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A41 Berryfields to Waddesdon closed overnight daily from 19:00 to 06:00 on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th May

Transport for Buckinghamshire – Advanced Notice of Works – May 4th to May 7th


A41 Bicester Road, Fleet Marston for the distance of Berryfields to Waddesdon.

The road will be closed overnight each day between the hours of 7 PM until 6 AM.

Affected Streets: Bicester Road, Haydon Road, Weedon Road, Buckingham Road, High Street, Hurdlesgrove Hill, Winslow Road, Aylesbury Road,

Sheep Street, London Road, Buckingham Ring Road, Tingewick Road, Tingewick Bypass, Buckingham Road (a4421), Part Of A4221 Bicester Road,
Skimmingdish Lane, Charbridge Lane, Wretchwick Way, Seelscheid Way, Neunkirchen Way, Aylesbury Road A41, Blackthorn Hill and vice versa

State Date: 4th May 2021, 19:00
End Date: 7th May 2021, 06:00

The recommended diversion route from TfB is reproduced in full below.

 

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.

Live Life Well – free online healthy lifestyle workshops

Live Life Well – free online healthy lifestyle workshops to get 2021 off to the right start
The New Year is nearly here – and that means many of us will be thinking about making some lifestyle changes to improve our physical and mental health in 2021.

And now that Buckinghamshire is currently in Tier 4 restrictions, it is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves.

To help people make better lifestyle choices and make them stick, a series of free online sessions – Live Life Well – have been developed by NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Bucks Adult Learning.

Running in January, they are packed with healthy lifestyle information and tips – and you can secure a place on them now.

Each session will give useful advice on keeping well – through a sensible diet, physical activity, and by recognising stress and anxiety.  They also let you set personal goals to help you achieve these changes.

Dr Stuart Logan, Clinical Director for Long Term Conditions, Prevention & Supported Self-Care at NHS Buckinghamshire CCG, said: “Many of us want to make better lifestyle choices as part of our New Year’s resolutions, but sticking to them is easier said than done. These online sessions are designed to help people make better choices by giving them the right information.

“It has been a really hard year for all of us, and, although the COVID vaccine is being rolled out, we still have difficult weeks and months ahead. Making the right choices for our physical and mental health can make a huge difference, and we hope as many people as possible sign up for these online sessions to give them a better start to 2021.”

The sessions are listed below. They run during the day and the evening, and you can attend one or all three.

To enrol, call 01296 383582, stating which course code you would like to attend.

  • Recognising Stress & Anxiety

Tuesday 12 January 14:00 – 15:00 (Course code: U2PH05AHO) or
Thursday 14 January 18:30 – 19:30 (Course code: U4PH04AHO)

  • Reflect and describe the connection between stress and the body’s response to it
  • Give in your own words what triggers stress and find ways to manage it
  • Experience a relaxation session
  • Eating for Health

Tuesday 19 January 14:00 – 15:00 (Course code: U2PH06AHO) or
Thursday 21 January 18:30 – 19:30 (Course code: U4PH07AHO)

  • Recognise what constitutes a good diet
  • Summarise the important food groups and sources
  • Give examples of what makes a healthy diet
  • The Importance of Physical Activity for your Health & Wellbeing

Tuesday 26 January 14:00 – 15:00 (Course code: U2PH08AHO) or
Thursday 28 January 18:30 – 19:30 (Course code: U4PH09AHO)

  • Specify the benefits of being physically active
  • Recognise the detrimental effect on health by being physically inactive
  • Identify what is meant by ‘physical activity’

Buckinghamshire to rise to Tier 4 – the highest level – from midnight on 20th December.

Buckinghamshire to move into Tier 4 – the highest level – from midnight on 20th December


This means:

  • London, the South East and parts of eastern England are moving into a new tier-four level of restrictions
  • From midnight, residents in tier four must stay at home, with limited exceptions. Non-essential retail, gyms and personal care centres must close. Hospitality venues are already closed under tier three rules
  • Household mixing indoors is banned – people can meet one another person from another household in an outdoor space only
  • Travel into and out of tier four is not allowed, unless essential
  • The “support bubbles” for adults living alone will continue
  • The planned relaxation of Covid rules for Christmas has been scrapped for tier four areas
  • For the rest of England, the rules allowing three households to meet will be reduced to Christmas Day only
  • The new rules follow evidence that a new variant of the virus is spreading fast in the areas moved into tier four
  • The new variant is responsible for an increase in hospitalisations, but there is no evidence to suggest it causes a more severe disease than the old variant or will be resistant to vaccines

Boris Johnson says he made the decision with a “heavy heart” but “when the virus changes its method of attack, we must change our method of defence”

Prof Whitty says it is important people in tier four areas don’t travel so they don’t spread the variant to other parts of the UK

Sir Patrick says that while this is a “horrible moment, it is controllable and there is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccinations having started”

The Tier 4 rules in full:

  1. You should stay at home except for specific reasons including education, work (if it can’t be done from home), exercise, medical needs, food and other essential shopping and to provide care.
  2. You should not mix socially indoors, or in a private garden, with anyone who is not part of your household or support bubble. (A support bubble is when a person living alone or with children under 18 joins another household).
  3. You can meet one other person at a time from another household in an outdoor public place (such as a park, a street, the countryside, an allotment or a children’s playground).
  4. Children can continue to move between homes if their parents are separated.

Going to work
You should work at home if possible.
If you have to return to your workplace, your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.

Schools and nurseries
Primary and secondary schools can open, as can nurseries and childcare.
If a school has coronavirus cases, local health protection teams will advise what to do.
All pupils and staff in secondary schools (Year 7 and above) must wear face coverings in communal areas outside the classroom.

Leisure time
Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes are closed, except for takeaways.
There is no limit on the time allowed for exercise outdoors or, for example, for sitting on a park bench or eating and drinking outside.
Leisure facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts are all closed.
Entertainment venues including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, are all closed.
Hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites are closed except in certain circumstances (such as where they are someone’s the main residence, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes).

Shopping
All non-essential shops must close.
Close contact services, such as hairdressing or beauty salons must close.

Other
You are not allowed to stay overnight away from your home, whether on holiday, in a second home, or with anyone, you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.
You are not allowed to travel outside your tier four area.
You are not allowed to travel abroad, unless for exceptional reasons.
Places of worship remain open for communal services.

Christmas rules
You are not allowed to form a Christmas bubble with other households. Until the situation with local shops and businesses is clearer we strongly suggest you check with the owners before even considering a visit.

For more information and to access local resources please visit Coronavirus support and information | Buckinghamshire Council