May 5th Police and Crime Commissioner election, and June 23rd Euro referendum. Are you registered to vote?
The March referendum on Pitstone neighbourhood plan saw a high turnout and only 39 votes against the plan.
But it could have been higher. Nearly as many people as voted against the plan came to the polling station and found they weren’t registered to vote.
For several years now registration has to be done individually, not by household. But you can register and be entitled to vote at any time, not just once a year.
Although you don’t have to take your polling card to the polling station in order to vote, if you don’t get one, or if only one person in your household gets one, it’s a good indication you are not on the register.
To check your registration and register call 01296 585807. To register on line www.gov.uk/register to vote. For more information www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Slippage on our local road maintenance program.
It’s been a very disappointing to see work scheduled for 2015 slipping to mid year 2016. I’ve been sent a provisional timetable for work on the B488 ivinghoe to Horton in stages from April to June, June to August and July to October 2016. Work is also overdue on the Beacon Road and Main Road South Dagnall.
Cheddington railway bridge closure .
I have been informed but not officially that the repairs currently being undertaken to the bridge are only a temporary fix and that more work is scheduled for later in the year. I have been meeting with the decision-makers at Bucks county council to impress upon them the fragility of the network in this division in an attempt to force some joined up thinking for the future.
The A4146 through Dagnall Edlesborough and Northall is to become the B440 shortly after the completion of the A5/M1 link but no progress has yet been made on putting weight limits on the B488 at enforceable points to prevent the displacement of HGVs to the west rather than the M1.
Bucks county council chief executive retires.
Chris Williams retired at the end of March after 15 years in the post. I am one of the small interview panel recruiting a new chief executive in mid April.
Bucks County Councillor