Roadworks in Ivinghoe 3-8 September 2018

Roadworks advised by BCC:
B488 Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
03 September — 08 September
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: 48
Works description: Trial Holes to confirm locations of existing assets
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611

Ladysmith Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
03 September — 08 September
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: 48
Works description: placement of signal header in connection with job 54575611 Trial Holes to confirm locations of existing assets
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611/2

167 Tuesday only bus service to Leighton Buzzard has new operator

The 167 service from Ivinghoe to Leighton Buzzard which runs on a Tuesday only will now be operated by Star Travel instead of Red Line.   This link takes you to the Bucks County Council bus change information page:

There are no changes to the bus timetable (stopping at 9.04 by Albion Road on the way back, arriving back at Albion Road at 12.28).  The full timetable can be found here:

Let’s S.C.R.A.P. fly tipping – your waste, your responsibility

The message behind the campaign is that if it’s your rubbish, it’s your responsibility to dispose of it properly and legally. Otherwise dumpers face the possibility of a £400 fixed penalty notice or, if court action is taken, typically fines of several thousands of pounds or even a custodial sentence.

The S.C.R.A.P campaign also features useful advice for both householders and businesses to thoroughly check anyone who they use to dispose of waste on their behalf. Failure to do so means people are not complying with Duty of Care requirements and they may get a nasty surprise if their waste is found fly tipped.

The campaign title stands for Suspect, Check, Refuse, Ask and Paperwork  – a helpful five-point checklist to help people stay on the right side of the law.

More information available here:

and here:

Bucks County Council consulting on changes to Household Recyling Centres

Council to consult on ‘realistic’ options to make household recycling centres affordable.


An eight week consultation starts August 28 to hear the public’s views on a series of proposed cost-saving and future growth measures to make the County’s household recycling centres (local tips) affordable for the future.

The ten centres are well used and extremely popular, however, the County Council is having to reduce costs across all its services as funding reductions in the public sector continue to bite.

National figures show that in comparison with other areas, Buckinghamshire has a much higher number of sites serving its population. In addition, centres currently take certain waste like rubble, soil, plasterboard and car tyres for free where other Councils make a variety of disposal charges.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said the review was a ‘reluctant but necessary step’.

He said: “We have an extremely tough budget to meet from April 2019 onwards and this means facing up to some difficult decisions. There definitely needs to be changes, but my overall aim is to retain a service that still works for the majority of people going forward.

“Looking at all the data available, the responses to our user surveys and what other councils do, and bearing in mind the views of residents at four focus groups we held in July, there are some preferred options that we are setting out in the consultation. Realistically, without these, we’re not going to get anywhere near our financial savings target.

“For example, there is a proposal to permanently close at least one site, with the preferred option being Bledlow. We are also including other proposals for closing two sites, Bledlow and Burnham, and to bring in selected weekday closures on days when the sites at Burnham, Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) are less used.

“We’re also proposing to introduce charging at all sites for specific waste that we don’t legally have to accept for free. I completely understand that people don’t like being faced with extra charges, however, I have taken into account the fact that less than a third of waste falls into this category, so the charges won’t affect everyone and it also brings us into line with what other councils do.

“Of course, there are other areas where we have genuine choice and that’s where an open and honest consultation is so important. For example, we’re looking for views on which two weekdays people would prefer Burnham (if this site remains open), Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) to be closed, and also what Buckinghamshire residents think about people from outside the county using our recycling centres, which is of course an extra cost to local county taxpayers.”

The Council also plans to extend the operation of reuse shops (currently at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe and run by South Bucks Hospice) so more can be recycled and sold with the money going to charity.

Bill added: “I hope people will see the reasons for the changes I have to bring in and I look forward to hearing views on the areas where there is genuine and open choice.”

The consultation runs until midnight on Monday, October 22. Access to the online survey and supporting information is available at  A series of drop-in events is also planned in local libraries so people can find out more details about the proposals.

The schedule of ‘drop-in’ events is as follows:

Bucks County Show (BCC stand) – Thursday, August 30 – 8am-6pm
High Wycombe library – Friday, September 7 – 10am-1pm
Princes Risborough library – Tuesday, September 11 – 10am-1pm
Aylesbury Library (currently in the study centre) Thursday, September 20 – 10am-1pm
Buckingham library – Wednesday, September 26 – 10am-1pm
Burnham library – Thursday, October 4 – 10am-1pm
Chesham library – Monday, October 8 – 2-5pm
Beaconsfield library – 11th Oct – 10am-1pm

Bin Collection Day – Changing to Wednesday – from Wed 5 September 2018

The letter from AVDC confirms that the Pitstone bin collection day will be moving from Thursday to Wednesday.  The brown garden waste collection service will also move to a Wednesday, on the same week as the blue lidded recycling.

The first new collection date will be Wednesday 5 September for blue-lidded recycling bin, food bin and brown garden waste bin (if you are subscribed to the garden waste collection service).

The second collection date will be Wednesday 12 September for green-lidded waste bin and food bin.

The frequency of collections doesn’t change.   Please ensure all bins are put out by 6.30am.

Every resident will have a letter from AVDC, plus collection calendar and information about recycling.   Alternatively, you can check collection service on the AVDC website via



Online discussion with Thames Valley Police 7pm 10/9/18

Please can you let your councillors and community aware of the online event we are holding on 10/09/18 at 19:00 hours.


It is essentially an online forum to discuss any policing issues with their neighbourhood team, in the same manner as a community forum would take place. We are trialling this as a way to get a higher engagement and help towards setting the areas policing priorities.


People can login to the chat, from 7pm on 10/9/18, via the following link:-




PC 5688 Matt Craker

Neighbourhood Supervisor

Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe District

Look out for your letter re bin collection changes

This week, Aylesbury Vale customers will receive a letter, sent directly to every household, from Aylesbury Vale District Council. The letter explains the upcoming new bin collection schedules (coming into force in September) and changes to the recycling and waste service, and contains a new bin collection calendar. We have provided customers with all the information to their new recycling and waste service, alongside some pre-empted FAQs, to help ensure this transformation goes as smoothly as possible. However, we do expect a few teething problems as the crews and our customers become accustomed to the changes.

Gully Cleaning Works B488 & B489 21-24 August 2018 (extended to 30 August)

B488 Tring Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
21 August — 30 August
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works description: Please empty all gulleys and kerb weirs (HW GULLY EMPTYING)
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH0025094804

B489 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
21 August — 30 August
Delays likelyTraffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works description: Please empty all gulleys and kerb weirs (HW GULLY EMPTYING)
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH0025094797

Residents invited to participate in Police and Crime Panel

Residents across Thames Valley are invited to participate in the next Police and Crime Panel meeting by submitting questions for Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld. Anyone who lives or works in the Thames Valley area can submit a question prior to the meeting, which takes place from 11am on Friday 7 September at The Gateway, the head office of Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC). During the meeting, the Panel will be looking at the role of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, in particular, the unit’s work on tackling ‘county lines’ (gangs and organised crime networks using children or vulnerable adults to carry and sell drugs) in the Thames Valley area. However, questions from members of the public can be about anything relating to the work of the Police and Crime Panel. The Panel examines and reviews how PCC Anthony Stansfeld carries out his responsibilities of ensuring that Thames Valley Police runs effectively and that Chief Constable Francis Habgood is held to account. The Panel also supports the PCC in his work. Councillor Mark Winn, AVDC Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“I encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions about policing in Aylesbury Vale. The Panel will try and answer your question during the meeting or will provide a written response after the meeting. So if you have any concerns about local policing, please take this chance to raise them with the Panel.”
To participate in the Panel, please email your question to by Monday 3 September.

Remember to return your Annual Household Canvass form or you may face a fine of up to £1000

AVDC have issued the Annual Household Canvass forms to all households in the Vale.  You can respond online, by telephone, text or via a provided reply paid envelope.  You must respond, even if you have no changes to make.

Your prompt response is requested, otherwise the costs involved in conducting the annual canvass increase.  If you don’t respond to the first letter, you will be sent a reminder, if you don’t respond to the reminder they will send an Electoral Canvasser to collect the information in person, and if you still don’t provide the required information you can be fined up to £1000.

Click here for more information on the AVDC website:

Ivinghoe Beacon footpath closure 20/21 August 2018

Please note that some footpaths on Ivinghoe Beacon will be closed on 20 & 21 August 2018 (not for 6 weeks as indicated on the site notices).

The Steps Hill and Incombe Hole areas will not be affected, so you will still be able to enjoy walking at these locations.

Aylesbury’s first Gin & Jazz event comes to town

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday in the intimate setting of the Bucks County Museum’s walled garden as Aylesbury’s first Gin & Jazz event comes to the town centre.

A selection of more than 10 gins will be available, including the ever-popular pink gins and a range of wines, refreshing beers and delicious cocktails to purchase. To help soak up the drink, there’ll be a variety of mouthwatering cheeses and biscuits from Wendover’s 2 Pound Street, and nibbles and freshly-made burritos from River Street Food.

Acclaimed band ‘Swing Train 42’ will be providing the live music for the day. The London-based swing/gypsy jazz trio covers classic Django tunes and jazz standards with the unlikely instrumentation of mandolin and guitar.

Diana Fawcett, Aylesbury Town Centre & Regeneration Manager, said:

“Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership is delighted to be working with Bucks County Museum and local business Shoot Pool to bring you this brand-new event to add to the extensive calendar of activities bringing culture and entertainment to the town centre.”

Gin & Jazz will take place on Sunday 5 August with two sittings to enjoy, mid-afternoon and early evening. For further information, and to book tickets, please go to:

Three Aylesbury Vale parks win prestigious Green Flag Awards

Aylesbury’s Bedgrove Park and Vale Park along with Buckingham’s Heartlands have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best open spaces in the UK.

The parks are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have today received a prestigious Green Flag Award /Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

As a testament to Aylesbury Vale District Council’s commitment to providing quality parks and open spaces across the Vale, this is now the ninth year in a row that Bedgrove Park has won the award, and the eleventh year in a row for Vale Park.

Cllr Angela Macpherson, Acting Leader of the Council, said: “We’re thrilled to receive three Green Flags this year, including the first time that Buckingham’s Heartlands has picked up the award.

“We realise how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and these awards recognise AVDC’s dedication to keeping our green spaces at a high standard.” This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

You can now recycle unwanted batteries and small electrical items at the kerbside.

Recycling small electrical appliances

You can now recycle unwanted batteries and small electrical items at the kerbside.

Any unwanted small electrical items, that have a plug or battery, can be left on top of your recycling or waste bin, in a standard carrier bag, by 6am on your collection day. This includes items such as hairdryers, mobile devices, straighteners and more.  The crews will collect your items at the same time as they empty the bin.

Batteries should be put into a separate carrier bag and placed on top of your recycling or waste bin.

There are some rules around the size of the electrical items we are able to collect – have you done the shoe box test?

If your item is no larger than a standard size shoe box, and displayed in a carrier bag on top of your recycling or waste bin, then we’ll take it for recycling. Larger items will need to be taken to your local household recycling centre or why not find out more about our bulky waste collection service?

For a full list of what can and cannot be recycled, take a look at our useful guide.

CAA Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy Consultation (open til 10/9/18)


What are we asking?

The purpose of this stakeholder engagement exercise is for the CAA to understand your views on our new draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy which will replace our 2011 Future Airspace Strategy (FAS).

This comprises a draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy document and six questions (See ‘Related’ documents below). A transcript of this summary and the questions is also provided for reference.

Why is airspace modernisation needed?

Airspace is a crucial part of the UK’s infrastructure. It must be maintained and enhanced to provide more choice and value for consumers, through the capacity for airlines to add new flights, reduced flight delays and enhanced global connections that can help boost the UK economy, while continuing to improve safety standards.

In addition to accommodating increasing commercial flights, Military requirements and an active GA sector, the UK’s skies are hosting different types of airborne vehicles such as drones. UK airspace will also need to accommodate commercial spaceflight in the future, and other new technologies are constantly emerging.

What is the objective for modernising airspace?

Working together, the Government and the CAA have developed a shared objective for modernising airspace. This objective states that modernising airspace means changing and developing its structural design, and the operational concepts and technology that are used to fly and manage air traffic.

It states that we want to ensure that airspace capacity is not a constraint on the growth of commercial aviation, with the constraint to growth instead becoming the number of runways or restrictions imposed on the use of those runways by government or planning authorities as a condition of that growth.

Our approach in undertaking this programme is to be transparent, inclusive, and to take into account the needs and views of all airspace users and affected parties, including airports, airlines, communities and General Aviation representatives.

Why have we written a new Airspace Modernisation Strategy?

The Government has tasked the CAA with preparing and maintaining a co-ordinated strategy and plan for the use of UK airspace for air navigation up to 2040, including for the modernisation of the use of such airspace.

The Airspace Modernisation Strategy responds to that requirement. It supersedes and replaces the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), although many key elements of FAS remain relevant and are included in this new strategy. The new Airspace Modernisation Strategy also needs to take into account:

  • a new runway at Heathrow: outlined in the current National Policy Statement
  • the need to coordinate multiple different airspace changes
  • potential changes arising from government policy reviews, such as more explicit policy on how noise must be considered
  • drones
  • spaceplanes.

The CAA must consult the Secretary of State about the preparation and maintenance of this Airspace Modernisation Strategy and the detail to be included in the delivery plan, and must give a delivery report to the Secretary of State annually.

Our draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy

This draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy forms part of the Government’s new arrangements to take forward the delivery of the airspace modernisation programme. The strategy sets out the ends, ways and means of modernising airspace.

Chapter 1 introduces the need for airspace modernisation and describes its objective, and the approach taken in this strategy.

Chapter 2 sets out the role of the Department for Transport, the CAA, NATS and other relevant stakeholders.

Chapter 3 sets out the ends, or outcomes, that modernised airspace must deliver, all of which are derived from UK and international policies and laws.

In Chapter 4, 14 initiatives are identified as the primary ways of modernising airspace, including new airspace designs, operational procedures and enabling technologies.

Chapter 5 identifies that there are a number of current foreseeable ‘unknowns’ that could change and reshape the context for this strategy.

The means of delivering airspace modernisation – such as the resources needed to bring in changes – must rest with the industry organisations that will use airspace. The need for these plans is addressed in Chapter 6.

In Chapter 7 we set out our assessment of progress towards completion of each major initiative and the supporting designs, operational procedures and technology enablers.

Your views are invited

The CAA is publishing this draft for public engagement so that any interested stakeholders can offer feedback on the document – including its approach and the initiatives it sets out as the primary ways to deliver modernisation – before it is finalised and delivered to the Secretary of State in December 2018. In future years the strategy may be revised, but the CAA will not always publish a full draft document for engagement.

We are asking you to respond to six questions and provide comments before 10 September 2018. We cannot commit to taking into account comments received after this date.

The questions include some multiple-choice answers and the opportunity to submit your comments by completing text boxes. Please note that if you prefer not to give a multiple-choice answer, the questionnaire will still allow you to complete the text box. We understand that some stakeholders may prefer not to be constrained by the questions alone. We have therefore also included a text box for general observations not covered by the questions.

If you would like to discuss anything about how to respond, please email: or telephone: 0207 453 6278.

We will assume that all responses can be published on our website. When you complete the online form there will be an option for you:

•     to hide your identity including personal details (which will anonymise your response completely), or

•     to refuse publication altogether; in the interests of transparency, we hope people will not refuse publication.

What happens next?

Your comments will help us to set out a comprehensible and engaging strategy for developing and delivering our shared airspace modernisation objective, and enable the CAA to report on it to the Secretary of State.

This stakeholder engagement exercise will be open until 10 September 2018. We will then review the responses received, and will take on board feedback where it is considered appropriate.

The finalised Airspace Modernisation Strategy will be published at the end of the year alongside an annual delivery report for the Secretary of State. At this time we will also update this site with a summary of what we asked, what you said and what we did in response, and will also publish responses where we have consent to do so.

New Number 61 Bus Timetable from Red Eagle effective 1/8/18

Bucks County Council have now updated their website to show the new timetable for the Number 61 bus.   As you know, Arriva served notice to BCC that they were terminating this route at the end of July and BCC have negotiated with Red Eagle to take over this route.

(This bus service is commercially operated and not funded by BCC)

You can see the new timetable by clicking here:

Red Eagling 61_61a timetable 1 August 2018

Or visiting the BCC website via this link:

AVDCs community crowdfunding site ‘Our Vale’ has launched

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has officially launched Our Vale, a new crowdfunding platform for community projects.

This is a new way for people living in the Vale to raise funds for local projects that aim to help shape the Vale’s shared spaces and deliver community projects. Community groups, grant funders, councillors and council officers attended an event on Monday 9 July to celebrate the launch of the programme – which already has a potential pledge pot of £300,000 available to projects crowdfunding through Our Vale.

The crowdfunding model is simple; if residents want to enhance their street or neighbourhood, improve local play areas or simply bring people together, Our Vale will become the best way to raise the money to make this happen. It’s about raising small amounts of money from large amounts of people and organisations to fund projects or innovations. Through Our Vale, residents will have the opportunity to ask friends, family and neighbours to back a local project by pledging money to support it. AVDC has put its weight behind this exciting new scheme and will support projects that have the backing of the local community.

The audience at the launch event heard from local organisations who have already submitted a proposal on the Our Vale platform, one of which will feature on the Our Vale website in a few days.

Christopher Williams, Conservation and Education Director Bucks, Berks and Oxon Wildlife Trust said: “We’re looking to raise £7,500 to create a fabulous new wildlife garden. The whole school, nearly 1,000 school children, will benefit from this Wild Trax makeover project based at Mandeville School. Students taking part will be able to learn about wildlife gardening and creating habitats as they carry out the work. Importantly, they will take on real ownership of the project which will encourage them to look after the garden into the future.”

Councillor Julie Ward, Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities (Customer Fulfilment) said: “This is an exciting initiative for everyone in Aylesbury Vale and we’re looking forward to helping people create special, unusual and interesting projects across the district.

“Crowdfunding is a new way for local people to give their support to local projects that are close to their hearts and a great way to reward residents for getting involved. It’s already proved itself popular with raising funds for the Bowie Earthly Messenger statue that is now drawing attention in the centre of Aylesbury town.

“Many people have great ideas to make places better in the Vale but don’t always know how to find the funding or access the help they need to move their project on. Our Vale will help empower local people to add value to the wider community, improving the quality of life for all.”

The new Our Vale website can be found at:

Appeal for information after a burglary – Ivinghoe

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

Repeat of a previous message from Thames Valley Police.   Please also 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) without the express permission of the landowner is committing trespass.

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.

Thank you.

A418 Aylesbury Road emergency road closure 5-7/7/18

Please note that a section of the A418 has had to be closed for emergency gas repairs to a gas leak from Wingrave Crossroads to Burcott Lane.

The following diversion is in place.  Traffic commuting between Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard also being affected and long delays at times.

Aylesbury Road, Leighton Road, Wing Road, Leighton Buzzard Bypass, Billington Road, Church End, Tring Road,
Dunstable Road, Church Road, High Street, Marsworth Road, Lower Icknield Way, Aston Clinton Bypass, Aston
Clinton Road, Broughton Lane, Stocklake, Douglas Road, Bierton Road.

Brownlow Bridge due to re-open 6/7/18

We understand that the works are due to be completed and the bridge re-opened at some point during 6/7/18.

Planned remedial works to the traffic lights at the bridge will continue as planned later in the month (24/7/18 onwards).

Red Eagle take over operation of the Route 61 bus from 30/7/18

Arriva Bus Changes

From 30th July 2018 route 61 will be operated by Red Eagle instead of Arriva. Red Eagle are based in Aylesbury and a sister company of Redline Buses who run Service 164 to Cheddington.


Service 61 is not contracted by Bucks County Council and runs on a commercial basis which means that the operator chooses the route and timetable and must cover their costs from fares revenue taken. To change or withdraw a bus service an operator needs only to give notice to the Traffic Commissioner, copied to Local Authorities who have no powers to delay or veto this. Arriva have decided to withdraw the route and the Public Transport team have been trying to find another company to run a replacement which we have now done.


Arriva have reviewed the route and feel it is not viable for them to continue operating, and while there will be a very similar timetable introduced from 30thJuly 2018 Red Eagle have decided not to run a small number of poorly loaded sections of journey. There are also some minor timing changes to most journeys.


Some buses will operate as service 61A. These will divert between Aston Clinton and Aylesbury to serve Elm Farm  (where Arriva have also withdrawn the service) instead of operating directly along the Tring Road, with some minor timetable adjustments to allow for this.


Within Aylesbury, in line with other services, buses will operate direct along Exchange Street and Friarage Road towards the bus station instead of operating around the town centre via High Street, New Street and Oxford Road – buses leaving Aylesbury will follow their current route.


The following alterations may directly affect some passengers from the Ivinghoe area.


  • On Mondays to Fridays the 05:40 journey from Aylesbury to Dunstable will start instead from Pitstone, arriving in Dunstable at a similar time to now.


  • The 06:20 journey from Aylesbury to Dunstable will now operate between Aylesbury and Ivinghoe only. Observations have indicated there are very few passengers travelling between Ivinghoe and Dunstable.


  • The 15:55 journey from Aylesbury to Dunstable will be retimed to run at 15:50 on schooldays – both this and the 06:45 schoolday journey from Dunstable will divert via Aylesbury Schools Coach Park.


  • The 19:45 journey from Aylesbury to Ivinghoe will run earlier at 19:00 (returning from Ivinghoe at 19:40)


·        Full timetables will be on the BCC website in a few days

London Luton Airport’s Bi-Monthly Inform e:magazine

Please click the link for the latest issue of Inform.  All previous editions can also be found on our website here.


If you have an interest in the westerly Match/Detling departure route, I would like to draw your attention to the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Post Implementation Review survey which is explained in the first article of Inform and also on the CAA’s website here. The survey is open until 17:00hrs on Monday 2nd July.

Launch of new Victims First service

London Luton Airport Consultation details and event dates


Please refer to their website for full details of the current consultation and the events you can attend to fully understand the proposals:

Below are some extracts from the home page of that website, to give you some brief information:


About our project

LTN is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and is now the fifth busiest airport in the UK. At its current rate of growth, LTN is forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per annum (mppa) in 2021.

It is our responsibility to plan for LTN’s long-term future, and ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this growth.

We believe it may be possible for LTN to handle up to 36-38 mppa. This website sets out our early thinking as to how this can be achieved, and asks for your views.

Our key considerations

We appreciate that airport operations can have an impact on people and the environment, and acknowledge that communities close to the airport will be affected.

As we develop our masterplan, we are looking at the potential impacts that expansion may bring and ways to manage them, as we believe our plans must happen in the right way.

We will look to minimise and, where necessary, mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts.

We are now consulting with you

From 25 June until 31 August 2017, we are consulting on our plans to expand LTN by making best use of our runway.

Our plan is to progressively expand LTN to achieve the growth, which would require new terminal capacity and other landside and airside infrastructure.

We are keen to hear your views on the proposals, and on the matters you think we should be considering. Please take time to read our proposals and complete the related questions in our consultation questionnaire.


Update on Brownlow Bridge repairs


  • The works to repair the bridge has now started
  • Once the work started, the situation on the state of the bridge was found to be far worse than was originally thought. The bridge was more unsafe than was originally survey suggested with the damage being more substantive than can be seen. One of the corner pillars of the bridge was found to be bowing as a result of the collision and that part of the bridge has had to be taken right down to its foundations to be totally rebuilt.
  • There should definitely be no traffic (vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian) movement across the bridge at present, it was highlighted to Canals and Rivers Trust that some traffic is attempting to cross. Until the bridge is fully repaired there is only a minimum amount of structure under the road surface. This is also a building site and should be respected as such.
  • As the bridge is Grade 2 listed, it is having to be repaired sympathetically. Matching bricks have had to be sourced (from Belgium) and lime mortar has to be used.
  • The contractor is suggesting, unless they find further problems, that they are looking towards mid-July for re-opening the bridge to traffic.
  • Some people continue to attempt to cross the bridge.  Please be aware that it is against the law to remove diversion signs and the police will act accordingly.


Neighbourhood Watch week

Updates from County Councillor Wight on NPHT Recruitment and the Rural Bus Survey

Updates from County Councillor Anne Wight on NPHT Recruitment and the Rural Bus Survey:

NPHT Recruitment

NPHT — Chairman and Trustee recruitment


As you may know, I am a Trustee for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust as part of my role at BCC.  The NPHT was established on 11th November 2015, exists to enlighten and inspire future generations by celebrating, cherishing and bringing the Paralympic heritage and its stories of human endeavour to life.

The NPHT is currently looking to appoint up to three independent Trustees, ideally with an understanding of, and access to, important networks or contacts in the sport and/or heritage sectors, who are also committed to NPHT aims and values, and to equality and diversity.

They are specifically looking for people with skills and experience in one of the following areas:

  • Culture and heritage sector – including collections and archives, and engagement in particular.
  • Fundraising experience – particularly in the cultural sector.
  • Finance experience – ideally with a formal financial qualification to support sound financial management within the Trust.


Applications should be received by Monday 2nd July 2018. Interviews will take place in July.


For more information or to apply, please download the Trustee welcome pack here or request one by email at


For an informal discussion, please contact: Emma Boggis, one of the current member appointed Trustees, on 0207 976 3941 or

Do please also check out the NPHT website at the link below:


Rural Bus Route Survey


We are reviewing the rural bus services that receive financial support from Buckinghamshire County Council and we would like to hear from people about routes affecting our division!



This survey is open for responses from 7 June to 20 July 2018



Many of the bus routes serving rural areas of Buckinghamshire need ongoing financial support from the County Council to operate. We want as many people as possible in our village communities to have access to public transport, so you can get out and about and do what’s important to you, such as go to the doctors, the shops or visit friends and family.  We need to plan carefully to make sure we use this money as effectively as possible.


Further information about the review is available on the Bucks County Council website at the following link or by clicking on “Have Your Say” on the homepage.


How to have your say

Please complete the online survey!


If you would prefer to fill in a printed version of the survey or would like an Easy Read version, there is a print option as well. Alternatively, they are available at any Buckinghamshire library or from our Public Transport Team (see contact details below).


What happens next?

We’ll review all the survey feedback this summer, and later in 2018 we’ll carry out a consultation on any proposed changes. Updates on the review will be available on our website here



Enquiries about this review can be made by email to our Public Transport Team on or by phoning 01296 382416.

County Council Supported Rural Bus Survey (open until 20/7/18)

NB: The 164 Redline service between Aylesbury and Cheddington, and the 167 Red Kite service to Leighton Buzzard on Tuesdays are included within this review



Many of the bus routes serving rural areas of Buckinghamshire need ongoing financial support from the County Council to operate. We want as many people as possible in our village communities to have access to public transport, so you can get out and about and do what’s important to you, such as go to the doctors, the shops or visit friends and family.  We need to plan carefully to make sure we use this money as effectively as possible.

It’s now five years since we looked in detail at our council supported bus routes and how they are used. Between then and now a lot has changed and we’d like to understand how current bus services are being used. We’ll use this information to review how future services can better meet people’s travel patterns, and this may include revising existing routes and timetables or looking at alternatives such as community transport other flexible transport services

Please take a few moments to complete the following survey, which is open for responses between 7 June 2018 and 20 July 2018. We’ll review all the feedback from the survey this summer, and later in 2018 we’ll carry out a consultation on any proposed changes. Updates on this review will be available on this page.

Many thanks for helping us to shape the future of your local bus services.

Paul Irwin

Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport


New grant funding stream from Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust have just launched a new grant funding initiative called the Thriving Communities Fund to replace the Community Chest.

There are three streams:

·         Small grants of up to £300 for Trust residents for wellbeing, education, training or employment

·         Micro Grants of up to £1,000 for VCS groups, assessed every two months.

·         Project Grants up to £10,000 for more substantial capital expenditure or core costs.

For further information please visit the VAHT website at:

Westfield Road/Castlemead roadworks to connect street light supply

B489 Marsworth Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 June — 14 June
Delays possibleSome carriageway incursion
Works location: 89
Works description: Remedial reinstatement – TN
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD03252814590

Warwick Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 June — 12 June
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: j/w Westfield Road . f\w. c\w.
Works description: Connections Highway Services:Works on behalf of local authority (Works For Road Purposes) :installing new supply to street lighting column
Responsibility for works: UK POWER NETWORKS EASTERN & LONDON
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: EC30034794937

Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 June — 16 June
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: o/s and opp factory. f\w. c\w.
Works description: Connections Highway Services:Works on behalf of local authority (Works For Road Purposes) :installing new supply to street lighting columns
Responsibility for works: UK POWER NETWORKS EASTERN & LONDON
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: EC30034794939

Harlech Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 June — 16 June
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: at Browns Hedge and j/w Westfield Road. f\w.
Works description: Connections Highway Services:Works on behalf of local authority (Works For Road Purposes) :installing new supply to street lighting columns
Responsibility for works: UK POWER NETWORKS EASTERN & LONDON
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: EC30034794936

Marshcroft Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire
12 June — 19 June
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: BY PARK HILL COTTAGES. verge.
Works description: Connections Projects:Installation of a new electricity supply for a customer:CABLE LAYING
Responsibility for works: UK POWER NETWORKS EASTERN & LONDON
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: EC30034795183

Windsor Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
11 June — 19 June
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: at entrance to Browns Hedge. f\w.
Works description: Connections Highway Services:Works on behalf of local authority (Works For Road Purposes) :installing new supply to street light
Responsibility for works: UK POWER NETWORKS EASTERN & LONDON
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: EC30034794880

TVP Community Forum tonight in Cheddington Village Hall (5/6/18)

Extract from TVP e:newsletter below:

Community Forum
The next district community forum will be on 05/06/17 at Cheddington Village Hall 7pm – 9pm.
This is an opportunity for you to speak with the police about what concerns you have and set
our next priority.
Below are the statistics for the past year:
Burglary dwelling Down 46%
VOLUME CRIME which includes those listed below Down 35%
Burglary non dwelling
Theft of motor vehicle (TOMV)
Theft from motor vehicle (TFMV)
Criminal damage
Drug offences
Burglary dwelling still remains down this is due to the work we are continuing to do with
bordering forces and disrupting those responsible.

Important Announcement re 29 June – The Greatest Showman/Las Vegas Night

Important Announcement

First the bad news – unfortunately, we are unable to continue with the planned Las Vegas night on Friday 29th June. Despite our best efforts, interest in the event was not sufficient to make it viable. We apologise to those who have already bought tickets or were planning to come along. We will of course be refunding ticket holders in full.

Now the good news! We are delighted that the Pitstone Film Club have stepped into the breach and will be presenting a one-off screening of The Greatest Showman (cert PG) in our Big Top on the Friday night – curtains up at 7.30pm ! This hugely popular film will be shown on a big screen with state of the art projector and sound system. A full bar, soft drinks and popcorn will be available. So bring your folding chairs and cushions and come along to support this unique village event!
(Some seating will be supplied) Tickets on the door £5 per person or £10 for a family (2 adults, 2 children)

Plans for Housemouse’s hotly anticipated return to Pitstone on Saturday 30 June continue at a pace! Housemouse has guaranteed a few surprises, and tickets are selling fast with last year’s sales already hit for six – so book yours today and don’t miss out!

We look forward to seeing you all in June.
The PIE team

BCC confirm that mobile library service will terminate on 31/5/18

Following the recent public consultation, I am writing to let you know that Buckinghamshire County Council decided on 20th April 2018 to end the Mobile Library service, with the final visits being due on 31st May 2018.  Details of the decision can be found at:


Over the past week we have emailed mobile library customers to inform them of the cessation of the service and also to give information about alternative ways to continue to access library services.  We are posting letters this week to those customers without email.


If you are able to help inform your residents and signpost people to the further information given in the Appendix below it would be appreciated.  Should you have residents who may be interested in becoming Home Library Service volunteers they can apply online using the link at the bottom of this page .


I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused to your residents on the many occasions recently where we been unable to visit due to vehicle breakdowns or driver sickness.  We have extended outstanding loans to avoid anyone incurring overdue charges as a result and we will also extend any mobile loans still outstanding at the end of this month for a further two weeks to allow people time to make decisions about future library use.


If you have any queries please get in touch with us at


Kind regards


David Jones


David Jones

Head of Community Focus

Buckinghamshire County Council





Copy of email to mobile library customers:


Following the Council’s recent decision to end the mobile library service with effect from May 31st 2018 I am writing to you as a mobile library user to let you know of alternative ways to continue accessing our services.


If you are able to travel we have 30 library buildings in Buckinghamshire and their locations and opening times can be found here. . These also offer a range of regular free or low cost events for all ages, which may be of interest.


You may also use your Buckinghamshire library card to borrow from some neighbouring library services, including Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Slough amongst others. Find out more about these here 


Should you have access to the internet you may wish to try out our eLibrary to download an eBook, eAudiobook or eMagazine. These are all free services and there are no fines to worry about. Full details are here


If you are unable to travel to a library  due to age, illness or disability you may wish to request the Home Library Service. We will match you with a named volunteer who will bring you the books you want to read every month, at a mutually convenient time, and take back your previous loans.   This service gives you a longer loan period, free reservations and no fines.  


Maybe you have a relative, friend or neighbour who regularly visits the library and is willing to pick up books on your behalf. By formalising this person as a ‘Library Buddy’ you would get a longer loan period, free book and audiobook reservations and loans and no fines on books or audiobooks.


As I am sure you are aware there have been many occasions over the past weeks where we have let customers down either because of vehicle break downs or driver sickness so I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to you personally for any inconvenience this has caused you. 


I am keen to ensure that everyone will be able to access library services in future so over the next few weeks we plan to have extra staff on board the mobile libraries to explain these options in person and to help customers to find the most suitable alternative.

Appeal for witnesses after a burglary – Pitstone



A burglary has been reported in Pitstone on Friday afternoon (11/05).


An elderly resident on Vicarage Road heard her doorbell ring at around 3:40pm.


Shortly afterwards, the offender gained entry to the property via an unlocked side door. Nothing seems to have been stolen at this time.


The man is described as mixed race and spoke with broken English. He was aged in his late twenties to early thirties and was a slim build. He was wearing dark clothing.


Detective Constable Tom Booth, based at Aylesbury Police Station, is investigating this crime. He said “If anyone saw a man matching this description please get in contact with me.


“Did you see any suspicious vehicles in the area, or anyone else that raised your suspicions?


“If you have any information please call me on the 24 hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 43180142451.”


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.


Please look out for any vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours. Check that they are locking their doors and windows and that they know what to do if someone suspicious comes to their premise.


Advice and information to help prevent burglaries can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.

Forthcoming Road Closures in Cheddington and Ivinghoe

Cheddington High Street (from 15 May):

Pitstone Road, Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
15 May — 01 June
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works description: CMP – SURFACE DRESSING PREP
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH00231003291

Brownlow Bridge, Ivinghoe (from 24 July):


Appeal for witnesses after a burglary – Ivinghoe Aston

Charity “goodbye” singalong class on 10 July 2018

If you would like a table. Please call Helen on 01296661791.

The importance of having your dog microchipped

Having your dog microchipped can make a lot of difference when looking for and trying to identify a missing dog.


Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age.


Each microchip has a unique number that must be registered on a Government approved database along with information about your dog and you as its owner. If your dog is not registered on one of these databases you can be fined.


It is important that the information is kept up-to-date so that if your dog does go missing, you can be contacted at the correct phone number or address.


Reporting it to the police as soon as possible is also important, including making us aware of the microchip number so we can record this on our database. This will make it easier for us to identify any dogs that are found and check to see if they have been reported as missing or stolen.


It is also recommended to record the loss or theft of your dog online using sites dedicated to finding lost and stolen dogs. Often these sites work with police and other organisations, such as local Neighbourhood Watch Groups and Vetinary practices, to try and find them.


More information on microchipping your dog can be found on the Government website.


In 2016, the Dogs Trust recorded that 9,000 stray dogs were reunited with their owners due to having a microchip with up-to-date details.


The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) also reported that in 2017, 11% of dog owners did not realise that it was a requirement by law to have their dog microchipped and a further 7% had not updated their details when they needed to.

Message Sent By
Caitlin Rosetti (Police, Communications Support Assistant, Thames Valley Police)

Healthwatch meeting at Pitstone Hall 9-5-18

Healthwatch Bucks – Helping you to improve your health and social care services

Healthwatch Bucks is an independent organisation that gives Bucks residents a voice to shape and improve local health and social care services. We’re here to ensure that local views, concerns and experiences are heard at all levels of health and social care so that they make a positive difference to the way future services are delivered.

We do this by listening to what people tell us about their local services. We share this feedback with health and social care providers to help them understand what people think of their services. We also use it to help other residents see what people think. As part of this, we produce our own evidence-based reports. Our reports include specific recommendations based on the feedback we receive. We use these reports to influence, inform and, if necessary, challenge decisions of health and social care organisations. Over the past year our work has helped improve the non-clinical patient experience of a range of health and social care services from GP practices to care homes.  

To help patients shape the service they want from their GP practice, we have also been working with the Clinical Commissioning Groups to support the set-up of Patient Participation Groups. In our monthly newsletter, you can read about some of these PPGs. We also have a signposting service where we provide information about access to local health and social care services such as how to find a care home or get a dentist through the NHS.

We will be holding our Quarterly Board Meeting in public in Pitstone Memorial Hall on Wednesday 9 May, 2018 from 2.00-4.30pm. We would be delighted to see you there, hear your views and answer any questions. All we ask is that you email any questions in advance. To find out more, please give us a call on 0845 260 6216 or visit our website Why not sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

The latest newsletter is available here:

Today (Thurs 12/4/18) in Aylesbury …

Quacker Duck Trail set to bring family fun to Aylesbury town centre

This week sees the FREE ‘Quacker Duck Trail’ take place on Thursday 12 April in Aylesbury’s town centre between 11am and 3pm.

This unique and fun-filled family event invites people to search for hidden letters around the town centre – to reveal the mystery message. Letters will be displayed inside shops or in their windows.

Entry forms can be collected from Hale Leys Shopping Centre where you will find them in The Works retailer and Lil Riders who will be on the high street that day. The entry form also lists the participating shops.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of three prizes:

 First prize is a one-month membership for Everyone Active at Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre.  Second prize is one free family swim at Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre.  Third prize brought to you by Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership is a mystery prize.

“The Town Centre Partnership is delighted to be supporting local businesses and creating a fun activity for children to enjoy with their families during the school holidays,” said Town Centre Manager Diana Fawcett.

Appeal for witnesses following serious injury road traffic collision – Cheddington

Appeal for witnesses following serious injury road traffic collision – Cheddington

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision yesterday morning.


At 9.05am on Sunday (8/4) a silver Vauxhall Corsa has been travelling on the B488 Horton Road, Cheddington near to station road, when it has left the carriageway and collided with a telegraph pole.

Please click the link below to read the full details:-

Appeal for witnesses following serious injury road traffic collision – Cheddington