Category Archives: Bucks CC

Lorry Parking on Warrenden Rd

On 16th Sept. there was a special N W Chilterns Community Board meeting was held to discuss the Reshaped Report (developed by Jim Stevens) on the lorry parking problems in Warrendene Road to Board Members, Cllr David Carroll and Cllr Steven Broadbent (our local Bucks Council Councillors), and HPC Chairman, Cllr Paul Nicholls, for their consideration and initial comment prior going forward to the Board’s Traffic & Roads Issues Group. Also in attendance were some Warrendene Road residents and HVRA members.

As a result of that meeting, we would urge you ALL to read the 31-page Report (see below) and, furthermore, to please pass on all your comments by 30th September to Jackie Binning, all three Local Members and the Clerk and Chairman of the Parish Council.

Last night Jim Stevens asked the Board Members present to accept the following 5 recommendations:

1. NOTE the extent of the work that has been undertaken to investigate the lorry parking issues raised by the residents, the engagement with key parties, including a wider group of residents, all of which have informed the findings of this report.

2. REJECT the residents’ request, as described in their Petition, due to the adverse implications this would have for the local community in Walters Ash/Naphill.

3. NOTE that other ideas have been identified in this report, that could be taken forwards, to reduce the lorry parking problems in Warrendene Road.

4. COMMENT on the ideas set out in this report, including sending any comments by email to the Community Board Coordinator by 30 September 2021.

5. NOTE that this report and the comments made in the Community Board meeting and received by email, will help inform Buckinghamshire Council Local Members decide by 29th October 2021, the way forwards and next appropriate steps.

It is vital that residents make their comments/concerns/objections known by the 30th September via email to:

Jackie.Binning@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

As the N W Chilterns Community Board’s Co-Ordinator, Jackie needs your comments so that she can pass them on to Board Members on 3rd November where the way forward and next appropriate steps will be agreed:

David.Carroll@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Steven.Broadbent@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Clive.Harriss@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

It is very important that our three Local Members are fully aware of your concerns because ultimately they have to represent their residents in coming to a decision on the ideas/issues raised in Jim Stevens’ Report and the best way forward.

You could also email your comments to the Clerk and Chairman of the Parish Council

clerk@hughenden-pc.gov.uk and paul.nicholls@hughenden-pc.gov.uk

Report to Community Board – Warrendene Road 13-9-21

Powerpoint for Community Board

Buckinghamshire’s LOCAL HERITAGE LIST

There is currently a government led Local Heritage Listing initiative to record local sites, buildings, and monuments that are of community and heritage importance, but have either not met the strict statutory listing requirement, or have simply slipped through the net. Buckinghamshire Council has received funding for this project and we need to get people involved to nominate sites. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the site surveys and data input.

The Bucks Local Heritage List Project team would really appreciate help and advice in all areas of this project and are looking for all levels of interest and expertise. We wondered if it might be something that you, your members might be interested in, either by nominating somewhere important to you, or by assisting with the process (training will be provided both with the data-inputting and onsite surveying.)

Contact details are in this flyer.

A consultation on council size and electoral  boundaries for Buckinghamshire Council has begun 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Today is the start of a 10-week public consultation inviting proposals for the number of councillors that should represent the residents of the newly formed Buckinghamshire Council. 

Our consultation will close on 2 November 2021.

After we have considered all representations made to us during this consultation on council size, we will then be inviting residents, local authorities, and local organisations to submit their ideas on the ward boundaries within the council area. 

We will then hold a further period of consultation on our draft recommendations. Our final recommendations are expected to be published in November 2022.

The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in May 2025

If you represent a local organisation or community group in Buckinghamshire, please pass this message on to your members or anyone who you think might be interested in the review. You can share the message by email or through social media by using the buttons at the bottom right of the page.

What is an electoral review?

Our electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Buckinghamshire Council. We will propose:

·        the total number of councillors elected to the council in the future;

·        the number of wards;

·        the number of councillors representing each ward;

·        ward boundaries; and

·        the names of wards.

How to get involved

We will treat all submissions equally, and judge each case on its merits and against the legal criteria.

If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission. Examples of the kind of evidence that would help support your submission is available on the consultation document we have produced.

There is more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation.

Our website features technical guidance that explains the process and our policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.

We have also set up a webpage dedicated to the review of Buckinghamshire, where you can find all the relevant information.

Out consultation portal portal allows you to comment and upload documents directly to the site. 

Extended changes to household waste collections – Chiltern and Wycombe areas only

Buckinghamshire Council is asking residents in Chiltern and Wycombe to carry on disposing of food waste in their general rubbish until further notice.

Residents in these areas have already been asked to throw away food waste with their general household waste for the last four weeks. The Council is having to extend this arrangement because of the on-going national HGV driver shortage.

It means people living in Chiltern and Wycombe should carry on doing what they’ve been doing in recent weeks with food waste – throwing it away with their general rubbish (in the black bin). Brown food caddies will still be emptied if they’re put out on general rubbish week only, but this waste will not be recycled during this time. Collections in the rest of Buckinghamshire are unaffected and these changes impact residents in Chiltern and Wycombe only.

Summer of Stories

Buckinghamshire’s ‘Summer of Stories’ is well and truly underway – but there’s still time for you to get involved.

This summer, Buckinghamshire Culture and Buckinghamshire Council have been working together to create a Summer of Stories, focusing on a theme of ‘stories of happiness’. The ‘Story Stall’ is part of this multi-stranded project aiming to engage people across Buckinghamshire with stories and creativity.  Inspired by our strong literary heritage this project will result in animation of town centres, activity supporting wellbeing, enhancing quality of life and maintaining connection as part of wider Covid recovery.  Residents of Buckinghamshire have been invited to share and celebrate their personal stories, and those of the county itself, through conversations with artists, or via ‘Story Postcards’ at artist-led pop-up stalls across the county in markets and local high streets and at various cultural and library locations.

It’s not too late to get involved with the Summer of Stories. If you would like to get involved and share a story of happiness, or a story of Buckinghamshire, you can find the final few pop-up stalls in the following locations:

  • Winslow Market on 25 August, 8:30am-2pm
  • Live in the Park, Aqua Vale Park, Aylesbury on 28 August, 9am-5:30pm
  • Black Park, Wexham on 29 August, 10am-4pm
  • Beaconsfield Country Fair, Beaconsfield on 30 August, 9:30am-5pm

Full details are here.

This programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and funding from Buckinghamshire Council, Heart of Bucks and Rothschild Foundation. 

Parish Councils & the Planning process

Recent changes to the process give Parish Councils slightly more say than previously. Parish Councils can now request that a planning request is reviewed by one of the Bucks Council Planning Committees, rather than it being handled by a Planning Officer. The latter is the case for the majority of cases – which are either straightforward & approved or fail for fairly obvious reasons. Details in the link below.

Planning Engagement Summary

New drop-in vaccine clinics at Stoke Mandeville Stadium this weekend

A drop-in clinic is opening at Stoke Mandeville stadium this weekend for eligible members of the public to get their first or second Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine without a pre-booked appointment.

The drop-in clinics will be open on:

  • Friday 4 June – 10am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 5 June – 9:30am to 1pm

Regardless of whether you are a permanent Buckinghamshire resident or not, anyone aged over 40 who has not yet had their first vaccine or those over 18 who need their second jab (a minimum of 4 weeks after their first) is eligible to attend. All you need is your name, date of birth and NHS number. You can find your NHS number online.

Press release

Thank you to every single volunteer – a message from Bucks Council

This week (June 1 to 7) celebrates the tremendous work of volunteers across the UK, and there has never been a better time for Buckinghamshire to give its thanks to these remarkable people.

Volunteers have played an essential role within the Buckinghamshire community over the last year. At the start of the pandemic and throughout lockdowns they gave their support to help some of the most vulnerable people in society – the elderly, infirm and people living with medical conditions or in other very difficult circumstances. In desperate times they offered a lifeline to those most in need, whether by delivering essential supplies or medication, transporting people to medical appointments, offering a friendly voice over the phone, or in any number of other ways.

And they have played a vital part in the vaccination rollout since it began in December.

Without their invaluable help, it is impossible to imagine the rollout being the great success it has been. Volunteers have made a huge contribution, from the set up and day-to-day running of the vaccination sites, marshalling traffic, transporting patients, guiding them through the actual process of getting their jabs, and much more; the rollout simply would not have been the great success it is without them.

The full press release is here.