Welcome to the Village of Castlethorpe

This is the Website for the village of Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes. Please note that this website will be closing on 31 October 2020 and you can find everything that’s on here (and a lot more) on the Parish Council website castlethorpe-pc.gov.uk

If you have news of interest to the village or represent an organisation which has an event coming up, please contact the Webmaster

Click for a map of Castlethorpe, take a walk around Castlethorpe,

visit Historic Castlethorpe, train enthusiasts can visit our local Rail enthusiast website, see the local BBC Weather Forecast and you can also join us on Facebook

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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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33 bus timetable

The latest timetable for Route 33 buses can be downloaded here Scroll down to “Other Documents” and click on 33bustimetable230718.pdf

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Notice of appointment of date for the exercise of electors' rights

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GDPR: Parish Council Data Protection Policy

Castlethorpe Parish Council (‘the Council’) recognises its responsibility to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 which regulates the use of personal data. This does not have to be sensitive data; it can be as little as a name and address. The Data Protection Policy can be read by clicking the link to the Parish Council page on the left.

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MK Councillors' contact details

The MK Ward Councillors for the Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope ward, which includes Castlethorpe, are:

Councillor Telephone Email
Andrew Geary 01908 510227 Andrew Geary
Bill Green 07970 062885 Bill Green
George Bowyer George Bowyer

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Volunteers wanted urgently

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Changes to Castlethorpe Charity

The Castlethorpe Charity for the Poor/Church has changed the criteria for any new beneficiary. With effect from the 2015 distribution are that they must be 70 years of age or over, have lived in Castlethorpe for at least 2 years, be living alone and not be in any paid employment. Existing beneficiaries will continue to receive their share of the income. .

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Is there a well in your garden?

Castlethorpe Historical Society is gathering information on all of the wells in the village. Most will obviously be located in the gardens of Castlethorpe’s older properties. So if you have a well on your property, or you know of someone else who has one, please let Mick Mullens know so that the Society can collate a map and plan to help with its survey on Old Castlethorpe.

You can contact Mick on the Castlethorpe Village Facebook page or email him at brassmichael@yahoo.co.uk

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Want to stop smoking? Here's some help

Milton Keynes Council’s specialist stop smoking advisors offer one to one appointments in clinics across Milton Keynes with support and products to help anyone who wants to quit smoking. Services of the 12 week programme are free to everyone and those who are exempt from prescription charges will also get products to help them quit for free (those that pay will pay just £8.05 standard prescription fee per fortnight for their products).

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Castlethorpe facts and figures

Here are some interesting facts and figures about Castlethorpe, taken from the results of the 2011 Census, Defra and Land Registry figures:

People: On Census Day 2011, the parish’s population was 1,045, 47.9% male and 52.1% female, living in 440 households. There were 205 children under 16, 695 adults of working age and 145 people over the age of 65, with 55 of them living by themselves.

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Do you need help with rent, moving home or emergencies?

If you are having difficulty paying your rent or Council Tax, or need financial help with moving home or an emergency you may be able to claim extra help from Milton Keynes Council.

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Help 24/7 at the press of a button

Do you know any older people who would benefit from an affordable alarm system in case of emergencies? Milton Keynes Community Alarm is a speech-based social alarm system that links into a standard telephone and offers peace of mind 24 hours a day.

For more information go to www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/community-alarm

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