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.
ATTENDING MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL
Meetings of Bishopstoke Parish Council and its Committees are open to the public to attend. The details of the meetings will be available on this page, and more information about the Council and the Committees is available throughout the site. Additionally, the agenda and the document packs for each meeting will also be available at the top of this page when published.
Meetings are currently being held at the Bishopstoke Methodist Church on Sedgwick Road. Although the national restrictions are now lifted, the numbers who can attend meetings are currently limited. If you would like to attend please contact the Clerk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can call 07368 487464 and leave a message.
If you would like to speak on an agenda item, or would like a statement read on your behalf, again, please contact the Clerk.
MEMORIAL HALL NEWS
Bishopstoke Parish Council is currently working on plans for a new community building to replace the beloved Bishopstoke Memorial Hall which has served the community so well for over 60 years.
To help with that we are asking anyone who has 5 minutes spare to complete a short survey online.
To get to the survey please just click on the link below.
OPEN SPACE CONTRACT FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL - INVITATION TO TENDER
Bids are invited for the contract to manage the grass cutting, hedge trimming and various other grounds maintenance jobs for Bishopstoke Parish Council. Full details of the work to be undertaken on behalf of the Council, the locations that are to be maintained, and the timetable for bidding can be found in the links below. The contract commences on 1st April 2022.
Please note that the deadline for applications to be received is December 8th 2021. Bids received after this date will not be considered.
For further information, or to arrange site visits, please contact the clerk by emailing email@example.com.
PARISH COUNCIL AUDIT - UPDATE
Each year the Parish Council has its finances audited and is required to publish the final results. The current audit is for the financial period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. An internal audit was completed shortly after the end of the financial year by an independent auditor. This audit raised no issues for the Council to correct. Once the Council had approved the results of the internal audit and the submission to the external audit authority in June the final audit was submitted for inspection.
Usually the Council receives the final report from the external auditors in time for publication by the end of September. This year we have been informed by the external auditor that they have been unable to complete the audit in time. Bishopstoke Parish Council wishes to stress that this is not as a result of late or faulty submission on its part, but merely that the audit authority has been unable to complete the work in time.
The interim report stating that the audit authority has failed to complete the work in time, along with the submitted accounts of Bishopstoke Parish Council and a notice giving details of how any Bishopstoke elector can inspect the audit are provided in the links below.
The external auditor has now completed the audit and has found no problems with Bishopstoke Parish Council's accounts. An updated notice of inspection rights and the final report from the external auditor are linked below.
FOOTPATH 780 (from the Toby Carvery to West Horton Farm)
Hampshire County Council has announced the temporary closure of footpath 780, which runs from the Toby Carvery down to West Horton Farm. The closure extends from Tuesday 12th October to Monday 4th April 2022 to allow for repair works on the boardwalk. To see the full extent of the footpath and the closure click here, or alternatively click to enlarge the image.
OTTER CLOSE PLAY AREA
Following requests from local residents, a quote has been obtained for a timber trail that would be appropriate for the Otter Close play area. If it were to be installed it would be within the grass strip that is within the fenced area, but does not currently have any play equipment or benches on it.
The trail being quoted for consists of stepping logs (20cm tall), a crawl net, a slalom rope walk, a rope weave, a 1.6m wobble board and a balance slalom. It would be 17.5m long in total and is pictured below.
The Council would love to hear from anyone who lives near Otter Close, or who uses the Otter Close play area, as to whether they think this is a good idea.
Please email your thoughts on the Timber Trail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively call 07368 487464.
BISHOPSTOKE PARISH COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT
At the recent meeting of the Council, Bishopstoke Councillors agreed their Mission Statement and Aims for the remainder of this council session.
Mission Statement - To be the voice of the people of Bishopstoke to enhance our village as a great place to live, work and visit.
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.
The decisions the Council takes over the next 2-3 years will be guided by this Statement and these Aims.