UK Power Networks info in event of adverse weather/power outages

As part of our preparation plans, UK Power Networks has organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.


We would be very grateful if you could share the information below with your local residents and constituents, so that they are aware of who to contact in the event their electricity is interrupted by the weather.


Anyone experiencing a power cut should:


  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates


We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.


We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website:


If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:


@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of #stormFionn

Call 105 to report a powercut and visit for the latest updates


Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut?

@UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information #stormFionn

It’s pothole season



This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and just below zero.

Pothole formation is accelerated by this ‘freeze-thaw’ effect, whereby moisture gets into small cracks in the the road surface and expands when it freezes, then thaws out when the temperature rises. This process repeats until the road surface begins to break up and potholes are formed.

County Councillor Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them:

“Transport for Buckinghamshire will investigate every pothole reported to them, and react on a risk based prioritisation process – put simply, that means the worst ones will be attended to first, as a matter of urgency. But we’re not mind readers, and the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency. I would ask that everyone be patient while we deal with the fallout of a bad winter – potholes are as inevitable as weather, roads are made of a porous material so that they don’t flood constantly in rain and so when water within the structure freezes, defects will form.”

On average, when there are no severe weather issues, TfB repairs over 4,000 potholes every month.

Pothole FAQ:

  • You fixed one pothole, why didn’t you fix the one next to it while you were here?
    Potholes are prioritised according to risk – if they are on very well used roads, they are more of a priority. Size and depth are also factors. Resources have to be used responsibly, and cannot be used up fixing a more minor road surface defect when there are more urgent defects needing attention just up the road.
  • Why can I only report one pothole online at a time?
    Our online reporting system works on an interactive map, so that each individual defect can be risk assessed and dealt with on a case by case basis. The map allows for accurate pinpointing, which saves time when it comes to inspections. There are drop-down menus to allow you to input as much detail, such as size and position, as possible.
  • Why do you make temporary repairs that don’t last?
    Temporary repairs, where the pothole is filled in with hot material and made smooth, are often carried out as a safety measure when a permanent repair cannot be carried out at that moment, likely due to the location of the defect. That is to say, where a larger area of road needs to be cut away to make a full repair, likely requiring a road or lane closure, a temporary or ‘make safe’ repair is an effective way of keeping the road safe in the meantime.
  • How do I report a pothole?

You can report potholes, as well as any other road issue, using the Report It forms on the county council website. In an emergency, for instance a severe road defect, a flooded road, or a tree in the road, you can always call Transport for Buckinghamshire on 01296 382416 or 486630 (out of hours). The online reporting tool is at

Visits to Greatmoor Energy from Waste

Do you ever wonder what happens to the things you put in your waste bin?  Your recycling is sorted and passed onto recycling companies, but what about your non-recyclable waste?


So far over 2500 visitors to Greatmoor Energy from Waste have found out.


All of the residual (non-recyclable) household waste generated in Buckinghamshire is now processed at the Greatmoor Energy from Waste facility, at Woodham, near Aylesbury.  Greatmoor is operated by FCC Environment, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council.


Greatmoor has the capacity to treat up to 300,000 tonnes of waste a year (approximately 900 tonnes a day), waste which would otherwise have gone to landfill.   As a result, it generates a minimum of 22 megawatts of electricity to the national grid – meeting the energy needs of around 36,000 homes.


This alternative treatment of waste will result in a saving to Buckinghamshire County Council of approximately £150 million over the 30 year life of the contract.


Guided tours of Greatmoor are available by prior agreement and at no charge.  Visiting groups have included WIs, U3As, Rotary Clubs, Scouts, Cubs, Primary Schools, Colleges and lots of others.


A group visit to Greatmoor can be tailored to your requirements and will include a tour around the facility, which includes the control room (where you will be able to see the cranes loading the waste), a visit to the viewing hatch providing an exciting view into the heart of the fire, the turbine hall and the huge condenser fans, which is an experience not to be missed.

The maximum group size for a tour is 15.  School visits are available for Key Stage 2 upwards.


Cllr Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said: “Greatmoor is a great asset to Buckinghamshire, and I’d really recommend that people take this opportunity to see the plant in operation and find out how it helps us reduce the environmental impact of our waste while at the same time saving money.”


Feedback from visitors includes “ The tutor had a really good knowledge and explained it all well.  The tour was such a good experience and really interesting.  I think that all the general public should have an opportunity”   and  “Very informative but not too much sitting around so the children got bored or disruptive – they were kept engaged throughout”


If you aren’t a member of a local group but would like a tour, why come to one of our open tour days?


Greatmoor is holding four public open tour days in 2018.


These are on the following Saturdays – March 17th, June 30th, September 22nd and November 24th.


On each day there will be tours, at 10am, 12.30 and 3pm.  Please note that places are available on a strictly booking in advance basis only.  There is a minimum age limit of 12 on open tours.


For more information about Greatmoor please visit

Appeal for witnesses regarding a stolen van – Ivinghoe Aston & Buckingham

Appeal for witnesses regarding a stolen van – Ivinghoe Aston & Buckingham


A van has been reported stolen in Ivinghoe Aston on Monday morning (08/01).


At around 6am a Citroen Berlingo had been left running, whilst it was being defrosted. When the owner returned to the vehicle it had been stolen, with the keys and his wallet inside.


The van is white with distinctive red rear panels.


A vehicle matching this description, but bearing Irish number plates, was seen in suspicious circumstances at 11pm the same day, in the Linden Village area of Buckingham.


The vehicle contained three men, one of which is described as white and a large build. There is no description for the other two men.


The van was later found and recovered in the Bedfordshire area, containing a number of tools, which are believed to be stolen.


Investigating Officer PC Dean Kingham, based at Aylesbury Police Station said “I want to speak to anyone that might have seen this van, or can give me a description of the men.


“Enquiries are ongoing to find out who the recovered tools belong to and I will be in contact with the owners when this has been done.


“I would also like to remind residents not to leave vehicles unattended when they are being defrosted. Not only does this provide opportunist thieves a chance to steal it, your insurance company may not pay if it is stolen under these circumstances.”


If you have any information regarding this crime please call PC Kingham on the 24 hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43180006624.


If you don’t want to speak to the police or give your details you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report it online.


Crime prevention advice and information can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.

Diversion signs at Ivinghoe King’s Head and church

Message from Anne Wight, County Councillor
Diversion signs at Ivinghoe King’s Head and church

Dear all,

I am sorry to say that the diversion signs outside the King’s Head and by the church in Ivinghoe have been tampered with by members of the public. This has resulted in traffic being inappropriately diverted and is causing additional difficulties for the roadworks team.

Please can you remind your residents that tampering with any diversion or roadworks signs is an illegal act, and will only serve to delay the works further as roadworks teams must then come out and put them back into place.

While we appreciate that there may be some small traffic delays during these works, we have an obligation to assist Anglian Water while the works are ongoing, and would ask residents to leave all diversion signs in place.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Best wishes,

Anne Wight

County Councillor for Ivinghoe Division

January 2018 County Council Update from County Councillor Anne Wight

Please find below a copy of the report presented by Cllr Anne Wight at the Pitstone Parish Council meeting on 4/1/18:


Happy New Year Pitstone!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Pitstone Parish Council a very Happy New Year and hope that 2018 brings much happiness and prosperity to PPC and all the residents of Pitstone.


Station Road Cheddington Diversions

From 10th January for approximately one month, Station Road, Cheddington will be closed completely from the junction of Mentmore Road for 640 meters. Diversion routes are being set up which will include Long Marston Road, Cheddington Lane, Tring Road, Wingrave Road, Lower Icknield Way, Marsworth Road, High Street, Church Road, Station Road, and Horton.


These works are expected to cause minor delays for local residents and restrictions on road parking in that area, but they are necessary due to Anglian Water pipe repair in Cheddington.


Castlemead Road Adoption Update

Following recent exchanges of emails and telephone conversations with the developer and their consultant, our officer was able to confirm that contractors have set up a site compound and commenced work on the remedial works for Westfield Road.


Subject to further discussions, it is my understanding that the remedial works for the rest of the estate roads will follow on once Westfield Road has been completed and I am happy to provide PPC with further details as they become available.


College Lake

I was very pleased last month to have been invited to see the wonderful nature reserve on our doorstep which is College Lake by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).


As Pitstone residents may already know the Trust looks after 88 nature reserves across the three counties, covering about 2,500 hectares. Working closely with local communities, decision-makers, landowners and businesses, they work with and for nature.


All three counties have suffered 70 years of habitat destruction, with meadows, hedgerows and woods having disappeared under houses and roads. Consequently, BBOWT is restoring and creating more places for wildlife and people, where even small changes make a big difference.


Their aim is to lead the way for nature’s recovery, and connect people with nature, and their vision is for an environment rich in wildlife, valued by all.  Everyone can make a positive difference to their local environment.


If anyone is interested in joining the BBOWT, do please have a look at their website for the Highlights of 2017 below:


as well as their website at:


If anyone is interested in supporting the Trust, or would like more information about their work, please use the following email and they will be very happy to help you.




LLACC and Heathrow Expansion consultations


In the next few weeks, many residents in Bucks will receive a Heathrow Airport Expansion and Airspace Principles Consultation Leaflet.  This will provide details about the next public consultation, which will start on 17 January and run until 28 March 2018.  The leaflet will provide details about the consultation, how to respond, and a list of local consultation exhibition events that will be held during February and March.


There is a short video which explains more about Heathrow’s forthcoming consultation below;v=TboP3BBiQRY



The link below provides more information about Heathrow’s expansion plans.


I am happy to take any resident viewpoints to the next LLACC meeting on 22 January later this month, as the officer working on this at BCC is also working on the Luton airport expansion as well.


According to our BCC aviation planning officer, the next stage of this consultation in late 2018 will have some indication on possible impacts for Luton airport expansion.  Luton interim airspace change principles (2018 to 2025) are also likely to be consulted on from summer this year.

School bus changes due to Cheddington Station road closure

Two local school busses are affected by the new road closure at Cheddington station – the 883 Cheddington-Ivinghoe-Pitstone-Tring School service, and the 885 Ivinghoe Aston-Cheddington-Aylesbury Schools service (which does not affect Pitstone, and where there is a new shuttle bus 886T operating from Cheddington to the Aylesbury schools instead).  All other local school bus services (including the 885 to Tring school) are operating as normal.

BCC have advised the affected schools and also emailed to parents on the BCC email list.  Schools have been told to make announcements and bus drivers informed the students on the affected buses yesterday.  Therefore, the information below (a copy of the BCC email to parents) is just for clarification/reminder:


RE: Road Closure on Station Road, Cheddington from 10th January 2018 until Spring Half Term, 9th February 2018

You may be aware of a road closure coming into force tomorrow morning along Cheddington Station Road to the junction with Mentmore Road. Unfortunately we have been advised by Transport for Bucks that the nature of the works means that we are unable to access any part of this road during the closure, until otherwise notified. For this reason, we have had to alter the route of the 883 to avoid closed sections of the road.

The following boarding point adjustments will be in place until Friday 9th October (commencement of Spring Half Term Holiday) or until further notice:

  • Students boarding at Cheddington Station will need to walk to Cheddington, The Green to board. This is due to the nature of the road closure not allowing access to through traffic.
  • Students boarding at Ivinghoe, Ford End Farm / Station Road B488 will need to walk to Ivinghoe, The Green as this section of the route will not be accessible due to the earlier road closure.
  • Students boarding at Pitstone, Vicarage Road, Playing Field will need to wait on the opposite side of the road and board at the May Fu restaurant. This is to allow the bus to serve the route in a workable order
  • Students boarding at Pitstone, Vicarage Road / Ship Lane will need to walk up to and cross the Marsworth Road and board at the May Fu restaurant. The Vicarage Road cannot be served due to the direction the bus must be travelling to arrive at Tring School

In order to make the boarding points in time, the route will run 10 minutes earlier than usual, as follows:

0743   Cheddington, The Green

0753   Pitstone, Vicarage Road, Playing Field (outside May Fu)

0800   Ivinghoe, The Green

0821   Tring School

The drivers will have been briefed to keep an eye out for any students not at their correct boarding point, so please advise your children to wave the bus down should they see it on route.

Parents will note that these adjustments are the same as put in place in October 2017, due to the Horton Road closure, so students and parents should be familiar with the changed route.

Please call us on 01296 387439 if there are any concerns.

Daniel Leaver

Client Transport Officer

Transport Ÿ Economy Ÿ Environment | Client and Public Transport

Monument Drive at the Ashridge Estate

The National Trust attended the parish council meeting on 4-1-18 and gave an informative presentation on their current review of car parking along Monument Drive.

Please find below links to the following documents:

(1) A summary letter from National Trust – 20171031-Ashridge-CarPark

(2) A Frequently Asked Questions summary relating to the project – Ashridge Car Parking Project – FAQ’s

A public consultation will take place in the visitor centre at Ashridge later this spring.

Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched



The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched a survey seeking public views on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £1 a month (for a band D property).


On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all PCCs will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase. This settlement will allow forces to continue to provide an effective service in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public.


At present around 60% of Thames Valley Police’s £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget.  These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers.


Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Setting the budget for 2018/19 needs to be considered in the context of an already constrained financial position as well as the additional pressures policing faces as demand in some of the most complex and challenging areas continues to increase.


“This includes rising reports and cases of hidden crimes such as domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual offences, serious violence and exploitation have all increased the pressure on police resources.


“Needless to say this is proving to be extremely challenging and without the increase of £12 per year in council tax, as recommended by the Home Secretary, we would have to make further significant reductions in police officers and staff which will affect the level and quality of policing service we are able to offer you.


“In November 2017 TVP was judged by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to be ‘outstanding’ in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. This includes an ‘outstanding’ for its understanding of demand and its use of resources to manage demand, and its planning for future demand was judged to be ‘good’. Thames Valley Police was one of only two forces nationally to have been awarded an overall rating of outstanding.


“Ideally I would not choose to consult over the busy Christmas and New Year period and particularly on such an important issue, however, the Chief Constable and I only received the provisional police grant settlement for 2018/19 from the Home Office on Tuesday 19th December.


“Unfortunately due to budget decisions needing to be finalised by the end of January I am only able to run the consultation until 11th January.


“I apologise for the timing and length of the consultation period but I hope you will take the time to complete the survey which will help the Chief Constable and I to make an informed decision on the budget for 2018/19.”


The short online survey and further background information can be found on the Thames Valley PCC website:


Closing Date: Midday Thursday 11th January 2018


Those residents who do not have access to the internet can write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NX with their answers to the below questions.


Question 1

Do you think an extra £12 per year in council tax, for a Band D property, to help protect operational policing in Thames Valley would be money well spent?


Question 2

If not, please explain why and what annual increase you believe is justified and will enable Thames Valley Police to do their job effectively?


Please note that all postal responses needs to be received by midday on Thursday 11th January 2018

Christmas Drink Drive Campaign and online calculator

drink drive campaign 2017

Please find attached the latest poster and flyer for our Christmas drink drive campaign to help raise awareness about making sure that drivers are not still over the limit the morning after a night out.


The poster and flyer has a link to an online calculator that can be downloaded. This can help to calculate how many units are in each type of drink and approximately how long it can take for alcohol to leave the system.


Road Safety has been out with Thames Valley Police conducting roadside checks and breathalysing drivers and this will continue throughout the festive period.  These checks take place from early in the morning to late at night throughout the county.


Thank you for sharing this message and I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.



June Howlett

Road Safety Officer

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Transport for Buckinghamshire

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Inform newsletter from Luton airport

Here is the link to the December issue (and all previous editions) of our community newsletter, Inform.

Recently you may have seen that Luton Borough Council, the airport owner, has unveiled its future vision looking ahead to 2050. As the operator of the airport until 2031, we are focused on delivering our current transformation which will see us grow to 18m passengers a year. For more information about their vision, a document is available here: and any feedback should be directed to the airport freeholder by emailing

I hope this information is useful.

Kind Regards,


Nicole Morris
Community Noise Officer
London Luton Airport
Navigation House
Airport Way, Luton
Bedfordshire LU2 9LY


Reminder not to leave running vehicles unattended while you defrost them – Aylesbury Vale

Christmas recycling and refuse information

Tis the season to recycle Aylesbury Vale District Council 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 the blue-lidded recycling bin with; Christmas cards and crackers, paper hats, non-glittery wrapping paper, chocolate boxes, gift packaging and all the usual items you regularly recycle. If in any doubt, check out our new online Waste Wizard that tells you which items can and can not be recycled. Turkey bones and any unwanted Christmas pudding can go in the food waste bin. However, some food waste can be avoided so for inspiration on how to use up any leftovers visit
Excess recycling, as well as unwanted electrical items, can also be taken to the Recycling & Waste centres (tips), based at Aston Clinton, Aylesbury and Buckingham, together with Christmas trees, wreathes and mistletoe.
Residents who have subscribed to AVDC’s garden waste service can put natural Christmas trees, wreaths, holly and mistletoe in their brown garden waste bin. Trees should be cut into small pieces before being placed in the brown bin and all decorations and metal should be removed first. Garden waste collections will recommence from Monday 29 January 2018.
You can check your revised Christmas bin collection dates on our website:

Snap a selfie with Santa and you could win a £50 high street voucher

For the week commencing Monday 18 December, Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Recycling and Waste team is doing their bit to spread festive cheer thanks to the fabulous personal commitment and efforts of collection crew member Terry Green.

To raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Cancer Research UK, Terry has been growing his hair and beard for almost a year. This festive season Terry will be donning his Santa inspired red, Hi-Vis, safety uniform on his collection rounds and we are offering residents of Aylesbury Vale the chance to enter our photo competition by ‘snapping a selfie with Santa’. Amy Bridgford, Recycling and Waste Operations Manager said; “Terry has been with us since the summer and we’ve never known him without his thick hair and beard. I was delighted to support him when he approached me with this idea, to dress in red Hi-Vis and bring the presence of Santa to his collection rounds.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring the team together to support one of our own in his charitable feat and the rest of the crew are excited to judge the best photo competition.”
The photo competition is open until 5pm Thursday 21 December. Photos that are uploaded to Twitter, with the hashtag #selfiewithsanta and that have tagged AVDC’s handle @aylesburyvale will be entered into the competition, with the winner being announced, and the winning photo being uploaded across our social media accounts, on Friday 22 December. The photograph judged the best that has been shared with AVDC will receive a £50 high street shopping voucher – just in time for that last minute Christmas shop!

In the New Year, on the 21 January 2018, exactly one year on from beginning this charitable feat, Terry will have his hair cut short and beard shaved off. If you would like to support Terry with his fundraising you can make a donation via his JustGiving fundraising page ‘Growing Scruffy’.

Change to bin collection day due to adverse weather

Message to residents from AVDC


Due to the forecast of extremely low temperatures overnight, we anticipate that icy and snow-blocked roads are likely to make our recycling and waste collections dangerous.


For this reason, we’ve reluctantly decided to cancel collections on Tuesday 12 December, and to make the following changes to our normal collection schedule:


  • Tuesday’s collections will be collected on Wednesday
  • Wednesday’s collections will be collected on Thursday
  • Thursday’s collections will be collected on Friday
  • Friday’s collections will be collected on Saturday


It’s very rare that we have to make changes like these but, in the current extreme weather conditions, public and staff safety must remain our priority.


Please note, there’s a possibility that should the weather get worse, there’s a chance we may have to revise these changes again but we are hopeful that we’ll be able to make the collections as detailed above.


We apologise for any inconvenience.

Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross

December 2017

Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross

Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by five percent between October 2016 and September 2017.

I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley.

Rural crime can take many different forms including burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage, fly tipping, poaching and hare coursing. We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem solving solutions to tackle rural crime.

There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The impact of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime by taking a few simple steps including:

  • Keeping the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
  • Fitting strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
  • Checking security equipment regularly to ensure it is working properly
  • Locking equipment away in a secure building when it’s not in use
  • Security marking your tools and equipment

For more crime prevention advice, and to see details of your local Rural Crime Officers, visit the Rural Crime page on the Thames Valley Police website at:

If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should always report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999.

You can receive the latest rural crime news from Thames Valley Police and their partners directly to your phone or inbox by signing up to CountryWatch at:

Collective Switching deadline – Feb 18

Don’t forget registering to Buckinghamshire County Council Collective switching scheme where you can make savings on your energy bill.


This national scheme will join our residents, families and friends with other people from around the country in a large pool and then invite energy suppliers to bid in an auction to provide energy to this pool of people at a preferential lower rate. Once the supplier has been confirmed they will write to everyone with a personalised quote. There is no obligation to switch.


In the last round of Auction:


  • 41% of people who registered in Buckinghamshire were able to make a saving
  • The average savings in the county have been around £130 per year.

We have a website where people can find out more and also register their interest.


Winter Auction 2017-18 key dates:


  • Auction – Tuesday 13thFebruary 2018
  • Offers – 26thFebruary 2018
  • Closure – 27thMarch 2018

Deadline for registration is 12th February 2018. The auction for suppliers will take place on 13th February 2018. Please note that residents will need their existing energy bill(s) to complete your registration.

Bucks County Council have got your winter survival advice kit ready to unwrap

With the tell-tale signs of winter already here, the County Council and local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have issued an ‘all you need to know’ web-based guide to staying safe and healthy over the coming months.

For the first time, both organisations have brought all advice together in their new ‘Ready for Winter’ webpages. Advice ranges from staying safe on the roads, the gritting routes and coping with winter weather to staying healthy, warm and preventing illness.

Noel Brown, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health said the webpages were the most comprehensive guide ever published for Buckinghamshire. “While I hope we get a relatively mild winter, it’s useful to have such a wide array of information at the click of a button. It’s easy to get caught out particularly with freezing temperatures or heavy snowfalls but equally, staying warm and healthy is just as important.

“Not only do the webpages contain advice from the County Council and the CCG’s, but you can also find helpful links to partner organisations like the Age UK and local utility providers. It’s well worth a five minute browse,” he added.

Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation also commented, “We’ve made sure our fleet of 25 gritters is ready for winter, and now the website is ready for winter too! These new pages give all the important transport information you might need this winter like the map of our salting routes, the daily salting decision and the gritter tracking map.”

Dr Dal Sahota, Director for Unplanned Acute Care at Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, said, “The information on these webpages will not only help people look after their own health during the winter months, but will also signpost them to the most appropriate health service option if they should need to get treatment. Health services in Bucks are well-prepared for the winter months, but you can help us treat those in most urgent need sooner by using this information.”

To see all the webpages, visit and search ‘winter’.

Have your say on link road plans



County Council Deputy Leader Mark Shaw wants more residents and motorists to feed into the debate about the proposed South East Aylesbury Link Road.

His appeal comes a week before an online consultation survey closes on Friday 8 December.

Around 150 residents, who live near the proposed route, visited an exhibition of plans at Stoke Mandeville’s Olympic Lodge earlier in November to discuss the proposal with County Council officers.

Now Mark wants to hear the views of people who experience traffic congestion in and around Aylesbury, as well as those who signed a petition calling for an Aylesbury bypass earlier this year.

The proposed dual-carriageway between the A413 Wendover Road and Lower Road, crossing the main London railway line, is designed to guide traffic from the planned Stoke Mandeville bypass to the main routes into Aylesbury.

This will form a segment in Aylesbury’s intended Orbital Route, connecting all the link roads – planned and built – around the town’s outskirts.

“This is an opportunity to invest in Aylesbury’s roads, to help deal with congestion, and to improve connections around the outskirts,” said Mark, who is also Cabinet Member for Transport. “It’s also a good opportunity to build another section of our Orbital Route.”

Mark said he wanted to hear from road users and residents alike to get a broad picture of public opinion.

Stoke Mandeville bypass – which will be provided through the HS2 Hybrid Act – and the link road, at just under a mile long, need to open simultaneously to allow traffic, diverted from Stoke Mandeville village centre, to reach the main Wendover Road route into Aylesbury.

The link road budget of £23 million is largely from a Local Growth Fund grant through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, with contributions from HS2 and local developers.

Aylesbury’s Christmas Craft & Gift Fair Spectacular

Tis the season to soak up the sights and enjoy the delicious scents and festive ambience of Aylesbury at Christmas time. And on Sunday 3 December, one of the largest Christmas craft fairs in Buckinghamshire, boasting over 75 stalls, will take place in the town’s historic Market Square.
The Christmas Craft & Gift Fair Spectacular is a free event that has grown rapidly over the last two years. Between 11am and 3pm, it will be offering a huge assortment of items produced by local businesses. You can immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of stalls, while enjoying live music from a jazz band and festive tunes from local carol singers. Plus there will also be a delicious range of street food, including German Bratwursts, hot roasted chestnuts, Funky Elephant Indian cuisine, Ruby’s street food, fudge and homemade sweets.
Many traders will be there for the first time this year with Christmas decorations, jewellery, soft furnishings, children’s gifts, soaps, cosmetics, candles, Italian delicacies, cheeses, herbs, children’s handcrafted clothing, classic car memorabilia, collectable toy cars, accessories, homeware, craft beer and gin and much more.
Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership is delighted once again to welcome Young Enterprise representatives. The budding local entrepreneurs from Aylesbury schools have set up companies with the support of Young Enterprise and will be selling the products that they have created.
Diana Fawcett, Town Centre Manager, said: “This Christmas craft fair should be part of everyone’s shopping plans this year with a huge variety of stalls and street food traders, located perfectly between the town’s two indoor shopping centres.
“We’re also proud to continue to support local schools as part of this event, as it’s a great opportunity for these young people to learn from the more experienced stall holders, helping to develop the traders of tomorrow.
“It’s wonderful that our Christmas Craft and Gift Fair Spectacular is bigger than ever this year, and we’re sure visitors will find there’s something for everyone.”
Further information on Aylesbury’s Christmas events can be found here:

Santa helpers required for 19 December 2017

Rennie Grove have confirmed that they now have sufficient volunteers to bring the santa float to Pitstone on Monday 18 December for the route around the Castlemead estate.

However, they are still short of volunteers for Tuesday 19 December for the route around the original part of the village – Cheddington Road/Vicarage Road/Marsworth Road and side roads.    If you are able to volunteer, please contact them by email on : or telephone: 01442 890222


B489 roadworks 1-5/12/17 delays likely

B489 Dunstable Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
01 December — 05 December
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: 150m before turing to ivinghoe hills
Works description: Replace sign (200cm x 113cm ‘x’ height 14cm, 80cm above ground), replace damaged post 250mm diameter Two way traffic lights (Sign – damaged )
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH0025066468

B489 Lower Icknield Way, Tringford, Hertfordshire
01 December — 05 December
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: Locate and excavate 1 blockage in existing duct
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC006CT003LC500252922100

B489 Lower Icknield Way, Wilstone Green, Tring, Hertfordshire
01 December — 05 December
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: Locate and excavate 1 blockage in existing duct
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC006CT003LC500252922101

Silk Mill Way, Tring, Hertfordshire
30 November — 05 December
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: At the junction of Wingrave Road
Works description: Stop & go to assist with the resurfacing of Brook Street 09.30-15.30
Responsibility for works: Eurovia
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: RG002BA0080000002746

‘Have your say’ on Proposed Changes to the Cost of Adult Social Care Services



WITH THE COST of adult social care in the county increasing Buckinghamshire County Council is holding a seven week consultation about the charges made for some services. The consultation, which starts next week on Tuesday 28 November, is ONLY about increasing charges for people who pay the full cost of their care or contribute towards part of the cost. Typically those with £23,250 or more in savings and investments [around 25% of all adult services users] will be asked to pay the full charge for the care they receive.*

Residents directly affected by the changes will be sent detailed information about the proposed increases in charges, along with a postal survey to give their views.

Over 10 services are affected and include; Telecare Landline system [increase of 10p per week], Home Care [increase of 72p on two carer hourly rate], and Respite Care [increase of £50 per week]. Additionally two new service charges have been introduced; Telecare mobile care [£7.69 per week] and Telecare – Medication & Welfare call charge [£1.78 per call]. The cost of a Care Package Set-up remains the same at £250 but from 2018/19 will attract 20% VAT.

Lin Hazell, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “Every year, we look at what we charge eligible customers for social care so we can be sure we receive enough money to pay the bills for these services. Most people [around 50%] who use these services do not qualify to pay any charges at all, and some [around 25%] only pay a small fraction of the actual cost as a contribution.

“For those that do pay we have tried to keep the increases as low as possible, as we know that incomes have to stretch much further these days. But like everyone else we too have to provide more with less. We need to manage our budgets very carefully in order to balance increasing costs with making sure the most vulnerable people in the county get the care they need to stay independent for as long a possible. Fortunately people are living much longer lives, as such the number of older people in the county is increasing, more than 98,000 residents are aged 65 years or over**. Not surprisingly a very large proportion [38%] of the council’s total budget is spent on adult social care.

“I would urge anyone who has a view, good and bad, or is concerned about the proposed changes to let me know by completing the survey.”

The survey will be live on the council’s ‘Have Your Say’ webpages from Tuesday 28 November and also available in an Easy Read format.

If you, a family member or someone you care for uses adult social care services in Buckinghamshire, you can let the county council know what you think about the changes to charging by going directly to the survey at
or visiting the ‘Have your say’ section on the council website

The consultation ends on Friday 19 January, after this date the council will use all responses received to help them to decide whether to make any changes and, if so, what these will be. Results of the consultation and any decision made will be published on the ‘Have your say’ page of the council’s website by the end of March 2018. Any new or increased charges will come into effect from April 2018.

100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

In true Vale tradition Aylesbury’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium is set to play host to the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, in the run up to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
On Friday 2 March 2018 the Stadium will be lit up to bring Paralympic sport to the fore in a day of sporting demonstrations, talks and events.
With only 100 days to go, the organising committee including the British Paralympic Association (BPA), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), Buckinghamshire County Council, Leap, the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Sport and Activity Partnership, and WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, are busy creating a flame lighting event which will fire-up the torch relay for the games in style.

The PyeongChang Paralympic Games Heritage Flame Lighting events in March represent the prestige, pride and passion of the Paralympic Games and puts Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire under the global spotlight. With an associated community programme, plus local, national and international visibility, the lighting of the Heritage Flame is more than a single, spectacular event – it’s the opportunity to celebrate our global Paralympic heritage.

AVDC Councillor Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The Paralympic Heritage Flame events held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium to date have been world-class events which have elevated Aylesbury in the eyes of the sporting community and the world. This year’s events will continue this tradition: giving disability sport, and our Paralympians, the attention and send-off they deserve.”
The first ever sporting events for disabled people were hosted at Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury Vale by Dr Ludwig Guttmann in 1948 and, from this spark, the global Paralympic movement was born. Now, the place that started the Paralympic movement continues to be at its forefront, providing an environment that supports new and inclusive standards in sport, culture, health and education. As the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville is also recognised as the home of the Paralympic heritage flame, and will continue to host the heritage flame lighting ceremony for all future Paralympic Games

Santa’s Sunday Fun Day set to bring festive cheer to Aylesbury

The Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership is delighted to announce the return of Santa`s Sunday Fun Day, which takes place on Sunday 26 November. This is a family favourite with a parade launching the day-long festivities.
This year, Santa will be joined by two unicorns pulling a beautiful carriage with Cinderella and Snow White aboard, jumping elves, Betty Twinkle, a fairy in a cage carried by a gorilla, real donkeys, a samba band, a marching band and a colourful array of music and dance groups.
The parade of characters and local groups will sing and dance their way through the town from 10.45am, starting from the Upper High Street by Hale Leys Shopping Centre and making their way into Market Square. After the parade, there will be a range of entertainment, including go-karts, a small funfair, donkey rides for the kids, a small eco-farm and an array of street food until 3pm.
Additionally, the ever-popular Santa’s Dash will start from Kingsbury at 9am and make its way through town. People wanting to join this worthwhile event should email Alternatively, booking forms are available from Dead Universe Comics, Bourbon Street, Aylesbury or the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, Walton Street, Aylesbury.
Aylesbury Town Centre Manager, Diana Fawcett, said: “There is a wide range of Christmas activities in Aylesbury town across November and December, both for families and for shoppers. And the Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership is thrilled to be hosting these enormously popular festive events.”
Visitors are encouraged to start their Christmas shopping on the day too, with the town hosting an array of national and independent shops.
Shoppers will be able to park for free after 4.30pm on Thursdays in AVDC town centre car parks in Aylesbury between 7 December and 21 December.
For more details about the events on offer over the festive period, please visit

Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Plan consultation open until 6 December 2017

IPNP Consultation

The NDP team have now updated the IPNDP Draft Plan document and created the Ivinghoe Parish Neighbourhood Plan – Pre-submission version below. This document is now out to consultation to all residents, businesses and consultees from 25th September 2017 until 6th December 2017. As before your comments can be submitted either by

  • Posting in the box at the Post Office, High Street Ivinghoe, or
  • Posting at the box at the Village Swan, Ivinghoe Aston, or
  • Posting via mail to the Parish Council address, or
  • Completing the on-line comments form below.

There is also an Environmental Assessment and Habitat Assessment which is the supporting evidence for the pre-submission plan.

To view the full documents, please visit:

This consultation will also be considered by Pitstone Parish Council at their meeting on 30 November 2017, where residents can make their views known to the councillors during the public session, ahead of the members debate.

Reminder that the AVDC Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan consultation is open until 14 December 2017

VALP Proposed Submission Consultation takes place 9am Thursday 2 November – 5.15pm Thursday 14 December 2017, and affects all local parishes.

How to respond

In accordance with regulations 19 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, we have published the Statement of Representation Procedures and Statement of Availability below.

Publication Documents

The Local Plan

For more information on VALP, please see the short video below.

Further information and feedback form available on the AVDC website:

This consultation will also be considered by Pitstone Parish Council at their meeting on 30 November 2017, where residents are welcome to put their representations to councillors during the public session, before the members debate.

Hertfordshire County Council Draft Transport Plan consultation open until 23/1/18

We invite your views to introduce a Local Transport Plan (LTP4) for Hertfordshire.

By 2031 there will be 175,000 more people living in Hertfordshire using the transport system. With more people also travelling to and through the county, there will be a huge impact on congestion and journey times, particularly during peak travel periods.

We’re consulting on a new long-term transport strategy that sets out how we can manage this extra strain.

This new Local Transport Plan Strategy (LTP4) will provide a framework to guide all our future transport planning and investment. It highlights transport problems and issues and identifies ways we can deal with them.

We want to hear your views on this draft Local Transport Plan which will help define the ‘big picture’ direction of travel and transport in Hertfordshire.

A printable pdf version of the consultation questions is also available to download, to assist organisations and groups in preparing a consultation response for submission via the online survey.

There is a 2000 character limit for text box answers in this consultation. For further information regarding this consultation, or to submit an extended response via email, please contact

In addition to the Local Transport Plan (LTP4) consultation report, we are also inviting comments on the Strategic Environmental Assessment, Habitats Regulation Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment of the LTP4 proposals.

All comments will be considered with the Local Transport Plan due to be adopted in Spring 2018.

This matter will also be discussed at the Pitstone Parish Council meeting on 4 January 2018, where residents are welcome to put their representations to the parish council during the public session, prior to the members debate.

Boundary Commission Consultation (affecting Pitstone) open until 11 December 2017

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has been investigating initial proposals regarding new Parliamentary Constituencies.  All of the detail is on the BCE website


Consultation on the revised proposals runs from 17 October 2017 to 11 December 2017.

This includes the following proposals relating to Pitstone:

 3.7 The inclusion of the 2 Borough of Milton Keynes wards in the cross county Constituency has led the BCE to transfer the District of Aylesbury Vale Wards of Edlesborough, Pitstone and Cheddington, Oakfield and Bierton, Watermead, Wing and Wingrave from the Buckingham Constituency to the Aylesbury Constituency.

3.8 The BCE acknowledges that these changes would result in an Aylesbury Constituency that is a slightly unusual shape as it wraps round the edge of the region, but feels that alternative boundaries would not result in a pattern of Constituencies that are within 5% of the electoral quota. 

There are hard copies of the BCE documents on deposit at the Council Offices, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury.  These documents cannot be removed from the offices.  However, the same documents can be accessed via the BCE website, where you can also submit any comments relating to the proposals.

The consultation will also be discussed at the Pitstone parish council meeting on 30 November 2017 where residents are welcome to attend and put their representations to members during the public session, ahead of the council discussion.

Dacorum Borough Council Issues and Options Consultation (including significant residential growth in Tring area) open until 13 December 2017

We are urging residents to have their say on the future growth of the borough. We are launching our initial consultation on the new Local Plan on Wednesday 1 November.

The consultation focuses on the ‘Issues and Options’ report, which looks at the challenges the borough is facing to 2036, and how these could be addressed.

Residents can find out more about these issues and options at public exhibitions across Dacorum from Monday 13 November to Friday 24 November.

A key role of the Local Plan is to establish the amount and location of new development in Dacorum over the next 20 years and to set out our approach to:

  • How towns and villages might need to change to help accommodate new homes and jobs;
  • The future role of the area’s Green Belt;
  • How we intend to protect and enhance the built and natural environment;
  • How infrastructure needs (such as schools, GP surgeries and roads) will be met; and
  • How the local economy and town centres will be supported.

The consultation is also an opportunity for anyone wishing to promote a site for development within the borough to do so through the ‘call for sites’ process, which is running in parallel with the Issues and Options consultation.

The consultation closes at midnight on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

After considering the feedback received, and putting it in the context of technical work and Government guidance, a more detailed draft plan will be prepared for further consultation later in 2018.

Once finalised, the new Local Plan will replace the existing Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPDs and ‘saved’ polices from the 2004 Local Plan. It will become the blueprint for all planning decisions in Dacorum. The new Local Plan is scheduled to come into force in spring 2019.

The Issues and Options consultation and supporting information can be found on our new Local Plan page

The proposals include significant areas of residential development in Tring and near Tring station that may be of particular interest to Pitstone residents.

The consultation will also be discussed at the Pitstone parish council meeting on 30 November 2017, at which any resident may make their views known to the parish council during the public session prior to their discussion.

Roadworks in Ivinghoe & Marsworth 16-21/11/17

B489 Dunstable Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
17 November — 21 November
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: 150m before turing to ivinghoe hills
Works description: Replace sign (200cm x 113cm ‘x’ height 14cm, 80cm above ground), replace damaged post 250mm diameter Two way traffic lights (Sign – damaged )
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH0025066468

Lower End, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
16 November — 20 November
Delays possibleTraffic control (two-way signals)
Responsibility for works: THAMES WATER
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: MU823C956/MDAE06/Z006

Let’s Hate Hate

Last month the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley launched a Hate Crime awareness campaign to encourage people to come forward and report it.

Hate Crime is a crime or incident against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion. It can take many forms such as physical and verbal attacks, vandalism, graffiti, online abuse and threatening behaviours.

The ‘Let’s Hate Hate’ campaign is a continuation of the work of the Office of the PCC in supporting victims of hate crime and features 10 individuals from all walks of life who could be either a victim or a witness of hate crime, or both.  The campaign’s overall aim is to encourage both victims and witnesses of hate crime not to accept abuse as ‘normal’, but report it by calling 101.

The Office of the PCC also run a Third Party Reporting Mechanism for Hate Crime which allows victims and witnesses of hate crime who aren’t comfortable reporting directly to the police, to contact them instead. The service ensures that both victims and witnesses of hate crime have access to the support they need. Reports can be made by phone on 0300 1234 148 or online through its Victims First website

Santa urgently needs your help

Santa urgently needs your help!

Unfortunately, Rennie Grove hospice are struggling to bring the Santa sleigh to Pitstone this year. They inform us that they only have 3 volunteers for 1 night in the village and 4 volunteers for the other night, and they need 10 per night.

So if you have a couple of hours to spare on 18 December (Castlemead) or 19 December (Marsworth Road etc) to walk with the float, raise funds for the hospice, and bring a smile to the faces of many local children, please do get in touch with them on email: or telephone: 01442 890222

Thank you.

Ivinghoe road works 10-17/11/17 advised by BCC

B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
10 November — 17 November
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: OUTSIDE 34
Responsibility for works: Unknown
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: XW041W114685629-00112


Ivinghoe Parish Council provide the following additional information:

  • The works will be from 09:30 – 3:30 on each day
  • The traffic lights are likely to be there for 24hrs per day.
  • The works will effect where the Marsworth bus will drop off and pick up
  • Parking will be severely restricted especially on the Ivinghoe side of the works.
  • The last time there was works in exactly the same position there were long queues of traffic on both sides, so if possible to use alternative routes.
  • The queueing traffic will severely hamper the ‘school drop off zone’ so therefore allow more time.

Mobile Library Service Consultation (propose to discontinue service from May 2018)

Mobile Library Service Consultation Poster A4 Portrait

Mobile Libraries consultation 2017-1

Please find attached details of a Bucks County Council consultation on their mobile library service, including a proposal to discontinue the service from May 2018.   You are able to submit comments until 31 December 2017.

This consultation will also be discussed by Pitstone parish council at their meeting on 30 November 2017, where residents are welcome to attend and make representations.

Be Winter Ready campaign

Are you ready for winter?
As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to
network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.
That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to
help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.
To Be Winter Ready, you should:
• Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
• Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon
monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or
electricity network to find out more. Visit to find out who your network operator is.
• Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your
In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically. Since 1990, network companies
have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power
cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40
Despite this, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant
damage. The gas and electricity network operators are urging the public to Be Winter Ready. Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a
power cut or gas emergency.

Inform magazine from the Community Noise division at Luton Airport, including info on delayed landing gear deployment and an upcoming surgery in Ivinghoe

Please click on the link below to read the latest ‘Inform’ magazine published by the Community Noise department at Luton Airport.

This edition includes info about their community noise monitoring, how to report aircraft noise issues and the delayed landing gear deployment trial.

Their Flight Operations teams will also be holding a surgery for the general public at Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub on 18th January 2018 – so if you have any queries about air traffic or noise, please make sure you pop along and speak to them.

Inform October 2017 Version 1

Safety Tips – Keeping Your Home Secure This Autumn

Message sent by
Ibby Akkas (Police, Comms, Forcewide)


As the darker evenings approach, with trick-or-treaters preparing for Halloween, Thames Valley Police are offering tips for a safe and fun Halloween and are reminding residents to take basic home security measure to keep their home safe as the clocks go back on Sunday (29/10).

Detective Chief Superintendent, Richard List, said: “While Thames Valley generally has low crime rates, a house in darkness indicates that there’s no one at home and it could be an invitation to a burglar. There are a lot of simple measures you can do, which don’t have to be expensive, such as using a timer so that a light automatically comes on while you are out.

“Making sure your doors and windows are locked is a deterrent for an intruder. Many burglaries are opportunistic crimes, where the offender has identified an open window or insecure door and has easily let themselves into your home.”

Last year saw a 34% increase in residential burglaries in winter compared to summer (summer months include June 2016, July 2016, August 2016 and winter months include November 2016, December 2016 and January 2017).

“Many people only think about home security after they have been burgled. We want to encourage people to review this before they fall victim to crime. Similarly, valuables left on view on car seats provide an ideal opportunity for a smash and grab.”

Top tips to reduce the chance of your house being targeted:

  • Invest in a timer light switch and vary the time it comes on each day to make it look more natural. It can also be used with a radio or TV to give the impression that someone’s home
  • Consider installing a fake/simulated TV device which lights up a room like a real TV
  • Keep valuables out of sight and mark them with your house number and postcode using a UV pen, or consider buying a forensic property marking system
  • Register your valuables via immobilise and keep an inventory list. It’s free and takes just a few minutes
  • If you have jewellery at home, photograph it for insurance purpose and consider storing it in a suitable safe
  • Lock your doors and windows, if you have a UPVC door make sure you have double locked it by lifting the handle and locking it with the key. Make sure the key is removed from the lock and out of reach
  • If you’re going away, remember not to post details of your holiday on social networking sites, cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries and if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set before you leave
  • Look out for your neighbours’ houses, especially when they’re not at home and call the police if you see anything suspicious on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Offering tips for a safe and fun Halloween, Detective Chief Superintendent, Richard List continues: “Whether you are a taking part in Halloween celebrations, or not, we want everyone to have a safe and fun evening.

“If you don’t want trick-or-treaters to knock at your door, you can put up a ‘no tick-or-treaters’ sign and close your curtains. Download a sign from our posters section of the Thames Valley Police website.

“If you don’t know who is calling at your door, you don’t have to answer it. Look through a spyhole or window before opening the door if you’re unsure, and have a chain in place if you do answer. If you feel threatened in your home, call 999.”

If your child is going out trick or treating, make sure they:

  • Go out in a group and are accompanied by an adult
  • Have a route planned and agree on a time they will be home
  • Are respectful of other people’s property
  • Have their mobile phone and a torch
  • Are careful when crossing roads
  • Know not to talk to strangers on the street or accept lifts
  • Know not to go inside anyone’s house

You can also watch our Halloween safety video.

For further crime prevention advice, visit Thames Valley Police website.


District Council agrees to submit VALP to public consultation

Council has approved the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP), paving the way for a final public consultation before it goes before a planning inspector.
The decision was taken at the council meeting held last night.
Prior to the vote, there were presentations by a planning and a legal expert who praised the officers’ and members’ hard work to achieve a plan that stands a good chance of being approved. The presentations were followed by a discussion and explanation of technical issues, and then deliberation by the councillors.
Cllr Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said after the meeting: “VALP is a vitally important document that will manage and direct growth in the Vale until 2033. Without it, we would be at risk of further uncontrolled growth.
“An enormous amount of work has gone into the plan, and this very welcome decision means we can move forward to the next stage and invite the public to comment, before submitting the document to government in the new year.”
The public consultation will run from Thursday 2 November to Thursday 14 December. In the new year the plan, along with any comments submitted in the consultation and all the evidence, will be sent to the planning inspector for examination.

Further information about the VALP and the consultation can be found at
The council meeting was broadcast live and the recording can be viewed, for the next six months, by going to