2 Buckinghamshire Council consultations ending soon

Don’t forget to have your say on Community Boards for the new Buckinghamshire Council

Introduction

On 1 April 2020 there will be a new single council for Buckinghamshire, replacing the current county council and four district councils. This provides a unique opportunity to strengthen local democracy, as well as improve services and outcomes for the people of Buckinghamshire. The new council will be called Buckinghamshire Council.

We want Buckinghamshire Council, and its elected councillors, to have strong connections with the communities in Buckinghamshire. We want people to have a say in how services are designed and delivered in their local areas.

We are therefore proposing setting up community boards in local areas and would like you to share your views on this proposal by completing this short survey.

This consultation will close at 11:45pm on Monday 30 September 2019.

Further information about community boards can be found here on our website.

Survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PGHZZJ9

We are also asking people for their views on changes to the Council Tax Reduction (support) for people on low incomes

Currently across Buckinghamshire each district council has their own scheme (called the Council Tax Reduction Scheme) that sets out how they support people on low incomes by reducing the council tax bill. The current schemes offer various levels of support for people in the same situation living in different parts of the county.

The aim is to have one scheme that offers the same level of support to all council tax payers across the whole of Buckinghamshire from 1 April 2020. One scheme will mean that people in the same situation are treated consistently and fairly wherever they live in Buckinghamshire.

We are asking for people’s views on the proposed changes to the level of reductions to council tax bills for people on low incomes in a new scheme for Buckinghamshire Council.

Information about the proposal, including case studies illustrating the potential impact for different groups of people, plus the consultation survey can be found on the Shadow Authority website.

This survey closes on 24 September.

 

shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/consultations

This weeks roadworks

Roadworks
B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
18 September — 20 September
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: OUTSIDE 34
Works description: TO REPLACE SURFACE MATERIAL IN CARRIAGEWAY
Responsibility for works: SGN
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: XW041W114685629-00112

Albion Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
18 September — 20 September
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 1a
Works description: Communication Pipe Repair
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD03256676052

B488 Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Hertfordshire
18 September — 18 September
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: Bulbourne : Upper Icknield Way / over railway line on verge : to northern side of railway line
Works description: Installation on controller hardstanding Bulbourne
Responsibility for works: Ringway
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: RG001BR6520000199260

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
16 September — 30 September
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 43 Cheddington Road – Pitstone
Works description: New VX
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Work in progress
Works reference: BH001_35007397

Rushendon Furlong, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
17 September — 19 September
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 53
Works description: Install Double Boundary Box
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01456127692

The Crescent, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
16 September — 14 October
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 11 The Crescent, Pitstone
Works description: New Skip
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Work in progress
Works reference: BH001_35007454

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
16 September — 18 September
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 169
Works description: Install Double Boundary Box
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01456127618

New Move It or Lose It fun and friendly exercise classes

Turn back the clock with our fun and friendly exercise classes to improve your

  • balance and confidence
  • mobility and flexibility
  • strength and independence

Come and try your first session free!

At Pitstone Memorial Hall on Tuesdays from 11am-noon, starting 24 September.  £6 per session.

mobile: 07988 649275

@: corine.mandardwood@moveitorloseit.co.uk

 

 

Northfield Road and Ivinghoe roadworks 9/9/19 onwards

Northfield Road, Aldbury, Hertfordshire
09 September — 20 September
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: Whole Site Feature – Northfield Road, between Upper Icknield Way and Station Road
Works description: Vegetation Clearance
Responsibility for works: Ringway
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: RG001BR6401000196353

B488 Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
09 September — 20 September
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: opp 48
Works description: To carry out a cross-connection pipework and associated fitting as part of mains improvement scheme – works in footway and highway
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01453849196

Ladysmith Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
09 September — 20 September
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: opp 48
Works description: To carry out a cross-connection pipework and associated fitting as part of mains improvement scheme – works in footway and highway Tm only
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01453849196/1

Maud Janes Close, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
09 September — 11 September
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 23
Works description: Stoptap Replacements
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD03256653311

Apologies from BCC re School Bus issues at the start of term

Joint statement from Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Arif Hussain and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw

“We apologise for the difficulties being experienced currently by families in obtaining their bus passes for home to school transport at the start of the school term. We recognise this has been a difficult time for everyone affected. The difficulties have been due to a number of contributing factors including technical issues printing bus passes and using the online payment system in time for the start of term. We did administer approx. 4,000 passes however 100 were affected by these issues. Alternative emergency solutions were put in place quickly to resolve the issues.

“Should there be any ongoing issues linked to bus passes it is important to reassure families that if pupils are accepted for paid-for school transport, or are eligible for free school transport, they will be able to travel without a pass to and from school today and if necessary, until Friday 13 September.

“To rectify the problems being experienced we have taken action as follows:

Temporary school bus passes were emailed to parents from Tuesday this week to use as a temporary measure.
We have also sent temporary printed passes to schools which they are handing out today and in the coming days as needed.
We have brought in extra staff to help process all applications and get bus passes out to families as soon as possible.
“Free school transport renewals are automatic so eligible children do not need to re-apply.

“We are aware of a few instances of timetable variations which have caused some confusion, for which we apologise. All timetables have been corrected where necessary, and the correct versions are available to view on our website at https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/4514570/september-timetables.pdf

“We know that some families applied for paid-for transport earlier in the year but will have been notified between 19 and 30 August that they have been unsuccessful with securing a place. We appreciate the challenges involved with getting children to and from schools; however we do make clear at the first stage of the school admissions process that transporting children is parents’ and carers’ responsibility and that we cannot guarantee a paid-for place on school buses for every child. This is because we allocate transport first for those eligible for free home to school transport and then release any spare seats on a paid-for basis.

“If you have not been successful in securing a paid-for place at this stage we will place you on a waiting list for future spare places and will aim to notify all families by 31 October 2019 if you have been offered a spare seat. We are working in partnership with commercial bus companies to provide services that will increase our transport offer to parents. Currently 21 services have been identified for September, and we are expecting more to be available over the coming months.

“Administering home to school transport and paid-for transport across Buckinghamshire is an extremely complex operation. Please be assured that everyone involved is working hard to resolve the current issues. We apologise for not getting everything right this time and we thank everyone for their patience in the meantime.”

Information for families:

To check school bus routes and boarding points information please go tohttps://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/4514570/september-timetables.pdf

For more information about payment deadlines and bus passes view our paid for transport information athttps://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/education/school-transport/apply-for-paid-for-school-transport/

Our school transport policies are on our website athttps://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/education/school-transport/school-transport-policies/

If the information available on our website has not resolved your query please contact us by phone on 01296 395000, or via our webchat or contact form on our website https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/contact-and-complaints/contact-us/

Changes to Council Tax Reduction/Support. Consultation open until 24/9/19

Consultation: 14 August – 24 September 2019

Changes to Council Tax Reduction in Buckinghamshire (sometimes called Council Tax Support)

The four district councils and the county council in Buckinghamshire would like your views on proposed changes to the council tax support schemes that help people on low incomes, as we plan for becoming one council in April 2020.

Why do we need this change?
On 1 April 2020, there will be a new council for the whole county, Buckinghamshire Council.

Currently each district council (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks) has a different scheme that gives slightly different levels of council tax support for people with a low income.

The aim is to have one scheme supporting those who are eligible for a reduction on their council tax bill across the whole of Buckinghamshire from 1 April 2020. One scheme for the whole of Buckinghamshire will mean that people in the same situation are treated consistently and fairly wherever they live .

The changes proposed in this consultation only apply to people of working age with a low income. Pensioners are not affected by this change.

The survey closes on 24 September, is open to all residents, and can be accessed here:

Don’t Pay Twice

Have you been witness to damage to the highway (eg a bollard or lamp post being knocked over)? It’s vital that you report this to us so that we can claim the money back to repair the damage – otherwise the taxpayer ends up paying for the highway twice! Last year, TfB were able to claim over £120,000 for damage caused to the highway, all of which went towards the necessary repairs. This wouldn’t have been possible without you, the people reporting this damage to us.

 

Please keep on reporting any damage you might be witness to so that you don’t pay twice!! (Please note this doesn’t include defects such as potholes, which can be reported via Fix My Street). For more info, visit: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/report-a-highways-problem/dont-pay-twice/

Transport for Bucks Road Safety Updates

Speed Awareness Campaign continues…

Throughout the month of August, we have been running a speed awareness campaign to support Thames Valley Police (TVP) with their increased enforcement during August. Every day we have been sharing a different snippet of info about speeding on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TravelSafeBucks/) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/TravelSafeBucks) There’s just a couple of days left but it’s not too late to go and have a look at some of the tips we’ve been sharing. 

Young riders encouraged to #ridebetter

A new campaign has been launched in London in an effort to resonate with young riders and help influence their decisions. The campaign has been developed by 2Wheels London on the back of statistics that show motorcyclists and moped riders are among the most vulnerable road users in London – a figure which rings true across most of the country too.

The campaign features eight videos designed to encourage riders to use the roads in a manner that gives them the best chance of staying safe and avoid being in a collision. Each film features ‘Angry Al’, who acts as the ‘devil on your shoulder’, encouraging bad behaviours. You can find out more about the campaign here: http://roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/young-riders-encouraged-to-ignore-angry-al/

Whilst the campaign is aimed at Londoners, it is important for all motorcyclists to take heed and keep safe on the roads. Why not sign up to one of our Be A Better Biker courses to gain skills that will help improve your safety and enjoyment on a bike? https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/road-safety/book-a-motorcycling-assessment/

Feel free to share the Angry Al films across your own social media and raise awareness of biker safety. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ridebetter 

3 Tips to remember when driving in rural areas

Harvest season is in full swing, which means more tractors and agricultural vehicles on the roads. They’re big, they’re heavy and they’re slow moving – if you’re in an accident, the chances are that you’ll come off worse than the tractor! We want you to be safe on the roads of Buckinghamshire. Be more careful than ever on rural roads and make use of these top tips…

  • Brake before the bend! If you whizz around a bend at top speed and then see a tractor, an animal, a horse rider or a pedestrian, it will be too late. Brake before the bend!
  • If you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle like a tractor, be patient. Dips in roads, bends and other junctions joining your road often hide oncoming vehicles, so unless it’s absolutely safe, don’t overtake.
  • Anticipate potential hazards. Look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances.

59% of fatalities occur on country roads. Please don’t be one of them. Drive safely.

Safe Drive Stay Alive 2019: Save the date!

Safe Drive Stay Alive is back for another year. The hard hitting road safety road show teaches young people across Bucks about the importance of not speeding or using your phone or drink driving and reminds them of the importance of wearing a seat belt, made all the more impactful with the appearance of emergency services and survivors of road accidents. To book your place, contact June Howlett at t-jhowlett@buckscc.org

 Interesting road safety news…

If you’re interested in what’s going on in the world of road safety at the moment, here’s a few links to some interesting stories!

Updates from Travel Safe Bucks (Aug 19)

Speed Awareness Campaign – August has seen the launch of our speed awareness campaign to support Thames Valley Police (TVP) with their increased enforcement during August. Every day we are sharing a different snippet of info about speeding on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TravelSafeBucks/) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/TravelSafeBucks) . Have you been keeping up to date? You can share our posts to any of your Parish social media channels to spread the message further!

 

Rural Driving – Harvest is in full swing and that means more tractors and agricultural machines on the roads! We shared some information about this on our social media channels but you can find out more info using the following link: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/news-and-stories/rural-driving-tips/ This is another great link to share across your Parish socials and distribute to residents of your Parish, particularly if you’re in a rural area.

 

Be a Better Biker – Be a Better Biker is running again in 2019 and there is still time to book yourself into a session! Find out more info here: www.buckscc.gov.uk/beabetterbiker

 

 

Safe Drive Stay Alive 2019: Save the date! – Safe Drive Stay Alive is back for another year. The hard hitting road safety road show teaches young people across Bucks about the importance of not speeding or using your phone or drink driving and reminds them of the importance of wearing a seat belt, made all the more impactful with the appearance of emergency services and survivors of road accidents. To book your place, contact June Howlett at t-jhowlett@buckscc.org

 

Interesting road safety news…

If you’re interested in what’s going on in the world of road safety at the moment, here’s a few links to some interesting stories!

 

New Handy Helper service from Community Impact Bucks

The Handy Helpers project is a support service which provides internal and external maintenance, preventive measures and practical tasks in and around the homes of vulnerable elderly (65+) or disabled Buckinghamshire residents.

The service can be accessed for free or on a donation basis, according to an assessment of need. As part of the service befriending is offered, providing much needed social interaction. The service is funded by a grant from Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils.

This person-centred service matches residents who are regarded as ‘at risk’ with a DBS checked Handy Helper Team Leader supported by a group of volunteers or a DBS Checked Men in Sheds Handy Helper.

Aim of the project

To enable people to live safe and secure in their own homes for longer by:

  • Alleviating the stress associated with the inability to deal with household tasks/repairs.
  • Minimising the risks and hazards in and around the home.
  • Providing the opportunity to make social connections.

Handy Helpers runs across Buckinghamshire and complements the Gardening and Befriending service also provided by CIB.

TYPES OF JOBS WE DO

This list is not exhaustive, but serves to illustrate some of the repairs and tasks that we can undertake:

  • Home Safety and Falls prevention actions/remedial measures to address hazards related to (falls, fire, home security & scams awareness)
  • General maintenance services (repairing door/cupboard handles, replacing light bulbs, batteries, resetting clocks/thermostats)
  • External maintenance (e.g. garden clearance, leaf collecting, path clearing/cleaning, painting fences/sheds)
  • Removal and Disposal of small household items, green/general waste
  • Home security measures (e.g. locks, wireless alarms)
  • Minor adaptions (e.g. key safes)
  • Do-it-yourself tasks (e.g. building flat packed furniture and putting up shelves, pictures, coat hooks etc.)We are not able to undertake electrical or plumbing works; instead CIB will signpost clients to Trading Standards who hold a list of approved, qualified tradespeople.

BECOME A CLIENT

How it works

Clients can be referred to the project or contact the project to request help by contacting handyhelpers@communityimpactbucks.org.uk or 01844 348832 / 0300 111 1250.

An assessment of each client will then be conducted to identify their eligibility for the service and their likely needs. Each task requirement will then be assessed so they can be matched to a member of our Handy Helpers Team. Tasks will be completed free of charge for eligible clients However, they may donate to the project if they wish. Clients will be required to supply or pay for their own materials (e.g. fixtures, fittings and furnishings).

We will not be able to offer a same-day service, but urgent works will be given priority. Once the task has been completed, clients will be asked to complete a feedback form.

Target Group

The Handy Helpers Service is an Early Intervention Preventative service for people who are 65+ or disabled. They will have at least 3 of the key risk factors or triggers which identify them as being ‘at risk’ of declining in their independence and mental wellbeing due to certain ‘life events’ or ‘circumstances’, which are:

  • A trip or fall in the previous 3 months
  • Suffering from a long-term health condition
  • A recent discharge from hospital
  • Aged 85+
  • Having an age-related mental or physical disability
  • A recent development of a health problem
  • In receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • Being a victim of crime
  • Loss of a partner in the past 2 years
    • Living alone
    • Social isolation
    • Caring for a partner or relative

VOLUNTEERS

The Handy Helpers Project is all about local community participation and volunteering. We seek to galvanise local residents as volunteers to help support the more vulnerable in their community and foster good community relationships which hopefully will spill into becoming trusted relationships and friendships.

The project will build relationships between volunteers and clients so that while a lightbulb is being changed a cup of tea and a chat can also be shared. This provides an often much-needed interaction for an older person and the volunteer alike. Similarly, by helping an older person a volunteer not only offers the solution to a practical task but the opportunity to get out and have a change of scenery themselves.

We provide a flexible and supportive experience where volunteers can fit their volunteering around other commitments on a regular or ad hoc basis, which can be in the daytime or the evening and during the week or at the weekend. Being a Handy Helper offers a meaningful and rewarding opportunity to meet new people and make a difference to their life.

Volunteers can choose to volunteer independently as One2One Handy Helper or be part of the Handy Helper Group.

One2One Handy Helpers:

Our volunteers let us know their availability and we match them with a client depending on their preferred locations and the type of task required.

Handy Helper Group:

Team working is at the centre of our Handy Helper Group, our volunteers are guided by a paid Handy Helper Team Leader. There is a great sense of camaraderie where they can draw on each other’s knowledge and experience.

Benefits of Volunteering

Being a Volunteer Handy Helpers is a very rewarding experience. Your donation of time, no matter how small is greatly valued and appreciated as it makes a significant difference to the life of a vulnerable person. Our Volunteers say they get an enormous sense of achievement in doing something useful that wouldn’t get done without their help. In addition, they get the opportunity to use their talents and explore their capabilities.

Renew your voter registration

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) is sending out annual voter registration forms over the next few weeks, and is asking residents to respond as quickly as possible in order to help save taxpayers’ money.

From Tuesday 6 August, around 83,000 properties in Aylesbury Vale will receive a ‘Household Enquiry Form’. Residents are required by law to confirm or update the details of anyone at their address who is eligible to vote in the UK.

The forms are pre-printed with the names of the occupants currently registered to vote at each address. A response is required; either to confirm that their information is still the same or to update their details if there are any changes.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details, as research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. For instance, across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than a year.

Jo Hart, AVDC Electoral Specialist, commented:

“It’s vitally important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Aylesbury Vale. To make sure you’re able to have your say at local and general elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.

“Aylesbury Vale residents have always been excellent at using the automated systems to confirm their details, and this year we hope to receive even more responses by text, phone or through the dedicated website. Canvassing every property in Aylesbury Vale is a legal necessity. However, it’s a costly process, so we’re urging residents to help us save money wherever possible by responding to their Household Enquiry Form promptly. This will reduce the need to send unnecessary reminder letters and forms, which is a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Residents can respond via text, phone or online, by entering the security numbers that are printed on the form. The online process also allows people to add the names of any new occupants as well as remove names of those who no longer live at the address, or to request a postal vote application form.

For further information, webchat AVDC at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/webchat or call 01296 585701.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Information Session

Are you worried about your memory?  Join us for a free

Memory Information Session

at

Poplar Grove Practice

Meadow Way, Aylesbury, HP20 1XB

 

Tuesday 17th September 1.30 – 3.30 pm

The session will last for two hours and will include:

 

Understanding Memory

 

Memory Tips

 

Coping Strategies

 

Access to a wide range of information

 

Signposting to other services and organisations

For more information and to register your place, please call

 Angela Walshe on

01296 331749

                             angela.walshe@alzheimers.org.uk  

 

 

                                                    Registered charity number 296645                                         

Update from County Councillor Anne Wight

Your views on Buckinghamshire’s Roads

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) is seeking the opinions of residents on the county’s road system in a new online survey that will provide information that will inform the council’s strategic highways planning.

This online survey is open to all residents, and is in addition to the annual National Highways and Transportation (NHT) survey which was sent to 3,300 randomly selected households in Buckinghamshire during June.

Through this survey, BCC will be taking a deeper look at two of the key NHT questions which concern ‘Road Condition’ and ‘Road Congestion’. The opinions collected through this survey will be used to supplement the information obtained via the NHT.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation Mark Shaw said: “when we look at the combined results of these two surveys, we can really start to build a picture of how the public views and rates our services. This will assist both Buckinghamshire County Council with transport planning and Transport for Buckinghamshire – the strategic highway maintenance arm of the organisation – with advising us on where the roads budget is best spent each year.

“We really value the views of our residents, and this additional questionnaire will give us a better understanding of any issues respondents are experiencing with road condition and road congestion.”

The survey will remain open to the residents of Buckinghamshire until 30 September 2019. It takes under five minutes to complete and is open to all residents even if they have responded to the initial NHT survey received last month.  The results will be made available on the BCC website in the autumn this year.

Complete the survey here:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BCCtransportsurvey2019

Heat Advice for Heatwaves

 

Whilst we welcome hot weather, if it is too hot for too long there are health risks.

 

The most vulnerable group of people are:

 

  • Very young children
  • Elderly
  • Seriously Ill (hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse)

 

The main risks are:

  • dehydration(not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion
  • heatstroke

 

Here are some top tips on to keep cool and comfortable:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on theMet Office website.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

 

 

 

 

Also, for anyone in the vulnerable groups above, remember to

 

  • stay out of the sun when it is really hot
  • wear loose clothes and if you go out, wear sun cream, sunglasses and a hat or a scarf
  • do not do too much exercise
  • have lots of cool drinks but not alcohol
  • use plants and bowls of water to keep rooms cool, close curtains during the day and turn off lights you do not need. Open windows at night when it is safe to do so

 

The Health and Wellbeing pages on our website has more information on summer safety.

 

 

Update on the New Unitary Buckinghamshire Council

 

Rachael Shimmin has today been announced as the Chief Executive of the new Buckinghamshire Council, the unitary authority which on 1 April 2020 will replace the existing county and district councils.

Rachael will lead a brand new £1bn council, the second largest non-metropolitan unitary in England, providing all of the current county and district councils’ services across the county.

The appointment follows a national search to find the best candidate to lead the employees of the new council and a thorough recruitment process which started in early June and was overseen by the members of the Senior Appointment Sub Committee.

A team of more than 300 staff from the five current councils are working together to setup the new Buckinghamshire Council for April 2020 and  Rachael who is the current interim head of paid service and implementation lead  will continue to lead this work in creating the new council.  All five councils are united in their commitment to delivering the best result for residents, partners and businesses, and making this the best new council for the future for Buckinghamshire.

In advance of the elections next year to the new council the new Chief Executive will also work with the 202 elected members who make up the Shadow Authority and the decision-making Shadow Executive to oversee the creation of the new council.

Rachael will now formally take up the position of Chief Executive almost three years since her arrival at Buckinghamshire County Council as the CEO. Rachael said: “Setting up the new Buckinghamshire Council is a once-in-a-career opportunity. The communities of Buckinghamshire deserve the best possible public services and I am excited to be heading up the organisation that will deliver them. While the task ahead of us shouldn’t be underestimated, the programme to create the new council is well established and has a clear focus on what is required.  I am determined to create an organisation that will lead the way in providing excellent services.”

Leader of the Shadow Executive, Cllr Martin Tett, said: “Creating the new Buckinghamshire Council is a massive challenge but I know Rachael is the person who will ensure it happens and I look forward to working with them. We have the opportunity here to improve services and create simpler, more efficient and effective local government that will deliver for all of our communities.”

Deputy Leader of the Shadow Executive, Cllr Katrina Wood said: “This is an exciting step in the creation of the new unitary authority for Buckinghamshire and I’m confident that Rachael will lead employees to create a new council that brings together the best of the five councils to promote Buckinghamshire as a great place to live, work and do business.”

Under the new council, residents will access services in a way very similar to the current set up. Residents will not see any major changes on day 1 of the Buckinghamshire Council, as all the councils involved are committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the new council.

After the transition to the new Buckinghamshire Council is complete, the focus of the new council will be to improve services for communities by bringing functions together as one council to work more efficiently.

For more information about the new Buckinghamshire Council, and the Shadow Authority which has been set up to create it, visit shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk and follow us on twitter @DeliveringBucks.

Domestic Violence and Abuse service survey

Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) is any incident(s) of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged 16+ who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members. This is regardless of gender or sexuality. It may involve psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse amongst other things.
BCC would like to know about your experience with and views about DVA services and support. They’re interested in whether you’ve used services, what works well, what could be better and how we can make support easier to find. Responses to this survey will help us plan services and support in the future.
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The future of local services for Bucks residents: Get your questions in front of local decision makers

With just over eight months until the new Buckinghamshire Council opens its doors for business, politicians from across the five current councils will be holding a special debate to begin the task of shaping the key priorities for the new authority’s ‘to do’ list.
The event, taking place from 11.30am on Thursday, July 25 at Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Gateway offices, is specially arranged so that residents, businesses and local organisations can get involved. They can submit their own views and questions about the future of all council services either in advance or on-the-day, ‘live’ into the meeting.
As well as a series of presentations from key speakers, all questions and comments will be displayed live on three giant screens during the meeting to help stimulate discussion and ensure a quality debate. The meeting will also be webcast live as it happens.
Leader of the Shadow Executive, Martin Tett explains why involving as many people as possible is so important. “With five councils coming together to form the new Buckinghamshire Council, we have a perfect opportunity to begin to shape what the key public service priorities should be from next April.
“Clearly everyone has views about council services, after all, they touch virtually every part of our lives and we all pay for them through our council tax. And that’s exactly why we want people to get involved. The County Council has run this type of interactive format for a number of years now and we know from experience that the debate really benefits from this type of involvement and, of course, it’s good for democracy too.”
Deputy Leader of the Shadow Executive, Katrina Wood echoed Martin Tett’s call to get involved. “It’s really important that people can have their say, particularly when five councils amalgamate and can plan one single agenda,” she said.
“So, whether it’s education, social care, the state of the roads, waste and refuse, our environment, local planning, growth or housing or anything else we collectively provide, then please get your questions and comments in – they will be a very welcome addition to this key debate.”
Questions and comments can be submitted in advance or ‘live’ during the meeting itself via the new Buckinghamshire Council Twitter site – @DeliveringBucks, using the #bucksdebate, or alternatively questions can be submitted via email to unitarycomms@buckscc.gov.uk

Are you a carer or young carer?

Carer Awareness

 

As the amount of people who care for others increases, we want to make sure advice and support is easily available. The value and critical support carers add to their communities is unparalleled, so the more we can do to help the better.

 

There are many kinds of carers: from young children, to the elderly, to working people – and each particular group has specific needs. Our plan is to engage with as many as possible this autumn and agree what their priorities are. Then we can act on it to improve our offer.

 It’s important to encourage carers to tell their GP’s about their caring role. They can get extra time in appointments if needed and GP’s will be able to signpost them appropriately.

Similarly, younger carers should speak with teachers at their schools and colleges. This allows the school to help provide extra help and support.

 Message from Bucks County Council

Have you had your free NHS health check?

Free NHS Health Checks

Everybody wants to enjoy an active and healthy life for as long as possible, but as we get older the risk of developing serious disease and illness increases. With early intervention and treatment however, this risk can be reduced.

This is what the NHS Health Checks are designed to identify.

We want ensure that all eligible* residents in Buckinghamshire take up the offer of a Free NHS Health Check.

The Health Check is a very straightforward 20 minute assessment where blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and lifestyle are assessed by your GP or healthcare professional. Afterwards you’ll get an info/ results pack which includes advice and suggestions on what to do next should you need it.

How do I book one?

You may get a letter in the post from your GP in the next few weeks asking you to attend a Health Check at your surgery.

You can find out more here

 

*To be eligible for a Health Check, you must:

  • Be aged between 40 and 74
  • Be a Buckinghamshire resident or have a Bucks GP
  • Not been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke
  • Not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years

 

 

Don’t forget, if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, call NHS 111 or go to www.111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 and over).

Notice of Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Notice of review for Boards (July 2019)

AVDC is conducting a review of all polling districts and polling places within the Aylesbury and Buckingham Parliametary Constituencies.

Submissions on any aspect of polling districts, polling places and polling stations will be welcomed from any elector or local council, any local constituency political party, any person/group having a particular interet and/or expertise in access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability.

More information, current polling arrangements and a submission form can be obtained from www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk or 01296585051

Submissions close on 2 August 2019.

 

County Council Update from County Councillor Anne Wight, June 2019

Planning applications CM/0017/19 and CM/0018/19

These planning applications are for additional industrial waste processing of 25,000 tonnes and 87,500 tonnes respectively per annum  on the Marsworth/Cheddington Airfield Industrial Estate and are currently open for comment from members of the public.

Should anyone wish to comment, simply use the link below, press the view application button, and input the application number you wish to comment on into the search bar.  There is then an option to upload the comment.

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/planning/viewing-planning-applications/

 

The applications are due to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the Development Control committee on 1st July, 2019.

 

Children’s Services Update

 

Buckinghamshire County Council is making ‘steady progress’ to improve children’s services, with most children “receiving helpful support when they are first referred to children’s social care”, according to Ofsted in its monitoring letter published on Monday, 17 June.

The letter outlines the results of a visit made to the council’s children’s services in May 2019. This was the third ‘monitoring visit’, following the outcome of the November 2017 inadequate judgement made by Ofsted.

Inspectors considered a range of evidence, including case records, discussions with social workers and managers, and reviewing other supporting documentation.

The report noted the senior leadership team is “steadfastly determined to improve the quality of services for children” and that “substantial improvements” have been made to areas of the service which had previously fallen short. It added that the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) systems are “efficient, leading to timely and decisive action for most children”.

The report stated that management oversight of services had been strengthened and social work caseloads have reduced, leaving social workers better able to support children and families.

Areas needing further improvement were also highlighted – these included some inconsistencies in certain practices within the MASH and assessment teams. While responses to clients were deemed to be mostly effective, there can be unnecessary delays in some processes and some areas of work – while generally improving – can sometimes be of variable quality.

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “This is another encouraging report and confirms that our work to improve children’s services in Buckinghamshire is proceeding well.

“There is no doubt we have more to do, however, to deliver the services that children in Buckinghamshire deserve. We are determined to continue our efforts to make the improvements highlighted in this report.

“We are grateful to all our staff for their hard work and dedication as we work to further strengthen our services.”

 

Fly Tipping in Bucks on Channel 5 Documentary

The exhaustive work carried out by County Council enforcement officers in the war against fly tippers in Buckinghamshire features in a brand new Channel 5 documentary series starting this week.

The six-part programme, ‘Grime and Punishment’ follows the hidden army of Council enforcement teams and inspectors up and down the country who work tirelessly to nail those who think nothing of blotting the country’s towns and countryside with their mess and rubbish.

As one of a number of local authorities featured, Buckinghamshire was selected because of its zero-tolerance approach to fly tipping and continuing success in bringing perpetrators to justice.

Film crews followed the work of two enforcement officers, David Rounding and Matt Shutter as they hunted for clues and interviewed witnesses to help bring fly tippers to justice. On average, one fly tipper is successfully prosecuted in Buckinghamshire every week, one of the highest rates in the country.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE, praised the programme for spotlighting the tireless work by council officials to combat those intent on destroying the country’s environment.

“As far as Buckinghamshire is concerned, our message is clear: fly tippers are not welcome and we will use the full force of the law to prosecute whenever possible. Through the hard work of people like David and Matt,  we are now seeing a reduction in fly tipping across the county for the first time in six years, which is great news.

“We also do a lot of awareness raising and education particularly around people’s legal responsibility to dispose of their waste correctly. The last thing we want to do is knock on someone’s door having found their waste dumped by an unscrupulous trader they might have used in good faith.

“Programmes like Grime and Punishment help get those important messages across and we were delighted to have taken part,” he added.

Commentating on their appearance, David and Matt said: “It’s all in a day’s work for us. Whether we’re visiting fly tips, giving advice to local residents or preparing cases for court, our single aim is to rid Buckinghamshire of fly tipping for good. Everything we do that helps towards achieving this means a better, cleaner  environment for our residents.”

The first episode of Crime and Punishment starts at 8pm this Thursday, (June 13) on Channel 5. David and Matt’s work in Buckinghamshire features in episode five, scheduled to air at 8pm on Thursday, July 11. The series was filmed by multi-award winning Lambent Productions Ltd, based in Brighton.

For further information about preventing fly tipping in Buckinghamshire, please visit
https://www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/scrap-fly-tipping/

Illegal dumping can be reported at www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk

 

 

Heathrow Expansion Consultation

The Airport Expansion Consultation runs from 18th June until 13th September 2019 and gives residents the opportunity to provide feedback on Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access.

Residents will also be able to have a say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

The expansion at Heathrow may have knock-on effects for air traffic in our area coming into Luton airport, so please do have a look at the plans if you wish to express a view.

 

https://www.heathrowconsultation.com

Safran event 11-13 July 2019

Please note that Safran is hosting an event at their site on 13 July 2019 which will involve extra traffic and parking in the area between 11-13 July 2019.

The parish council is supporting the event and making available the car park at the pavilion, but please be aware that there may also be extra cars parked along Westfield Road etc and take extra care.

 

Prevent Your Home From Becoming Hot Property This Summer

Grass Cutting in Yardley Avenue and Glebe Close

You will be aware that there has been an issue with grass cutting in the above two roads this year.  This was historically undertaken by Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust but is apparently now being passed to Bucks County Council.  The 2 bodies are discussing this issue and determining handover procedures.  We understand that VAHT will be undertaking one further cut in July and then BCC will be maintaining for the rest of the season, but that BCC cut significantly less frequently than VAHT.

 

We understand that BCC may consider devolving power to the parish council for these 2 roads in subsequent years (they have not devolved power to PPC for the current year) but this will be a decision for the new unitary Buckinghamshire County once it is in place.

Local Police Community Forum – 1 August 2019

I am writing to confirm that the next Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe Police community forum will be held at 19:00 hours on Thursday 1st August 2019 in Cheddington Village Hall (Church Lane).

Please spread the word to your communities who live in this area.

I will give you a breakdown of the Police crime figures for your area, with explanations on what this means going forward and provide updates on work your neighbourhood team has carried out in the last 3 months.

It is for all sections of the community. I would be particularly keen to hear from any youths (if any of you are part of youth clubs/groups) a representative from them would be great.

More importantly, it is your opportunity to raise any concerns, so we can see how we can work with you and other agencies to resolve these issues. We can then pick two priorities to focus our efforts. Currently, these are:-

 

  • To prevent and reduce rural crime
  • To prevent and reduce theft from motor vehicles.

 

Hopefully see you all then

 

Regards

 

PC 5688 Matt Craker

 

PC 5688 Matt Craker

Neighbourhood Supervisor

Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe District NHPT

Cheddington Airfield

CM/0017/19 and CM/0018/19
You may be aware that there are currently two planning applications with Bucks County Council in relation to Cheddington Airfield.  These applications will be going to the Development Control Committee on 1st July, 2019 at Bucks County Council.
There is a limit to the number of speakers allowed at the committee.  Cllr  Peter Brazier of Mentmore Parish Council is coordinating speakers from the local area.  County Councillor Anne Wight will also speak in her role as county councillor.
Please consult the Bucks County Council planning application webpages for more information and search using the two planning application references above.
We understand that there is also a petition against these planning applications which can be viewed at: http://chng.it/mGhtrX4wSK

roadworks in Pitstone w/c 24 June 2019

B489 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
24 June — 28 June
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: in the area of the bridge
Works description: Track renewals, To be used for safe parking and site access area. Half Road to be closed Midweek 13 Monday 24th June 2100 to 0700 Tuesday 25th June Tuesday 25th June 2100 to 0700 Wednesday 26th June Wednesday 26th June 2100 to 0700 Thursday 27th June Thursday 27th June 2100 to 0700 Friday 28th June
Responsibility for works: Network Rail
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: KL343COT-PITSTONE-DOWN-C

Cheddington Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
25 June — 27 June
Delays possibleTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: sunnyside
Works description: Communication Pipe Repair
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD03256401192

Pitstone Church Events in July and August

Pitstone Church

 

Our next event will be a concert by the Icknield Sixteen  on the 13th July at 7.30pm. This event is always popular.  Entrance is free and there is a retiring collection

On Thursday 22nd August at 3pm there will be a performance of Wind in the Willows by the This is My Theatre company who specialise in performing  in old buildings

Tickets and information are available from WWW.THISISMYTHEATRE.COM  , tel. 07732 253311.  All the ticket information is on the web site, but briefly, tickets are £10 each , £8 for concessions (over 65 and under 16). Family tickets are available.

Don’t put yourself at risk swimming in the quarry or a lake

Please be aware that the quarry at the end of Westfield Road is within private ownership and is not open to the public.  Anyone accessing the quarry lake (which is not suitable for swimming due to contamination and submerged equipment etc) without the express permission of the landowner is committing trespass and may be subject to prosecution.

Repeat of a previous message from Thames Valley Police:

“Thames Valley Police is appealing for people to be sensible and stay safe near open water, especially during the summer holidays when warmer weather might make it tempting to take a dip in a lake, quarry, river or canal. Aylesbury Vale has plenty of excellent swimming pools and leisure centres; these provide the cleanest and safest environment for swimming.

We are reminding members of the public to be aware of the following:

  • 60% of all drownings occur in canals, lakes and rivers.
  • You can drown in just a few centimetres of water.
  • If you fall or jump into the water, the cold will shock your body, making your muscles seize up so you can’t move.
  • You could easily cut yourself on rubbish or rocks and you may become ill due to bacteria in the water.

Summer is a fantastic time and we want everyone to enjoy the weather, but more importantly, please take this safety advice seriously. If you want to go swimming please go to a swimming pool or your local leisure centre – don’t put yourself or your friends in danger by swimming in a lake, quarry, pond or canal.”

Thames Valley Police/Hertfordshire Constabulary are able to take action against those who park dangerously, drink drive, drug use/driving, dangerous driving or anti-social behaviour.  Please report all instances of such behaviour via 101 or 999 accordingly.  Your reports will help to identify repeat offenders, catch offenders and potentially save a life.  Police resources are also allocated based on volume of reported crimes/instances so your reports will also help ensure a greater number of patrols.  TVP will also patrol this area on hot days/evenings when possible.

Bucks County Council owns the grass verge.  Following investigation in previous years they have declined to erect bollards to prevent parking.  You can report any problems with the verge to BCC via this link:  https://www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk/

Whilst outside our remit, the parish council does employ a litter picker to visit the verge after sunny weekends, however we can not trespass onto private property.  Any litter within the private land is the responsibility of the landowner, along with any queries regarding access/fencing/signage.

Burst water main in Pitstone affecting supply

Anglian Water advise that some customers in Pitstone and surrounding areas may have very low water pressure or no water at all this morning.  They’ve identified a burst waster main in the area that they are working hard to get fixed, so that they can get supply back to normal as soon as possible.

They hope normal service will be resumed by 1pm.

After any interruption to the water supply it may look a little cloudy or discoloured when it’s back on.  Just run your tap for a few minutes and it should clear.  More info on the Anglian Water website.

They apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

You can sign up for alerts from Anglian Water and they’ll keep you posted with updates to existing faults and notify you of any new faults.  Just follow this link and put in your postcode and a box will pop-up asking if you want any alerts created.  https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/anglianwater

Did you also know that Anglian Water can provide Priority Services which offer additional practical support during an interruption to supply if you have a baby under 12 months, are a home dialysis patient or have a disability.  Please contact Anglian Water for further information.

County Council Update from County Cllr Anne Wight – May 2019

 VAHT and BCC Grass Cutting Discussions

 

As Pitstone Parish Council and some residents are already aware, the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust (VAHT) had been cutting swathes of grass verges in and around the Aylesbury Vale area historically for quite some time.  However, it was recently decided that as some of the grass areas were found to belong to Bucks County Council, VAHT took the decision to cease cutting immediately and without having first informed BCC of this decision.

 

This has resulted in overgrown grass in many areas around the whole of Aylesbury Vale, as BCC has only recently been informed of this decision and therefore was unable to allocate budget to undertake any additional grass cutting.

 

Discussions are now ongoing between BCC and VAHT as to how to resolve this issue.  I have raised it with Cllrs Steven Lambert and Angela Macpherson, both on the board of the VAHT last week, both in email and in person on behalf of my Pitstone residents who are badly affected by this sudden and poorly communicated decision on the part of VAHT.  I have been told that some grass cutting would occur over the past weekend by VAHT, while discussions were ongoing between BCC and VAHT regarding the plan going forward.

 

I will keep Pitstone Parish Council informed as to the outcome of those discussions as soon as I have more information on that.

 

 

 

The Brownlow Bridge                 

 

The TTRO is now in place on the Brownlow Bridge in Ivinghoe which prohibits vehicles fover 18 tonnes rom using the bridge.  While this has been well publicized locally and parish councils are all informed of this, sadly some local hauliers are continuing to use the bridge despite the clear signage.

 

Ivinghoe Parish Council are monitoring this situation with cooperation from the residents of Horton as well and Thames Valley Police have been informed of the situation.  Where possible, photo evidence has been provided, particularly where repeat offending is occurring.

 

Anyone wishing to express a view on the long term outlook for the bridge is welcome to do so via email at the following email address:

 

freight@buckscc.gov.uk

 

 

Planning applications CM/0017/19 and CM/0018/19

These planning applications are for additional industrial waste processing of 25,000 tonnes and 87,500 tonnes respectively per annum  on the Marsworth/Cheddington Airfield Industrial Estate and are currently open for comment from members of the public.

Should anyone wish to comment, simply use the link below, press the view application button, and input the application number you wish to comment on into the search bar.  There is then an option to upload the comment.

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/planning/viewing-planning-applications/

 

 

Local Government Reorganisation

 

The final piece of legislation that seals the deal for a new unitary authority was passed by government on 24 May.  For the people and businesses of Buckinghamshire, this will mean one, brand new council from April 2020, delivering all local government services. The new council will replace the current five councils – Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council and Wycombe District Council – which will cease to exist on 31 March 2020.

The legislation from government, known as the Buckinghamshire Structural Changes Order, sets out the details of the new council and how the current five councils will come together to create it over the next year. In summary:

• The new council will be known as Buckinghamshire Council
• It will have 147 elected members; elections to the new council will take place in May 2020
• A temporary Shadow Authority will be formed, with all current county and district councillors having a seat on this body
• Leadership will be provided by a 17 seat Shadow Executive of county and district members
• An implementation team, led by the County Council Chief Executive and with a district Chief Executive as deputy, will be established to manage the smooth transfer of services and staff to the new council

 

 

Now the Order has been approved, all county and district councillors from the five councils will come together to create a Shadow Authority that will oversee the move to the new council. The Shadow Authority comprises 236 seats, filled by 202 individuals taking into account those councillors who are both a county and district councillor. The date of the first meeting of the Shadow Authority will be confirmed on Friday 24 May.

At its first meeting, the Shadow Authority is consulted on the appointment of the statutory officers on an interim basis; the head of paid service, monitoring officer and chief finance officer. They will also appoint members to relevant committees and confirm the nominated county and district members to the Shadow Executive.

The Shadow Executive will oversee the implementation plan for the new council, and will consist of 17 county and district councillors; eight from the county council, eight from the four district councils, and the Leader of the County Council as the Leader of this group, supported by a district councillor as the Deputy Leader.

The Shadow Authority will also be responsible for setting the 2020/21 council tax and first budget of the new unitary council which will take place in the new year.

The Shadow Authority will run alongside the current five councils until April 2020, and it is the responsibility of the current councils to continue to deliver services as usual until they transfer to the new council on 1 April 2020.

 

The first meeting of the Shadow Authority will be held on 3rd June in Wycombe and I will be attending.

 

More information on the Shadow Authority can be found on its new website below:

 

https://shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk

 

 

Resident Survey

 

Local people are being asked for their views on Buckinghamshire’s highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities. Their answers will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England and Scotland, thanks to the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction Survey.

 

Buckinghamshire County Council is one of 111 local authorities to sign up to a standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Bedford, Bristol or Buckinghamshire.

 

The survey, which is being run for the tenth year is the largest collaboration between local authorities offering the opportunity to compare results, share in best practice and identify further opportunities to work together in the future.

 

The questionnaire will be sent to a minimum random sample of at least 3,300 of Buckinghamshire’s residents from 7 June, followed by a reminder, with local and national results to be published in late October 2019.  Since the survey is based on a sample, residents that receive a copy are being urged to take part.

 

Residents that receive the questionnaire can complete the survey on line if they prefer, a short URL link will be printed on the front of the questionnaire and they will be required to enter a code before completing the questionnaire.

 

The results will enable us to find out what local people think about these important services. This will provide one of several ways Buckinghamshire County Council can assess how it is performing. It gives the public an opportunity to say which services they think the Council should prioritise, and improve.

 

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Transport Member, Mark Shaw, said:

 

“There are a number of clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas of best practice and spot national, regional and local trends. This is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical area or local authority over another; it is about understanding customer views better and working together to deliver the most satisfactory yet efficient outcomes for local residents.

 

“Already this year, we have spent £4 million delivering our Plane and Patch scheme, covering over 150 roads. We have seen the successful launch of our road resurfacing programme, the implementation of RingGo payment for parking in Aylesbury and the completion of our LED replacement programme for our streetlights, with 3,295 of the old style lanterns being successfully converted with LED equipment. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, we will be spending £500,000 on weed spraying, carrying out four urban grass cuts across the county and working on a number of significant schemes, including drainage and traffic signals works within the next few weeks.

 

“We are committed to understanding and responding to the views of the public. The survey will aid us in doing just that.”

 

  • The National Highways and Transport (NHT) Network is a unique collaboration between Local Authorities across England and parts of Scotland with a common agenda – service improvement.

The Network provides an environment in which members can measure their own performance, compare with their peers and identify areas for improvement.

  • The NHT Network and the Public Satisfaction Survey are managed by performance management specialists, measure2improve, the NHT Network administrators
  • The survey is being carried out on behalf of the participating Local Authorities by market research specialist, Ipsos MORI.
  • Participation in the survey is voluntary.  It is believed to be the first survey of its kind to bring together so many separate highway authorities from all over England and parts of Scotland to carry out their surveys in a comparable format
  • The survey questionnaire is a 12 pages long and covers all aspects of local highway and transport services (e.g. from the condition or roads and footways to Road Safety and Cycling).  The questionnaire should be completed in around 15 minutes.

 

  • Residents that receive the questionnaire in the post may opt to complete the questionnaire on line if they prefer.

Marsworth Road roadworks by railway bridge 1-2/6/19

B489 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
01 June — 02 June
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: in the area of the bridge
Works description: Track renewals, To be used for safe parking and site access area. Half Road to be closed Weekend 10 Saturday 1st June 2300 to 0800 Sunday 2nd June
Responsibility for works: Network Rail
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: KL343COT-PITSTONE-DOWN-B

Pitstone & Ivinghoe roadworks 28/5/19 onwards

B488 Tring Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
28 May — 29 May
Delays possibleDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Tring Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
28 May — 29 May
Delays possibleRoad closure
Name: Stocks Road
Location: Stocks Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned

Roadworks
Stocks Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
28 May — 30 May
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: FULL LENGTH OF ROAD BETWEEN B488 JUNCTION AND COUNTY BOUNDARY AT PROPERTY CALLED ‘THE WALLED GARDEN’
Works description: SPRAY INJECTION PATCHING: REPAIR ALL CARRIAGEWAY DEFECTS ON FULL LENGTH OF STOCKS ROAD BETWEEN B488 JUNCTION AND COUNTY BOUNDARY AT PROPERTY CALLED ‘ THE WALLED GARDEN’
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH0025110074

Ladysmith Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
29 May — 26 June
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 7 Ladysmith Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
Works description: Skip New – 7 Ladysmith Road
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH001_35007149

Marsworth Road roadworks 25-30/5/19 by railway bridge

B489 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
25 May — 30 May
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: in the area of the bridge
Works description: Track renewals, To be used for safe parking and site access area. Half Road to be closed Weekend 09 Saturday 25th May 00:01 to 0600 Tuesday 28th May Midweek 09 Wednesday 29th May 2100 to 0700 Thursday 30th May
Responsibility for works: Network Rail
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: KL343COT-PITSTONE-DOWN-A

Sign up for Thames Valley Police Alerts

You can sign up to Thames Valley Alert via email, text, or even receive voice messages about what’s happening in your local area.

The service is completely tailored to you, so you can choose what sort of alerts to receive – whether you’d like:

  • news on local incidents
  • community news
  • to be alerted to significant or high priority messages

When you sign up to Thames Valley Alert (a free service) you’ll be given login details that allow you to change your settings at any time. There’s also a business watch service and a country watch service.

If you’d like to sign up to Thames Valley Alert, you can:

If you already have an Alerts account, you can sign into the app with the same login details.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/c/2018/thames-valley-alert/

You can also follow Thames Valley Police on Facebook for updates straight to your news feed:  https://www.facebook.com/TVPAylesburyVale/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDufVWXF_yj4YpUBK2dUbKFITxvORO1-KWPY3PZpnBcOKMWs-WOsfGJOtKF8GwYKAuxnCv_mWiCN6ye

Be a Better Biker is back for 2019

Transport for Bucks is hosting Be A Better Biker again this year.  Assessments allow all bikers to take their skills to a level that helps improve safety and enjoyment.

 

The day covers the principles of advanced riding, including:

  • Manoeuvring
  • Overtaking
  • Cornering Techniques
  • On-road assessment with observers
  • A review of the on-road sessions, discussing lessons learnt.

 

At the end of the sessions, each candidate will receive a copy of the book ‘How to Be a Better Rider’.

 

The workshops cost £20 per biker and are being held in Thame and Marlow.

 

To find out more, and to book your place, visit the web page here: www.buckscc.gov.uk/beabetterbiker

Thames Valley Police Community Forum 1 May 2019

Thames Valley Police will be holding our next community forum on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at Wing Village Library between 18:30 – 20:30 hours.

This will be an opportunity to discuss any issues/concerns residents have in the Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe Neighbourhood area. We will use it as an opportunity to revise the area policing priorities which are currently:-

  • Prevent and reduce rural crime
  • Prevent and reduce Theft from Motor vehicles.

Regards

PC 5688 Matt Craker

Neighbourhood Supervisor

Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe District NHPT

 

Pitstone Windmill: Become a Volunteer

Pitstone Windmill is the oldest post mill in the country – We need volunteers to tell the story of this ancient landmark and the part it played in its rural community – from the intricate way the mill worked, to the history of the people who worked there.

Pitstone Windmill will be open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from

5 May – 26 August from 10am – 4pm.

We are looking for volunteers to work either 9.45am – 1pm or 12.45pm – 4pm.

Training will be provided for everyone who volunteers so you don’t need to be an expert! We don’t expect anyone to be word perfect, enthusiasm and approachability are far more important.

Volunteers who have made a significant contribution of time during the year (50 hours) will be eligible for a Volunteer Card. We understand that as volunteer shifts are short it may be a challenge to reach this 50 hours milestone at the Windmill alone. There are a number of other volunteering opportunities across the Ashridge Estate such as outdoor engagement, sharing the story of the Bridgewater Monument or event volunteering.  This card gives you free entry to National Trust, National Trust for Scotland properties. If you are already a member of the National Trust you can use the card to get free entry for a guest who is visiting with you. Additionally it gives you a discount in National Trust shops, restaurants and tearooms

If you are interested please contact: helping.ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Poll Clerks needed to work at the European Parliamentary elections on Thursday 23 May 2019

Aylesbury Vale District Council would like to hear from people who are available to work as a Poll Clerk at Polling Stations on Thursday 23 May 2019.  The fee payable is £135.

 

No previous experience is required.  Poll Clerks are required to work from 6.30am to 10pm.  The job primarily involves marking the Register of Electors to show that electors have presented themselves to vote, and to assist the Presiding Officer with other electoral tasks on the day.

 

Further information on working at elections is available on the Council’s website at https://aylesburyvale.moderngov.co.uk/mgGeneric.aspx?MD=mgworkatelections .  Please note, polling staff will not be required to complete an e-training session for these elections.

 

If you are able to work, please contact Craig Saunders at Aylesbury Vale District Council on 01296 585043 or csaunders@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Remember bin day is Thursday this week

Just a reminder that your bins (green lidded general waste plus food) will be collected on Thursday, not Wednesday, this week due to the bank holidays.

Ivinghoe and Pitstone roadworks 23/4-23/10/19

B488 Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
23 April — 23 October
Delays likelyDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Great Gap
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire
Current status: In progress

Roadworks
B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
25 April — 27 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Priority Sign on bollard next to Church & Allotments
Works description: ***INSTALL 4 METER POST 2 X ATYPE LANTERNS. FIT 1 X600MM 615 PRIORITY SIGN. 1 X 600MM 610 KEEP LEFT SIGN PLATE.AND 615.1 SUBPLATE*** ***INSTALL 1 KEEP RIGHT BOLLARD BASE AND SHELL AND 1 X KEEP LEFT BOLLARD BASE AND SHELL*** E:494718 N:216101
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH00216053459

Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
24 April — 07 May
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: Westfield Road, Pitstone, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, South East LU7 9RH
Works description: MJ Quinns are to install a new DSLAM cabinet and run approx. 10m of ducting.
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005MQ1W000CHEDDINGTON9

Can you help at St Mary’s Church in Pitstone?

St Mary’s Church in Pitstone is open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from May to September.  They need more people to help them keep it open at these times. Please ring 01296 661745 if you think you can volunteer some time to help.   Thank you.