Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council
 
September 2020 e-newsletter
 
 
Have Your Say - Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Deal
 
Work is underway to prepare a bid for a Town Deal for Bletchley and Fenny Stratford worth £25 million. A Town Deal Board has been set up, bringing together people from local businesses, education and lots of other organisations who want to capitalise on the ground-breaking opportunities that Bletchley and Fenny Stratford have to offer.
 
The Town Board want to hear from you to understand what challenges you think the area faces, including the impact that Covid-19 has had in recent months, and to help identify how to help restore confidence in the local economy.
 
Please complete the short online survey by following the link below. You can find more information about the Town Deal on our website.
 
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Deal Online Survey
 
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Town Deal - investment in redway cycling links
 
It is great news that as part of the Town Deal, Bletchley and Fenny Stratford is set to receive a £1m investment to add to its redway cycling links and begin work to revitalise the former fire station site. 
 
Investment in redways news article
 
Neighbourhood Plan
 
The area put forward by the Town Council for designation as a neighbourhood plan area was approved by Milton Keynes Council in May this year. Progress with this neighbourhood plan has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Town Council hopes to hold consultation events as soon as practicable.

Although the Town Council has begun the process, the development of the plan must be made by the community itself - with the support of the Town Council and Milton Keynes Council, as well as potential planning consultants and other experts. A group composed of local people and businesses will be set up to steer the preparation of the plan and to seek the views of local people. 
 
For more information on joining the steering group or getting involved in devising the plan, please sign up to our neighbourhood plan newsletter. You can sign up to the newsletter, by emailing info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk.

Please put 'Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter' in the subject line of the email. In the email itself, please tell us your name and contact information. By emailing us this information, you are giving the town council permission to contact you and to send you the neighbourhood plan newsletter.

There will also be updates about the neighbourhood plan on our website and across our social media channels.
 
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Neighbourhood Plan webpage
 
Notices of councillor vacancies
 
There are currently notices for councillor vacancies in the following wards: Manor South, Granby and Eaton South.
 
In the event of no requests for an election being received, the Town Council will co-opt to fill theses vacancies at the next Full Council meeting which will take place remotely via Zoom and will be streamed live on our Facebook page on Tuesday 20th October 2020. 
 
If you would like to find out more about becoming a councillor, please contact our Town Clerk, Delia Shephard, by ringing 01908 649 469 or by email: info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk.
 
Please also go to our website for guidance about becoming a councillor.
 
Become a councillor webpage
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Come and join the market stalls on Bletchley High Street
 
Are you looking to start a new business? Or are you an experienced market trader wanting to try somewhere new?

There are currently market stalls, in a temporary designated market area, on Bletchley High Street on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We believe these stalls supplement the retail outlet in Bletchley’s town centre. Our market pitch prices are very competitive and we welcome new traders.
 
The Town Council recently made the decision to reduce the trading fees significantly and these reduced fees will continue until at least January 2021.

Please find more information, including daily and monthly prices, on our website.
 
Bletchley Market webpage
 
 
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Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020
 
The current guidance for gatherings does not allow the Town Council to obtain permission to hold a public event or close the roads, Therefore, a decision was made at Full Council on Tuesday 18th August 2020 to not hold a public event this year.

The Town Council will be laying a wreath at 9:30am accompanied by the Last Post and Revel and this will be streamed live on our Facebook page. We ask that, in order to maintain a safe environment for everyone and to observe social distancing, that no other persons attend to observe this.

From 10.00am onwards, the memorial will be available for any other wreaths to be laid and for friends and relatives to come and pay their respects, once again maintaining social distancing rules.

We hope that you understand the reasons for these decisions.
 
 
 
Water Eaton
Community Larder
 
The Community Larder is a membership programme where anyone can get their shopping for a little as £3.50 per week.
 
All items at the Water Eaton Community Larder would have been sent to landfill despite being delicious and having several months or even several years left until their expiration dates.

The Community Larder at Water Eaton Church Centre is open every Tuesday between 2pm-3.30pm at Water Eaton Church Centre on Drayton Road.

Find out more, including how to become a member, on SOFEA's website.
 
 
SOFEA's website
 
Bletchley Landfill site - application rejected by MKDCC
 
The application for extension of the operational life of Bletchley Landfill site for a further 15 years was unanimously rejected by Milton Keynes Development Control Committee on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

Along with Newton Leys Residents Association, Milton Keynes Council Ward Members and numerous residents, the Town Council objected to the application and ensured that the strength of community feeling was conveyed to the Milton Keynes Development Control Committee.

Whilst there still may be an appeal, this is good news for our area and we will continue to the oppose the application.
 
Bletchley Landfill news article
 
 
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Newton Leys Pavilion Update
 
Newton Leys Pavilion is currently being used by Buttons Pre-School. We are not taking future bookings for parties or social events at the moment and are regularly reviewing government guidance.
 
We look forward to welcoming back our regular users and new hirers as and when government guidance allows and when it is safe to do so. Please contact us for more information.
Government poster for Covid-19
 
Following Covid-19 guidance
 
Together we can all help reduce the spread of Covid-19. We must remember to wash our hands regularly, wear face coverings in enclosed spaces and to keep our distance.

If you have any symptoms, request a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days after your test.
 
Please visit the GOV.UK website for detailed guidance and to request a test.
 
IT Suite at Spotlight
 
You can currently book a slot to use a computer and printing services at Spotlight. The IT Suite is open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and for a maximum of 45 minutes at a time.
 
Access is currently being limited to ensure that social distancing can be observed and to maintain the correct levels of hygiene.
 
Please call 01908 649 469 between normal office hours to book your slot.
 
Image of one of the planters in Queensway
 
Rangers' work
 
Alongside delivering food parcels to the local communtiy until 1st September, the Rangers have completed a range of tasks including planting up the planters after they were moved in Queensway.

We regularly share photos of the Rangers' work on our social media channels.
 
Town Council's Facebook page
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Support and advice throughout Covid-19
 
We are continuing to keep in touch with community organisations, faith groups and statutory authorities to share information about support which is available locally.
 
The Town Council is also continuning to accept Community Grant applications.

Find out more on our Community Grants webpage.
 
Support and advice webpage
 
A unique allotment helper!
 
We have received this great photo of a 'volunteer garden helper' from one of our allotment plot holders. This is 'Lady Lottie of Lockdown Manor'!
 
Please do send us your pictures from your allotment plots and from around the parish.
Photo from one of our allotment plot holders
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