Changes to bin collection days at Christmas
Normal collection day Revised collection day
Friday 25 Dec Tuesday 29 Dec
Tuesday 29 Dec Wednesday 30 Dec
Wednesday 30 Dec Thursday 31 Dec
Thursday 31 Dec Saturday 2 Jan
Friday 1 Jan Monday 4 Jan
Please take a note of these date changes – all days are affected.
Just 16 days to go of crowdfunding
It is now over a year since Mike Waples passed away. He was a well known local character, always happy and liked by everyone who knew him.
He was also a keen walker and with the local group (The RAMS), he and they walked hundreds of miles together. Partly for this reason it has been decided to create a village walk in his memory. Set on a steel lecturn, there will be a map, of the local area with the route marked out for anyone to follow. The walk will be 1-2 miles long. Subject to permission being granted from the Parish Council, the lecturn will be placed on the Nob. There may also be a commemorative tree planted alongside.
If anyone who knew him would like to contribute to the cost, it would be very gratefully received. There is also a jar on the bar in The Unicorn should you wish to donate by more conventional means.
- Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
- Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
- Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations
Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.
The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.
New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.
The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.
Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.
“We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”
Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt
A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it:
- was in use before July 2011 (and)
- serve a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or)
- serves two or more properties
More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt
A very big thank you to all those who came to support ther coffee morning in aid of Brain Tumour Research. A fantastic £630 was raised. Thanks also to those who brought raffle prizes, donations and cakes and a huge thank you to all the pianists who provided the entertainment.
CATEGORY – GURNEY CUP
The winners: Stoke Goldington
Joint Runners-up: Little Marlow & Little Missenden
These are the judges’ comments on Cublington:
“The graveyard was well maintained and the Unicorn pub was tidy and litter free. The pump is a nice retained feature but had weeds around the base. The children’s play area has modern equipment but the safety surfaces need improving. The village is obviously very proud of the cricket ground and pavilion which is well maintained predominantly by volunteers showing community involvement, and the Cublington Community Growers Group is a good sign of a community pulling together. The area around the pond needs some attention to clear the growth at the edges. The village hall was being used for play nursery and we were told that several activities take place there but these were not indicated on the hall notice board. The carved village sign is a very attractive feature to the village. The bus shelter was tidy and the village was litter free. The schedule of features was most helpful.”
The marks awarded were 74 out of 100.
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The Committee thanks all residents who participated in the recent ballot;
81% of all households in the Parish wanted their votes to be included in the ballot. The remaining 19% of all households were not seen personally by a Steering Committee member but a note was left with virtually all of these households inviting them to make contact if they wanted their vote to be included.
The Steering Committee is satisfied that all households/individuals in the Parish were given an opportunity to cast their votes.
The results, based on all individuals who voted in the North Field Ballot, are as follows:
40% wanted to leave the field for Agricultural usage
60% wanted a Woodland Amenity to be created in the field
This concludes the first stage of this process, please note that these results do not automatically mean that the current rental agreement on the North Field will terminate in September 2019. These results will now be reported to the Parish Council and the next stage of this process will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on the 14th July 2015.
North Field Steering Committee 2nd June 2015
The successful candidates were
June Barrowclough, Mike Bush, Michael Reilly, Hugh Vale and Alan Yates
A progress report from the Steering Committee and a request for your help
Firstly, a big thank you from the Steering Committee to all residents who shared their ideas about the future use of the North Field of Orchard Ground.
The overriding theme suggested by those who thought a change of use might be appropriate was to use the field to create a woodland amenity with features including walking and running trails, picnic and activity areas. In contrast, there was also support for leaving the field as agricultural land generating rental income for the Parish Council. However, the number of suggestions we received could not be taken to represent the majority view of the village. We think therefore the best way forward is to ask you to take a few minutes to complete the ballot – download from the link below.
The ballot is open to all residents. If you have children in your family, please take account of their opinion. If you have children who are too young to articulate an opinion, we leave it to your own good judgement to decide whether their vote should be cast.
Please complete the following ballot or cut it out of the Crier. One of us will call at your house to collect your ballot paper during the week commencing the 11th May.
Crier Ballot pdf
An article was published in the recent editions of the Crier concerning the future use of the North Field of Orchard Ground ( ‘’A New Use For A Village Field’’). The article was intended to encourage Cublington residents to inform members of the North Field Steering Group of any ideas to change the current agricultural use of the field to some form of recreational/amenity use.
The article generated almost no response and the Committee is beginning to assume that you are content with the current arrangements. If this is the case then the Parish Council will retain the field for agricultural use at least for the next eight years until 2023 and the Steering Committee will be disbanded. However, if this is not the case then please make contact with one of the Committee members with your ideas.
Please note that if you are putting forward an idea you must also be willing to get involved in turning your idea into a reality. Also, note that we are looking for ideas/plans that would change the use of the whole field.
Contact details for all Steering Committee members are:
Alan Yates ( Parish Council; Chairman of Steering Group )
22 Ridings Way, 01296 681878 email@example.com
Gilly Jenkins ( Parish Council )
Larkspur House, Wing Road, 01296 682615 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pippa Cheetham ( Orchard Ground ) 7 Ridings Way, email@example.com
Mike Bush ( Orchard Ground ) 14 Whitchurch Road, firstname.lastname@example.org