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No Smoking Day 10th March 2021

There has never been a more important time to quit smoking.

Even if you’ve tried before – give it another go – you can do it.

The benefits to your health, bank balance and family will make such a difference.
* Clear out old ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes
* Get support – visit https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree for remote advice
* Think of your reasons for quitting – and keep them front of mind
* Use stop smoking aids to help you manage cravings
* Try new routines and remember you CAN do it #TodayIsTheDay

New Year: New You?

Councillor Recruitment

New Year – New Role: Waddesdon Parish Council needs YOU!!!

Do you have the passion and drive to help your local community?

Do you want to do something positive and, like most Councillors, made a difference by influencing decisions that affect your community?

Recent projects include:

  • Outdoor Gym installation
  • Community Centre acquisition to enable more community-based sessions with the emphasis on Early Years Services
  • Purchase of Remembrance Bench for the cemetery
  • Winter plants for Over 60s (in lieu of Christmas lunch)

Projects planned for 2021:

  • Development of the Vision Plan
  • Improvements to Skate Park
  • Over 60s Christmas Lunch
  • Santa’s Grotto

If you want to play a part in the key developments in Waddesdon – put yourself forward and stand as a Councillor.

Councils provide local services to people living or working in their areas. It is an important role and people from all walks of life are encouraged to take an interest in local democracy and to think about putting themselves forward for this exciting role.

Requirements

You must live or work in Waddesdon and be aged 18 years or over and either a UK or qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic, or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community.

For further information please contact:

Melanie Rose, Clerk to the Council clerk@waddesdonparishcouncil.gov.uk

visit our website www.waddesdonparishcouncil.gov.uk

find us on Facebook and Twitter

or come along to a meeting

PROPOSED NEW PRISON IN NORTH BUCKS

PROPOSED NEW PRISON IN NORTH BUCKS

You may be aware that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is proposing to build a new Category C Prison at HMP Grendon and Springhill.

There is much opposition to this proposal as it will have a massive detrimental effect in the area.

This flyer provides more details of the proposed new prison and outlines the concerns of local residents. The consultation period ends on 29th January 2021.

Cabinet announces ‘incredibly difficult’ budget proposals

Cabinet announces ‘incredibly difficult’ budget proposals

Cabinet today has announced its budget proposals for the next financial year starting in April, which includes plans for a 1.99% increase in basic council tax, together with a 2% rise in the Government proposed Adult Social Care Precept to help fund care for the elderly and vulnerable.

Described as ‘incredibly difficult’, the billion pound plans focus primarily on next year. This is due to the uncertainties over future funding levels given the on-going effects of the coronavirus pandemic and comes the day after a third lockdown was announced by the Government.

Cabinet’s proposals, which factor in the increasing demand for services and loss of income to the council as a result of the pandemic, are being seen as a ‘Covid-19 response and recovery’ budget. However, the proposals also include investment in key service areas such as schools and school improvement, road maintenance, strategic transport and infrastructure projects, waste, housing and homelessness and leisure centres. A small amount of the council’s reserves (£115k) is also planned to be used to help balance the books and reduce future identified risks.

Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, Leader of the Council, Martin Tett said the pandemic was having a momentous effect on budget planning. “While we are grateful for the significant Government grants we are getting to cope with the effects of the virus, it remains incredibly difficult to deliver a legally balanced budget. Yesterday’s lockdown announcement just highlights the uncertainty and the difficulty of knowing what’s round the next corner.

“That said, we believe these proposals are realistic, flexible, and most importantly, affordable to local taxpayers given the circumstances. Indeed, the Government proposes councils increase the amount they raise specifically for Adult Social Care by 3%, however, while there remains acute pressures in adult social care, we believe that this would not be reasonable given the pressure on residents’ finances as a result of Covid. We are therefore proposing only to increase this by 2%, rather than the 3% allowed by Government.

“While I see this as a budget that manages current pressures, it’s also a budget that paves the way for longer term economic recovery post-Covid, which invests in infrastructure and also puts us firmly in the starting blocks to help rebuild Buckinghamshire and importantly jobs, after the pandemic ends.”

The proposals will now go on to be fully scrutinised next week by a special cross-party Budget Select Committee. Their findings will be presented to Cabinet on 16 February so Cabinet members can agree the final budget proposals to be presented to the full Council at its meeting on 24 February.