Following recent burglaries in the area, we are reminding residents to check their home security. You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps:

  • When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.

    •  Don’t leave valuables or cash on display and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox.

  • Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property.
  • Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.
  • Consider fitting a motion activated external light or installing a CCTV system.
  • Finally, mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at

If you see a burglary in progress, or a burglary has occurred very recently, you should always report it by calling 999.

For more burglary prevention advice, please visit our website at

15th December Road Closure – Buckingham





NAME AND NUMBER OF HIGHWAY AFFECTED Station Road Chandos Road, Brookfield Lane London Road Bourton Road

Bridge Street Market Hill High Street Stratford Road




If only a section of the road is to be affected, give relevant junctions/distances in metres:

London Road Stratford Road Western Avenue and West Street




PERIOD FOR WHICH ORDER IS SOUGHT – from 06:00 to 14:00 on 15/12/2018


Will the Emergency Services have access through the closure – Yes


Will Buses have access through the closure – No

East West Rail – Announcement of Public Inquiry Details

We have been notified by the Secretary of State for Transport that the Public Inquiry into the second phase of the East West Rail project, which includes the line through Winslow, will be commence at 10am on Wednesday 6th February 2019 at MK Community Foundation Conference & Training Facilities, Margaret Powell House, 433C Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BN.

Statement from AVDC on Unitary Authority

Statement from AVDC on Unitary Authority


Today the Secretary of State James Brokenshire has announced his decision on the way forward for local government in Buckinghamshire – and it is a district-led single unitary council.


We and the other district councils have issued the following press release:


We are disappointed that the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, has announced he is supporting a new single unitary district council that will cover the whole of Buckinghamshire, excluding Milton Keynes.


The Secretary of State has previously stated there was a need to ensure broad consensus and we do not believe this has been achieved with the new single unitary district proposal.


All four district councils, as well as many key stakeholders, firmly believe that the two unitary authority approach, based on the two different economic geographies in Buckinghamshire, is the best option for protecting, delivering and transforming the services needed both now and in the future.


We will now be considering our position, seeking further advice and reviewing the options available to us.


We will provide more information in due course but in the meantime if you have any queries, please email


Angela Macpherson

Leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council

Government gives green light to unitary council

Historic day for Buckinghamshire’ as Government gives green light to unitary council


A brand new county-wide unitary council will be established in Buckinghamshire, the Government confirmed today.

The announcement by Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been hailed as a ‘truly historic day’ by County Council leader Martin Tett.


The new council, which will replace the county council and four districts, will be simpler, better value and more local to Buckinghamshire communities than the current two-tier system, ultimately moving to a more sustainable future for the county.

Services which complement one another but are currently divided between the district and county councils such as bin collections, waste disposal, planning and roads, would be brought together under the single unitary council, resulting in more efficient, joined-up services for residents.


The Secretary of State said in his statement: “Having assessed both proposals against the criteria that we announced to the House on 28 February 2017 (PQ 65271), I have concluded that whilst both proposals meet the criterion for a “good deal of local support”, only the proposal for a single unitary council satisfies the criteria for “improving local government” and for “being a credible geography” and that in any event the proposal for a single unitary council is better able to meet the criteria overall.


“Accordingly, I am today announcing that I have decided to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval, the locally-led proposal to replace the existing five councils across Buckinghamshire – the two tier structure of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe – by one new single unitary district council, and that I have decided not to implement the proposal for two new unitary councils.”


View the Secretary of State’s full statement at: 

County Council leader Martin Tett said: “This is a truly historic day for Buckinghamshire. The announcement paves the way for a brand new council, fit for the future, created by combining the best of both county and district councils. This new council will be simpler, better value and more local to our residents. It will also have more clout to face head-on the great strategic challenges facing the county over the coming decades.


“There has been robust debate over the last couple of years over how best to modernise Buckinghamshire’s out-dated two-tier system. Everyone has agreed that a change to a unitary form of governance is the only way forward.


“Now a decision has been made it is the time to put the past behind us and work together, to build the better future Buckinghamshire’s residents deserve.


“There are a number of issues we will need to agree with Government, and I look forward to giving you further details as these become known over the coming weeks.”

View Martin Tett’s video message to residents at:

For more information on the business case for a single unitary council visit


Buckinghamshire’s programme for keeping active wins national award

Active Bucks, the physical activity programme that helps people in Buckinghamshire become – and stay – more active, has been recognised nationally by the Royal Society for Public Health in their 2018 Health & Wellbeing Awards.

Active Bucks builds on residents’ actual interests and preferences to develop a portfolio of  activities which people truly enjoy, and which often become popular enough to be self-sustaining. Since it began in 2015, over 4,500 people have taken part in Active Bucks, with activities covering an amazing range – from walking, running and swimming to more unusual offerings such as Quidditch games and NERF battles.

Managed by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Public Health Team, Active Bucks has also been well supported by partners across  the county, including the NHS, the district councils, and many voluntary sector organisations. The Royal Society for Public Health judging panel, in awarding Active Bucks their Healthier Lifestyles Award, paid tribute to the programme as “an extremely robust, effective and innovatively delivered project.”

Noel Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health, said: “It’s great news that this flagship Buckinghamshire programme has been recognised nationally by the Royal Society for Public Health for its originality and outstanding quality. This is a testament to the skill and hard work of our Public Health Team and the Active Bucks providers, who have developed and delivered a programme that makes a real difference to the health of local residents.”


Active Bucks started in 2015 as a new approach to promoting physical activity in Buckinghamshire. The aspiration was to deliver a programme of activities across the county to reach and support as many of the local population as possible, with a particular focus on inactive residents. The programme is based on available evidence of what gets people involved and what leads them to modify their lifestyle so that increased physical activity plays an ongoing part.

The success of the programme has been fully evaluated including follow-up questionnaires and participant discussion sessions. The evaluation indicates that participants not only show a sustained increase in beneficial physical activity, but also record an increase in mental wellbeing and feeling more socially engaged.

To see the activities that are happening in your local area, visit

By-election called for Aylesbury NW

By-election called for Aylesbury NW

A by-election has been called today (Wednesday 24 October) following the resignation of Martin Farrow, Member for the Aylesbury North West Division.

Buckinghamshire County Council Returning Officer Gillian Quinton confirmed a notice of election had been published, and that polling would take place on Thursday 29 November.  A list of candidates will be published by Monday 5 November.

Mr Farrow, who stood for the Liberal Democrats and was returned at the county elections in May 2017, won 658 votes, which was 29.8% of votes cast.

Link to notice of by-election:




TOWN/PARISH – Whitchurch

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

outside number 34




from 09:00 to 15:30 – 22-26 October 2018 5 days


Oving Road, Whitchurch Road, Pitchcott Road, Pitchcott Hill, Blackgrove Road, Aylesbury Road, Bicester Road, Paradise Orchard, Berryfields, Martin Dalby Way, Prince Rupert Drive, Buckingham Road, High Street.

REASON FOR ORDER (Full Description)

Retaining wall repair

Will the Emergency Services have access through the closure – No

Will Buses have access through the closure – No




Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood has announced that he is to retire.

Francis Habgood announces his retirement as Chief Constable for Thames Valley

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood has announced that he is to retire.

He will retire from his role as Chief Constable at the end of March 2019, after four years in the post, 15 years within the force and more than 32 years in the police service.

In his statement, Chief Constable Habgood said:“Next year I will have completed over 32 years’ service in policing, 15 years of those as a chief officer in Thames Valley Police.

“At the end March 2019 my term as Chief Constable concludes and I have decided that it is the right time for both me and the Force that I retire.”

Chief Constable Habgood was appointed to the post in April 2015.

He joined Thames Valley Police in January 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable, where he covered all portfolios, including Crime, Operations and Local Policing. During this time he also spent three months helping to train future Chief Officers as a syndicate director on the Strategic Command Course.

Then, in October 2008 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable.

Before Thames Valley Police, Chief Constable Habgood joined West Yorkshire Police in 1987, where he worked in a variety of operational roles.

Chief Constable Habgood is a member of the NPCC Workforce Co-ordination Committee and leads on Pay and Conditions. He chairs the Protect and Prepare Board and is a member of the Counter Terrorism Coordination Committee. He also chairs the police committee that oversees the introduction of the Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and is a visiting fellow of Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall.

In 2012, Chief Constable Habgood was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

“I will always love policing and it’s been an honour to serve the public, most recently as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police,” he added.

“Thames Valley Police is an excellent force and I am privileged to lead the dedicated officers, staff and volunteers who work for us.

“In the coming months I remain fully committed to meeting the challenges we face and will continue to work tirelessly to make our communities safer.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police, Anthony Stansfeld said: “It is with considerable regret that I have received notice from the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, that he will be leaving Thames Valley Police when his contract ends on the 31st March 2019.

“He has been an outstanding Chief Constable and throughout the last four years we have had an excellent relationship and I will be very sorry to lose him.

“During this period Thames Valley Police has been rated by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) as one of the highest ranked police forces in the country and this is greatly down to his leadership.

“The Chief Constable will continue to lead Thames Valley Police over the next five months as we now enter a period of recruitment for his successor.”

The process for the recruitment of a Chief Constable is set out in guidance published by the Home Office and the College of Policing.

The Police and Crime Commissioner plans to advertise the role in early November and the intention is that the process for selecting a preferred candidate will be completed before Christmas.

As part of the formal selection and appointment process, the preferred candidate will be required to appear before a Police and Crime Panel Confirmation Hearing, early in the New Year.

Budget consultation: Residents urged to give their views on financial plans for next year

Residents in Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important budget decisions in a consultation that has launched today.

The annual budget consultation asks people for their views on the Council’s financial plans for next year and on areas where spending should be prioritised. Everyone living or working in the county is encouraged to take part.

The short consultation can be completed online until the closing date of 14 November.

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, says it’s incredibly important that as many people as possible get involved in the consultation: “In these continually challenging times, we need to make sure every pound gets spent where it’s needed most, and it’s also very important that people tell us about the areas and services they would like spending prioritised on.

“Whether you think we need to spend money on supporting good education and learning for our young people, maintaining our roads and pavements or helping our local economy and businesses to grow, this is your chance to get involved and help shape future spending across Buckinghamshire.

“I know many people have strong views on where the Council should spend its money and they may share them with friends or on social media – but giving your views through the budget consultation itself makes sure your views can be heard and considered as part of the actual budget setting process.

“All of the responses submitted through the budget consultation help us to form our spending priorities for the coming year, so this is your opportunity to have your say on how these important decisions are made.”

Martin Tett, Leader of the County Council, said: “Allocating our budget is challenging every year, with ever-rising demand especially in social care for our most vulnerable adults and children.

“We will face some tough decisions in setting next year’s budget, but a strong indication from local people about what we should be focusing on will give us a great start to that process. Please do go to and give your views.”

People without access to the internet or a computer can complete the survey at their local main library, where staff will be happy to help residents complete it online. These are Amersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Chesham, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough.


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