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News in Brief: bus services to restart, playpark to reopen, street light repairs, social distancing

June 30th, 2020

Damage to play park railings

Bus services to restart next Tuesday (and Thursday service added)

The Parish Council has received news from Ability CIC that the charity is to restart its community bus services from Tuesday July 7. All being well, Ability will run twice weekly services between King’s Sutton and Banbury every Tuesday and Thursday.  

Clearly, many people will be concerned about the risks of travelling and Ability have conducted a risk assessment to ensure passenger safety. Vehicle capacity has been reduced so, dependent on demand, the charity is prepared to operate two services on each day to comply with social distancing requirements. Since all passengers need to pre-book, Ability will be able to track and trace everyone who boards the bus for each journey.

The company has devised a 10-step plan to help passengers understand the changes it has introduced. This can be found along with timetables and other important information on the bus services page of this website

Playpark to reopen July 4

Following the government’s announcement of more relaxed lockdown rules, the playpark on the Rec will be reopened from this Saturday (July 4). It was noted by the parish council at its last meeting that compliance with the closure had generally been excellent. The council hope that level of cooperation will continue between now and Saturday. 

NB: The management committee of the Millennium Memorial Hall will not be meeting to discuss reopening until next week, so the Hall will remain closed for the immediate future and toilet facilities will not therefore be available to members of the public using the playpark. 

Sadly, the railings in the playpark were recently damaged. (See picture above.)The parish council is keen to learn how this happenned. If you have any information, please use the email link at the foot of this page ito contact the parish clerk in confidence.

Street Lighting

Although the parish council had previously been advised by its lighting contractor, Aylesbury Mains, that the company planned to resume working and the village’s faulty street lights would be fixed imminently, no repairs have yet been actioned. The company has now clarified that its work teams have been in the process of regrouping, and that it hopes works schedules will recommence very soon. A list of the lights that require attention has been forwarded to the company and it’s likely that outstanding work will be attended to shortly. 

The importance of maintaining social distancing

While the government has recently relaxed the 2-metre rule, it is still vitally important to maintain social distancing wherever possible, particularly indoors. Parish councillors have been disappointed recently to receive complaints that some customers in the Cooperative have objected to the social distancing rules the shop has put in place to keep people safe. The council hopes that in future, all customers will support the staff in these difficult times. 

Click here to contact the parish clerk by email.