Join the ‘Primary Care Conversation’ to transform services

The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) is working with health and care partners to develop a strategy and implementation plan for the future of primary care. This includes general practice, community pharmacy, optometry (eye care) and dentistry across BOB.

The ICB will also involve local people and patients to transform the way these services are delivered in their communities and neighbourhoods, enabling the integration of primary care and community services with the aim of improving access to services, people’s experiences of using them and better outcomes for patients.

The work aims to:

  • build a shared understanding of the current state of primary and community services and present a case for change
  • build a consensus on the future vision for primary care and its integration with community services
  • design the way we deliver this care (operating model) and other tools such as digital healthcare support 
  • test the practical application of the new model through projects
  • capture learning and build capability for phased roll-out of the final strategy.

As part of our programme of work to transform primary care, we have launched the ‘Primary Care Conversation’ to let you share your experiences about these services in an online survey at:  Your views will help to inform and shape an ICB primary care strategy to deliver better care for you.

A printed copy of the survey is available by post or by telephone for people without online access. To request one please contact 0300 123 4465 or email

Open until 31 January 2024

Upper Icknield Way patching this week, with diversion in place

Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

17 November – 20 November

Delays likely – Road closure

Name: Upper Icknield Way, Pitstone

Location: Upper Icknield Way

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire Council

Current status: Planned



Additional description: Patching works take place prior to roads receiving surface treatments. Potholes or other defects are patched and the surface made level. Surfacing work will follow at a later date.

Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire Council

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: D400226214501

Public Consultation re Restoration of Pitstone Quarry 28-11-23

As you are probably aware, Clark Contracting are proposing to amend the mineral and restoration operations at Pitstone Quarry. The image below shows the proposed master plan for the development. The website contains more information:

Clark Contracting are pleased to announce that they have an organised a ‘drop-in’ session on Tuesday 28th November between 1200 and 1845 hrs for local residents and interested parties. The drop-in session will be at Pitstone Pavilion, Marsworth Rd, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9AP.

Location Map

This drop-in session is to enable interested parties to meet the team, discuss any aspect of the scheme, and provide pertinent comments.

There is no need to book or contact us in any way. If you require further information do not hesitate to contact the team via email

Buckinghamshire Councillors Report for Oct 2023

Household recycling centres change to regular winter opening hours

From Sunday 1 October, all 10 of Buckinghamshire’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will switch over to the usual winter opening hours of 9am to 4pm.

The days each centre is open will remain unchanged but the change in hours reflects the fact that as it gets closer to the clocks going back at the end of October and over the winter months, the number of visitors to the sites decreases rapidly once it starts to get darker earlier.

To find out which days your local HRC is open and also further details of what can and cannot be taken to a centre, visit:

Did you know you can also view live webcam footage via the council website, to check if the site is busy and avoid having to wait in a queue? If you are unsure about the best time to visit, take a look at the cameras and plan your trip accordingly.

Start your journey to quit smoking this Stoptober

Smokers in Buckinghamshire are being encouraged to make this month the start of their journey to giving up smoking for good and to play their part in the goal of creating a future smoke-free generation. 

Statistics show that around 10% of people in Buckinghamshire regularly smoke cigarettes or tobacco. Buckinghamshire Council wants to raise awareness of the benefits of quitting smoking during the month-long national campaign, Stoptober, to encourage more people to quit smoking. 

The negative impacts of smoking are well documented when it comes to health and household finances. However, within just days and weeks of stopping smoking, the positive benefits emerge, including having more energy, breathing more easily and saving money. If you can stay smoke-free for 28 days, it has been proven that you are five times more likely to quit for good. 

In Buckinghamshire, a large amount of work is being done as part of a longer-term aspiration, to create a smoke-free generation. One of the key parts of this initiative is to reduce the exposure to smoking experienced by children and young people. In 2022 Buckinghamshire Council introduced the Smokefree Sidelines initiative. This Public Health campaign seeks to discourage adults from smoking on the sidelines at grassroots sporting events so as not to expose children to the effects of secondary smoke inhalation and to discourage young people from wanting to take up smoking. 

Another part of the work is the creation of Smokefree Parks and Playgrounds which operates in the same way. Since the start of the Smokefree schemes: 

  • 11 sports clubs have signed up to Smokefree Sidelines  
  • 14 parks and playgrounds have gone smoke and vape-free  

Have your say on Buckinghamshire polling arrangements

​Buckinghamshire Council has launched a consultation asking residents for feedback on polling districts and polling places across the county.

The council is required by law to review polling arrangements periodically. This will ensure polling places are convenient and accessible to voters for forthcoming polls, such as the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley on 2 May 2024 and the next UK Parliamentary election, when that is called.

Most polling districts, polling places and polling stations will remain unchanged. However, some changes are required due to venue availability or new boundaries arising from recent reviews.

Residents are encouraged to share feedback by 11:59pm on 4 December 2023 on the following:

  • Accessibility of current polling places
  • Suitability of venues used as polling places
  • Proposed polling districts
  • Comments can be submitted via an online survey, email, post, or printed paper survey. Full details are available at:
  • The revised polling arrangements will be published on 1 February 2024. This allows time for any changes to be made before the next scheduled elections in the county – including the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley on 2 May 2024.

Bucks History Festival returns to celebrate our history and heritage

Buckinghamshire History Festival returns on Wednesday 1 November for its eighth annual celebration of the county’s history and cultural heritage.

The festival, which is coordinated by Buckinghamshire Archives, sees the Archives Team come together with partner organisations to present a huge range of things to see and do throughout November, bringing our past to life and uncovering the often untold stories of Buckinghamshire people and places from across the years.

Council’s Energy Doctor scheme now offering water-saving devices

Buckinghamshire Council is pleased to announce that its Energy Doctor scheme is now able to offer new water-saving devices to help low-income households save money on their water and energy bills.

The Energy Doctor scheme provides a range of resource-saving measures to eligible households. These now include:

  • aerating shower heads
  • 4-minute shower timers
  • cistern water displacement bags for use in non-dual flush toilets

Using an aerated shower head or shower timer is estimated to save £50 in terms of household annual water and energy costs. The cistern water displacement bags displace around 1 litre of water every flush – which can achieve savings of approximately 4,800 litres per year.

Councillor Derek Town 

Can you help Santa in Pitstone on 13 or 14 December 2023?

It’s that time of year again! 🎅🎅🎅

The Santa Float preparations are in full swing at Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care; Louise and I can’t wait to bring some festive cheer to the residents of Tring and surrounding villages, who wants to join us?

Please let us know which routes/dates you would like to accompany the float. If you have any friends or family who would like to join us this year, please give them my email address/phone number as I would love to hear from them!

As always, we really do appreciate your invaluable help and hope to make this year’s Santa float the best one ever…. without any snow!

Look forward to hearing from you all,

Best wishes

Alison and Louise

Weds 13 Dec


(meet at the junction of Westfield Road & Warwick Road)


Thurs 14 Dec

Pitstone Village

(meet at the junction of Cheddington Road & Marsworth Road)


Alison Parker
Supporter Care Officer – Community & Corporate

Direct Dial: 01442 820723
Switchboard: 01442 890222
Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care
Rennie House, Unit 3, Icknield Way Industrial Estate, Tring, HP23 4JX

Have a view on the Ivinghoe Freight Zone?

As of June 2022 Local Authorities have been given powers to enforce certain Moving Traffic Offences, details can be found using this link Moving traffic offences | Buckinghamshire Council , this includes the Ivinghoe Freight Zone.  If you have a view on focusing the MTO team on the Ivinghoe Zone use the Your Voice Bucks platform. Have your say on new locations to enforce moving traffic offences – Your Voice Bucks – Citizen Space.

It is due to close on the 29th October 2023.

In the meantime, you may report breaches of the order to the police using their online reporting tool, this is the same link for speeding vehicles of any type. Report a road traffic incident | Thames Valley Police

(Message from Buckinghamshire Council)

Buckinghamshire Councillors Report September 2023

Go back to school sustainably this September

With families preparing for the start of the new school year, Buckinghamshire Council is taking the opportunity to encourage more people to make their journey to and from school more sustainable.

Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport explained: “Many people already use alternatives to the car to take their children to and from school, but we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the huge benefits using a more sustainable form of transport can have. Choosing to walk, cycle or scoot to school is good not only for your own health but also better for the environment.”

The council’s Sustainable Transport Team works with schools across the county to help them create their own School Travel Plans to promote and encourage active, safe and sustainable travel for school journeys. Schools are encouraged to sign up to the national Modeshift STARS accreditation programme which recognises and rewards schools and other organisations that have shown excellence in supporting sustainable and active travel. Currently 65 schools in Buckinghamshire have a Modeshift STARS accreditation, ranging from the starter level Green award up to a Platinum award for outstanding achievement.  

Even for those who have no alternative to the car for school journeys, there are still things you can do to make a difference. Steven explained: “We know that alternatives to the car are not always possible but simply by turning your engine off when waiting for your children to come out of school at the end of the day, you are helping reduce potentially harmful pollutants. Alternatively, you could try parking a bit further away from school and walking the last part of the journey. This can help with fitness and also avoid traffic congestion outside the school gates.”

Encouraging more people to switch to greener forms of travel is a key element of Buckinghamshire Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy which aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Rough calculations show that for an average sized car, travelling a distance of one mile to school each day and one mile home again, over the course of the school year, the level of CO2 emissions created in one year would be around 100kg. Choosing to adopt an active form of travel such as walking, cycling or scooting instead, would save this amount, which equates to the same weight as a newborn baby elephant.

Parents can make a commitment to follow the Parent’s Parking Promise. Those who sign up to the pledge get a sticker to put in their car window. The promise encourages people to think more carefully about where they park for school drop offs, avoiding zig zag lines directly outside school and being mindful of not blocking pavements for other families, including those with buggies and wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

For more information on sustainable school travel, visit the council website where you can also find out more about the Buckinghamshire Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy.

Do you still need to respond to the annual canvass?

During July and August, Buckinghamshire Council’s Electoral Services team sent either a letter or an email to all households in Buckinghamshire as part of the annual canvass. This communication asked residents to check that their electoral registration details are correct to make sure they retain their right to vote and have their say in future elections.

Households that have been asked to confirm or update their details but haven’t yet done this are urged to do so as soon as possible and online where possible. The letter or email will say if you need to respond or not according to your circumstance. Residents not on the electoral register won’t be able to vote in elections and this may also impact their ability to obtain credit.

People who have moved recently are especially encouraged to take part in the canvass and check who is registered to vote at their new address; also if someone in the household has now turned 16 or 17 years old.

Households that haven’t responded, and are required to do so, will be visited by one of Buckinghamshire Council’s door-to-door canvassers who will begin doing their rounds on Friday 22 September.

Canvassers will be carrying clear identification with them and will check the details held on the electoral register are correct or record any changes, if necessary. Please follow the instructions on your canvass form or email to avoid a canvasser visiting your household.

For more information, please contact the council’s Electoral Registration team by telephoning 01296 798 141 or by emailing

Giving Access All Areas to people who are autistic and/or have a learning disability

​Aimed exclusively at people in Buckinghamshire who are autistic and/or have a learning disability, the event is designed to ensure people are aware of the range of services and support available and to encourage healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.

Currently in Buckinghamshire there are over 2,400 people with learning difficulties and over 5,000 autistic people, many of whom are not accessing activities or services available to them. The Access All Areas event aims to showcase the fantastic range of services which can help support people who are autistic or have additional needs, to live a fulfilled, independent and healthy life.

Run in partnership with Buckinghamshire Integrated Care Board, this year Access All Areas will be held in two locations. The first event takes place at The Gateway in Aylesbury on 16th October between 10am and 4pm and the second event takes place in High Wycombe at the Highcrest Academy on 26th October, from 10am to 4pm. The free events are aimed at autistic children, young people, and adults and/or those with a learning disability. Carers, family members, friends and care workers are also encouraged to attend.

Both events will feature information stands and interactive learning activities from charities and services who work to support and promote equality for autistic people and/or those who have a learning disability. This includes NHS teams who will be promoting health checks and other checks that can be done at home. These checks are a proactive way of picking up on health concerns and preventing more concerns, helping people with learning disabilities stay as healthy as possible. Health professionals will be on hand to talk through what to expect from an annual health check and answer questions. Other highlights at the event include sporting activities open to everyone and advice on how to get your voice heard to make changes within public services.

There will be designated breakaway areas for anyone needing some time-out and specific quiet hours between 10am to 11am and 3pm to 4pm

The camera never lies – Another fly-tipper caught in the act

The camera never lies, and in this case, it has helped convict another fly-tipper who thought they could get away with illegal dumping in Buckinghamshire.

On 30 August 2023, Ravinder Singh of Mellow Lane East, Hayes, attended High Wycombe Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to an offence of illegal dumping, which is better known as fly-tipping.

The court heard that a frustrated local resident saw a double mattress dumped outside his house on Old Mill Lane, Denham, Buckinghamshire. When he checked his home CCTV security system, he saw the mattress appeared on the far side of a van that pulled onto the pavement.    

Enquiries by Council officers established that Mr Singh was the driver of the offending vehicle. When interviewed under caution at Hayes Police Station he denied dumping the mattress but couldn’t offer a plausible explanation as to how the mattress got to the spot it was found in.

Singh was fined £1,057. He was also ordered to pay £874.37 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £473, making a total to pay of £2,404.37.

Councillor Derek Town 

The Future of Ashridge – Protecting Our Roots

Ashridge Estate is a special place that welcomes an estimated 1.7 million people each year, who enjoy spending time in the beautiful, historic landscape.

However, the popularity of the estate is having an impact on this very special landscape that people love so much. In order to safeguard its future we need to make changes to the infrastructure across the estate so we can continue to welcome visitors in a way that allows nature and wildlife to thrive.

Please click the link to visit the “protecting our roots” webpage to find out more about the current proposals and how you can input into them.

Next Repair Cafe Ivinghoe Hub 23 September 2023

Safer Bucks Consultation

Have you been affected by crime or anti social behaviour in the village? Thames Valley Police would like to hear your views on the impact it causes.
This is a message from Val McPherson Area NW Representative for Aylesbury Vale on behalf of  Community Safety Team. 

Safer Bucks Consultation  Share your views and help us keep Buckinghamshire safe – for your chance to win one of three £100 Leisure Vouchers.  

The Safer Buckinghamshire Board is a local Community Safety Partnership that brings together experts from the police, fire service, probation, health and social care services. The Board develops an annual action plan to address crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Buckinghamshire, to help keep it a safe place to live and work.    To help develop this plan, we want to hear your views on: -    
 ·       The impact of crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in your area 
 ·       Your experience of reporting crimes 
 ·       How safe or unsafe you feel in Buckinghamshire  
The survey is open to anyone living, studying and/or working in Buckinghamshire and will be open from 11 September 2023 until 23:59pm on 29 October 2023.  

Please complete the survey on Your Voice Bucks and enter our prize draw to win one of three £100 leisure vouchers.*   

Alternatively, if you are aged up to 25 you can complete the young people’s version of the Community Safety survey Voting (

*Terms and Conditions apply . 

Good Luck

Message Sent By
Val McPherson
(NWN, MSA, Thames Valley)

Appeal for witnesses following assault – Pitstone [#152419653]

We are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Pitstone.

At around 10:30pm on Saturday (9/9), a man was assaulted by three men at Quarry Court. The victim, a man in his fifties, suffered injuries to his legs, abdomen, face and wrist, which required hospital treatment.He has since been discharged.

The offenders are described as white men, all aged in their twenties.

Anyone with information can get in touch by either making a report online or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43230405098.More details: Appeal for witnesses following assault – Pitstone | Thames Valley Police 
 Kind regards,  
Message Sent By
Ashley Penfold
(Police, Communications Administrator, Thames Valley)

Have your say on Buckinghamshire Council’s spending priorities for 2024 to 2025

We want to know which services you think should be the main priorities in our budget for next year, and what you think about our plans for how next year’s budget should be spent.

In recent years, financial pressures have had a huge impact on families, businesses and organisations.

Councils can’t escape these impacts and are facing sharply rising costs at the same time as more and more people are finding themselves in need of support.

Continuing to provide our main services such as waste collection, planning and road maintenance whilst also supporting our local children and adults in need is challenging.

To ensure we can continue to help the most vulnerable, we are having to make difficult decisions around money and how we provide our services going forward.

Countrywide, councils are facing huge financial challenges. You may have seen in the news that a number of councils have stated that they cannot meet their costs.

In comparison, we remain in a relatively stable position. This is in large part because, since becoming a unitary in 2020, we have worked hard to become ever more efficient and reduce running costs.

So far, we have delivered £45m additional savings and income, with a further £43.9m of savings and income proposed by the end of 2025. That’s a total £89m of savings and income over our first five years as a council – equivalent to 18% of our net budget for 2023 to 2024.

However, we are also experiencing the impact of rising costs and rising demand and need to take difficult decisions as we plan for the future in order to be sure that we continue to remain financially balanced.

Now we are looking for your feedback.

We are working up plans for the council’s 2024 to 2025 budget and we need you to tell us how you think we should be spending your money.

In considering your response, please do take time to reflect on the wider needs of the whole of Buckinghamshire in addition to the specific priorities for yourself, your family, your immediate community, your business or your organisation.

Full info via the link at the top of the page

Luton Airport Noise Surgery – 21 September 2023 in Ivinghoe

Our Public Surgeries provide an opportunity for residents and councillors to meet with the Flight Operations team. The team will be on hand for information and to answer your queries on airspace and aircraft noise. 

Next local surgery:

Ivinghoe Public Surgery (by appointment only)
21st September 2023
Ivinghoe Old School Community Hub, 2 High Street, Leighton Buzzard, England, LU7 9EX

Book your appointment via the link below:

Buckinghamshire Councillors report for August 2023

Buckinghamshire Council insists Day Travelcards must stay
Buckinghamshire Council has written to the Mayor of London insisting he immediately withdraws the proposal by Transport for London to cease sale of Day Travelcards for people travelling into and throughout London. This follows a motion debated and overwhelmingly agreed across all political parties at its recent full Council meeting. In his letter to Sadiq Khan, Councillor Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, states: “Currently, Day Travelcards provide unlimited travel on TfL services, including London Underground, bus, tram, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and the Elizabeth line, and National Rail services in London. They can also be used to obtain a one third reduction in River Services fares. The proposals to remove Day Travelcards constitute an unfair, unacceptable, and expensive levy on Buckinghamshire residents who wish to travel to London. The proposals have deliberately targeted the removal of the Day Travelcard as a method to generate additional income for TfL. It is anticipated by your own consultation that the withdrawal of Day Travelcards will result in rail operators ceasing to sell Zone 1-6 travelcards. This will add barriers and travel friction to journeys to London – running counter to evidence that passenger journeys and the use of public transport are enhanced by improving integrated ticketing not reducing it. No regard is given in the proposals for the potential loss of revenue to the London economy that may be caused by the increase in travel costs as Buckinghamshire residents risk being priced out of the nation’s capital. Employers, retail and leisure businesses, theatres and many others may see a reduction in revenue as the people of Buckinghamshire reduce their time and/or expenditure in London. The withdrawal of Day Travelcards also risks being discriminatory against Buckinghamshire residents with special needs or disabilities who until now have been able to buy Day Travelcards for use by those travelling with them and assisting them.” Buckinghamshire Council awaits a response from the London Mayor’s office.

Bucks Household Recycling Centres continue to get top marks from residents

Overall satisfaction with all ten of the county’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) is 100% according to the latest figures from the bi-annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.

The survey is carried out twice a year to gauge opinions of regular users of the sites and to ensure the facilities continue to meet the requirements of local residents.

The results show:

  • 100% of those interviewed said they were satisfied overall with the HRCs (61% said they were very satisfied and 39% said they were satisfied).
  • The layout of containers on site and the helpfulness of site staff also received 100% satisfaction ratings.
  • The area of least satisfaction was with road signs to the site which received a 97% satisfaction rating and traffic queues which received a 98% satisfaction rating.
  • Satisfaction with the range of materials which can be recycled has increased from the last survey.
  • Customers in Burnham gave the highest number of ‘very satisfied’ ratings of all the sites.

Give teens a chance – Foster with Bucks

​With two-thirds of children in care in England over the age of 10, Buckinghamshire Council is asking people to consider whether fostering a teenager may be for them. Anyone interested is invited to find out more about fostering with Buckinghamshire Council on social media and at a special teen-focused information event in September.

During August and September, the council’s Fostering team is inviting people to consider whether they could foster teens and help build their future. They’ll be myth-busting, exploring the science behind teenage brains, and speaking to some current foster carers to share more about their experiences of fostering teens.

Find out more about fostering teens with Buckinghamshire Council at:, @FosterBucks on Facebook, or try out the FosteringReady tool which helps people to find out more and create a personalised plan.

Eliminating hepatitis C: Buckinghamshire’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service achieves milestone

​Buckinghamshire Council is excited to announce that our local Drug and Alcohol treatment service, One Recovery Bucks, has recently achieved a major milestone in eliminating hepatitis C virus from its service users. 

Hepatitis C is a virus that can affect the liver.  The virus is spread through blood-to-blood contact and people who inject drugs are at the highest risk of becoming infected. No vaccine is available, and if left untreated it can result in serious and sometimes life-threatening liver damage.  However, the good news is that detecting and treating hepatitis C can prevent liver damage and make sure the infection is not passed on to other people.

One Recovery Bucks has been awarded ‘micro-elimination’ status – meaning that everyone who has previously injected drugs who has accessed the service across the whole of Buckinghamshire has been tested for hepatitis C, and more than 9 in 10 people who have tested positive have either started treatment or cleared the virus naturally.

One Recovery Bucks is the first county-wide service to achieve this nationally, representing a major achievement for Buckinghamshire. In doing so, we are supporting the ambition to eliminate hepatitis C nationally by 2025 – ahead of the rest of the world. 

Strong leadership and co-ordination between One Recovery Bucks, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Buckinghamshire Council and the NHS Addictions Provider Alliance has been paramount to this success. The improved patient pathway has reduced the number of tests needed, brought services into Buckinghamshire to avoid longer travel times to Oxford, and has halved the number of appointments patients were required to attend before starting treatment.

This year the use of an NHS mobile outreach screening van has also been secured for Buckinghamshire to increase the testing of at-risk individuals who may not yet be known to One Recovery Bucks by delivering services directly in their communities.

Councillor Derek Town 

Potential noise disturbance this weekend from filming at Pitstone Quarry

Dear residents,

We are filming a BBC war time drama at Pitstone Quarry this week and we would like to notify you of our plans. 

We will be filming in the quarry from Friday 25th August until Tuesday 29th August. We would like to highlight to residents our shoot hours and shoot activity. 

Our shoot hours are night shoots (between the hours of 19:30 – 05:30). And for these scenes we will be using pyrotechnics and special effects (light flashes and simulated gunfire). We are very aware that we are close to a residential location and where possible we will be using visual special effects over audio special effects. 

We have notified the local police force of our activities and they are aware of our plans. 

We do appreciate that our presence will have an impact on those local to us, but we are working hard to keep disruptions to a minimum. Without the kind support of the local community, we would not be able to carry out our work- so thank you on behalf of the cast and crew for your anticipated cooperation. 

As a gesture of thanks we will be making a donation to the parish. 

If you have any concerns, please do contact us on the number below. 

Many thanks. 

‭07568 055042‬

Burglary Advice from TVP

Burglary Advice

There has been a recent spate of Burglaries across the area and we wanted to take this opportunity to offer residents some security advice.

  • Ensure all windows and doors are secure and keys are taken out of the locks.
  • Mark all valuable items with your post code using a UV pen or permanent marker. This makes it easier for us to return items to you should we recover them. It also makes them less desirable to thieves.
  • Take photographs of valuable items such as jewellery. This will help us to identify them if they are taken.
  • Consider installing a safe and have this secured to the floor or wall.
  • Make a note of any serial numbers on electrical items or power tools.
  • If you have a house alarm, ensure it is set when you leave your home.
  • Consider installing CCTV around your property. This may act as a deterrent and could also help us to identify the offenders.
  • Install PIR lights outside your home. This will alert you and/or your neighbours if someone was on your property during the hours of darkness.

Please report anything suspicious to the Police by calling 999. Even if you feel it is a small piece of information, this may be the missing piece that we are looking for. If it is not an incident in progress, you can report any information by calling 101 or via our online reporting system on the Thames Valley Police website.

Buckinghamshire Councillors Report July 2023

Join the plastic pollution solution revolution!

Buckinghamshire residents are being urged to become part of the plastic pollution solution and see how far they can go in reducing their use of single use plastic during the global, month-long initiative, Plastic Free July.

With awareness of the problems plastic pollution is having on our planet at an all-time high, Buckinghamshire Council is taking the opportunity to remind residents of the many local initiatives aimed at reducing all types of waste and showing the many simple things all of us can do to make a difference.

One of the easiest ways to start, is to take a look at Buckinghamshire Recycles Zero Waste Map. This handy tool provides an online directory for all the local places where you can reduce your waste including re-use shops, community fridges and upcycling schemes as well as listing all recycling points around the county and details of the household recycling centres.   

Another way to make a change, for those with babies and toddlers, is to switch from using disposable nappies to reusable cloth nappies. Disposable nappies are made from plastic, paper pulp and a variety of chemicals and glue. Babies have around 5,000 nappy changes up to potty training, which is a lot of nappies to put in the bin. Cloth nappies can be 40% better for the environment, even with the extra washing machine cycles. Find out more information about the Buckinghamshire Nappy Scheme online.

Last September, Buckinghamshire Recycles introduced its new Reduce Single Use Plastic schools initiative which encourages schools to sign up to a pledge to reduce single use plastics within school. Haddenham Community Infant School became the first school to achieve a gold award for its efforts. Currently aimed at primary schools, the scheme will be opened up to secondary schools from September.

There are numerous, easy ways we can all try to reduce single use plastics and waste:

  • Use refillable water bottles and coffee cups
  • Avoid using bathroom and cleaning products in single-use containers – there are lots of places you can refill existing bottles again and again. Check out the Zero Waste Map for locations
  • Consider using more environmentally friendly sanitary products
  • Make use of reusable bags when shopping 

And where it is impossible not to use some plastics, make sure you recycle as much as you can. Check our Waste Wizard tool to find out what you can recycle and where

Find out more about Plastic Free July online

Summer Reading Challenge 2023, ‘Ready, Set, Read’ is kicking off at your local library this weekend

​This summer, children in Buckinghamshire, aged 4-11, are being invited to visit their local library to join a superstar team and their marvellous mascots by getting involved in the annual Summer Reading Challenge.

This year’s challenge launches on Saturday 8 July and runs through to Saturday 16 September. The theme centres on the power of play, sport, games and physical activity with the children taking part, encouraged to keep their minds and bodies active over the summer break. Over the course of the ten-week period, children are encouraged to read six books of their choice and follow the adventures of the themed Ready, Set, Read characters on their summer adventure.

Through activity challenge cards from the Youth Sport Trust, and an exciting, themed book collection, the Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep imaginations moving over the school holiday. By participating in the challenge, children will have the opportunity to explore new reading material, develop skills, and discover new interests. The characters in this year’s challenge are brought to life by children’s author and illustrator Loretta Schauer. The children taking part navigate a fictional summer obstacle course and track their reading as they go, rewarded by free incentives along the way, including stickers.

Libraries across Buckinghamshire will be hosting a range of additional activities and events for children and families throughout the school holidays, many of which are free. This includes a poetry workshop with Simon Mole across several libraries. The acclaimed children’s author will perform his well-loved picture book ‘I love my bike’ followed by some fun games to unlock children’s creative powers.

To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge simply pop into your local library. More information including details of linked events can be found online: Summer Reading Challenge 2023 | Buckinghamshire Council 

Visit to find details of events and activities in libraries across Buckinghamshire.

Watch our trailer: Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Challenge 2023 | Bucks Libraries 

Enthusiastic older children, aged 14+, who are passionate about reading are also being sought to take on the role of a Young Volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge. The role involves encouraging children to complete the challenge, listening to the children talk about the books they have been reading and taking part in related activities. It is a great opportunity to get some volunteering experience and learn new skills. To find out more about becoming a Young Volunteer email

We need adopters for children from Black African and Caribbean communities

Buckinghamshire Council is calling for people who may be considering adoption to get in touch. Adopters are needed for all children in Bucks, but those who are looking to adopt a child or young person from Black African and Black Caribbean heritage are particularly sought after.

National evidence shows that children from black communities typically wait longer to find the right family and so spend more time in care than some other children. Data from 2021-22 shows that on average, black children and children from other ethnic minority groups wait 100 days longer to be adopted*. In a bid to encourage more people to consider adoption, the council is launching a new campaign to raise awareness.

Council receives highest award in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Buckinghamshire Council has been awarded ‘Gold’ in the 2023 Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). This is the highest level of award offered by the scheme, which is organised by the Ministry of Defence.

The ERS encourages employers to support defence and the armed forces and inspire others to do the same.

The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Examples of how Buckinghamshire Council provides extra support for local armed forces families as an employer are through measures such as:

  • Guaranteeing job interviews for ex-armed forces personnel and serving reservists where they meet the essential criteria for a role
  • Offering extra leave for reservists to attend training
  • Providing a supportive work environment for employees who are members of the armed forces community, including facilitating a staff network

Councillor Derek Town 

Thinking of standing as a Parish Councillor – free online event

NALC and the LGA last week launched a free joint Democracy in Action online event to take place online on 14/11/23  to help promote standing in the local (parish and town) council elections.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have launched a new online event on how you can be the voice of your community by standing for election as a local councillor.

Join NALC and the LGA on 14 November 2023 for an empowering event that will discuss the path to becoming a local councillor and positively impacting your local area and society.

The event will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn about the vital work and role of councillors from an expert panel. Councillors who have served at various local government levels will share their insights, experiences, and advice about the world of local leadership.

You will gain valuable knowledge and the chance to ask questions, engage in meaningful discussions, and connect with others who share your passion for community action. You’ll discover the wide range of support available to help you take action and make a change in your community.

Learn more about NALC’s Make A Change and the LGA’s Become a Councillor campaigns. These resources will provide further guidance and assistance in becoming a local leader.

Claim your FREE place today

Buckinghamshire Councillors Report June 2023

Council pledges commitment to providing high quality education for all children in Bucks

Whatever their starting point, children and young people have the right to access the best quality education and teaching to help them grow, learn and develop so they are able to realise their full potential. That is the commitment Buckinghamshire Council is making to all children and families in the county as it launches its new Education Strategy.

The Education Strategy sets out five key priorities:

  • Access to and availability of high-quality educational places
  • Preparing young learners to reach their potential as adults
  • Collaborative school improvement to raise standards
  • Embedding a climate of inclusion
  • Supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all children and young people

It follows on from the previous Education & Skills Strategy which focused on the development of a programme of continuous improvement in education provision in Buckinghamshire. The new strategy builds on the achievements made and focuses on areas where more work needs to be done. In compiling the strategy, the council worked closely with schools and other education providers and consulted with parents, carers and other key stakeholders.

One of the key elements of the strategy is ensuring that every child is able to access the right educational placement and teaching for them, and that vulnerable children and young people are given the support they need to overcome challenges and achieve the same outcomes as their peers.

Buckinghamshire Culture Open Weekend – a first view of ‘what’s on’!

We are excited about the amazing projects that are planned for Open Weekend and you can now have a first look of what will be happening 27 to 30 July 2023 on the Visit Buckinghamshire website.

Everyone is invited to enjoy creative projects, performances, workshops, exhibitions and much more taking place across the county over a long weekend.

Confirmed activities for this year include – but are not limited to – a special opera performance of ‘Revolting Rhymes’ at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, giant bug hotels building at Langley Country Park, a creative workshops organised by Chesham Library resulting in joint ‘One World’ through ‘Many Stories’ display, a festival of Marlow’s colourful history at Marlow Museum, an inclusive workshops organised by ‘Sing Your Pain Away’(online and in person), a workshop for a giant sculpture out of recycled material at Chiltern Open Air Museum, an online writing workshop and a session of musical forest bathing.

Other activities include craft workshops, dance performances and classes, textile workshops, exhibitions, free theatre performances, concerts, choir sessions for families – but there is so much more!

Find out ‘what’s on’ and make plans for an exciting weekend. Everything will be easily searchable in one place on the Visit Buckinghamshire website.

Bucks resident pays the price for fly-tipping

A man from Gerrards Cross has learned the hard way that crime doesn’t pay after being caught fly-tipping and faced with a hefty fine.

Jonathas Da Rocha Souza, aged 45, pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal dumping when he appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 7 June 2023.

The court was informed that on 12 May 2022, an enforcement officer working for Buckinghamshire Council, discovered a pile of illegally dumped waste in a lay-by on Layters Green Lane, Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire. After further investigation, the source of the waste was identified and the suspected person responsible was reported to the local authority. Mr Souza was later interviewed by Council Enforcement Officers. During the interview, Mr Souza confessed to accepting £30 to remove the waste which he later illegally dumped.

Magistrates fined Mr Souza £1,384 and ordered him to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £1,010.62. A victim surcharge of £138 was also levied – making a total to pay of £2,532.62

Supporting adopters every step of the way

Are you thinking about adoption? Making the decision to adopt can be a big step but Buckinghamshire Council will be with you every step of the way. That is the message the council is sending out to prospective adopters in Bucks as part of a month-long focus on adoption.

There are children of all ages and backgrounds who are waiting to be adopted and to start their new life with a new family. New adopters are always needed who can open up their homes and hearts to give these children the love and support they need to grow and thrive.

For more information on adopting in Buckinghamshire visit the website:    

Play Streets scheme encourages children to discover the joys of outdoor play

Children across Buckinghamshire are being given the opportunity to discover the joys of playing safely outside their homes as part of the Play Streets scheme.

The free scheme invites neighbours to apply for permission to close their road for a few hours at a time so that communities can come together, and children can meet up and have fun outdoors.

Following the successful launch last year, particular focus is being placed on encouraging communities within the targeted areas outlined in the council’s Opportunity Bucks programme, in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Chesham, to take advantage of the scheme, but communities all across the county can take part.

Electoral Registration – are your details up to date?

Buckinghamshire residents are being urged to ensure their electoral registration details are up to date through the annual canvass.

All residents will be contacted during July and August, and will receive an email or a letter from Buckinghamshire Council asking to confirm that the names of people listed as eligible to vote in their household are correct.

Being on the electoral register means that you can have your say and vote in future elections – plus it can also help with your credit rating. All you need to do is to read the email or letter carefully and follow the instructions on how to respond, if necessary. It’s very quick and easy!

If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the messages we send. If you want to register this can be done as part of the canvass (a follow-up step is required).

The easiest way to register is online at:

Aylesbury Arm canal towpath benefits from £800k improvements

The Aylesbury Arm, a spur of the Grand Union Canal originally completed in 1815, has seen a significant improvement in its towpath condition, thanks to an £800k investment. The towpath improvements are on the section between locks 15 and 16, resulting in improved conditions for walking, cycling and wheeling.

The Aylesbury Arm canal towpath improvements – which have been made possible thanks to a £621,846 grant from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) from Homes England and £178,154 of funding from Section 106 developer contributions – are part of wider plans for active travel improvements in Aylesbury and form a main spine route between the town centre and the new developments of Kingsbrook and Woodlands.

Improvements for walking, cycling and wheeling include:

  • widening the towpath to 7 feet
  • resurfacing the towpath
  • improving accessibility onto the towpath
  • installing new signs along the route

The improvements aim to encourage active travel, improve people’s health, and reduce carbon and air pollution.

The new route forms part of the council’s aspirations for a ‘Aylesbury-Tring-Wendover Canal Triangle’ project and the wider Aylesbury Garden Town initiative.

Celebrating 70 years of safer school crossings

Over the years, thousands of children across Buckinghamshire have enjoyed a safer journey walking to school, thanks predominantly, to the efforts of the county’s much loved school crossing patrollers who this week celebrate their 70th anniversary.

Buckinghamshire currently has around 50 school crossing patrollers, commonly known as lollipop men and women due to the iconic circular signs on poles they carry when on duty, working across all parts of the county. Every morning and evening during term time, come rain or shine, they are out, guiding children, parents and carers safely across the road to and from school.

Many of the current school crossing patrollers have been doing the job for years, enjoying the special role they play in their local communities. Between them they have totted up more than 500 years of service, helping multiple generations of families. Several now help the children of the children they first helped cross the road on their way to school and some of the longest servicing school crossing patrollers are guiding the grandchildren of the children they first helped.

To celebrate the 70-year milestone and to say thank you to all school crossing patrollers, past and present, Buckinghamshire Council hosted a special event in High Wycombe today (Thursday 29 June).

The national school crossing patrol service was officially created by the School Crossing Patrol Act in 1953. The first SCPs wore white coats and peaked hats. Over the years the clothing has changed to more weather-proof, hi-vis jackets and hats, but the popular lollipop signs have remained, relatively unchanged and become synonymous with the popular and much-loved image of school crossing patrollers countrywide.

Buckinghamshire’s school crossing patrollers collectively have many interesting and amusing tales to tell of their time in the job. One patroller in Buckingham recalls once guiding a horse and rider safely across the road amidst the schoolchildren. Another proudly relays how they lost three stone in weight when first starting in post, simply by all the walking he does on his patrol site. Christine Walker is the county’s longest service patroller, clocking up 45 years. She received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2021 for her long service to road safety and has attended two Royal Garden Parties. All the patrollers build up a unique relationship with local families. One school crossing patroller called Mario is affectionally known as Super Mario by the children who greet him fondly every day. One thing all the patrollers clearly have in common is their love of the job with all of them saying how rewarding they find the role.

Councillor Derek Town 

London Luton Airport Expansion Development Consent Order (register as ‘interested party’ by 23/6/23)

Overview of this project published on the Planning Inspectorate website: Expansion of London Luton Airport from its current permitted cap of 18 million passengers per annum (mppa) up to 32 mppa, including: new terminal capacity; additional taxiways and other transport infrastructure; the construction of landside support buildings; surface access adjustments; mitigation works and other associated development.

To find out more about the DCO process and/or register as an interested party with the Planning Inspectorate, please click here:

To read the information on Luton Rising’s website (the developer), please click here:

Are you Standing Up for Belting Up and wearing a seatbelt?

Buckinghamshire Council is reminding people about the need to always wear a seatbelt as part of an ongoing campaign to increase road safety and protect lives.

As part of the campaign, in partnership with Good Egg and Thames Valley Police, the Council’s road safety team has been visiting local supermarkets. The experts from Good Egg have been carrying out free child car seat checks. Council officers have been on hand to provide information and advice to drivers alongside the police who have been carrying out checks to make sure people are wearing seatbelts.

Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, explained: “The majority of people know the law and always wear a seatbelt when driving or as a passenger, but some seem to be unaware that it is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt for their safety, or simply choose to ignore the law. These are the people we are reaching out to.”

Anyone not wearing a seatbelt who is involved in a collision is more likely to suffer serious injury. If caught by the police, you face the chance of getting an on the spot £100 fine. If prosecuted in court, you could face a fine of up to £500.

Steven continued: “We’ve heard the excuses, seatbelts are uncomfortable, it’s a pain when you are jumping in and out of your vehicle all the time or you can’t face arguing with your children about wearing a seatbelt. We do understand but the fact of the matter is, unless you have a medical or legal exemption, there is no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. So please do the smart thing – belt up and keep everyone safe.”

The council carries out regular car seat checks. In 2022, 27 child car seats were checked during two community events. Out of those seats checked, 89% were found to be incorrectly fitted. For more information on car seat safety visit:

Emergency services across the Thames Valley join forces with to share important water safety message ​

As the weather starts to get warmer, emergency services, local authorities and the Environment Agency will be working together across the Thames Valley to share how to stay safe by the water and how simple changes and techniques could save a life.   Following tragic deaths in the water over the last few years in the Thames Valley, Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services, the Environment Agency, South Central Ambulance Service, Buckinghamshire Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have all been working together with the aim of warning and informing residents of how to stay safe by the water, particularly with young people who often head to the water side when schools are closed. As a partnership, we are thrilled to be working with Olympic swimmer Tom Dean MBE on this important topic. A short water safety video is being shared across the Thames Valley that features Tom and includes advice around safe open water swimming, the dangers of jumping from bridges and what to do if you find yourself in trouble in the water. Tom is a double Olympic gold medallist, winning gold individually in 200 metre freestyle and as part of a team in 4 × 200 m freestyle relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He grew up in Maidenhead and is very passionate about the issue of water safety, having lived near the Jubilee Flood Relief Channel, a popular open water spot in Berkshire. The video will be played on school buses covering the area around the Jubilee Flood Relief Channel and school inputs on water safety will be delivered by Fire and Rescue services in the final half term of the school year. Over the summer, all agencies will be participating in joint patrols of the riverside and running a number of safety events on hot, sunny days when these areas are busiest.

Neighbourhood Inspector James Ellis, Thames Valley Police, said: “When someone finds themselves in difficulty in the water, it’s terrifying for those involved and brings together all agencies as life savers. No life should be lost to the water and I really hope this work helps ensure everyone can enjoy the water safely. “We know that younger people particularly are less likely to engage with messages from statutory agencies so we’re really grateful to Tom in joining us as trusted voice for this audience, to help impress the importance of these messages.”

Tim Readings, Group Manager, RBFRS, said: “Drowning is preventable and one drowning is one too many. We are urging people to take care around Berkshire’s waterways this year. There are numerous natural and man-made hazards located in our waterways, such as varying water currents, weirs, reed beds and dangerous objects beneath the surface that have been carelessly discarded. “Cold water is another hazard that can have serious consequences and can endanger even the strongest swimmers. Even on a warm day the temperature in open water can remain very cold, causing cold water shock. If you find yourself in trouble, try not to panic and remember ‘Float To Live’. “If you do see someone in difficulty remember ‘Call, Tell and Throw – Call 999, tell the person to float on their back and throw something to them to help them float.”

Stuart Grosse, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service Group Commander and lead officer for water safety, said: “We hope the tips within this video help raise awareness of ways young people can keep themselves, their mates, and others safe should they find themselves near any stretch of open water. “This new initiative, playing the video on school busses and in classroom visits, allows us to share transferable information with a key audience. The advice provided about cold-water shock, how to float to live, and what you can do to help if you see someone struggling in water, can be applied whether you are by a river, lake or even a beach. “Our hope is that those watching this video won’t ever be in a situation where they need to draw on it, but should the situation arise, they will be able to draw on the contents and in doing so, increase the chances of a life being saved.”

Thomas Broom, Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “As tempting as it may be when it’s hot outside, we would urge people to be sensible and only venture into the water where and when it is safe to do so. Any area of open water can have hidden dangers that you don’t become aware of until it is too late. There are lots of places you can swim safely outdoors or indoors in Buckinghamshire so please make sure you follow the advice to keep you and your family and friends safe in the water this summer.” Deb Forder, Safety Manager for Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Open water can look appealing, especially on warm days, but it is also very dangerous. That is why we are offering some important practical advice, particularly as we approach summer when residents are more likely to be tempted to take a dip. “Please consider things such as letting friends and family know your route near water and what time you should return. Carrying a whistle to draw attention if you do get into difficulties.” “There are many hazards under the surface that may entrap you or cause serious injury. Using supervised venues or swimming pools is much safer. “Even on a warm day, the temperature of a body of open water can remain very cold. Falling or intentionally jumping into water can result in a cold shock response.”

James Amos, Head of Resilience and Specialist Operations at South Central Ambulance Service, said: “We urge everyone to be cautious around water. The water may look enticing, but you may never be fully aware how deep the water is, how you may be affected by the temperature, how fast the currents are or what objects might be at the bottom. If you ever see anyone in difficultly in water, call 999 immediately and always keep the person in view.”

Maria Herlihy, Operations Manager for the Environment Agency, said: “The Bank Holiday was the first really hot weekend of the year, though the waters in the Thames were still bitterly cold. We had a chilly, wet spring and just last weekend the water temperature had been only 14 Degrees Centigrade – sudden exposure to this could easily have caused cold water shock which could immobilise or even kill.”

Buckinghamshire Council’s Community Safety Newsletter

The latest edition of the newsletter, with lots of useful information on the following topics:

  • Aylesbury & Wycombe Street Wardens
  • Vehicle Crime
  • Love Exploring app
  • Self-Defence Classes
  • Creating a safer Buckinghamshire for all
  • Neighbourhood Watch Awareness Week
  • National Bike Week
  • Child car seat checks
  • Cyber Security
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Social Media
  • Useful Contact Details

Please report any anti-social behaviour to TVP

Thames Valley Police have apparently been made aware of some recent instances of anti-social behaviour in Pitstone by young people with sling shots.

They have asked that we publish on social media a request for any incidents witnessed, or any intelligence known in relation to this matter, to be reported to them via their normal email : the Great Brickhill Wing & Ivinghoe neighbourhood policing team (NHPT) on

The same email applies for any other incidents of anti-social behaviour witnessed within the parish. Please provide as many details as possible in relation to any report, so that TVP can build up their intelligence and schedule their patrols more effectively.

Thank you.

Buckinghamshire Councillors Report – May 2023

Buckinghamshire Council outlines further cost-of-living support for residents

Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet has today agreed a comprehensive package of continuing support for residents struggling with cost-of-living pressures.

The council has been allocated a further £4.8 million of Household Support Fund money from the Department for Work and Pensions to provide support until March 2024. It’s now set out how the funding will be used to provide the best help possible to residents who need it most.

The council recognises the cost-of-living pressures have not gone away and high inflation and recent annual bill rises are continuing to impact households across the county. The council is pleased the funding is for a full twelve months of support and today the Cabinet has agreed to continue with a range of initiatives to help local households, including its flagship Helping Hand service.

The Council will spend the new tranche of money in the same way it has done previously, by providing food vouchers to eligible residents, direct support through the Helping Hand service and using the funds to support local organisations like foodbanks, which are providing vital community-based support.

Creating a safer Buckinghamshire for all

The Safer Bucks Strategy 2023-26 is the product of many months of work to identify the community safety issues that matter most to Buckinghamshire residents, working with partner agencies and analysing available data.

The five identified priorities are:

  • Neighbourhood crime – raising awareness of fraud, scams and cybercrime; and undertaking multiagency problem solving to tackle crime hotspots
  • Anti-social behaviour – Tackling repeat victimisation and encouraging reporting and working with partners to address concerns
  • Serious Violence – Raising awareness of serious violence and supporting early intervention and prevention for young people at risk
  • Violence Against Women and Girls – Raising awareness through education and training of professionals and increasing confidence in reporting
  • Exploitation of Vulnerable People – Identifying vulnerable locations where exploitation is at risk of occurring and ensuring communities can recognise the signs and how to report exploitation

To help set the priorities, in September last year a public consultation was run to gain an understanding of how safe residents feel in Buckinghamshire. Some of the key findings included:

  • Fraud and scams continue to be of most concern to respondents, followed by theft from a vehicle
  • Anti-social behaviour continues to be a significant concern for residents
  • There has been an increase in criminal damage and vandalism

The Safer Buckinghamshire Partnership Board is the multi-agency partnership responsible for tackling crime and disorder within Buckinghamshire. The central vision of the Safer Buckinghamshire Partnership is for Buckinghamshire to continue to be one of the safest places to grow up, raise a family, live, work and do business.

Pothole Pro gets to work fixing problem potholes

Buckinghamshire Council’s latest tool in the fight against potholes has been hard at work tackling some of the most troublesome road defects around the county.

The Pothole Pro is a specialist three-in-one vehicle that speeds up the process of repairing potholes and large sections of the road surface.

The machine starts by cutting into the road surface where a pothole has appeared. It planes out the defective area then crops the perimeter of the hole neatly, minimising the amount of material that needs to be removed and allowing a watertight seal. It then brushes away and collects the debris afterwards. All that is then needed following this is for highways teams to seal, lay and compact the asphalt into the prepared area to complete the repair.

The harsh winter weather caused significant damage to many roads across the county, compounded by the extra HGVs working on projects including HS2 and East West Rail. The council’s road crews were trained and ready to spring into action with the new machine once suitable dry weather conditions allowed them to get out and start making permanent repairs to the roads. During the previous wet and cold weather the crews could only make temporary emergency repairs.

Last week, Buckinghamshire Council Leader, Martin Tett and Cabinet Member for Transport, Steven Broadbent, went out to view the Pothole Pro in action in Crispin Street and Berryfields Road in Waddesdon to see for themselves how the Buckinghamshire Highways team is working round the clock to carry out the much-needed repairs.

The first sites the Pothole Pro visited earlier this month were Lower Road in Haddenham and Portway Road in Stone, where nine areas of defective road surface were repaired. The Pothole Pro will continue to travel around the county visiting sites that have been identified for repairs as part of a 28-day patching plan, including further works on Berryfields Road where 41 defects are due to be fixed over coming weeks.  

Condition surveys of the county’s road are carried out by the Highway Inspectors who, along with the Local Area Technicians, identify areas that require repairs. The number and size of the defects are recorded, measured and assessed to determine the best way of making the repairs. The Pothole Pro is being used to repair defects measuring 21.5sqf (2sqm) and above. For larger areas with multiple defects, use of the Pothole Pro for planing and sweeping is combined with the more practical methods of Plane and Patch or resurfacing is used, where the old road surface is removed in its entirety and a new surface laid. To date the largest patch of road repaired by the Pothole Pro has measured 2,637 sq ft (245sqm).

You can’t evade the law when it comes to fly-tipping in Bucks

A man from London has discovered that trying to evade the law doesn’t pay when it comes to fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire. Abdul Azim, 43, from London, was arrested by police after failing to attend a court summons in April regarding a fly-tipping offence in Gerrards Cross in December 2022. Appearing before magistrates at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 10 May, Azim finally pleaded guilty to the charge. Azim was traced when a Buckinghamshire Council enforcement officer attended Lower Road in Gerrards Cross to investigate a report of fly-tipping. The source of the waste was discovered to be a householder in West London. Statistics show that around 70% of waste fly-tipped in Buckinghamshire comes from London and areas outside the county. The householder was interviewed and told council officers that she had hired Azim as a contractor to carry out some minor DIY works and to dispose of some waste for her. In court Azim admitted dumping some of the waste found and revealed he had lost his job because of the incident and subsequently his home because he could no longer afford the rent. He admitted that the whole incident was, “a harsh lesson learnt”.   Azim was fined £200 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £1,140 towards the council’s costs, making a total to pay of £1,360. Gareth Williams, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment said: “This was a protracted investigation involving several different witnesses and once again shows that we have a proactive enforcement team who actively target fly-tipping. They will vigorously pursue offenders and wherever possible see that they are made accountable for their actions.”

If you spot fly-tipping anywhere in Buckinghamshire report it online –

Councillor Derek Town 

Please report any potholes or highway defects

Buckinghamshire Councillor Peter Brazier advised at the Annual Assembly that additional finances had been allocated to help clear the backlog of potholes across the county, bringing the total Buckinghamshire Council budget to £30m.

The size and position of the pothole dictates how it gets classified and how quickly it get fixed. There is also a set schedule for how frequently different categories of highway get surveyed by BC, and in between visits they rely on your assistance to report any issues via their website. Reports generate a visit from the Local Area Technician to assess, log and schedule remedial works as appropriate.

If you spot a pothole, highway defect, problem with a pavement, blocked drain, problem with a sign or a range of other highways related matters, please report them via this link:

If there are 2 potholes in slightly different locations, please report each one separately, rather than just reporting one and hoping the technician will spot the other when they drive past.

If one is classified as a major pothole, requiring category one response times, and the other is classified as minor damage with a longer remedial window, you may find that one is filled but its neighbour is not.

You can choose to receive updates on the issue you have reported if you so wish.

Annual update from Thames Valley Police

Thank you very much to PCSOs Megan Dean and Tina Hobson for attending the Annual Assembly and providing a crime update. They advised that 94 incidents of note had been logged for Pitstone over the previous 12-months, which included 10 thefts from motor vehicles, 4 thefts of bicycles/other, 3 house burglaries and 2 business burglaries.

You can report a range of issues to Thames Valley Police online via this link, including crimes, anti-social behaviour or general concerns:

You can also email our local policing team (the Great Brickhill Wing & Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT)) via their generic email address:

They use the information that you provide to build up intelligence and schedule their patrols or operations, so please do get in touch with them whenever you witness anything inappropriate or have a policing concern. You may not see an immediate response, but your information might be the missing piece of the jigsaw that enables an operation to be scheduled.

You can also sign up to receive email alerts if there is an incident in the area, please follow this link to sign up:

Pitstone Town Lands Charity inviting applicants

Thank you to the trustees of the Town Lands Charity who gave an interesting presentation at the Annual Assembly last night.

The Charity was set up to help those living in Pitstone who may be in need, hardship or distress. Surprisingly, despite the recent challenges with the pandemic and cost of living crisis, applications for assistance from the charity are down. They now provide assistance to all ages, and also provide assistance through local groups and charities that support Pitstone residents.

If you are struggling to make ends meet, please get in touch, in complete confidence, to see how the trustees can help. They would love to hear from you.

Sign Up for Thames Valley Alerts

Good Morning,

I am one of the PCSO’s who covers your parish.

We are looking at ways to communicate with our communities more frequently and one of the ways is via Thames Valley Alerts.

Thames Valley Alerts is a system where we can send an email to specific communities and areas if there has been an incident or crime in that location. This not only enables people to be extra vigilant but it also keeps them informed of what is going on in their area.

The link to sign up is below:

Or pop along to see us at the Pitstone Annual Assembly on Thursday 18 May 2023 at 7.30 at Pitstone Pavilion and we can help you to sign up.

PCSO C9953 Megan Dean

Wing Police Office

Aylesbury LPA

Thames Valley Police

Buckinghamshire Councillors Report PitStone PC Meeting 27th April 2023

Council has a new tool in the fight against potholes

As part of its new contract, which started on 1 April, Buckinghamshire Highways has taken delivery of a different type of vehicle to help in the fight against potholes.

Used by many councils across the country, the Pothole Pro is a time-saving, three-in-one vehicle designed to make pothole repairs faster. First it cuts into the road surface where a pothole has appeared, it crops the perimeter of the hole neatly to allow a watertight repair, and then it brushes away and collects the debris afterwards. Highways teams just need to lay and compact asphalt into the prepared hole to complete the repair.

The benefits of using such a vehicle are speed but also that operators are safely in their cab, with no risk of the use of vibrating hand tools affecting their hands or fingers.

Council sells unused land for affordable homes development

Buckinghamshire Council has announced the sale of unused council-owned land at Horns Lane in High Wycombe – paving the way for the construction of 50 affordable homes which will be managed by social housing provider Sovereign. This decision aligns with the council’s ongoing commitment to addressing the urgent need for new, affordable housing within the county.

Woolridge Developments will be constructing the homes for Sovereign, who have a proven track record of delivering affordable housing. The housing association will work with the council to ensure that the homes are built to high standards, and that they meet the needs of the local community.

The Horns Lane development serves as yet another example of the council’s proactive approach to community enhancement, following a similar project to deliver affordable homes on a council-owned site at Bellfield in High Wycombe, where 68 affordable homes will be built.

The Horns Lane homes will meet Sovereign’s unique Homes and Place Standard and be constructed using its new range of house types. The new design range goes further to support the health and wellbeing of its future customers, exceeding national space standards, incorporating increased storage and renewable energy sources.

The new homes will have air source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels, making them even more affordable and sustainable.

98% of Bucks families get one of their primary school preferences

Figures published today, Monday 17 April, show that overall, 98% of children in both Reception and Junior schools were offered one of their preference schools this year.

90% of children starting Reception received their top choice allocation, with 96% of families getting their first choice of Junior school. All children who expressed preferences in the Reception and Junior allocation rounds have been offered a school place in Buckinghamshire.

Communities devastated by groundwater flooding to receive support

Groundwater flooding can be devastating but the lack of information and management techniques available often leaves communities with little support. Without effective mapping and modelling, groundwater flooding can seem to come out of nowhere, with communities and management authorities not understanding how to prepare and respond. Project Groundwater Chiltern Hills and Berkshire Downs is here to change that. Over the next four years, it will develop modelling techniques and a flood warning service for groundwater flooding, working in collaboration with the community to help protect their homes and businesses.

Led by Buckinghamshire Council, Project Groundwater will work with communities in nine areas of the Chiltern Hills and Berkshire Downs at high risk of groundwater flooding, gathering local knowledge about floods and developing solutions on the ground, to ensure residents are better prepared for groundwater flooding. Findings from the project could benefit hundreds of communities and thousands of properties at risk of groundwater flooding across the region. The project’s findings will also support a national understanding of how to manage groundwater flooding.

Are you entitled to childcare support for your two-year-old?

Buckinghamshire Council is reminding parents of two-year-old children to check whether they are entitled up to 15 hours a week funded childcare.

Any parent or carer who currently claims some benefits may qualify for this support, which is worth over £3,000. Full details of who is eligible can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website.

The funded childcare can be used with participating childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools and nursery schools across Buckinghamshire.

Have your say on the vision and objectives for development and transport in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Councilwants to hear your views on its draft vision and objectives to guide future development and transport in Buckinghamshire.

The council is creating two long-term plans for what Buckinghamshire should be like in 2040 and how this can be achieved:

  • The Local Plan for Buckinghamshire – to shape and manage future development across Buckinghamshire.
  • Local Transport Plan 5 (LTP 5) – to set out the priorities for all types of transport across Buckinghamshire.

The draft vision and objectives have been developed from what people who work and live in Buckinghamshire have already told the council during a survey that ran from November 2021 to February 2022.

Bucks Tree Mission flourishes with more than 145,000 trees planted since October

Buckinghamshire Council is celebrating the significant progress made in its Bucks Tree Mission, with over 145,000 trees planted since October 2022.

The overall mission, which began in 2021, is to plant over 543,000 new trees on council-owned land in Buckinghamshire within a decade – one for every resident. This is part of the council’s comprehensive Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy.

The most recent tree planting season ran from October 2022 to March 2023. Key projects in the county have included a mix of large-scale tree planting on council land and a wide variety of local community planting initiatives.

  • Grange Farm – 14,700 trees and shrubs planted at this site to create a new woodland in Hazlemere. Volunteers, including 60 school children, attended a planting day run by Chiltern Rangers.
  • Bury Farm – 14,300 trees and shrubs planted at this site in Amersham, creating a new woodland.
  • Platinum Way – 4,038 trees planted along this walking, wheeling and cycling route with volunteer planting co-ordinated by Chiltern Rangers.

Alongside the larger projects on council-owned land, community involvement has resulted in locally delivered, smaller tree planting projects across Bucks. One such example is the St Peter’s Greenway, where a total of 2,700 trees were planted, spanning from Berryfields to Buckingham Park. Additionally, two ‘tiny forests’ were established; one at Princes Risborough School and the other at Bourton Park in Buckingham, both consisting of 600 trees each.

Furthermore, a lease has been signed with Forestry England to create a new woodland in Bucks near Wing, where 132,000 trees will be planted over the next 12 months. During a relatively wet April, Forestry England have already planted over 109,000 trees at the new Wing Woods.

New early bird trial gives free bus pass holders even

Older and disabled residents in Buckinghamshire who qualify for a free bus pass, can now benefit from even more freedom following the introduction of a new early bird trial which allows them to use the bus before 9am for a reduced fare.

Holders of an older person’s bus pass or a disabled bus pass in Buckinghamshire are allowed free travel on buses. Previously this was only after 9am on Monday to Friday. In a pilot arrangement with local bus companies, Buckinghamshire Council has arranged for new, extended benefits to free bus pass holders to travel on a bus before 9am on weekdays by paying a fixed £1 fare. These additional benefits will be in place until 31 August 2023.

Respect our beloved School Crossing Patrollers

​Buckinghamshire Council is calling on all drivers in Bucks to be respectful of the work carried out by the county’s dedicated group of lollipop men and women.

Come rain or shine, the small army of 60 school crossing patrollers are out morning and afternoon during the school term with their trusty STOP signs to help children safely reach school, as well as assisting adults across the road. However, a small minority of drivers can be abusive and put lives at risk with dangerous manoeuvres just because they don’t want to stop to let people cross safely.

Examples include drivers using abusive language, not stopping when the patroller was already standing in the road and swerving round the patroller to get past. The patrollers’ job is also made more difficult by drivers blocking pavements and stopping or parking in inconsiderate locations to drop off their children, particularly at ‘School Keep Clear’ markings and at bus stops.

So, the council is relaunching its ‘Respect Me’ campaign to remind drivers to be more considerate and respectful of the job school crossing patrollers do. 

Councillor Derek Town 

Ivinghoe Freight Zone update from Buckinghamshire Councillor Derek Town

Ivinghoe Freight Zone

The purpose of the Freight Zone is to restrict HGV access to the area. Those HGVs that DO NOT have a business reason to be there, entering the area as a cut-through to somewhere else will be in breach of the order. This traffic should be encouraged to follow more suitable roads around the zone. HGVs for businesses based within the zone and trucks entering the zone to service commercial and residential properties in the zone will have exception and be allowed.

The result of surveys made during the last few years indicate that the majority of HGVs are using this part of Buckinghamshire as a cut through to other parts of the UK.

Phase 1 covers the installation of signage around the zone making the 7.5 tonne environmental traffic regulation order restricting HGV traffic with exception for local access legal. This started in February and is now complete.

Phase 2 which covers the more bespoke advance notice signage on key routes around the zone, including Central Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, to alert drivers and operators about the restriction enabling them to avoid breaching the order and follow the more appropriate routes is continuing and I will update when more concrete details are available.

A further traffic survey will be conducted to measure the change in flows around one month after the phase 2 install. The data captured will help measure the effectiveness of the zone and impact on the preferred routes around the area. The results of the post implementation surveys will be shared with local members, parish councils and the public. It must not be forgotten that the Ivinghoe scheme is first intervention of this type within Buckinghamshire and as such there is no previous experience to utilise.

Who will enforce?

Currently powers for the enforcement of traffic regulation orders (TROs) sit with the police and the trading standards, the later not actually having powers to stop vehicles. 

Under the Traffic Management Act (2022), Part VI it was enabled so that local authorities outside of London may have powers to enforce certain moving traffic offences. The council is presently introducing the first batch of locations for enforcement of Moving Traffic Offences. Requests for future locations can be made through the council website. All locations and associated processes do have to be approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.

How will enforcement be implemented ?

The priorities for TVP and Trading Standards have not changed, being ‘crimes against the person’ and ‘protecting the vulnerable’; Local Authority capability to offer effective moving traffic enforcement is some way of. As a result it was suggested that the communities could make use of sending letters of guidance to operators observed in the zone. These letters would advise of the potential breach of the order, the risk of prosecution and encourage the use of more appropriate routes around the area. This approach was devised taking advantage of experiences from Central Beds who suggested results in excess of 80% compliance without legal enforcement measures.

A process of enforcement similar to the ‘speedwatch’ lines is envisaged and expected to evolve over the next 2 years. It will be wrong to expect an immediate change in the traffic flows, not only will the HGV drivers need to become acquainted the zone signage and alternative routes but also, devices such as ‘in-cab navigation aids’ and maps will require updates.

What will be the penalties ?

The maximum fine for breach of a traffic regulation order is £1,000. The police are able to enforce by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50. Based on what has been observed in Oxfordshire where they have an existing Structural TRO for the medieval Newbridge. They operate the use of warning letters. In a numbers of cases things can escalate to a prosecution through the Magistrates Court though fines are paid to the civic purse and costs allocated to the prosecuting authority. These don’t cover the real costs so every prosecution is expensive.  

Will the police be involved/active ?

The police are able to enforce these TROs but given their priorities and the fact that for these zonal orders they would have to see a vehicle enter the restricted area, follow it till it leaves the zone; if it doesn’t stop they can pull the vehicle over and prosecute the driver, getting police support will be a challenge.

At the moment we are in no-mans land (Pilot Scheme!); we need the LA (local Authority) enforcement of moving traffic offences to offer the solution but (Bucks Council) have to get all locations and detailed plans approved by the Secretary of State these can only submit twice a year.

Emegency Alert test at 3pm on 23 April

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live.
The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger. On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm, there will be a national test of the Emergency Alerts service.

It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding.

Emergency Alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them. If you don’t have a mobile phone, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at

If you receive an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions.

You can opt out of receiving emergency alerts; for more information on how to opt out please go to

To find out more about Emergency Alerts, visit

April Neighbourhood Watch magazine

We are pleased to bring you the April edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

This month’s edition highlights are: new Neighbourhood Watch window stickers with NHS on the reverse, offers from LockLatch, Avast One and D&D Technologies, how to be in for a chance to win £25,000 through our lottery, tips and support when planning a Big Lunch for the Coronation weekend or Neighbourhood Watch Week, rising cybercrime fears, and more.

Grab a cuppa, take a moment for yourself, and enjoy the read.