Solar Farm Consultation

Solar Farm Consultation

RPS Group is developing a proposal for a solar farm occupying 167 acres of land at Tuckey Farm in Winslow.   Any residents who are interested in finding out more about the proposal are invited to attend a consultation event being held by RPS at The Bell Hotel from 3-8pm on Monday 10th December 2018.

Further details of the proposal can be found at:   (link)

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 unitary@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

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: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-11-01/HCWS1058/ 

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl_31giSjLw&feature=youtu.be

For more information on the business case for a single unitary council visit www.futurebucks.co.uk

 

Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Expressway Corridor B announcement

 

Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Expressway Corridor B announcement

Highways England has today announced that Corridor B is its preferred route for the proposed Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Expressway, following a programme of stakeholder engagement. This is the first of a number of key decisions that will be taken in respect of this locally and nationally important project. Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) says today’s announcement is important in helping us to start to understand more about the government’s plan for the area and to continue to work with partners to understand the potential implications with its members, local communities and partners.

The expressway is just one of the components of the government’s strategy for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford growth corridor and is of great relevance to our residents and businesses as approximately 70% of the new road will pass through Aylesbury Vale.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Angela Macpherson, said:

“Today’s announcement provides clarity on the government’s preferred corridor. Whilst this is a scheme of national importance, it is essential that Highways England engages with us and our communities in the critical next stage of this project that will be focused on determining the detailed route within the identified corridor.

 

“We now need to take time to properly assess and understand the corridor decision and discuss the implications with our local communities, members and partners, in particular, Buckinghamshire County Council. This cannot be another HS2, and we will press the government to understand the benefits this infrastructure can bring to the Vale

. “The government has identified that the expressway can help to unlock growth across the corridor and we want to work with government to help shape good growth and create successful and sustainable places with our local communities.”

More information on the expressway can be found at: Highways England https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england DfT https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport AVDC https://democracy.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=133&MID=2473#AI3214

Carriageway Surfacing Schemes – Surface Dressing Programme

 

180104 – A413 Buckingham Road, Winslow – 30MPH sign to Addington Junction (13/09/18 to 14/09/2018)

Installation of road studs using ‘stop and go’ traffic management between 09:30 and 15:30hrs.

 

180102 – A413 Buckingham Road, Hardwick – New Road to Bushmead Road (14/09/18 to 15/09/2018)

Installation of road studs using ‘stop and go’ traffic management between 09:30 and 15:30hrs.

East West Rail – Planning for Winslow Section of New line

Winslow Town Council

East West Rail – August 2018 update

 

Network Rail has now applied for a Transport and Works Act Order to allow them to go ahead with the construction of the section of railway between Bicester and Bedford, and between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, via a new station proposed for Winslow. The Plans are available to be inspected at Winslow Community Library. The local authority-led consortium (East West Rail Consortium) that has fought hard since 1995 to make the reinstatement of this railway a reality, is keen that as many people as possible show their support for the project by submitting their comments to the Department for Transport before the deadline on 7 September.  See https://www.eastwestrail.org.uk/transport-and-works-act-order-twao/  for more information.

Winslow Town Council is a strong supporter of the East West Rail project – and it will be saying this in its submission to the Department for Transport.  At the same time, however it will also raise comments about some of the details about how the project affects Winslow.  Issues to be discussed at a meeting of its Development Committee (which takes place at 7pm on Thursday 23 August),will include:

  • Commenting about details of the Furze Lane road bridge over the railway
  • Seeking the widening of Furze Lane between Buckingham Road and the Burial Ground to allow construction traffic safe access to the construction compound proposed for a site north of the railway alongside Furze Lane
  • seeking ways of avoiding Network Rail’s temporary and permanent acquisition of some of the land owned by the Town Council adjacent to the Burial Ground
  • seeking the addition of a direct footpath / cycleway connection between the north end of the existing footbridge (which is to be replaced at its present site) and the passenger entrance to the new station
  • protecting unrestricted public access to the green space north of The Spinney.

Anyone with comments about any other aspect of the plans that the Council should consider should send details to the Clerk at clerk@winslowtowncouncil.gov.uk so that they can be taken into account by Development Committee on 23 August.

PICNIC in the PARK CANCELLED Sunday 12th August

 

PICNIC IN THE PARK

Sunday 12th August

 

We are sorry but due to weather conditions this event has been cancelled.

 

Winslow Picnic in the Park Sunday August 12th

Winslow Picnic in the Park

 

Pack your hampers and come to the Tomkins Park and Arboretum

to join in a family picnic day

 

Sunday 12th August    from 12 noon

Building design in Aylesbury Vale

 

We’re looking for high-quality buildings and public spaces across the Vale which help maintain the special qualities and distinctiveness of our area.

If you’ve been involved in, or admired a project – this could be a residential, commercial or community scheme or a special public space such as a new playpark – you can get this recognised at the 25th AVDC Design Awards.

Nominations and entries are welcomed until 31 August, when the shortlist will be decided. Each of the shortlisted projects will then be judged by an expert panel against six key criteria:

  • Quality of design/construction
  • Fitness for purpose
  • Sustainability
  • Accessibility
  • Attractiveness
  • Innovation

This year, we’ll also be inviting the public to vote for the People’s Choice Award (details of how to vote will be available once the shortlist has been finalised).

Further information, including previous Design Award winners and how to enter or nominate a project for the awards can be found on our website: www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/designawards.

If you have any questions, please contact DesignAwards@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Working on it…TfB’s long-term improvements for 2018-19

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

 

PR 10123
20 July 2018
APPROVED for Immediate Release

 

Working on it…TfB’s long-term improvements for 2018-19

 

Despite the very hot weather disrupting some road resurfacing schedules, Transport for Buckinghamshire’s 2018-19 programme of road improvements has been well under way since April, with 10-15 road sites being treated every week.

The total budget for long term improvements across the whole Buckinghamshire network is almost £30 million for this financial year. This mainly covers road and footway resurfacing, but also includes investment in bridges, streetlights, drainage, safety schemes, parking, safety barriers and traffic signals.

TfB is responsible for over 3200km of roads across the county, as well as the bridges, footways, streetlights, traffic signals, bollards and gullies that keep the highway functional and safe.  Maintaining this valuable and vast asset requires long term, strategic planning that balances day-to-day maintenancewith longer term improvements.  The County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation, Mark Shaw commented on the challenges TfB face in maintaining the county’s most valuable asset:

“Buckinghamshire is in a uniquely challenging position; we’re a rural county yet very close to London which means our roads take some of the highest volumes of traffic nationally. That high volume of traffic, more and more of which is larger goods vehicles, puts a massive strain on our road surfaces.

“The Council is committed to maintaining the roads to a safe and serviceable level, which is why we’ve put more money into road maintenance this year, and I’m proud of how hard the whole TfB team is working to make real long term improvements.”

Road and footway resurfacing 2018-19

The most high profile element of our work is road and footway resurfacing, which is also the biggest part of our capital spend, with over £20 million budgeted across the county this year. Over 100 road resurfacing and 18 footway resurfacing schemes are planned for 2018-19, as part of a works programme designed by TfB in collaboration with local County Councillors.

When roads have been chosen for resurfacing they are prioritised and the appropriate treatment is chosen – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to road surfacing, with several options available to extend the life of a road. Every Friday, we release a programme of works around the county for the upcoming week, which can be found here on the County Council website, as can the details about the different types of road surfacing we use.  Since April, eight major surfacing schemes have already been completed in Buckinghamshire, equating to an area of over 16,000m².

A further £2.78M has been invested in a ‘plane and patch’ programme, where smaller areas of damaged road surface are cut out and resurfaced.  We are using this technique to deal with the significant deterioration of Buckinghamshire’s roads that occurred last winter. Some highly visible and longstanding areas of concern have been addressed quickly and effectively through this approach and by the end of June, approx. 62,000 m² of plane and patch had already been carried out across the county.

Structures, 2018-19

This year in excess of £1 million will be invested on improvements to various structures across the county, including bridges, subways, parapets, and monuments. This work is undertaken by a combination of in-house specialists and skilled contractors, particularly for the works requiring specialist knowledge such as for listed historic structures, like the  Marlow Obelisk, which will undergo renovation works later this year. Other structures projects for the coming year include a footbridge in Buckingham and a monument in Thornborough.

Drainage, 2018-19

The countywide drainage improvement programme creates sustainable, long term solutions to some of the more significant drainage issues across the county. Where road surface water and ineffective drainage are an issue a solution is designed and built by a team of drainage specialists. This usually includes installing new pipework and soakaways, improving ditch capacity, and refurbishing existing drainage systems to increase capacity. £1 million has been allocated for the 2018-19 drainage programme, and will include over 30 sites, eleven of which have already been completed.  You can read about how drainage improvements were made in Buckinghamshire last year here, and see the full list of planned works for 2018-19 on the County Council website.

Streetlighting, 2018-19

‘Street lighting’ actually refers not just to conventional streetlights but to all road side illuminated signs and bollards, as well as lighting in subways, and all the associated cabling. This year over £2.5 million will be spent on major street lighting works, which includes replacing over 500 streetlight columns, and continuing the countywide programme to replace all old style sodium lamps with more modern and efficient LED units. Over the last six years almost 15,000 LED conversions have been completed in Buckinghamshire, with over 3,200 old style lanterns expected to be replaced this coming year.

Other schemes

  • TfB also carries out local, smaller schemes on our roads and streets.  These are developed with, and often funded by, third parties such as parishes and Local Area Forums (LAFs). Over 200 of these schemes are planned for 2018-19, including pedestrian crossings and cycle ways.
  • Over £300,000 will be invested in countywide network safety schemes whilst a further £879,000 from the DfT Safer Roads allocation, will enable a number of safety schemes to be carried out along the A40 between West Wycombe and Stokenchurch
  • In excess of £400,000 has been allocated for the upgrade of traffic signal infrastructure  across the county
  • £250,000 is to be invested on safety fencing improvements across the county
  • A further £500,000+ has also been budgeted this year for locally organised projects such as traffic calming and other highway safety improvements.
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