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MISSION STATEMENT & AIMS

Bishopstoke Parish Council Mission Statement

To be the voice of the people of Bishopstoke to enhance our village as a great place to live, work and visit.

Aims

Aim 1 - To improve, and protect, our environment for residents and wildlife

 

Aim 2 - To promote better health & well-being outcomes for all.

 

Aim 3 - To strengthen a sense of place.

 

Aim 4 - To encourage residents to become more involved in the life of the village.

FULL COUNCIL

Mar 12th @ 7:30pm

 

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (Jan)

FINANCE

  

Apr 9th @ 7:30pm

 

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (Dec)

PLANNING

 

Mar 12th @ 7:00pm

      

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (27/02)

ASSETS

Mar 26th @ 7:30pm

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (Jan)

PEOPLE
 

Feb 27th @ 7:30pm

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (June)

COUNCIL MEETINGS

WILDFLOWERS

Bishopstoke Parish Council would like to help any local residents that wish to enhance their local area by planting wildflowers. Often, the areas best suited for planting are owned by either Eastleigh Borough Council or Hampshire County Council. The Parish Council can help you get in touch with the right people to gain permission for your planting.

The Council may be able to support in other ways too. Anyone interested should contact the Clerk by emailing the Clerk.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR ALLOTMENTS AND TRAVEL TOKENS

As part of our efforts to improve the service we provide to the residents of Bishopstoke it is now possible to apply for either allotments or travel tokens online.

To apply for an allotment, please click here.

To apply for travel tokens, please click here.

PHOTO SEARCH

Bishopstoke Parish Council is looking for photographs of the scenery around Bishopstoke. This could include landscapes, parks, iconic buildings, river settings or anything else beautiful within Bishopstoke.

The photos would potentially be used on our Facebook or website, or in Council newsletters and leaflets, and would be credited to the person who took them.

If you are interested in letting us use your photos please contact the Clerk, David Wheal, by emailing clerk@bishopstokepc.org.

GREENING CAMPAIGN

The Greening Campaign is a community lead initiative that encourages people to make small visible changes that together help to reduce a community's carbon footprint.

Bishopstoke Parish Council has signed up to join the Greening Campaign but really needs some volunteers from the local community to help run it.

If you are interested in joining in and helping out, please contact our Clerk, David Wheal, by emailing clerk@bishopstokepc.org.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The latest issue of the local Neighbourhood Watch newsletter is available now. 

This issue includes, amongst other things, advice on QR Code Scams, Motor Home Thefts, WhatsApp six digit text scam, knife blade clarification and  Abandoned Vehicle advice.

Please click here to view or download the newsletter.

POTHOLE REPORTING

Hampshire County Council have provided a direct link to their website for reporting potholes in roads. We have been told that some potholes on Sandy Lane are about to be fixed as a direct result of being reported through this link. Please use this link to report any potholes you encounter in the road.

https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems

November 2023 News Release

Parish Council Allotments Officer Vacancy

 

At their recent meeting, Bishopstoke Parish Council agreed that an additional member of staff is needed to help improve the level of service the Council provides to local residents, and to help the Council cope with recent and expected additional responsibilities.

The Council will be advertising the position of Allotments Officer early in the new year. The new recruit will be expected to manage both the Council’s current allotment sites, as well as Sewall Drive and Bow Lake Gardens, when they finally transfer across to the Parish Council.

In addition, the appointed person will be responsible for providing support for Carnival and any other events the Council runs through the year.

If you are interested, keep an eye out on local noticeboards, the Council website, Facebook and other places where local jobs are advertised.
 

Armistice Day Service well attended

 

This year’s Armistice Day service took place at Old St Mary’s churchyard which was a beautiful setting for this solemn occasion. Around fifty people gathered to mark the occasion and to lay wreaths at the base of the plaques honouring the fallen. The planned relocation of the actual War Memorial was not able to take place before the service but is expected in the Spring, with next year’s Armistice Day being held at the new location.

 

Annual audit passed again

 

Bishopstoke Parish Council has once again passed the annual external audit all Parish Councils have to go through. The financial systems of the Council and its general accounting practices are scrutinised through the year and this culminates in an examination of the accounts by an audit company – this year it was BDO. There were no problems raised by the auditors and Bishopstoke has once again been given a clean bill of financial help.

Increase in Travel Token allowance

 

The Parish Council provides a travel token service allowing any resident without access to a car who has difficulty using local buses to receive a number of tokens each year which can be used to pay for journeys with Bishopstoke & Fair Oak Good Neighbours, and with participating local taxi companies. The Council is please to announce that they are increasing the amount of tokens for the coming year to 132, from 120. Anyone wishing to apply should contact the Clerk or visit the website as detailed below.

And finally . . .

 

Anyone thinking about having an allotment in Bishopstoke may not have to wait as long as they think. The current waiting time for an allotment at Underwood Road is under 6 months which means new applicants could well be on their allotment before the summer. If you are interested in finding out more take a look at our website www.bishopstokepc.org/allotment-information.

 

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 9th January at 7.30pm and will take place in Bishopstoke Methodist Church. For further details or information about anything the Parish Council does please visit the Parish website.

For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk:  David Wheal by email: clerk@bishopstokepc.org or visit the Parish website at:  www.bishopstokepc.org

AUDIT 

The Council is pleased to announce the external auditor, BDO LLP, has finished their audit of the 2022-23 financial accounts. 

For details of how to view the full audited accounts in person, please view the following document. 

Notice of conclusion of audit

Full documents for 2022-23 accounts

The external auditor's opinion will be taken to the next meeting of the Full Council on 14th November 2023. 

For further details of the audit process, please view the audit page: https://www.bishopstokepc.org/audit

ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE

Around 50 people attended the Armistice Day service at Bishopstoke's Old St Mary's churchyard. The service was led, as always, by Rev. Wise.


As we do not yet have Planning or Diocese permission to install the War Memorial in its planned permanent home in the open space on the Old St Mary's churchyard this location was used as a one off. The weather was kind and the churchyard looked beautiful in the sunshine as the silence was observed and the wreaths laid.


After the service finished the plaques, wreaths and crosses were taken into safe storage to avoid any risk of vandalism. Once the War Memorial is installed, they will be added back to the site for people to be able to pay their respects.


If anyone who laid a wreath or a cross would like it returned then please contact the Clerk for Bishopstoke Parish Council by emailing clerk@bishopstokepc.org and we can arrange to have it brought back to you.

BURIAL FEES FOR 2024-25

The Council is pleased to announce that cemetery fees and charges will remain unchanged for the year 2024 - 2025. Details of the current fees are available below and on the Cemetery pages.

Cemetery fees and charges 2024-25

VACANCY - ALLOTMENTS OFFICER

The Council is seeking to appoint an Allotments Officer to manage the Council allotments and provide administrative support to all Council run events, including the Carnival and Parish Assembly.

Job Description

Person Specification

Pay & Conditions

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the post to the Clerk, David Wheal, on clerk@bishopstokepc.org. 

The closing date for applications is 29th February 2024.

BISHOPSTOKE NEWS

Starting October 2023 - Allotment Deposit Scheme

 

Anyone taking on an allotment after 1st October 2023 will need to pay a deposit equal to one full year's rent on the plot. When the plot is surrendered any work required to bring the plot up to the expected standard will be paid for from this deposit. Any remaining funds will be refunded to the retiring tenant.

CLERK

David Wheal

clerk@bishopstokepc.org

07368 487464

FINANCE

Sophie Thorogood

finance@bishopstokepc.org

07444 798083

CEMETERIES

Alex Luck

cemeteries@bishopstokepc.org

07368 695648

Allotments

allotments@bishopstokepc.org

Play Areas

assets@bishopstokepc.org

COUNCIL STAFF

OTHER CONTACTS

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