Projects undertaken by Old Woughton Parish Council

Water Borehole

A water borehole project is being investigated. The local water table as evidenced by a local well is quite high, and the Patch’s daily water requirement is well within the permitted daily amount of water one is allowed to extract.

If the decision is taken to proceed it is anticipated there will be a saving of a minimum of £700 per annum on the annual water bill.  The capital cost of the project is estimated to be around £15,000 but grants are available and it is hoped that the net cost to the Parish will be between £2,500 and £5,000.  It is possible that the pump power could be provided by solar panels, wind turbines may not be effective because of the surrounding trees.

May 2016 Update

A geological survey was carried out of the Patch allotments land. Based on the results of this survey the advice received, from the various drilling companies contacted for quotations, was that there would be insufficient water to meet the needs of the Patch Allotments.

This project has therefore been suspended, unless any new information comes to light.

Plot re-staking

All the plots are to be re-staked with four corner posts.  Over the years many of the markers have broken or rotted resulting in some unclear boundaries. As plots are re-staked we are also re-measuring to confirm the many different plot sizes.

The project has commenced, but the timing of inserting the stakes is very weather dependant and it is anticipated that the project will last at least three years.

Allotment Shop

Two used shipping containers arrived on-site in October 2014.

One was provided to be used as a shop by the Patch Allotment Association (PAA).  Previously an old wooden hut on-site had acted as the PAA meeting room, tea-room and shop. The shop can now hold more goods more securely, and the hut has more space for meetings and socialisation.

The second container was provided to the Patch Allotment Association to securely hold an increasing amount of allotment machinery, spares and workshop space.

This picture shows the interior of the shop after renovation by the PAA.

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Patch Allotments – Boundary Security

The first move by OWPC to strengthen the boundary of the Patch site was the purchase of 420 Pyracantha plants in late 2013. The majority of these were planted along the Western boundary, the remainder on short stretches of the North and East boundaries. This planting met with some success despite the boundary positioning meaning that trees external to the boundary fence reduced both light and rain falling on the plants.

During the Summer of 2015 new palisading was erected to both sides of the Western pedestrian gates and to one side of the main Eastern gate.  Additionally the gates at both sides were clad with palisading to increase their effective height to 2.4 metres.

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.

Village Greens