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After gaining advice from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils, we have been advised that our Annual Meeting of Parish Electors should be postponed until 2022.

If you wish to contact the Parish, then please do so via Facebook, at clerk.mbpc@gmail.com or on the telephone on 07857 113346.

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

30 November 2021

Separate Chiltern and Wycombe area food waste collections to restart from 13 December

Buckinghamshire Council’s separate food waste collections for the Chiltern and Wycombe areas will restart from Monday 13 December. From this date households should put out their food waste in its separate brown bin on their usual collection day.

A shortage of HGV drivers, coupled with Covid-related sickness amongst crews, meant the service was temporarily suspended in August, with food waste instead being collected as general rubbish.

The council’s waste contractor has worked hard to recruit new drivers, with incentives designed to retain existing staff and attract new staff to vacancies that have now been filled. This means that once more food waste will be separately collected by dedicated teams. Material will again be treated at an anaerobic digestion plant, where it generates electricity.

Cllr Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, said:

“Thank you to residents in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas for your patience while we dealt with the impact of the nationwide shortage of HGV drivers. It was clear during this time that many households were as keen as the council to see the return of the separate food waste collections as soon as possible. Your cooperation with these interim arrangements, whilst not ideal, has been appreciated. I welcome the efforts taken by all involved which have enabled us to return to separate food waste collections.”

During the suspension, food waste was taken along with general waste to the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant for incineration, generating electricity in the process. Less than 0.1% of Buckinghamshire’s waste is sent to landfill.

More information about the council’s waste collections can be found at: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/bin-collection-recycling-and-waste

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Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

30 November 2021

Have your say on development in Buckinghamshire

As we head towards a new year, Buckinghamshire Council is launching a public opinion survey as work gets underway to prepare a new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire.

The Local Plan will set out how the county’s housing and development needs are to be met in the years to come and will aim to reflect the needs and aspirations of the people of Buckinghamshire. The involvement of those that live and work in the county is therefore key to the Plan’s production.

The current Local Plan survey will give Buckinghamshire Council’s planners and decision-makers insight into the feelings and opinions of residents, employers and those that work in Bucks about the county’s current and future need for homes, jobs and other facilities.

Gareth Williams, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Regeneration, said:

“The Local Plan for Buckinghamshire will be our guide to how we will meet the future need for homes in the county and help provide infrastructure and services for both residents and a vibrant commercial sector, while at the same time protecting the natural environment and preserving the special character of our towns, villages and countryside.

“No decisions have been made yet about what what will be in the plan – it’s important that we hear people’s views right from the start as we look at ways to ensure that Buckinghamshire has a sound economic future and is a good place to live and work for all sections of our community, regardless of income and background. That’s why I’d ask you to take a few minutes to complete our online survey.”

The survey runs from 29 November until 11 February 2022. To complete it, visit Your Voice Bucks: https://bit.ly/3FNYdX2

Find out more about the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/local-plan-for-bucks

Weekly roadworks update

​As part of Buckinghamshire Council’s £100m investment in roads across the county over the next four years, work will be taking place next week at the following locations through Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Strategic Highway Maintenance Programme.

Some activities are extremely weather dependent, therefore dates shown are subject to change at short notice. No weekend working unless specified.

Conventional Surfacing Programme
New Street, Waddesdon (Monday 22nd November to Tuesday 7th December)
Footway improvement works (to be completed before the surfacing works) using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Green Hill, High Wycombe – Hughenden Road to Green Road (Monday 22nd November to Wednesday 1st December)
Surfacing works using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 7:30am and 5:00pm.
Acres End, Amersham – Stanley Hill Avenue to First Avenue (Monday 29th November to Friday 3rd December)
Surfacing works using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 7:30am and 4:00pm.
Bicester Road, Ludgershall – Junction with the A41 to Green Road (Thursday 2nd December to Thursday 16th December)
Surfacing works using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 3.30pm.
Plane and Patch Programme
White Hart Meadow, Beaconsfield (Monday 29th November)
Surface patching works using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 7:30am and 5:00pm.
Owlswick Road, Owlswick (Wednesday 30th November)
Surface patching works using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 7:30am and 5:00pm.
Vale Road, Chesham – Greenway to Berkhamsted Road (Monday 29th November to Thursday 2nd December)
Surface patching works using a night time road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00pm to 6:00am.
Finmere Tingewick Bypass – Aerodrome Roundabout to Aerodrome Farm (Monday 29th November to 30th November)
Surface patching works using a night time road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00pm to 6:00am.
Cock Lane, Tylers Green (Wednesday 1st December to Monday 6th December)
Surface patching works using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 3:30pm.
Chilton Road, Chesham (Friday 3rd December)
Surface patching works using a night time road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00pm to 6:00am.
Footway Improvement Works – Preparation works
Marsham Way, Gerrards Cross – Mill Lane to Packhorse Road (Friday 19th November to Tuesday 30th November)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Seeleys Road, Beaconsfield – Penn Road to Woodlands Drive (Tuesday 30th November to Tuesday 7th December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Footway Improvement Works – Headline treatment works
Freemantle Road, Aylesbury (Monday 15th November to 14th December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Ambleside, Aylesbury – Cambourne Avenue to Hambledon Close (Monday 15th November to 23rd December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Chiltern Road, Wingrave (Monday 29th November to Wednesday 1st December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Harvey Road, Aylesbury – Mandeville Road to Barnard Crescent (Monday 29th November to Thursday 2nd December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Silver Hill, Chalfont St Giles – Up Corner Close to Sussex Close (Tuesday 30th November to Thursday 2nd December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Dunstable Road, Ivinghoe – Tring Road to Beacon Road (Tuesday 30th November to Friday 3rd December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Grove Road, Amersham – Quill Hall Lane to Roundwood Road (Wednesday 1st December to Wednesday 8th December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Marsham Way, Gerrards Cross – Mill Lane to Packhorse Road (Thursday 2nd December to Thursday 9th December)
Footway improvement works using a footway closure and give and take traffic management in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Junction Improvement Works
A41 Bicester Road – Rabans Lane to Paradise Orchard including Jackson Road and Dickens Way, Aylesbury (Monday 20th September 2021 to June 2022)
Works will begin near to the Bicester Road junction with Sir Henry Lee Crescent/Paradise Orchard, on the North-West bound traffic lane 1. Works will involve excavation of the adjacent verge for the widening of the carriageway to create a new lane. Week commencing 29th November, our works will include final installation of new kerbs, drainage, final utility works, backfill, surfacing of new lane, and construction of new footway. There will be lane closures on each approach to the Jackson Road/Dickens Way roundabout which are in operation 24 hours a day and a two-way traffic flow will be maintained whilst the lane closures are in place. There will also be a contraflow system (24hrs a day) on Bicester Road between Stone Bridge and the junction with Paradise Orchard/Sir Henry Lee Crescent from 01/11/21 to allow for construction of left turn lane.
Road Markings – Lining Refresh Scheme
A41 – Waddesdon to Bedgrove (Monday 25th October to Wednesday 1st December)
Lining refreshment works using 2/3&4-way lights and lane closures in operation Monday to Friday between 8.00pm and 5.00am.
Network Safety Improvement Schemes
A422 Buckingham Road – At the crossroads near to Water Stratford Lodge (Thursday 25th November to Wednesday 1st December)
Installation of high friction surfacing, lining, sign works and vegetation clearance using four-way lights, in operation Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 3.30pm.
Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont – Near to the junction of Nightingales Lane) (Thursday 2nd December to Monday 6th December)
Installation of high friction surfacing, lining, sign works and vegetation clearance using three-way lights, in operation Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 3.30pm.
Bridge Schemes
High Street, Marlow – Marlow Bridge (Monday 4th October 2021 to Friday 4th February 2022)
Major bridge refurbishment using a footway closure when appropriate in operation Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 5.00pm.
Mill Lane, Taplow – Mill Lane Bridge (Monday 1st November to Friday 17th December)
Bridge demolition for Berry Hill Bridge; localised traffic management for site access point and compound area and a segregated area for pedestrians and cyclist movements, in operation Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm.

Queen’s Platinum Anniversary

Are you thinking of organising an event in 2022?  Please follow the link below for guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party

 

Email from Arthritis Action 9 Nov 2021

Good afternoon, my name is Marc and I’m the Coordinator for Arthritis Action.

I want to let you know about our next free Online Self-Management Event that we have coming up this month for people in and around the East of England who are living with arthritis. It will be held at 14:00 on the 25th of November via zoom (online).

It will last for one hour and is a great introduction to a self-management approach to dealing with arthritis, including diet, pain management, and exercise.

I would really appreciate it if you would be able to share with your friends, family, clients, assosiates or just people in your network the link to the event so that they can book a place free of charge and join us for an hour on the 25th to learn about the self management of arthritis.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/207068636867

If you or anyone else has any questions or needs help registering please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for your time, and you help and I hope that we get a great turn out at the event!

Online COVID-19 vaccination bookings now available for 12-15 year-olds in Buckinghamshire

Parents and guardians in Buckinghamshire can now book COVID-19 vaccinations online for children aged 12-15 years if they have not yet had their jab at school or have missed it for any reason.

This means children can get vaccinated over the half-term break to make sure they are protected as quickly as possible going back to school. With COVID-19 cases rising highest amongst children in secondary school age groups and young people in general, this will also help to keep their families and loved ones safer from spreading infections.

Parents can now go online to check the National Booking Service to see what appointments are available for this age group at vaccination sites near them. In Buckinghamshire, these include sites in the following locations (with more expected to be available soon):

  • Amersham
  • Burnham
  • High Wycombe
  • Stoke Mandeville (the Guttmann Vaccination Centre will be offering vaccinations throughout half-term)

Parents can also book to take their children to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford if that would be more convenient.

Appointments can be booked at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.

Parents and guardians are advised to attend vaccination sites with their children if they want them to get jabbed outside of school hours and informed consent will be sought on the day. Parents and young people are being asked to read the patient information in advance of arriving for their appointment. This can also be accessed online at: https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-services/feeling-unwell/help-us-help-you-this-winter/winter-vaccination-information-and-guidance-leaflets/

If a child has already been invited for a vaccination at a future date via the school’s immunisation programme, parents can choose either to keep that appointment or make one sooner online.

Angela Macpherson, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is great news and gives more children the chance to get vaccinated over the half-term break. COVID-19 cases are rising and, combined with other winter illnesses like flu, this means the next few months will be challenging for our healthcare services and for us all. By taking advantage of the vaccination offers available as soon as possible – whether for young people or others who are invited to have a booster jab – we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safer.

“We would urge any parent or guardian who is unsure about the vaccine to look at the available information leaflets with their child so that together they can make an informed choice.”

News from NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Eligible residents urged to take up the offer of a COVID-19 booster vaccine
The number of COVID-19 infections remain high in Buckinghamshire and are continuing to rise – so anyone eligible to receive a vaccine booster dose is being urged to make sure they take up the offer.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine booster dose will increase the protection you have from your first two doses and give you longer term protection. Like some other vaccines, levels of protection may begin to reduce over time so getting your COVID-19 booster this winter is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your friends.

You can have your booster dose any time 6 months (182 days) after your second dose. This booster dose will help reduce the risk of you needing to go to hospital due to coronavirus this winter.

Anyone aged 16 and over  who has not already had their first or second COVID-19 vaccination can still get vaccinated at a walk-in clinic or by booking through the NHS booking service (or call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week).

Who is eligible for the booster dose?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommends that the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine is offered to:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
  • adult carers (aged 16 or over)
  • household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals

Anyone eligible will be offered a booster dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. AstraZeneca may be given as your booster dose if you have medical reasons that mean you cannot have Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna.

How to get your booster dose?

People will be offered the booster through a range of services. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then. Once you have been invited to have your booster dose, you can book your appointment via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as a GP practice. If it has been more than six months and you haven’t yet received an invitation you can go to the national booking system here to book.

Together for Buckinghamshire, together for our planet

Council unveils plan for tackling the climate crisis

Buckinghamshire Council today formally approved its strategy for addressing the climate change crisis within the county.

The Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy is the council’s blueprint for how to tackle climate change and improve air quality within Buckinghamshire. The aim is to make Buckinghamshire as a whole, carbon neutral or net-zero in terms of carbon emissions by 2050 and to ensure that concentrations of air pollutants are at safe levels across the county. The strategy will also see the council reduce its carbon emissions by 75% by 2030, on the way to achieving net-zero no later than 2050.

The strategy sets out what the council will do and how it will work with partners and residents to achieve its aims. It has been developed, in part, using feedback from a public survey carried out in 2020 and other engagement work which showed overwhelming support for the council’s proposed approach to tackling climate change. This includes nature-based proposals such as tree and hedgerow planting and rewilding initiatives as well as the expansion of vehicle charging infrastructure and encouraging greener housing developments and home heating options.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment said: “This is an important day for Buckinghamshire. Climate change is an issue that affects each and every one of us and we must take action now to tackle this crisis head on.

“As a council we are committed to doing everything we can to reduce our own carbon emissions. The government has set a target for all local authorities to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Here in Buckinghamshire we are aiming to reach our target well before that. We have carefully costed everything out and so we know that what we are proposing is both realistic and achievable. We fully hope to reach the target of net-zero carbon emissions much earlier than 2050.”

Peter continued: “We also need to work with all our partners and residents to encourage everyone to take responsibility and think about both the big and small things we can all do make an impact and create positive change.”

The council has set aside a £5m Climate Change Fund which will be used in a variety of ways to meet the targets on climate change. These include:

  • Planting 543,00 trees in Buckinghamshire (one for every resident) alongside a range of other tree and seed planting initiatives
  • Generating more renewable energy and improving energy efficiency
  • Reducing emissions from vehicles
  • Improving infrastructure for active travel and electric vehicles
  • Working with partners, communities and suppliers to support emissions reductions.

Since becoming a new unitary authority in April 2020, the council has already made good progress in reducing its carbon emissions by around 6,000 tonnes a year. A large part of this is due to the impacts of Covid so won’t necessarily be permanent. Over recent years, Buckinghamshire Council and the previous county and district councils have introduced a range of initiatives and changes to make a positive impact, including:

  • Upgrading over 22,000 streetlights to more efficient LEDs
  • Installed solar panels at 15 sites to produce zero carbon electricity
  • Improved the energy efficiency of council buildings through better insulation, lighting upgrades and improved heating systems

Other initiatives have encouraged local residents to embrace green energy and find alternatives to travelling by car:

  • Installing more electric vehicle charging points in public places including our car parks. This year we will nearly double the number of charging points, increasing from 38 to 70.
  • Introducing new walking and cycling routes around the county.

A key element of tackling climate change is ensuring the whole community is involved. The council’s new, Bucks’ Green Challenge will do just that, working with local residents and communities to promote the small changes we can all make in our daily lives to help combat climate change.

Peter explained: “There are many things we can all do to make a difference. From eating less meat, to turning down the thermostat and from walking or cycling more to reusing and recycling as much as possible, they are small things but if everyone does what they can, it can make a big difference.”

Climate change is the focus of the United Nations COP 26 conference in Glasgow later this month. Locally Buckinghamshire Council will co-host a prestigious transport and climate event on 10 November as part of this. Together with a group of local businesses and organisations, the Green Wheels in Motion, COP 26 Regional Roadshow event will showcase a range of innovative technologies and initiatives being developed and/or deployed in Buckinghamshire to decarbonise transport.

To find out more about the council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy, visit our website.

Help us create a Design Code for Buckinghamshire

What do you like about where you live? What would you change?

As we review our planning guidelines, we’re asking you to let us know what you would change about where you live, with a ‘tag, type, snap’.

Buckinghamshire Council has been selected as one of 14 local authorities to participate in the national pilot to test the new National Model Design Code, receiving a £50,000 grant from the Government to develop a Design Code for Buckinghamshire.

A Design Code is a document that contains design rules for new developments, covering the design of streets, public spaces and buildings, as well as spaces created for water and nature. The Design Code for Buckinghamshire will set rules that developers need to follow.

Using a brand new, innovative web portal, bucks.place, you can tell us what you think – both good and bad – about where you live, and other local developments in the surrounding areas.

Using your smartphone or computer, you can tag your location, type your thoughts and snap a relevant photo to tell us your thoughts about homes, nature, infrastructure and more. You can also tell us about the problems and issues you may face living in Buckinghamshire, and what you would like to see in future.

Your involvement will help the Council to shape the future development of Buckinghamshire, ensuring that we are creating an exciting, accessible and thriving place for you to live.

We also need to begin thinking about what the home of 2050 will look like. It is likely that it will need to be designed completely differently to homes today, in response to changes in lifestyle and climate. This is why your feedback as part of this pilot is so important to us.

The Buckinghamshire Council Design Code will be used to help the Council to make better decisions about planning applications in future.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, Gareth Williams, said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for residents to have their views heard regarding their local area. We are particularly keen to hear from younger residents about what kind of area they would like to live in in future, when they’re looking to buy their first home or start a family. I hope that residents will make the most of this opportunity by using the bucks.place portal and ‘tag, type, snap’-ing their views!”

If you would like to share your views on your local area using the bucks.place portal, please visit: bucks.place

Raising awareness of the signs of modern slavery this Anti-Slavery Day​

Monday 18 October marks Anti-Slavery Day and the council want residents to know how to spot the signs of modern slavery.

It may surprise many people that though slavery was abolished in 1833, there are more slaves today than ever before in human history, providing approximately £150 billion a year in profit to criminals, according to a study by the ILO (International Labour Organization).[i]

Modern slavery takes many forms but for adults in the UK, labour exploitation is most common. Forced labour can take place on building sites, nail bars, car washes and even by ‘businesses’ that are working on your home.

Modern slavery rarely fits the stereotype of people being chained up or kept in cages and can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, or gender.

Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Arif Hussain said:

“Modern slavery rarely has the chains we see in old movies, it’s more subtle, trying to always be two steps ahead of the law. As a relatively affluent county, we are an ideal destination for modern slaves, so we all need to take the time to understand what the signs are and what to do.”

The indicators of modern slavery are extensive and depend on the type of exploitation taking place but some of the key signs for adults include:

  • Appearance – Signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
  • Isolation – Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work.
  • Poor living conditions – Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and / or living and working at the same address.
  • Few or no personal belongings – Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work.
  • Restricted freedom of movement – Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their passports retained.
  • Unusual travel times – They may be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night.
  • Reluctance to seek help – Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.

More information to support you in spotting the signs for other forms of exploitation, including child exploitation, can be found here – https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/about/spot-the-signs

To report anything call Victims First on 0300 1234 148 or use the online form.

You can also call Buckinghamshire Council’s First Response Team on 01296 383 962 for children.

The Missing and Exploitation Hub supports victims of all forms of exploitation up to the age of 25.

Or if you are concerned about an adult, call the Safeguarding Adults Team on 0800 137915

Please take a look at the link below regarding fraud linked to Covid passports.

http://www.marlowbottomparishcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Beware_of_COVID_Pass_FRAUD.pdf

Stand together, move together​

One of the effects of the pandemic has been the way that families, friends and communities have come together to offer support to one another. And now, as children go back to school or nursery, it is perhaps the first real indication that life is returning to some kind of normality.

Yet this feeling of community and the willingness to help each other through challenging times need not stop. Buckinghamshire Council’s Active Communities programme was designed to embrace this feeling of togetherness as we all look to recover our health and wellbeing post-Covid.

The latest campaign in the Active Communities programme is designed to encourage friends, families and work colleagues to become a little more active together as part of their daily routine. Shared moments of activity could include having family members talk to each other whilst walking. This could extend to older people who would benefit from the company and activity. If you want to go for a walk, don’t do it alone. Always look for a friend, family member, neighbour or work colleague to join you. Make the family home active with everyone getting involved. From sharing house chores to just all standing up together when the TV ads come on, all this can help to reduce inactivity for all.

It is often hard to think about our physical wellbeing with so many demands on our time, but sitting less and moving more can add a huge amount of activity to our lives if it becomes part of our daily routine. What better way to do this than with the enjoyable company of our friends, family and colleagues at the same time.

Carl Jackson, Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing (Public Health) said: “The Stand Together, Move Together campaign is another example in our exciting Active Communities pilot to encourage people to look at their daily routines and see how they can stand and move a little more every day.  By encouraging communities to support each other, we are not only benefiting our general physical and mental health and wellbeing but we can maintain the connections that have been so important during the pandemic.”

To find out more about the Active Communities initiative and how to participate visit: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/activecommunities

Having rubbish removed? Don’t pay cash!

Many of us are quite accustomed to paying cash in hand to have odd jobs done to the house or in the garden – but if you ever need to have rubbish removed, this is the one time you should never pay cash.

Did you know that your rubbish is far more likely to end up fly-tipped if you pay someone cash to remove it? A bona fide waste carrier must pay a commercial tip when they want to dispose of rubbish -an anonymous ‘man with a van’ has a strong financial incentive to avoid the disposal charge – by dumping your rubbish in the countryside.

And there’s a sting in the tail. If we investigate a fly-tipping incident and find evidence that leads us to a householder, we’ll pay them a visit and ask them to provide evidence that they’ve taken reasonable steps to identify the person they hired to remove their rubbish and to ensure that it would be disposed of properly.

If the householder can provide evidence of the identity of the person who took their rubbish away such as details of a bank card payment, the investigation can focus on the fly-tipper. However, if the householder has paid an unidentified individual cash in hand to remove rubbish, we’ll issue them with a £400 fixed penalty notice for failing in their ‘duty of care’. If the incident is serious, this might be escalated to a court summons that could result in a criminal conviction and a hefty fine.

Jilly Jordan, Deputy Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on the Buckinghamshire countryside, and the Council spends over £600,000 a year to clear it from public land – money that could be spent on providing other services to the county’s residents.“So, if you pay cash in hand to have rubbish removed, you’re making yourself part of the problem.”

If you’re unsure of how to make sure you’re doing the right thing when someone is taking away your rubbish, our S.C.R.A.P. fly-tipping campaign code is a useful tool:

  • – Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until you’re confident they’re legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.
  • C – Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s website.
  • R – Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away. If you suspect that someone who approaches you will be disposing of waste illegally, report them to the Environment Agency.
  • A – Ask what will happen to your rubbish and assure yourself that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • P – Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carriers contact details.

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.

Despite best efforts to recruit new drivers and upskill existing staff, there are still not enough drivers to reinstate separate food collections on 13 Sept as previously planned. Our contractor Veolia is taking proactive measures to address the staff shortage, including incentivised recruitment packages and retention bonuses for staff.

Peter Strachan is Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment. He said:

“It is regretful that we can’t bring back separate food waste collections yet, but we are being greatly hampered by the ongoing national HGV driver shortage and how it’s impacted driver staffing levels in Chiltern and Wycombe. We’ve taken this difficult decision so we can keep regular waste collections going while reducing the number of rounds we make given we have fewer drivers.

“We could have cut garden waste collections instead, but we didn’t want to do this during the growth season, and we could have put an embargo on driver’s holiday, but we didn’t want to penalise them for a situation not of their making, especially when our crews are already working very hard in a challenging climate of staff shortages.

“We are working hard with our contractor to get the food waste service back to normal as soon as possible; I apologise to residents in these areas for this ongoing disruption and thank them for their patience and understanding at this difficult time. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to put an end date to these arrangements at this time, but we ask you to bear with us and we will update as soon as the situation improves”

Stop for the lollipop – it’s the law

Buckinghamshire Council is launching its ‘Stop means Stop’ campaign to remind drivers that they must stop for school crossing patrollers otherwise they face a hefty fine, penalty points or even disqualification.

Buckinghamshire’s 60 school crossing patrollers are out in all weathers, twice a day cheerfully helping school children and adults across roads to and from their local schools. However, they are experiencing rising cases of abuse and threatening behaviour from a minority of drivers who are potentially putting lives at risk.

That’s why this autumn Buckinghamshire Council is launching its ‘Stop means Stop’ campaign to remind drivers of their legal obligations and to keep everyone safe on their journeys to school.

The 1988 Road Traffic Act clearly states that as soon as a patroller raises their sign, even if they have not stepped into the road, drivers must be prepared to stop. Once the school crossing patroller is in the road displaying the sign, drivers must stop, and not proceed until the school crossing patroller and all those crossing have cleared the road. Drivers flouting the law could face a £1,000 fine, three penalty points and even disqualification.

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport Steven Broadbent says there’s absolutely no excuse for drivers not stopping for school crossing patrollers or hurling abuse. “It’s not ok to intimidate or threaten our lollipop people who are just helping children to get to school. Drivers have a clear responsibility under the law and dangerous driving, revving cars and shouting abuse is distressing for the patroller and the children they are helping, and it must stop.”

Steven added: “As the new school year has just started, I want to encourage anyone that witnesses threatening or intimidating behaviour to report it straight away and we will ensure the full weight of the law is brought on those who choose to ignore their legal responsibility. If everyone stops for the lollipop, then that’s the best way to keep everyone safe and well.”

To report an incident, please contact:

Chiltern & South Bucks and Wycombe (East)
Telephone: 01494 586639
Email: georgina.longley@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Parking along Marlow Bottom

Following correspondence received, the Parish Council has been asked to look at the parking issues along Marlow Bottom, especially those affecting the cycle path/pavement and more specifically the area from Kingswood Parade to the Village Hall.

The Parish Council has recently contacted all businesses close to the main road asking that staff and customers are made aware that parking on the cycle path/pavement is illegal and alternative parking should be found.

Please be aware that Transport for Bucks will shortly be assigning parking wardens to Marlow Bottom and subsequently ticketing illegally parked vehicles.

Buckinghamshire Council

School bus routes and stops 2021/22​

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

Bus MSWB875

Stopping at Hazlemere; Crossroads / Amersham Road, High Wycombe; Hamilton Road / Hughenden Road, Marlow Bottom; Andrews Way, Badgers Way, Highwoods Drive, Squirrel Rise, Post Office and Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School.