Welcome to the Village of Castlethorpe

This is the Website for the village of Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes. The articles have been written by village organisations and the site is managed by the Parish Council.

If you have news of interest to the village or represent an organisation which has an event coming up, please contact the Webmaster who will put it on this website.

The Parish Council has its own website with much more information on it. It’s at castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk

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The next refuse
collection day is
Friday

Neighbourhood Plan public consultation

As you may recall, the parish council is modifying our Neighbourhood Plan to keep it current. We explained the content in a leaflet at the end of January and held an Open Day at the Village Hall. As a result, a number of small changes were made and the Plan was then submitted to Milton Keynes Council.

Now it is ‘their’ Plan, MKC legally has to do a second consultation which is about to start. You may remember that there were also two consultations with the original Neighbourhood Plan. If you commented during the parish council consultation, you will see your comments and the response of the parish council in the ‘Consultation Statement’ which accompanies the Neighbourhood Plan. This is part of a very strict process which the parish council and MKC have to follow.

You should have received a copy of this letter from MKC, as have all landowners and statutory consultees such as the utility companies.

You can download or read the Plan and accompanying documents on MKCV’s Neighbourhood Planning webpage at https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/castlethorpe-neighbourhood-plan and you can send your comments by email to neighbourhoodplanning@milton-keynes.gov.uk or by post to UDLA, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ. All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 17 July.

At the end of this second consultation, the Modified Neighbourhood Plan, its supporting documents and the responses to the second consultation will be passed to an external Examiner who will ensure it complies with the legal conditions for an NP.

After the Examiner has made any necessary changes, the Modified Neighbourhood Plan will, as with the original Plan, be adopted by MKC as one of its Planning Policies which will prevent any planning applications which don’t comply with the Plan to protect the village.

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Revised 33 bus timetable

The 33 bus service through Castlethorpe is now running every 90 minutes instead of hourly until further notice. This is the revised timetable.

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Councillor's briefing over developers' threat to The Stables

Our MKC ward councillor Andrew Geary has sent us a briefing note to pass on to anyone in the village who wishes to send in their opinion to the inspector who will be hearing the appeal by Abbey Homes against one of the conditions in MKC’s approval of their plans to build new homes adjacent to The Stables in Wavendon, the world-famous music venue which has been bringing big names in music and comedy to the area since 1969. If the appeal is successful it could ultimately mean that The Stables could close.

You can read Andrew’s briefing note and how to send in your comments here. Click on the news item to read it in full.

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Keeping the village tidy

The Parish Council has taken over the maintenance of the grass verges and public hedges and emptying the litter bins in the village, which was formerly done by Milton Keynes Council. Below is the schedule for this year’s mowing and cutting and the litter bins will be emptied weekly on Thursdays. However if you spot one which is about to overflow please let one of the parish councillors know.

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Urgent message from Hanslope Surgery

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COVID-19 alerts

The Government is publishing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic on its website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The Parish Council will also be issuing updates when necessary on this website, the Parish Council website castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk, the village Facebook page and on posters on the village noticeboards.

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Cancellation of Village Hall events

All events in the Village Hall have been cancelled until further notice as a precaution to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to Castlethorpe and protect our elderly and most vulnerable residents.

The Annual Parish Meeting, which was due to take place in the Village Hall on Monday 6 April, has been postponed until Monday 1 June.

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Pre-School vacancies

Castlethorpe Pre-School has vacancies now for children aged between 2 and 5. After the end of the Coronavirus alert, it will reopen from 9am to noon every weekday (to 3pm on Wednesdays) with a daily lunch club available until 12.30pm. Funding is available. If your child isn’t 2 yet but you’d like to have them join in the future let them know now!

The contact details are:
Phone 07508 399783
Email: castlethorpeps@gmail .com
Facebook.com/castlethorpepreschool

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How to book the Village Hall

If you’re thinking of using the Village Hall for a function, you can check the availability by clicking here.

To book the Hall please contact Sara Montague on 07812 070537 or email her at soldierblue4@hotmail.com. Please confirm your booking with Sara before making any arrangements for entertainers or outside catering etc. You can pay by credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, cheque or bank transfer.

More information, including hire charges and the Booking Form, which can either be filled in online or downloaded to be printed out and filled in can be downloaded from here.

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Parish Council website is now live

The new Castlethorpe Parish Council website is now live online at www.castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk. You’ll be able to find all the information you need about the village, the Parish Council, forthcoming events, travel news and planning applications.

In time it will replace this website so why not bookmark it in your browser now!

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New Year's Eve burglary in village

A bungalow in The Chestnuts in North Street was burgled on New Year’s Eve sometime between 6.45pm and 1.30am. If you, or anyone you know, saw anything suspicious or have any information please call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference URN215 01/01/2019 and crime reference No 43200000075. All information will be treated confidentially.

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Get involved with local wildlife

The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre is looking for help from everyone to keep their database of local wildlife up to date.
Historically wildlife was recorded through personal notes which can be passed onto experts, local or national specialist groups, county recorders, Local Records Centres etc. But recent advances in technology means recorders can now load their own records directly into national databases and interest group websites.

Some of these are specific to certain groups such as butterflies, ladybirds or birds. Others are geographically organised i.e. by county or region. Some of the newer ones come with a wealth of resources which allow you to view aerial photographs, select an accurate grid reference from a series of readily available maps, or to set up your own mini recording website where you can keep and manage your records, choosing to share them with others, or not.

For more details of how you can get involved go to https://www.bucksmkerc.org.uk/get-involved/

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Little Library opening

The Little Library on the Village Green was officially opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Sam Crooks, on Saturday 12 September. The library was the idea of Castlethorpe resident Becky Hall, who organised the event and also a Mad Hatters tea party in the Village Hall afterwards.

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Exercise of voters' rights

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Housing Development at ‘Maltings 2’

As you know, the field to the south of Paddock Close was designated for housing in the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan and subsequently received outline planning permission for 32 houses. The site was then sold by Carrington Estates to Stonewater Developments which is a social housing provider.

I have been contacted today by RCA Regeneration which is a planning consultancy working for Stonewater. It is their intention to submit an application for the next stage of planning permission under Reserved Matters shortly.

They will be sending the documents to the Clerk and about 70 nearby properties with a request for a response by 28th June as part of a short public consultation. I have told them that the parish council meets on 1st July and it is not practical for us to call an Extraordinary Meeting before then but that we could give our comments by 5th July.

I have invited RCA Regeneration to attend the parish council meeting (perhaps beforehand) and present to the council and interested residents. He was not sure if they would be able to do this (they are based in Droitwich) but would come back to the Clerk.

I asked a few questions:

  • The application will be for 31 houses – apparently the reduction from 32 is to allow refuse collection lorries turning space(!)
  • The open space by Paddock Close (opposite the swale) will be retained as an open space to be maintained by a management company. I explained this was disappointing because it has been ineffective in Paddock Close.
  • The development will be 100% affordable properties.
  • Although not in this stage of the application which is primarily about layout, the design cues and materials will match Paddock Close as required by the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A footway will be constructed up to the gate into Maltings Field so that there will be pedestrian access on a hard ‘pavement’ into Maltings Field and so to South Street from Fox Covert Lane, Paddock Close and the new development. Again this was required in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Residents are of course able to make independent responses to RCA Regeneration (and in due course to MKC Planning where there will be the statutory 28 day consultation period) but would be very welcome to attend the parish council meeting on 1st July. This starts at 7.30pm but, if RCA Regeneration are able to attend, we would offer them a 7pm start so watch the website and FaceBook page for start time.

Philip Ayles
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council
14th June 2019

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