Expression of Interest – from White Hart

I refer to the Parish Council notice, in connection with a permanent shop, which asked for any Expressions of Interest to be emailed to you.

You and the Parish Council are aware of our interest and as you know we have held some preliminary discussions. However please accept this document as our formal Expression of Interest. “We” and “Our” are used because this is a joint initiative on behalf of Giles Fern and me. I am the owner of the property which is to be converted and Giles is my business partner and the person who will run the business on a daily basis, as he does with the White Hart. The idea of a 3-year agreement is a good basis on which to develop a shop and as for your criteria I will take them in order.

  1. Our plan is to develop our existing Barn which is large enough to accommodate a shop housing all the necessary facilities. The Barn is approximately 18M *4M. There is a need for a considerable amount of work, as you are aware, but the structure is brick built and is generally of sound construction. All utility feeds are already in place to the PH and the Hotel and thus can be extended. {The Parish Council is aware of our need for financial assistance, and we are also in negotiations for other contributions. I accept all on-going annual costs will be my responsibility}
  2. Giles has considerable experience in planning the staffing needs of the White Hart and that means covering the Restaurant, Hotel and Pub and the standard “working day” is between the hours of 0700-2400 for 7 days a week. (Sunday excepted). The majority of our staff are recruited from within the village, and we would intend to follow that pattern with the shop.
  3. Our intention is to provide all the services mentioned and Giles has already made preliminary enquiries to the Post Office and to the local newspaper suppliers. Key food items would of course be a major element of the shop.
  4. Giles has managed the White Hart for over 20 years, and it is the most successful retail operation in Sherington. I have been overseeing the development of the business for over the same period and between us we have successfully managed the business through the lockdown period.
  5. Our location, close to the intersection of Gun Lane, Church Road, School Lane and Park Road is certainly “Core”.
  6. I have reviewed the Sherington Neighbourhood Plan and it is clear that the White Hart is integral to the “village value” which my fellow villagers hold dear. The White Hart is not only a valued Village pub, but it is also recognised as being at the heart of the community. Giles and I have pride in owning and managing such a village treasure and we have improved its services over the years. The opportunity of establishing a shop provides both enhanced value to the future of the White Hart but also means we can make use of many of our current assets to guarantee a healthy future for a shop. Giles and I also envisage that we can utilise the shop and the White Hart to meet one of the missing elements of the Neighbourhood Plan, namely the concept of a village Hub. (See below).

I think that my answers to your criteria show how we are ideally placed to meet the needs of the village for a permanent, viable and valued shop.

Giles and I are also looking to provide some extra services such as having a station within the shop where some of our older and more disadvantaged residents can order goods online and take advantage of a channel which is not normally available to them. We also envisage that the customers of the shop can use the existing White Hart facilities on a morning for Coffee, Breakfast and catch-up meetings.

We have a strong view that a combination of a successful Public House with a Shop will help to attract and retain businesses within the village. We already act as a venue for the biggest independent business in Sherington and talking to business owners has highlighted that when they are looking to locate in a village they are influenced by the amenities on offer. The White Hart “hub” will offer a combination of, Restaurant, Lodging, Drinks, meeting place and now, hopefully, a shop to meet the needs of the business employees. We will provide more employment for the villagers by working in one of our “hub” offerings plus we will help to attract new companies and thus new work opportunities. A big plus for the village and immediate area.

We are excited by the opportunity to play an even greater role within the village and believe that our offering is in line with the needs of the village and meets the Neighbourhood Plan.

Please confirm your receipt of this email and keep me advised of any next steps.

Keith Shepherd and Giles Fern

 

Agenda for PC Meeting & AGM at The Pavilion on Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 7.30pm

SHERINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

You are summoned to attend a meeting of Sherington Parish Council which will take place at The Pavilion on Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 7.30pm. Social Distancing and Track and Trace measures will be in place and numbers will be limited.

This meeting will also include the AGM requirements of Sherington Parish Council.

AGENDA

1. RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2. RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

3. APPROVE MINUTES FROM LAST MEETINGS

4. ELECT A CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN FOR THE COMING YEAR

5. SIGN OFF THE FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS FOR THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR

6. RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENTS

7. RECEIVE PCSO REPORT

8. RECEIVE WARD COUNCILLORS REPORT

9. REVIEW ACTION LOG

10. CLERKS REPORT

11. PROJECT GROUP UPDATES

11.1. PAVILION
11.2. SHOP
11.3. BIODIVERSITY
11.4. LANDSCAPING

12. VILLAGE CARETAKER REPORT

13. FINANCE

13.1. REVIEW MONTHLY BALANCES
13.2. APPROVE INVOICES FOR PAYMENT

14. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

14.1. 6 GUN LANE – RETROSPECTIVE PLANNING

15. CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE AND NEW CONSULTATIONS

16. EXTERNAL MEETINGS

17. COUNCILLORS ITEMS

18. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

TBC.

SHOULD YOU WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE EMAIL CLERKSHERINGTONPC@GMAIL.COM PRIOR TO THE MEETING SO THAT WE CAN JUDGE NUMBERS AND SET THE HALL OUT ACCORDINGLY

Application Process for Affordable Housing (Rental) at the High Street (Barwood Homes Development)

Within the Barwood Homes development on the High Street there will be 9 houses for rent and 2 for shared ownership. In both cases priority will be given to applicants with a local Sherington connection.  This local connection is defined as follows:

  1. Having lived in the Parish of Sherington for three (3) years or more out of the last five (5) years.

OR

  1. Working at least sixteen (16) hours per week or more within the boundaries of the Parish of Sherington.

OR

  1. Providing personal or physical support to a family member resident in the Parish of Sherington enabling that person to live independently in the community.

The allocation of the affordable rental properties will be managed by Milton Keynes Council.  The process is as follows:

1. Applications for housing is based on housing need.
2. The allocation of properties is managed by the Housing Access Team, the manager of the Housing Access team is Dawn Wilson.
3. If an individual or family wish to apply for housing an appointment will be made for an assessment on the Allocation Scheme by an Officer in the Neighbourhood Team.
4. An officer will notify the applicant within a week of the assessment and the outcome of the banding awarded (currently bands 1-5) new allocation scheme will be band A-C and the qualification with local connection will be established.

Detailed information on MKC’s “Housing Options and Allocation Scheme” can be found by downloading the document from their website (the document is on the left hand side):

Milton Keynes Council – Housing Web Page

In the first instance therefore contact needs to be made with the MKC Housing Dept in order to make an appointment for assessment.

MK Council: 01908 691691 and ask for the Housing Department

Please contact the Clerk and Brian Watts with any feedback.

The application process for the shared ownership properties will be published in due course.

Approved Minutes from PC Meeting 8th January 2019

SHERINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

These are Approved Minutes of the meeting of Sherington Parish Council held on Tuesday 8th January 2019, at the Pavilion, commencing at 7.30pm. 

PRESENT: Cllrs Bush (Chair), Watts, Selvey, Shires, Parish Clerk Will Pike.

ALSO ATTENDING: 8 members of the public and Ward Councillors Geary and Hosking.

  1. RECEIVE AND ACCEPT APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

None

  • RECEIVE ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Cllr Shires declared and interest in the rent of the Pavilion should it come up.

  • APPROVE MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING

Approved and signed by Cllr Watts.

  • RECEIVE WARD COUNCILLORS REPORT

Points were raised as follows:

Milton Keynes Council’s budget is out for consultation. It was commented that it is straightforward this year but details are still being looked into. More a case of what is not in the budget due to cuts in funding. A meeting will be held on 9th January to discuss further. Any comments on the budget must be submitted by the end of the month.

Update on the Housing Infrastructure Funding: There will be a meeting at the end of this month to discuss traffic modelling and a further meeting in February to discuss the bid going to the Government and further comments. The results are expected around June time. It is noted that the crucial part of the development will be the transport links. It was mentioned that there is still scope to build to the South of Milton Keynes. Should the infrastructure funding not be forthcoming it is expected that a maximum of 800 houses could be built – 5000 with the funding.

It was mentioned that Milton Keynes now has 5 years of allocated housing again (5.25 years), this protects ‘Open Countryside’ from development for at least 15 months going forward.

The state of the footpath from Sherington to Newport Pagnell has been shown to Milton Keynes Council representatives by the Ward Councillors on a tour. They are looking to get this cleared (removing soil etc from the existing path) and will keep pressurising Milton Keynes Council to sort this.

Recycling sacks and their supply was mentioned. The system is ‘not great’ and the Ward Councillors do have a small supply of them if other avenues are not working. Reports of sacks being stolen due to difficulty in ordering new ones. Milton Keynes Council is to review the system shortly due to the complaints.

  • RECEIVE REPORT ON ACTIONS FROM LAST MEETING

None – all points to be discussed elsewhere on the agenda.

  • CLERKS REPORT

WP mentioned the following:

Website – now in the hands of Cllr Watts; to be bought up to date in due course.

Landscaping – A meeting is to be held on 21st January to discuss the next steps for Parishes who wish to take over their own landscaping from 2020. Cllr Watts agreed to attend.

An invite had been received to enter the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village competition. It was agreed to enter and WP will sort the entry when they open in March.

  • PROJECT GROUP UPDATES

SHOP:

The next shop meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th January at a time to be decided.

WP – showed a quote for the survey work which needs to be completed prior to any final designs being produced. All Cllrs agreed to proceed with this work.

WP informed everyone that an architect had been found to produce some designs and would work pro-bono on the project.

Cllr Shires agreed to join the shop committee.

PAVILION:

Cllr Bush agreed to push the advisers of Sherington Parish Council into finally sorting out the rent review issues.

BIODIVERSITY:

Cllr Shires mentioned that a meeting of the Biodiversity group was happening the following day.

It was agreed to start to look into what could be done at Stonepits Copse.

  • CARETAKERS REPORT

WP is to meet shortly with the caretaker to discuss light maintenance work that could be done around the village.

  • FINANCE

Current Account Balance: £1,737.93

Savings Account Balance: £43,249.72

Cheques Due for Payment: £2,619.09

Total therefore being held is £42,368.56

All cheques were approved for payment.

WP mentioned that the budget for 19/20 needed to be sorted soon and asked if anyone had any requests for items to place into the budget.

It was agreed to set aside some budget for speed calming measures, village entrances and ANPR cameras. Budget was also set aside to review the alarm system at the Pavilion and for the website going forward.

  1. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

CONSIDERATION OF OTHER OUTSTANDING OR RECENTLY SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS

None

Cllr Bush mentioned that Barwood Homes had contacted him regarding the ‘affordable housing’ element of the development (11 Houses).

They would like to reduce the time the houses were available only to Sherington residents from 12 months to 3.

Much discussion ensued about what affordable housing actually meant / who qualifies / how do you apply etc and eventually it was agreed that no one on the room had sufficient knowledge on the subject to make a decision.

It was therefore agreed to arrange a meeting with Milton Keynes Council Housing Department to obtain this knowledge prior to making any decision.

It was also agreed that the Parish Council will push to help anyone local who wishes to be included in the scheme to apply as and when necessary along with searching out people who may not be aware that these houses are to be built in the village.

With regards to the development the issue of biodiversity and the farm access it was agreed to mention this alongside the above points to ensure everything was being looked at together.

  1. CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE AND NEW CONSULTATIONS

Ward Cllr Geary again mentioned Milton Keynes Budget was out for consultation and that all information was available for review on the Council’s website.

  1. EXTERNAL MEETINGS

Next Olney Ward Forum meeting to be held on 27th March, Cllr Watts to attend.

  1. RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENTS

A comment was raised as to how to go about getting a road closed for a ‘Brexit Street Party.’ Ward Cllr Geary confirmed that Milton Keynes Council will facilitate road closures and to apply through the normal routes.

A comment was raised asking what is happening with Smiths Yard. No one was certain but it was believed that work had stopped due to ongoing environmental issues on the site.

A comment was made referring to a previous proposal of or an industrial estate on top of Chichely Hill. It was confirmed that this had been ruled out under Plan MK but that there is always the possibility of development to the village boundaries.

A comment was made about some street lights not working. Everyone was reminded that they need to be reported to Milton Keynes Council using the reference number on the lamp post and they will be fixed, normally within a couple of days.

A comment was made regarding the website and updates – with reference to the comments above the public were reminded that the website has current minutes and agendas and is in the process of being bought up to date.

A comment was made regarding the state of the mound at the top of Chichely Hill and the state of the wooden steps etc. It was agreed that WP will go and investigate and report back.

  1. COUNCILLORS ITEMS

Cllr Watts raised an issue of flooding on a path between the High Street and Crofts End. He had investigated ownership of the path but no-one seems to know who is responsible. It links in to the main sewer but Anglian Water said it is not their responsibility and it has not been made adopted highway by Milton Keynes Council.

Cllr Watts agreed to share correspondence with the Ward Councillors who believed it should be Milton Keynes Council’s responsibility and will investigate further.

Cllr Watts also mentioned that a couple of mirrors had been erected on Crofts End which were causing issues for motorists with glare coming from them. Ward Cllr Geary confirmed that a friendly request to remove would be the first course of action and then taking it to Highways if needs be.

At this point Cllr Bush made an appeal for anyone else to join the Council as there are still vacancies and an election coming up in May.

Cllr Watts also agreed to take over the SIDS devices from Ex Cllr Johnstone.

The meeting concluded at 8.55pm.

  1. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm at the Pavilion.

Outline proposal for new village Shop – have your say!

As you may be aware there have been plans for the shop going back as far as March 2010, put in place by the previous Parish Council members. Unfortunately, as discovered by ShopCo, the initial plans for this brick-built shop design were proved to be too costly. The original plans proposed can be viewed on the Milton Keynes Planning portal (10/00490/FUL). Details on justifications for the village shop can also be found here. Well, we have had our temporary shop now in place for over 6 years and it is time to have your say on the current plans being proposed by the existing Parish Council. These new plans have been drawn up to using the available budget, namely the promised £100,000 from the High Street development of 36 houses, and to consider more affordable materials (timber build) that have been discussed at the last few Parish Council Meetings. The proposed plans can be viewed below 18016-01 EXTG PLAN 18016-02 PROPOSED PLAN 18016-03 Once again the Parish Council are now asking for your feedback. Do you still want a village shop? What is the reason for your answer? Do you have any comments, good or bad, regarding the current plans for the shop? Please, could you direct your comments regarding this plan of action to Will Pike clerk@sheringtonpc.co.uk and include in the subject title ‘Village Shop’. Further opportunities to view and discuss the plans will be available during the October meeting.