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.


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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.

POTTER CUP QUIZ 2019 Saturday 16th March 2019 ‘NOW IT’S SPRING’

Dear Potential Quizzers and Supporters of the Hughenden Valley Potter Cup Quiz,

As most of you are aware the Potter Quiz was, for a number of reasons moved from the Autumn to the Spring.

So this year’s quiz is on SATURDAY 16th MARCH.

We are again following the approach of continuing to make it less complex to allow more time for socialising.

Also the price has once again been maintained at only £10 per person and this includes the good quality buffet. Please remember that the proceeds from the Potter Quiz are ‘ring fenced’ for the Senior Citizens function which will be held in the Summer.

More details of the Potter Quiz event are:

  • DATE: Saturday 16th March 2019
  • TIME: 7.00 for 7.30 prompt start
  • THEME: ‘NOW IT’S SPRING’
  • COST:  £10 per head, which will include a good quality buffet
  • TEAM SIZE: Optimum size 8 please, but a little bit of leeway is allowed
  • TEAM NAME: Your choice
  • FANCY DRESS (Linked to the Theme): Optional
  • DRINKS: Bring your own drinks & glasses

Would you please advise me if you would like to put in a team, together with the likely numbers so that we can organise food, etc.

If you do have any related queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

ALSO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Thanks for your support

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Al

Albert Bowyer
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Changes at Buckinghamshire County Council’s household recycling centres

PR 10349
07 January 2019
APPROVED for Immediate Release

www.buckscc.gov.uk/news/decision-made-to-go-ahead-with-changes-at-household-recycling-centres

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet has today (7 January) agreed a series of changes to the county’s household recycling centre service.

The recommendations for change were prepared following a recent public consultation and a detailed analysis of how the recycling centre service currently operates, including patterns of demand at each of the sites, and survey information on how people actually use their own local site.

The changes aim to make important cost savings while at the same time ensuring that Buckinghamshire residents experience as little difference as possible in the way they use their local recycling centre. Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centre service is highly thought of by residents, and the decision to make changes at all was only taken with reluctance.

The main changes being introduced, which it is estimated will make cost savings of £1.25 million, are as follows:

1. Introduce charges at all Buckinghamshire household recycling centres for anything that is classed as non-household waste. This includes waste resulting from the construction, demolition, renovation or alteration of homes and outbuildings, and rubble, soil and treated wood resulting from garden landscaping. However, all green garden waste will continue to be accepted without charge. Charges will be phased in from 1 April 2019.

2. From 1 April 2019, reduce daily opening at the household recycling centres at Rabans Lane (Aylesbury), Chesham and Burnham from seven to five days a week by closing them on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

3. Permanently close the household recycling centre at Bledlow from 1 April 2019.

4. Close the household recycling centre at Burnham permanently from 30 September 2019, subject to a financial review of the effectiveness of the other changes, which could mean that closure is postponed.

Speaking after today’s meeting, Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said: “The changes we are making to the household recycling centre service have been very carefully considered so that they make as little disruption as possible to residents across the county as a whole. However, I do accept that some of the changes, especially permanent closure of a site, will have an impact on residents living in that locality.”

He added: “Although I would much rather inconvenience no-one, these closures are unfortunately necessary if we are to realise the level of cost savings the Council’s budget requires.”

The Cabinet meeting recognised the widely-held concern that, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, changes to the household recycling centre service would lead to an increase in fly tipping. To cover such an eventuality, authority was given for the county’s waste enforcement service to work with the Cabinet Member to bring in additional preventative measures if any increase is identified.

Bill Chapple continued: “I’m aware that there is widespread concern that the changes agreed today will cause more fly tipping. But evidence from around the country says otherwise – ordinary householders don’t suddenly become criminals because changes are made at their local tip. However, we have zero tolerance of fly tipping, any will take immediate action if there’s any sign of an increase due to these changes.”

The Council will be carrying out extensive communications to ensure that residents are aware of the changes that will be taking place both to the household recycling centre service as a whole, and especially in respect of their own local site.

The webcast of the Cabinet meeting is available here, together with the agenda and supporting documentation: https://buckscc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/387731


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