In these exceptional times of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Aston Clinton Parish Council has had to review its practices and services in consideration of this very serious threat.
MEETINGS: Monthly and committee Parish Council meetings will no longer take place in the Parish office, but will be held via group video link with all councillors or committee members invited to attend as usual. Agendas for these meetings will be published on the website with three clear working days notice, and members of the public are invited to peruse the agendas and submit any comments or questions that they may have via email prior to the meeting. These submissions will be read out by the Clerk and taken into consideration by councillors. Meeting minutes will be published in draft form as soon as possible following the meeting.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This will be postponed, and a new date published when known.
EVENTS: All events are under review, and decisions made on postponement in line with Government guidance.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS: These are postponed to 2021.
ASTON CLINTON PARK: Aston Clinton Parish Council has decided, having reviewed all government guidance, to keep Aston Clinton Park open for both cars and foot traffic.
The Government has clearly stated that parks should remain open to allow people to undertake their daily exercise. They have also stated that you can drive your car to somewhere to exercise provided it is local.
To close the park to cars would, in the view of the Parish Council, discriminate against those who are less able bodied or older and are unable to walk to the park to take their daily exercise or to exercise their dogs.
We would ask that everyone respects social distancing when using the park, which due to its size, makes it a safer place to walk than footpaths or pavements. In line with Government’s directives, the MUGA, Playpark and All Weather Football Pitch will remain closed until further notice.
The Parish Council is monitoring the park through visits from its councillors and our park keeper, and is satisfied that the significant majority of park users are obeying all Government rules on social distancing.
- Government guidance on what you can and can't do during lockdown: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
- Government guidance on access to green spaces: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces
- NPCC (National Police Chiefs' Council) guidance on what constitutes a reasonable excuse: https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/COVID-19/Documents/What-constitutes-a-reasonable-excuse.pdf
HOW TO CONTACT US: The Parish office will be closed to visitors until further notice, but staff will maintain their normal working hours as far as possible, by working from home. If you need to contact us, the fastest way is via email, but if you are not able to connect via this route, we will pick up phone messages left in the office once per day. If you need urgent assistance, please contact one of our councillors (details on the website page), but please bear in mind that our councillors may be in self-isolation themselves.
During these exceptional times, we will do our best to ensure that our services to the community continue as best we can, whilst protecting the public, our staff and volunteers' well-being and safety. We fully support the Government's directives, and would hope that we can all 'do our bit' to help ease the pressure on our wonderful NHS and all public services.
USEFUL INFORMATION LINKS:
Government guidance/information on Coronavirus COVID-19: All aspects are covered on the Government website, please visit the link below for up to date information: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS information service on Coronavirus: useful and updated information on symptoms, prevention, etc. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
New Buckinghamshire Council: information and changes to services, and updates.
New Buckinghamshire Council: information on help groups outside our village, updated by BC. https://directory.buckinghamshire.gov.uk
OTHER HELPFUL ORGANISATIONS: A community support group (Aston Clinton Community Support Group) has been set up within the village by members of the Parish Council and St. Michael’s Church to assist the needy and vulnerable within Aston Clinton at this difficult time. The group publishes updates and useful information on Facebook, look for the group 'Aston Clinton COVID-19 Support Group' or follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/581769129086483/ Their leaflet has been delivered to all homes within the village, as below.