Category Archives: Bucks CC

What do you want travel around High Wycombe to look like in the future?

Residents are urged to make their views known on Buckinghamshire Council’s plans for seamless, sustainable and safe travel.

The draft Transport Strategy and Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for High Wycombe map out proposed improvements which will make green travel options easier than ever.

Drop-in sessions are being held at:

  • Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe – Saturday 5 November – 10:30am to 2pm
  • High Wycombe Library – Friday 18 November – 10am to 4pm

Find out more and complete the survey before 28 November at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/high-wycombe-travel or visit High Wycombe Library for printed copies of the document and survey.

More detail is at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/news/tell-us-what-do-you-want-travel-around-high-wycombe-to-look-like-in-the-future/

Consultation: Have your say on the Home to School Transport

Buckinghamshire Council has launched its Home to School Transport Consultation inviting residents to share their views on proposed changes to council-run school bus charges (Spare Seats Scheme), the Home to School Transport Policy (0- to 25-Year-Olds) and the Post-16 Transport Policy Statement for 2023 to 2024.

Between Wednesday 19 October and midnight on Sunday 4 December, people in Buckinghamshire will be able to provide their views on proposals for:

  • Spare Seats Scheme charging options
  • Updates to our home to school transport policies

Any changes will apply for the 2023 to 2024 academic year onwards and will apply to both new and existing customers.

More details are at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/news/have-your-say-on-the-home-to-school-transport-consultation/

Bucks Council – Apply for Community Board funding

Budget allocation

An annual budget is allocated to Community Boards from the council’s Annual Revenue Budget which is approved by Full Council each year.

Each Community Board is set an allocated budget. The level of Community Board funding allocated to each area is based on:

  • the population of the area
  • the levels of deprivation

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/improving-your-local-community/apply-community-board-funding/

Hughenden Valley comes under the North West Chilterns Community Board. (https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/improving-your-local-community/north-west-chilterns-community-board/)

More information & contact details

Questionnaire Survey Reminder– The Discovery & Exploration Phase for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

This is to remind you about the chance to take part in an important survey about the future of Buckinghamshire. It’s a questionnaire survey for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire. We want to hear your views about living and working in Buckinghamshire, what problems and issues you may face, and what your needs are in the future. We want to know what matters most to you. Thank you if you have already responded to the survey.

You can fill out the survey questionnaire online on Your Voice Bucks: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/local-plan-2021

There are other ways to comment. A pdf of the questionnaire survey is available on the website: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/local-plan-for-bucks. This can be downloaded and then emailed or posted to the Planning Policy Team.

The email address is
planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

The postal address is Planning Policy Team, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1BB

You can take part until midnight on Friday 11 February 2022.

Planning application 22/05000FUL

The residents of Warrendene Road are shocked and dismayed to learn that the owner of Country Supplies, has just submitted a Full planning application under Ref: 22/05000/FUL to create a new access road into the Oakleaf Farm site, with associated highways realignment, from Bryants Bottom Road that will allow up to 12 HGVs to park as well the creation of a car park for up to 34 cars and light goods vehicles on the “Mushroom” field adjacent to the site that lies in the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where there is a presumption against any new development unless there are very special/exceptional circumstances. The huge increase in the number of parking spaces and increase in full-time staff illustrates the company’s desire for expansion on the site.

A meeting was held in the the Village Hall on Sunday 23rd Jan.

The planning documents can be seen at https://publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application using reference 22/05000FUL.

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Have your say on a new political map for Buckinghamshire Council

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Buckinghamshire Council

From the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Following a public consultation on proposed council size for the authority, the Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Buckinghamshire should be 98. [Editor’s note – currently Buckinghamshire Council has 147 Councillors, three for each of the 49 wards.]

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 12-week consultation on the proposals will run until 4 April 2022.

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views.

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, give views using a mobile device, and by post to:

Review Officer (Buckinghamshire) LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

Full press release here

More Bucks homes to benefit from funding to improve energy efficiency

Less well-off households in Buckinghamshire should benefit from new funding to make their homes more energy efficient following a successful, joint bid for central government funding.

The BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) Sustainable Warmth competition which ran last year invited bids from local authorities for a share of the available funding. Buckinghamshire Council joined forces with other regional authorities under the umbrella of the Greater South East Energy Hub (GSEEH). The funding allocation has just been announced and Buckinghamshire has received £4.9m to support local households.

Including the new funding, since October 2020, Buckinghamshire Council has received £7.3m to help improve poorly insulated homes in the county.

Eligible home-owners can find out more about how to access the funding via the GSEEH website. The scheme will benefit both home-owners and those who rent privately.

Full press release: Bucks Council web page

Wendover active travel schemes

Work to improve active travel schemes in and around Wendover is due to start the week of 24 January. The work, which is expected to take three months, will improve the cycling and walking network and help promote sustainable travel in the town.

The work will include a blend of creating new stretches of cycleway, widening and resurfacing existing cycleways and footways and adding markings on roads and cycleway signage. All will combine to make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to get around the town using a cohesive network.

More details at : Bucks Council web page

Support for those financially struggling this winter

Are you finding it hard to pay for food and other essential household costs?

Christmas can be an expensive time of a year, especially if you’re already struggling to make ends meet. If you need some extra help this winter, the government has provided Buckinghamshire with a Household Support Fund (HSF) to help those most in need with food and warmth support.

Buckinghamshire Council’s Helping Hand team is available to help individuals or families in need, those on low incomes and those who are experiencing a financial emergency or crisis.

Whether you get in contact by phone (01296 531151) or the online form, they will ask you a few questions about your situation so they can offer the best support or advice.

More details: Support for those financially struggling this Christmas