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Changes to household recycling centres start from 1 April

News from Bucks CC

PR 10444
07 March 2019
APPROVED for Immediate Release

Changes to household recycling centres start from 1 April

The first of April will see the first major change to Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centres for a generation.

The County Council’s Cabinet made the decision in January to bring in the following changes to safeguard the future of the service against a backdrop of continually reduced funding and the need to protect other critical council services:

  • The sites at Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham and Chesham will close two days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays (generally the less-busy days).
  • The site at Bledlow will close at the end of March, with the nearest alternative sites at Aston Clinton or High Heavens in Wycombe.
  • All sites will introduce charges for non-household waste items such as bags of rubble, kitchen units, fence panels etc. This brings us into line with many other authorities who charge for items that legally don’t have to be taken for free. Domestic and green waste won’t be charged for.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment Bill Chapple OBE commented: “I deeply regret having to make these changes, but there really was no alternative if I was going to make the £1.2m savings required of me. Our household recycling centres consistently receive some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all Council services, so we were determined to keep the changes to an absolute minimum while still achieving the necessary savings.

“Since the Cabinet decisions were made, we have been busy preparing to implement the changes in time for 1 April. This is a service that most people use at some time, and I want to ensure as little disruption as possible. Even so, I know that some of the changes will take a while to get used to, and we really value your support and understanding during the transition period.

“I’m committed to ensuring that the overall service continues to meet the evolving needs of Buckinghamshire’s population, and that we can continue to improve on the impressive recycling rates we already achieve.”

Details can be found online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/HRC

Phone scam

For all residents, the following is a report on a recent incident. Basically if someone one phones you threatening to cut you off, it’s most likely a scam. If in doubt contact your provider directly – the number is on your bill. Do not let the caller lead you into revealing any of your details.

“Received a phone call, apparently from BT, informing me that he was disconnecting me because of an unpaid bill.. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 or it would be £118.00 to re-connect at a later date. The guy wasn’t even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental! I asked the guy’s name – he gave me the very ‘English’ John Peacock with a very ‘African’ accent – & phone number -0800 0800 152. Obviously the fellow realized I didn’t believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone – he would disconnect my phone to prevent this. AND HE DID !! My phone was dead – no engaged tone, nothing – until he phoned me again. Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there & then. I said that I didn’t know how he’d done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn’t believe his name or that he worked for BT. He hung up. I dialed 1471 -number withheld I phoned his fictitious 0800 number – not recognized. So I phoned the police to let them know. I wasn’t the first! It’s only just started apparently, but it is escalating. Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it’s real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number – it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can’t dial out – but he can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool many. By the way this is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services – it is all about getting the credit card details which include the security number, to be used for larger purchases. Please Copy And Paste……. THIS IS A PHONE SCAM THAT IS GOING ROUND. PLEASE ALERT YOUR ELDERLY RELATIVES TO IT.”

Council confirms cash for ‘sensitive’ weed control.

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

PR 10419
21 February 2019
APPROVED for Immediate Release

Council confirms cash for ‘sensitive’ weed control.

Plans for a purge on unsightly and damaging weeds has been confirmed by the full County Council as part of their overall budget plans agreed today (February 21).

After years of neglect, the £500,000 funding will help tackle weeds that damage pavements and drainage systems specifically in main towns and villages. It will also help address residents’ concerns about how unsightly it makes local communities look.

Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw said the programme will be carried out sensitivity and in accordance with all current best practice.

“Over the years, I’ve been bombarded with complaints about our failure to adequately control damaging weed growth, so I’m delighted we’ve been able to set aside funding for this year to help get on top of the problem.

“But it’s not simply about making local areas look tidier, it’s much more about preventing the damage weeds and their roots do, so we can avoid costly repairs further down the line.

Mark added, “To make it absolutely clear, we will not be destroying our natural verges or vegetation that clearly supports wildlife and insects. This is all about targeted control of those weeds that we often see growing between kerb edges and pavements or out of road drains. The type of weeds that do real damage to tarmac, paving slabs and pipes.

“I can assure people we will be extremely sensitive in our approach.”

The work is expected to start later in the year and will be confined to selected areas in towns and villages only.


For further information please contact: Aidan Shutter, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978 

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Bryants Bottom Road, resurfacing

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

PR 10420
21 February 2019
APPROVED for Immediate Release

Weekly Roadworks Update

During the course of the coming week, Transport for Buckinghamshire will be carrying out work in the following places as part of the Strategic Highway Maintenance Programme. As some activities depend on the weather, dates shown are subject to change at short notice.
No weekend working is planned.

Carriageway surfacing

Bryants Bottom Road, Bryants Bottom – Pink Road to Spring Common Lane (25/02/19 to 06/03/2019)

Conventional resurfacing taking place using a 24 hour road closure. Closures will be in place over the weekends.