BULLETIN FOR BURNHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COORDINATORS TO FORWARD TO THEIR MEMBERS (and for representatives of other community groups to cascade down to their members) (Items to me by Thursday evenings please!)
Please update me if you change your e-mail address ! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Strathdee Area NHW Coordinator, Burnham
18 May 2018.
CLIVEDEN - SATURDAY'S ROYAL WEDDING.
For those of you having to use local roads in the run up to tomorrow's royal wedding, one of our readers has sent me this link from the Daily Express website about possible routes from Cliveden to Windsor, so expect to see more police road traffic than normal. "There are three main routes the bridal party could take on the day, although Meghan will most likely travel along Taplow Common Rd through the English village Lent Rise and the outskirts of Slough before arriving in Windsor." (https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/960114/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-route-map-st-georges-chapel-cliveden-house-prince-harry) For anybody thinking of travelling to Cliveden on Friday evening or Saturday morning, note that NT Cliveden web pages now say the Cliveden Estate will be closed to the public from 17:00 Friday to 13:00 Saturday and programmed events have been postponed.
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY - WEDDING ARRANGEMENTS
. You may have already seen our media release (link here: https://www.gwr.com/about-us/media-centre/news/2018/may/travel-early-and-travel-light-to-get-to-windsor-in-time-for-the-royal-procession ) setting out some of the things that we will be doing at Slough and Windsor for travel to the Royal Wedding on Saturday. We want everyone to have a great day and will be doing our best to add to the party atmosphere. We are running as many carriages as the line will allow, and will keep the service running back and forth from Windsor as quickly as we can. We have planned for, and expect there to be, queues at Slough and we have contingency at Reading and Paddington stations. At Slough we are creating a party atmosphere with a large screen for passengers to view the build up to the wedding, water, chocolates and other goodies to give out as well as lots of helpful, friendly staff on hand to help. If at any point Windsor reaches capacity, we have also put contingency plans in place should we not be able to get everyone up to the station; we will work closely with the police on this, and together we will do all we can to make sure everyone has a great time – including of course those going to the FA Cup Final as well! If you want to know more about our plans, or any other aspect of GWR services, please do let me know. GWR have been involved in many big events over the years, we understand the responsibility we have to get this right for our customers, for the communities around Windsor and indeed for the nation. Whatever you are doing to celebrate the day I hope you have a good time, and if you are going to be travelling with us, the key message is to travel as early as you can! Best wishes Mark Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL E: mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |
THE LIBRARY QUIZ EVENING - May 25th
This is now fully booked. No more bookings can be taken.. For those who are coming, don't forget to bring your own glasses, drinks and nibbles. Supper will be provided.
SUSPICIOUS VANS IN AND AROUND THE FAIRWAY
I've received two reports of suspicious vans cruising in and around The Fairway this week
1) On Sat, 12 May 2018 , Suspicious looking white transit van, HK02......... 2) neon blue BMW going up ad down our cul de sac with a young asian man in the back seat checking out the houses. Definitely looked odd as it did not appear they were looking for house numbers. Please be alert and if you feel uneasy, report the time andvehile registration number (or even part of the number if that is all you can catch) to the 101 Non Emergency Number.
DO YOU HAVE A RELATIVE IN A SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING CARE HOME?
The Competition and Markets Authority has secured £2m compensation from the care homes provider Sunrise Senior Living Ltd after it charged residents unclear upfront fees. Over a year ago, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) asked the Which? community if members could help them gather evidence for their market study. The regulator was keen to learn about people’s poor experiences when dealing with care homes to feed into its investigations and final conclusions about whether the care home market really delivers for people who rely on its support. As a result of this request for feedback, over 1000 people shared their personal experiences with the regulator and these findings have now been taken into account. £2m in compensation As a result of its investigation, the CMA has secured £2m in compensation from the large care home provider, Sunrise Senior Living Ltd, for charging unclear upfront fees to care home residents and their families. This means that an average of £3,000 will be paid back to each individual who was charged these fees since October 2015. The care home provider has also committed to stop charging these fees to future residents.
So if you have a relative in Sunrise Senior Living accommodation, make sure that this money is reclaimed if they are one of the affected individuals. .
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SAFETY WARNING I don’t know if this qualifies for your newsletter but the Electrical Safety First publishes electrical product recalls. The most recent one is below concerning an Argos Simple Value 2 Kw Upright Fan Heater. If people want to sign up if they go to the Electrical Safety First web site www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk . They will, with some hunting, find the sign up page. If they follow the link for the recall they will probably get a pop up box asking if they want to sign up.
BMW RECALLS BMW recalls 300,000 cars that risk stalling completely A recall alert has been issued for BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, Z4 and X1 petrol and diesel models made between March 2007 and September 2011. There is a risk of an electrical fault that has been linked to a fatal crash. BMW has not advised to stop driving these vehicles and plans to contact affected owners directly. You can find a list of the affected models here,
Last year, BMW recalled 36,410 of these cars in the UK. So drivers will be asking why it took so long for BMW to fully recall these potentially dangerous cars.
(From: Which? campaigns team) .
DVLA VEHICLE RECALLS I recently came across a link which showed all the DVLA vehicle recalls which have taken place during the first three months of this year. I was shocked because there were so many (96 of them !) and I reckon that some car owners probably have no idea about the faults involved, some of which could be putting their vehicles or themselves at risk.
I publish the full list below in case it is of interest to drivers. (Apologies for its length! ). I've signed up to receive these alerts and in future will just provide a link to the most recent update so that interested drivers can check them out and the rest of you can avoid being bored with the fine details ! Vehicle safety recalls: January, February and March 2018 These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during January, February and March 2018. You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults.
DVSA reference number Make and model Issue R/2017/277 Merecedes-Benz: Arocs 964 Positive battery cable may have been incorrectly fitted R/2017/296 Merecedes-Benz: Arocs 964 Parking brake may not function as intended R/2017/314 Mercedes-Benz: Atego 967, Atego II Rear axles may leak oil R/2017/316 Mercedes-Benz: Citan Seat belt securing bolts may not be correctly tightened. R/2017/323 Mercedes-Benz: Vito Retaining ring of the front bearing may be incorrectly located R/2017/324 Mercedes-Benz: V-Class Retaining ring of the front bearing may be incorrectly located R/2017/327 Mazda: Mazda 6 Corrosion may form around the parking brake actuating shaft and cause reduced handbrake performance R/2017/329 Toyota: Avensis, RAV4 Bolts on the exhaust side of the turbocharger assembly may be incorrectly tightened R/2017/330 Scania: P, G, R and S Series Wheel may fracture R/2017/331 Vauxhall: Movano B Diesel filter securing strap may break R/2017/332 Lexus: CT200h Possibility of a fuel leak R/2017/333 VW: Amarok Power steering return hose can become damaged and cause hydraulic fluid to leak and/or the power steering to fail R/2017/334 Audi: A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 Auxiliary heater element in air conditioning may fail and/or overheat R/2017/335 Wrightbus: NBfL / NRM Rear door may malfunction R/2017/336 Peugeot: 3,008 Fuel may leak R/2017/337 Bugatti: Chiron Backrest frame of driver and passenger seats may be welded incorrectly R/2017/338 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Seatbelt pretensioner may not operate R/2017/339 Citroen: C3, C3 AIRCROSS, C4, DS3, DS4, DS5, C4 PICASSO, BERLINGO, BERLINGO VU Engine component may not be to specification R/2017/340 Peugeot: 208, 2008,301, 308(T9), 3008, 5008, 508, PARTNER TEPEE(B9), PARTNER VU Engine component may not be to specification R/2017/342 Mercedes-Benz: AMG GT/GTS Passenger seat occupancy sensing system may malfunction R/2017/343 Aston Martin: DB9, DBS, Vanquish, Virage Movement of seat may damage battery supply cable R/2017/344 VW: T6 Van Fuel hoses may crack and leak R/2017/345 Aston Martin: DB9, DBS, Rapide, Vanquish, Virage Vehicle may roll away R/2017/346 VW: T6 Car Variant Fuel hoses may crack and leak R/2017/347 VW: Polo Towing eye in the vehicle tool kit may detach during use R/2017/348 Skoda: Citigo Towing eye in the vehicle tool kit may detach during use R/2018/001 Scania: Trucks with AS903 tag axle Hub nut may not be tightened to correct torque R/2018/002 Citroen: Spacetourer, Dispatch IV – DV6FC Engine Engine component may not be to specification R/2018/003 Peugeot: Traveller and Expert 4 DV6F Engine Engine component may not be to specification R/2018/004 Volvo Bus: B5LH(3) Starter motor heatshield may break off and cause an electrical short circuit R/2018/005 SEAT: Mii Towing eye may be defetcive R/2018/008 Ford: Kuga, Focus, C-Max, Fiesta ST The engine cylinder head may crack R/2018/009 Ford: Transit Connect The engine cylinder head may crack R/2018/016 Skoda: Karoq A-pillar passenger protection trims may peel off in sub-zero temperatures R/2018/017 Mazda: Mazda2 Handbrake may disengage unexpectedly RCOMP/2017/014 Priden Engineering Ltd: Fuel Fill Anti-Spill Valves - Fuel Tank PE1 (supplied to Wrightbus) Anti-spill valve flap may fail to prevent fuel back-flow RCOMP/2017/015 APEC Ltd: Brake drum DRM9926 for Vauxhall Corsa (batch code 181116c) Wheel bearing retainer may be insecure RM/2017/038 Peugeot Scooters: Kisbee Streetzone Frame may crack RM/2017/039 Aprilia: RSV4 Euro, RSV4 Euro 4, Tuono 1100 Euro 4 Reduced brake efficiency RSPV/2017/018 Can-Am: Outlander, Outlander MAX DPS shaft may break causing a loss of steering control R/2018/010 Mercedes-Benz: C-Class, S-Class, E-Class Coupe, GLC Front seat belt tensioners may not function R/2018/014 Mazda: RX-8 Fuel may leak R/2018/015 Mazda: RX-8 Front lower suspension arm ball joint casting may crack / break R/2018/020 Mercedes-Benz: A-Class Bonding of the windshield may be inadequate R/2018/022 Maserati: Ghibli and Quattroporte Fuel line may leak R/2018/023 Aston Martin: DB11 V12, DB11 V8 Inadvertant airbag deployment R/2018/024 Renault: Clio IV Central hinge in rear seats may fail under load R/2018/025 Renault: Zoe Incorrect throttle pedal fitted R/2018/028 Maserati: Quattroporte Loss of engine power R/2018/031 VW: Golf Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/032 SEAT: Alhambra Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended RM/2018/001 Ducati: Scrambler MY2017-2018, Multistrada1200 and 1260, Monster, XDiavel and Panigale The floating piston in the front brake master cylinder may crack RM/2018/002 Indian Motorcycles: Roadmaster Water may enter rear light wiring harness and cause corrosion RM/2018/003 MV Augusta: F4 RR, F4 RC The floating piston in the front brake master cylinder may crack RM/2018/004 Triumph: Thruxton (various models) Engine may stall RSPV/2018/001 John Deere: GATOR XUV825 range Steering may fail R/2018/011 Ford: Focus, C-MAX Casting defect may cause alloy wheel(s) to crack R/2018/026 Fiat: 500 Instrument cluster may display incorrect information R/2018/034 VW: Passat CC, Sharan Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/039 Ford: Fiesta Brake servo may fail R/2018/040 Audi: A3 Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/041 Skoda: Octavia Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/043 Audi: Q5 Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/044 Audi: Q3 Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/045 Nissan: NV400 Fuel filter support may break R/2018/046 Mercedes-Benz: GLE Bonding of the windshield may be inadequate R/2018/047 Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Catalytic converter support bracket may be insecure R/2018/048 Peugeot: 308(T9), 3008,5008, 508 Engine may overheat R/2018/049 Citroen: C4 PICASSO, C4, C5, DS5 Engine may overheat R/2018/051 Audi: A4, A5, Q5 Auxilliary heater element in air conditioning may fail and/or overheat R/2018/054 Mercedes-Benz Bus: Tourismo Driver's door panel may detach R/2018/056 Volvo Truck: FH, FM 4 Driver's airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/057 Tesla: Model S Passenger airbag may not deploy as intended R/2018/060 SEAT: Ibiza, Leon, Altea, Alhambra Starter motor may malfunction and overheat R/2018/061 Audi: A3 Starter motor may malfunction and overheat R/2018/062 VW: Beetle, Eos, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Scirocco, Sharan, Tiguan, Touran Starter motor may malfunction and overheat R/2018/063 Vauxhall: Movano B Steering column joint may not be secure R/2018/064 VW: T6 - Van Replace front passenger airbag R/2018/065 VW: T6 - Car Replace front passenger airbag R/2018/066 VW: T-ROC Key information about passenger protection systems is not included in owner's manual R/2018/067 Mercedes-Benz: AMG GT R Roll bar configuration does not meet legal requirements R/2018/071 Suzuki: Baleno, Swift, Ignis Battery may fail to charge which could cause engine to stall and lights to fade R/2018/072 Evobus: Citaro Connection in fuse box may be insecure R/2018/073 BMW: X3 Rear spoiler may be insecure R/2018/074 VW: Golf, Tiguan Front brake discs may not be correct thickness R/2018/075 Nissan: NV400 Steering column joint may not be secure R/2018/076 Dacia: Logan Front wheel hubs may crack R/2018/077 Renault: Zoe Front wheel hubs may crack R/2018/078 Suzuki: Baleno, Swift, Ignis Integrated starter generator belt belt may fail R/2018/079 Renault: Master Steering column joint may not be secure R/2018/083 Volvo Bus: B5LH, B5LH(3), B5TL(3) & B8RLE(3) Loss of power assistance to steering RM/2018/005 Husqvarna: F450 The floating piston in the front brake master cylinder may crack RM/2018/006 KTM: 1290 Super Duke, 690 Duke The floating piston in the front brake master cylinder may crack RM/2018/007 Kawasaki: ZX1000S,(NinjaZX-10R) and ZX1000Z Ninja ZX-10RR Transmission may fail RM/2018/008 Suzuki: GSX-R1000/R L7, L8 Drive chain may stretch, come off or break RM/2018/009 KTM: 690 Duke, 690 Duke R Fuel may leak from tank filler nozzle RM/2018/011 Harley-Davidson: Touring, CVO, VRSC Potential loss of brake function on bikes fitted with
PLEASE GET DOWN TO TESCO ! Some of you will remember a previous successful project whereby customers collecting tokens for purchasing products at Tesco earned the Parish Council top place in winning a major grant to resurface the perimeter path around Burnham Park, which has proved a great improvement.
Money for local environmental upgrades is very hard to find these days but here's another opportunity to compete for another Burnham improvement grant so please do support it.
PROJECT 57 Vote for us in your local Tesco store We’re working on a project to help transform the area around the footpath from Lent Green Lane to Opendale Road (officially known as footpath 57). The project will transform the footpath with new lighting, a wild play area, footpath resurfacing, street art, and tackling crime, antisocial behaviour, and fly-tipping. We’re bidding for a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help, and you can vote for your favourite project in store – the one with the most votes gets the most cash. Help us achieve our goal by: - Getting a blue token from the till every time you shop - Placing your vote for Project 57 - If they don’t have the blue tokens by the till – demand one! Every little helps, so please help us make a difference! Sheridan Jacklin-Edward Parish Clerk Burnham Parish Council Burnham Park Burnham SL1 7HR Tel: 01628 550385 Mobile: 07587 639540 www.burnhamparish.gov.uk
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING REMINDER
On behalf of Judith Foster, Chairman of Burnham Parish Council, you are invited to attend Burnham’s Annual Parish Meeting on: Monday 21st May 2018 at 6:00pm Burnham Library, Windsor Lane, Burnham This is your opportunity to hear about the work being done by your local councils and community organisations over the past year. The meeting is open to all members of the public and press. This is not a Parish Council meeting, and anyone entitled to vote in local government elections in Burnham may vote on any issues raised at the meeting. If you represent a local organisation, you are also invited to would like to present or submit a report about your work over the past year. If you would like to do so, please contact me on 01628 550385 or email email@example.com. Attached is the invitation and agenda for the meeting, and also the minutes of last year’s meeting. (Sorry, I've not been able to convert & attach them. Wendy) Regards, Sheridan Sheridan Jacklin-Edward Parish Clerk Burnham Parish Council Burnham Park Burnham SL1 7HR Tel: 01628 550385 Mobile: 07587 639540 www.burnhamparish.gov.uk
BURNHAM DONKEY DERBY The 27th annual Burnham Donkey Derby has almost arrived! It's Burnham's big charity event, organised by the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches, and takes place on Saturday, 26th May from 12 noon. There will be lots of friendly donkeys in Burnham Park and fun for the whole family. Best of all, entrance to the event is FREE! What better way to start off the Spring Bank Holiday weekend? In addition to traditional donkey rides, donkey races, the park train and Traylen's Funfair there will also be entertainment from the Azure Theatre School and Pop Goes the Choir in the arena. As always, there will be a good selection of stalls to browse from sports clubs, youth groups, charities, crafts, local businesses and community groups. Some are new to the event, others can't wait to come back each year. There will be plenty of food and drink stalls, so you can enjoy a beverage, snack or afternoon tea. The programme includes prize competitions to keep everyone fully occupied while enjoying the races or during an afternoon break at the tea tent. This is a thoroughly enjoyable community event and is always well supported. Proceeds are distributed by Rotary to many local charitable causes during the year including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Thames Hospice, the new Alexander Devine's Hospice and the Thames Valley Adventure Playground. Visit www.burnhamdonkeyderby.co.uk for more information. .
Burnham Marathon Challenge is back!
How many “marathons” can the people of Burnham complete in one day? Can we beat last year’s total of 16.75 marathons (704 laps of the Park)?
Please join us on Saturday 7th July in Burnham Park. You can run, jog or walk the one kilometre path around Burnham Park. It’s not a race – you go at the pace and for the distance that’s right for you. We will be counting all the laps completed by everyone during the day to see how many "marathons" in total we can complete. (42 laps = one marathon!)
Joggers and runners set off at 10.15am There are four start times for walkers - 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and for everyone's safety we regret that no dogs are allowed (except for guide dogs) You can book your place via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/burnham-marathon-challenge-2018-tickets-46050339806 . Alternatively please call Lisa or Shirley in the Burnham Health Promotion Trust office on 01628 661441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
BLUE BADGE SURVEY - PARKING IN MAIDENHEAD Hello, We, the Access Advisory Forum, want to gather information about Blue Badge parking in Maidenhead. You may be aware that there will be a lot of regeneration going on in the town centre over the next few years and that will impact disabled parking spaces. We are liaising with the council about where temporary disabled parking spaces will be located. If you click on the link below it will take you to a short online questionnaire. No personal or identifiable information is required. Even if you only come into Maidenhead very occasionally your input will be very helpful. Maidenhead Blue Badge Parking Survey Thank you in advance Please share this survey request with anybody you know who has a Blue Badge and needs to park in Maidenhead. .
BURNHAM PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor caused by the resignation of Pauline Poole. If you are interested in applying , details are provided below. JOIN YOUR COUNCIL! Burnham Parish Council is seeking dedicated and motivated members of the community to join the Council, helping to shape local services and providing a voice for its 13,000 residents on local and regional issues. We’d like to hear from those who live or work in or around Burnham who feel they can bring skills and knowledge to support and strengthen the work of Council, especially those with a background in finance, public relations and marketing, event or project management, personnel, fundraising and development, facilities management, or social enterprise. The Council is at its strongest when it represents all parts of the community, and we are particularly keen to hear from those that are currently underrepresented, including young people, ethnic minorities, and the disabled. What’s involved? As a councillor, you would be instrumental in planning for the strategic future of the Council, shaping local policies, and making decisions on how local facilities and services are run. The Council meets on a Monday evening every 6 weeks. Councillors also have the opportunity to serve on committees, which deal with specific issues such as planning applications or the management of Burnham Park Hall. Prospective councillors will be expected to play an active role in Council, participating in meetings, attending events and representing the Council on other bodies, and working with Council staff on projects. Being a member of the Council is a voluntary position. We do, however, cover reasonable expenses. Serving the community What is the Parish Council? The Council is comprised of up to 19 councillors, representing the residents of Burnham. The Parish Council is one of the three tiers of local government in Burnham – the others being South Bucks District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. Each Council is responsible for providing a range of services and facilities to residents. The Parish Council responsibilities include: • Community facilities such as Burnham Park Hall • Parks and playgrounds including Burnham Park, St Peter’s playground, Hag Hill playground, The Stomping Ground, and the pond at Lent Green Lane • The George Pitcher Memorial Ground pitches, nature reserve and trim trail • Street furniture including benches, bins, and some street lighting • Distributing funds for improving infrastructure from large planning applications • Providing a voice for residents on regional and national consultations • Reviewing planning applications and feeding back views to the District Council • The Jennery Lane public toilets Am I eligible? To be a member of the Council you must meet the following criteria: • be at least 18 years old, and • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and • meet at least one of the following four qualifications: a) You are registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards. b) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. c) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish. d) You have lived in the parish or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. Where can I find out more information? Visit www.burnhamparish.gov.uk Contact Sheridan Jacklin-Edward, Parish Clerk: 01628 550385 / email@example.com Write to Burnham Parish Council, Burnham Park, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL1 7HR
News from NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group 17 May 2018 Patient power shows potential for change in Bucks From ensuring a flu jab season runs smoothly, to finding over 100 people to take part in innovative diabetes kit trials; Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) across Bucks are gearing up to shout about the great work they do and recruit more volunteers! 4 – 9 June is PPG Awareness Week and the theme this year covers 'Patients, Power and Partnerships' Working hand in hand with their local GP surgeries, they support and advise on what the patient needs are. GP surgeries across Bucks rely on the support PPGs offer in terms of a voice for all and keeping an ear to the ground. Celebrating all the hard work that PPGs do is something that Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities echoes, "These groups are pretty much unsung heros in our local communities and ensure the voice of the patient is heard. Each GP practice needs to hear from their patients to make sure the services they offer match the needs of the people they serve and their views really do make a difference." The Clinical Chair of Buckinghamshire’s CCG Dr Raj Bajwa added, "Patients and the public play an important role in the development of NHS services. Their ideas, experience and opinions are incredibly valuable and help us shape NHS services across Bucks. I would personally like to encourage patients across Bucks to get involved in shaping their local NHS services.
"The NHS belongs to us all. This invitation for ongoing patient participation is open to all. We would love to hear from you." Healthwatch Bucks is also delighted to be supporting the amazing work that PPGs are doing across the county. "As part of this support, we’re often out and about talking to PPGs about their needs and the ways we can help them. So if you’d like to talk to us about simple and effective ways to develop your PPG, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org" said Helen Smith, PPG Project Lead, Healthwatch Bucks. You can also find out more by looking at notices in your local surgery or emailing: email@example.com
News from Buckinghamshire County Council 27 APRIL 2018
Now is the time to Foster for Bucks
Do you know someone who wants to help children and young people by offering them a safe and loving place to call home ? We need foster carers to look after the children and young people we have in our care and want to hear from anyone who thinks it is something they could do. In MAY we are holding events across the county where you can find out more about what’s involved and speak to our team of social workers and current foster carers. • Thursday, 17 MAY, 7 pm at County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP 20 1 UA • Wednesday, 23 MAY 7 pm, The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP 11 1 NJ All events start at 7 pm. Councillor Jean TEESDALE, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services can speak with a great deal of knowledge of fostering, having herself been a foster carer in the past. She explained : "My husband Nigel and I were foster parents and although at times it was challenging it was very rewarding and exciting to watch our foster daughter develop into a lovely young woman. She is now happily married with three lovely grown up sons." She continued: “We want to encourage everyone to think about fostering. Even if you are not in a position to foster yourself, do you know someone who could? Why not speak to them and encourage them to get in touch with us. “Our information evenings offer a great way to find out more about what’s involved without making any commitment. Our foster carers come from all backgrounds just as the children and young people we have in our care do. We offer great support and training and will always carefully match the child to the foster carer to make sure they are suited.” To find out more or book your place on one of our information evenings contact our fostering recruitment team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone - T : 0800 - 160 - 1900. You can also find out more information on fostering on our website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/fostering
News from Buckinghamshire County Council 15 May 2018 Bucks will sort potholes after record winter damage, says the man at the top. Mark Shaw fears his photo is fixed to a thousand dartboards.
He’s the man in charge of more than 2,000 miles of Buckinghamshire’s roads and it’s the height of the pothole complaint season.
Given this year’s particularly harsh winter across the country which included the infamous 'beast from the east' artic blast, it’s not a problem unique to Buckinghamshire. Indeed, figures for the FixMyStreet website, by which residents up and down the country can report problems on their roads, shows Buckinghamshire riding high among the best performing highways authorities nationally in terms of response times.
Mark, however, understands why residents get so frustrated.
“This year, because we had the bad weather before Christmas, people’s complaints started literally on Boxing Day and they will probably carry through until the end of this month when we should have had a good crack at clearing many of the major pothole problems across the county,” he said.
“People want to know why a pothole can’t be fixed straight away but it’s very difficult. We can go out in the cold and wet weather but the repairs will only be temporary.
“If it’s on a major road or you need to have traffic lights to do the work, then that takes time to organise so we can’t always get there and sort it the next day. There's no magic wand that simply fixes everything.”
Mark, the Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for transportation, admitted: “It gets very difficult when residents are very angry, but I understand. I use the roads in Buckinghamshire; my family use the roads. About 20 years ago I hit a big pothole and took out two wheels of my car, so I absolutely sympathise with what people are saying.”
“The worst thing people can do is just moan about potholes but not report them to us through FixMyStreet. If you report it we’ll act on it and we’ll sort it.
Mark explained: “This year we have taken money out of reserves. We have increased the money we are spending on reactive repairs – ie potholes – to £3 million. That’s on top of the £2 million we would normally spend on pothole repairs.
“We have got a £15 million resurfacing programme – that’s £10 million we get from the government and £5 million we put in from our own funds. That’s more than many councils do – many just spend the statutory money they get from government but we are putting 50% above it in terms of resurfacing.”
Last year Buckinghamshire County Council fixed about 38,000 potholes and it could be nearer 44,000 this year.
Mark is sympathetic to motorists, but he said: “It’s not just down to us to make the roads safe. It’s important that people drive according to the condition of the road.”
The only effective way to make the roads safe for the long term, he said, is to resurface them.
Mark said: “If we could spend about £28 million to £30 million that would be the optimum amount to maintain the roads while keeping the county moving.”
The scrapping of Buckinghamshire County Council and four district councils, to be replaced by a single unitary authority, could also help, he said.
“A new single council for Buckinghamshire would save at least £18m every year,” he said. “It would be for the new council to decide how that money is spent but, yes, I think there would be a strong argument for some of it to be spent on the roads.”
The quickest and simplest way to report potholes is via the County Council's website - www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk
For further information please contact: Aidan Shutter, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978 Link to Photos • Mark Shaw road resurfacing site visit DSC_0830.JPG .
News Release 15 May 2018
Revised proposals for a new multi-storey car park in Gerrards Cross
In November 2016 Balfour Beatty, on behalf of the council, submitted a planning application to construct a new 450 space multi-storey car park at the existing Station Road car park site. Following the receipt of a large number of consultation responses, the application was withdrawn to allow the council more time to consider in much more detail the options for delivering additional parking provision in Gerrards Cross. Since then engagement has continued with the interested parties and the council is due to submit a planning application in June 2018.
The revised design will be exhibited at Gerrards Cross Library, Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre and the Council office in Denham from Monday 21 May where full details can be viewed. There will be an information sharing event on 21st May at the Memorial Hall 3pm to 8pm, where council officers and Balfour Beatty will on hand to answer any questions. Following submission of the the planning application there will be a three week consultation as part of the planning process.
The plans propose to extend the existing car park to a further 4.5 floors providing an additional 328 parking spaces. Also included in the design is a lift, fast electric car charging points, secure points for motorbikes, bicycle racks, disabled spaces and trolley bays.
Councillor Luisa Sullivan, Portfolio Holder for Environment says: “Two independent capacity studies have taken place in Gerrards Cross over the last three years so we know that there is an increasing demand for additional car parking in the town centre for shoppers, local businesses and residents. Year on year we have seen an increase in the number of cars using our car parks and recognise we need to provide both short stay parking for local residents coming in to the town to use the shops and other facilities, and long stay parking for those who work in the town and of course our residents who commute. This is becoming increasingly difficult given the limited capacity. We believe that this new development offers a long-term solution.
“Residents will notice that the frontage of the car park has been redesigned following concerns about its original appearance. We have taken these comments on-board and have amended the appearance to be more sympathetic to its surroundings by adding further landscaping to soften the street scene. Laser cut metal panels with foliage designs have been added to the front to break-up the grey concrete and to make the building more visually interesting.
“I encourage residents, local businesses and visitors of Gerrards Cross to come along to the exhibition to see the changes.” .
News from Buckinghamshire County Council 16 May 2018
Key air quality conference takes place in Buckinghamshire Around 50 delegates from across Buckinghamshire have come together to talk about air quality in the county. The County and District Councils organised the joint event to get key people involved in the county’s air quality in the same room at the same time, especially those working in public health, transport and environmental roles. The workshop (Thursday 10 May) allowed delegates to find out more about what causes poor air quality, how it impacts peoples’ health and to explore local solutions to protecting air quality in Buckinghamshire. Around one in twenty deaths a year in Buckinghamshire can be directly attributed to poor air quality. While the air is generally good in the county there are currently eight air quality management areas in Buckinghamshire with a ninth in the process of being introduced in Iver. Long term exposure to main pollutants in the air (Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter) contributes to cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, respiratory disease and increased deaths. Even short term exposure has a significant impact on health, making conditions like asthma and allergies worse and it increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. The Government estimates that 80% of NO2 emissions in areas of the UK exceeding the limits are caused by traffic – and the majority of these emissions are produced by vans and cars, especially those with diesel engines. At the moment in Buckinghamshire, responsibility for monitoring air quality and producing action plans where pollution levels are too high lies with District Councils. Yet responsibility for public health, traffic and transport strategy lies with the County Council. Today’s event aimed to bring officers and councillors from district and county level together to increase awareness of the local and national picture, to identify good practices across the county and to kick start discussions on exploring ways for more joined up working to maximise the health benefits for residents. Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment said: “No-one should have to put up with poor air in this day and age and I want people to realise how serious an issue this is. While we do have clean air in most parts of Buckinghamshire we absolutely cannot be complacent and we all need to do our bit – individuals included – to make sure the air here is clean for future generations. “We can only do that by having discussions like this one where we all sat down together, learned more about the impacts of air quality, and talked about what we can do together to protect the air in Buckinghamshire and what we all need to do to reduce pollution and improve health. “ Noel Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health said: “I cannot overstate how serious the health impacts of poor air quality are. 234 deaths in Buckinghamshire in 2016 were directly attributed to poor air quality. If we had that many deaths on our roads we’d be needing to make significant changes and the same applies for air quality. “I’m very grateful to everyone who took the time to attend this fact-finding conference and together we can now start looking at ways to protect air quality here in Buckinghamshire. “There is no safe level of pollution to breathe in. We want to get these emissions down as low as possible to protect our residents health. We can only do this by changing the way we move around and by individuals making changes in their own habits. “As a county council it’s down to us to make it as easy as possible for people to make those changes, so they can reduce car use, walk and cycle more and use public transport, especially in built up areas where these problems are worst.” Cllrs Luisa Sullivan (South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment) and Michael Smith (Chiltern District Council Cabinet Member for Environment) said: "We all want to live in a cleaner, healthier environment and we all have to take responsibility for it. Together, with our local authority colleagues and with the public, we will need to work hard to reduce air pollution. Residents can only make greener choices if they are available to them. As well as monitoring the quality of air in our areas, we will be ensuring everyone has the opportunities they need to make healthier choices in their day to day lives. On Thursday 21 June we are fully supporting Clean Air Day which is all about encouraging people to think about air quality and how to make a difference.” • The eight current air quality management areas in Buckinghamshire are: Friarage Road (AVDC) Tring Road Stoke Road Berkhamstead Road/Broad Street (CDC) M25/M40/M4 (SBDC) High Wycombe (WDC) Marlow M40 • This means in these areas pollution levels have exceeded national air quality objectives. These can be found in the schedule of The Air Quality England Regulations 2000. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2000/928/schedule/made • Emissions from road transport is the biggest cause of pollution in Buckinghamshire • Pollution by road transport is exacerbated by slow moving traffic and at busy junctions • People can lessen emissions by choosing alternative modes of transport and, when driving, by avoiding revving their engines and switching the engine off when idling. • Emissions can be further reduced by reducing the weight carried in cars where possible, eg removed unnecessary loads from the boot. Speakers and subjects at the Air Quality conference were: Martin Tett, Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, Cabinet Member for Transportation Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Buckinghamshire County Council Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, Buckinghamshire County Council Air pollution and Health: Dr Jane O’Grady, Director of Public Health, Buckinghamshire Transport Economy Environment: Mark Kemp, Chair of the UK Network Management Board and Jess Everett, Transport Strategy Officer, Buckinghamshire County Council District Councils: Cerys Williams, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, Chair of Bucks Air Quality Management Group and District Representatives The Oxfordshire Experience: Luke Marion, Oxford Bus Company and Carousel Buses Public perception of air quality: David Munday, Public Health England, Environmental Hazards and Emergencies Department
For further information please contact: Claire Perry, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978 Link to Photos .
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In this month's edition: • Outdoor pool set to reopen after £1.3m refurbishment • New community cafe • Unlicensed scrap metal dealer fined • Housing land supply remains strong • Response to reservoir plans • New Vale Leader announced Keep up to date with the latest news and access archived articles on my website at www.matthewbarber.co.uk
Re-opening date announced for Abbey Meadow outdoor pool after £1.3m refurbishment
Abingdon’s popular Abbey Meadow outdoor pool will re-open on Saturday 16 June after its £1.3million refurbishment. Vale of White Horse District Council has invested in the rebuilding work which included joining two pool tanks to create a single large one. The new pool features a beach-style gently sloping walk-in area that provides easy access for young children and for visitors with disabilities. There is also a deep water area for more experienced swimmers. The changing areas have also been fully refurbished to make the whole experience much more enjoyable for all visitors. The pool is now surrounded by a safe, non-slip rubber surface and the council has improved accessibility throughout the pool area and buildings. New energy saving lighting and equipment will also help make the pool more efficient to run.
The council is holding an official opening event on the morning of 16 June and it will be open to the public from 1pm.
The council is appealing for people to send in old pictures of Abbey Meadow pool which could feature in a special picture display at the re-opening event. A free swim is on offer for anybody who submits a picture that is used in the display. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Branches reach out for new community café
A brand-new café to support young people is opening in Botley thanks to a grant of almost £7,000 from Vale of White Horse District Council. Branches is opening a community café at the West Way shopping centre providing a much-needed meeting place for the local community. Branches aims to open before the summer for the whole community to use during the day. After school and into the evening, the café’s focus will to be provide a safe and fun place for young people to socialise and take part in workshops and positive activities. There will be opportunities for secondary school children and young adults to be involved in running the business. The new venture will benefit local families and friends with a new place to meet up, help young people aged 12 - 18 and will help Branches raise funds for their youth work and projects in the Botley area. Branches café is currently looking for volunteers to help support the local enterprise. Anyone can get involved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlicensed scrap metal dealer fined
Vale of White Horse District Council has successfully prosecuted a Birmingham man for illegal scrap metal dealing in Abingdon. Ionel Petcu, (pictured left), of Kirby Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, was found guilty on Tuesday (1/5) at Oxford Magistrates’ Court of two charges related to dealing in scrap metal without a licence. He was fined £500 for each offence and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £50. Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for Housing and Environment for the Vale of the White Horse District Council, said: “There are strict laws and regulations around the collection and disposal of scrap metal. This is to prevent against metal theft and fly tipping to protect our environment and the area we live in. “This man’s actions undermine legitimate scrap metal collectors and waste removal companies operating in the Vale. I hope this case shows that the council will not tolerate this kind of blatant disregard for the law when it comes to the protection of our environment.”
Council continues with strong housing land supply
Vale of White Horse District Council is continuing to deliver on house-building as latest figures show it is once again exceeding a five-year housing land supply. Under government planning rules set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), all local planning authorities must have an up-to-date deliverable five-year housing land supply. The council’s Housing Land Supply Statement for 2017-18, published today, shows that the Vale has a 6.8-year supply. To determine this figure, the council monitors planning permissions, carries out site surveys to check progress on house-building and works with housebuilders to understand how many houses are likely to be built in the next five years. Its latest housing completion survey shows that 1,620 homes were built and finished in 2017/18. The Housing Land Supply Statement can be viewed here.
Vale calls for public inquiry into Thames Water’s reservoir plans
Vale of White Horse District Council has responded to Thames Water’s proposed draft Water Resources Management Plan by recommending a public inquiry is held to examine the draft plan to ensure the water company has correctly followed procedures. The council is concerned that Thames Water has not fully explored and assessed each option in sufficient detail in its draft plan, which sets out how it intends to provide a secure and sustainable supply of water for the next 80 years. One of Thames Water’s options is to build a large reservoir between the villages of Drayton, East Hanney and Steventon that would hold 150 million cubic metres of water and would be larger than the whole town of Abingdon. The council needs to see all of Thames Water’s proposals to include detailed analysis on the implications on local residents, roads and landscape, wildlife and habitats, biodiversity and take into consideration any archaeological significance of any proposed site. Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of the Vale of the White Horse District Council said: “We are yet to be convinced that the proposed reservoir at Abingdon is necessary or indeed the most effective option to address the future water needs of the south-east of England.” He added: “The key issue in a previous public inquiry in 2010, into Thames Water’s draft plan, expressed the same concerns and we would still like to see all proposed options fully assessed to the appropriate level of detail.” A copy of the letter sent to Thames Water can be found here (50.8 KB) .
New Vale Leader announced Cllr Roger Cox is set to be confirmed as Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council this evening. Roger and I were both elected for Faringdon & The Coxwells ward in 2003 and it has been a pleasure to work with him over the last fifteen years. I have no doubt that he will lead the Council with a clear vision and serve the people of the Vale incredibly well.
Today I stand down as Leader of the Council after seven years. It has been a fantastic experience and I am proud of the many achievements the Vale has made over the years and how we have tackled a number of challenges.
I will continue as councillor for the Steventon & the Hanneys ward on the Vale and look forward to serving under Roger's leadership. I will be continuing my other role as Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner on a full-time basis and look forward to updating you with the latest news on policing matters in the future.
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11th May 2018