Parish Council News
All members of the public are invited to the Parish council meetings –
the NEXT MEETING: is due on Monday 17th May 2021 at 7.40 pm via a teleconferencing system.
An open Public forum normally happens before the PC meeting at 7.30 pm. However with the latest Covid-19 situation it isn’t possible to have the public forum.
However should parishioners wish to raise an agenda issue please contact the clerk with your enquiry at email@example.com
A copy of the May agenda can be found here nearer the time.
April’s minutes will be signed off at the above tele-conference meeting – a copy of that meeting can be found in the minutes section after the meeting.
As well as the above monthly meeting – this month there is also the Annual Public meeting.
ANNUAL PUBLIC PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
26th APRIL 2021 AT 7.30 PM VIA ZOOM
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST WITH THE CLERK BY 23rd APRIL TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND
PLEASE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
A revised copy of the Agenda can be found here Annual Public meeting agenda
All meetings are normally held at the social centre, Manor Drive.
View from the Chair
Twelve months on from the announcement of the first lock down, I doubt if any of us expected to experience the year that we have. Let’s hope that with the continuing success of the vaccine programme and warmer weather, we can begin to look forward to some sort of normality returning in the coming months.
S106 Funding – Grants for community causes
You may recall that at the time Oakridge Park was built, the area was within the Parish of Haversham-cum-Little Linford. When a development like this takes place the developer agrees to pay some money – called S106 funding – towards local infrastructure, community projects etc.
As a result of the Oakridge Park development, Haversham-cum-Little Linford Parish Council was granted some of this S106 funding from Milton Keynes Council. The Parish Council have now agreed that the last tranche of monies due to us should be used to contribute towards the following three local projects:
· A ramp to improve access into St Mary’s Church
· Refurbishment of the Skate Ramp in the Recreation Ground
· Redecoration of the Social Centre small hall.
We are waiting for Milton Keynes Council to confirm that everything is in order and we hope to then be able to use the funds to help progress these projects.
Oakridge Park has since transferred to the more urban parish of Stantonbury.
We have been struggling for some time with the functionality of parish website, www.havershamltlinford.org
It has become very difficult to upload and update content on the website, both for Councillor Barry Clift, who manages the Parish Council updates, and Lesley Gilbert, editor of this Parish Magazine. The Parish Council have therefore agreed to move the website onto a different platform which will make content management much easier in the future. It has been frustrating to be unable to keep parishioners up to date with Parish Council business and other activities via the website, so hopefully once this change has taken place things will be much easier.
Canal Boat Project
The Parish Council listened to an interesting presentation at a recent meeting about the Milton Keynes Community Boat project.
Based on a 54ft long traditional narrowboat, the community boat will have an all-electric propulsion unit instead of a traditional diesel engine. It will carry up to 12 passengers for cruises along the local canal as soon as restrictions allow. The cruises will operate from Campbell Park Marina on the Grand Union Canal, travelling as far north as Cosgrove and south down to Fenny Stratford.
The craft, which will be similar to the John Bunyan Community Boat in Bedford, will be fully accessible with an access lift for wheelchair users and toilet provision. It will be used for a wide variety of trips that offer something for everyone, including special Santa cruises at Christmas, Friday night ‘bubbles and bites’ events, relaxing days out and walkers’ one way hops.
Funding for the boat has come from developers Crest Nicholson, via Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Milton Keynes Parks Trust, together with donations from B&MK Trust members and volunteers. The Parish Council agreed to make a donation of £150 towards the project given that the canal is on the edge of our parish and we anticipate the community boat activities will be of interest to local residents.
Neighbourhood Plan – Zoom Meeting
Please look out for a flyer, and information on the Haversham Facebook Page, for details about a Zoom meeting which will be held to answer questions you may have about the Neighbourhood Plan process, where we have got to so far, the views of the community as expressed in the recent questionnaire and next steps.
The Steering Group was hoping to have an agreed date to publicise in this article, but there are a number of people to tie down, including our ward councillors, our Neighbourhood Plan consultant and a Zoom co-ordinator. So unfortunately a final date has yet to be confirmed, but we are aiming for some time during April.
Dog Waste Bins
The Parish Council have agreed to replace the dog waste bin down by the river with a larger bin as the old one had become damaged by flood water and is regularly over full. We have also agreed to install an additional bin at “the triangle” at the top of Wolverton Road.
We thank every responsible dog owner who picks up after their dog and either takes the waste home or uses one of the dog bins provided. We continue to be astonished by the small number who either don’t pick up after their dog, or who think it is appropriate to throw bags containing dog waste onto the pavement, along public footpaths or even in some cases into other people’s gardens. Please be a good neighbour and dispose of dog waste responsibly every time.
Why not rent an Allotment?
Lockdown has seen quite a surge in interest, so for the first time in several years we have just a small number of allotment plots remaining vacant. Please contact Councillor Jemma English for more details about renting an allotment. Fresh air, fresh food, exercise and friendly company – what could be better?
Chair – Haversham cum Little Linford Parish Council
YOUR PARISH COUNCILLORS ARE:
Chair – Pam Williams
3 Mill Road
Vice chair – Philip Turnbull
3 Granary Close
Frost Cottage, 16 High Street
21 Wolverton Road
108 Wolverton Road
10 Wolverton Road
58 Wolverton Road
Clerk – Adele Boughton
8 Keppel Avenue
POLICIES AND PRODECURES
The Parish Council’s adopted policies and procedures can be viewed here.