St Marys Church and Ivinghoe Hub both held Christmas Markets, there was a Charity Shopping & Pamper Evening for Macmillan Cancer Care, Friends of Brookmead hosted a Christmas Craft evening, Ivinghoe & Pitstone United Cricket Club arranged Christmas Bingo and the Pitstone Social Club put on a Christmas Eve event.  We’d also like to that those involved with the United Benefice Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch.

Seeking architects for sports pavilion site

The parish council is currently seeking an architect to produce initial concept drawings and take our redevelopment project through to outline planning consent.

Please find attached our requirement brief.  If you believe that you have the relevant experience and expertise to assist us with this project, please contact the parish clerk for further information.

The parish council requests full responses from any interested parties by 31 January 2017.

A warm welcome to your new parish councillor – Dr David Frearson

Dr. Frearson moved to Pitstone with his family in 2007 and currently lives in Yardley Avenue.  He has two children, both of which attend Brookmead School.  Dr. Frearson is a member of the local Beacon Community Choir and has been involved with the Development of the Pitstone Community Plan.  Dr. Frearson works for a Water Hygiene Consultancy in Aylesbury and has back-ground in Environmental Science, Agricultural Research and Health & Safety.

 

 

Santa bringing a bike this Christmas?

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Is someone in your household lucky enough to be getting a bicycle or scooter for Christmas?

The parish council has a number of bicycle security marking stickers available, supplied by Thames Valley Police.  Simply write your postcode in the box with a permanent marker and then wrap the sticker around your bicycle frame.

If you would like a sticker, please contact the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

Keep your property safe this Christmas.

 

 

Planning applications – 5/1/17 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 5/1/17:

  • Approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 15/00139/AOP relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of a residential development of up to 68 dwellings, estate roads and associated works on land to the rear of Vicarage Road (16/04167/ADP)

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

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

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

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

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Definitive requirements for Ball Stop Netting & Replacement Fencing

During the summer, the parish council investigated replacement fencing and new ball stop netting for its sports ground at Pitstone pavilion.   We received a number of quotations on a variety of different bases, with differing recommendations.  The parish council is extremely grateful for the professional opinions of those that quoted.  We have now used these responses to formulate a precise specification for the new fencing and netting, so that all quotes received are on a consistent basis and can be easily compared.

We are now inviting quotations in line with our definitive requirements, which are set out in the attached document.

We look forward to hearing from you by 2 FEBRUARY 2017 (revised date) with your quotation and company information.  If a site visit would help you to assess the nature of the work, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Remember to submit your Pitstone volunteer of the year nominations by the end of January

You are now able to submit your nominations for the Pitstone Volunteer of the Year, 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 2017.

Update on Luton airport

We are advised that:

 

The airport is now up to 14 million passengers per annum, growth fuelled by the comparatively strong economy, business from Eastern Europe and attractive deals. Construction work to cope with increased numbers (up to 18mppa) is in its comparatively early stages.  A revised flightpath was introduced in 2015 for some departures in westerly winds and does not affect Bucks.  A combination of reducing the planes’ speeds and advances in new technology means changes could be made so that now the vast majority of the flights fly within 500m of the official centre line, which would be good news for many communities.

 

LADACAN – a community action group – explained that as well as significantly more flights, the fleet mix has altered and there are fewer quieter planes now at Luton.  The planes are carrying more passengers and perhaps freight, so they are heavier and therefore noisier.   Luton’s planes arrive and depart in bunches, and such bunches are lasting longer, and the planes are flying closer together.  Remember that if you are disturbed by aircraft noise, you should report it to the airport via the following email address: noise@ltn.aero

 

What would help most communities (apart from those who really are at the ends of the runway) would be if the planes could fly higher for longer. However, interaction with other flightpaths for other airports and holding positions (stacks) make this impossible most of the time.   Eventually they want to move the stacks further out and higher up, which would make a huge difference.  Heathrow is trialling a later deployment of the undercarriage and we understand that Luton are going to meet with Heathrow with a view to reducing their own deployment.  Some plane engines are being retro-fitted to reduce a whining/whistling noise.

 

Luton Borough Council  are currently consulting on a Mass Passenger Transit System to move passengers to and from Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal.  It is anticipated that they will submit a planning application in 2017.  The airport has asked Arriva to review its bus service from Aylesbury to the airport (which currently requires several changes of bus service).

Grant application deadline 12/1/17

As you are aware, 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 26/1/17 so your fully completed application would need to be submitted no later than 12 January 2017.

Please see the grant policy information for further information:

Grant Policy

Yardley Avenue & The Crescent road works 1 & 2 Dec 2016; Church Road road works 5 Dec 2016

Carriageway Surfacing Schemes – 2016/17 Pothole Action Fund Programme

A421 Buckingham Bypass, Buckingham (28/11/16 to 30/11/16)

Daytime targeted patching work using temporary traffic signals between 09:30 & 15:30.

Yardley Avenue (cul-de-sac), Pitstone (01/12/16)

Daytime targeted patching work using an informal road closure & localised traffic management between 08:00 & 16:00.

The Crescent (cul-de-sac), Pitstone (02/12/16)

Daytime targeted patching work using an informal road closure & localised traffic management between 08:00 & 16:00.

Church Road, Pitstone (5/12/16)

We understand that works are anticipated to take up to 8 days in each location.

Planning applications – 12 December 2016 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 12/12/16

  • Single storey front extension and conversion of garage to provide additional accommodation at 3 Morton Close(16/04134/APP)

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

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

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

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

Laurie Eagling, Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

 

Planning applications – 24 November council 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 24 November 2016 council meeting (7.30pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall) are:

  • Demolition of part of existing dwellinghouse, stables and outbuildings; construction of replacement dwellinghouse and glasshouse; alterations to retained part of building for use as annex and garaging; and installation of ground loops for ground source heat pump at Barley End, Stocks Road (16/04006/APP).

 

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

 

Great evening of fireworks

Great to see so many people come to support the Bonfire and Fireworks event at the sports pavilion last night.

Remember that this annual event is organised by local volunteers on the Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments committee, putting on events for our community to enjoy, and supplying the proceeds to local community groups that apply to them for grants.  Our thanks to all the volunteers that enabled this event to take place.

The council has 5 items of lost property – 2 childrens hats, 1 childs scarf, 1 top & 1 pair trousers.  Please contact us if you think any may belong to you.   Unclaimed items of clothing are laundered and then placed in the textile recycling facility at Colbree, where it helps to raise funds for Brookmead School.

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Parish Councillor Vacancy – please submit your CV by 11/11/16

Further to our previous post, Aylesbury Vale District Council has confirmed that no election has been called and therefore the Parish Council will fill the present vacancy by co-option.

If you are interested in joining the Parish Council, please do send us a brief CV by Friday 11 November 2016.

For background information, you can find below a leaflet about the work of Pitstone Parish Council and a website link to further information about becoming a Parish Councillor.

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http://www.cpalc.org.uk/becoming-a-parish-councillor#BeACllrApply

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Williamson Way and Treachers Close in honor of local residents

Please find below a copy of the Section 18 notice regarding the proposed naming of the two new roads at the end of Rushendon Furlong.

The parish council proposed ‘Williamson’ and ‘Treachers’ in honor of two local residents that contributed in major ways to our parish.

The name Williamson can be traced back over 200 years in Pitstone.   Mark Williamson (1881-1979) was a local farmer who lived in Marsworth Road and owned land in Cheddington Road, part of which was used to build Crispin Field.  Mr Williamson generously donated £10,000 to establish a charity to assist the elderly residents of Pitstone, called the Williamson Trust.  The charity continues to this day and pays an annual annuity to all residents over retirement age.

Ron Treacher was a prominant local figure, Chairing the parish council for numerous years, as well as being Chairman of both the Town Lands Charity and the Williamson Trust (two local charities, dedicated to Pitstone residents) and was prominent in the local church.  He passed away in 2008.

The names have been approved by Croudace, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Royal Mail.

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Footpath between Pitstone and Marsworth receives important grant funding

We are delighted to confirm that a footpath along the B489 between Pitstone and Marsworth is now looking viable following our successful grant application for up to £200,000 from Aylesbury Vale District Council’s New Homes Bonus Scheme.

The B489 between Marsworth and Pitstone is a 1.3km, speed derestricted road carrying approximately 1 million vehicles per year of all sizes both ways. There is no pedestrian footway currently and the road travels over a blind summit making it dangerous for pedestrians, wheel and pushchair users, and other slow moving unprotected traffic. As a consequence many potential users are deterred from walking along the route and denied access to facilities at the other end.

The path will provide Pitstone residents with safe walkway to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the reservoirs and canal around Marsworth, the College Lake wildlife centre (via the bridleway), two public houses, Marsworth primary and pre-schools and Marsworth church.

Marsworth residents will benefit from access to 2 shops, 2 doctors surgeries, the pharmacy, the Beacon Villages Community Library, the post office, the number 61 bus service, the sports and recreation facilities in Pitstone and Ivinghoe, 2 restaurants plus a take-away, both primary and pre-school facilities and employment opportunities at Pitstone Business Park.

Both Pitstone Parish Council and Marsworth Parish Council have been working on proposals for this scheme for a number of years in conjunction with Bucks County Council Local Area Forum.  The first stage Road Safety Audit has been undertaken, and the subsequent Feasibility Study and Biodiversity Assessment.

Now that sufficient funding has been secured, the full Engineering Report will be commissioned and then Transport for Bucks will enter into a tender procurement phase for the works.  We hope that actual construction may commence in September 2017 (post the closed season for hedgerow works to preserve biodiversity) and be completed by December 2017.

Both parish councils, the Bucks County Council Local Area Forum and County Councillor Avril Davies Community Leaders Grant are also contributing financially to the scheme.  Our sincere thanks to all those bodies involved with bringing this project to fruition.

This project received a grant from Aylesbury Vale District Council’s New Homes Bonus Funding Scheme. If you would like more information about the grants available, please call the Grants Officer, Jan Roffe, on 01296 585186 or email jroffe@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Seeking quotations for tree works

The parish council is seeking quotations for a number of tree works on Pitstone Recreation Ground.  Quotations should be submitted by the end of October.

Please find attached a list of the works required and a tree location map.   All trees are on public open space and freely accessible for contractors to view prior to submitting their quotations.

Please email parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk with any queries.

 

 

Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor

A vacancy has arisen on Pitstone Parish Council.  Please see the notice attached for full details.  Please also 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 660791.

New community allotment scheme

community-allotment

Like the idea of growing your own fruit and vegetables but not sure where to start?   Want to get a bit more active?  Join the new community allotment scheme.  All tools, advice and plants provided.  Completely free.

Community allotments provide those registered to the scheme with opportunities to learn, get fit and make friends as well as being able to reap the benefits of your work through sharing the harvest.

Planning applications – 17 October planning committee meeting

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

Applications for consideration at the 17 October 2016 planning committee meeting (7.30pm in the Meeting Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall) are:

  • Consider application for single storey rear extension with addition of roof lights at 2 Cheddington Road (16/03392/APP)
  • Consider application for modification of the S106 planning obligation relating to AV/1695/84 and 90/00874/APP with regard to restriction of the occupancy of the annexe at Erlegh Manor, Vicarage Road (16/03156/POA)
  • Consider application for replacement barn at 104 Vicarage Road (16/03243/APP)
  • Consider the SUDS drainage scheme and associated maintenance proposals relating to the approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 13/03491/AOP relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 40 residential dwellings together with new access, associated parking and informal open space and attenuation pond on Land Rear Of Glebe Close And Rushendon Furlong Pitstone (16/01130/ADP)
  • Consider application for loft conversion with rear facing dormer windows at 128 Vicarage Road (16/01539/APP)

 

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

 

Please be alert during school travel times

September has arrived and the children are back at school. Soon the twilight hours will be upon us.   Please remember that more children and young adults will be on the streets, trying to get to their school bus stops and the local school/pre-school, both in the mornings and the afternoons (particularly between 7-9am and 3-5pm) . It would be greatly appreciated if all drivers could moderate their speeds around the village, especially at these key times. Even the most capable youngster can be prone to momentary lapses of attention when engaged in conversation with their friends, and two years ago two young people suffered traffic accidents on their way to school. Let’s make sure that this school year is accident free.

Thank you.