In case you have misplaced your copy of the Pitstone Parish Post, please find below the parish council updates it included: New Footpath to Marsworth Work commenced on 5 February and should be complete by the time you receive this edition of PPP. We hope that you all make good use of the new safe route into Marsworth and up to College Lake Nature Reserve. This project has taken several years to get implemented and funded, and we’d like to express our grateful thanks to all the parties and individuals that have been involved in pulling together and implementing this initiative. Funding was made available via a New Homes Bonus Grant, a Community Leaders Grant, a Local Area Forum Grant and provision from both parish councils. Look out for details on the website and noticeboards of an official opening ceremony and walk to Marsworth. Ball Stop Netting and Fencing at the Sports Pavilion We are also delighted that the installation of two sections of ball stop netting, and two sections of replacement fencing at the sports pavilion has now been concluded. Work will shortly commence on the extension of the larger pitch. Funding has been made available for this project by the Football Foundation, a release of Section 106 sports & leisure development funds from Aylesbury Vale District Council, donations from both the senior and junior football clubs and a provision by the parish council. New Telephone Number Please note that the parish council has a new telephone number, so please use 01296 767261 when trying to reach the parish clerk. Playgrounds There are long outstanding plans to update/replace the play equipment on the recreation ground once it has been possible to secure the purchase/use of the land. We also operate two further playgrounds in Hever Close and Windsor Road. The current residential development see further play equipment installed in the parish. Did you know that we check all our playgrounds on a weekly basis to ensure they are in a good state of repair and safe for your enjoyment? If you are the parent of a child with a disability and have any concerns relating to disabled access or have particular disabled equipment needs, please get in touch with the parish council on firstname.lastname@example.org. Public Transport Infrastructure Bucks County Council are currently investigating how best to utilize the Section 106 public transport funds provided by the residential developments in Vicarage Road and Rushendon Furlong. We will keep you updated once the plans have been confirmed. Pitstone Community Car Scheme The parish council is still working with the existing car scheme members, other individuals, advisory bodies and local organisations to relaunch the car scheme. If you can spare some time to volunteer as a driver or would like to take up the post of voluntary co-ordinator we would love to hear from you. Should we have a Community Bus? Bucks County Council and the parish council are jointly investigating whether there is a demand and support for a Community Bus amongst the local parishes. In other locations, such buses might run trips to the supermarket, surgeries, libraries, day care centres, some do scheduled bus routes, some do day trip exercisions, some are used by schools/community groups etc. If you feel a community bus would be of value or would like to volunteer to get involved as a driver/committee member/co-ordinator etc then please get in touch. We will keep you updated with the outcome of the initial investigations. Would you like to get involved? Would you like to get involved with all the variety of work that falls under the scope of a parish council? Do you have plenty of spare time to devote to improving life for the residents of our parish? Perhaps you would like to consider joining the parish council? For more information on what a parish council is, what it does and how you can be involved please check out the leaflet on : http://pitstone.co.uk/ppcpubs/pitstone-parish-council-general-information-leaflet/ or call the parish clerk and we will provide you with further information. Please note that these are voluntary roles – all your parish councilors volunteer their time for the benefit of the community. New Homes Bonus Micro Grants up to £1,000 are now available for voluntary and community sector organisations as well as parish and town councils! An exciting development sees the introduction of a new NHB Micro Grant Funding Scheme which is open to voluntary and community sector organisations operating within a parish. Easily accessible micro grants up to £1,000 are available for a variety of capital costs including refurbishment and equipment purchases and are assessed on a monthly basis. It is not necessary for the project to link to growth, although those that do may score more highly. Projects to be put forward for funding must evidence consultation at parish level and the application form must be endorsed by the relevant town or parish council prior to submission. The closing date for applications is the 15th of each month. For more information please visit the AVDC website.