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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, Ben Everett.

Cost of Living Help

The following information was provided in a circular by Milton Keynes Council:

1. Get what you’re entitled to

Up to 7 million people in the UK are missing out on income-related benefits.

Visit to check if you’re eligible for Housing Benefits or a reduction in Council Tax.

Visit to check eligibility for:

• Universal Credit

• Job Seekers Allowance

• Pension Credit

• Tax Credits

Check your bank account to make sure you’ve also received these national payments:

• Winter Fuel Payment up to £300 for people born on or before 26 September 1955.

• Cold Weather Payment – £25 payment for people on certain benefits every week of very cold weather between November and March.

• Warm Home Discount – £140 discount for some people who get Pension Credit or are on a low-income.

• £150 Disability Cost-of-Living Payment – if you are entitled, you should receive this by end October

2. Help with childcare costs

Use to check if you could receive free childcare for children aged between 2 and 4 or help if your child is under 16 (or under 17 with a disability).

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk. Find out at

3. Apply for extra allowances

If you care for someone at least 35 hours a week, and they get certain benefits, you may be entitled to £69.70 in Carer's Allowance.

 If you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you,

Attendance Allowance can help with extra costs.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) can help if you have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability or find it hard to do certain tasks.

4. Get a water bill discount

If you’re on a low income you could get a  discount of up to 50% by switching tariffs.  bill/tariffs-and-charges/lite/

5. Talk to your energy supplier

Many energy companies offer help schemes and you don’t always need to be their customer. Ask about being put on your suppliers’ Priority Services Register, a free energy support service if you are vulnerable.

www. consumers/energy-advice-households has a list of help schemes, as well as energy saving tips. and list current fuel grants.

Need someone on your side?

If you’re in a vulnerable situation, someone at the Citizens Advice Extra Help Unit could take on your case. The Citizens Advice Energy Help Unit will also raise issues with energy suppliers. Call 0808 223 1133 or use online webchat. For textphone, dial 18001 first.

Crisis support from your council

Apply for these current schemes at: uk/cost-living-support

• Emergency funds for essential living costs eg food, repairs, school uniform (apply under Household Support Fund)

• Essential household goods, crisis food vouchers and fuel (apply under Local Welfare Provision)

• Extra help if you’re on Housing Benefit and behind on your rent (apply under Discretionary Housing Payments)

Food, clothes and other items

These local schemes can help:

MK Food Bank

Contact the helpline on 0300 303 4933 or text HELP to 07874 964 505 if you’re struggling to afford food. Also offers a top up shop – 10 items for £2 cash.

MK Community Fridge

Saves quality food from going to waste. Visit to find out when and where the food sharing fridges are open to donate or receive.

SOFEA community larders

Get £15 of food for just £3.50 – find out more and become a member at

Children and Family Centres

We have 17 Children and Family Centres in MK and they’re hubs of activities and services for local families. Find out what’s on at

Baby Basics MK

Offering essential items including clothing, toys, sleeping and feeding equipment, toiletries and baby food/formula.

MK Store House

Provides free donated clothing for adults and school age children to people who are struggling financially.

Planning Permission at Newfield Farm

Milton Keynes Council, under their powers provided by the above legislation, Permit the

Change of use from equestrian facilities to office space (B1), general industrial use (B2) and storage use (B8) with associated facilities.

At: Newfield Farm Chicheley Road Chicheley Newport Pagnell MK16 9JD

In accordance with your application, valid on 28th June 2022.

Approval is given subject to the condition(s) set out below. Some of the conditions may require further details to be provided before the development commences. The conditions need to be complied with for the permission to remain valid. If the conditions are not complied with, legal action can be taken against the developer and the land owner. The details required by the conditions, need to be submitted formally to the Council. Call the Planning Enquiries number at the bottom of the page or use the link for further details.

Planning Enquiries Direct Line (01908) 25235

Works in Bedlam Lane - 11th April



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the Borough of Milton Keynes intends, in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make the above Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering, waiting or proceeding along Bedlam Lane, Chicheley from its junction with Newport Road to Number 2 Bedlam Lane to facilitate BT Openreach works.

The above closure will come into effect on 11th April 2022 8:00am and is scheduled to be reopened on 11th April 2022 6:00pm.

Whilst the above length of road is closed there will be no alternative route, access will be maintained for residents.

The temporary road closure can be viewed at

The Council is satisfied that the temporary closure Order is necessary to enable works to be carried out on the highway. The temporary Order will come into effect on 11th April 2022 and will take effect at times during the above period only when works are required and only when indicated by the appropriate traffic signs, which will be erected in advance of any closure.

There will be no exemptions from the provisions of the proposed Order except for emergency service vehicles on operational duties and Residents.

The closures will be clearly signed in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual. All affected properties will be notified of the forthcoming closures at least one week prior to works taking place.

Any person committing a breach of the order will be liable upon prosecution to such fine as is prescribed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

  Synergy Park Chesney Wold Bleak Hall Milton Keynes MK6 1LY

31st March 2022

Luciana Smart 

Development and Network Manager

Road closure - A508 Warrington Road, Olney

The A508 between Osier Way and Warrington Farm will be closed for 3 weeks from Monday 15 November and is scheduled to be reopened on 4 December. The closure will be in place for 24 hours on both sides of the road.

Essential utilities works are taking place during this closure and to reduce further disruption to road users, our Streetworks team have coordinated with several companies to include works to be done under the one road closure. These works will include:

Gas mains works

Electrical works including 2 miles streetlighting cabling by Western Power Distribution

Sewerage and drainage works by Anglian Water

S278 developer works for a new junction, Redway and footway

The alternative route will be via A428 Bedford Road, A428 Northampton Road, A422 Newport Pagnell Road, Newport Road, A509, High Street and Wellingborough Road (and vice versa).

Details of the closure, the works involved and who is responsible for them, may be viewed at

Same day bookings introduced for MK tips

Milton Keynes Council has made it even easier for MK residents to book a trip to the tip with the launch of same-day appointment booking. 

Since the booking system was introduced in May 2020 to help protect local people during the pandemic, more than 300,000 visits have been made to MK’s household waste recycling centres. Until now, bookings could only be made more than a day in advance.   

The Council has listened to customer feedback and introduced new and flexible options to book same-day slots as well as to cancel and reschedule bookings online. Also changing is the need to provide a registration number in advance if you’re using a hire car to visit a tip. 

It’s quick and easy to book a slot at although residents can always call if they need extra help. MK’s tips are open seven days a week. 

Managing the flow of visitors to the tips has stopped historic traffic queues that would occasionally reach a main grid road – causing potential safety issues for motorists. It’s also meant the Council can crack down on people from outside MK, including businesses, using the borough’s tips.  The Council estimates that as many as one in five people using the tips before the booking system lived outside MK, which was a significant drain on resources. Around £220,000 has been saved as a result of introducing the system and stopping misuse. 

Cllr Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: “We’re pleased to be able to add extra flexibility to the booking system as we know some residents aren’t in a position to know exactly when they’ll be ready to take their waste and recycling to the tip, and for them a same-day option is especially helpful. We want everyone to have a safer and better experience using the tips in Milton Keynes, and that includes no queues and no worries when they get to the site.” 

Notice of a Planning Application

2nd December 2020

Dear Sir/Madam,

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As Amended)

Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015

Application no: 20/03037/FUL

Proposal:  Extension of existing Grain Store and other associated works

At: Land West of Hill Farm  North Crawley Road  Newport Pagnell    

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 30th December 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,

Charlotte Ashby

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,