Free entry to Stowe gardens & visitor centre 23-3-19 before 10am

23 March, 7.30am-10am FREE entry to the gardens and New Inn visitor centre

Support our Head Gardener Barry Smith as he begins his 129 mile march at 9.30am on 23 March from the Palladian Bridge at Stowe to the one at Prior Park, Bath.

Arrive early to help us send him off in style and entry to the gardens will be free of charge if you arrive before 10am.

For centuries Stowe Gardens has inspired poets, artists, its owners and now our Head Gardener Barry Smith who has dedicated his life to Stowe Gardens. Barry will be walking 129 miles to the Bath Prior Park Palladian Bridge to help restore Stowe forever for everyone.

Celebrating The Start of the Palladian Way Walk:

Date:                     Saturday 23rd March 2019

Timings:               Entrance to the gardens between 7:30am and 10am is free

Barry’s Charity Breakfast at New Inn 7:30 – 8:15am please book ahead by calling 01280 817156.

Wave Barry off at 9:30am from the Palladian Bridge at Stowe to Aynho

Venue:                 National Trust Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ

Car Parking:        Free all day

 

Stowe has been a visitor attraction for over 300 years offering fantastic walks along with amazing views across the gardens, temples and monuments.  National Trust Stowe looks forward to welcoming you or members of your community for an early dog walk, run or a family day out.

The funds raised will go a long way to ensuring everyone can enjoy this special place for years to come. We’re looking for people to dig deep and help Barry reach his £5,000 target.

To donate, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BarrySmith38

A word from Barry:
“Those who know me understand how much Stowe means to me and so I wanted to step up to the plate, challenge myself and get fit all at the same time.”

Buckingham, MK18 5EQ | Telephone 01280 817156 Registered Charity: 205846

Opening of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Saturday 30th March 12-6 pm

On Saturday 30th March the new accessible National Paralympic Heritage Centre will be opened at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

 

Telling the story of the Paralympic Movement, the Heritage Centre showcases objects, documents and memorabilia including tickets, medals, sports kit, photographs and programmes that were previously held in storage and not available to the general public. The Heritage Centre also incorporates interactive displays, videos and a handling collection, highlighting sports unique to the Paralympics such as goalball and boccia.

 

The Paralympic Movement began in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury. This led to local competitions, to the Stoke Mandeville Games and to the Paralympic Games which today attracts international support and a global broadcast audience of more than 4 billion.

 

The National Paralympic Heritage Centre will celebrate and explore this unique history. The displays illustrate the determination, sportsmanship and vision that gave the world the Paralympic Games including:

  • The life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
  • Key milestones in the journey from the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games

to the present day Paralympic Games.

  • The development of wheelchair sports and technical innovations.
  • Paralympic ceremonies.

 

This inspirational project would not be possible without the support of the British Paralympic Association, WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. With grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund, AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ Programme, Rothschild Foundation, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, Heart of Bucks and the Wellcome Trust. The local community, who played an integral part in the establishment of the Paralympic Movement, continue to help by sharing their stories and volunteering as Ambassadors at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre.

 

Sir Philip Craven, Honorary President of the NPHT, said: “My first recollection of Stoke Mandeville was from the 1967 National Games when as a 17-year-old I saw wheelchair basketball being played outdoors and thus dependent on the weather. Looking back, I recall a small area of not too attractive land sandwiched between the back of a large hospital and a railway embankment. To think that this is where the unique Paralympic sporting spirit was born fuelled by the human energy of the athletes, coaches and volunteers. To know now that this fiery furnace of positive human energy will be remembered forever makes me very happy”.

 

Nigel Purse, Chairman of the NPHT, said: “Sports heritage has a wide appeal to the British public and with the support of our funders and founding partners we are able to celebrate the story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the development of the Paralympic Movement where it all began at Stoke Mandeville.  As well as protecting the unique heritage that could so easily be lost, the real satisfaction will be to share the inspiration behind the Paralympic heritage sport stories which are ‘life changing’.”

AVDC New Homes Bonus micro grants to double to a maximum of £2,000

At its meeting on 12 March, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Cabinet recommended an increase in the maximum New Homes Bonus (NHB) micro grant from £1,000 to £2,000, effective from 1 April 2019.

Since the scheme launched in September 2017, 60 town and parish councils and community groups have benefitted from these micro grants, using the funds for a variety of purposes such as, village hall refurbishments or the purchase of sports equipment.

Micro grants are funded from the existing 20% NHB allocation set aside for town and parish councils, and in the last two financial years, this represented £80,000 per annum. The total amount available in 2019/20 will remain at £80,000.

Micro grants are open to applications from across the district, unlike larger project grants – which are only open to town and parish councils in areas affected by growth. All awarded grants are listed on AVDC’s website.

Speaking after the Cabinet decision, Cllr Angela Macpherson, Leader of AVDC, said:

“New Homes Bonus micro grants are clearly appreciated, especially by smaller parishes and voluntary organisations, and provide valuable benefits to local communities. We have kept the application process as simple as possible and by making awards on a monthly basis, groups can approach us throughout the year, as and when the need arises.”

Kaya Mallinder, Fundraising and Communications Officer at Buckinghamshire Mind, commented:

“We were awarded a £1,000 micro grant from AVDC in May 2018, which we used to purchase suitable chairs for our counselling rooms in Aylesbury. Given our experience with the scheme, I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to other local community groups – especially now that the amount been raised to a maximum of £2,000.”

To find out more about the scheme, town and parish councils or representatives of community organisations should go to www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/newhomesbonus or contact the Grants Officer, Jan Roffe, at jroffe@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk.

Applications from community organisations must be endorsed by their local town or parish council, and the closing date for applications is the 15th of each month.

Bus Diverted due to road closure in Ivinghoe 6-18/4/19

6 to 18 April

 

Due to works in Ivinghoe by Anglian Water, bus services will need to divert.

 

Passengers are advised that the nearest served stops are as follows:

 

Service 61 / 61A: After serving Pitstone ‘Playing Fields’ stop, buses will divert via Vicarage Road and vice versa.

 

167 (Tuesday only): Services will start / terminate at ‘Albion Road’ stop in Pitstone

 

164: 6:20am service will terminate at the Pitstone ‘Playing Fields’ stop

 

50 (Sunday only): After serving the ‘College Lake Nature Reserve’ stop in Marsworth, buses will divert via Vicarage Road and then serve the ‘Playing Fields’ stop in Marsworth.

Please note works are subject to change at short notice.

 Keep up to date on our Service Disruption page at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/travelinfo

BCC will be displaying notices at affected shops and asking bus operators to display notices in their buses.

School buses are not affected as these works are during the school easter holidays.

Changes to Buckinghamshire Recycling Centres from 1/4/19

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed a series of changes to the county’s Household Recycling Centre (HRCs) service in January 2019. A public consultation about possible changes ran in Autumn 2018 for 8 weeks and received over 6,000 responses. For more information you can see the full decision report and associated documents or view the cabinet meeting webcast.

Key changes which start on 1 April 2019, are:

  • all sites will introduce charges for non-household waste
  • Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham, and Chesham household recycling centres will close 2 days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Bledlow Household Recycling Centre will permanently close

The changes will make important cost savings that the council’s budget requires. They will also make sure that Buckinghamshire residents, as a whole, experience as little change as possible when using their local recycling centre.

 

New charges for non-household waste

From 1 April 2019 you will be charged for disposing of non-household waste items such as, bags of rubble, kitchen units, fence panels etc.

Read about what constitutes chargeable waste and how much this will cost.


Weekday closures

Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham, and Chesham household recycling centres will close 2 days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Read more about why they were chosen and alternative sites.


Bledlow household recycling centre closure

Bledlow Household Recycling centre will permanently close at 4pm on Sunday 31 March 2019.

Read about why this site is closing and alternative sites.

Stocks Road, road closure, 7-13/3/19

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Hertfordshire
07 March — 13 March
Delays likelyRoad closure
Name: Stocks Road
Location: Stocks Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Hertfordshire
Current status: Planned

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Hertfordshire
07 March — 13 March
Delays likelyDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Stocks Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Hertfordshire
Current status: Planned

LATEST NEWS ABOUT PROPOSED EXPANSION OF LONDON LUTON AIRPORT

London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) is pleased to let you know that today we’re announcing our preferred option for the long-term sustainable growth of the airport.

LLAL is the Luton Council company that owns London Luton Airport (LTN), and we’ll be targeting expansion to a capacity of 32 million passengers a year (mppa) from the current cap of 18 mppa, using the existing single runway.

The proposals are of a scale that require an application to the government for a Development Consent Order to authorise the expansion.

LTN is the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airport. At its existing rate of growth, the airport will be operating at its current planning limit by 2020.

Our proposal is aimed at moving towards making best use of our existing single runway, in line with government policy and contributing to the projected shortfall in national aviation capacity.

It will seek to deliver maximum benefit to the local, regional and national economy and actively manage environmental impacts.

Please click below to find out more, including how the proposal has evolved since our initial public consultation in summer 2018.

Visit the Future Luton website

Representatives from Luton Airport will be at the Local Area Forum being held at Ivinghoe Town Hall this Thursday from 7pm if any members of the public wish to attend and ask questions.

TVP Neighbourhood Watch E:newsletter

The February 2019 edition of Our News is out now.

In it we reveal the theme of this year’s Neighbourhood Watch Week in June. We also report from the pre-launch of a new NW force association that will cover the West Midlands and we round up the national media coverage in recent weeks since we challenged portrayals of our members in the media.

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.

Please find the newsletter attached or download it form our website here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/new-issue-of-our-news-now-out/

BCC Local Area Forum, Ivinghoe Town Hall, 7pm 28-2-19

The role of Local Area Forums is to strengthen local democratic accountability by empowering locally elected councillors to take decisions, shape and influence service delivery and Council priorities in the local community area.

Membership includes County, District and Parish Councillors and representatives from the Police, Health Authority and other organisations.   Local people are encouraged to participate, and there will be time set aside at each meeting for public questions.

The next Local Area Forum meeting is being held at Ivinghoe Town Hall, so is a perfect opportunity for local residents to attend and put their questions to BCC.

The agenda can be found here: https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=624&MId=12321&Ver=4

and includes:

  • Luton Airport Expansion – staff will be on hand to answer your queries
  • updates from Thames Valley Police, Transport for Bucks, Bucks County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council
  • A local priorities updates

(Please note that BCC will hold a separate public meeting to discuss proposals for Brownlow Bridge at a future date and therefore this topic will not be covered at this LAF meeting.  Due to the very large amount of correspondence the council has received regarding this matter, transport officers are currently considering very carefully the views expressed and all aspects of the issue are being explored.)

Learn to Nordic Walk – new sessions aimed at older adults or those that are currently inactive

Learn to Nordic Walk

This activity is aimed at inspiring you to get fitter and is specifically for older adults or if you are currently inactive.  These walks include exercises that will help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using poles to improve general fitness and increase joint mobility.

Every Thursday from 7 February.   £4 per session.  2-3pm.  For 24 weeks.

Meet at Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY.

All equipment provided

For more information contact Karen Lem

Email: karen@vivo-shapehealthlife.co.uk

www.ridgewaynordicwalking.co.uk

Tel: 07766 366388

Possible 18 tonne weight limit for Brownlow Bridge – BCC wish to hear your views

You may be aware that The Canals & Rivers Trust have recommended an 18 tonne weight limit be imposed on Brownlow Bridge in Ivinghoe, and a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order to this effect will soon be in place.
Bucks County Council and Transport for Bucks understand that this is a complex issue with some residents keen to see a reduction in HGV traffic yet some local businesses likely to be severely impacted if such a restriction becomes permanent, and routing difficulties for all HGV traffic.  They are keen to hear from anyone who wishes to express a view on the TTRO 18 tonne Weight Limit which is soon to be placed on the Brownlow Bridge.
While not every email will receive an individual reply, all of them are being read by the team who is dealing with the Brownlow Bridge issue, and all views will be considered as decisions are taken regarding the best way forward for the bridge.
If you wish to submit any comments, please email: Freight@buckscc.gov.uk

Emergency Road Closure – Ivinghoe High Street

Road Closure. Ivinghoe High Street. Due to water leak repairs. Could be closed for a week. Water will probably be turned off later today until repaired maybe just overnight.
Will affect most of Ivinghoe and probably all of Pitstone

Closure requested from 7-13/2/19

No emergency vehicle or bus access through closure.

Diversion route:

National Paralympic Heritage Trust crowdfunding efforts in advance of the opening of the new Heritage Center in Aylesbury at Stoke Mandeville

By spring 2019 there will be a brand new Paralympic Heritage Centre of 54sqm situated within Stoke Mandeville Stadium, close to the entrance and café. It will tell the story of Paralympic movement starting with its pioneer Dr Guttmann, followed by a timeline, the technical development of sports wheelchairs, celebrations and ceremonies and an area devoted to changing displays selected by the public from our growing collections. To enhance the visitor experience we wish to purchase a range of items and develop a range of activities that will enable our public to learn more and leave with a level of understanding about what makes a good inclusive society. We aim to make everything accessible, meeting a wide range of needs . Volunteers will be recruited to support this area of activity including the building of relationships with many communities, local schools, deaf and disabled groups.

What we’ll deliver:

  • 2 iPads for exploring additional information in more depth
  • An online tour of the Centre to help people with autism prepare for a visit, or the housebound to visit virtually
  • Purchase of sports wheelchair parts for technology exploration
  • Activity sheets design and print
  • A handling collection that relates to Dr Guttmann’s experience of being a war refugee
  • A handling collection that relates to equipment used in different summer Paralympic sports
  • A handling collection that relates to equipment used in different winter Paralympic Sports
  • An audio visual display that shows how the sports wheelchair has evolved.
  • Makaton software to enable greater access for people with learning needs and talking cans for visually impaired
  • Seating and tables for resting and handling items

Why it’s a great idea:

The Paralympic Movement is a story with unique British involvement; there is nothing comparable to it. As well as showing how disability sport has developed it also captures and tells the story of the prowess, courage and endeavour of hundreds of individual athletes over its 65-year history. It starts with the story of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a German Jewish refugee, his success in keeping spinally injured people not only alive but also fit and active shows that one man can literally ‘change the world’. The athletes within the story are powerful and inspiring role models for people from all walks of life. They also provide particular resonance for the ten million disabled people in the UK who have very few ‘celebrity’ or ‘historical’ role models to refer to. The UK has continued to play a key leadership role in the development of the Paralympic movement, However, further attitudinal shift is still required with disabled people still experiencing societal barriers and discrimination.

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase of furniture – End March 2019
  • Purchase of iPads – End March 2019
  • Commissioning of virtual display and audio – Early April 2019
  • Purchase of sports wheelchair parts – End March 2019
  • Purchase of items for Refugee handling collection – End March 2019
  • Purchase of items for summer sport handling collection – April 2019
  • Purchase of items for winter sports handling collection – May 2019
  • Audio Visual for technological development of the sports wheelchair
  • Makaton software – Early March 2019
  • Talking tins for audio description – May 2019
  • Activity sheets design and print

 

The interest from the general public in Britain in the Paralympic Games has grown enormously since London 2012 and engendered an interest in sports heritage. The national Cultural Olympiad project, ‘Our Sporting Life’, of which Stoke Mandeville was a part, included over one hundred exhibitions attracting over a million visitors in the run up to 2012. This, alongside the outcome of our extensive audience development work inspires confidence that an audience is ready and waiting to hear this story. Local pride has generated interest in the history of the Paralympic movement in and around the area where it began in Buckinghamshire and, evidenced through several local Cultural Olympiad projects involving the public and many local schools with the story, alongside on going audience development research in 2015-2018. The National Paralympic Heritage Trust was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and registered with the Charity Commissioners as a Charity in July 2015

Link to Crowdfunding page: https://www.spacehive.com/paralympic-heritage-centre

 

Quarterly updates from County and District Councillors

For the quarterly updates from County Councillor Anne Wight, and District Councillors Derek Town and Sandra Jenkins, please follow the link to Issue 119 of PPP:

Pitstone Parish Post Issue 119

Updates include:

  • changes to local government in Buckinghamshire
  • AVDC comments, compliments and complaints policy
  • AVDC car parking strategy
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • Brexit
  • Transport for Bucks update
  • Brownlow Bridge weight limit proposals
  • Time to Change Champion
  • NPHT Update and Heritage Centre

 

Bin collection will be one day late next week

Unfortunately, the adverse weather conditions are making all recycling and waste collections dangerous. As such, we’ve reluctantly decided to cancel collections for today, Friday 1 February. This means that today’s collections will be rescheduled to Monday 4 February, and all of next week’s collections will be a day later than usual

If the weather gets worse there’s a chance we may have to revise the collection times again, but we are hopeful that we’ll be able to stick to the schedule shown in the image below.

 

Please help us spread the word by sharing this post and talking to your friends, family and neighbours in Aylesbury Vale.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience.

 

Inform magazine from London Luton Airport (Jan 19 edition)

Inform January 2019-1

The latest update from London Luton Airport is available by clicking the link.  This edition includes updates on passenger numbers, noise monitoring, airspace change update, Department for Transport Green Paper on new avaiation strategy and public surgeries.

Please note that their Noise Monitoring Program will be in Pitstone in October/November 2019.  If you are interested in hosting their equipment for 6-8 weeks, you are able to email them with your details.  (See bottom of second page.)

BCC Dignity in Care Awards – is there someone you’d like to nominate?

DIC poster V3 (1)

The Dignity In Care Awards celebrate outstanding examples of how carers demonstrate dignity and respect across Buckinghamshire.

We want YOU to nominate individuals, teams and organisations that have gone above and beyond to support you, your family or friends in a way that promotes dignity, respect and wellbeing.

Full information here: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/care-for-adults/dignity-in-care-awards-2019/

Marsworth roadworks 23-25/1/19

Roadworks
B489 Lower Icknield Way, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
23 January — 25 January
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: The traffic calming island on the left as you come into Marsworth from Pitstone direction
Works description: ***INSTALL 4MTR POST AND FIT 1 X 600MM 615 PRIORITY SIGN PLATE 1 X 615.1 SUBPLATE 1 X 600MM 610 KEEP LEFT SIGN PLATE. FIT 2 X A-TYPE LANTERNS. INSTALL 1 X KEEP LEFT ILLUMINATED BOLLARD BASE AND SHELL*** E:492448 N:214542
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH00216053443/1

New, Local, Home Cooked Meal Delivery Service

Local cafe & catering firm, CuriosiTea, has set up a new home delivery service for fresh, home cooked meals.  Whilst we don’t normally share commercial business information, we are are letting residents know about this new local service as it may be a valuable service for some of our residents.  With the bad winter weather coming, some of our more vulnerable or elderly residents may not be able to get to the shops as easily and may find this service particularly useful.

If you know someone local who may benefit from a home cooked meal and a local person to check that they are ok, you might like to consider passing the information along to them or getting in touch with Hayley at CuriosiTea.

TVP appeal for witnesses following collision in Slapton

🚨 APPEAL 🚨

Officers are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury collision in Slapton, Aylesbury Vale.

At 8am on Wednesday a black Hyundai Coupe was travelling on the B488 Horton Road when it was involved with a collision with a pedestrian near Willow Park.

The pedestrian, a 50-year-old man, was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital with serious head injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening, where he remains.

If you witnessed the collision or have dash-cam footage please call 101.

Further details ➡️ https://mymsg.eu/5f8t

Ivinghoe roadworks 7-11/1/19

B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
09 January — 11 January
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: next to 43 but connection for 41
Works description: New supply off site
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD02910451652

B488 Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
07 January — 07 January
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 48
Works description: REMEDIAL REINSTATEMENT
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611

Footpath 2 and BOAT 2 Closure 7/1/19 to mid February

Footpath 2 Jan 19 Closure

We understand from Bucks County Council that BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic) number 2 (which runs alongside the brook next to Brookmead school) and part of public footpath number 2 (the section through the new houses) will be closed from 7 January 2019 to allow for the surface to be upgraded.  Works are estimated to be complete by mid-February.

Alternative access will be available via the normal path on Williamson Way, Rushendon Furlong and then B489/Marsworth Road.

Any queries should be directed to alempkowski@buckscc.gov.uk.

Tis the season to recycle plus revised refuse/recycling collection dates

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) is encouraging residents to make the most of their recycling bins this Christmas and to be aware that over the festive period all Aylesbury Vale households will be affected by revised waste collection dates.

Over the festive season households generate around 30% more waste, so it’s even more important to reduce, reuse and recycle. As most of the extra waste created at Christmas can be recycled, AVDC will collect extra recycling if it is presented in a clear bag or cardboard box next to your recycling bin on collection day.

So at a time when your home is overflowing with wrapping paper, boxes and empty bottles of festive fizz, please help us by filling your blue-lidded recycling bin with; Christmas cards and crackers (without the snap), paper hats, non-glittery wrapping paper, chocolate boxes, gift packaging and all the usual items you regularly recycle. If in any doubt over which items can and cannot be recycled, check out the online Waste Wizard: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/section/recycling-and-waste

Residents who have subscribed to AVDC’s garden waste collection service can put natural Christmas trees, wreaths, holly and mistletoe in their brown garden waste bin. Remember to remove any decorations and cut the tree down to smaller, manageable pieces first. Garden waste collections will recommence from Monday 28 January 2019. If you are not subscribed to AVDC’s garden waste collection service you can still recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to a local recycling and waste centre. Find your nearest centre and its opening times here: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/section/recycling-and-waste

Your revised Christmas bin collection dates can be seen here:

Revised refuse collection date table

The latest news on any further changes to bin collections due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather, can be found on the AVDC website or on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

Next step for VALP as Planning Inspector responds to council comments

AVDC is making progress towards a final version of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan, after the independent Planning Inspector who assessed it during the summer gave his response to the council’s comments on his Interim Findings.

Following the issuing of his Interim Findings in August, which set out areas where further work was needed to make the plan ‘sound’, the Inspector agreed to consider a number of comments from the council about the issues he’d raised; he has now supplied his response to these comments.

Amongst the content in this document is an acceptance from the Planning Inspector that the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor should not affect the housing figure used in the VALP, as AVDC had suggested. The Inspector has also asked the council to suggest what adjustments should be made to matters such as migration and housing affordability which affect the calculation of housing need in the Aylesbury Vale.

The council will now take these matters into account in producing modifications to the plan, and it will be offering the public a chance to give their views on these latest changes. The timetable for this further work, the consultation and the next phases of the work to progress VALP to adoption will be published as soon as it has been confirmed.

Cllr Carole Paternoster, AVDC’s Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “VALP will be crucial in shaping the future development of the Aylesbury Vale and ensuring its ability to respond to future needs of residents, communities and businesses alike. We are pleased to receive the Inspector’s latest response and to see that he has agreed with our assessment of the impact of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor on housing numbers. We are investigating the issues he has raised, so we can continue to progress the plan.”

Anyone interested in reading the Planning Inspector’s latest response in full will find the document (called Discussion Document D5 – Acting on Interim Findings) on the council’s website at www.avylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/discussion-documents-main-modifications. The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan and other related documents can also be found on the website.

Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result

The Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum took place on the 6 December 2018. The result of the referendum was 137 votes ‘yes’ out of 186 Votes cast (73.6% ‘Yes’). The Turnout was 24.5% of the electorate. The plan will in due course be ‘made’ by AVDC.

If you click the word “result” above, it will take you to the AVDC page with the breakdown of the voting.

Views invited on changes to social housing allocation policy in Bucks

The policy that guides the allocation of social housing in Bucks is changing due to alterations in government legislation and increasing demand for social and affordable properties to rent – and Bucks Home Choice is asking people for their views on the plans.

Bucks Home Choice is a partnership of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils. Officers manage the Housing Register through Bucks Home Choice, where applicants are prioritised according to their needs and circumstances and placed in different housing ‘bands’. In addition, Vale of Aylesbury Housing also works closely with AVDC to manage applications in the Aylesbury Vale.

The proposed changes are designed to prioritise accommodation to those who need it most and make the best possible use of the housing stock available. The partnership wants to prevent people and families at the highest risk from becoming homeless. Some groups will now have greater priority than before and others will be classified as lower priority.

Cllr Mark Winn, AVDC’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Faced with the huge demand for social and affordable housing in Bucks, we have decided to look again at how we identify those in greatest need. We have worked hard to create what we think are simple, fair and transparent rules, ones which should help anyone applying to the Housing Register to understand their realistic prospects. By making more efficient use of the housing stock we plan to cut down on the use of emergency or temporary accommodation for applicants who are actually homeless.

“I’m urging you to have a look at what we are suggesting and give your comments, so we can do the best job possible with the available housing, in a very challenging situation where demand is increasing all the time.”

Bucks Home Choice wants to hear from residents, those on or applying to the Housing Register, Registered Providers of social housing, community groups, those providing support and those with an interest in how housing is allocated across Buckinghamshire. The consultation can be found at www.buckshomechoice.org.uk and runs until 5.15pm on Monday 7 January 2019.

Rennie Grove Santa Float confirmed to visit Pitstone 17 & 18/12/18 – make sure you are home

Rennie Grove Hospice Care Santa Float

Thank you to all the residents that volunteered to help Santa this year.  Rennie Grove Hospice are pleased to confirm that they are able to visit on 17th December (around Castlemead) and 18th December (around the rest of the village).  Below you will find the route maps for each date.   Please be aware that Santa’s sleigh needs lots of space to turn around and we have many cul-de-sacs and tight roads in Pitstone, so whilst Santa will try his best, he may not be able to pass right by your door.  Santa hopes to set off at about 5.45pm and won’t be out later than 8.15pm as he needs his rest before Christmas Eve.

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Santa Float Pitstone-Castlemead 171218

If you would like to find out more about the amazing work of Rennie Grove, please visit the website:  https://www.renniegrove.org/

Please provide a donation when Santa visits, if you are able, to help fund their vital work.

County Council launches its Christmas presents appeal for vulnerable local children

County councillors have today launched their annual Christmas present appeal to help Buckinghamshire’s vulnerable children and young people.

The annual appeal, now in its fourth year, is being led by Paul Irwin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transportation and Mark Shaw, Deputy Council Leader & Cabinet Member for Transportation.

Residents, staff from across the County Council and county councillors are invited to donate Christmas presents throughout December for disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the county. The donated presents will then be wrapped and handed over to deserving children and young people by members of the Council’s Children’s Services teams in time for Christmas.

Supporting the Council’s appeal this year is the congregation of Aylesbury’s Salvation Army Church as well as a number of other local organisations and businesses.

Paul Irwin said: “I’m so thrilled that we are running the Christmas present appeal again – it’s honestly one of the best things I get to do all year! I know how much everyone at the Council wants to help local vulnerable children and young people, and I’ve seen for myself what a difference it makes to so many families.

“The response from local organisations and businesses has been overwhelming and we would like to thank them all for the help and support they have given us.”

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s fantastic to know that at such a hectic time of year, our staff and councillors pull together to help make other families’ Christmas that little bit better. Thank you in advance to everyone who brings in a present; it will really make a big difference to the children and young people we work with.”

Please drop off your gift, unwrapped, to County Hall Reception in Aylesbury before the 13th of December, to allow staff time to check and wrap them.  You are welcome to donate anything suitable for girls or boys from babies to 18 years.

County Council Update from County Councillor Anne Wight, November 2018

Local Government Reorganisation

The Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, has decided that a brand new county-wide unitary council will be established in Buckinghamshire.The announcement by Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been hailed as a ‘truly historic day’ by County Council leader Martin Tett.

The new council, which will replace the county council and four districts, will be simpler, better value and more local to Buckinghamshire communities than the current two-tier system, ultimately moving to a more sustainable future for the county.

Services which complement one another but are currently divided between the district and county councils such as bin collections, waste disposal, planning and roads, would be brought together under the single unitary council, resulting in more efficient, joined-up services for residents.

The Secretary of State said in his statement: “Having assessed both proposals against the criteria that we announced to the House on 28 February 2017 (PQ 65271), I have concluded that whilst both proposals meet the criterion for a “good deal of local support”, only the proposal for a single unitary council satisfies the criteria for “improving local government” and for “being a credible geography” and that in any event the proposal for a single unitary council is better able to meet the criteria overall.

“Accordingly, I am today announcing that I have decided to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval, the locally-led proposal to replace the existing five councils across Buckinghamshire – the two tier structure of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe – by one new single unitary district council, and that I have decided not to implement the proposal for two new unitary councils.”

The full statement of the Secretary of State can be found at this link:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-11-01/HCWS1058/

 Remembrance Day Services and Events

 I was very honoured to have been able to attend the Remembrance Day services at Ivinghoe and Pitstone this year, where I laid wreaths to remember all those who fell in the service of Buckinghamshire.   It was lovely to see such support for the events to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice, both in Ivinghoe Division and throughout the entire nation.  I found the services poignant and moving, and I was especially grateful for lovely curry lunch which was provided by Royal British Legion in Pitstone after the services for all those who attended.

Brownlow Bridge Update

As you may know, the Brownlow Bridge in Ivinghoe was badly damaged last spring by a van and was subsequently repaired by the Canal and River Trust.  The C&RT stated it was their view that the bridge should have an 18 tonne weight limit put on it going forward, which would mean HGVs would be unable to use the bridge and would need to use alternate routes.   This would have the effect of mitigating some of the HGV traffic through Horton and Ivinghoe on the B488 and Pitstone coming down the B489.

After much discussion and bridge loading analyses, Transport for Bucks has agreed the C&RT weight limit for the bridge in the short term, and is in the process of issuing a TTRO to limit the maximum weight on the bridge to 18 tonnes.   However, they are also currently analyzing the traffic diversion effects for local businesses and residents, and so in the longer term it remains to be seen whether they will propose any alternative arrangements going forward.

Anglian Water Works in Ivinghoe

A road closure for the junction of the B488 and B489 by the church in Ivinghoe had been planned for the end of January.  These works are necessary to place a meter on the main water service for the village to monitor leaks in the future. However, due to concerns raised by an Ivinghoe parish councillor regarding timing of this work in conjunction with the current diversions in place in Pitstone, the works are now being moved to the school summer holidays, and planned to take place from the end of July for approximately ten working days.

Final confirmation of these works will follow in the coming months, at which time I can provide more information to PPC regarding diversion routes.

Bucks County Council Christmas Present Appeal

The BCC Christmas present appeal for children in care across the county is due to be launched next week.  Cllr Paul Irwin will be launching the appeal on behalf of all our children in care.  The appeal has been well supported in previous years and has made a real difference to our looked after children, for many of whom Christmas can otherwise be a very difficult time.  If you would like to help with present donations, the deadline is 17 December, to allow for staff to wrap them before Christmas.  I will send more information through after the official launch of the appeal next week.

TVP seek info re hay barn fire last weekend. Please don’t try to access at site.

As many of you will now be aware, there was a fire at the hay barn beyond Pitstone Green Farm at the weekend.

The fire service has now handed the site back to the National Trust.  The fire continues to smoulder and will remain hot for several days.  The barn has suffered substantial damage and there is a risk of a serious collapse.  The asbestos roofing on the barn has exploded as a result of the fire and there is debris covering a substantial area. Whilst the risk from the asbestos is low, it will require specialist clear up and removal.

National Trust have erected temporary fencing around the barn and padlocked the gate that leads from the Pitstone Green Farm into the Windmill fields.  There is no right of way between the farm and the fields. It is essential that people DO NOT try and go to look at the damage.

This incident is being treated as a crime.  If anyone has any information that may help  identify who is responsible for this act, we would be most grateful if they would call it in to the police on 101.  The crime reference number associated with this incident is 43180351690.

Why not join the BVCL 100 CLUB?

BVCL 100 CLUB
Now in its 5th Year!
Come and join our many prizewinners and help to support your local Library. Three guaranteed cash prizes every month!
Why not pick up a pack at the Library in Ivinghoe? Or email treasurer@bvcl.org.uk for further details and an online application form.

Beacon Villages Community Library
Run by the community, for the community
www.bvcl.org.uk
General enquiries: info@bvcl.org.uk 01296 387890
Committee enquiries: secretary@bvcl.org.uk

Opening times:
Tuesday 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 12pm
Thursday 2pm – 5pm
Friday 2pm – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm

Can you help the Rennie Grove Santa Float on 17 or 18 December 2018?

Rennie Grove Hospice Care Santa FloatEvery year, Rennie Grove Hospice Care bring their Santa Float to Pitstone, bringing seasonal cheer to our residents and raising vital funds for the hospice.

This year, the scheduled dates are:

Mon 17 Dec – Pitstone 1 (starts Westfield & Corfe Road)

Tues 18 Dec  – Pitstone 2 (starts Cheddington Road / Marsworth Rd)

As always, these lovely events can only take place if enough local volunteers are willing to walk around the village with the float, carrying out the door-to-door collections.

If you are willing to be a helper (elves) please email Alison Parker at Rennie Grove on : Alison.parker@renniegrove.org

Thank you.

Aldbury Parish Council have a vacancy for parish clerk & responsible financial officer

The Aldbury Parish Council is seeking applications for the post of Parish Clerk which will shortly become vacant. The role takes approximately 8-16 hours per week and the Clerk is responsible for running the Council’s day-to-day business. The Clerk prepares the agenda for Council meetings, takes the minutes and carries out any actions that are required as a result of decisions taken by the Council. The Clerk is also the Responsible Finance Officer.  In the execution of these duties the successful applicant will be expected to be competent in the use of appropriate computer word processing and financial packages.  An hourly rate in accordance with nationally agreed conditions is payable and will depend on ability and experience.

The successful applicant will be expected to have or develop a strong awareness of the obligations and opportunities of the Parish Council within the local government structure of the UK and to constructively assist the Parish Council in both meeting these and in representing the views of its constituents.  The successful applicant will be expected to work from home, store relevant Council records, attend the monthly evening meetings of the Parish Council as well as occasional ad-hoc meetings and to develop and maintain good relations within the Parish and with the appropriate representatives of the Borough, County and neighbouring Parish and Town Councils.  

If you are interested in applying for the job, please telephone or write to the Chair of the Aldbury Parish Council, Joe Brady:

Tel: 01442 851 642 and/or 07545 017 252 

Address: Cobwebbs Cottage, 31 Stocks Road, Aldbury, HP23 5RT

Closing date for applications: 14th January 2019

Ivinghoe roadworks 12-16/11/18

B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
14 November — 16 November
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: next to 43 but connection for 41
Works description: New supply off site
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD02910451652

Beacon Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
12 November — 14 November
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: .
Works description: Traffic Management required to carry out cleaning of cattle grid undr TTS.
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH0022003678

Visit the Christmas memory tree at St Marys Church Pitstone 2 & 9 Dec 2018

Churches Conservation Trust poster for Christmas Memory Tree event

This year the Friends of Pitstone Church will be holding their third Christmas Memory Tree event.

As both previous ones have been dogged by bad weather, the event will take place on two Sundays, the 2nd and 9th December, 12 to 4pm.

The choir will be singing at 3pm on 2nd.

Come and visit the church to include someone you like to remember on our tree, enjoy the decorated church and sample our mulled wine and mince pies.

A warm welcome is promised to all.

Donations will be welcome towards the upkeep of our beautiful church.

 

The Scout Christmas Post – stamps on sale from 17/11/18

Poster explaining details of Scout Xmas Post 2018

This Christmas why not support your local Scouts and save yourself some time posting Christmas cards around the villages by using the Scout Christmas post instead?

You can buy the special Scout stamps from St Marys Christmas Market on 17 November and then from local retailers.  Stick them on your cards and post them in one of our many special post boxes dotted around the villages.

The Scouts will ensure that all cards posted by the ‘last post’ (5pm on Friday 14 December) will be delivered across the weekend of 15 and 16 December 2018.

Look out for the posters, check their facebook page (1st Ivinghoe & Pitstone Scout Group) and village web sites for more information.

Stocks Road closed 8-12/11/18

BCC have just advised that Stocks Road will be closed from 8-12/11/18 for carriageway repairs.

Please use Northfield Road to access Aldbury during this period.

Chiltern Conservation Board AONB Management Plan consultation open until 31/12/18

I am writing with great enthusiasm to inform you that the new Draft AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Management Plan is open for public consultation and we would welcome both you and your residents thoughts on how you think the AONB should best be cared for and looked after.

 

The new Plan covers a range of issues from biodiversity and wildlife conservation to looking after the special character of the Chilterns villages, managing access and recreation and helping local businesses to thrive.  You might be concerned about climate change or the loss of hedgerow trees, perhaps it’s the impact of housing and infrastructure development or the loss of wildlife due to poor condition of chalk streams. If you have particular concerns about the area or ideas for how best to protect it and use it, we want you to have your say.

 

 

It is also worth noting that if you only have a few minutes to spare, you don’t have to read the entire document. We’d particularly like to hear peoples thoughts on the Vision and General Policies set out on pages 15-18 of the Plan. Any feedback people are able to provide would be welcomed.

Latest roadwork and traffic interruption update from BCC TfB for 5 Nov 18 onwards

Traffic interruptions
Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
07 November — 10 January
Delays likelyRoad closure
Name: Cheddington Road
Location: Cheddington Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned

Pitstone Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
07 November — 25 February
Delays likelyDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Pitstone Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned

Roadworks
Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
07 November — 10 January
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: Junction of Pitstone Road, Cheddington and Cheddington Road, Marsworth to outside property number 67
Works description: Excavation to install 160m of new 150mm diameter gravity sewer, associated manholes, lateral connections and 420m of new 110mm diameter rising main within the carriageway, footway and verge. All work to be done by open cut / trenchless techniques depending on ground conditions at an average depth of 3m.
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD038SEW-10719-01

Old Farm, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
05 November — 12 November
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: OUTSIDE NO2 OLD FARM. f\w. c\w.
Works description: Connections Small Service:Installation of a new electricity supply for a customer:1PH SERVICE
Responsibility for works: UK POWER NETWORKS EASTERN & LONDON
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: EC30034800160

B488 Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
07 November — 13 November
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: 48
Works description: Trial Holes to confirm locations of existing assets
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611

Ladysmith Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
07 November — 13 November
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: 48
Works description: placement of signal header in connection with job 54575611 Trial Holes to confirm locations of existing assets
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611/2

Maud Janes Close, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
07 November — 13 November
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: 48
Works description: placement of signal header in connection with job 54575611 Trial Holes to confirm locations of existing assets
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611/1

New Single Council for Buckinghamshire approved by Secretary of State

Bucks County Council announcement:

In March this year, Government said that it was ‘minded-to’ approve a brand new, single council for Buckinghamshire, which would replace the current five councils. Local people, businesses and communities were asked to share their views on this proposal with Government to consider before making a final decision.  Thank you to all who responded.

We’re pleased to announce that the Secretary of State announced yesterday, Thursday 1 November, that there will be a brand new single council for Buckinghamshire. The Rt. Hon James Brokenshire states that it is clear there is ‘broad consent for change in Buckinghamshire’:

“Given the desire and thrust for change and innovation in Buckinghamshire, that the five councils agree that the current structures are not sustainable, and that the locally-led proposal for a single unitary is the only proposal that meets the three criteria, I am persuaded that the right course of action is to establish a new single unitary district council for Buckinghamshire.”

Read the Secretary of State’s full statement here

In response, Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council said:

“This is a truly historic day for Buckinghamshire. The announcement paves the way for a brand new council, fit for the future, created by combining the best of both county and district councils. This new council will be simpler, better value and more local to our residents. It will also have more clout to face head-on the great strategic challenges facing the county over the coming decades.”

Read the full news update here

What does this decision mean?

All five councils in Buckinghamshire will be replaced with a single brand new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

What happens next?

There is a Government parliamentary process to make this change to the current system of local government official (this is called a structural order). This will give more details of what the new council will look like and the timetable for change. This will take a few months for Government to complete.

In the meantime, we will begin working with the district councils to develop plans for the new council, bringing together the best skills and expertise from the current councils to create the best new council for our county.

What is the benefit of this change?

One new council for Buckinghamshire will be:

– Simpler – residents, businesses and local communities will be able to access all council services from one place

– Better value – services will be more joined-up

– Closer to local communities through community hubs and community boards involving local people and councillors in influencing local decisions

Will my services change? 

There will be no immediate changes to services. This is about bringing all the existing services together into one new council. All county council and district council services will continue as they are now.

We will keep you informed of any future changes as we progress the development work over the next few months.

To find out more and keep updated visit www.futurebucks.co.uk

 

AVDC, and the other district councils, announcement:

We are disappointed that the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, has announced he is supporting a new single unitary district council that will cover the whole of Buckinghamshire, excluding Milton Keynes.
The Secretary of State has previously stated there was a need to ensure broad consensus and we do not believe this has been achieved with the new single unitary district proposal.
All four district councils, as well as many key stakeholders, firmly believe that the two unitary authority approach, based on the two different economic geographies in Buckinghamshire, is the best option for protecting, delivering and transforming the services needed both now and in the future.
We will now be considering our position, seeking further advice and reviewing the options available to us.

Bucks County Council School Transport Consultation

Bucks CC have today announced a consultation on the future of School Bus Services within the County. One of the 3 proposals on the table for discussion directly affects the Ivinghoe Division, including Ivinghoe, Ivinghoe Aston, Pitstone, Cheddington and Edlesborough.

All parents are strongly advised to complete the online survey at the following web address

https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=8420

There are some background documents available as follows

  1. Page 5 of this document explains the ‘Ivinghoe Promise’ and the effect of its removal, https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=123660
  2. Further background information is also available at
    https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=8420

There was a series of public meetings and drop in events about this, the nearest was being held at Cheddington School, High St., Cheddington – Thursday 8th November 2018 at 7pm.

Subsequent update (20/11/18):

In Pitstone, the national statutory guidelines continue to apply, ie the child would qualify for free school transport to the NEAREST secondary school (ie Tring) if that school was more than 3 miles away/unsafe walking route.  If parents elect to send their child to an alternative school, they do not qualify for free transport.  If the nearest school does not have capacity to offer the child a place, the child will qualify for free transport to the second nearest eligible school (ie Cottesloe).

BCC are also consulting on the possibility of utilising public transport for some routes, rather than dedicated school buses.  Many Pitstone children attending the Aylesbury schools already utilise public transport, as this tends to be cheaper than purchasing a ‘paid for’ place on the school buses.  A number of residents have raised queries regarding this element of the consultation and Anne Wight, County Councillor, has clarified:

“What was stated at the meeting was that, where possible, if there was a duplication of public bus service alongside school bus service (e.g.  Wing to Aylesbury has a good public service) we would be looking to move kids on to the public bus service if those services were running at appropriate times and where we could sensibly do so.  Those would be on existing services primarily, although there has been some discussion of possibly expanding routes and/or tendering for new services to cover areas of the county which have patchy bus service (e.g. rural areas like Cheddington where services have been severely cut).

The issue was raised at the recent parents meeting of there being no current existing public bus service on certain routes such as Cheddington, for example, which run at suitable times for the school run.  In those cases it is my understanding that the current county-provided school bus routes may be retained OR that public bus companies might be encouraged to tender to provide service on those routes, given that if we add the school children cohort on to the existing public unmet demand there might then be sufficient demand to bring back some of the discontinued routes and timetables.

Unfortunately, it is very much all up for discussion still as to what way forward they will be heading.  If the county currently has a statutory obligation to provide transport, I believe that will still happen but only to the nearest eligible school (I believe that means that if Tring is the first choice but has no places, and Cottesloe is the second choice but has places, then some form of transport to Cottesloe would be provided for eligible children).  Whether that ends up being a public bus service or a private bus service remains to be seen.   Any changes to transport will be phased to minimise impact, and we will ensure that residents are given plenty of notice.
Do please also encourage everyone to check out the “FAQ” section which has been recently added to the consultation pages.”

 

BCC Budget Consultation open until 14-11-18

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/council-and-democracy/finance/budget/budget-consultation-201920/

The major services we provide in Buckinghamshire play a part in most people’s lives, whether that’s through education and learning, roads and transport, health and social care, household waste recycling or just using our country parks.

 

Our Strategic Plan sets out our clear aims that we want to achieve for our 536,000 residents; these are:

  • safeguarding our vulnerable children and adults
  • creating opportunities for everyone and building self-reliance
  • ensuring Buckinghamshire is a thriving and attractive place to live and work into the future

 

However, in working to accomplish these we are facing some very big challenges. Our population is growing rapidly including, for example, more young children needing school places, more elderly people as people live longer, and the type of services that people need from us is changing and demand is also growing. The increase in people we need to support means overall higher costs for us. Buckinghamshire is also growing in terms of housing developments with thousands more homes set to be built across the county. This brings additional pressure on us to provide new roads, schools and other infrastructure to serve these new and growing communities.

 

We are amongst the increasing number of councils who now no longer receive any central government funding for day to day services, which means that despite having made savings in our budget of £102 million over the last five years which has helped us manage our increasing costs so far, we will need to make further cost savings in order to balance the books next year.

 

We have statutory responsibilities – things we that we must legally do, like safeguarding vulnerable children and adults. There is also a long list of other work that, although not set by Government, we still want to do to ensure all our communities are safe, prosperous and healthy. The funding for the running of our schools is not set or controlled by the Council; this goes directly to schools from government.

 

We are now working to set our budget for the next financial year, 2019/20 and beyond. In doing this we will need to make some difficult decisions about the level of spending across the board – making changes in how we provide some services, in places reducing what was done previously, and in other areas working smarter and becoming more commercially-minded to maintain the level of service.

 

The next few weeks is your opportunity to help shape what we spend and where we spend it across all of the services we provide for you. Please give us your views; your input is important and will help decide spending on the services you receive next year.

 

The survey is open until 14 November and you can complete the short online survey here which will take less than 10 minutes. If you need it, you can get support to complete the online survey at one of our main libraries – these are Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Chesham, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough.

 

We are ready and waiting to hear your views.

 

Thank you.

 

Councillor Martin Tett

Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Tree of Light

The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Tree of Light commemorations are open to anyone in our community who wishes to spend some time quietly remembering friends and family members who have died. The ceremonies are open to all, regardless of religion or spirituality, and it doesn’t matter whether your loved ones were cared for by Florence Nightingale Hospice or died at home or in hospital.

“The Tree of Light events are designed to give people a space where a part of the season is set aside to commemorate loved ones,” says Ann Kenny, the new Bereavement Support Team Lead at the Hospice. “Christmas can often be a time of conflicting emotions, or it can be so busy that those who are grieving can’t find a time to process feelings of sadness which may come to the fore at this time of year.”

There are a number of different ways to commemorate loved ones through the Hospice’s Tree of Light events. Sponsor a light in memory of them and write a dedication which will appear in the Books of Honour which can be viewed at the Hospice in December and early January, and at the two Tree of Light events. Or come along to one or both Tree of Light services which will take place at the Head Office of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity at Walton Lodge, Walton Street, Aylesbury, at 5pm on Sunday 2nd December and at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Buckingham at 4pm on Saturday 8th December.

To sponsor a light in memory of someone, please call our Fundraising Team on 01296 429 975 to request a Tree of Light Form or find out more at www.fnhospice.org.uk/tree-of-light

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in Aylesbury.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in Aylesbury.

 

An Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) is a role performed by volunteers from the local community checking on the welfare and treatment of those being held in police custody.  ICV’s make unannounced visits to police stations to observe the conditions in which people are being held and, importantly, talk with willing detainees.

 

Volunteers typically make one custody visit a month ensuring that detainees have been offered food and drink, they are warm enough, cells are in a reasonable condition, that religious and cultural needs have been considered, have been informed of their rights and know the reason why they are in custody.  Any problems are brought to the attention of custody staff and the OPCC.

 

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said ‘ICVs play a vital role in ensuring there is confidence in the way that detainees are being held and treated in police stations across the Thames Valley.  We currently have a number of vacancies in Aylesbury and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding role within their local community to apply.’

Applicants will be invited for interview and successful candidates will complete an induction programme before beginning the role.

ICVs must be 18 or over and should be independent of the police. Serving police officers or members of police or OPCC staff are not eligible to apply.

Anyone interested in applying can download an application form at www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/independent-custody-visitors/

Closing date for applications is 31st October 2018