Council to consult on ‘realistic’ options to make household recycling centres affordable.

An eight week consultation starts today (August 28) to hear the public’s views on a series of proposed cost-saving and future growth measures to make the County’s household recycling centres (local tips) affordable for the future.

The ten centres are well used and extremely popular, however, the County Council is having to reduce costs across all its services as funding reductions in the public sector continue to bite.

National figures show that in comparison with other areas, Buckinghamshire has a much higher number of sites serving its population. In addition, centres currently take certain waste like rubble, soil, plasterboard and car tyres for free where other Councils make a variety of disposal charges.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said the review was a ‘reluctant but necessary step’.

He said: “We have an extremely tough budget to meet from April 2019 onwards and this means facing up to some difficult decisions. There definitely needs to be changes, but my overall aim is to retain a service that still works for the majority of people going forward.

“Looking at all the data available, the responses to our user surveys and what other councils do, and bearing in mind the views of residents at four focus groups we held in July, there are some preferred options that we are setting out in the consultation. Realistically, without these, we’re not going to get anywhere near our financial savings target.

“For example, there is a proposal to permanently close at least one site, with the preferred option being Bledlow. We are also including other proposals for closing two sites, Bledlow and Burnham, and to bring in selected weekday closures on days when the sites at Burnham, Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) are less used.

“We’re also proposing to introduce charging at all sites for specific waste that we don’t legally have to accept for free. I completely understand that people don’t like being faced with extra charges, however, I have taken into account the fact that less than a third of waste falls into this category, so the charges won’t affect everyone and it also brings us into line with what other councils do.

“Of course, there are other areas where we have genuine choice and that’s where an open and honest consultation is so important. For example, we’re looking for views on which two weekdays people would prefer Burnham (if this site remains open), Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) to be closed, and also what Buckinghamshire residents think about people from outside the county using our recycling centres, which is of course an extra cost to local county taxpayers.”

The Council also plans to extend the operation of reuse shops (currently at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe and run by South Bucks Hospice) so more can berecycled and sold with the money going to charity.

Bill added: “I hope people will see the reasons for the changes I have to bring in and I look forward to hearing views on the areas where there is genuine and open choice.”

The consultation runs until midnight on Monday, October 22. Access to the online survey and supporting information is available at www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc-review  A series of drop-in events is also planned in local libraries so people can find out more details about the proposals.

Following the consultation, final decisions are expected to be made by the Cabinet later in the year.

The schedule of ‘drop-in’ events is as follows:

Bucks County Show (BCC stand) – Thursday, August 30 – 8am-6pm
High Wycombe library – Friday, September 7 – 10am-1pm
Princes Risborough library – Tuesday, September 11 – 10am-1pm
Aylesbury Library (currently in the study centre) Thursday, September 20 – 10am-1pm
Buckingham library – Wednesday, September 26 – 10am-1pm
Burnham library – Thursday, October 4 – 10am-1pm
Chesham library – Monday, October 8 – 2-5pm
Beaconsfield library – 11th Oct – 10am-1pm

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Singing for the Brain®

 Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain is a social activity for people with dementia and their carers enabling them to express themselves and sing with others in a similar situation. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled – if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves. For people who would like to come to the group for the first time, please contact the local Alzheimer’s Society office on 01296 331722

Buckingham   – Second and fourth Tuesday of the Month 2.15-4pm

Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwalls Meadow, Buckingham, MK18 1RP

14 and 28 August, 11 and 25 September

ROAD CLOSURE – Granborough Road, Winslow

Road to be closed in two phases: PHASE 1 FROM 28/08/-29/08 closed between Hogshaw Road and East Claydon Road Winslow.

PHASE 2 30/08 closed between Hogshaw road and Green End Granborough.

Closures from 07.30am to 16.30pm

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR AFFECTED USERS

Phase 1 Hogshaw Road, Granborough, Granborough Road Hogshaw, Quaintain Road, Botolph Claydon, Botyl Road, St Mary’s Road

East Claydon, Winslow Road East Claydon, East Claydon Road, Winslow and vice versa.

Phase 2 Green End Granborough, Christmas Goes Lane Swanbourne, Aylesbury Road Swanbourne, Aylesbury Road Winslow,

Sheep Street Winslow, High Street Winslow, Vicarage Road Winslow, Burleys Road Winslow, Granborough Road Winslow, Winslow Road Granborough and vice versa.

REASON FOR ORDER

URGENT ROAD CLOSURE REQUIRED FOR CARRIAGEWAY PLANE & PATCH WORKS TO FAILED SECTIONS OF CARRIAGEWAY. THERE IS INSUFFICIENT REMAINING CARRIAGEWAY WIDTH FOR SHUTTLE LANE WORKING. ROAD CLOSURE REQUIRED FOR OPERATIVE SAFETY. THIS WORK WILL BE UNDERTAKEN IN 2 PHASES.

Changes to the Recycling and Waste Service

This week, Aylesbury Vale customers will receive a letter, sent directly to every household, from Aylesbury Vale District Council. The letter explains the upcoming new bin collection schedules and changes to the recycling and waste service, and contains a new bin collection calendar. We have provided customers with all the information to their new recycling and waste service, alongside some pre-empted FAQs, to help ensure this transformation goes as smoothly as possible. However, we do expect a few teething problems as the crews and our customers become accustomed to the changes. We would ask that you help spread the word that the letters are arriving by retweeting and sharing AVDC’s social media posts. And of course, please look out for your own letter too!

East West Rail – Planning for Winslow Section of New line

Winslow Town Council

East West Rail – August 2018 update

 

Network Rail has now applied for a Transport and Works Act Order to allow them to go ahead with the construction of the section of railway between Bicester and Bedford, and between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, via a new station proposed for Winslow. The Plans are available to be inspected at Winslow Community Library. The local authority-led consortium (East West Rail Consortium) that has fought hard since 1995 to make the reinstatement of this railway a reality, is keen that as many people as possible show their support for the project by submitting their comments to the Department for Transport before the deadline on 7 September.  See https://www.eastwestrail.org.uk/transport-and-works-act-order-twao/  for more information.

Winslow Town Council is a strong supporter of the East West Rail project – and it will be saying this in its submission to the Department for Transport.  At the same time, however it will also raise comments about some of the details about how the project affects Winslow.  Issues to be discussed at a meeting of its Development Committee (which takes place at 7pm on Thursday 23 August),will include:

  • Commenting about details of the Furze Lane road bridge over the railway
  • Seeking the widening of Furze Lane between Buckingham Road and the Burial Ground to allow construction traffic safe access to the construction compound proposed for a site north of the railway alongside Furze Lane
  • seeking ways of avoiding Network Rail’s temporary and permanent acquisition of some of the land owned by the Town Council adjacent to the Burial Ground
  • seeking the addition of a direct footpath / cycleway connection between the north end of the existing footbridge (which is to be replaced at its present site) and the passenger entrance to the new station
  • protecting unrestricted public access to the green space north of The Spinney.

Anyone with comments about any other aspect of the plans that the Council should consider should send details to the Clerk at clerk@winslowtowncouncil.gov.uk so that they can be taken into account by Development Committee on 23 August.

TRAFFIC INFORMATION – 2018 GoPro BRITISH GRAND PRIX 24/26 August 2018

Friday 24th August  – expect heavier traffic during morning and evening rush hour.

Saturday 25th August – expect heavier traffic than normal.

Sunday 26th August  – Dadford Road will have a one way system in operation from West 10 roundabout towards Stowe crossroads between 1pm and 7pm, and the Dadford Road will be one way from the Circuit main entrance to the A43 meaning the A43 off slip southbound at Silverstone will be closed. We will remove the system earlier if traffic volumes allow.

For updated traffic advice and information during the event, please view the Silverstone website at www.silverstone.co.uk/residents or receive live up-dates via Radio Silverstone on 87.7FM and the Silverstone Twitter feed at @SilverstoneUK.

PICNIC in the PARK CANCELLED Sunday 12th August

 

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Sunday 12th August

 

We are sorry but due to weather conditions this event has been cancelled.

 

ROAD CLOSURE – WINSLOW ROAD, GREAT HORWOOD

Winslow Road, Great Horwood will be CLOSED between 8th August until 14th August due to the repair of a burst water main.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR AFFECTED USERS

Winslow Road, High Street, The Green, Little Horwood Road, Great Horwood Road, Church Street, Sheep Street, Buckingham Road.

 

Community Bus – AGM

Winslow & Amp; District Community Bus

Afternoon A.G.M.

Wednesday 26 th September

in the St Laurence Room

Arrive 2.15pm for 2.30pm start.

Transport available.

Please ring Sue to book

01296 715786

All Welcome – support your community bus.

Community Bus – September

Winslow Community Bus

www.winslowbus.com

wdcbenquiries@btconnect.com

01296 715786

 

ALL are welcome to come on the Community Bus!

Tuesday 4 th September – Buckingham Bus – 1-hour town, 1-hour Tesco or 2 hours Tesco! Door to door, bus pass accepted, otherwise only £4.50 return.

Thursday 13 th September – Westcroft Shopping* Morrisons, Boots, Aldi etc free with bus pass. Departs Winslow 9.30am, village pick ups. Ring to book.

Tuesday 18 th September – Visit Wimpole Estate – marvel at the architecture of the largest country house in Cambridgeshire, stroll around the 18 th century pleasure grounds, woodland and gardens, admire the shire horses, rare breed sheep, cattle and pigs and daily farm activities. Only £18.50 travel and entrance, £8.50 for NT members.

Monday 24 th September – Asda in Bletchley Shopping, M&S, Primark, Next etc £4.00

Tuesday 25 th September – Lunch at The Inn on the Lake MK. Traditional home cooked food in a lovely lakeside setting. £4.50 travel.

Wednesday 26 th September – Afternoon AGM! St Laurence Room 2.30pm start. All welcome! Tea and cakes! Ring Sue for details.

Thursday 27 th September – Westcroft Shopping* Morrisons, Boots, Aldi etc free with bus pass. Departs Winslow 9.30am, village pick ups. Ring to book.

Tuesday 2 nd October- – Buckingham Bus – 1 hour town, 1 hour Tesco or 2 hours Tesco! Door to door, bus pass accepted, otherwise only £4.50 return.

Tuesday 9 th October – Frosts Garden Centre – Senior citizens 2 course lunch for £7.95. Travel £4.00.

Thursday 11 th October – Westcroft Shopping* Morrisons, Boots, Aldi etc free with bus pass. Departs Winslow 9.30am, village pick ups. Ring to book.

Monday 22 nd October – – Asda in Bletchley Shopping, M&S, Primark, Next etc £4.00

Tuesday 23 rd October – Local Lunch at The Unicorn in Cublington. £4.00 travel.

Thursday 25 th October – Westcroft Shopping* Morrisons, Boots, Aldi etc free with bus pass. Departs Winslow 9.30am, village pick ups. Ring to book.

Saturday 27 th October – Coffee Morning at St Laurence Room 10am-12pm.

Please come and support the community bus and meet up with friends!

Tuesday 30 th October – Lunch at The Greyhound Aldbury with woodland drive and a stop at World’s End nurseries. £7.00 travel.

 

Make shopping easy! Reduce your carbon footprint!

You can jump on the Community Bus in Winslow any Friday or Saturday

morning around 9.15am to get to Aylesbury for just after 10 o’clock – dropping off by Sainsbury’s or the bus station, then return 12.15pm depart from bus station (High St pick up too on a Friday) – FREE with a bus pass, otherwise only £4.50 return.

WE can pick up near to your home – just ring Sue to discuss.

If you are aged between 25 and 70 years of age, and have some spare time, please consider becoming a driver for your local community bus. You can do as much or as little as you like, from shorter local runs to some of our longer day trips. We visit all kinds of places, garden centres, stately homes, shopping centres, countryside drives as well as our regular bus services, and the people who use the bus are a very friendly crowd!

We offer certificated training to MIDAS standard, and pay out-of-pocket expenses.

Ring Sue for more details 01296 715786

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