Play Space in Pitstone

Nesting basket climbing frame
  • The exciting new play space by the Recreation Ground opened on 10 September and we hope that you are all enjoying all the new equipment.   It has certainly been very busy. This area has been designed as an inclusive play space so that everyone can play together, regardless of their age or ability.  You will find a range of play features suitable for toddlers through to teenagers, incorporating a significant number of items that are suitable for a range of disabled use including swings, sunken trampoline, springers and wide slides to allow carers and children to travel down together.  It also incorporates visual and textual surfaces and colours to stimulate and assist those with visionary difficulties.  We would love to know what you and your children think of all the new equipment, so do let us know via email, Facebook or Twitter.
  • If your children are old enough to be out playing by themselves, please remind them to socially distance when using our playgrounds and to sanitise their hands before and after using the equipment.  It has also been sad to see the huge volume of litter dropped in the new play space, including used nappies as well as food & drink.  Due to the ongoing pandemic it is particularly important to ensure that you and your children make use of the bins provided, for the health and safety of all users and staff.  You should also note that the government guidelines advise that you do not eat or drink whilst using playgrounds as this increases the risk of putting the virus straight into your body.  Signage on all our playground gates advises users of this & the need to use bins for tissues etc.  Your amazing new play space has cost over £120k, so please take a pride in it so it can be a fun & safe place for our children.
  • The smaller playground in Tun Furlong at the far end of Vicarage Road is also now open.  This features a range of equipment particularly suitable for the younger to mid aged groups.  Bellway are arranging for this to be maintained for a period of 24-months by a maintenance company before transferring to the parish council at the end of that period.
  • The flat seat swings at the Windsor Road playground suffered a frame failure and have been removed for safety. New sets of swings for this playground are being procured so that full play can resume as soon as possible.
  • Nicholas King Homes are providing a multi-use ball court as part of their planning permission.  This will be located on the parish council owned land at the end of the car park by the Recreation Ground.  They currently anticipate that this will be complete by spring 2021. 
  • A concrete skate park is still planned for the area between the multi-use ball court and the new play space.  Tendering will commence shortly and we hope that this will be installed during the summer of 2021.  We will keep residents updated.
  • Between the four play spaces in Pitstone, we feel that there are lots of experiences and opportunities for the less able children in our community, however if you have a disabled child with a special need that is not currently being addressed, please do let us know.

Could your community group benefit from a grant?

The parish council offers grants to local community groups and local charities that specifically benefit Pitstone residents.  Applications are considered quarterly.   The next opportunity for grants to be considered is coming up on 22 October 2020.

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.

Seeking quotations for 2 x new sets of swings

The parish council is seeking quotations for a reputable, established playground equipment supplier to:

  • Remove the remaining frame elements from the flat seat swings
  • Remove the entire baby seat swing unit
  • Dispose of all removals
  • Supply and install 1 x new flat seat swing set and 1 x new baby seat swing set (frames, chains and seats)
  • Make good the tarmac/wet pour etc

at our Windsor Road, Pitstone, Beds, LU7 9GG play space site.

Please supply :

  • your broken down quotation
  • details of your proposed swing units (including dimensions, colourways, photographs, construction, materials, product guarantees, BS standards, maintenance requirements)
  • details of your company (including accreditation, experience, workmanship guarantees)
  • terms and conditions
  • your anticipated leadtime and installation date
Remaining elements of flat seat swing frame, which has broken.
Cradle seat swing frame set, which we require replaced at the same time as the flat seat swings.

To assist your quotation work, please find above photographs of the two swing set locations. Each wet pour pad measures approx 3m across. Each set of frames measures approximately 3.2m across (into the tarmac). Update: the green wet pour by the cradle swings measures approx 271 x 116″ and is approx 1.5″ thick. The green wet pour by the flat seat swings measures 270 x 116″ and is approx 1.5″ thick. Please ensure you have considered fall heights and safety surface requirements within your quotation.

The site is open if contractors wish to visit.

Should you have any queries, please contact the parish council on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 01296 767261 as soon as possible. We will keep this webpage updated with additional information provided so that all potential contractors have access to the full information.

Please email your quotation and information to Pitstone Parish Council via parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk by Thursday 24 September 2020 at the latest.

Thank you.

Pitstone youth cafe

Whilst we hope to be able to re-open the Pitstone Youth Cafe once it is covid-safe to do so, this is unlikely to be in place for the start of the autumn term.

The current government restrictions mean that our cafe would have to operate in a very different way.

Please bear with us a little while longer and we hope to bring you positive news towards the end of September.

In the meantime, we hope that all the young people that attend cafe enjoy their return to full time education and we look forward to seeing you all again in due course.

Planning applications – 17 September 2020

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to Buckinghamshire Council.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • 4 The Pightle, 20/02682/APP, Erection of a 1.8m wooden fence, wholly within the left-hand side boundary of the property, and behind the front elevation line (Retrospective)

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 Buckinghamshire Council 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, Buckinghamshire 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 by noon on 17 September 2020.  A zoom meeting will be held online at 7.30pm that evening.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

Seeking quotations for internet/IT equipment & installation

Background

Pitstone Parish Council is currently upgrading the facilities at the Pavilion site on Marsworth Road. Building work is ongoing and is planned to complete in early October. As part of the build some provision has been included for technology requirements, such a wifi, but not the supply of the necessary equipment.

We are therefore seeking proposals for the supply, fitting, and configuration of these elements.

As per the attached plan, the new facilities include:

  • A changing village with separate areas for teams and officials
  • Toilets for other users of the facility
  • A community social/function room with kitchen
  • A parish office
  • Storage facilities

At the point of handover the building will be equipped with:

  • 3 ceiling mounted data outlets
  • 1 6U Data Cabinet (including patch panel)
    • The cabinet will contain CCTV equipment but it is expected that at least 2U will be available for networking equipment
  • Cat 5e structured cabling from data outlets to the patch panel

The site has an existing phone line, but it has never been connected. The termination point will be located in the plant room, where it is required for the intruder alarm system. Cabling had been included from that point to the parish office.

Timing

As stated above we expect the building works to be complete in early October and want to be in a position to open the building as soon as possible. The successful supplier will be expected to work with the council and our contractors to meet that goal, which may require some flexibility with regard to when work can occur.

Requirements

The basic requirements are as follows:

  • Wifi to all areas
    • This should include service for users of the site and separate, secure, service for the parish council
  • Wired connectivity for the parish office to support printer(s), laptop(s) etc

Please supply a proposal that includes:

  • Your solution design
  • The rationale behind the design
  • A list of all equipment to be supplied
  • Costs broken down as:
    • Equipment costs
    • Labour costs
    • Any ongoing costs (for example a support contract)

The council does not currently have a telephone/broadband contract in place. If you have a relationship with an internet provider that you would recommend please include details.

If you wish, please also include, as a separate item, details and costs for managing the ordering, supply, and connection of the telephone and broadband by your preferred provider.

Process

In the first instance, potential suppliers must indicate their intention to provide a proposal by Monday 31st August. Please email any correspondence to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

We will engage with suppliers from the point of contact and will deal with any questions or clarifications. It is parish council practice to share questions, and our responses, anonymously with all other suppliers.

Formal proposals must be delivered by 7th September.

It is our intention to award the contract by 14th September.

The successful supplier must confirm that they have the capacity to work with us within the timescales above.

We are aware that the possible lead time on delivery of the telephone/broadband service creates a risk to the timescales. We, therefore, reserve the right to treat this separately and may proceed with procurement ahead of awarding the main contract. This may be done by ourselves, or we may accept an option supplied as part of a full proposal. If we do accept a supplier proposal for this it will carry no weight in the evaluations of the other parts of the proposal.

Installation of floodlighting at Pitstone Pavilion

The parish council owns and manages the sports pavilion on Marsworth Road which provides the home ground for 2 x senior football teams and 7 x junior football teams for both training and matches.  To comply with the regulations of the Spartan South Midland Football League the parish council has applied for planning permission to erect illumination to the senior football pitch to be utilised if the teams are allocated an evening match.  The project will also see the installation of back lighting on the same columns to provide an area of illumination on the junior football pitch which all the clubs can utilise for year round evening training (at present they need to relocate to alternative sites once the clocks change in October).  Both sets of lights will be controlled separately, so each will only be utilised when bookings require.  All lights are angled towards the pitch, to reduce light pollution and dissipation outside the grounds – full details of the lux levels can be found in the planning application if you wish to view them.  It is anticipated that the lights would only be operational between the hours of 16.00 and 21.45 on days during the week when booked by the clubs.  This enables after school sessions for the junior football teams and allows for extra-time during cup matches.  No late-night operation would be permitted.

Full details can be found here: https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QEHPUWCLGKV00

Please submit your comments to the planning authority via the above link by 7 September 2020, and email a copy to the parish council via parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk by noon on 20 August 2020 so that we can also take your feedback into consideration.

Please also note that the actual procurement and installation can only progress once grant applications and fundraising events generate sufficient funds to enable the project.   However, many grant providers require planning permission to be in place before they will consider applications, hence the current application.

PPP updates from the Parish Council

Council information from PPP that hasn’t previously appeared on the website:

Coronavirus
We continue to update our website page with all the latest details about how you can get help and support, and provide details relating to any of our services that may currently be affected.  The local volunteer help group are still ready and waiting to assist you, should you be contacted by Track & Trace or become unwell.  Please visit www.pitstone.co.uk.

 

Election
The May elections were postponed by central government due to the Coronavirus outbreak, so your existing ten members will continue to serve the community for a further 12 months.

 

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers

Over 80 individuals volunteer for the parish council in some capacity on a regular basis.  This includes helping at youth café, driving for the car scheme, monitoring streetlights, delivering and producing Pitstone Parish Post, sitting on one of our committees, running our allotment site, helping with one of our projects and keeping our grounds in great condition.  This doesn’t include your parish councillors themselves who are also volunteers.  We were delighted that almost half of these individuals were able to attend the annual volunteer thank you event this January.  It was lovely to see everybody and be able to thank them in person for the contribution they all make to our community.  Thank you to each and every one of you.  If you are inspired to get involved in our community, please do get in touch (parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk) as we always have vacancies for volunteers.

 

Annual Assembly
For the safety of our residents, the annual assembly was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, which also means that the presentation of our Annual Volunteer of the Year Award had to be postponed.  We hope that coronavirus restrictions may ease sufficiently to permit this meeting to take place later in the year and will keep residents updated. 

Pitstone Development Area & Replacement Woodland

Residents will have noticed that Nicholas King Homes have undertaken site clearance and commenced works at their site off Marsworth Road and we are aware that a few people have expressed sadness at the tree felling.  Buckinghamshire Council (BC) (previously ‘Aylesbury Vale District Council’) is our local Planning Authority and they determine any tree requirements as part of planning applications.  Both the tree officer and environmental officers at BC were fully involved in the plans submitted by Nicholas King Homes for the development site off Marsworth Road/Vicarage Road and as well as trees within the new development, a whole replacement woodland is being planted in the village.

 

A full tree report was commissioned which assessed the quality of the trees in the private plantation (there never has been public access to this area).  Many of the trees were determined to be of poor quality and nearing the end of their natural life.  No trees were subject to a Tree Protection Order.  A full ecological report was commissioned which identified no protected species in the woodland.   As part of their development, Nicholas King Homes are planting a replacement woodland in the parish, which the tree officer has been fully involved in specifying.  We understand that the replacement woodland will be richer in biodiversity than that which is being removed.  There is also a management plan in place for the ongoing care of the new woodland.  AVDC were satisfied that there will actually be a net gain to biodiversity and ecology as a result of the development proposals.

 

The full reports regarding both the replacement woodland and the trees to be planted within the development site remain available on the AVDC planning portal and can be accessed via the link below, or by searching the portal using the application reference and details listed.  https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OQ3EFECL0JC00

17/01871/APP | Residential development comprising 74 dwellings, creation of two new accesses, car parking, leisure facilities, landscaping and associated works. on Land Adjacent to Allotment Gardens Marsworth Road Pitstone Buckinghamshire

 

This particular site was approved for development back in 2005 with the publication of the Pitstone Comprehensive Development Plan and has taken 15 years to bring to fruition.  Biodiversity is very important to the parish council and the Pitstone Neighbourhood Development Plan both protects our village from further large-scale residential developments until 2033 and contains environmental policies.  Both these documents remain available on our website, link below:

http://pitstone.co.uk/

 

If you are wondering about the day nursery and restaurant/pub/café for which Nicholas King Homes (NKH) obtained outline planning permission, then NKH are in the process of appointing an agent.  Once the tendering process is complete, the two parcels of land will be advertised on the open market to see if buyers can be secured.  Once we are passed the selling details, we will publish these onto our website etc so that any local operators who are interested in purchasing the sites can contact the relevant body.

 

The two roads within the new development will be named as follows:

 

  • The main road, from the Lower Icknield Way to Vicarage Road, will be named “Poultons Meadow” to commemorate the previous name by which the meadow was known, which this site now occupies.
  • The smaller road facing the Recreation Ground, will be known as “Icknield Gardens” to commemorate the fact that it sits upon the site of the old Allotment Gardens and is adjacent to the Lower Icknield Way.

AVDC has conducted a public consultation and residents were invited to submit any objections.

 

Community Bus and possible alternatives in the meantime

 

Thank you to all the residents from the four parishes who took the time to respond to the Community Bus survey.  We are working to determine if there would be enough demand to make such a service viable and will update you in due course.

 

In the meantime, you may find the following information useful when our country gets moving again:

 

  • Many residents responded that they would like to use the service to access healthcare appointments. Both Pitstone (whose scheme covers both Pitstone & Ivinghoe) and Cheddington have Community Car Schemes which are operated by volunteers specifically to help residents to access medical appointments.  Pitstone residents should call our coordinator on 01296 767116, who will provide further information.
  • Residents also expressed an interest in journeys to Tring station. A lift-share scheme is operational for this station which may be able to assist you, please visit liftshare.com for more information, or email accessibility@wmtrains.co.uk or call 07970447880.  You can register as a driver or passenger, for a single journey or regular trips.  This service may currently be affected by the Coronavirus regulations, but you should still be able to register your interest.
  • Attending the cinema was of interest to some residents. You may not be aware that the Pitstone Film Club operates from the Memorial Hall on the last Friday of every month.  Soundproofing and black out blinds have been installed.  The cinema has a professional projector and screen.  Drinks and snacks are available from the bar.  You can follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PitstoneFilmClub/     or email them at: filmclub@pitstone.co.uk and ask to be included on the regular mailing list.
  • There was also some interest in attending day trips and excursions. Local firm, Masons Coaches, offer a comprehensive range of day trips, lunch club outings and holidays, all with local pick up points in Pitstone.  You can find full details via this website page:  https://www.masonscoachhire.co.uk/days-out-and-holidays or you can ask for a brochure to be posted out to you by phoning 01296 661604 or emailing info@masonscoachhire.co.uk.  As examples, trips that had previously been arranged for May included a Stratford Upon Avon River Cruise, the Malvern Spring Flower Show, a lunch club visit to The Anchor in Great Barford and a Market Day in Litchfield.

 

 

 

Planning applications – 20 August 2020

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to Buckinghamshire Council.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • 14 Williamson Way, single storey side extension, garage conversion and alterations to fenestration to rear elevation, 20/02370/APP.
  • Sports Pavilion, Marsworth Road, installation of floodlighting, 20/02578/APP.
  • 13 Glebe Close, single storey rear and side extension, 20/02654/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 Buckinghamshire Council 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, Buckinghamshire 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 by noon on 20 August 2020.  A full Parish Council meeting will be held online at 7.30pm that evening.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

 

Notice of Application for Premises Licence for Pitstone Pavilion

Pitstone Parish Council has applied to Buckinghamshire Council to provide the following licensable activities at Pitstone Pavilion:

The sale of alcohol, by hirers of Pitstone Pavilion, where this is ancillary to their main use of the community room eg to provide after match refreshments or cater for small wedding receptions.  No late-night sale of alcohol (must terminate by 23:00).  No permanent bar nor alcohol to be stored at the site.  A Personal Licence Holder to be on site throughout any hire period where alcohol sales are planned.

Provision for hirers to arrange plays, films, live music, recorded music or performance of dance at their booking to be carried out during the hours of 08:30 – 23:00 only, and meet all other required conditions associated with regulated entertainment.

Full details of the consultation period and how to respond can be found in the attached notice which is provided in pdf, word and rtf formats for your convenience.  Notices are also displayed at each entrance to the site, and the advert has appeared in the Bucks Herald on 29/7/2020.

pdf: Buckinghamshire District CouncilForm LA18 Notice of Application for Premises Licence

word: Buckinghamshire District CouncilForm LA18 Notice of Application for Premises Licence

rtf: Buckinghamshire District CouncilForm LA18 Notice of Application for Premises Licence

 

Annual notice of allotment fees for 2020/21

ANNUAL NOTICE OF FEES FOR 2020/21

 

The cost of your allotment is divided into two parts, the first being the tenancy fee charged by the parish council and the second being a membership fee charged by Pitstone Allotment Association.

 

Pitstone Parish Council resolved that, for the first time in 8-years, a small increase of 50p per quarter plot was required to the tenancy fee (from £8.50 to £9.00).   This fee covers the cost of water, hedge cutting, tree surveys and maintenance, postage to issue the tenancy documents and remedial works to the car park/gate etc that may be necessary.   The council does not include a charge to tenants for their administration of the allotment site, liaison with National Trust, nor the public liability insurance which covers the communal areas.  Any funds collected by the parish council which are surplus to the running costs are ring-fenced for future maintenance and development work at the allotment site.   The council may also contribute to capital development, like the recent track works, from other public funding within our remit.

 

There will be no increase in your membership fee to Pitstone Allotment Association for the 2020/21 season, remaining static at £6.50.  For the convenience of plot holders, this fee is collected by the Parish Council at the same time as your tenancy fee and passed direct to PAA who use these funds to pay for NSALG membership which also provides tenants with ‘on plot’ insurance, insurance for PAA members and the cutting of internal hedges/communal grass.

 

The total cost per quarter plot will therefore be £15.50 for the 2020/21 season.

 

However, PAA have resolved to subsidise the 50p increase for plot holders for the forthcoming season utilising donations they received in the previous year.   Therefore, your invoice will show this 50p deduction and the outstanding charge will be £15.00 per quarter plot.

 

Last year, at PAAs request, you will recall that we operated an 18-month tenancy so that the renewal date could move to September, which better suits the allotment growing calendar.   Fees last year were therefore £22.50 per quarter plot.  This year, we will be reverting to the standard 12-month tenancy.

 

As per the terms and conditions of your Allotment Garden Tenancy Agreement, the renewal rental will be payable in full on or before 25 September 2020.   New paperwork, for your signature, will be issued during August.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Laurie Eagling

Clerk to Pitstone Parish Council

Pitstone scores with £36,000 grant win

Pitstone Parish Council and Pitstone & Ivinghoe United Football Club are delighted to announce that the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) are to provide grant funding of up to £35,924 towards the refurbishment and extension of their pavilion in Pitstone.

 

The development includes new changing and community facilities, covered walkway and viewing area, turnstile access, outdoor equipment stores, office and car park improvements.  These elements will meet the requirements of the football league and bring the club one step further down the road of being able to realise their ambitions of promotion.

 

The club and parish council are most grateful for all the support received from both the FSIF and all their other grant funders.

 

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

 

Both the Parish Council and Pitstone & Ivinghoe United Football Club, along with their other partners and site users, look forward to inviting members of the public to view the new facilities once the work is complete.

 

Seeking quotations for independent fire risk assessment

Please find attached a briefing document regarding our wish to appoint an independent fire risk assessment for the extended/refurbished Pavilion/community building.

If your firm is capable of carrying out this work, and has suitable capacity, please provide the full information required to parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk by Tuesday 28 July 2020.

See document for full details:

Brief re Independent Fire Risk Assessment

Playground re-opening from Sat 4 July 2020

The government permits children’s outdoor playgrounds to re-open from Saturday 4 July 2020.  The latest studies show that the coronavirus germs do not live for as long outside where they are exposed to UV light and/or rain, however they can still survive for several hours.  It is not possible to clean equipment between users in a freely accessible outdoor play space environment.  Any germs left behind by the last users may remain active.  Therefore it is important that all users maintain social distancing and good hygiene, for the safety of your family and other users.  Be prepared that playground use may not look the same as it did before Coronavirus.

The Hever Close and Windsor Road playgrounds have been fully safety checked and prepared for re-opening.  They will be re-opened on Saturday 4 July 2020.  Please give us a little time to get around and carry out our final checks.

You will find important safety signs on each gate.  These help you to follow the government’s guidelines for safe use of the play space.

Do bring anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitiser with you.  Don’t bring any food or drink as consumption in the play space is not currently permitted.  Make sure young children are supervised to help them play safely.  Both play areas are small, so to reduce the number of people inside the playground please limit your group to 1 supervising adult and no more than 3 family groups where possible.  If it is busy, please come back later, or wait well away from gates and footpaths.  Be considerate of children that might be waiting, and limit your play time to 20 minutes if the play space is busy.

The playgrounds may be particularly busy in the first few weeks.  Please prepare your child, before you leave home, that you may have to wait or come back later so they are not too disappointed.

Please do not visit the playground if you, or your child, have symptoms of Coronavirus.

See the sign for further details.

The Recreation Ground playground will remain closed.  We have contractors arriving on Monday 6 July 2020 to remove all the old playground equipment and install the new play space.  The old site has not been safety checked, no maintenance has been carried out and the site has not been made covid secure.  For the safety of our users and of the contractors arriving on Monday, this play space will not be open on 4 or 5 July.   Please respect the signage and remain out of this play area.

The contractors site compound will be situated at the end of the Recreation Ground car park.  Please be aware that parking will be limited for the next 8 weeks and that there will be increased vehicle movements up and down the car park.

A reminder of the new play equipment that is being installed is below.   We look forward to inviting you to try out the new space once it is complete.

Nicholas King Homes (NKH) will be installing multi-use ball court on the land that is currently the bottom of the Recreation Ground car park, and providing replacement adjacent parking, as part of their new development.  Once NKH provide us with any visibility of dates, we will let you know.

 

New play space works commence on Monday 6 July 2020

We are delighted to advise residents that Huck Teck have been able to return to work, and will commence on the recreation ground site to remove all the old play equipment and install the exciting new play space from Monday 6 July 2020.

During the 8-week period, the rear end of the car park will be unavailable as this will be utilised as a site compound and vehicles will be accessing the site via the car park entrance.   Therefore if you are visiting the recreation ground, please allow some extra time and take extra care.  Please be extra vigilant with young children.

Due to the imminent works, the existing playground at the recreation ground will NOT be re-opening on Saturday 4 July.   The play equipment has not been safety checked and the site is not covid compliant.

We look forward to welcoming residents to the new play space once installed, but in the meantime, from 4/7/2020, if you wish to visit a playground, please visit an alternative playground that has been able to meet requirements and re-open.

 

Planning applications – 30 July 2020

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to Buckinghamshire Council.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • Colbree Engineering Group, 10-12 Beacon Court, 20/02089/APP, proposed single storey rear extension to existing industrial unit
  • 66 Marsworth Road, 20/02226/APP, conversion of existing outbuilding for ancillary use to main dwelling
  • 11 The Pightle, 20/02302/APP, single storey side extension

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

Any comments, representations or objections you may have should be submitted directly to Buckinghamshire Council 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, Buckinghamshire 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 by noon on 30 July 2020.  A full Parish Council meeting will be held online at 7.30pm that evening.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

 

Could your community group benefit from a grant?

The parish council offers grants to local community groups and local charities that specifically benefit Pitstone residents.  Applications are considered quarterly.   The next opportunity for grants to be considered is coming up on 30 July 2020.

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.

Redevelopment works commence at the pavilion

The work to extend and refurbish the pavilion site commenced on 1 June 2020 and will run through until at least the middle of October.

We would like to thank Pitstone & Ivinghoe United Football Club for their donation of £4,000, and Pitstone & Ivinghoe Junior Football Club for their donation of £1,500 towards this redevelopment.

As you will recall from the planning application consultations that the new building will encompass new changing facilities, community room, office, kitchen, groundkeeping and general stores, turnstile with pay box, increased & illuminated car parking and improved security/CCTV.

This is a live construction site.  There is no admittance, to any part of the site, during this period of works.

Planning applications – 25 June 2020

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • Walnut Barn, Cheddington Road, 20/01702/APP, side and rear lean-to additions to existing outbuilding
  • Honeysuckle Lodge, Groomsby Drive, 20/01687/APP, remove old wooden door in rear of double garage and replace with wooden window to match existing and brick up bottom half with brick to match existing.
  • 4 Pleasant View Cottages, Marsworth Road, 20/01953/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 by noon on 25 June 2020.  A full Parish Council meeting will be held online at 7.30pm on 25 June 2020.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

 

Planning applications – 21 May 2020

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • 7 Queen Street, 20/00566/APP, 2 storey and single storey rear extension (amendment)

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 by noon on 21 May 2020.  A full Parish Council meeting will be held online at 7.30pm on 21 May 2020.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

 

Grant provided to assist our Community First Responders

The parish council was delighted to award a grant of £2,000 to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide a dedicated kit to be used by a second Community First Responder from Pitstone.

Community First Responders are volunteers and play a vital part in our local emergency healthcare provision as an ambulance will take 20 minutes to reach Pitstone from Stoke Mandeville.  If a 1st Responder is on duty, and can reach you before the ambulance, the 999 service will notify the 1st Responder and they will provide vital immediate first level care.

You can find out more information about becoming a First Responder, or making a donation to the service, here: https://www.scas.nhs.uk/our-services/community-and-co-responders/

 

75th Anniversary of VE Day – 8 May 2020

Whilst the Pitstone lunch and the church service at St Mary’s have needed to be cancelled, there are still plenty of ways that you can mark the occasion:

Planning applications – 30 April 2020 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • Unit 5 Quarry Court (Zafara/Xcaliba), Quarry Road, 20/01130/APP, Installation of first floor mezzanine in connection with the existing B8 use. Removal of 3 existing ground floor window openings and installation of 3 window openings at first floor level.  Installation of 3 no. air conditioning units.
  • Robin Cottage, 26 Chequers Lane, 20/01254/APP, replacement of orangery with single storey rear extension
  • Land adjacent to the (previous) Duke of Wellington Public House, Cooks Wharf, Cheddington Road, Marsworth, 20/01291/AOP, erection of 19 new dwellings and the creation of access for the neighbouring boat club for disabled, refuse & drainage access. (Site lies within the parish of Marsworth but is along the boundary line with Pitstone.  Marsworth parish council the official consultee.)

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 by noon on 30 April 2020.  It is our intention to convene an on-line Full Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm on 30 April 2020.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

 

Parish Council assistance for the local community Coronavirus volunteer group

The parish council received an enquiry about the extent of support being provided by the parish council to the local voluntary Coronavirus support group for residents.  As we felt that this information may be of interest to other members of the public, please find below details of the support that has been provided:

As background, the Covid-19 Mutual Support Group was set up by a group of local volunteers as a closed Facebook group to cover Pitstone, Ivinghoe and Cheddington. Initially, they operated by dropping notes door-to-door providing their personal telephone numbers for residents to call if they required assistance.  The Group can provide a variety of assistance from shopping, prescription collection and telephone calls to the isolated etc.  Ivinghoe & Cheddington have since dropped out, so the group now focuses on Pitstone.

Making the service accessible

The parish council received calls from residents who were keen to volunteer to help but didn’t know about the Facebook group as they don’t use Facebook.  Neither did they use WhatsApp.  They wanted a simple telephone number they could call, or email address.

We also received telephone calls from vulnerable residents, who were also trying to access a service.  These residents also don’t use Facebook or WhatsApp, some don’t have smartphones or internet access.  They needed a land line telephone number.  This request was echoed by other organisations that were trying to access help on behalf of vulnerable residents such as Age UK and VAHT.

The new Unitary Buckinghamshire Council are working with central government to co-ordinate the support network for vulnerable residents, they need a single local point to co-ordinate with.  As do the local primary healthcare trusts etc that send through advice and guidance for local community support groups.  None of these groups can communicate via a Facebook Group.  It is not practical to try and co-ordinate with a multitude of informal groups around the village, most of which the council is probably unaware of.

Safeguarding people and the service

Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals are trying to take advantage of the current situation to scam the vulnerable.  Vulnerable residents need a service they can trust as being genuine and are discouraged by the police to just reply to notes through doors from individuals.  Providing a personal telephone number also generates a potential risk to the vulnerable in that if that helper becomes unwell and can’t assist for a period, the vulnerable resident is left not knowing who to contact to access help.

Providing personal telephone numbers to large quantities of unknown people also opens the volunteers to potential safeguarding issues and residents are advised not to operate in this manner.  Some residents expressed concern about signing up as volunteers if it meant that they had to do this.  Some volunteers may only be able to help with certain aspects eg if they are isolating themselves, they may like to help with calls but not shopping.  Some volunteers can only help at certain times, as they are still working etc.  Therefore, it may be that no one individual can cater for all the needs of a specific vulnerable resident.

The council receives safeguarding advice and tips from a variety of external bodies to send on to community groups helping during the Covid-19 crisis, along with links to further sources of potential assistance, and we need a central point to issue these to, so that any dissemination can be co-ordinated.

It is impractical to assume that any one administrator/co-ordinator of a Covid-19 group can respond to requests for assistance from thousands of residents, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 3-6 months; plus co-ordinate lists of volunteers that can help with various aspects (who may also drop in and out of being able to help if they become unwell or need to isolate); and co-ordinate with all the external partners; via their own personal home telephone.  Operating in this manner would also create safeguarding issues for the service if/when that one individual was unavailable or unwell.

Solution

It is imperative that there is a community wide service that is accessible to all potential volunteers and all potential vulnerable or isolating residents, and that this service is sustainable for at least 3-6 months.  It is important that this group can work with outside bodies and agencies, adapting as the outbreak progresses, and that all those involved are safeguarded.  The parish council is most grateful to the Covid-19 Mutual Support Group volunteers for their assistance and all the hard work they are putting into operating this service.

The group administrators are:

  • Setting up a database of volunteers, so they can co-ordinate who may be able to assist with what, and when.
  • Setting up a database of vulnerable residents, what their needs are likely to be and for how long. This will mean that no individual vulnerable resident is left in the lurch if a regular helper is unavailable.
  • Keeping track of who has assisted which resident, with what and when, so that they can ensure continuity of service.
  • Calls to the helpline generate an email recording which can be accessed by the small group of administrators, which means no one individual must shoulder all the load and the service can be sustained.
  • Liaising with all the external bodies to ensure the service adapts to the changing needs of the community and government etc.
  • Providing a distribution point for information and safeguarding advice.
  • Keeping everyone’s data and personal information safe (volunteers and those needing help).
  • All the above is completely voluntary.

To support the group, the parish council has/is:

  • Set up a page on our website for volunteers to register through.
  • Set up a page on our website for vulnerable and/or isolating residents to request help through (which will become available shortly, once a viable number of volunteers had been recruited).
  • Set up a dedicated Coronavirus advice page on our website for residents to obtain local advice.
  • Provided a dedicated email address to allow all helper signups and requests to be handled by the group administrators away from their personal email addresses.
  • Linking third party agencies and other tiers of government to the Covid-19 group so that they can co-ordinate the relief efforts on behalf of our community whilst keeping all the individuals, service and data safeguarded.
  • There are no costs attached to the above.

We have also:

  • Provided the group with access to the same type of service we operate for the community car scheme, which has been proven to work well. Calls for help come into a central landline telephone number & generate an emailed recording of the call (so can be accessed by more than one administrator).  The administrator(s) can then put out a text (or email if the volunteer doesn’t have a mobile) via their computer to either an individual volunteer (eg the one that lives nearest, or the one that provides that type of help) or to all volunteers, asking if they can help.   They note who has agreed to fulfil that request.  They can also send out a message to volunteers to say that the request has been fulfilled, if necessary.   In an environment where administrators must operate from their own individual homes, but have access to the same information, this ensures continuity of care for those most vulnerable.
  • This entails:
    • £10 per month (inclusive of calls to landlines and mobiles) to rent a new landline telephone number for those requiring assistance to call.
    • £2.50 per month to rent a mobile telephone number for the text system to operate through.
    • £0.0225 per text message sent.
    • All the above are billed monthly and cancellable at any time, so there is no long-term commitment and only need to operate until the National Emergency is over.
    • £75 for a VOIP box and phone, which can be returned to the parish council following the pandemic.

The parish council believes that it is right and proper to provide a central voluntary group with the services they require to effectively operate a sustainable service to support our 4,000 residents over the coming months.   It is vital that barriers to signing-up as a volunteer were reduced to encourage more people to get involved, and imperative that barriers to vulnerable residents accessing the help that they needed were removed.   There is no profit being made by any individual or group.  The costs are very low and can be terminated once no longer needed.  It is impractical to expect voluntary administrators to have to meet these costs, which they would not have anticipated incurring, when they set up the Pitstone Facebook Group as part of the Nationwide Covid-19 Mutual Support Group initiative.

We are grateful to all residents who have signed-up to the group and would encourage residents who may already belong to informal WhatsApp/Facebook Groups etc to do the same, so that as many homes as possible can access they assistance they need.  It is also not possible for us, or the Buckinghamshire Council, to liaise with every individual group (many of which we are not even aware of), so updates/advice for volunteers etc need to be channelled through this central point.

The parish council is very grateful to everyone involved in the relief operation to support residents during this difficult time.

Winners of the Design a Sign Competition

On 7/3/2020 it was our pleasure to present the prizes to the children who won our Design a Sign Competition.  Each child was awarded with a certificate and copy of their artwork made up into a sign.  Six copies of each sign have been erected around the village to encourage motorists to slow down.  Very many congratulations to our six winners for their bright, colourful and eye catching designs.

 

Planning applications – 16 April 2020 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  We have received notice of consultations on the following applications:

  • 140 Vic Rd, 20/01029/APP, side porch extension
  • Land to the rear of 140 Vicarage Road, 20/01028/APP, erection of detached dwelling car port and associated access arrangements
  • 49 Old Farm, 20/01038/APP, Single storey front extension and conversion of garage to habitable accommodation

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 by noon on 16 April 2020.

It is currently our intention to convene an on-line Planning Committee meeting at 7.30pm on 16 April 2020.  Members of the public will be able to join the meeting via their computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or landline.  Details will be posted, alongside the agenda, in due course.

 

No Youth Cafe for the time being

Please note that there will be no youth cafe for the time being, until the Government advisory guidelines on Coronavirus have been lifted.

The safety and health of our volunteers, staff and attendees is our primary concern.  We will continue to monitor the government advice and review the situation.

Please follow our website, Facebook pages and Twitter feed for updates.

 

Could your community group benefit from a grant? Next panel meeting in April.

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 30 April 2020.

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.   Therefore, all materials must be received from your group by 20 April 2020.

Information can be found in our annual reports and our council minutes about previous successful applicants.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What to do with dog poop bags

Dog poop bags should go in your green lid bin – or residents pay twice, or three times!

All residents pay council tax to AVDC for the collection and removal of their general waste – this is where your dog poop bags should be placed.  The parish council pays AVDC to visit the village twice a week during the summer to empty dog bins, and weekly during the winter.  Unfortunately, at present, no contractors can attend more frequently – although we are revisiting this for the forthcoming contract review.  The funding for this collection service comes from the parish council element of your council tax, so all residents (including those without dogs) are effectively having to pay twice for the disposal of this waste.  We are aware that some residents fill up big sacks of fouling from their garden, then drive to a public dog bin and try to feed it into the bins, which causes them to fill up too quickly leaving insufficient capacity for use by those walking their dog, making the parish continually pay for more dog bins and more emptying, which is then charged to residents via a higher council tax charge.  If the bulk deliveries of fouling are left next to the dog bins and the bag splits open leaving it to spill onto the path, AVDC has to send out a specialist collection team, resulting in a third charge to everybody’s council tax.  The parish council spends approximately £2.5k per year on dog fouling collections & bins – on top of the tax you pay to AVDC for your refuse collection and specialist teams.

Whilst it is clearly better to bag & dispose of dog fouling than to leave it on the ground, please dispose of the fouling correctly in your green lid bin whenever possible.

Dog bin emptying contract

AVDC have recently brought their dog bin emptying service in house, rather than using their previous contractor.  This has resulted in some teething problems and missed collections around the village.  AVDC know that this level of service is unacceptable and are seeking to address the problems.  Our current contract with AVDC terminates at the end of March, and we are in the process of seeking alternatives quotations and/or reassurance from AVDC that they are able to rectify the problems going forward.  In the meantime, if you find that a dog bin is full, please take your dog poop bags home with you and place them in your green lid bin, or carry them with you to the next available empty bin.  Please do not leave additional bags on/under/around the dog bins.

Planning applications – 26 March 2020 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at the meeting being held on Thursday 26 March 2020  at 7.30pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • Portland House, Westfield Road – Refurbishment of the existing building to include replacement of existing single glazed to double glazed windows, replacement of external air-conditioning condenser units and minor alterations to the internal partition layouts
    • Full planning: 20/00752/APP
    • Listed building consent: 20/00753/ALB
  • 35 Glebe Close, 20/00664/APP, single storey rear extension (amendment to 19/04405/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.

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

 

The Great British Spring Clean – 11-27/9/2020

17/3/2020 – Updated advice from Keep Britain Tidy re Coronavirus – event postponed until 11-27/9/2020

13/3/2020 – Updated advice from Keep Britain Tidy re Coronavirus & your litter pick:

The aim of the Great British Spring Clean is for communities to come together, clean up their local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.Given the UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, its only sensible that volunteers engaging in the Great British Spring Clean take extra hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of this, or any other, preventable illness.

Do not attend a clean-up if you feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others. 

Keep Britain Tidy asks that you undertake your clean-up events in line with the advice being issued by Public Health England (PHE). In particular, participants are asked to use the following guidelines:

  • Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after your event
  • Event organisers are advised to provide hand sanitiser for participants where possible or sign post to accessible hand washing facilities
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects, such as litter pickers, using your regular cleaning products
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible

Being part of the Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way to show you care about your local environment but to have fun, as well as to make a difference, it is important to stay safe and take these simple precautions to make your event a success.  We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update our advice on this page as the situation evolves.

 

 

 

Keep Britain Tidy is once again running The Great British Spring Clean to encourage local residents to organise community litter picking events.

You can find out more information by visiting this website:  https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5dSjoNH-5wIVS9HeCh385AGCEAAYASAAEgKhAfD_BwE

The above site enables you to sign up to host a litter pick in your community.   You can also browse for litter picks that are already being organised by local residents and sign up to join their litter pick.

As part of the process, organisers will also need to complete a risk assessment, so that you can make sure that volunteers on your pick are kept safe.  They provide you with a template and guidance.

You can also download a comprehensive guide to organising a community event from their website.

Once you have registered your event (so AVDC know that your event is being properly organised):

  • Visit this link  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/b613bd9f3f5549db9f28db1bba13a0f7                to tell AVDC all about your event by filling in the online form
  • AVDC will then arrange to collect and safely dispose of all the bags of rubbish you collect
  • Remember to visit AVDC’s Gateway Office to collect a free supply of bags for your litter picking event

The parish council pays for litter picking on a regular basis in our playgrounds, open space and adopted residential roads.  You may therefore like to concentrate on other areas of open space which are not picked as frequently such as the woodland walk through Castlemead, the local wildlife site off Westfield Road or the windmill field etc.   Such open space is particularly suitable if you hope to have children or dogs on your litter pick as they are safer.  Please take extra care if you plan to collect litter from the roadside, especially if you are outside the 30mph limit (eg the top end of Westfield Road) and take the necessary safety precautions.

Planning applications – 27 February 2020 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at the meeting being held on Thursday 27 February 2020  at 7.30pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • Amended plans for: 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. | Rear Of The Bell PH 80 Marsworth Road Pitstone Buckinghamshire LU7 9AS
  • 7 Queen Street, 20/00566/APP, two storey and single storey rear extension

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

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

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

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

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

 

Quotations being sought for grass cutting, hedge cutting and right of way maintenance. Deadline Monday 17 February 2020.

Update/amended posted 6/2/2020:

Grass cutting quoted in brief as 5 cuts March to October, and should read 5-8 cuts depending on grass growth.  The inches quoted may therefore be too low.  Please quote per cut, as originally requested.

Update/amendment posted 4/2/2020:

Please find below the following revisions to the original posted material:

  1. Hedge cutting – please note that the hedge at the bottom/northern end of the pavilion site, where it adjoins the arable field, only needs to be cut on the pavilion side.  The owner of the field will cut the top and the field side of this hedge.
  2. Hedge cutting – please note that the hedge at the Windsor Road playground is inside the fence line, and therefore needs cutting, along both the illustrated south westerly boundary adjacent to the footpath/cyclepath and also the south easterly boundary with the other path (not indicated with a red line on the map).  The north easterly hedge, adjacent to the open space, is planted on the outside of the fence line and therefore falls outside the responsibility of the parish council.
  3. Grass cutting – please provide one additional quotation to cut the following sections of grass verge on Marsworth Road: on the northerly (pavilion) side from the village gate down to the 40mph sign before the roundabout & on the southern (recreation ground side) from the 40mph sign by the roundabout just to the point where the recreation ground finishes & the old allotment site (which is being redeveloped) commences.   See additional map:  Marsworth Rd 40mph grass

 

Please find below the following documents in connection with the above:

  • General briefing document explaining the scope of the various works (seeking quotations for 4 x categories of work):

Quotations Brief January 2020

  • Method Statements prepared by Bucks County Council that would need to be complied with:

MS-1-07-Works-on-Verges-and-Hard-Shoulders-FINAL

MS-2-04-Scrub-Hedge-and-Tree-Cutting-FINAL

MS-2-06-Grass-Cutting-FINAL

MS-2-12-Hedgecutter-FINAL

MS-2-13-Ride-on-Mower-FINAL

MS-6-08-Use-of-Trailers-FINAL

  • Risk Assessments drafted by Bucks County Council that potential contractors could use as a template when preparing their own risk assessments:

SAMPLE-Grass-Cutting-Risk-Assessment-RA001-

SAMPLE-Grass-Cutting-Strimmer-Bushcutter-Risk-Assessment-RA005-

SAMPLE-Grass-Cutting-Walk-Behind-Mower-RA003-

SAMPLE-Ride-on-Grass-cutter-Risk-Assessment-RA002-

  • Draft template Deed of Indemnity, which the winner contractor will be required to enter into with the Parish Council in respect of services devolved from Bucks County Council:Deed re Devolved Services (blank)
  • Rights of Way maps:

Footpath 1

Footpath 6

  • Possible BCC Devolved Services hedge/shrub/tree cutting (to be advised)

Potential shrub_hedge clearance cheddington road wellington place

Potential shrub_hedge clearance marsworth road to gate

  • Hedge Cutting map (NB all lines indicative only and contractors should visit sites to confirm lengths etc)

Hedge cutting

  • Grass cutting maps (NB all areas indicative only and contractors should visit sites to confirm siz/take exact measurements etc)

PPC grass cutting

Pitstone Hill car park grass cutting

More information for those that might be considering standing for the parish council election in May 2020

Further to our recent post, you will know that the number of seats on the parish council is increasing at the May election and the term of office ends for all existing councillors, therefore there will be vacancies.  If you have plenty of time to volunteer (members are not paid) and a passion for the village, you may find the following additional documents of interest:

  • BMKALC guide to “What are Local Councils”
  • “It takes all sorts.  Local councils: Represent your community, make a difference” guide by NALC
  • “All about Local Councils” published by NALC
  • Poster re Pitstone elections

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.

New play space by the recreation ground (March-June 2020)

Update 24/3/2020.  Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have had to postpone the start date for the play space works.  We will deliver this project as soon as the situation allows.

Update: 4/2/2020.  The contractor has postponed the start date as they are running behind on some other projects due to the 3 recent major storms.  Work will now take place between the end of March and early June.

 

The removal of the old play equipment from the recreation ground will commence at the beginning of March 2020 and will be followed by the installation of the new play equipment from Huck.  Works should be complete by the end of May or early June.

The site compound will be located in the car park at the rear of the Memorial Hall, which will reduce parking capacity during this period.  Please bear with us whilst works are in progress.

Play areas will still be available in Windsor Road and Hever Close.  We look forward to opening the exciting new play space once works are complete.

Would you like to join the parish council? Elections in May 2020

Due to our expanding population, the number of seats on the parish council will be increasing from 10 to 11 at the next election in May.  At election time, the term of office for all current councillors terminates, and a new council is elected.  Existing members may choose to stand for re-election or may choose to stand down.  All members are volunteers and receive no renumeration or financial allowances for their work.

If you are passionate about helping our community, and have plenty of spare time to volunteer, please do consider standing for election.

You are welcome to talk to the clerk or any serving councillor to get more information and members of the public are welcome to attend all our council and committee meetings where you would gain an understanding of all the current affairs being managed.  You may also like to read the documents below, which provide a little more information about what is involved and who is qualified to stand:

about council booklet

Become a councillor

PPC general leaflet 2019 Aug

PPC Key projects leaflet 2019 October

Code of Conduct May 2019 version

You can also find out lots of information, whether you are eligible to stand and download forms at https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/

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

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

 

 

 

 

Lost your keys?

A set of keys that were found on Vicarage Road have been handed into the parish council.

If you believe they may be your keys, and you can describe the keys and the keyring, please contact us on 01296 767261 or parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk.

 

Planning applications – 9 January 2020 meeting

The parish council is a consultee for all planning applications submitted to AVDC.  Applications for consideration at the meeting being held on Thursday 9 January 2020  at 7.30pm in the Millennium Room at Pitstone Memorial Hall:

  • 4 Railway Cottages, Cheddington Road, 19/04335/APP, Two storey, part single storey, part first floor, side extension and two storey, part single storey rear extension
  • 35 Glebe Close, 19/04405/APP, single storey rear extension
  • 3 Railway Cottages, Cheddington Road, 19/04461/APP, erection of conservatory

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

 

Grant obtained towards youth cafe equipment

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £2,080 by the Buckinghamshire County Council Local Area Forum towards the cost of providing an outdoor table tennis table, stunt scooters, skateboards and hoops to keep the young people that attend the youth cafe fit and active.

The young people themselves are holding fundraising activities to raise their contribution and the parish council has supported their application with a financial contribution.  The orders and being placed and the new equipment will be provided upon receipt.

We’d also like to express our gratitude to Brookmead School for their ongoing support of the young people that attend the youth cafe.

 

 

Grant obtained towards second mVAS for Pitstone

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of up to £1,681 by the Buckinghamshire County Council Local Area Forum as 50% of the cost towards a second mobile vehicle activated sign (mVAS) for the village.

The parish council operates our mVAS along the four major through-roads in the village ie Marsworth Road, Cheddington Road, Vicarage Road and Westfield Road.  The unit operates for approximately 6 weeks (depending on volume of activation) on one battery charge.  Following the 6 weeks the unit is uplifted, the data collected, new batteries inserted and the unit is moved to the next location on the rotation.  The addition of a second unit will enable each site to be monitored on an approximate 6-weeks on & 6-weeks off basis, rather than only being monitored every fourth rotation.

The order has been placed for the second mVAS unit and members of the public will see it in operation in the new year.

Can you donate a gift for a child in care?

Annual Christmas Present appeal

The Parish Council is happy to support the County Council with this appeal.  If any residents wish to donate gifts, these are always very much appreciated by the children, and can be dropped off to 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone.  By providing a local drop off point, we hope to encourage more residents to provide a gift for a child in care, and to limit environmental impact by reducing the number of vehicle movements into Aylesbury.  Your gifts will be stored off site and regularly collected by the local County Councillors to ensure that they reach the children in good time for Christmas.

The annual appeal, now in its fifth year, sees County Council employees, county councillors and members of the public, donate Christmas presents throughout November and December for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people across the county. The presents will be handed over to children and young people by members of the council’s Children’s Services teams in time for Christmas.

Tolis Vouyioukas, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said: “Our employees are fantastic, caring people and for the last few years they’ve really committed to supporting our appeal by donating many hundreds, if not thousands, of presents.

“We are thrilled to be running the collection again this year as we know how much all our staff want to help make Christmas that little bit better for children who otherwise might not receive much. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to every member of staff who brings in a present; it will make a real and tangible difference to the disadvantaged families we work with.

“Supporting us with the appeal again this year are a number of local residents, community organisations and businesses who together provide a lot of support, for which we are very grateful.”

Donation guidelines:

We would welcome gifts for children aged from babies to 19 years old, male or female

There are more disadvantaged children in the 10 – 16 age range than any other – so we do need most gifts for that age range

We ask that you leave the gift unwrapped so that we know what gender and age the present is for

Thank you to all the Pitstone residents that support this initiative.

Design a Sign Competition – Thank you for your entries

The parish council would like to thank everyone that submitted an entry into the Design a Sign competition.   We have been delighted with both the high level of response and the quality of the artwork drawn by the children.

Judging will take place shortly and we will then be in contact with the winners.

Further news will be posted to our website once it is available.

Thank you for your patience.

Could your community group benefit from a grant? Deadline 20-1-20

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 30 January 2020.

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.   Therefore, all materials must be received from your group by Monday 20 January 2020.

Remember to submit your Volunteer of the Year nominations by 17 January 2020

All your nominations for the Pitstone Volunteer of the Year 2020 need to be sent to the parish council by 17 January 2020, so if you know of someone that is giving up their time and making a difference to the lives of the people in Pitstone, then please let us know.

A huge army of volunteers make our village special.  Did you know that volunteers manage the Memorial Hall; the Pitstone Heritage Park/museum; staff the Pitstone Windmill open days; are parish councillors; form the governing body of Brookmead school; deliver and edit Pitstone Parish Post; operate Pitstone Youth Café; form the management committee for Windmill pre-school; drive for the Community Car scheme; run mums & toddlers; run Brownies/Rainbows/Cubs/Scouts; are trustees for The Williamson Trust and Pitstone Town Lands Charity; run sporting groups such as I&PUCC, P&IUFC and P&IJFC; check street lights; provide ground-keeping on the cricket square; manage our allotment site; help at the Beacon Villages Community Library; are members of Pitstone & Ivinghoe Entertainments who organise the summer festival and annual fireworks; and form the Friends of St Mary’s church in Pitstone, manning open days and organising events.  Just think what our village would be like without all these facilities!

 

As well as being an opportunity for you, and the parish council, to thank our Volunteer of the Year in public, the winner receives £50.00 and a framed certificate.

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

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

 

If you have some spare time and would like join this volunteer army and start enjoying the benefits that volunteering brings, please do get in touch.

Who is your local hero?

Is there someone who goes the extra mile and volunteers to help residents of Pitstone?  Maybe they regularly help their neighbours by collecting their shopping or taking them to their appointments?  Maybe they help run one of the local clubs?  Remember to send a message to the parish council (parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk or 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone) by the end of January 2020 with a description of who you would like to nominate for our volunteer of the year and why you think they are so wonderful.  The winner receives £50 and a framed certificate, as a thank you from us to them.

Excellent news for leisure development by the Recreation Ground

We are delighted that the local charity who owned the land at the end of the Recreation Ground which has historically been used for the play area and half the football pitch is finally in a legal position which enables them to dispose of this parcel of land to the Parish Council.    The council is most grateful to Aylesbury Vale District Council for their support with this initiative and a release of Section 106 funding to facilitate the purchase of the land.

Now that the land is within the council’s ownership, we can progress with the removal of the old play equipment and installation of the new, challenging play space.  At the point of writing, we are finalising details with the supplier and waiting for them to confirm an installation date.   This is likely to be early in 2020 once the worst of the weather is behind us.  We will keep residents advised of progress.

Once the play space details have been confirmed, the council will be able to commence procurement of the long- awaited concrete skate park.  Look out for more updates in due course.

Funding success for pavilion enhancements

The parish council is delighted to announce that it has secured two further sources of grant funding towards the redevelopment of the pavilion site.   We are very grateful that this project has received £10,000 funding from the  Thriving Communities Fund, a grants scheme for community projects run by Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust.  If you would like more information about the grants available, please call the Grants Officer, on 01296 732600.

We are also delighted that Aylesbury Vale District Council has approved awarding £540,000 towards this project from the Section 106 Sports and Leisure Contributions.  Alongside the previous award of £370,000 from Aylesbury Vale District Council’s New Homes Bonus and financial contributions from both the football clubs and the parish council, we now hope to have enough funding pledged to offer security to potential contractors and will commence procurement procedures – we will keep residents advised of progress.   The council will continue to apply for further grant funding until the final costs for all elements are known and works are completed.