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Actions Following Public Meeting, 6 February

Everyone attending was advised to submit an individual response to the school’s statutory consultation on entering into an agreement with the Secretary of State for Education. Parishioners were asked to encourage friends and neighbours in South Bucks also to participate.

The consultation form is available to download. Paper copies may be obtained on request from the Clerk to the Parish.

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Completed questionnaires may be passed via the Parish Council office, to be registered and enable an audit to check that responses are included in the Consultation Report, due to be published by Slough Sikh Education Trust on 18 February.

Parishioners were given contacts details for our MP and council leaders with the suggestion that they make their concerns known to them.

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The following actions were agreed, by a unanimous show of hands:

To accept the offer made by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP to hold a public meeting in Stoke Poges at his earliest convenience.

The Parish Council will engage consultants to advise on legal and planning aspects of the Free School consultation and any subsequent planning application.

A majority show of hands agreed to the setting up of a ‘fighting fund’ to cover the cost of opposing the siting of a secondary school in Stoke Poges.

It was noted that irregularities in the school’s consultation have been reported. These will be reviewed by the Parish Council, which will consider submitting a formal complaint to the Secretary of State for Education.

Further, it was agreed to explore a suggestion from one member of the public to make a community bid for Pioneer House, by enabling parishioners to share the purchase cost, with the intention of using the site for a purpose appropriate to its location that is acceptable to residents.

It was also agreed to formally question the allegation that the school’s bid for Pioneer House (using taxpayers’ money) is £700,000 more than an acceptable offer from a commercial organisation.

A pdf copy of the slides shown at the Public Meeting is available to download.

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New information available on Free School Proposals

Three documents relating to the proposals to convert Pioneer House to a Free School are now available to download:

Notes summarising a meeting between representatives of the parish and the chair of the Slough Sikh Education Trust, held on 31 January

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A briefing compiled by a working group of the Parish Council’s Planning Committee outlining the key  issues relating to the Free School proposals

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A letter to Stoke Poges residents from the Trustees and Headteacher of the Khalsa Secondary School

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Start dates for play areas in parish recs

Contractors will begin work at Bells Hill rec on Thursday 24 February by marking out the site and erecting safety fencing. They will be using the access gate on Bells Hill to move 200 tonnes of material onto the site for landscaping.

The contractors have warned the Parish Council that their vehicles will damage the grass area between the the path and the football pitch. They will reinstate this as part of the project, however, rec users should be prepared for the footpath and a strip of grass to be muddy whilst work is in progress.

Work starts on the teen play areas (near the teen shelters on both recs) on 21 March, with a scheduled completion date of 8 April. Further information in the spring edition of Stoke Poges News.

County consultation on transport and youth services

Buckinghamshire County Council is running public consultations on its budget proposals for transport and youth services.

The key proposals for transport are: cutting subsidies for Sunday bus services; switching off street lights in residential roads between midnight and 5.30 am (this won’t affect Stoke Poges – our street lights are provided by the Parish Council); road safety and travel education to be concentrated on BCC’s website with more local involvement and working more with local communities to develop walking and cycle routes.

The main change in youth services is withdrawing funding for staff at County’s 27 youth centres and relying on volunteers to take on the work. The proposals allow for existing buildings to be retained and offer some flexibility for meeting local needs. The nearest youth centres to Stoke Poges are at Evreham, Burnham and Gerrards Cross.

Both consultations are open until 31 March. You may access the proposals and the questionnaires online here.

Planning application in for Bells Hill access ramp

Planning application in for Bells Hill access ramp

Stoke Poges Parish Council has submitted a planning application for an access ramp to the Post Office and pharmacy from Bells Hill Green.

The application can be viewed online at the South Bucks planning portal. The application reference is 11/00147/FUL. There is provision for submitting comments online, including comments in support of this proposal.

South Bucks’ planning system shows a target determination date of 1 April.

Stoke Poges Brownies bury Centenary time capsule

To celebrate the Centenary of Girlguiding, 1st Stoke Poges Brownies have buried a Centenary time capsule. The Brownies hope to be moving into the newly developed St Andrew’s Youth Centre in the near future. The time capsule was buried in the foundations of the new entrance steps to the Youth Centre.

The capsule includes information on Stoke Poges Brownies and the special activities they have been undertaking to celebrate the Centenary, including Challenge 100. The capsule also includes Centenary badges and photographs of the Brownies.

Brown Owl, Rosie Wicks-Farr said: “Each Brownie created a personal profile of herself by drawing around their hands and then wrote their names and information on their interests and activities they enjoy at Brownies”.

Barn Owl Sarah Marzetti said: “We encouraged the girls to think about what people might like to know about Brownies in 2010, and asked them to imagine they were telling their story to Brownies in 100 years time.”

Stoke Poges Brownies have loved taking part in the Centenary Events, including the Buckinghamshire Brownie Circus Fun Day at Aston Clinton.

007 Aston Martin returns to Stoke Park

Attended by over 400 enthusiasts, the inaugural Midsummer Classic and Thunderball attracted the crème de la crème of Aston Martin cars to Stoke Park on Saturday 26th June.

Among more than fifty Aston Martin and Lagondas on display in the warm sunshine was the world’s most famous car, the actual DB5 used in the making of Goldfinger (filmed at Stoke Park) and Thunderball.

At the evening’s James Bond-themed ThunderBall dinner and dance guests enjoyed a spirited Bonhams auction of Aston Martin, James Bond and luxury lots to raise funds in support of Help for Heroes.