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EMAIL: clerk@lavendonpc.org    |   TELEPHONE: 01234 241941 
 
 
 
lavendon parish council 
here to serve the community 
 
As previously advised, all public play equipment is out of bounds for the time being. 
 
As you can see we have added reminder tape along with the notices posted around the field. 
 
This is an important measure which we hope will be very temporary but this will depend on everyone playing their part in fighting Covid-19 and staying at home. 
 
Stay Safe 
Milton Keynes Council have put together some resources aimed at teaching children about recycling, litter and waste issues and to provide essential life lessons. Learning how our actions impact our environment creates life-long, positive habits. 
 
There are a number of activities which can be accessed via the link below. 
 
 
 
AS OF THE 3rd APRIL, MILTON KEYNES COUNCIL WILL NO LONGER COLLECT THE GREEN BIN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, IN RESPONSE TO STAFF SHORTAGE CAUSED BY CORONA VIRUS. 
 
 
WITH THIS POST, THE PARISH COUNCIL AIMS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON HOW TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE GREEN AND FOOD WASTE DURING THIS TIME TO AVOID LITTER SPREAD AND PEST ISSUES. 
 
GARDEN WASTE 
Garden waste (grass clippings, brash, etc.) can all be composted. We suggest a reduction in grass cutting and to avoid pruning shrubs until the green bin collection service is resumed. Gardens might display a bit of a wilder look for a little while, which if anything would benefit wildlife –something that we can all put up with, for a little while. 
 
THIS IS WHAT CAN GO IN YOUR GARDEN COMPOST (if you have it or wish to organise one) 
 
• Grass cuttings 
• Weeds 
• Uncooked fruit and vegetable peelings 
• Tea bags (Many teabags contain small quantities of plastic. Ideally empty bags first and use only the leaves on the compost.) 
• Tea leaves and coffee grounds 
• Soft green prunings 
• Tough hedge clippings 
• Woody prunings 
• Old bedding plants 
• Straw 
 
THIS IS WHAT MUST NOT GO IN YOUR GARDEN COMPOST 
 
• Meat, fish, dairy products or cooked food 
• Coal & coke ash 
• Cat litter 
• Dog faeces 
• Disposable nappies  
 
FOR THE TIME BEING, THE ABOVE CATEGORIES OF FOOD WASTE (Meat, fish, dairy products or cooked food) WILL HAVE TO BE PLACED IN THE BLACK BAG. 
PLEASE PLACE THE BLACK BAG OUTSIDE THE HOUSE COLLECTION EARLY ON MONDAY MORNING (NOT ON SUNDAY EVENING), TO PREVENT DOMESTIC PETS AND WILDLIFE FROM RAVAGING THROUGH FOOD WASTE OVERNIGHT THEREBY DRIVING LITTER SPREAD AND TRIGGERING UNHYGIENIC CONDITIONS, PARTICULARLY AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP. 
 
LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP LAVENDON TIDY, DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. 
 
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COOPERATION. 
Arlene Ormston, our PCSO, has sent over some ideas for children in isolation (and childlike adults too). I have added the link to the word document below so that you can print this off or use the various links. 
 
Milton Keynes Council are receiving information regarding extortionate pricing of goods which are in high demand, such as hand sanitizer, toilet roll, milk and pasta etc. For example a small bottle of hand sanitizer for £15.99 
 
At the current time there is no legislation which allows them to deal with this practice (also called profiteering), however they have been asked to gather information about which retailers are overcharging, which items they are selling and the price of the item. This intelligence will be fed upwards and may lead to further legal measures being imposed which will allow them to prevent this practice in the future. 
 
If you find a retailer who is overcharging for these or similar items please report the matter to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 and Trading Standards at MKC will receive your report. 
Everyone is very well aware that the UK Government is asking everyone to stay at home to tackle the Covid-19 virus and help our NHS cope with the pandemic. 
 
It has also been recommended that we can go out once a day for exercise which could be a run, walk, walking the dog or whatever works for you. 
 
We do however need to be very aware when we are out when it comes to social distancing. What would have been natural, to stop and chat to fellow dog walkers or catch up with a friend is now advised against during this time. Crossing the road when you see someone you know is no longer deemed to be rude but the sensible thing to do. 
 
Lavendon playing field is still open but public play and exercise equipment in the village should not be used due to the virus being able to live on all surfaces for a period of time and the fact that when using such equipment it would be difficult to maintain social distancing. 
 
Government guidance on social distancing can be found in the link below. 
 
 
Stay safe 
We are sure that everyone is keeping up with current events with regards to Coronavirus but just in case here are three links to the relevant information which is kept up to date. These are from the UK Government, the NHS and the World Health Organisation. 
 
 
We are a small village and we need to be looking out for each other in these times, more than ever, even if it's just a phone call to make sure friends and neighbours are OK. 
I have just got off the phone with Richard Lake from the Lavendon Baptist Church who is reaching out and offering his support to the village in any way that he can and I know others are doing the same. 
The message is please do reach out if you need help or support. 
 
Steve Axtell 
Chairman 
 
Yet another scam going around where you get an email saying “reminder for your appointment at BMI on “day, date and time”. Refer to documents for full details. You may incur a charge if you do not advise BMI that you cannot attend. To reschedule or opt-out of reminders please call 01256 377 720” 
 
Please do not reply or call the number or open any documents 
 
Please warn other members of your community especially if they use emails. 
 
Other crime in area 
 
1. Theft of tools out of vans is on the increase; mostly happening in Newport Pagnell and Olney but has spilled over in some of my villages! Please make sure you mark your tools and if you have someone come work on your site, please ensure they have locked their vans! The crooks are quick and clever but we need to be smarter  
2. Theft of plant equipment is on the increase again; mostly diggers. 
3. Hare Coursing was reported in Clifton Reynes recently and is on the increase with other forces. We had one report of hare coursing in Moulsoe last night and I believe other incidents have occurred but they haven’t been logged as yet. We need you to report these so we can build a picture of when and where it is happening. 
4. Our Olney ward community forum is on Thursday 19th March at 7,30 pm at Chicheley village hall. This is ideal for residents to come and talk to the police and parish clerks under one umbrella and tell us what issues you have going on in your village. 
 
Regards 
Arlene 
 
PCSO C1018 Arlene Ormston 
Milton Keynes Rural North Neighbourhood Team 
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