Plane and Patch Programme

TfB’s Plane and Patch programme gets off to a great start!

Following a successful 2018 programme, Transport for Buckinghamshire’s (TfB) 2019 Plane and Patch programme began on 4 March 2019. Since then, 13 roads have already undergone treatment across the county, including areas in Wendover, Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

Plane and Patch work is carried out on areas of road which have encountered significant damage or deterioration to the road surface. The damaged road surface patch is cut out and completely resurfaced with new material rather than repairing individual potholes. Areas receiving Plane and Patch treatment vary from sites as small as 20 square metres to much larger areas, some as big as 1,500 square metres.

The Plane and Patch treatment programme is defined and prioritised by:

  • TfB Local Area Technicians (LATs) who have a detailed knowledge of the roads in their local areas.
  • Locations showing large numbers of defects/potholes in one area, found upon inspection by TfB and
  • Areas identified from reports of potholes and other defects which come in from Fix My Street (the online reporting tool). https://www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk/

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw, Deputy Cabinet Member, Paul Irwin and Buckinghamshire County Council Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin have been taking a keen interest in this essential programme of work.

Mark Shaw explained: “Plane and Patch is a great way to address pothole ‘farms’, providing focus on those roads which cause the greatest concern for members of the public and local residents. Approximately £4 million is being spent on Plane and Patch this year, in addition to the £15 million being spent on capital resurfacing schemes. The Plane and Patch programme is covering more than 150 different schemes across Buckinghamshire. Whilst all this is going on, individual repairs continue to be made to priority defects, including reported potholes, to keep the highway safe.

“I’m sure that our residents will appreciate that whilst we’d like to treat all roads, our budget doesn’t stretch that far – but I am confident that they will soon start to notice the difference”.

Rights of Way – Reporting

Buckinghamshire County Council is about to launch a new Rights of Way reporting system which will allow members of the public to log and track their Rights of Way problems online.

Using the new online system, path volunteers can also sign up to carry out minor Rights of Way tasks and agree to undertake path surveys.

At the launch of the new system the old Rights of Way ‘Report It’ pages will be removed and will no longer be available.

If you do use this link or wish to provide details on how to report a Rights of Way Problem to the County Council on your Parish Council web pages, then please add/amend to the follow website address:-

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/public-rights-of-way/report-a-rights-of-way-issue/

 

ROAD CLOSURE – Little Horwood Road

Little Horwood Road – ROAD CLOSURE

 

TOWN/PARISH Great Horwood –  Approx 53m between Weston Road and The Close.

 

FOR WHICH ORDER IS SOUGHT from 00:00 to 23:59 on 08-26 April 201919 days 4.

 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR AFFECTED USERS Little Horwood Road, Great Horwood Road, Church Street, Winslow Road, Sheep Street, High Street, BuckinghamRoad, The Green

 

REASON FOR ORDER (Full Description) Sewer Connection works. Road will be closed 24hr daily

 

Will the Emergency Services have access through the closure Yes

 

Will Buses have access through the closure No

 

 

Thrift Farm Consultation Meetings Get Underway

Thrift Farm consultation meetings get underway

 

The first consultation meeting on the  Future of Thrift will go ahead at 6pm this evening (20 February). The meeting, one of four planned throughout the next few weeks, will be held in the cafe at Thrift Farm. Other meetings will take place as follows:

– Friday 1 March 2019, 2pm-4pm
– Wednesday 13 March 2019, 5pm-7pm
– Wednesday 20 March 2019, 4pm-6pm

The meetings are open to services users, their parents and carers, as well as local residents [local to Thrift Farm] and customers of the farm. Talkback, a local learning disability charity, will be holding separate sessions at the farm with service users so that they can be helped to give their views too.

The consultation, which began on 13 February,  is already seeing people give their comments via an online survey. To complete the survey and have your say on the future of Thrift by following this link https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=9467

Lin Hazell, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We would like to see Thrift Farm taken over by someone with a viable plan to keep the service and farm running. If there is anyone out there who thinks they can make a go of it, I urge them to get in touch without delay.

“This is a difficult time for everyone involved and I know people are worried about the future. I want to reassure them that, whatever happens with the consultation, nobody will be left without a suitable place to go. As part of our Better Lives strategy we are committed to helping people develop their skills, build on what they can do and be as independent as possible. If they cannot do that at Thrift Farm we will find somewhere that they can.”

Any individual, group or organisation  wanting to submit an expression of interest can do so via the SE Business Portal here https://www.supplybucksbusiness.org.uk/buckscc/portal.nsf/content/DEVA-A4MR89 – this will remain open until the consultation ends.

The decision to consult on the future of Thrift Farm was made by the Cabinet on 4 February, this was  based on a report that highlighted; location, health and safety risks, and financial viability as challenges for the council in running the service.

The consultation on the future of Thrift Farm is scheduled to end on Tuesday 9 April 2019. Any decisions on the future of Thrift Farm, following consultation, will be taken by the full Cabinet.

For more information about why the consultations is being held and how to give your views go to ww.buckscc.gov.uk/thriftfarm

Council Meeting for February Cancelled

COUNCIL MEETING CANCELLED

 

There will be no February Council meeting this month as scheduled for Thursday 7th February.

 

The next meeting will be 7th  March

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.

ROAD CLOSURE

NAME AND NUMBER OF HIGHWAY AFFECTED – B4033 Winslow Road

TOWN/PARISH – Great Horwood

If only a section of the road is to be affected, give relevant junctions/distances in metres. Approx 2866m.

TYPE OF TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION REQUIRED – Road Closure

PERIOD FOR WHICH ORDER IS SOUGHT – from 09:30 to 15:30 on 28 Jan- 01 Feb 2019 – 6 hours

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR AFFECTED USERS

Winslow Road, High Street, The Green, Nash Road, Bletchley Road, Buckingham Ring Road, London Road,

Buckingham Road, Lower Way, Great Horwood Road.

REASON FOR ORDER – URGENT ROAD CLOSURE REQUIRED FOR PRIORITY CARRIAGEWAY SUBSIDENCE

REPAIRS. THERE IS INSUFFICIENT REMAINING CARRIAGEWAY WIDTH FOR SHUTTLE LANE WORKING. ROAD CLOSURE REQUIRED

FOR PUBLIC AND OPERATIVE SAFETY.

 

Will the Emergency Services have access through the closure – Yes

Will Buses have access through the closure – Yes

 

WHO WILL SUPPLY SIGNING SCHEDULE AND ARRANGE SIGNING OR ROUTE ETC? – TFB

Winslow BIG SOCIETY Events in February

Please click on the link below to see the planned events for February.

 

WBSGdatesPOSTER feb 2019

New Thames Valley Cheif Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has chosen John Campbell as his proposed appointment for Thames Valley Police Chief Constable.

John Campbell is the current Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, a position he has held since 2015.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “After a detailed selection process I am delighted to announce that John Campbell is my preferred candidate to be appointed as the next Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.  I look to forward to working closely with him in the future.”

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “I feel privileged to be chosen as the preferred candidate for the next Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

“I am very proud to have been a Chief Officer with Thames Valley Police for over 8 years, and look to take over from an outstanding Chief Constable in Francis Habgood. I hope to build on his successes in my tenure as Chief.

“It will be an honour to lead all those who work and volunteer for us so that we can continue to deliver a police force that protects the communities of the Thames Valley and gives the public the standard of service that they deserve.”

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