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Local Politics

The Parish Meeting is the lowest level of local government, but is perhaps the most democratic form.

Chicheley Parish Meeting is usually held in the Village Hall twice per year.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss matters of importance to Chicheley, and to report them to local and national government for attention.

  • The Parish Meeting is run by an elected Chair and Clerk.
  • Any person on the Electoral Register of the Parish is entitled to speak at a Parish Meeting.
  • Any member of the Electorate can ask for an item to be put on the Parish Meeting agenda.
  • Any matter pertinent to the parish may be discussed at a Parish Meeting.
  • The Press and general public have a right to attend Parish Meetings, but anyone not on the Electoral Register of the Parish is “stranger” and does not have the right to vote.

Chicheley is within the Milton Keynes Unitary Authority.  It was part of Sherington Ward until the local election of 22nd May 2014 when it became part of the larger Olney Ward.  Chicheley is represented on Milton Keynes Council by the three Councillors for Olney Ward, Keith McLean, Peter Geary and David Hosking.   The Councillors publish a monthly article in the Olney Phonebox Magazine that presents information on local issues they are addressing.

SCAN Magazine provides additional information on local issues and events in Chicheley and neighbouring villages Astwood, Sherington, Hardmead and North Crawley.

Chicheley is represented in Parliament by the MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster.  His website, accessed via the link from his name, gives information on local issues, his activities and speeches in parliament.

Extraordinary Parish Meeting, 20th August

Dear all, with apologies for the short notice, please find attached the agenda and paperwork for a brief,  ‘extraordinary’ Parish Meeting.

We need to meet to approve the annual audit paperwork, which is a legal and administrative requirement; parish councils are permitted to ‘meet’ and make decisions online but unfortunately this does not extend to us as a parish meeting.

We will meet on Thursday 20th 6.30-7pm outside the village hall, in the driveway, to observe social distancing. Please bring a chair with you if you would like to sit! And possibly an umbrella, looking at the weather today.

For the safety of all of us, it will be a very short meeting. There will not be any hard copies of the paperwork, except for those which Robert needs to sign, and we will, I am afraid, keep discussion to a minimum.


1. Minutes of previous meeting.  Circulated by email – to approve

2. Annual accounts.    Circulated by email – to approve

3. Audit.   Circulated by email 

                 Internal audit – to note

                 Annual governance statement – to approve

                 Accounting statements – to approve 

                 Certificate of Exemption – to note

4. Finances

                 Annual donations to SCAN and the Village Hall – to approve

5. Election of Officers 

                The Chair and Clerk are happy to continue until our AGM in April

6. Any other business

7. Dates of next meetings 

                • Late Nov/early Dec tbc

                • April 2021 date to be fixed at next meeting

It would be appreciated if you could raise any questions about the attached in advance by email so that I can address any queries before we meet, and so that we can use our time together wisely, which is really to approve the audit paperwork.

If there is any urgent business that Robert or I need to be aware of or follow up, please let me know.

Ward Councillors, if any of you would like to pop by for half an hour, you would be most welcome, although I appreciate it’s a short time to come for. So if there is anything to report that you would like me to circulate to the village email list, please let me know.

Having said all that, it would be lovely to see you albeit only for half an hour; perhaps you’d let me know if you hope to come?

With thanks for your understanding, 


Parish Clerk

Olney Ward Community Forum

The meeting will be held in Chicheley Village Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 19th March.  It gives an opportunity to talk about issues in the village, with the emphasis on crime prevention.

Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050

From: Robinson, Fiona <> On Behalf Of MKFutures

Sent: 04 February 2020 16:16

To: .All Councillors <>; .All Parish Councils <>

Subject: Strategy for 2050 - public meeting dates so far

 Good afternoon all

Following the publication last month of our draft Strategy for 2050 for engagement, we have now set up a series of public meetings and have put the details up our website at  For ease, these are also included below.

Olney - Olney Centre (Room 4), High Street, Olney, MK46 4EF

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 6.30pm

 Woburn Sands - Memorial Hall, 4 High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8RH

Thursday 13th February 2020, 4pm

 Newton Longville - Longueville Hall, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville, MK17 0AT

Tuesday 25th February 2020, 6.30pm

Winslow - St Laurence Room, Market Square, Winslow, MK18 3AB

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 6.30pm

Central Milton Keynes - Room 1.02, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ

Monday 9th March 2020, 6.30pm

 Castlethorpe - Village Hall, North Street, Castlethorpe, MK19 7EU

Thursday 19th March 2020, 7.30pm

 I am also trying to sort out meetings on the eastern and western sides of the city and Bletchley (linked with the Town Deal and Central Bletchley Prospectus projects) and will add those dates as soon as possible.  I have also tried to organise meetings in Old Stratford and Cranfield but have yet to hear back from the clerks in those areas.

In addition to our own advertising, any assistance you can provide in raising awareness of these events to your communities would be very helpful.  If there is anything further you need from me to help with that, please do let me know.  And as before, if you would like us to attend or organise a meeting in your area, please get in touch.

Thank you in advance for your help,



New Household Waste Collection Trial

Chicheley may be one of the “guinea pigs” for testing alternatives to the current weekly collection of waste and recycle materials in plastic bags.

From: Fletcher, Penny <> 

Sent: 03 February 2020 15:30

To: .All Parish Councils <>

Subject: Proposed Waste Collection Pilot - Delegated Decision


Good afternoon,

Driven by Milton Keynes Council’s ambition to become the Greenest City and the Sustainability Strategy 2019–2050, the Environmental Services Programme is reviewing its future service provision, which includes waste collection. A motion was put forward to Full Council on 17 July 2019, which was referred to Cabinet on 3 September 2019, to explore pilot schemes for waste collection to replace the use of plastic sacks. This included the use of wheeled bins and other waste management solutions that could address the different challenges faced by different estates. A revised collection system is required to be tested before a borough wide roll out, to collect data, to review the modelling, operational methods and evaluate resident feedback. The pilot will measure: ease of use; recycling rate, contamination, carbon management and resident satisfaction.

 It is proposed that the waste collection pilot will include 5,800 properties and will run for at least a six month trial period. The pilot will consider the effectiveness and practicality of introducing a new waste collection method as an alternative to plastic sacks to residents. This will be tested before decisions are taken for the design and delivery of waste collection in 2023 when the existing waste collection contract expires.

Full details can be found within the Delegated Decision report, which will be considered on the 11 February;

1.    Waste Collection Pilot

i.   Waste Collection Pilot_Annex A

ii.    Waste Collection Pilot_Annex B

iii.  Waste Collection Pilot_Annex C

Information is also available on the website

An information session for parish councils within the pilot area is planned and we will notify you of the date shortly. 

Kind regards 


Planning Application for 930 Houses

This is on the north side of the North Crawley Road to the west of the A509 “ Newport Pagnell bypass”.

31st January 2020

Dear Sir/Madam,

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As Amended)

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015

Application no: 20/00133/OUTEIS

Proposal:  Outline planning application (all matters reserved except access) for the demolition of the existing farm buildings on site and the development of up to 930 dwellings (including affordable dwellings), primary school, local centre, open space, sports pitches, play areas, pavilion/wellbeing centre and other associated works.

At: Tickford Fields Farm  North Crawley Road  Newport Pagnell  MK16 9HG  

I have received the above application which can be viewed via the Council's Public Access system using the link:

I would be grateful to receive any comments you may have about the proposal by 28th February 2020. Any objections must form a material planning consideration and should you wish for the application to be referred to the Development Control Committee/Panel for determination; an explicit request must be made to that effect. If no reply is received within this period the application may be decided without your comments.

Where a request to refer an application to Development Control Committee/Panel has been received from a Parish or Town Council, an undertaking to attend the meeting to address the Committee/Panel is expected. Failure to attend a Development Control Committee/Panel, following an undertaking to so do, on two occasions within a 6 month Period will result in;

a. The Parish or Town Council being barred from requesting an application be referred to Development Control Committee/Panel for a 3 month period from the date of the second incidence; and,

b. Any applications within that Parish being determined in accordance with the Officer recommendation under delegated powers. This would also be for a concurrent 3 month period and would only take effect in cases where no other parties have lodged objections and requested the case be heard before a Development Control Committee/Panel.

Yours faithfully,

David Buckley

Free Counter Terrorism Training

An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Thames Valley Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness e-Learning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer - and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.

The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

“ACT Awareness e-Learning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places,” says Detective Chief Superintendent Richard List.

“We developed each stage alongside industry experts and to date over one and a half million modules have been completed.

“The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.

“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely - so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities across the Thames Valley safe.

“The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”

ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.

The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here.

Message Sent By

Luke Stratford (Police, Comms, HQ South)

Another Proposal for MEGA MAJOR Expansion of Milton Keynes

Roughly speaking, Milton Keynes Council is considering a strategy to create a Metropolitan City that would stretch from Buckingham to Bedford and from Ayelesbury to Wellingborough.  Chicheley and the whole rural area would be swamped with houses.  If you are concerned about the future of our home village, please pay close attention to consultation documents and make your feelings known.  The relevant correspndence from Milton Keynes Council is given below:

"Further to my correspondence earlier this week, please find below the message with the correct email address.

Comments should be sent to

In July 2016, the MK Futures 2050 Commission published its report ‘Making a Great City Greater’.  The report included a recommendation to prepare a Strategy for 2050 which would take a long term view of the future of the city.

We have now published our engagement draft of the Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050 which sets the way forward for the next era of making our great city greater. People are at the heart of what this Strategy is trying to achieve. It is a strategy for everyone living in Milton Keynes today and all those that wish to live here in future.

We’d love to hear views from a wide range of people about the draft Strategy for 2050.  Please share the link below with your networks and encourage them to get involved. Over the coming months, we hope to hear from as many people as possible.  We will be including information about events and opportunities to get involved on the website, and on Twitter and Facebook.  Please keep an eye out for updates.

 All comments and feedback should be received by Friday 17th April 2020.  As well as the web-based version at the link above, we will also have copies of the draft Strategy for 2050 in the local libraries.

For more information, please drop us an email at "

General Election Results

The votes cast in the Milton Keynes North Constituency were as follows:

Conservative:                   Ben Everitt               30,938

Labour:                            Charlynne Pullen      24,683

Liberal Democrat:            Aisha Mir                    4,991

Green Party:                    Catherine Rose            1,931

The voter turnout was 68.33%

Ben Everitt was duly elected as the new MP for Milton Keynes North.

General Election - 12th December 2019

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North since 2005, has stood down for the 2019 General Election.  The candidates standing in 2019 are understood to be:

Conservative:                   Ben Everit

Liberal Democrat:            Aisha Mir

Labour:                            Charlynne Pullen

Green Party:                    Catherine Rose

The polling station for Chicheley will be in the Village Hall.