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Annual Parish Meeting

Falconhurst School visit to the Patch Allotments

Falconhurst 1Two groups of year 5 students from the Falconhurst School in Eaglestone enjoyed a field trip to the Patch Allotments on Thursday the 25th February. The visit was hosted by the Chair and the Secretary of the Patch Allotments Association (PAA), Les Burgess and John Such. The visit started with a “class room” session in the PAA hut where Les explained some of the history of allotments in his usual jocular fashion. He then got the children to design a layout for an allotment and identify what they would like to grow in it.

The children then got a chance to walk around the allotments and, of course, Falconhurst 3to head for the chicken run. Here they had an opportunity to meet the chickens first hand and to feed them. At the same time Les was able to field the avalanche of questions about them from the children.

The visit was concluded by a visit to the bee enclosure for more questions and answers about the bee’s life cycle and what is required to maintain a healthy bee population. Fortunately the weather was fine, but still much too cold for any bees to want to venture out.

A follow up visit in June is under discussion so that the children will be able to see the allotments in full bloom and in warmer weather.

Community Car Service

CCS ImageSince opening its doors on 28th September 2015 the Pilot CA:MK Community Car Service and its 12 volunteer drivers have provided over 200 journeys to residents across Milton Keynes covering over 1600 miles! We have registered 34 passengers and have undertaken the most journeys to a Day Care centre 39.6%, with 18.4% visiting the GP and 13.7% visiting the hospital.

See the February 2016 update below.

 

The Footpath that belongs to No One

The footpath down the side of St Mary’s Churchyard by Turpyn Court has regularly come up as somewhere that misses out on maintenance and the litter-picking schedule. Reports from Ward Councillor Peter McDonald and us frequently receive a mixed response from Milton Keynes Council (MKC) often with no action taking place.

We have been told that the footpath ‘does not appear on any of our maps’ (MKC) and we have established that the Parks Trust has no holdings in this corner of Woughton. Lately St. Mary’s Church Parochial Church Council (the PCC) also confirmed that their plans show the property boundary halts at the graveyard wall.

Presenting all this to The Head of Environment and Waste at MKC the Clerk was told that MKC would have to assume responsibility. They are now taking steps to see how to incorporate it into the litter-picking schedule as a start.

When we hear more we will keep you posted.

Playing Fields – Rights of Way

Canal & River Trust – Bridge 87 Repairs

There are planned repairs to Bridge 87 on the Grand Union Canal (marked on the map below).

This work is now scheduled to start on the 1st February 2016. The works will be completed 20th April 2016.

The path over the bridge will be closed during the works, but a diversion route has been agreed with MK Council.

The works will mainly consist of coring and piling through the concrete bridge abutments, and so there may be some noise during site working hours (normally 8am until 6pm, although it will be necessary to stop working when it gets dark). There will also be some brickwork and surfacing works carried out.

Update 15th April

The Canal & River Trust project has encountered unforeseen ground conditions during the coring and piling operations through the bridge abutments. This has caused a significant amount of delay whilst they redesign the piling and coring works, and mobilise suitable plant and equipment.

Therefore, the construction programme has increased by approximately 6 weeks, which means that they will be finishing on site on Monday 6th June 2016. During this time the footpath over the bridge will remain closed.

The Canal & River Trust apologises for the delay in these works, and the effect it may have on you.

Canal Map

Canal & River Trust, First Floor North, Station House, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB

Please visit the Canal & River Trust website to find out more about the Canal & River Trust and download the ‘Shaping our Future document’ on the About Us page

Community Asset!

Our favourite local has now been designated an asset of community value which entitles the Parish Council to have a say if it was ever closed down. Look for this sticker on the door.

Road Safety Improvements to H8, Chaffron Way, Woolstone / Woughton junction

A proposal to make road safety improvements to the H8, Chaffron Way, Woolstone/Woughton on Green junctions is being costed by Milton Keynes Council but  funding will be required from the various Parish Councils as the safety record is not bad enough to automatically qualify.

Drainage Works

The following drainage works have now been completed in Woughton on the Green

  1. The Green
  2. Newport road between the church and Baskerfield Grove
  3. Baskerfield Grove along Newport Road  past Goodman Gardens

The only remaining work is now to clean up the ditch the orchard.