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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Casual Vacancy – Apply to Become a Parish Councillor

Local Government Act 1972 Section 87 (2)

CASUAL VACANCY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that one vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the PARISH OF CUDDINGTON.

The Parish Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.  Any person interested in becoming a Cuddington Parish Councillor should please apply to:

Venetia Davies
Clerk, Cuddington Parish Council
Prospect Cottage
The Green
Chearsley
Aylesbury
Bucks  HP18 0DJ

Email: cuddingtonpc@gmail.com

By 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018

Parish Clerk
30th August 2018

 

Public Consultation Launched on the Future of the County’s Household Recycling Centres.

Council to consult on ‘realistic’ options to make household recycling centres affordable.

An eight week consultation 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 is underway.

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 22nd October.  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.

 

Vacancy in the Office of Parish Councillor

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act, 1972 that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for Cuddington Parish.

If any TEN electors for the ward or parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by 24th August 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 Parish Council will, at their meeting on Monday 24th September fill the vacancy by co-option of a suitably qualified person.

Dated: 7th August 2018

Signed: Venetia Davies, Parish Clerk

Address: Prospect Cottage, The Green, Chearsley, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0DJ

 

Have Your Say – Bus Services

BCC has launched a survey regarding the county council supported routes in small towns, villages and rural areas in Buckinghamshire.  It wants to understand how current bus services are being used to review how future services can better meet people’s travel patterns.  This may include revising existing routes and timetables or looking at alternatives such as community transport or other flexible transport services.

This survey has now finished.

Traffic Feasibility Study Underway

Cuddington Parish Council has agreed to proceed with a Traffic Feasibility Study.  The report, to be received in August, will give a series of recommendations for traffic calming in the village.  This will be funded by contribution.

The Scheme Assessment and Scope Form can be viewed here and under Useful Links on the Neighbourhood Plan section of the village website.

BCC News – It’s Pothole Season

This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and just below zero.

Pothole formation is accelerated by this ‘freeze-thaw’ effect, whereby moisture gets into small cracks in the the road surface and expands when it freezes, then thaws out when the temperature rises. This process repeats until the road surface begins to break up and potholes are formed.

County Councillor Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them:

“Transport for Buckinghamshire will investigate every pothole reported to them, and react on a risk based prioritisation process – put simply, that means the worst ones will be attended to first, as a matter of urgency.  But we’re not mind readers, and the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency.  I would ask that everyone be patient while we deal with the fallout of a bad winter – potholes are as inevitable as weather, roads are made of a porous material so that they don’t flood constantly in rain and so when water within the structure freezes, defects will form.”

On average, when there are no severe weather issues, TfB repairs over 4,000 potholes every month.

Pothole FAQ:

  • You fixed one pothole, why didn’t you fix the one next to it while you were here?
    Potholes are prioritised according to risk – if they are on very well used roads, they are more of a priority.  Size and depth are also factors.  Resources have to be used responsibly, and cannot be used up fixing a more minor road surface defect when there are more urgent defects needing attention just up the road.
  • Why can I only report one pothole online at a time?
    Our online reporting system works on an interactive map, so that each individual defect can be risk assessed and dealt with on a case by case basis.  The map allows for accurate pinpointing, which saves time when it comes to inspections.  There are drop-down menus to allow you to input as much detail, such as size and position, as possible.
  • Why do you make temporary repairs that don’t last?
    Temporary repairs, where the pothole is filled in with hot material and made smooth, are often carried out as a safety measure when a permanent repair cannot be carried out at that moment, likely due to the location of the defect.  That is to say, where a larger area of road needs to be cut away to make a full repair, likely requiring a road or lane closure, a temporary or ‘make safe’ repair is an effective way of keeping the road safe in the meantime.
  • How do I report a pothole?
    You can report potholes, as well as any other road issue, using the Report It forms on the county council website.  In an emergency, for instance a severe road defect, a flooded road, or a tree in the road, you can always call Transport for Buckinghamshire on 01296 382416 or 486630 (out of hours). The online reporting tool is at www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/report-a-problem/report-a-pothole/

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.

 

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.

 

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.