Thrift Farm – Cabinet decides to hold consultation

Thrift Farm – Cabinet decides to hold consultation

A proposal on the future of Thrift Farm, a rural supported employment service for adults with learning difficulties and local visitor attraction, was considered by the County Council on Monday 4 February 2019. Cabinet members agreed [with one abstention] to go ahead with the proposal to consult, extending the consultation period from six to eight weeks.

Lin Hazell, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said she was introducing the proposal with a ‘heavy heart’ and hoped that someone will come forward to take over the leasehold at Thrift Farm. Lin continued: “This proposal has not been taken lightly; we have been looking at every angle to keep it open. All Cabinet members recognise the unique role Thrift Farm plays in providing real work opportunities for people with a learning disability and we are supportive of finding a viable way to keep it going.

“There has been a significant number of representations made to members in support of Thrift Farm, raising some valid points. We have read all of these and take them very seriously. However, all local governments are facing very tough financial times and forced to take some difficult decisions. We are hopeful that the increased awareness raised by the consultation process will help us find someone willing to take over operations at the farm.”

Cabinet members were told during the meeting that the opportunity to express an interest in Thrift Farm had been advertised twice on the South East Business Portal – but had not produced a viable option. Recent publicity has already prompted six organisations interested in the offer to run Thrift Farm to contact the council. Anyone else interested in submitting an expression of interest can do so via the SE Business Portal here  which will be live when the consultation starts on 16 February 2019.   https://www.supplybucksbusiness.org.uk/buckscc/portal.nsf/content/DEVA-A4MR89

The consultation on the future of Thrift Farm is scheduled to start on 16 February 2019. It was also agreed that any further decisions on the future of Thrift Farm, following consultation, will be taken by the full Cabinet.

Further information about Thrift Farm, the consultation and how to give you views can be found www.buckscc.gov.uk/thriftfarm The report and a recording of the meeting can be found here https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=124&MId=11074&Ver=4

County choose team of councillors for the new Buckinghamshire Council Shadow Executive

County choose team of councillors for the new Buckinghamshire Council Shadow Executive

Buckinghamshire County Council has agreed their nominations for the Shadow Executive of the new Buckinghamshire Council.

This follows confirmation from Government in January that set out how the new council will be created, alongside plans for a Shadow Authority and Shadow Executive committee that will be formed to oversee the creation of the new Buckinghamshire Council for 1 April 2020.

The plan for the creation of the new council proposes a Shadow Executive of 17 county and district members, consisting of eight district councillors nominated by the District Councils, eight county councillors nominated by the County Council plus the Leader of the County Council as the chair of this group.

In a Cabinet meeting today, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council Martin Tett presented his nominees for the Shadow Executive as follows:

  • Cllr Bill Chapple, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, county councillor for Aston Clinton and Bierton and district councillor for Aston Clinton and Stoke Mandeville.
  • Cllr John Chilver, Cabinet Member for Resources, county councillor for Winslow and district councillor for Steeple Claydon.
  • Cllr Anita Cranmer, Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and county councillor for Beaconsfield.
  • Cllr Clive Harriss, Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, county councillor for Bernwood and district councillor for Icknield.
  • Cllr David Martin, Chair of Regulatory and Audit Committee and county councillor for Chalfont St Peter.
  • Cllr Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, county councillor for Chesham and district councillor for Newtown.
  • Cllr Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services , county councillor for Buckingham East and district councillor for Luffield Abbey.
  • Cllr Gareth Williams, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and county councillor for Amersham and Chesham Bois.

The Shadow Executive will be formed as part of the creation of a Shadow Authority to manage the implementation of the new council bringing together the existing county and district councils.

The Shadow Authority will be formed 14 days after the official Orders that detail this change have been approved in Parliament, and will formally confirm the members of the Shadow Executive at the first meeting.

Councillor Martin Tett said:

“I’m delighted with the County Council team for the Shadow Executive.  All of these councillors have lots of experience serving local residents as county councillors, with five of the eight also District Councillors, they bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience from county and district councils to the table.

The choice of members ensures we strike the right balance between putting good quality capacity into the transition work whilst still retaining sufficient member capacity within the county council Cabinet to oversee the ongoing priorities we will still need to focus on during this period.

These nominations are a key step on the journey to the new council. There’s a lot of work ahead of us, and the Executive group will bring all the councils together to deliver the best council for our residents and communities for the future.   I’m really keen to get together with our district council colleagues as proposed by Government to start making real progress on what is an exciting and historic change for Buckinghamshire.”

Also confirmed today were eight county councillor deputies who will step in to take a place on the Shadow Executive if any of the core county council team are unable to attend. The deputy nominees are:

  • Cllr Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, county councillor for The Wooburns, Bourne End & Hedsor and district councillor for Bourne End cum Hedsor.
  • Cllr Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health and county councillor for Chess Valley.
  • Cllr Tim Butcher, county councillor for Chalfont St. Giles.
  • Cllr David Carroll, county councillor for Ridgeway East and district councillor for Greater Hughenden.
  • Cllr Dev Dhillon, Chair of Children’s Select Committee, county councillor for Cliveden and district councillor for Farnham and Hedgerley.
  • Cllr Netta Glover, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, county councillor for Wing and district councillor for Wing.
  • Cllr Lin Hazell, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, county councillor for Farnham Common & Burnham Beeches and district councillor for Burnham Church and Beeches.
  • Cllr Roger Reed, county councillor for Denham and district councillor for Denham.
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