Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Parish Council News

The Parish Council meet every month on the second Monday of the month in the Infant site of Cuddington and Dinton School.  There are also two annual meetings: the Annual Village Meeting in April and the Annual Meeting of the Council in May.

The Agenda will be posted on the Wednesday preceding the meeting.

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Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan – Have Your Say

The final version of the plan, known as the VALP Proposed Submission, will be published for public comment for six weeks from 9am today, Thursday 2nd November, until 5.15pm Thursday 14th December.

Cuddington Parish Council has produced an insert in this month’s issue of Village Voice (attached).  It gives the background to the Plan and the housing proposals for Cuddington.  The Draft proposals for Cuddington include 25 houses, 4 of which are in progress or completed and the remaining 21 have been allocated on two sites: Aylesbury Road (6 homes) and Dadbrook Farm (15 homes).  The Parish Council welcomes your feedback.  Please email cuddingtonpc@gmail.com or return the back sheet of the insert to Cuddington Village Stores.  The Parish Council will be drafting its response to the Plan at its November meeting – Monday 27th November at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Parishioners can find out more about the Local Plan including the background, policies on housing, transport, and environment – and guidance about how to respond at www.aylesburydc.gov.uk/localplan.  Key Facts of the Local Plan are listed here.

 

Bucks County Council – Budget Consultation 2018/19

People across Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important spending decisions about next year’s budget.

An online consultation, which runs until Sunday 19th November, aims to get local people involved in helping to decide on which areas of the Council’s work future spending should be focused.  The short survey can be completed at:  https://tinyurl.com/bucksbudget18

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said the Council’s services touched the lives of everyone in the county.

“It’s only right that we should want to ask residents to tell us what’s important to them, to help us decide where to focus our finite funding, and I’d urge people to take part,” said Noel.  “Allocating our budget gets more and more difficult each year, with pressure on our vital services to vulnerable older people and children.  Difficult decisions lie ahead.  There are things we have to do, which mean there are more limited choices about the things we’d like to do.”

The coming year, 2018/19, will be the first in which the Government gives Buckinghamshire nothing in revenue support grant funding, putting further pressure on the budget, said Noel.  The amount the Government pays the County Council has fallen rapidly in the past few years, from £60.8m four years ago, to zero next year.  Along with Dorset, Buckinghamshire will be the first county to receive no revenue support grant from Whitehall.

Noel said the County Council would be submitting a consultation response about next year’s funding settlement and lobbying the Government for more money.  People who don’t have access to the internet or a computer can take part in the County Council budget consultation at any library, where staff can help them to complete the survey.

 

Have Your Say on Household Recycling Centres

Residents across Bucks are able to give their views on the Household Recycling Centres as the annual customer satisfaction survey is launched by BCC.  The survey is run annually in October to find out what works well, what could be improved, and how residents are using the Household Recycling Centres in Bucks and, for the first time ever, residents will also be able to complete the survey from the comfort of their own home.  Link to online survey - https://goo.gl/AQ6zex. Closing date Tuesday 31st October.

Survey staff are on sites during October and talking to residents who use the sites, which gives Buckinghamshire County Council a snapshot of the service.  Over 2,000 responses are sought across the ten sites asking residents questions which include which site they prefer, how often they visit, and whether they are familiar with the permit scheme.

The online version has been created this year, to increase the number of responses, and capture the thoughts of those people who maybe do not visit the site as much.  The survey is open until Tuesday 31st October and can be completed by any Buckinghamshire resident.

Once completed, the survey responses will be collated and reviewed to help the Council make the services offered at all ten Household Recycling Centres the best they can be, whilst keeping costs down.

County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Cllr Bill Chapple OBE said “The annual survey is a great chance for residents to have their say, and tell us what they like about the service.  Last year 99% of those who responded to the survey were satisfied with the service, and we’d like to get to 100%.  Millions of visits are made to our Household Recycling Centres each year, so we want to know where we can improve and how our residents are using the sites.  Having an online option is a great chance to listen to more of our residents’ views.”

Notice of Casual Vacancy for the Parish of Cuddington

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Cuddington and that unless ten or more electors of the electoral area have, on or before Tuesday 1st August at 5pm, submitted a request in writing to the Democratic & Electoral Services Officer, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF that an election be held to fill the vacancy, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the said vacancy by co-option.

Clerk to the Council

Dated: 12th July 2017

 

Help Bucks County Council Plan for Tomorrow’s Lorry Traffic

Parishioners will recall the formation of an HGV traffic action group with neighbouring Parish Councils to obtain data on HGV traffic through village roads and the group’s subsequent lobbying and presentation to Bucks County Council.

Residents and businesses are now being invited to help plan how to handle tomorrow’s rail and road freight in Buckinghamshire.  Heavy lorries make up between 10% and 20% of traffic on main routes through the county, and with a steady increase in freight forecast over the next decade, County Council transport planners want to prepare for the future.  They’re asking people to help them identify local problem areas, explore untapped opportunities and pinpoint solutions.

A ten-minute online snapshot survey will run until 6th July at www.buckscc.gov.uk/freight to allow residents and businesses to feed into their thinking.  Please take time to fill in the survey.  The results will inform a draft strategy for full consultation later in the year.

 

Vale of Aylesbury Plan Update

The timetable for preparing the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) has just been extended.  The Parish Council is informed that the key reasons for the delay is due to the final Sustainability Appraisal, (being carried out by external consultants), not progressing to meet AVDC’s proposed timetable.

The revised dates for the proposed submission plan will now be considered by:

  • VALP Scrutiny on 26 September
  • Cabinet on 10 October, and
  • Council on 18 October.

The plan will then be published for public comment.  Following that, the plan will be submitted for independent examination in January, which is two months later than previously publicised.

 

Reminder – Annual Village Meeting – Monday 3rd April, 7.30pm

Cuddington residents all have an interest in maintaining the vitality, appearance and facilities of our village and its surroundings.  The Annual Village Meeting is the main opportunity for everyone to get together and voice their opinions, hear what is going on and meet neighbours, new and old.  This meeting is not a Parish Council meeting.  Please come along.

The meeting will be informal, as it is intended to have much of the time devoted to open discussion, with various presentations about what is going on.  There will be complimentary wine and soft drinks for socialising and continuing the discussions after the meeting.

Subjects for discussion put forward so far, are;

  • Future housing developments in the village and neighbouring areas
  • Access to bus routes and safer walking to Haddenham
  • Improvements to public footpaths and the environment around the village
  • The increasing traffic through the village

Other topics people may want to hear about and discuss are: Village Fête, progress of the Playing Fields, District and County Councils’ activities, the School, The Nicholas Almond Trust, Gardening Club, Village Voice, the Website, the Bernard Hall, the Village Picture House, Tennis Club, WI, Sunshine Club, Boules, Police Community Support Officer, Parish Council.

 

Notice of Casual Vacancy for the Parish of Cuddington

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish of Cuddington and that unless ten or more electors of the electoral area have, on or before12th April 2017 at 5pm, submitted a request in writing to the Democratic & Electoral Services Officer, Aylesbury Vale District Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF that an election be held to fill the vacancy, the Parish Council will take steps to fill the said vacancy by co-option.

Clerk to the Council

Dated: 25th March 2017

 

Cuddington Parish Council - comments on the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan

The Parish Council comments on the draft Vale of Aylesbury Plan can be viewed here.

 

Your Parish Council

Cuddington Parish Council is currently represented by six Parish Councillors:

Ken Birkby: Chairman and also Footpath Representative and LAF Representative.

Ken Brown: Vice Chairman and Traffic Action Group (TAG) Representative.

Richard Stanczyc: Councillor

Lorraine Stevens: Councillor and Cuddington Playing Fields Association (CPFA) Representative.

Ken Trew: Councillor and Planning Representative.

Andrew Vickers: Councillor and Parish Council Trustee - Nicholas Almond Trust.

Councillors are supported by Venetia Davies, Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.

Independent of AVDC and BCC, Cuddington Parish Council provides services at village level; representing its electors in the parish ward.  The Parish Council is funded by the precept (raised as part of the Council Tax) and takes responsibility for a range of local matters.

Meetings are normally held on the last Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Bernard Hall.

Every meeting is a public meeting with an opportunity for villagers to ask questions and raise concerns during Parishioners Question Time at the beginning of each month.  Please come along and hear about local matters.