Open Space by The Crescent
You will recall that Bucks County Council expressed a desire to build residential properties on the public open space between Marsworth Road and The Crescent. This was strongly opposed by both residents and the parish council. As part of the Neighbourhood Development Plan process, we were able to designate the land as Local Green Space, prohibiting its use for residential development. We are now pleased to advise you that Bucks County Council has agreed to sell the land to the parish council so that it can be preserved for community benefit in perpetuity, and that Aylesbury Vale District Council has agreed to support this project with a grant of Section 106 funds which they hold for Pitstone arising from the development of the Castlemead estate. Once the transaction has been completed, we will let you all know.
Best Kept Village Competition – everyone can help
The parish council will again be entering the above competition. The prize is awarded for the village that is best maintained and shows evidence of community involvement, it isn’t an ‘in bloom’ competition. The frontages of properties, restaurants, shops, village halls etc all play their part, along with grass cutting, noticeboard information, church yards, open spaces, playgrounds etc. Judging takes place in June or July (we aren’t notified of the date), so it would be wonderful if all residents could keep their frontages well maintained, pick up any litter you see (our litter pickers will also be out regularly, but can’t be in every road every day) and generally help to keep our village clean, tidy and up-to-date.
The equipment within our play areas is continuously under review and you will be aware that we still aspire to replace the the recreation ground playground as soon as we can secure the necessary land. We try to provide a wide range of activities across the three playgrounds, to suit a variety of age groups and abilities. Should you have a child with a particular disability or play need, please let us know so that we can take your requests into consideration within our long term play space planning. You can find our play space policy on our web site.
Please remember that Fly Posting is a Criminal Offence
There has been a marked increase in the amount of posters and adverts fly-posted around the village. As a reminder, fly-posting is defined as “displaying adverts and other promotional materials without permission, on buildings, posts, poles, litter bins and elsewhere in public”. Fly-posting is mainly done by businesses and community groups that want free advertising. However, before putting your local group or business at risk (especially as your contact details are likely to be on your poster!), you should also remember that fly-posting is illegal and measures to prevent fly-posting include:
- On-the-spot fines of up to £80
- Use of fixed penalty notices
- Prosecution in a magistrates’ court
- Special powers to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour
- Charging the offender for the cost of removing the posters
Therefore, please refrain from littering our village in such a manner. You should also be aware that advertising your event via temporary signs in the grass verges, or by the highway (eg on the recreation ground fence or by the sports pavilion) is also subject to strict highways regulations. Anyone considering this should apply to the parish council for a permit (under powers devolved to the parish by Bucks County Council). Any signage that appears where a permit hasn’t been sought will be removed.
Re-development of the sports pavilion
The parish council currently has a planning application submitted for the installation of two sections of ball-stop netting at the sports pavilion off Marsworth Road. The project to install the netting is also dependent upon external funding being secured, and grant applications to the relevant bodies are also in the course of being prepared. This will form part of the initial works to improve health & safety and cost efficiency at the site, expand the internal capacity to match our boundary and thus enable other development at the site, and extend the football pitch to meet league requirements. Work is just beginning to look at options for re-designing/expanding the building to enable a greater range of activities to take place and improving the parking, access and security etc. We will keep you updated as the projects progress.