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.

WINSLOW BIG SOCIETY – WHEELCHAIR CAR

Please follow the link below for information relating to the hire of the Wheelchair Car .

 

Winslow Accessible Vehicle – Information leaflet(1)

 

Winslow Accessible Vehicle – Information leaflet

New RingGo parking system to launch in Aylesbury town centre

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be trialling the RingGo pay-by-phone system in Aylesbury town centre this week, going live on on Thursday 17 January 2019.

Motorists wishing to park on the street or in the Waterside North car park will no longer have to hunt for change following the introduction of a new system that lets you pay for parking with your mobile phone.

RingGo is a quick, easy-to-use mobile phone service that allows users to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash at a machine. If this trial proves successful, the system will be introduced across all of the County Council parking locations.

You can use RingGo to pay for parking online, via text message or by calling a standard rate telephone number that will be displayed on signs. There is also a dedicated app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices, with full details of each payment method available at www.ringgo.co.uk

If you choose to pay for parking via RingGo, there is no need to display a ticket. Civil enforcement officers will be able to check the registration of validly-parked vehicles using a special handheld device.

Once cars are registered on RingGo, the service can remember users’ vehicle and payment information, meaning you can save time when paying for parking in future. Users can also opt in to receive text message reminders ten minutes before parking is due to run out, giving you time to return to your car or to extend your stay to the maximum period allowed in that parking place.

Five-digit RingGo codes will be displayed on the parking payment stations in each location, or can be found online. There is a charge of 20p per transaction for using the service, as well as 10p for the optional text message reminders, which can be switched off at any time.

The service has worked very successfully in other parts of the country and will make parking in Aylesbury town centre – and in the rest of Buckinghamshire, should the trial be a success – much more convenient, both for residents and for visitors.

County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw said:

“The introduction of RingGo is a step forward in convenient parking. You can still pay with cash in the conventional way but being able to pay via your phone is a handy alternative that I am sure many people will take advantage of.”

Public Exhibition of New Housing

Land & Partners would like to invite you to our Public Exhibition on 23rd January 2019 where local residents will get a chance to meet the team and talk through our proposals.
We have booked the St Laurence Room, Winslow on the 23rd January between 16:00 and 19:00. Please see attached leaflet for the even.

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LP Winslow consultation Leaflet Jan 19

Cabinet gives green light to Government blueprint for new unitary Council for Buckinghamshire.

Cabinet gives green light to Government blueprint for new unitary Council for Buckinghamshire.

Today’s special Cabinet meeting formally agreed the County Council’s consent to the making of all the necessary legal regulations by the Government to create a single new unitary council for Buckinghamshire, on the basis of further details provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

In a letter to all five councils sent on January 7, Secretary of State, James Brokenshire sets out the key building blocks for the new ‘Buckinghamshire Council’ contained in the draft legislation. They include:

– the name of the new council will be ‘Buckinghamshire Council’ and it will have 147 councillors

– elections for the new council will take place in May 2020

– a temporary ‘shadow’ authority will be formed, with all current county and district councillors having a seat on this body; the shadow authority will set the 2020/21 council tax and budget. Leadership will be provided by a 17 seat shadow executive with the Leader of the County Council as its chairman

– an implementation team, led by the County Council Chief Executive and with a district Chief Executive as deputy, will be established to manage the smooth transfer of services and staff to the new Council.

Providing at least one of the five councils involved gives its consent, the regulations that allow the Secretary of State to accept a proposal for change can be laid before Parliament on 14 January 2019; the draft legislation that sets out the detail of how this will take place will then be laid before Parliament a few weeks later and will come into force later in the Spring, to allow the new unitary council to be up and running by April 2020.

Speaking after the meeting, County Council Leader Martin Tett said:

“This is an important step forward in the process to the creation of a new council for Buckinghamshire. Whilst these legal processes have to take place I want to remind everyone that this is absolutely about residents – improving services for the people we are elected to serve. This must not be about us. It’s about creating a simpler, better value, and more local council for residents, businesses  and partners and being able to speak with a stronger single voice nationally; a council fit for the future.

Timing to get the new council up and running is tight, so I’m asking the District Councils to work with us on this for our residents and our staff to deliver the brand new Council that Buckinghamshire deserves and make the most of the opportunities for all from this historic change.”

NEWS FROM BCC

County Council plans health partnership to modernise residential short breaks

Consultation is about to start on the modernisation of Buckinghamshire’s residential short breaks (respite) service for adults. Cabinet members agreed [Monday 7 January 2019] to a six week consultation starting 16 January 2019.

Currently the service is located at Seeley’s House in Beaconsfield and offers overnight breaks for up to eight vulnerable adults at any one time. The plan, if agreed, is to move to a more suitable location in Aylesbury and commission a new service in partnership with health. The Council has reached a joint funding agreement with the Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group. This means that, regardless of who is funding their care, those who need it can access the service.

Lin Hazell, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The reasons for wanting to move are very clear, the current building has a very limited shelf life, is not suitable for renovation and is far too expensive to maintain. On the other hand the building in Aylesbury is currently under-used and offers an affordable opportunity to improve the service.

“We are viewing this as a service improvement. It’s about moving our residential short breaks service to a more suitable and accessible building. The new service will provide safe, quality care for those with the most complex needs – in a purpose built environment.”

Provision of the new service would mean temporarily closing Aylesbury Opportunities Centre for 12 months while a partial rebuild takes place. Current service users will be supported to find alternative day activities and transition to the new service when it opens in August 2020. A residential short breaks service will continue at Seeleys House Beaconsfield until transition to the new service is complete.

Parents, carers and services users (both current and future) are being asked to give their views about the proposed plans for adult residential short breaks at a series of events as follows:

23 January 2019 7pm – 9pm Seeleys House
24 January 2019 1pm – 3pm Seeleys House
28 January 2019 10am – 12pm Aylesbury Opportunities Centre
4 February 2019 6pm – 8pm Aylesbury Opportunities Centre

Lin continues: “This is an opportunity for people to hear about our plans in greater detail, tell us what they think, and check we have considered their specific concerns. If you are unable to get to an event you can still give your views by emailing  us at shortbreaks@buckscc.gov.uk or calling us on 01296 383 122 and leaving a message.”

For more information and how to have your say go www.buckscc.gov.uk/shortbreaksforadults

www.buckscc.gov.uk/news

https://twitter.com/buckscc

https://www.youtube.com/user/buckinghamshirecc

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Buckinghamshire/118283198190717

 

 

HM Revenue & Customs Alert

 

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

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