Author: Tony O’Rourke

Left to right - Phil Sheridan, Cllr Becky O'Rourke, Siobhan Sheridan, Olivia Sheridan

3rd Defibrillator Unveiled

Bow Brickhill has just acquired its third Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). There are already two others, located at Bow Brickhill Pavilion and at the bottom of Church Road by the War Memorial. Situated on the wall opposite number 43 Church Road and near to the top of the hill, it’s hoped that this addition will be of benefit in the future if anyone gets into trouble on the hill.

The Sheridan family (pictured above with Chair of Bow Brickhill Parish Council, Becky O’Rourke, very kindly offered a home for the defibrillator cabinet on their garden wall and they have also provided an electricity supply at no cost to the village. As a kind of thank you, Siobhan Sheridan was asked to cut a ribbon to officially declare the defibrillator open for business, although we hope it will never need to be used.

Bow Brickhill attracts cyclists from all over the country as Church Road offers one of the UK’s steepest hills and whilst most have no problem with it, occasionally it can be too much for some.  Last year a cyclist suffered a heart attack while trying to climb the hill and residents were quick to provide help.  However, he sadly passed away in Milton Keynes hospital several days later.

This new defibrillator will offer an extra option closer to the top of the hill, where cyclists are more likely to have problems.  We should stress that this kind of thing happens very infrequently and we hope our defibrillators will never need to be used. However, it’s good to know they are there, just in case.

Chair of Bow Brickhill Parish Council, Becky O’Rourke, said “We’re proud that a village with a population of fewer than 600 has three defibrillators. I hope we can set an example and that other communities  will follow suit.”

If there comes a time when you need to access a defibrillator, call 999 and give the operator the postcode or code on the door of the defibrillator cabinet.  They will then give you the code to open the door.

Our defibrillators are completely automatic. Your job is to place the sticky pads onto the patient’s chest as instructed. You do not need to know whether to shock them.  The defibrillator carries out diagnostic checks and will know whether the patient needs to be shocked or not so you need not worry about shocking someone unnecessarily.

To find out more, come along to one of our CPR/Defibrillator Awareness sessions at the Pavilion, which are run occasionally.  They’re completely free, only take about two hours and will equip you with the knowledge you will need to be confident in case someone appears to have a heart attack. The next session will be at 7pm on the 6th November.  To book a place contact clerk@bowbrickhill-pc.gov.uk.

Our Response to the Caldecotte South Development Planning Application

As you have probably heard, a planning application has been submitted to Milton Keynes Council, for a warehouse hub which will cover 57 hectares starting at the bottom of the village. That will make it one of the largest developments of this kind in the country and if it goes ahead it will create a constant stream of juggernauts going to and from the hub, 24 hours of every day. The effect on our already congested roads will be immense, not to mention the pollution this extra traffic will bring and the consequent implications for villager’s health.

Bow Brickhill Parish Council has employed a company of planners and our own Transport Consultant to help us fight this inappropriate development which could destroy our village. The following document shows the objections submitted to Milton Keynes Council by our planners, on behalf of the Parish Council…

Councilor Vacancy

Bow Brickhill Parish Councilor is looking for a new Councillor to join the team. Parish Councillors are not paid but they do get to be called Councillor and are not expected to give up too much time. You’ll be helping to keep your community afloat and when villagers thank you for your efforts on their behalf, you’ll get a warm, gooey feeling inside which will make it all worthwhile.

Councillors are expected to attend Parish Council meetings which are held monthly (approximately 10 per year), to serve on various sub-committees and between meetings, to discuss other matters via email. Yes, it’s a fine life on the Council.

If you think this sounds like you and you’d like more information, please drop a line to our Recruitment Officer at clerk@bowbrickhill-pc.gov.uk and we’ll be in touch.

Milton Keynes Council voting to adopt Plan:MK

Beginning of the end?

Last Wednesday evening (20th March) Milton Keynes Council voted by 40 to 4 to officially adopt Plan:MK. Our three Ward Councillors were among those who voted against.

However, this essentially means that the enormous ‘Employment Site’ destined for the end of Station Road will almost certainly become a reality.

At present, the site, which stretches from Bow Brickhill railway station all the way to Fenny Stratford, is destined to be a huge warehousing hub which will also feature some office and light industrial units. However, the impact on our tiny rural roads of hundreds of large juggernauts going to and fro 24 hours a day, every day of the year, should not be underestimated.

There are also plans for 3000 new houses between Bow Brickhill and Woburn Sands and a further development extending the Caldecotte Business park with more residential property.

Your Parish Council fought hard on your behalf to try to prevent Plan:MK from being adopted until it had been thought through properly but unfortunately our protestations fell on deaf ears.

Now that Plan:MK has been officially adopted, we can still try to prevent the warehousing hub from being built or if we fail, at least try to mitigate the impact the development will have on the village.

This is, undoubtedly, the greatest threat that Bow Brickhill has ever faced to its existence since the settlement was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, nearly a thousand years ago!

If you think you can help in any way, please get in touch.

New Web Site

For so many reasons we have introduced a new web site which we hope will serve the community better than its predecessor.  In addition to all the various items and documents which were available on the old site, we now have several pages which are dedicated to The Pavilion.  This is an amenity which is becoming ever more popular among event organisers in the community so we have smartened up the information pages and added an FAQ page which should answer all your queries before you book.

You can also now check to see if when the Pavilion is available and see at a glance when it’s not and importantly, you can now book the Pavilion online and pay for your booking online, without leaving our web site.

These are just some of the numerous improvements we’ve incorporated in this shiny new web site and we hope you’ll enjoy using it.

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