HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH - 
Book of condolence 
The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time. The Church of England has opened an online condolence book, which is open to any individual or church communities who wish to sign and record a message. 
 
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS FROM THE MARCH 2021 MEETING 
 
GRANT APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR SOLAR FARM COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND 
Grant applications from community groups and individuals are sought for the Solar Farm Community Benefit Fund. 
 
In recent years the fund has provided financial help to community groups such as All Saints Church, Emberton UnitedCharities, Emberton Parish Council, Emberton Sports & Social Club and the Bell & Bear at Emberton Community Interest Company. 
 
It's not just groups that can apply, individuals are also encouraged to apply for funding for an activity or project that will benefit the community. Examples of this could be undertaking a landscaping project of an untidy area of the village or wanting some capital to purchase equipment for a community group they wish to form. 
 
Please visit the parish council website www.embertonparishcouncil.co.uk or email the clerk for more details 
 
DEMAND RESPONSIVE TRANSPORT – MKC’s BUS SERVICE 
Demand Responsive Transport begins in Milton Keynes on 1st April. This new ‘MK Connect’ service is replacing many of the routes that the Council currently pays for and will be provided by Via. More information on which routes are impacted can be found at https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/on-board/demand-responsive-transport 
MK Connect works like a minibus that comes when you want, where you want — book a ride straight from your phone, get picked up in minutes, and be dropped within a short walk of your destination. 
 
In addition to the mobile phone app and webpage, members of the public can register to use the service and book journeys by telephoning (01908) 252526. 
 
Passengers with a wheelchair or disability will always be matched with a fully accessible vehicle, and the service is accessible to passengers with vision, hearing and other requirements. 
 
Service hours: Monday-Saturday 6am-11pm. 
Sunday 9am-6pm. 
 
Price: £3.50 during peak hours (7am-9am, 
4.30pm-6.30pm), £2.50 at all other times. 
Concessionary cards and AllinOne cards will be accepted on DRT at the same times as on buses. 
 
A full range of marketing information on the service and how to use it will be rolled out in March. 
 
The parish council welcomes any feedback via the clerk that residents may have on this service once it comes into effect. 
 
THAMES VALLEY POLICE UPDATE 
Emberton Crime Figures 
Theft from Vehicle – 2, Theft – 1, Theft Emberton Park - 1, Criminal Damage Emberton Park – 1, Criminal Damage – 1, Suspicious Individuals – 2, Action Frauds – 2 
PCSO Patricia Flynn who has been working in the Emberton area since 2009 will retire on the 31st March 2021. PCSO Dave Huckle will replace PCSO Flynn. PCSO James Andrews is the new Olney PCSO.  
 
CONTACTING THE CLERKThe clerk is currently working remotely and can be contacted using the email address clerk@embertonparishcouncil.co.uk Should you not have access to email, please contact the Chair of the parish council, Melanie Duncan on 01234 714675 or the Vice Chair, Steve Gibson on 07793 431371. 
 
PUBLIC FOOTPATHS - In 2026 it will be no longer be possible to make a claim for historic footpaths to be included on the definitive map. A campaign is underway by the Ramblers 
Association to identify as many lost footpaths as possible and they are appealing for public help in order to do so. Details of their campaign can be found here ramblers.org.uk Foopaths in the Milton Keynes area have to be on MKC's definitive map otherwise they won't hae the correct status.  
 
 
 
 
 

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