Children in need over Half Term

Helping Hand’ – Buckinghamshire Council’s Commitment to children in need over Half Term

 

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 this year, Buckinghamshire Council is supporting pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals and are committed to ensure that no child in need goes hungry.

The council with our partners in the voluntary sector have already spent over £180,000 on food for families in need.  In addition, we already have plans to develop a number of longer term programmes to assist the most vulnerable, with programmes aimed at early intervention, manage family finance and with £120,000 committed to schemes to help residents grow their own food, if they can, and learning how to cook healthy food on a low budget.

This autumn half term we want to ensure that families across Bucks, with children eligible for free school meals, know how to access the wide range of support that is available.  Buckinghamshire has a strong voluntary and community sector which is active in supporting vulnerable families. Our ‘Helping Hand’ team can help direct people to the support that is right for them. This may be from the voluntary or community sector or direct from the council. If anyone is worried about food over half term, and not sure what help is available, please contact the council’s ‘Helping Hand’ support line on 01296 395000, and someone will be ‘on hand’ to help you. This programme is funded by joint support from the Government’s Hardship Fund provided to local councils over the summer and Buckinghamshire Council.

Martin Tett, Leader of the Council, said “We don’t want any child in Buckinghamshire to go hungry this holiday. As a council we are committed to ensuring that does not happen. We know how fantastic our communities are with supporting each other during times of crisis, there is lots of local support available. We also know it isn’t always that easy to know where to turn, so I would encourage anyone with a child who is eligible for free school meals and is worried, to contact us so we can ensure they can get access to the support they need. We are here and can offer that practical help, including links to supermarkets if needed too.”

Access to Furze Lane Burial Ground

Access to Furze Lane Burial Ground

 

Furze Lane will be closed to through traffic from 26th October to 24th November for works by East West Rail.  Access to the Burial Ground will be maintained at all times, but the access route will vary.

 

From 26th October to 8th November access to the Burial Ground will only be possible from Buckingham Road.

 

From 9th to 24th November access to the Burial Ground will only be possible from Verney Road.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works which are beyond our control.

 

Grant Applications for 21-22

 

Grants

 

There are two funding streams available to local organizations, through Winslow Town Council, for projects and services which are provided for the benefit of Winslow residents:.

Application forms for both, as well as the Council’s Grants Policy are available from the Clerk at 28 High Street,

telephone 01296 712448,

e-mail clerk@winslowtowncouncil.gov.uk .

The closing date for applications is  30th November 2020.

£500k voucher scheme is an extra boost for rural broadband ​

A Government broadband voucher scheme, set up to provide faster broadband services, has helped more than 200 Buckinghamshire homes and businesses since its launch in 2019.

And this week (w/b 14 September) Buckinghamshire Council announced another half a million pound investment to help reach hundreds more.

It’s part of the Government’s £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme, helping to provide connections capable of gigabit (1,000Mbs) speeds for businesses and homes in more remote and rural locations.

Through the scheme, rural businesses and residents with broadband speeds of less than 100mbps have been able to apply for vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business to support the cost of installing new faster and more reliable connections.

The Council will use its £500k from the Getting Building Fund – a fund created by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government for “shovel-ready” projects that would help economic recovery – to top up the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme for those in the county.

From this week, the maximum voucher funding for homes is raised to £3,500, and the Council will top up the extra £2,000 from the Getting Building Fund.

Small to medium-sized businesses will be able to apply for a new voucher maximum of £7,000 – an extra £3,500 per voucher – improving broadband connections for communities in the most rural and hardest-to-reach areas of the county.

Funding for these vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of March 2021, when the scheme is scheduled to close.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, said that good digital connectivity was essential for all residents and businesses particularly now more people are working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin said: “It’s important we invest in excellent broadband for our rural communities, and I believe this is what we’re doing not only with the recently announced Buckinghamshire Rural Business Broadband project, but also with the top-up to this voucher scheme.

‘It’s a fantastic achievement to have 96.4% of Buckinghamshire premises with access to superfast broadband, and we need to continue working to ensure that the final 3.6% can benefit from the digital highway, which is why we are investing £500,000 in this initiative.”

Matt Warman, Digital Infrastructure Minister said: “To level up the country, we want everyone to have access to fast and reliable broadband and I’m delighted to see Buckinghamshire Council working with us to make this happen.

“We will ensure rural areas don’t miss out on securing next-generation gigabit speeds through our voucher scheme, and the countless economic and social benefits that it will bring.

“It is quick and easy to check if you’re eligible for a voucher, and I urge people in Buckinghamshire to do this by visiting our website today.”

For those interested in the scheme, full details on the terms and conditions can be found at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk where a list of local suppliers is also available. Full details on the ‘top-up’ funding for Buckinghamshire residents and businesses can be found at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/Buckinghamshire.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Winslow Town Council

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

 

 

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2020

 

 

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the local – Audit and Accountability Act 2014

 

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (S1 2015/234)

 

  1. The audit of accounts for Winslow Town Council for the year ended 31 March 20120 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

 

  1. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Winslow Town Council on application to

 

The Clerk

 

Between the hours of 9.30am and 12.30pm Tuesday to Thursday.

 

  1. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £1 for each copy of the Annual Governance &Accountability Return.

 

 

Announcement made by:  The Clerk

Date of Announcement:  8th Sept 2020

Progress on Reopening of the Railway – July 2020

Progress on Reopening of the Railway – July 2020

 

Network Rail’s restoration of the railway between Bicester and Bletchley continues to pick up pace.  Winslow’s new railway station has received planning permission and visible changes are being made to the line.  The following information may be of interest:

 

The EWR Alliance’s latest report on the East West Rail project is available here: July Update.

 

Details of the new station are on Buckinghamshire Council’s planning portal, here: Planning Application.

 

Any comments on the project should be made by email to: publicinformation@ewralliance.co.uk.

 

Within Winslow there are planned closures to all of the public footpaths that cross the railway line, and at various times Furze Lane, Little Horwood Road, and the western part of Verney Road will be closed.  In addition there are planned closures of roads and footpaths in surrounding villages that are adjacent to the railway line, including Swanbourne and Mursley.  Details of current and planned road and footpath closures in Buckinghamshire can be found on the One Network website, here: one.network.

Doors open at Council leisure facilities

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

30 July 2020

Facilities at public leisure centres across Buckinghamshire began a phased programme of reopening from last weekend, enabling local residents to get back into the gym after four months of lockdown.

The Council’s partners who run the centres across the county, Everyone Active, GLL and Places Leisure, have been busy making all the necessary arrangements and putting the required safeguards in place.

While eight leisure centres are reopening, Chesham and Chalfont St Peter will remain temporarily closed so major refurbishments and improvements to facilities can take place. Members of those two centres will still be able to use the facilities at Amersham, as well as at other Everyone Active facilities at centres across Dacorum, Slough, Aylesbury and Three Rivers, while the works take place.

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure, Clive Harriss said he was delighted to see people back in the centres. “This has been a long time coming but it’s great to now see public leisure facilities opening their doors once again, ready to serve our local communities.

“We’ve been working with our leisure operators to make sure they can open safely. This takes careful planning for each centre and therefore it may take longer to open some facilities than others, so I hope people will bear with us.”

“I’ve already seen really positive posts on social media including ‘many congratulations to the staff’, ‘thank you for your hard work’, and ‘well done guys’ which is great news for all involved in the reopening process.

“Of course, we know regular exercise and keeping your weight in check are important in helping to combat Coronavirus. While many people have taken to the streets with their own personal fitness regimes, we believe a safe environment indoors for our residents to use will be a welcome, additional incentive.”

Clive added, “Our public health is a huge driver for reopening our leisure facilities and I encourage residents to get involved in physical activity to improve their health and wellbeing, even if they’ve never tried it before. What better way to bounce back from the recent lockdown!”

Commenting on the refurbishment plans at Chesham and Chalfont, Clive said, “The work was originally due to take place between September 2020 and February 2021. However, rather than reopen these centres and close them again in September, we think it’s right to crack on with the refurbishments now. This means we can get them open quicker, hopefully by December.”

The Council says residents should expect some changes in the way they access local facilities. There will be booking-in arrangements, the need for contact details to be left securely and other changes to maintain social distancing and allow for enhanced hygiene measures, and not all facilities in each centre will be open.

Please visit the website for your local leisure centre for all the very latest information. Operators are also contacting clubs and other groups about the best ways to resume their activities.

Re-opening of Playground and Gym

The playground and outdoor gym will re-open from Saturday July11th.  Please observe the following.

Corona Virus 19

Use of the Playground and Gym.

For your safety and the enjoyment of all could we please ask for your co-operation in following the government guidelines by:

  • Do not enter if you have any Covid 19 symptoms.
  • Bring disinfectant wipes or hand sanitiser to clean hands and surfaces when using the equipment, and any coughs and sneezes should be caught in a tissue or the crook of the elbow and then the tissues disposed of responsibly.
  • Leave the equipment as clean as possible
  • All children must be supervised and preferably by just one adult.
  • Adults should consider wearing a mask.
  • If the area is crowded wait for others to leave before entering. If there is a queue waiting, restrict the time for your visit.
  • At all times respect social distancing and supervise children to avoid crowding on the equipment.
  • Observe government guidelines for any underlying medical condition.

Amenities Meeting Thursday 9th July 2.30 pm

Topic: Amenities Committee

Time: Jul 9, 2020 02:30 PM London

 

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