Thames Water to address water leak in Baker Street

Water Leak in Baker Street – Planned Road Closure

After numerous reports from both residents and the Parish Council we have been notified that Thames Water has carried out an initial investigation into the water leak on Baker Street.

They are now working with Bucks County Council, so they can carry out the repair as quickly and safely as possible with minimal impact on local properties and traffic. Whilst the work is carried out they have advised that there may be disruption to both the highway and footpath.

Traffic Disruption

They have indicated that they will have had to close the road while the repair is taking place.

Repairing Road Surfaces

Any repairs to the road surface may take longer as Thames Water will need to liaise with the relevant local authority. Full details can be found here. Thames Waters reference for the water leak is 31148085.

Bucks Best Kept Village results revealed

The results of the Bucks Best Kept Village competition for 2018 have been announced.

Villages and small towns in Aylesbury Vale did particularly well in this year’s competition winning the majority of the categories.

We have been awarded a certificate of merit in the DeFraine cup (for villages with a population of 1501-3000)

Richard Pushman, chairman of the Bucks Best Kept Village Competition said: “Our popular Best Kept Village competition highlights the great community activity that goes on in our lovely Buckinghamshire villages.”

“It is a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give their time and effort to showcase and enhance their local environment. The Best Kept Village competition is not just for ‘pretty’ villages – we want to see communities where everyone makes an effort to keep their surroundings well maintained.”

“The competition is a good opportunity for villages to celebrate all the positive aspects of life in their village and we warmly congratulate this year’s winners for their superb efforts. The standard is higher than ever this year despite the drought conditions.”

The Best Kept Village competition is sponsored by George Browns and Bucks County Council with additional support from Milton Keynes Council and the district councils at Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe.

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway: ‘Corridor B’ preferred by Highways England

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

A plan to link together fast-growing technology hotspots took a further step closer to fruition today (12 September 2018) as Roads Minister Jesse Norman announced the chosen central corridor for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

After detailed scrutiny and review by Highways England, of the 3 options A, B and C, Corridor B was judged to offer greater benefits to the region – outperforming the other options by providing better links to jobs, education, leisure and health services.

The expressway, with options to pass either west or east of Oxford, is also expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.

Picture of the proposed corridor route.

Building the new link close to the east/west rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to 1 million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

The government is taking the big decisions on infrastructure, working to maximise growth and productivity across the UK.

England’s economic heartland, as it has been called, already plays a crucial role in powering the UK’s growth, science and innovation, but there is no single route to connect Oxford and Cambridge.

This expressway will enhance both transport connectivity and growth across the region for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

Infographic showing benefits of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, said:

The Oxford to Cambridge arc is one of the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Europe. We want to realise that potential by investing in the new infrastructure the area needs and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is an important part of our plan.

The Expressway will provide a link between 2 of the country’s intellectual powerhouses and open up vital jobs, skills and housing opportunities to transform the region’s economy.

We are investing record amounts in the UK’s infrastructure, including funding the largest road-building programme since the 1970s.

A full public consultation will be held next year, in which residents and businesses in and around the corridor will have their say on more detailed designs for the route.

Bucks CC – Supported Bus Services Survey

Bucks CC – Supported Bus Services Survey

Many of the bus routes serving rural areas of Buckinghamshire need ongoing financial support from Bucks County Council to operate. BCC want as many people as possible in the village communities to have access to public transport, so you can get out and about and do what is important to you, such as go to the doctors, the shops or visit friends and family.

Since the last review 5 years ago a lot has changed and they would like to understand how current bus services are being used. This survey information will be evaluated to review how future services can better meet people’s travel patterns, and this may include revising existing routes and timetables or looking at alternatives such as community transport or other flexible transport services.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey at which is open for responses until 20 July 2018. BCC will review all the feedback from the survey this summer, and later in 2018 will carry out a consultation on any proposed changes. Updates on this review will be available on the BCC website.

Whether you are a regular or occasional bus user, feedback to BCC via this survey is important to help shape and protect the future of your local bus service.

For those unable to complete the survey on-line, paper copies of the survey are available. Please contact the Clerk on 01296 651800

Sink hole on pavement at Golden Mede entrance

Golden Mede / A41 Sink Hole

We have been made aware of a sink hole that has appeared in the pavement located at the Golden Mede entrance adjacent to the A41.

The issue appears to be related to recent works carried out by Thames Water in this location. The council has made Thames Water aware of the problem. Cllr Paul Irwin has visited the site and has informed Transport for Bucks of the situation.

If you are walking along this route please be aware of the barriers that have been placed around the sink hole and that the pavement is extremely unsafe to cross over at this time and we would recommended avoiding it until a repair team has accessed the site.

An update will follow once we know more.

Bin collection days in Waddesdon are changing for many customers

Waste Bin Collection Day Changes

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) is already gearing up for major changes to its recycling and waste collection service which will start this September.

AVDC is making some vital improvements to all its collection rounds; recycling, general waste, food and garden waste. As a result, most customers are likely to have a change of bin collection day.

A letter explaining the day changes will be sent to all households across the Vale during mid-August, along with a new bin collection day calendar. The frequency of household collections will not change; with recycling and general waste collected on alternate weeks, garden waste collected fortnightly and food recycling collected every week.

The Waddesdon Parish Council would like to encourage customers to read their letter and take note of any changes to their collection day.

We will update the page on our website that covers the collection dates for the next 3 months when we have the new dates from AVDC for Waddesdon.

Food waste caddy and plastic bags / liners

You can now use plastic liners or bags in your food waste caddy!

Take a look below for more information…
What type of plastic liners can be used?
You can use any of the following plastic bags/liners:

  • Plastic bags bought on a roll e.g. pedal bins liners
  • Supermarket carrier bags
  • Thin plastic bags, such as fridge and freezer storage bags
  • Bags that food has come in, such as: bread bags, salad bags, cereal bags etc.

What type of plastic liners CANNOT be used?

  • No black bin liners or rubble sacks – if your collection crew can’t see the contents, they will not be able to collect the food waste.
  • No hard plastic packaging such as for punnets of fruit. However, these can be put in your blue-lidded recycling bin.

For more information; please refer to AVDCs customer FAQs.

Temporary Road Closure Notifications – New Street, Quainton Road and Wood Street

Thames Water Road Works

We have been notified that Thames Water are carrying our works in our area. Details of the two sites and the roads affected are below.

Quainton Road and Wood Street
24 hours daily – 26/05/18 until 03/06/18 (9 days)

Car Diversion – Quainton Road, High Street, Frederick Street and Vice Versa
Bus Diversion – High Street, Station Road and Vice Versa

New Street (Outside Number 9)
24hours daily – 24/05/18 (2 days)

No Diversion Route Required

School Lane Play Area Maintenance (Wednesday 16th May)

School Lane Planned Maintenance

We aim to look after our parks, open spaces and play areas so that they are welcoming, clean, safe, attractive and accessible.

The School Lane Play Park will be closed on Wednesday 16th May whilst safety repairs are carried out. Our contractor hopes that it will be possible to complete the work in one day and that weather allowing the park will be reopen as normal Thursday 17th May. However, this may alter should any difficulties be experienced during the day or there is a significant change to the weather.

Could parents please ensure that children are kept away from the immediate vicinity while work is being carried out. It is anticipated that work will commence at 8AM and last until approximately 4PM.

Please note repairs are being carried out to the Play Area, Skate Park and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).

Background Information
To ensure that we are following the latest recommendations the School Lane play area is regularly inspected to standards that have been agreed by the British Standards Institute, the Health and Safety Executive, our Insurers and RoSPA.

All of our play equipment is installed, maintained and inspected to EN1176, Part 7 by an approved contractor.