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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

July 9th @ 7:30pm

 

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (May)

FINANCE

 

June 11th @ 7:30pm

 

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (Apr)

PLANNING

 

May 28th @ 7:00pm

 

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (09/04)

ASSETS

May 28th @ 7:30pm

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (Mar)

PEOPLE
 

June 25th @ 7:30pm

Agenda

Document Pack

Draft Minutes (Feb)

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.

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

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

OPEN SPACE CONTRACT - APRIL 2025 - TENDER DOCUMENTS AND PROCESS

The Council contracts out all of its grounds maintenance services and the current contract is due to end on 31st March 2025. The tender process for the next three year contract has now opened. The deadline for bids to be received is 30th June 2024. Documents giving details of the specifications of the contract and the timetable for the tender process can be downloaded from the links below. 

Notice of the tender process is also available on the government Contracts Finder and Find-A-Tender websites.

Open Space Specification

Timetable for the tender process

Further details can be obtained from the Clerk by emailing clerk@bishopstokepc.org.

Bids should either be emailed directly to the Clerk or posted to:

Bishopstoke Parish Council

BPC

PO Box 716

Eastleigh

SO50 0RQ

The closing date for bids is 30th June 2024.

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES

We are looking to recruit three new members of staff to assist the Clerk in delivering the various services we provide to the people of Bishopstoke.

 

Allotments & Cemeteries Officer: Working across both current allotment sites - Underwood Road and Jockey Lane - as well as Bishopstoke Cemetery, St Mary's Churchyard and Old St Mary's, this post is initially for 30 hours per week. The Council is expecting to take on two new allotments sites as well as an extension to the cemetery and so it is expected that the role will increase to full time (37 hours per week). For more information including how to apply please download the job pack from the link below.

Download Allotments & Cemeteries Officer Job Pack

Committees, Communications & Events Officer: A varied administrative role including helping the Clerk prepare packs for meetings, minuting the meetings, creating our newsletter, updating the website and social media and assisting with Carnival and other events supported by the Council, this role is for 20 hours per week. The link to the job pack is below.

Download Committees, Communications & Events Officer Job Pack

Assets Officer: This person will be responsible for all the Council's play areas, as well as looking after the trees and open spaces that are managed by Bishopstoke Parish Council. The role also covers the Council's bins, benches, noticeboards and so on, as well as the maintenance of any buildings, fences and gates owned by the Council. Further details can be obtained by downloading the job pack from the link below.

Download Assets Officer Job Pack

The Council would consider combining the two smaller jobs into one role if the right candidate came along.

The closing date for applications to be received is 31st May 2024.

AUDITED ACCOUNTS FOR 2023 - 2024

The Council has just approved its audited accounts for the year 2023-2024. As usual there was an interim audit conducted by an internal auditor appointed by the Council which took place in January 2024. followed by the final internal audit in April. There were a few minor issues for the Council to update from the January audit which were successfully completed and the final audit found no further problems.

Full details of these reports can be found by heading to the Audit page.

Following the approval of the accounts at the Full Council meeting on 30th April 2024, the accounts and other relevant information are sent to the external auditor, BDO LLP. We will not hear the results of this process until late summer but are expecting to again come back with a clean bill of financial health.

There is a period known as "electors' rights" which this year runs from 3rd June to 12th July. During that period any resident wishing to view the accounts for 2023 - 24 can do so by emailing the Clerk at clerk@bishopstokepc.org to make an appointment.

BISHOPSTOKE NEWS

CLERK

David Wheal

clerk@bishopstokepc.org

07368 487464

FINANCE

Sophie Thorogood

finance@bishopstokepc.org

07444 798083

Allotments

allotments@bishopstokepc.org

Play Areas

assets@bishopstokepc.org

Cemeteries

cemeteries@bishopstokepc.org

COUNCIL STAFF

OTHER CONTACTS

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