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Hanslope Neighbourhood Plan - Revisions to 'made' plan (2019): The 2024 pre-submission Plan is attached here (below), along with 2 supporting documents. Comments may be emailed (preferred) to [email protected] BY 23/7/24 latest. Alternatively, written submissions may be posted to Hanslope Parish Council, Hanslope Pavilion, Hanslope Recreation Ground, Castlethorpe Road, Hanslope, MK19 7LG.

Hanslope Herald: The summer 2024 edition of the Hanslope Herald is out! Online version available - email: [email protected].

AGAR: The Annual Governance and Accounting Return 2023-24, is published under 'Finances'. The Period of Elector's Rights will be 3/6/24 to 12/7/24. Details under 'Finances'.

Statement: The parish council is very aware of the recent spate of anti-social behaviour, vandalism and offensive graffiti in the village and in particular, the Rec. Ground. A zero-tolerance approach is being taken and all incidents have been reported to the police. This seems to be the same group of young teens (around 12-13) who live in the village and we ask parents to be extra vigilant about where your children are and what they are doing. The recent vandalism to a brand new bench, has been captured on CCTV with the perpetrators clearly seen. This is now in the hands of the police, who are investigating who the children are. Please pass on any information to [email protected]. Thank you.

PC Chairman 2024-25: At its May meeting on 13/5/24, Cllr Dorothy Courtman was once again elected chairman for the forthcoming year. The Next Parish Council Meeting: Will take place on Monday 10th June at 7.00pm at the Community Hall on the Rec. Ground. All welcome.

Developers: At it's 12/2/24 meeting, the Parish Council resolved to implement the following policy. Hanslope PC does not, under any circumstances, meet with developers regarding planning application submissions.

20mph Survey: The results of our 20 mph consultation were approx. 50% in favour and 50% not in favour. On this basis, there would be insufficient local support to pursue this with MK Highways at this time. The PC will continue to monitor this issue.

REPORT IT! Any incidences of pot holes or flooding must be reported to MKCC via their website. The more reports they receive, the more likely they are to allocate resources. Particularly crucial is any flooding on Forest Road. MKCC have allocated a budget to address this via their capital works programme for 2024. However, current budget cuts may put this at risk if incidents are not continually reported. https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/pay-report-and-apply/report-it

Hanslope Community Hall at the Rec. Ground now open for bookings.  Local groups particularly welcome.  Capacity 100. Photos attached below.

Next PC meeting. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday 8th March 2024 at 7.30pm in the Community Hall on the Rec. Ground. All meeting dates published below/attached.

Reporting issues to the parish council: Please email the clerk on [email protected] or phone 07383 091319.  These should be issues that come under the powers of the parish council.  For all other issues - see below and attached guide.  Postings on social media can not be considered.

Report a Problem: Reports for faulty street lights, pot holes, roadworks issues, obscured signage, overgrown hedges, flooding etc should be directed to MKC via this link: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/pay-report-apply/report-it

Speed Indicator Device Results: (3 locations) can be found under 'Village Information'

Fireworks - Statement from the Parish Council: The parish council has agreed the following policy re. the use of fireworks "Hanslope Parish council land cannot be used at any time, by private individuals, for the use of fireworks. The council urges residents to follow Government guidelines and be mindful of both livestock and wildlife in what is essentially a rural area. Use of 'silent' fireworks is strongly suggested".

Hedges obstructing roads footpaths and pavements: The owner of each hedge is responsible for keeping the hedge clear of roads footpaths and pavements and street lights. The City Council has produced a leaflet explaining your responsibilities when trees, hedges and shrubs overhang on the highway which you can find attached below.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2022-23: Attached belowNotice of the Period of Elector's Rights, 2022-23 Accounts: Notice attached below

Hanslope Neighbourhood Plan Review: Hanslope's NP, adopted October 2019 has been able to influence a significant number of planning and development decisions by MK Council Planning Authority. Now, however, it is in need of review and update, to ensure this remains the case. A Steering Committee is undertaking this review and documents can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan section of this website.

Speeding: We are often asked what the parish council is doing about speeding.  It is worth noting that parish councils have no powers to address speeding and as such, there is very little we can do, other than talk to the Highways Authority (MK Council in our case).  This then depends on how much they listen and then respond. We have been in constant contact with MKC but sadly, progress is very slow.  This is what we are doing: - 

 - Applied for white 'village gates' as a measure to slow cars coming into the village at each entrance. We are paying for this ourselves. Report attached.

- Operate a Speed Indicator Device, on at least one road into and out of the village.  This is reported on at PC meetings and the data sent to TVP, who are the enforcement authority for speeding (data attached below). SID displays and records speeds but not registration numbers. Some drivers are reminded of the speed limit and slow down.

- Requested Data Collection Strips be installed on Castlethorpe Road with a view to at least more signage and marking to slow down.

- Regularly badger MKC as to why the promised speed bumps and zebra crossing have not yet been installed on Long Street.

Contact details for the officers concerned are available on request.  You can also contact your Ward Councillors to ask what MKC are doing.

Affordable Housing - Some affordable housing is available on the new Hayfield Estate on Castlethorpe Road, to those with a 'strong local connection'.  Please see advice attached from MK Council.

Please can we remind people again, that dogs are to be kept on leads in the Recreation Ground? This is for the safety of other people and other dogs but also so that dog owners are aware of when their dog is relieving itself. In these dark evenings we are now seeing increased incidents of owners not 'realising', making it unsafe for children, football players and other Rec. Users. Thank you for your consideration to all.Flooding advisory: Advice in the event of flooding is attached.

Message from our local PCSO: Phone 101 and report any problems with anti-social behaviour, abandoned vehicles etc. Then the PCSO can go and investigate. No matter how small the crime is, residents must call it in to 101 and then the PCSO will be instructed to deal with it. If we as a village don't call in crimes/issues, it will be presumed that all is a haven of peace. We might even have our new PCSO diverted elsewhere and we need him here. Thanks.

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