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.

Friends of Stoke Common AGM

The Friends of Stoke Common A.G.M. will be held at the Village Centre on Wednesday, 26th January at 7.30p.m. The meeting is open to the public, any residents interested in work taking place on the Common are welcome to attend .

Martin Hartup, Head Ranger in Burnham Beeches will present a review of the year’s work and talk about reptiles on Stoke Common.

There will be an opportunity to raise any questions about management of the Common.

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.