Parish News

News

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September 2022

North West Chilterns Community Board The purpose of the North West Chilterns Community Board (NWC CB) is to tailor itself to the needs of the local area with the common goal of bring communities together to make a difference. The Board uses local data and intelligence and, together with engagement and listening to the people in the community, it prioritises areas of focus and explores the issues that are of greatest importance in the local area. These priorities help determine where the NWC CB will take action and allocate funding to improve the local area. The Community Board holds a mixture of core and task-focused actions group meetings which explore local and corporate priorities, sets up projects and finds creative ways to meet local challenges. For the year ahead the NWC CB has four action groups focusing on: • economic recovery • improving the environment • community resilience, and • transport and road issues. The NWC CB is chaired by Cllr Matthew Walsh and the vice chair Cllr Carl Etholen, both from Buckinghamshire Council, supported by the board manager Jackie Binning who is busy making connections and encouraging residents, groups and organisations to get involved. The NWC CB has funding opportunities Community Board funding is available to community and voluntary organisations who have a project or scheme in mind that could benefit the local area. Applications are invited from organisations that can show a need for financial support and evidence that their project meets the Community Board priority areas and addresses a local need. Further details can be found here: Apply for Community Board funding | Buckinghamshire Council or contact the board manager on the details below. Would you like to get involved? Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved in the Community Board. You can participate in the issues that you feel passionate about, join meetings or take part in a specific priority or project working group. You can complete surveys, take part in polls or share your views. If you would like to hear more, please contact Jackie Binning, community board manager, on jackie.binning@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. And you can find out more at Community Boards | Buckinghamshire Council.

Buckinghamshire Council information re Bank Holiday closures etc.

14

September 2022

Bank Holiday for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Changes to some council services

Buckinghamshire Council will close its operations on Monday 19 September in recognition of the Special Bank Holiday introduced for the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This is to allow staff across the organisation the opportunity to pay their respects and observe Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

While most council services will not be in operation, please be aware that the Council’s registrars and crematoria and cemeteries services will honour the commitments to ceremonies and services that are already booked. In addition to this, members of the public will still be able to access council buildings hosting books of condolence between 9am – 5pm. These include:

· Reception of the council offices in Walton Street, Aylesbury

· Reception of the council offices at The Gateway, Aylesbury

· Reception of the council offices in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe

· Reception of the council offices at King George V House, Amersham

· Chesham and Buckingham libraries

For more information on the impact to Buckinghamshire Council services including school closures, postponements to Adult Learning classes and Children’s Services centres, please visit:www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/news/special-bank-holiday-impacts-to-services

All emergency arrangements will remain in place to ensure support is continuously available for vulnerable residents.

Please also be advised that bin collections across Buckinghamshire will be operating to a revised timetable. All collections theweek commencing Monday 19 September will take place one day later than usual.Please check the revised schedule and present any bins or containers by 6:30am on the revised collection day.

Usual collection day

Revised collection day

Monday 19 September
(State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

Tuesday 20 September

Tuesday 20 September

Wednesday 21 September

Wednesday 21 September

Thursday 22 September

Thursday 22 September

Friday 23 September

Friday 23 September

Saturday 24 September

Respectfully, Buckinghamshire’s nine household recycling centres will be closed on Monday 19 September. The sites will reopen and operate as normal on Tuesday 20 September. For more information on the Special Bank Holiday arrangements regarding waste collections, visit:www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/bank-holiday-bins

For more information on the latest local information following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, please visitwww.buckinghamshire.gov.uk and follow @BucksCouncil to keep up-to-date with us on ourFacebookandTwitter pages.

Proclamation

11

September 2022

Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second of Blessed and Glorious Memory, by whose Decease the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is solely and rightfully come to The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George: We, therefore, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of this Realm and Members of the House of Commons, together with other members of Her late Majesty’s Privy Council and representatives of the Realms and Territories, Aldermen and Citizens of London, and others, do now hereby with one voice and Consent of Tongue and Heart publish and proclaim that The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George is now, by the Death of our late Sovereign of Happy Memory, become our only lawful and rightful Liege Lord Charles the Third, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of His other Realms and Territories, King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to whom we do acknowledge all Faith and Obedience with humble Affection; beseeching God by whom Kings and Queens do reign to bless His Majesty with long and happy Years to reign over us.

Given at St. James’s Palace this Tenth day of September in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and twenty-two.

GOD SAVE THE KING

Everything you wanted to know about Bucks – at your fingertips

08

September 2022

A new website launched yesterday, (Tuesday 6 September) brings together a vast range of insightful and in-depth information and data on Buckinghamshire, its people and places, all in one handy location.

The Bucks Data Exchange is a collaborative project between Buckinghamshire Council, the Rothschild Foundation, Leap, Heart of Bucks, Buckinghamshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Valley’s Office for the Police & Crime Commissioner and the Bucks VCSE (Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise) Partnership Board. The website has been built by the Aylesbury-based agency, Framework Digital.

The website is open for anyone to access but it will provide unprecedented opportunity for the voluntary and community sector to access robust data on the needs of local people in order to help them make strategic decisions and target resources.

From population figures to broadband speeds and life expectancy to crime rates, the website will continue to develop and will be regularly updated as more data becomes available. Charities, community organisations and anyone with an interest in Buckinghamshire can visit the website and sign up for updates.

Steve Bowles, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “I am very excited to see the culmination of many, many months of hard work across all the different partner organisations, manifest itself into this one-of-a-kind website. It is a one-stop-shop for anything you ever wanted to know about Buckinghamshire and I’m sure it will become invaluable to many people but most significantly, to our local charities and community organisations in terms of planning their work and targeting their efforts where they are needed most.”

Ellie Stout, Head of Grants at Rothschild Foundation, who have provided funding for the project commented: “The Rothschild Foundation is proud to be supporting the Buckinghamshire Data Exchange through our role as funder, project partner and contributor of data. We believe that through sharing our data we can help make grant-making and service delivery in the county even more effective and joined up. Through the process of gathering and publishing our data we can better understand ourselves and where we need to focus. That’s why we’re passionate about supporting more organisations to join the Bucks Data Exchange community.”

Mark Ormerod, Chair of Buckinghamshire VCSE Partnership Board and CEO of Leap added: “I believe partnership and collaboration is critical to address the most stubborn inequalities and challenges facing society today. The Buckinghamshire Data Exchange will enable key organisations across Buckinghamshire to distribute and share their intelligence, and collectively we can work on new solutions to address perennial problems.

To access the website visit: www.bucksdataexchange.org

Roadworks Notification for Kimblewick on Friday 26th August.

23

August 2022

Buckinghamshire County Council has provided the following announcement re Kimblewick road works on 26th August:


Kimblewick Road, Kimblewick – From Stockwell Lane to Lower Icknield Way (Friday 26 August)

We will be carrying out a final sweep on the road to remove any loose or excess chipping, applying a final coating to seal the initial treatment and reinstating the road markings using a road closure in operation Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Thames Water Hose Pipe Ban - Exceptions Information for Blue Badge Holders and those on the Priority Services Register

23

August 2022

From Wednesday 24 August, we’re bringing in a hosepipe ban (also known as a Temporary Use Ban) for all customers we supply water to, even if we don't bill you directly. The ban applies to hosepipes, and anything attached to them, like sprinklers and jet washers. However we know some people have restricted mobility which will make using a watering can or bucket instead tricky. I hope the following information helps you support any of your service users with concerns:

If you’re a Blue Badge holder or are on our Priority Services Register for any of the circumstances listed below, you can still use a hose for:

  • Watering your garden/allotment and plants
  • Cleaning your vehicles
  • Cleaning windows, walls, paths, patios or other artificial outdoor surfaces like artificial grass
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond

Any of the following circumstances will qualify for an exemption:

  • Chronic or serious illness
  • Dementia or cognitive impairment
  • Physical impairment
  • Restricted hand movement
  • Blind
  • Unable to answer the door
  • Recovering after returning from hospital
  • You use medical equipment which includes:
    • Dialysis, feeding pump and/or automated medication
    • Stair lift, hoist or electric bed
    • Nebuliser or apnoea monitor
    • Heart, lung or ventilator machine
    • Oxygen concentrator

Our website has the full details that can be found here

I would recommend any of your service users who aren’t already registered, especially for any of the above conditions should do and they can do that here

Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me

Kind regards

LivNOTICE FROM THAME WATER


Council unveils new weapons in the battle to beat fly-tipping in Bucks

09

August 2022

Buckinghamshire Council is deploying innovative, new measures in the battle to stop fly-tipping in the county. Intelligent cameras have been installed in hot spot areas in the south of the county. In addition, unofficial layby areas are being blocked and turned into grassy banks in another tactic to combat the criminals who dump waste illegally.

The council has taken a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping for over a decade and has successfully prosecuted hundreds of offenders. It costs the council over £600k each year to clear up rubbish that has been illegally dumped on public land – money that could be spent on providing other much needed services to the county’s residents.

Using £50k of funding from DEFRA (Dept for Environment, Farming & Rural Affairs), the new cameras can identify when a vehicle has left rubbish behind and in real time, will provide a video report of the incident to enforcement officers, including the registration of the vehicle, making it easier to identify and prosecute fly-tippers.

In a move to reduce the places where fly-tippers can dump, the council has carried out work to build up grass banks at several locations. The work has been carried out by re-using 400 tonnes of inert (tested) soil that was illegally dumped previously elsewhere in Bucks.

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment said:

“We want to make it clear to all would-be criminals, we won’t tolerate fly-tipping in Bucks and we will continue to use all available means to make sure anyone who does carry out this atrocious crime will be caught and prosecuted. These new intelligent cameras will make it much easier to prosecute fly-tippers and allow for quicker clean-up.

“My message to residents is; if you’re having rubbish removed, please don’t pay cash. Use a company that has a Waste Carrier Licence, and ask for a record of who you’ve paid. By having an electronic method of payment, you can help us track down and prosecute the fly-tipper.”

When the enforcement team investigates a fly-tipping incident and finds evidence that leads to a householder, they will visit them and ask for evidence that they’ve taken reasonable steps to identify the person they hired to remove their rubbish and to ensure that it would be disposed of properly.

If the householder can provide evidence of the identity of the person who took their rubbish away such as details of a bank card payment, the investigation can move to focus on the fly-tipper. However, if the householder has paid an unidentified individual cash in hand to remove rubbish, they may be issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice for failing in their ‘duty of care’. If the incident is serious, this might be escalated to a court summons that could result in a criminal conviction and a hefty fine.

If you’re unsure of how to make sure you’re doing the right thing when someone is taking away your rubbish, our S.C.R.A.P. fly-tipping campaign code is a useful tool.

Cost of Living Support

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July 2022

Please see link below for advise and support on the cost of living crisis. 

https://costoflivingsupport.campaign.gov.uk/ 



FixMyStreet - To report any issues with roads, overgrown verges etc

22

June 2022

If you see any issues within the Parish with highways or footpaths please report them through https://www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk/

HS2 Works Notification: M40 Junction 11, new traffic signal installation

16

June 2022

Please see below information which has been shared with the Parish Council:

We're writing to let you know about some planned works that we will be carrying out in your area.

We need to close the M40 at Junction 11, southbound exit, between the hours of 8pm to 5am at some point during a one-week period between the 2 July and 9 July 2022 (inclusive of the weekend). The works are only expected to take one night, but are weather dependent. we need to be able to safely complete the installation of road surface ‘loops’ for the new traffic signals to the motorway slip lanes and ‘A’ road approaches on the M40.

The night-time closure will require drivers wishing to exit southbound at Junction 11, to continue on the M40 to Junction 10, and use the diversion to re-join the M40 heading northbound and exit Junction 11 on the northbound side.

Please see details of the works here:

· View or download our works notification

· Visit HS2 in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, or HS2 in Northamptonshire to find information about works, developments and opportunities in your area.

· Use our In your area map to search current and planned HS2 works and developments in your area.

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2

Notice of traffic management, Risborough Road, A4010

Risborough Road, A4010

16

June 2022

Please see file below for notice of traffic management, Risborough Road, A4010

Also, attached are slides from the Great & Little Kimble + Marsh Update Meeting

Hayfield Homes has received the greenlight to start work on a new development in Little Kimble.

09

June 2022

Work has commenced on the 40 new houses to be called, Hayfield Crescent. Residents can access the development via Risborough Road, it will be within the parish of Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh. This is the first development to commence under the Neighbourhood Plan approved by 88% of residents in the Referendum.

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/lifestyle/homes-and-gardens/ps21m-40-home-development-approved-in-village-near-aylesbury-3721197


Notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance & accountability return

30

May 2022

Please see attached notice detailing the dates for the notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance & accountability return

Studley Green NHS Health Checks

18

May 2022

Studley Green NHS Checks

Wednesday 18th May 2022

10:30-14:30

Location: Studley Green Community Centre, Studley Green, High Wycombe, HP14 3UY

Please see below link to poster for further information.

Vacancy - Parish Clerk and RFO

Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council

12

May 2022

Parish Clerk and RFO

Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council

Position Details

The Parish Council is seeking a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to support the 7-member council and its parishioners in its Mission of making the Parish Cleaner, Greener, Safer.

Our parish is set in the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. It is diverse, from busy thoroughfares to quite country lanes with pockets of small residences spreading out to the countryside and the farming community. With a population of 1000+ with 400 homes and growing. It has two schools a busy village hall and thriving pub. There is good public transport links and main road access through to Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

The successful candidate will ideally have some experience of local government already and the Parish Council are keen to support and encourage the pursuit of CiLCA qualification.

Council meetings are in the evening of the second Wednesday of each month where a GSoH is often an advantage. The position is suited to home working or using a room within the village hall as an office and is based around 8 hours per week, although these could be negotiated to fit. For a further insight into the goings on in the meetings and other information visithttp://www.kimblecouncil.org/

If you are interested to develop your local government skills and gain experience in a popular, forward-thinking community, please contact the Chair of the Parish council for an informal discussion. email : clerk@kimblecouncil.org

Salary Details

£12.00-£13.22 per hour

Position Type

Part Time

Posted Date

12th May 2022

Closing Date

30 May 2022

Notification of Road Closure - Bridge Street, Church Lane, Great Kimble 30th May 22 to 3rd June 22

Bridge Street, Church Lane, Great Kimble

09

May 2022

The Parish Council has been notified of the following road closure:

Bridge Street, Church Lane, Great Kimble. The road will remain closed for the duration of the works. Access to residents within the closure points.

30th May 22 to 3rd June 22

Alternative route: Lower Icknield Way, Askett Village Lane, Aylesbury Road, Risborough Road and vice versa.

Council Tax rebates being paid to Buckinghamshire residents

26

April 2022

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

Buckinghamshire residents living in homes under Council Tax bands A-D will begin receiving their £150 rebate payments from next week (w/c Mon 2 May). This is part of the national scheme to off-set the rise in energy costs.

Some residents who live in homes in Bands E-H who receive certain benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance will also be able to claim money back on their Council Tax under Buckinghamshire Council’s own scheme, which aims to provide extra support for those who need it but who don’t qualify for the national Bands A-D scheme.

Buckinghamshire residents who pay Council Tax by Direct Debit, and whose home is in Band A to D or who qualify for the Buckinghamshire Council scheme under Bands E-H, will automatically get the £150 back in their bank account in the next few weeks. If residents pay by another method, they will be contacted directly by letter about how to claim the payment.

The Council is also topping up payments under both schemes through its own ‘Helping Hand’ programme, meaning some residents will also be eligible for an extra £25 payment on top of the other payments.

Overall, the Council Tax rebates and £25 ‘top ups’ are designed to help as many residents as possible as households face rising fuel and energy prices and increases in other living costs.

Martin Tett is Leader of Buckinghamshire Council. He said:

“We wanted to go above and beyond the national scheme to offer extra support to Bucks residents, hence designing our own scheme under our ‘Helping Hand’ programme. This means we can offer additional payments to a wider number of residents.

“We’ve taken an approach here in Buckinghamshire to get this money out as quickly as possible, avoiding lengthy application or means testing processes. We want as many people in need as possible to be able to access this cash at a time it’s really needed, hence linking our own scheme to those already in receipt of certain benefits.

“Overall, we hope around half of all Buckinghamshire households will be able to claim payments under these schemes, which I hope will make a difference. I don’t lose sight of how squeezed household bills are at the moment so please reach out and access support if you are worried about money and the cost of living, whether you qualify for these schemes or not. Our Helping Hand programme is there to offer help and support to all residents who need it.”


Planning Application: 22/05324/FUL - Land To Rear Of The Willows Caravan Park Marsh Lane Bishopstone Buckinghamshire HP17 8SN

25

April 2022

Planning Application: 22/05324/FUL - Land To Rear Of The Willows Caravan Park Marsh Lane Bishopstone Buckinghamshire HP17 8SN

The Parish Council has noted the many concerns that have been raised by Parishioners about the recent planning application for the Willows site. The Parish Council has objected to the application and consider that it is important that our Parishioners are aware of the background. The following is a summary on which our three local members of Buckinghamshire Council and the Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer have been given an opportunity to comment:

(i) An application has been made for planning permission to develop the Willows site despite this being contrary to the Local Development Plan - with details of the application appearing in the local press.

(ii) The application should be refused, not least (but not only) as it is contrary to policy DM26 1b as the site is within the restricted area around Marsh at Appendix E of the adopted Local Development Plan 2019 (see below).

(iii) The ‘Willows’ site has been renamed by the applicants as 'the willows caravan park’. This, together with the site being advertised as a business on google, with the advert including references from third parties, suggests an unauthorised change from residential use (about which Bucks Council has been informed).

(iv) The neighbouring Charlottes Farm, which is outside our parish but under common control with the Willows site, has ample provision for caravans and has been renting vans on the site as a commercial activity for some time with advertising though Airbnb, other small business adverts and the 'Buddhist Centre' operating from the site: there is accordingly no demand for additional sites in the locality, indeed there is significant local opposition.

(v) Development at the site has already taken place over the course of the last two years, in continuing breach of a High Court injunction obtained by a body of which Bucks Council is the legal successor. The Council is aware of the breach and has informed us that the Council is continuing to work on the matter in accordance with its policy, which is non-punitive: the Council does not seek punishment for breaches of planning control but works actively to negotiate resolutions to planning breaches and only where that fails will the Council take action if it is proportionate and appropriate to do so.

(vi) The site is adjacent to a Public Bridleway: Parish Councillors have received a number of complaints from parishioners that they are ‘appalled' at the damage that has been caused to the bridleway by the illegal activity at the site and have recommended that the bridleway be fenced off and protected: these concerns have been reported to Bucks Council, which has a legal duty to protect and to assert the rights of the public to use the bridleway.

(vii) Residents of the site have blocked the footpath that runs through the site and there have been several reports to Parish Councillors of hostility to local walkers and ramblers, which reports have been passed on to the Council.

(viii) The site includes contaminated land - the sources of the waste were investigated by the Council whichhas been working to gather evidence of the authorisation of importation of material and negotiating removal of the material with the owner. It is environmentally irresponsible to continue to allow, let alone to permit an increase in, residents on the site, especially for families with young children. Furthermore sewage/cess pit arrangements will increase the contaminated water that is already being allowed to leak into the ditches, water table and public watercourse that border the site.

(ix) Clive Harriss, a local member of Buckinghamshire Council, has submitted a neutral comment (i.e neither in favour or against) on the application to the effect that if the application is granted the issue should be referred to the planning committee in light of apparent (that is 'as far as one knows or sees'- so leaving the question open) inconsistency with the Local Development Plan.

(x) All enforcement action by the Council is now suspended pending the outcome of the planning application.

The Parish Council shares the grave concerns of parishioners that theplanning application may be granted despite the recent history of breaches of planning control at the Willows site and the clear breach of the Local Development Plan that such a grant would represent. Such an outcome would indicate that breaches of planning law in our parish are not only going unpunished but also being actively encouraged.

Appendix E. Areas where future development for Travellers is restricted

Figure 51 Area around Marsh where future development for travellers is restrictedMap.jpg

Easter Bank Holiday bin collections across Buckinghamshire

13

April 2022

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

13 April 2022


Bin collections across Buckinghamshire will be operating to a revised timetable over the Easter Bank Holiday.

Collections due to take place on Good Friday, 15 April, will move to Saturday 16 April, and with no collections on Easter Monday, 18 April, all collections that week will take place one day later than usual. Please check the revised timetable online and present any bins or containers by 6.30am on the revised collection day.

Residents who might be using the Easter Bank Holiday to get started on some spring cleaning are reminded that on 1 April, Buckinghamshire’s nine household recycling centres moved to their summer opening hours: 9am – 6pm. All sites will also remain open over the Easter bank holiday weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. Please check the website before you travel.

For more information including how to check your Easter bank holiday bin collections, where to find your nearest household recycling centre and top recycling tips for this Easter, visit, www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/bank-holiday-bins

Please also follow @BucksCouncil to keep up-to-date with the latest recycling & waste and bin collection information on Facebook and Twitter.


Sunnyside Rural Trust Litter Picking in the Parish 12th April 2022

Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council

04

April 2022

On the 12th April 2022 we will be hosting a team from Sunnyside Rural Trust in the Kimble's and Marsh who will be carrying out litter picking.

For those who don't know, they are a local charity providing training and work experience for vulnerable people. They will be helping us to keep our Parish looking beautiful over the next few months.

Please welcome them to the community if you see them around.


HS2, the new relief road and the B4009 coming the A4010.

10

March 2022

Your Parish Council has been gathering information about the impact of HS2 and all the proposed new infrastructure on our Parish ever since the new railway was first approved with a route that would pass close to us. In the eight years since we attended the Committee hearings in Parliament, there have been regular, currently monthly, meetings with HS2 representatives at which we have sought details of the expected increase in noise and light pollution and the disruption to the Parish caused by the construction and operation of the new railway and the proposed Stoke Mandeville relief road. These meetings have proved, in the main, to be unsatisfactory. Our requests for information, maps and reports have fallen on the polite, but apparently deaf, ears of a long succession of HS2 representatives, who seem to stay in post only for very short periods . We understand this is by no means an unusual experience for many of the parishes in Buckinghamshire that are being affected by HS2.

More recently, following the closure of Marsh Lane, we sought assistance from the North West Chilterns Community Board (the ‘Community Board’) and its traffic sub-group. This resulted in a meeting being arranged with Buckinghamshire Council and HS2 representatives at which we finally were provided with detailed information and, after the meeting, documentation. The meeting agenda had two items: first the impact of the closure of Marsh Lane on North Lee Lane, which has seen traffic increase by over 60% since the closure; and second our search for information as to the consequences of HS2 and related infrastructure for the Parish. It would seem there is now a proposal to re-open Marsh Lane and provide it with a junction with the Stoke Mandeville relief road, although it is too early to see whether this will be part of the final plans.

For our Parish there is both good and bad news. The good news is that Buckinghamshire Council has shared a survey with us which shows that, based upon the depth of the cutting in which the railway will run between Stoke Mandeville and our Parish, we should suffer minimal noise pollution from HS2. Minimal does not, however, mean no noise. The noise from the railway one kilometre from the track is estimated to be no more than moderate, specifically a maximum of 46 Db, the equivalent to a dishwasher or moderate rainfall. This is below the level where the Government is prepared to consider mitigation. The survey also indicates that the traffic noise from the Stoke Mandeville relief road, in particular where it will run between HS2 and the Parish, will be of the same order, although potentially more noticeable as the noise will be all but continuous while the trains will run according to a timetable, perhaps once every 15 minutes. The reason for the delays in providing us with this survey and its predecessors appears to be that the survey was originally commissioned for Aylesbury Vale Council. As our parish was not within that Council’s boundaries nor within one kilometre of the proposed centre of the new railway line, we were not on the circulation list. Now that we are within the unitary council’s jurisdiction the same restrictions on circulation do not apply.

The Chairman of the Community Board traffic sub-group and others at the meeting suggested a number of simple and inexpensive measures that could easily be included to reduce the noise pollution from the Stoke Mandeville relief road. HS2 would not agree to these, apparently due to financial constraints. The Deputy Buckinghamshire Councillor responsible for transport, who was also present, then made clear that the Council is unlikely to provide financial assistance lest this encourages others in the County to seek financial assistance to provide mitigation of the pollution increase in circumstances which the Government considers mitigation is unjustified.

The Parish Council has invested in a noise survey to establish a noise baseline before the changes are implemented and if the HS2 survey proves optimistic and the Parish suffers unexpectedly high levels of pollution we will investigate how we can provide mitigation even if assistance, including financial assistance, is not forthcoming from elsewhere. The HS2 survey did not deal with light pollution from the Stoke Mandeville new relief road, in particular from the local high point where the relief road is to pass our side of HS2, but a council officer present at the meeting did inform us that this was currently under review with a view to minimising light pollution as far as practicable. In addition, the speed limit on the relief road is expected to be set at 40 mph. If all this proves to be the case, this should assist keeping light and noise pollution levels low, but not non-existent.

The bad news is that the outlook for traffic in the Parish appears generally poor and worsening. In addition to the new Stoke Mandeville relief road, the A4010 is to become one of two designated routes for traffic, including heavy goods traffic, between the M40 and Aylesbury: the other is the A413. Furthermore this and the expansion of Princes Risborough will see the A4010 no longer passing through the town but instead using a new by-pass, which will include upgrading the B4009 from the Longwick roundabout through Great Kimble and then under the railway bridge in Little Kimble to form part of the A4010. This is all in addition to the increase in traffic from both the 3,200 new homes as part of the expansion of Princes Risborough and the new houses demanded of the Parish by the Council, the damage from which can only be partially mitigated by the Neighbourhood Plan. The Community Board traffic sub-group has produced a detailed strategy setting out, amongst other improvements required to the existing A4010, what such an upgrade to the B4009 should involve but the Council has made clear that its funds are limited and suggests central government may need to assist.

There will be some funds available from the developers of the Princes Risborough expansion and the much smaller developments in the Parish but the latest plans see the upgrade of the B4009, and in particular improvements to the Little Kimble railway bridge, as the last stages of the Princes Risborough expansion and so unlikely to occur before 2038. In short the traffic along the A4010 and the B4009 can only increase, with increasing likelihood of ‘rat runs’ developing throughout the Parish as vehicles seek to avoid the inevitable traffic jams at Little Kimble railway bridge and the Terrick roundabout. There is also some evidence that Bishopstone and Marsh Lane may already be being used as an unofficial Aylesbury by-pass. The policy remains that HGVs should only enter the Parish between the B4009 and Bishopstone to gain access but there is a risk that policing this will become increasingly more difficult.

Our three unitary councillors, Steve Broadbent, David Carroll and Clive Harris, are aware of the situation and concerned, in particular, with the increasing non-vehicular safety issues when crossing the A4010 in Great Kimble and Little Kimble. They are looking into how improvements might be made before the major changes are implemented. Transport for Buckinghamshire has, however, estimated the cost of a new ‘Toucan’ or ‘Pegasus’ crossing, signal controlled crossings designed for pedestrians and cyclists and pedestrians and horse riders respectively, at in the order of £120,000, with the cost reducing to £80,000 if there is no signalling control[1]. The estimates were made in July 2020 so the costs are unlikely to have fallen and may have increased.



[1] Transport for Buckinghamshire, Traffic Calming in Buckinghamshire. A guide for the implementation of Traffic Calming Measures, July 2020 p36.

Boundary Commission for England launches public consultation on proposed constituencies

25

February 2022

Boundary Commission for England launches public consultation on proposed constituencies

News release from the Boundary Commission for England

22 February 2022

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) invites comments during its secondary public consultation on constituency boundaries, which is open now until 4 April 2022. [Note: This public consultation relates to MPs constituencies and is separate from the councillors ward consultation.]

The Commission is undertaking an independent and impartial review of all constituencies in England, to make the number of electors in each constituency roughly the same. The number of constituencies in England will also increase to 543. The 2023 Boundary Review requires substantial changes to the map of constituencies across England, and the Commission wants members of the public to help shape the boundaries in their area by taking part in a consultation, running 22 February - 4 April.

View the initially proposed constituency boundaries for your area and provide views on them by visiting the consultation website bcereviews.org.uk. Responses can also be sent in by letter, email or provided in person at a public hearing. The Commission will hold 32 public hearings across the country throughout the consultation period, allowing members of the public to have their say in person about the proposed changes in their area. Book a 10 minute slot to speak at a hearing in your region on the Boundary Commission website: bit.ly/bcepublichearings. A video of each hearing will be available to watch on the Boundary Commission for England’s YouTube channel shortly after it has taken place.

The Commission received over 34,000 responses from the public during its first consultation last year. These comments are now available to view by area, along with the initial proposals for constituencies, on the consultation website.

Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, Tim Bowden, said:

“The 2023 Boundary Review will rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP. It’s important that the constituencies we shape reflect your local community as best as possible. We received over 34,000 responses during our first consultation last year which are available online for the public to read and comment on. We’re inviting more people to have their say in our current secondary consultation, which is open now until 4 April.

Help us to get our proposals right for your area by telling us your views via bcereviews.org.uk, or at a public hearing in your region. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback, and we take every response into account during our review of constituency boundaries.”


News Release from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England

12

February 2022

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Buckinghamshire Council.

Following a public consultation on proposed council size for the authority, the Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Buckinghamshire should be 98.

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 12-week consultation on the proposals will run until 4 April 2022.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Buckinghamshire to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward.

  • What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas?
  • What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic?
  • Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities?
  • And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods?

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries.

There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We want people in Buckinghamshire to help us.

We are starting to draw up new wards for Buckinghamshire. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people. Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process.

It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us. Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/have-your-say/29857

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk

, on mobile via https://lgbce.beezer.com, and by post to:

Review Officer (Buckinghamshire) LGBCE

PO Box 133 Blyth NE24 9FE

Photo Competition 2022

15

January 2022

The photo competition 2022 results are in! See the dedicated page for the winners and all the entries!

Photo Competition 2022


Buckinghamshire Local Heritage List are looking for volunteers

07

January 2022

News on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council's Local Heritage List. 

See attached flyer for details. 

HS2 Newsletter and Notice of Works - December 2021

17

December 2021

Please see attached detailed Advance Warning Notices and useful maps of HS2 related works over Christmas and going into the New Year that have been shared with the Parish Council. 


Questionnaire Survey – The Discovery & Exploration Phase for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

How to respond to the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

09

December 2021

Please see below a message from Buckinghamshire Council and how to respond to the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

I am writing about an important survey we’re launching about the future of Buckinghamshire. It’s a questionnaire survey for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire. We want to hear your views about living and working in Buckinghamshire, what problems and issues you may face, and what your needs are in the future. We want to know what matters most to you.

You can fill out the survey questionnaire online on Your Voice Bucks: https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/local-plan-2021

There are other ways to comment. A pdf of the questionnaire survey has been added to the website: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/local-plan-for-bucks. This can be downloaded and then emailed or posted to the Planning Policy Team.

· The email address is planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

· The postal address is Planning Policy Team, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1BB

You can take part from Monday 29 November 2021 until midnight on Friday 11 February 2022.

This message is being sent to all stakeholders and organisations included in the Planning Policy consultation database. I want to give you the opportunity to raise issues that you want the Council to consider. The legal background for this is Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Thank you for taking part in this important work for the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire. Please share this message with anyone who may be interested in responding to the questionnaire survey.

Photo Competition

29

November 2021

Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council are running a photo competition and are looking for residents to showcase their amazing photography skills.

We are looking for photos of our beautiful Parish whether it be the beautiful scenery or a landmark.

Competition is open to all ages but please do read the below rules.

All entries will be displayed on the Parish Council Website www.kimblecouncil.org.uk

Entries should be submitted toclerk@kimblecouncil.org.uk

by 5th January 2022

1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize: £100 and 3rd Prize: £50

Rules:

1. Submissions must be emailed toclerk@kimblecouncil.org.uk by the deadline of 5th January 2022.

2. You may submit as many entries as you wish however, the photo must have been taken by the entrant and must not contain any materials owned or controlled by a third party

3. Please provide a description for your photo i.e., where it was taken

4. Photos must not be enhanced in any way it must be the original photo

5. Participants of all ages are welcome

6. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that the council may use the image for any purpose in the future

7. All entries may be displayed on the Parish Council website and social media. Please state when submitting your entry whether you are happy for your name to also be displayed.

8. All photos must have been taken within the boundaries of Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh

9. All participants must live within the Parish of Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh

Judging:

1. Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Councillors will judge the entries and the judge’s decision will be final and binding.

2. The winner will be announced at the Parish Council meeting on 12th January 2022

The Prizes:

1. The following prizes will be allocated following the judge’s decision: 1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize: £100 and 3rd Prize: £50

New Website

24

November 2021

Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council is pleased to announce that we have a new website. 

It is still work in progress but we would welcome any feedback.