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COVID-19 Update

District of South Northants

County of Northamptonshire

 

Yardley Gobion Parish Council

 

As you will all know the Parish Council should be thinking about the impact that widespread infection could have on the Council’s ability to conduct its business. All Councillors and Council Staff should take a normal common-sense approach to hygiene precautions.
The work of the Parish Council will continue with its day to day running under delegated powers. This would mean that the Parish Clerk would continue with any work that is required to be done on behalf of the Parish Council. The Clerk will liaise with all Parish Councillors where necessary, via either telephone or the Parish Council email system.
Delegated Powers:
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK and in the event that it is not possible to convene meetings of Yardley Gobion Parish Council in a reasonable time, the Parish Clerk shall have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of Yardley Parish Council where such decisions cannot reasonably be deferred and must be made in order to comply with a commercial or statutory deadline. The delegation does not extend to matters expressly reserved to the Parish Council in legislation or in its Standing Orders or Financial Regulations. Any decisions made under delegation must be recorded in writing and must be published in accordance with the relevant regulations. This delegated authority ceases upon the first meeting after the suspension of the Parish Council.
Statutory responsibilities:
Many aspects of the Parish Council business are discretionary and can be deferred if necessary. However several things that must be done by law and have a statutory deadline, these are:
Holding the Annual Parish open meeting on a date between 1st March and 1st June inclusive.
Holding the annual meeting of the Parish Council in May.
Approving for signature the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) before 1st July.
If the Government advises or mandates that local authority meetings should not take place, it is thought that Government will deal with the associated consequences such as statutory time frame.
These Statutory Responsibilities may change due to the current emergency.
The Clerk and I will continually monitor the situation and when any changes arise we will notify all our Parish Councillors.
Planning issues:
Our Clerk will notify all Parish Councillors in respect of any planning applications. At which point Councillors will review the applications and note their comments. The Clerk will then contact each individual Councillor for their opinions on each application. The Clerk will then respond to the Planning Office at South Northants Council as a consensus of opinions of the Parish Councillors.
After long deliberations I feel that it is sensible and a necessary step to suspend all Parish Council Meetings as of now and they will be suspended until further notice. This decision has been taken (not lightly) in the interests of all our Parish Councillors, Parish Clerk and members of the Public due to the serious nature of the coronavirus outbreak.
Hope this keeps you informed of what we are trying to do to.
Once again I am very sorry that I have had to take this decision but I think this is the best approach to try and contain this bad situation. Hope you all keep safe through these difficult situation.
Lesley Stephenson
Chair,  Yardley Gobion Parish Council.

 

Coronavirus COVID-19

I know Yardley Gobion residents to be a caring bunch and in case of difficult times ahead as a result of the Coronavirus would ask that we all keep an eye out for that friend or neighbour that we haven’t seen in a while. If anybody is aware of anyone that may be having any difficulty and that may need external support, please feel free to contact the Parish Council via our facebook page, the contact details on the website or me direct via messenger.

Lesley Stephenson
Chair, Yardley Gobion Parish Council

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Draft Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050

Please find below an updated list of public meetings that officers will be attending as part of the engagement period for the draft Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050.  The format for these sessions is a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and comments.  The dates have been advertised on our website at https://www.mkfutures2050.com/strategy-for-2050-engagement-page and through our Facebook page and other social media.

 

Stony Stratford – Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1BD

Monday 24th February 2020, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

 

Newton Longville – Longueville Hall, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville, MK17 0AT

Tuesday 25th February 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Winslow – St Laurence Room, Market Square, Winslow, MK18 3AB

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

 

Moulsoe – Millennium Hall, Cranfield Road, Moulsoe, MK16 0HB

Thursday 5th March 2020, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

 

Central Milton Keynes – Room 1.02, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

Monday 9th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Bletchley – Bletchley Library, Westfield Road, Bletchley, MK2 2RA

Wednesday 11th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Great Linford – Great Linford House, 1 St Leger Court, Great Linford, MK15 5HA

Tuesday 17th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Workshop hosted by Community Action:MK and MK College – booking via Eventbrite – MK College, Chaffron Way Campus, Leadenhall, MK6 5LP

Thursday 19th March 2020, 2pm

 

Castlethorpe – Village Hall, North Street, Castlethorpe, MK19 7EU

Thursday 19th March 2020, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

 

Cranfield – Holywell School, Red Lion Close, Cranfield, MK43 0JA

Tuesday 24th March 2020, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

 

Walnut Tree – MK Snap, 20 Bourton Low, Walnut Tree, MK7 7DE

Wednesday 25th March 2020, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

 

Woburn Sands – Memorial Hall, High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8SD

Thursday 26th March 2020, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Help us understand your priorities

As you may be aware, local government in Northamptonshire is going through a period of transformation as it moves towards the creation of two new unitary authorities to replace the current eight councils. In order for this to be a success it is essential that those services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council are placed on a firmer financial footing to make sure the two new unitary councils don’t inherit the significant issues faced by the authority. This needs to happen before the new councils are created to make sure they start life with transformed, affordable services and a balanced budget.

 

To help us in this work we want your views on what you consider to be the priorities. We want to know what services you feel are most important to you, your family and your communities, how you rate these services and what improvements could be made. We are asking these questions now and will repeat this every six months to make sure we are aware of your views on an ongoing basis.

 

Have your say

This survey gives background to the challenge facing the Council and sets out the different services that the Council provides and asks you how important they are to you and the wider community, how well you feel the services are currently being delivered and whether there are areas of improvement that we should focus on. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 20th October.

 

Details of this and all current and recent consultations can be found on our consultation hub.