East West Rail – Reopening of Bicester to Bletchley Railway Line

 

Winslow Town Council welcomes the Secretary of State for Transport’s recent approval of the plans to reopen the railway line between Bicester and Bletchley, and between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Claydon Junction, as part of the East West Rail project.  The reopened lines will connect the current Oxford to Bicester line and the Marston Vale (Bletchley to Bedford) Line, as well as providing a link between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, allowing a number of new train services to be introduced.

 

When the new line is complete (currently first services are expected to run from December 2023) it is expected to carry half-hourly services between Oxford and Milton Keynes, hourly between Oxford and Bedford and hourly between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, with all trains serving the new Winslow Station.

 

Winslow Town Council also welcomes the Government’s agreement to the recent announcement of the preferred route for an extension of East West Rail from Bedford to Cambridge via Cambourne, with a station connecting with services on the East Coast Main Line, as well as onward connections from Cambridge to other parts of East Anglia.

 

More details of the project can be found on the Network Rail and East West Rail websites:

 

Network Rail – EWR

 

East West Rail

WINSLOW ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAYRE Thursday 28th November 5.30pm to 8.30pm

WINSLOW ANNUAL     

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Thursday 28th November

5.30pm to 8.30pm

In the Market Square

LIGHTS SWITCHED ON AT 6.00PM

                                                  

 

FATHER CHRISTMAS WILL BE IN THE SQUARE TO DISTRIBUTE GIFTS TO CHILDREN UNDER EIGHT

 REAL REINDEER

FESTIVE FOOD AND DRINK, FUN RIDES, SHOP FOR GIFTS

MUSIC

(LOCAL SHOPS WILL ALSO BE OPEN)

In the Market Square

LIGHTS SWITCHED ON AT 6.00PM

                                                  

 

FATHER CHRISTMAS WILL BE IN THE SQUARE TO DISTRIBUTE GIFTS TO CHILDREN UNDER EIGHT

 REAL REINDEER

FESTIVE FOOD AND DRINK, FUN RIDES, SHOP FOR GIFTS

MUSIC

(LOCAL SHOPS WILL ALSO BE OPEN)

VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF TOWN COUNCILLOR

 VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF

TOWN COUNCILLOR

 

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act, 1972 that, due to the resignation of Cllr D Chandler, a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Town of Winslow.

If any TEN electors for the ward or parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by Friday 25th. October 2019 requesting that an election be held, the vacancy will be filled at a by-election.

The Returning Officer is Andrew Grant and his address, to which such notice should be sent is, Electoral Services, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP19 8FF

If no such notice is received, the Town Council will, at their meeting in January 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter) fill the vacancy by co-option of a suitably qualified person.

Dated 4th October  2019

 

Signed Mr Charles Loch  (Town Clerk)

            Winslow Town Council Offices, 28 High Street, Winslow, MK18 3HF

 

  1. Council would be interested to receive expressions of interest from eligible persons who would like to become a co-opted member should no election be called. In order that matters can proceed as quickly as possible any interested parities should write to the Clerk, at the above address outlining why they are interested and what they feel they could offer to the community.  Expressions of interest should be received by the Clerk no later than 2nd. December 2019

 

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

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