Best Kept Village 2018
Press release: July 2018 2018 Best Kept Villages Revealed
The judging of the 2018 Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition has been completed and the results are now revealed:
Weedon, winner of the Gurney Cup (villages with a population of 500 and under); Chenies runner-up
Padbury winner of the Morris Cup (villages with a population of 500 – 1500); Hedgerley runner-up
Cheddington winner of the DeFraine Cup (villages with a population 1501 – 3000);
Chalfont St Giles, winner of the Pushman Cup (villages with a population over 3000);
Wendover winner of the Michaelis Cup (small towns); Marlow, runner-up
Cuddington winner of the Tindall Cup (2017 cup winners); Stewkley runner-up
Wendover has been awarded the Sword of Excellence as the best overall winner.
The Dashwood Trophy for the best runner-up goes to Wing
Wing is also being awarded the Community Trophy
Richard Pushman, Chairman of the Best Kept Village Competition, comments: “Our popular Best Kept Village Competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages. It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment. The Best Kept Village competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained. The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts.” The standard is higher than ever this year despite the drought conditions.
The Best Kept Village Competition is sponsored by George Browns and Buckinghamshire County Council with additional support from Milton Keynes Council and District Councils from Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe.
The cups will be presented in the winning villages by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant on Saturday 15th September.
News from Buckinghamshire County Council
28 August 2018
APPROVED for Immediate Release
Council to consult on ‘realistic’ options to make household recycling centres affordable.
An eight week consultation starts today (August 28) to hear the public’s views on a series of proposed cost-saving and future growth measures to make the County’s household recycling centres (local tips) affordable for the future.
The ten centres are well used and extremely popular, however, the County Council is having to reduce costs across all its services as funding reductions in the public sector continue to bite.National figures show that in comparison with other areas, Buckinghamshire has a much higher number of sites serving its population. In addition, centres currently take certain waste like rubble, soil, plasterboard and car tyres for free where other Councils make a variety of disposal charges.Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said the review was a ‘reluctant but necessary step’.
He said: “We have an extremely tough budget to meet from April 2019 onwards and this means facing up to some difficult decisions. There definitely needs to be changes, but my overall aim is to retain a service that still works for the majority of people going forward.”
Looking at all the data available, the responses to our user surveys and what other councils do, and bearing in mind the views of residents at four focus groups we held in July, there are some preferred options that we are setting out in the consultation. Realistically, without these, we’re not going to get anywhere near our financial savings target.”For example, there is a proposal to permanently close at least one site, with the preferred option being Bledlow. We are also including other proposals for closing two sites, Bledlow and Burnham, and to bring in selected weekday closures on days when the sites at Burnham, Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) are less used.
“We’re also proposing to introduce charging at all sites for specific waste that we don’t legally have to accept for free. I completely understand that people don’t like being faced with extra charges, however, I have taken into account the fact that less than a third of waste falls into this category, so the charges won’t affect everyone and it also brings us into line with what other councils do.”Of course, there are other areas where we have genuine choice and that’s where an open and honest consultation is so important. For example, we’re looking for views on which two weekdays people would prefer Burnham (if this site remains open), Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) to be closed, and also what Buckinghamshire residents think about people from outside the county using our recycling centres, which is of course an extra cost to local county taxpayers.”
The Council also plans to extend the operation of reuse shops (currently at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe and run by South Bucks Hospice) so more can be recycled and sold with the money going to charity.Bill added: “I hope people will see the reasons for the changes I have to bring in and I look forward to hearing views on the areas where there is genuine and open choice.”The consultation runs until midnight on Monday, October 22. Access to the online survey and supporting information is available at www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc-review
A series of drop-in events is also planned in local libraries so people can find out more details about the proposals.Following the consultation, final decisions are expected to be made by the Cabinet later in the year.
The schedule of ‘drop-in’ events is as follows:Bucks County Show (BCC stand) – Thursday, August 30 – 8am-6pm
High Wycombe library – Friday, September 7 – 10am-1pm
Princes Risborough library – Tuesday, September 11 – 10am-1pm
Aylesbury Library (currently in the study centre) Thursday, September 20 – 10am-1pm
Buckingham library – Wednesday, September 26 – 10am-1pm
Burnham library – Thursday, October 4 – 10am-1pm
Chesham library – Monday, October 8 – 2-5pm
Beaconsfield library – 11th Oct – 10am-1pm
Transport & Works Act Order submitted for East-West Rail
Network Rail is submitting a transport and Works Act Order to authorise the construction, operation and maintenance of the railway between Bicester, Bedford and Aylesbury, known as East West Rail Phase 2 on 27 July 2018.
Please note that as a legal requirement we have to display and maintain notices around the full site for the six week objection period which starts upon submission of the order.
All Parish Councils should have received a copy of the documents. Documents can also be viewed on the Network Rail website at www.networkrail.co.uk/east-west-rail and paper copies are available in the following locations:
Aylesbury Study Centre
Milton Keynes library
House of Lord library
House of Commons library
Message from Transport for Bucks:
During the course of next week, as part of the Strategic Highway Maintenance Programme, Transport for Buckinghamshire will be carrying out work at the following locations. The Works are part of a rolling programme and some activities are weather dependent, therefore dates shown are subject to change at short notice.
Carriageway Surfacing Schemes – Micro Surfacing Programme
Main Street, Padbury (04/08/18 to 05/08/2018) **weekend working** Micro-surfacing remedial works taking place using a day time road closure between 07:00 and 19:00hrs.
180251 – Main Street, Gawcott – Village Gate entry to Lenborough Road (02/08/18 to 04/08/2018) **weekend working** Micro-surfacing taking place using a day time road closure between 07:00 and 19:00hrs.
Message from Bucks County Council
Council in ‘listening mode’ as household recycling centres review gets underway
“Changes will be needed to the way the County Council’s household recycling centres operate from April next year to make the service affordable while maintaining the quality people expect.”
That’s the important message from Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment as the County Council begins the process of gathering views and opinions from local residents about household recycling centre provision across Buckinghamshire.
Many councils up and down the country have already made changes to their recycling centre operations as the financial pressures on all public services continue to bite. Bill says that the time has come for Buckinghamshire to grasp the nettle and consider changes that will ensure the Council can stay within its budgets.
He said: “Our recycling centres are popular, well used and highly thought of with more than 70% of all waste received recycled. But the harsh reality is we can’t afford to continue as we are due to the financial pressures on all our services.
“Compared to other councils, we do have more household recycling centres than others, we are open longer and we do take most types of waste. But, all this costs in excess of £3 million every year to provide.
“I have the difficult job of getting our costs down but with the minimum of inconvenience to residents. We’ve seen other authorities look at the overall number of sites, opening hours or days and things like charging for DIY waste not classed as household waste. But before I do anything, I want an opportunity to listen to what local residents think.
“We’re very much in listening mode at the moment,” he added.
Looking forward over the next 15 years, the Council also knows some sites are not in precisely the right place to suit future population growth and that facilities and layouts at current sites vary tremendously.
Bill added: “What we have to do is rationalise the current provision to make it affordable and fit for purpose. In the longer term, we have future investment plans to help both improve site facilities and plan for expected population growth associated with around 46,000 new homes across the County.
“With this significant investment and the changes we need to make to streamline current operations, I’m confident we can still offer a household recycling centre service that works for the majority of local people going forward.”
FCC Regional Director, Steve Longdon said: “As operators of the Council’s waste recycling centres, we are fully aware of the pressures facing all authorities up and down the country. We will of course be working closely with Buckinghamshire during the upcoming consultation period and would like to reassure all service users that it is business as usual across the county.”
The process begins this week (16/17 July) with a series of four public focus group sessions, being run by market research experts Ipsos Mori, to help scope some initial thinking. The views from these sessions will help to shape the Council’s full public consultation exercise, expected to start later in the summer.
To find out more, go to the consultation web page: www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/hrc-service-review
This review is not related to kerbside collection services or the smaller recycling banks operated by district councils. It relates only to the ten household recycling centres operated by the County Council.