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

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 – 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

Council Meeting for February 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.

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 The report and a recording of the meeting can be found here

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.



TOWN/PARISH – Great Horwood

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


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


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

Buckingham Road, Lower Way, Great Horwood Road.





Will the Emergency Services have access through the closure – Yes

Will Buses have access through the closure – Yes



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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Former County Council Chief Executive appointed as Deputy Lieutenant

Chris Williams, former Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire County Council, has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant. The appointment reflects Chris’ positive contribution to Buckinghamshire in his time with and at the helm of the county council.

Deputy Lieutenants are appointed by the Lord Lieutenant, at their discretion, subject only to Her Majesty The Queen not disapproving of the granting of the commission. Their role is to assist the Lord Lieutenant in supporting voluntary and community activities in Buckinghamshire. They also participate in civic and social activities including citizenship ceremonies and armed forces events.

Speaking about the appointment, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, HM Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire said: “I am delighted to appoint Chris Williams as a Deputy Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire. As a hard working and highly respected head of the county council for 16 years, Chris has devoted a large part of his working life to improving the lives of local residents and communities. This appointment reflects the commitment he has shown to serving his local community over the years.”


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

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.”

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