Around the UK, there are reports of dangerous, fake NHS text messages circulating, telling people that they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine. The link takes you to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details including bank/card details.
Buckinghamshire Council’s Trading Standards team are also receiving information that cold calls regarding the vaccine are taking place, where scammers are asking people to pay for the vaccine over the phone.
Most of these vaccine scams are targeting elderly residents who receive a cold call to advise that their vaccination would be carried out in their home, and that the caller requires their name, address and also financial details to pay for the vaccine.
There is currently a Public Spaces Protection Order in place at 21 council-controlled car parks in the Chiltern area – and Buckinghamshire Council is now inviting residents, businesses and anyone with an interest to let us know if it should be extended.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is a legal power which allows councils to deal with a specific nuisance or problem in a defined area. These are problems that negatively affect the quality of life for local people. The order imposes conditions on the use of that area and these conditions apply to everybody.
The Consultation is open until 21 February. Full details are here.
Following the announcement of a new national lockdown in England, Buckinghamshire Council has made some urgent changes to several of its key services.
If you want to question council bosses about how your council tax is spent, you can do next week as part of the robust scrutiny process of Buckinghamshire Council’s billion pound spending plans.
Everything from Covid to children’s services and roads to regeneration goes under the microscope over three days of intense scrutiny as the Leader and his cabinet account for their spending proposals from 1st April 2021.
The committee also invite questions from Buckinghamshire residents, businesses and community groups to feed into the discussions. Questions for any of the sessions should be submitted in advance by e-mail to email@example.com. Questions can also be submitted to @buckscouncil on the Council’s Twitter and Facebook sites. Questions should be submitted by 9.00am on Monday 11 January. As much time as possible will be set aside for public questions and every session can be viewed live via webcast.
Residents across Buckinghamshire are reminded of the latest information and updates to Buckinghamshire Council’s recycling and waste service, including: new collection calendars available to download for residents in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas, an update on the county’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) and the suspension of garden waste collection for residents in the Aylesbury Vale area.
Please be advised that currently the new national restrictions, in place between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 2 December, have no impact on weekly household collections or Buckinghamshire’s HRCs.
New calendars for the Chiltern and Wycombe areas
Residents from the Chiltern and Wycombe areas are encouraged to download their new recycling and waste calendars. https://www.chiltern.gov.uk/collection-dates
or straight to the calendar here : Calendar
Applications welcome for Bucks Business Grants
Eligible local businesses can apply now for one of the two Bucks Business Grants the council is setting up to help support businesses who have been impacted by the current national lockdown.