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Welcome to your village website, here you'll find information about Cosgrove and the community. Use the menu above to find news and points of interest for our village, where to eat, drink & stay, local businesses and our country walks. Spend some time to meander through our gallery of village views, both present and yesteryear. To help provide more interesting information and photographs, we have our Recent events page. Please take a look and see who's in the news this month.

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Recent updates:
7th July - Parish Council Meeting Minutes 2022: June meeting approved minutes uploaded.
5th July - Community & support: Defibrillator (AED) details and guidance added.
1st July - What's on: updated. Home page updated.
26th May - Parish Council: July meeting agenda uploaded.

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Cosgrove Community & Parish Council Update


Parish Council Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall, unless notice is posted in advance of a change.

Members of the public attending meetings can observe discussions and raise any concerns during the agenda item of 'Public speaking Time' .

Social distancing will be in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and for everyone's safety. 

With no internet connection at the Village Hall it is not possible to provide visibility of the meetings for the general public using Zoom.

For details of meetings visit the Parish Council page.

 

 

Parish Councillor vacancy

A vacancy for a Parish Councillor has arisen following the resignation of Digory Little.
At the April Parish Council meeting Digory informed the meeting that his work and other commitments meant that he needed to stand down from the Parish Council. Digory has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Parish Council, who brought a level of expertise that is seldom found. He hopes to continue with his other village commitments and will keep an eye on matters that affect the village.

If you are interested in parish matters and wish to help maintain the safe attractive village that we all enjoy, please consider coming along to Parish Council meetings and see if a councillor role is for you. Interested personnel need to live, work or own property in the parish to qualify.  

Parish Council clerk - future vacancy

Parish Council clerk, Derek Everett, has advised councillors that he intends to retire in 2023. This provides the council with a maximum of 12 months to determine a suitable successor. It's the council's intention to make it a smooth transition for Derek's replacement and bring a suitable candidate onboard before Derek retires.
If you are interested in village matters and have suitable clerical skills, this paid part-time job may be just the role to consider. If interested, please email or speak to our clerk/officers or your nearest Parish Councillor.

Traffic

Our new solar powered Speed Indication Device, SID, is now installed in Bridge Road, view photograph on Recent events page.
Many concerns have been raised over vehicles driving through the village at unacceptable speeds, especially along Bridge Road, where children have to cross the road to get to school. 
Please take notice of SID and keep speed well below the limit. Records of excessive speed are recorded and may be shared with the police in an attempt to keep everyone safe and encourage offenders to be more considerate.

Litter and Dog poo

Sadly our village is suffering from litter and a small minority of dog owners not picking up after their dog. To help improve the situation, two new dog bins are located where the problem continues to be an issue.
Dog owners must also pick up when walking our Rights of Way and in fields or meadows. Other users don't want to tread in it and grazing animals can be seriously harmed if consumed. More information is available on our Village walks page.
Please help keep our parish tidy and use the bins provided throughout the village to dispose of all litter. If not near a bin, please keep it until you find one, or take it home and place in your own bin. Together we can keep our village looking its best.

Pavements and paths

With higher volumes of traffic through the village at this time of year, it is vital that pavements and paths are clear and pedestrians not forced to walk in the road.
Overgrowth from hedges and hanging branches obscure pavements and require cutting. Please check property boundaries and help by cutting back and clearing obstructions. 

Allotments

The legal process for the land to be transferred to the Parish Council has completed. 
An allotment committee will be set up and co-ordinated by Jeff Proctor, who will be responsible for the rules of the Allotment Society. 

It has taken a number of years for the Parish Council to identify and organise, with many previous requesters disappointed by the unavailability of suitable land. The efforts and hard work by project leader and Parish Councillor, Jeff Proctor, have taken this from a wish to reality. If you wish to register your interest for an allotment plot or find out more, please speak to, or email Jeff Proctor

Roads & pavement issues, blocked drains, obstructions

West Northamptonshire Council rely on residents to identify and report issues that they are responsible to maintain. WNC use two systems for the public to report issues. Fix my Street is available as a mobile phone App, that allows a report to be made at the site of the problem, with the ability to add photographs. The other system is named Street Doctor, which is available on WNC's website. Both systems can be accessed on a tablet, laptop or computer, made more accessible by using the hyperlinks here or on the Popular Links page.
Please report all problems using Fix my Street or Street Doctor, as experience suggests that the more people that report issues, the higher the priority allocated by the council to resolve the problem is given.
Please also let your nearby Parish Councillor know when you've identified and reported a problem, it can then be recorded by the Parish clerk, monitored and where necessary escalated.

Play Equipment Improvement

Interest has been raised from residents for improvements to the equipment on the play area. With a range of age groups to provide for, the Parish Council welcomes suggestions from the community. The majority of the existing equipment has been sourced through Wicksteed Park Play Equipment, but if your suggestion is available from an alternative supplier, please include the supplier, cost and preferred location. Suggestions can be sent to the Parish Council clerk or using the Contact tab above.

Road surfaces and 20 mph requests

Highways advise that the criteria for road surface repairs on Bridge Road below the bridge aren't met and decline any attention.
Requests to consider setting the speed limit on roads leading to the Park where higher volumes of traffic cause disturbance and upset to residents of the cottages, is also likely to be declined.
Highways state that the path of the road should naturally encourage low speed and be self enforcing. If drivers are currently exceeding speed limits, simply reducing the speed limit will not on change their behaviour. The responsibility to be considerate and drive through the village with a duty of care for residents rests with every driver. Please drive with care and consideration for others.  

Tee Junction Yardley Road/Castlethorpe Rd

A number of serious accidents and near misses have occurred at this junction in recent times. The Parish Council have continued to demand improvements at the junction, but even though work programmes are authorised, nothing changes. The PC continue doing all they can, raising concerns with Highways and West Northamptonshire Council along with suggestions that will make the junction safer.

WNC held a site visit in September, to seek a solution to the high number of accidents at the junction. Parish Council chair, Wayne Smith was expecting to be invited to the site meeting, but was excluded. The Parish Council awaits a report from WNC Councillor Ian McCord. 

Your undesired experiences at the junction, need to be passed to the authorities to add weight to the reports already made. Please email our Parish Council clerk or let us know by using the Contact tab above.

Fibreoptic cabling

West Northamptonshire Council contracted with Gigaclear, to install fibreoptic cabling throughout the village. Gigaclear have provided contact details for any resident that may have concerns or questions.

Emailnetworkbuildcare@gigaclear.com    Phone: 01865 591137

The inconsiderate siting of the green termination box on the corner of the play area, at the junction of The Stocks with Stratford Rd without the required authorisation, has compelled the Parish Council to demand that it is relocated to an acceptable location. With all the work completed by volunteers to make the area a pleasant place for sitting, the green box must not spoil this and needs to be sited in a less obtrusive location.

COVID-19

Covid has affected a number of villagers this year and everyone is reminded to continue following safe pratices.
As government relaxes restrictions, it's advisable to read Public Health England's advice, available by viewing our Covid-19 page. 

Popular Links

Popular Links are now available on a dedicated page.

Proposed industrial development for land off Stratford Road and at Furtho Pit


Update 23/04/2022 - Frontier Park Milton Keynes, Old Stratford, being promoted as available for 'Let' prior to a Planning Application appearing on WNC's planning site. View details on DTRE. 
A future Planning Application will need to show that there is a requirement for any proposed development, so the promotion by the agent DTRE, is normal procedure.

Industrial development proposals for land alongside Stratford Road and at Furtho Pit are being prepared by Framptons on behalf of Frontier Estates. Cosgrove's Parish Council now understands that South Northants Council approved this area for employment development back in 2019, but it's believed that the scale of development was far less imposing than the current proposals. The land was designated as suitable for development in order to provide local employment and should include small industrial, offices and warehouse & distribution.
WNC have made the expected planning application subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. The EIA must be submitted along with future planning applications.
A planning application is expected in 2022 and residents are advised to wait for the planning application before commenting and only respond to West Northamptonshire Council.
Framptons, the consultants handling the planning application for the developers, will be displaying their indicative plans on their website in early January. It's recommended that residents view the proposals, but hold off making comments to Framptons, as this may help them prepare and progress their application.

The emerging proposals can be viewed from at www.framptons-planning.com - if not taken directly to the presentation, click on 'Current Projects' then Furtho Pit.

Since the initial impact of Framptons proposals for Cosgrove and Old Stratford as well as other development sites in West Northamptonshire, WNC are proposing to produce a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that will add new guidance to the policy to stipulate what the Council considers as acceptable.
With all planning applications, the complexity of challenging applications must be based on facts and not opinions, so the document should prepare us for what to expect.
 
Cosgrove Parish Council intends to organise consultation meeting(s) for residents to review details of any Planning Applications on this land, after they are made available. Full details will be posted on the website and social media. 

Planning – Application Summary

21/03346/FUL | Proposed siting of 25 static holiday caravans (to remain on pitch all year round) in lieu of 40 touring caravans on the eastern section of Cosgrove Park | Cosgrove Park, Main Street, Cosgrove / Old Wolverton Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes.

Please view this application by clicking this link and add comments to make MK Council aware of the intolerable impact of vehicle movements suffered by residents of Bridge Road and Main Street.

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Planning consultation - West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Spatial Options Consultation

An hour long presentation and discussion with Councillor Ian McCord was held on Wednesday 1st December 2021, which included a question and answer session attended by residents and local landowners. The points covered were to help residents understand the impact of the potential development of 6,000 homes between Furtho and Deanshanger and provide everyone with the relevant planning considerations to include in a response to West Northamptonshire Council. The closing date for responses was 24th December 2021.

The West Northamptonshire Strategic Plan Spatial Options can be viewed by clicking this link.

The presentation made at the meeting can be viewed by opening attachment 1. below.

Guidance for responses, produced by Cosgrove Parish Council, can be viewed by opening attachment 2. below.