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Third Village Green Status achieved

At the March 2017 meeting of the MK Borough Council Regulatory Committee held in the Civic Offices, Village Green Status was granted to a parcel of open land in the parish of Old Woughton, adjacent to the existing Green, which already has village green status.  This was despite objections raised by the Parks Trust, who lease the land, and the owners, MK Borough Council. The applications had been made within the guidelines of the 2006 Commons Act of Parliament. The necessary time has now passed following the meeting, when an appeal could have been made and so village green status is confirmed.

This is now the third successful VG application following granting of the Woughton Park and Passmore village greens last year. The VG application was submitted by Woughton on the Green resident Philip Nash, also a parish councillor. At the regulatory committee meeting he and parish councillors Charlotte Hall and Andrew Humphries put the case to the committee. This followed  a campaign in which 68 residents had filled in questionnaires to support the application. Thanks are due to all residents who took the time to support the application and fill in the questionnaires. 

The main benefits of registering land as a green are to:

  • secure permanent recording of the land as a town or village green,
  • protect the land from development and other forms of detrimental activity by bringing the registered land within the protection of the nineteenth-century legislation under which it is an offence to build on a green or to interrupt its use or enjoyment by the local community,
  • secure the right of local people to enjoy the land for recreation in perpetuity,
  • give the registered land a new status as land for the community, to be valued and enjoyed,
  • ensure that existing and prospective owners are aware from the outset of the established recreational function of the land, so helping to avoid any future conflicts.

There is one more village green application, for the Orchard, that will be heard by the next Regulatory Committee meeting on the 6th September.

See original Village Green post here.

Patch Allotment Open Day 2017

On Saturday 10am 15th July the allotments threw open its gates for its 10th annual open day.

The marque was up the barbecues were fired up, the food was prepared and laid out.

The weather was overcast  and spitting rain, up till 12 noon when the sun come out, over 100 people attended and, considering the Wimbledon final was on that day, it was a good turnout.

At 3pm the raffle was drawn, there were twenty prizes to win. £127 was raised to put to the Association crowd founding project.

All Ages were there.

and the “boys” in blue.

 

MK Marathon 2017

Woughton Heritage MK50 Coffee Morning

On the 23rd January Woughton Heritage together with over 120 residents enjoyed a relaxing coffee morning to mark and celebrate the official 50th Birthday of Milton Keynes.

Visitors had the chance to view some of our material from the last two exhibitions and enjoy delicious coffee, cake and conversation!

A huge thank you to Mercure Parkside Hotel for their fantastic hospitality and generous welcome!

Further information will be available in the next newsletter about forthcoming events and key dates.  We will be meeting in February to start to plan our next exhibition which will focus on the development of the area since 1967.  If you would like to join the group, please contact us at:

woughtonheritage@gmail.com

Allotment Break In

Unfortunately there has been a break in at the Patch Allotments just off Newport Road in Woughton on the Green. It happened over the night of the 11th January. The hut, shop and storage container were all broken into and items stolen from each.

If anybody saw or heard any activity at the allotments that night, please contact the police using 101.

Devolvement of MKC Non-Statutory Services to Parishes

MKC has a £56m budget funding gap until 2020. It cannot raise its government-capped council tax  without a referendum.  MKC officers have opened a dialogue with town and parish councils about handing over responsibility for ‘non-statutory services’; potentially by the 2017-2018 financial year. These services in Old Woughton Parish could include street cleaning (currently £4,646 p.a), landscaping (currently £12,410 p.a) and play area maintenance (currently £1,000 p.a). The implication for us would be a likely tripling of the precept and additional administrative burden.  City-wide, the loss of efficient central procurement would result in higher costs to parishes and variable quality across the board.

The consultation process is still at an early stage and so far no evidence of Ward Councillor involvement has been detected. However, in the next couple of months we will probably be involved in wider discussions with MKC and other parishes. Your opinion is thus very important to us. You can button-hole your local parish councillor in the street, email anyone of us or give your comments to the Clerk by phone or post.  Please don’t leave it too long to let us know your views; this matter is important to us all.

Let us know your thoughts on the possible devolution of services

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Budget 2017-18

We are proposing a budget roughly in-line with last year’s.  There will be no increase in the precept (£9,104) which we have kept at this level for the last 3 years.  It is also significant that the Allotments will be close to breaking even for the first time.  All this is due to our continued attention to maintaining low operating costs and tight control over our expenditure.  The downside is we have accumulated over £60,000 in reserves and the external auditors have passed comment on this two years in a row.  Accordingly we plan to create a capital projects list which will be earmarked against the reserves.  It will represent a wish list that contains prioritised, costed, parish enhancements which we will tackle in the future.   

At the January PC meeting we will finalise and agree the budget and launch our capital projects plan.  You can have your say in both because the details are on the website and on the noticeboards.  Do let us know what you think.

Let us know your thoughts on the Budget for 2017-18

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Canal Towpath Repairs

Village Green Status Granted

On Tuesday the 5th July 2016 at a meeting of the MKBC Regulatory Committee held in the Civic Offices, Village Green Status was granted to 2 parcels of open space land in the parish of Old Woughton, south of Passmore and between Foxton and Castle Rose in Woughton Park. The applications had been made within the guidelines of the 2006 Act of Parliament. No objections were made by members of the public or the landowner (MKBC).
MKBC had been advised by their officers not to grant this status, having obtained legal advice on a disputed point in law, upon which they were unable to give evidential proof. Objections to this decision were put forward by councillors Judith Howson and Mike Blomley from Passmore and Stuart Bennett, retired councillor from Woughton Park.

Patch Allotment Open Day

Sizzling sausages, bacon and burgers were much in demand at the Patch on Saturday 16th July.   A steady stream of guests joined plot-holders from 10am until 4pm to catch up on recent developments as well as sharing news around their local areas.  Chickens, bees and a scarecrow were inspected.

One hundred and five visitors were counted in, including eight children; a few more are known to have sneaked in with approaching lunchtime!  A gardening border set of a fork & spade was won in the Free Draw by Janet Wales, a Tinkers Bridge resident.  Registrations showed that just over half the visitors were residents scattered around MK6 and the rest spread more widely – one was welcomed from London!

There was complimentary alfresco food and refreshments in the marquee, all supplied through the generosity of members and friends and well matched with some financial support from the Association and Old Woughton Parish Council.  The raffle, with its usual abundance of donated prizes, raised £75 towards running the event.

The weather was on its best behaviour: no rain, a pleasant, cooling breeze in intense sunshine after a rather cloudy early start. Allotment plot holder, Helen Plimmer was judged to rent the “Best Kept Allotment – 2016” by visiting judges Brian and Barry from Conniburrow Allotments – the trophy will be presented at the Association’s AGM next March.