All COVID-19 updates are now available on a dedicated page. Click here to visit the page, or simply find it in the drop down menu above.
Due to Tier 4 regulations, the maximum number permitted to attend an ashes burial is now 6.
SOUTHERN WATER PRIORITY SERVICES REGISTER
Southern water have a register for those who may need help either with reading their bills, their meter, or just being able to contact someone at Southern Water.
If you would benefit from large print or braille bills, talking bills, nominating someone to receive bills for you, help reading your meter, minicom, type talk, home visits or simply having your bill explained then you can register for these services.
Full information can be found here.
There is an online form to complete which can be found here.
Or if you prefer you can call the freephone helpline on 0800 027 0800 between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Friday.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - CALL FOR SITES
A Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a mechanism for helping communities, including both local residents and businesses, influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:
• Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood.
• Propose where new development (homes, shops, offices) should be built.
• Identify and protect important local green spaces.
• Influence what new buildings should look like.
As part of the work in assessing future development needs for the Neighbourhood Plan, Bishopstoke Parish Council is calling upon landowners and agents of land within the parish who would like their sites to be considered within the Neighbourhood Plan.
Why are we calling for sites?
This is an informal opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites within Bishopstoke Parish, for development. This exercise will not in itself decide whether a site would be supported or allocated for development by the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group nor will it commit the proposer(s) to applying for planning consent, but it will enable the NP Working Group to better understand the needs and wishes of the electors within its Parish area. The site suggestions received by us will be used to guide and inform the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan.
If you want a site/s to be considered for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, we should like to hear from you. The sites need not be in your ownership if you have a responsibility for managing them and they can be proposals for a wide range of development uses. (In this context, the term ‘development’ applies to any use of land within the boundaries of the parish: e.g. for housing, sport and recreation, public utilities, business premises).
Please submit the following for each site suggested:
• Your name, and full contact details – clearly stating if Landowner, Developer, Business, or interested party
• Map & Address (Geographic location shown on map, Site boundary, name of site & street
• Current use of site and suggested, potential type and amount of development e.g. Housing (tenures/types), Economic & Cultural (e.g. tourism, retail, leisure, office, workshops).
• An indicative timescale for development e.g. within the next 5 years / within 6-10 years / within 11 – 15+ years.
• Known and anticipated constraints to development.
• Any other additional site information which might be useful to the Working Group including any known details of the landowner if not yourself.
Please contact David Wheal, Parish Clerk, at the address at the bottom of this page or email email@example.com no later than Friday 9th April 2021.
Information on the various bus services can be found at the following links:
All Parish Council meetings are currently being held virtually. Members of the public are still welcome to attend and can do so either online, or by phone. It is also possible to have a statement read out on your behalf at the relevant meeting.
For more details on how to attend or have a statement read please contact the Clerk by either emailing or calling 07387 683675.
For more information on how the online meetings are being run please visit www.bishopstokepc.org/virtual-meetings
Bishopstoke Parish Council is pleased to announce that the financial audit for 2019-2020, conducted by PKF Littlejohn, has been passed with no issues being raised.
The full audit document, including the signed return from the external auditors can be seen by clicking here.
A message from the Chair, Cllr Toher
Bishopstoke has a fantastic community spirit, and in these difficult times we’ve often seen neighbour helping neighbour.
The Parish Council is pleased to play its part, and at its November meeting agreed to use its Covid emergency fund to help families with free school meal children at Stoke Park Infant and Junior schools over the Christmas period.
Following consultation with each school, those eligible received a Sainsburys voucher, and the supermarket chain also donated a bag of chocolate coins for each free school meal child.
Chair of the Parish Council, Sue Toher, and Clerk, David Wheal, delivered the vouchers and all important chocolate coins to each school for distribution.
We hope the vouchers will be of some help to those families who receive them.
Officers and Councillors would like to wish all Bishopstoke residents a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
For further information
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Clerk - Mr David Wheal
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Jen Wilkie
Cemeteries and Closed Churchyards
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Sophie Thorogood
Bishopstoke Memorial Hall
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Cheryl Taylor