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Welcome to Castlethorpe

Castlethorpe is a village with a population of around 1,100 set in rolling countryside seven miles north of Milton Keynes city centre and close to the boundary with Northamptonshire. It lies on the northern edge of the Tove River Valley, which is designated as being landscape of Special Character.

The surrounding area is thought to have first been inhabited in the Bronze Age but the village itself started out in life as a Norman castle belonging to the lord of the manor of nearby Hanslope which was destroyed in 1215 during the Baron’s Revolt against King John.

The parish church is dedicated to St Simon and St Jude, and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, though the present church is of mainly Norman design. There are a number of other listed buildings in the village, some dating back to the 15th Century, with fine examples of homes from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well.

You can find more information about the history of the village, including pictures, here and even more on the Milton Keynes Heritage Association website at www.mkheritage.co.uk/cv/.

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The Government is publishing the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic on its website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Visit the COVID-19 page of this website for more information about the help and support you can get locally.  

The Parish Council will also be issuing updates when necessary on this website, the village website castlethorpevillage.org.uk, the village Facebook page and on posters on the village noticeboards.

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Refuse collection day this week is
FRIDAY

Due to reduced staff numbers and to protect the weekly collection of black and clear sacks, Milton Keynes Council is stopping food and garden waste collections throughout MK after regular collections on Friday 3 April until the situation improves. In the meantime you should either compost or dispose of food (not garden waste) in your black bags. All household recycling centres are also closed until further notice, so please do not leave any rubbish outside the entrances to the sites.

Latest Parish Council News

Modification Proposals to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan

The Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2030 became Planning Policy in September 2017 which was before Milton Keynes Council had made a new Local Plan called Plan:MK which sets Planning Policies for the Borough.
As a result, Castlethorpe Parish Council has been updating the Neighbourhood Plan to bring it in line with Plan:MK and ending at the same time in 2031.  
The main features of the update are: 
• It updates the Policies in the Neighbourhood Plan to bring them into alignment with Plan:MK 
• There are no new allocations of land for housing 
• The wording of some of the Policies have been clarified in the light of our experience with planning applications since the Neighbourhood Plan was made 
• The parish has 20 Listed Buildings within the village and one (Castlethorpe Mill) outside it. However, there are a number of important buildings in the village which are, to use the technical term, ‘non-designated heritage assets’ or, as we call them, Buildings of Local Interest. Most of these buildings date from the coming of the railway and the opening of Wolverton Works and are an important part of our history. A new Policy says that these buildings, the stone walls around the church and around the South Street paddock and the Water Tower must not be harmed or lost unless there is an outweighing public benefit and in particular that the front view and rooflines on these buildings should be preserved. 
• Having gathered further evidence of use, as the earlier survey had been rejected as ‘anecdotal’ by the previous Examiner, the Plan will add Gobbey’s Field as a Local Green Space. 
• The Policy favouring car parking spaces at the back of the  

village green has been deleted (the back of the green belongs to the owner of Station Yard) and any application for car parking will have to come forward in the normal way with no predisposition for approval.
• There is a new Policy on Climate Change supporting the conversion of streetlights to LED, installation of public EV charging points, improving the SUSTRANS cycle track to Wolverton and for the energy efficient development of new buildings.  
• The list of proposed infrastructure projects to improve the village has been updated.  
This is a "pre-submission draft" update to the Castlethorpe Neighbourhood Plan and has just finished its first public consultation phase. The Parish Council will now take note of the comments made and will decide whether to modify the Neighbourhood Plan.  
It will then be submitted to MKC, who have supported us during this work, and, statutorily, MKC will then do a second consultation for a further six weeks. At completion, the Neighbourhood Plan may again be modified by MKC in the light of any new comments and it will be passed to an external Examiner who will ensure it is fit for purpose and make any recommendations. The Examiner will also decide whether the modifications need to go to referendum or not.  
The Plan Policies are powerful because they will be adopted by Milton Keynes Council and Policies in the existing Plan have already influenced the outcome of a number of planning applications.  
Philip Ayles  
Chairman, Castlethorpe Parish Council 

All events cancelled
and play areas shut 

All events in the Village Hall have been cancelled and the play areas and outdoor gym closed until further notice as a precaution to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to Castlethorpe and protect our elderly and most vulnerable residents.
The Annual Parish Meeting, which was due to take place in the Village Hall on Monday 6 April, has been postponed until Monday 1 June.

Children needed
at Pre-School

Castlethorpe Pre-School has vacancies for children aged between 2 and 5 when it reopens after the end of the Coronavisur alert. Funding is available.
If your child isn't 2 yet but you'd like to have them join in the future let them know now!
The contact details are: Phone 07508 399783; Email: castlethorpeps@gmail.com 

Police appeal over
village burglary

A bungalow in The Chestnuts in North Street was burgled on New Year's Eve sometime between 6.45pm and 1.30am. If you, or anyone you know, saw anything suspicious or have any information please call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference URN215 01/01/2019 and crime reference No 43200000075. All information will be treated confidentially.

The village shop is situated in North Street, two-thirds of the way between the Village Hall and the junction with Station Road. It is open daily from 7am to 7.30pm (to noon on Sundays) with a post office open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, except for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The shop's phone number is 01908 745983.

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Castlethorpe statistics

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Population                    1,047 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference       SP795445
Latitude/longitude    52.093°N   0.840°W
Civil parish                   Castlethorpe
Unitary authority       Milton Keynes
Ceremonial county    Buckinghamshire
Region                           South East
Post town                     Milton Keynes 
Postcode district        MK19
Dialling code                01908
Police                             Thames Valley
Fire                                 Buckinghamshire
Ambulance                   South Central
UK Parliament             Milton Keynes North