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Roadworks and diversions
Bear in mind that the Roadworks Map link, in green on the above website, isn't particularly useful as it will look as if the majority of roads are closed when they aren't and the dates for closure span many weeks with no specific closed dates. It's no wonder people ignore 'road closed' signs as they often are not. Ed

Added December 1st 2021

Buying and Running an Electric Car

If you are considering buying an electric car in the foreseeable future – all of your questions will be answered on 8 December. Speak up for our Planet has a serious electric car expert speaking about EVs and willing to answer your questions.

Details here

Sign up with the registration button and you will receive the Zoom link in good time for the talk.
Chiltern Souths Bucks Policing Issues Forum

Please click on the below hyperlink to see the results from the panels on-line survey.
Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams In Just Seven Months

What is lottery fraud?

Criminals will contact unsuspecting victims informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance fee in order to receive their winnings. In reality, the winnings are non-existent and it is an attempt to steal the victims money, personal or financial information.

Between April and October 2021, Action Fraud received 629 reports of lottery fraud, with 89 per cent of reports mentioning well-known prize draws. Impersonation of People’s Postcode Lottery accounted for almost half (49 per cent) of all reports. Almost three quarters of victims (70 per cent) were aged over 50, with those aged over 65 accounting for 40 per cent of reports.

Fraudsters use gift cards as a form of payment as they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The criminals don’t need the physical card to redeem the value as they ask the victims to share the serial code on the back of the card with them. In other instances, victims reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their alleged winnings. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals will use these details to steal the victim’s money.

How to protect yourself

Stop: Unsolicited offers of large sums of money in return for a small upfront payment should always raise a red flag. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge: Could it be fake? Remember, you can’t win a prize in a competition you didn’t enter. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
You can find further protection advice around lotteries and competition on the Gambling Commission’s website.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware

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Festive help and support for local families this Christmas

Children and their families across the county can get access to extra help and support this Christmas thanks to two schemes being run by Buckinghamshire Council.

 

Firstly, holiday activity and food (HAF) programme holiday clubs are making a welcome return providing eligible children aged 5-16 years with a wide range of things to do in their local area with each holiday club place coming with a nutritious, hot meal.

 

Thousands of children benefitted from a similar scheme run over the summer, and activities on offer this time include sport, dance, cooking, art and festive parties. Some providers are even offering day trips to local venues so that children can enjoy a fun day out.

 

Eligible children will be able to attend up to four HAF sessions, with HAF holiday clubs running all over Buckinghamshire. All activities will be run in a Covid-safe way.

 

Secondly, £30 digital food vouchers will be provided to eligible families over the Christmas school holiday period to help with the costs of food at this time of year. The food vouchers can be used at Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer Food or Aldi.

 

Both schemes are funded by the government and delivered on the ground by local councils. Eligible families will receive a letter via their child’s school very shortly explaining more about each scheme and how to access the support.

 

Further information about both schemes is available on the council’s website:

helping-hand or call our Helping Hand support line on 01296 531151.

 

Bucks Financial Insecurity partnership launched to help those with money problems

The last 18 months have put a strain on everybody in different ways – some physically, some emotionally, and for some, financially. With the Covid-19 pandemic causing a lot of people to be furloughed or left out of work entirely, money worries have become a prevalent issue across the country.

 

Whether you’re struggling to pay your heating bills, finding yourself at risk of homelessness or just need some additional support in a crisis, the Buckinghamshire Financial Insecurity Partnership has been set up to not only help with making ends meet today, but also with a long-term solution to help you get back on track.

 

Working with several organisations, both in the county and nationally, the Partnership includes Buckinghamshire Council, Citizens Advice Bucks, Department for Work & Pensions, Bucks Skills Hub, Housing Associations, Christians Against Poverty, Oasis Partnership, Bucks Business First, Food Support organisations, mental health and wellbeing organisations and many others.

 

Focusing on the Wycombe area initially, a significant amount of work has been carried out with local organisations to provide residents with a front door for advice and support, raising awareness of the amount of help available to them.  This approach is now being rolled out to Chesham and Aylesbury and then the rest of the county.

 

If you’re interested in the help available to you and would like to find out more, why not attend our first #backontrack event, hosted by Red Kite Community Housing? The free, online event takes place on Thursday 2nd December from 10am-2pm and is available to anybody living in Buckinghamshire who is worried about money and looking for guidance – you don’t have to be a Red Kite tenant.

 

There will be plenty of support and information provided on the day from a variety of speakers, including the Helping Hand service who can provide support with household costs, Trading Standards, who will be talking about scam awareness and protecting your finances, Step Change who will be discussing coping with debt, money saving coaches and many more.

 

For more information about the event, to view the full schedule of speakers and to secure your space, visit Back on Track virtual event - Red Kite Community Housing (redkitehousing.org.uk).  For those unable to make the event, a link will be made available on this page after the event.  The first 20 signups will win a £20 Amazon voucher, so be quick!

 

The Hill’s Café in High Wycombe are also running weekly drop-in sessions for those seeking support. These will take place every Monday until 20th December, between 11am – 1pm.

 

To get help and advice today or find out more  about the Financial Insecurity Partnership, visit here

 

Separate Chiltern and Wycombe area food waste collections to restart from 13 December

Buckinghamshire Council’s separate food waste collections for the Chiltern and Wycombe areas will restart from Monday 13 December. From this date households should put out their food waste in its separate brown bin on their usual collection day.

 

A shortage of HGV drivers, coupled with Covid-related sickness amongst crews, meant the service was temporarily suspended in August, with food waste instead being collected as general rubbish.

 

The council’s waste contractor has worked hard to recruit new drivers, with incentives designed to retain existing staff and attract new staff to vacancies that have now been filled. This means that once more food waste will be separately collected by dedicated teams. Material will again be treated at an anaerobic digestion plant, where it generates electricity.

 

More information about the council’s waste collections can be found here.

 

Have your say on development in Buckinghamshire

As we head towards a new year, Buckinghamshire Council is launching a public opinion survey as work gets underway to prepare a new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire.

 

The Local Plan will set out how the county’s housing and development needs are to be met in the years to come and will aim to reflect the needs and aspirations of the people of Buckinghamshire. The involvement of those that live and work in the county is therefore key to the Plan’s production.

 

The current Local Plan survey will give Buckinghamshire Council’s planners and decision-makers insight into the feelings and opinions of residents, employers and those that work in Bucks about the county’s current and future need for homes, jobs and other facilities.

 

The survey runs from 29 November until 11 February 2022. To complete it, visit Your Voice Bucks

 

Find out more about the Local Plan for Buckinghamshire

 

Chilterns Lifestyle Centre opening date confirmed

Buckinghamshire Council is delighted to confirm that the Chilterns Lifestyle Centre in Amersham will be opening its doors to welcome in customers from 3pm on Monday 6 December.

 

Find out more.

 

Residents and visitors will be able to take their first look inside Buckinghamshire Council’s flagship lifestyle venue which boasts a fantastic array of facilities for all ages including: an eight lane, 25 metre swimming pool, diving pool, teaching pool alongside a children’ splash pad area, dry diving training facility, 130 station state-of-the-art gym, group cycling studio, group exercise studios, Mind & Body studio, sports hall, squash courts, climbing wall, bouldering facilities, clip ‘n climb, children’s soft play area and luxury spa and treatment facilities. In addition to this there is a library, community centre, café, pre-school nursery and function rooms for hire; all under one roof.

 

Outside the centre there is a skate park, street snooker, outdoor gym and play equipment to the rear of the centre. Coming next year there will be play equipment to the front of the centre, a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a Petanque area.

 

Award winning leisure operator, Everyone Active, will be hosting a fun-filled open day in the new year. Residents and visitors will be invited to come along and see the range of facilities on offer, with the opportunity to try a variety of taster sessions and activities, such as gym challenges and exercise classes, all for free. The date for the event will be released shortly.

 

Join us on our mission to plant a greener future for Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Council is on a mission to create a greener, cleaner future for everyone in the county and is calling on local residents and communities to get involved.

 

During National Tree Week (27 November to 3 December), the council is launching its Bucks Tree Mission, a commitment to its planting of trees across Buckinghamshire and support for community projects and initiatives to do the same. This year's National Tree Week will be particularly special because many of the trees planted will form part of Her Majesty The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) initiative.

 

The Bucks Tree Mission encompasses a range of shared tree planting projects including:

 

  • The Council’s pledge to plant over 543,000 trees, one for every resident in Bucks

  • The Queen’s Green Canopy – a tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

  • Several community tree planting projects using funding from the Forestry Commission’s Local Authority Treescapes Fund

  • Community based projects such as the Chiltern Rangers seed gathering initiative in partnership with local community boards

 

The Queen’s Green Canopy offers a way for communities to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation. This week will see the first QGC trees planted at schools, care homes and nurseries across the county. Buckinghamshire Council is providing commemorative plaques to go alongside the trees.

 

Projects led by three charities, two parish councils and Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) will benefit from the £204k Local Authority Treescape Fund recently awarded to Buckinghamshire. These will see more trees established and maintained in non-woodland settings including sites next to roads and a lake, vacant community spaces and a sensory garden.

 

Other communities are already benefiting from projects in their local area. Alfriston School in Beaconsfield and Kings Wood School in High Wycombe have been working with Chiltern Rangers and Wild Pear CIC to collect, prepare and nurture tree seeds for planting in the new year. Funded by Beaconsfield & Chepping Wye Community Board and High Wycombe Community Board, this valuable project is helping to educate future generation about the importance of trees to our environment, as well increasing the number of trees for planting.

 

To find out more about the Bucks Tree Mission visit our website.

 

More information on the Queen’s Green Canopy can also be found online.

 

Bucks Council hits 50% mark in its county-wide gully cleaning programme

Buckinghamshire Council’s extensive programme of cleaning highways gullies across the county has now hit the 50% mark.

 

The drainage improvement works are designed to help prevent flooding on our roads and to keep drains and gullies across Buckinghamshire running freely. The council set aside an extra £4 million to fund the works, as part of a wider improvement programme for residents.

 

The council is aiming to clean every single one of Buckinghamshire’s almost 85,000 gullies at least once. Critical gullies, that need cleaning more often to prevent flooding on the roads, will be cleaned more regularly. Maximising the amount of water that can drain off road surfaces will also help to maintain the condition of the roads themselves.

 

As part of the improvement scheme, the council will also be carrying out repairs to drainage systems where there is a known local issue, or where a problem comes to light during the cleaning programme. The teams will also be carrying out comprehensive ditch clearance as part of these works and writing to landowners to remind them of their responsibilities to keep their ditches clear to prevent surface water from their land reaching our roads.

 

More information on Buckinghamshire Council’s road maintenance and repairs can be found here

 

The Editor tried to report blocked drains and the result was 'Unknown Error' on the web site. Good Luck!

Added November 24th 2021

Chiltern South Bucks Forum - 29th November 2021
Do you live or work in the Chiltern and South Bucks Area? If so the next C&SB Forum takes place on the 29th November 2021.

Have your voice heard on what the local Neighbourhood Policing teams should be concentrating on and help to decide the top 3 priorities.

The meeting will be held via Zoom and all are welcome; details are on the website:

Chiltern South Bucks Autumn Burglary Update 2
With the dark nights upon us, we expect that the number of burglaries to increase. The impact of your home being burgled is immense both financially and mentally. Yet it is common for us to delay doing basic security things until a close friend or you are attacked. Having the time or money to buy security measures can be a reason.
Rather that telling you to go out and spend lots of money on expensive security products I want to focus on the basics that may jut prevent you from becoming a victim.

Key Messages
1; Keep a light on. Give your house the appearance that somebody is at home.
2; Make sure you lock your doors. CCTV has shown that this is the first port of call for a burglar is trying the front door handle. Make sure you challenge your family if they are not doing this.
3; Lock your gate. Stop people from having free access to the rear or side of your house.
4; Beware of keyless car theft. Buy a Faraday box or pouch to protect them.
5; Seen something suspicious call it in. You know your neighbourhood better than anyone else! If something is not sitting right with you, act on this and do not be afraid to call the police. If you think it could be a burglary or theft of vehicle then call 999.
6: Become a NHW member.

A Neighbourhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbours so that you can build up community resilience. The scheme is free and some studies have shown that you could reduce the chance of being a victim by 25%. The scheme offers a number of offers from security firms.

One of the best ways you can help is to join or establish a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area. Neighbourhood Watch schemes are owned and operated by their members, supported by the Police with crime information and advice. If you’re interested then contact the Buckinghamshire Council Community Safety Team e-mail communitysafety.csb@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

A new crime reduction initiative is being piloted in the Chiltern area by Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with Thames Valley Police and supported by Buckinghamshire Council.

A team of Neighbourhood Watch volunteers have been trained as Crime Reduction Advisors (CRAs) to work with local residents to help ensure that their homes are protected from potential burglars. They will carry out home security surveys and advise on measures that could be taken to improve home security and reduce the risk of falling victim to burglary.
Training, provided by Thames Valley Police, in assessing homes for security weaknesses that criminals are known to exploit and various crime prevention measures that can be taken to provide further protection.
The free, confidential home security survey and assessment takes approximately 60-90 minutes. All CRA’s are experienced Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators who’ve been CRB checked. A password will be provided which the CRA will quote to confirm their identity.
David Alder, Neighbourhood Watch Representative for the Chilterns area, said: “We see this as a very important project. Our CRAs will be pro-actively supporting both TVP and residents in a way we have not tried before. Burglary risk remains a top concern for the local population, so I was delighted to get so many volunteers offering to take the role on. Our trained volunteers can make a positive contribution to better home security, while freeing TVP to focus on other areas of concern.”
Inspector Richard Vine, Neighbourhood Inspector for the Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire policing area, said: “I’m really pleased to see this initiative launching in the Chilterns to help ensure our residents feel safe in their homes and confident in their home security. The impact of a burglary is incredibly far-reaching and something that I wouldn’t want anyone to experience. It is excellent to be able to work in partnership with the local Neighbourhood Watch schemes to help keep our communities safe and I look forward to hearing how this progresses.”

To request a booking form to arrange a free home security survey, email bucksnhw@gmail.com.
On a positive ending from my last newsletter for those who may not have read it. One of our Forces priorities is to have a 15% reduction in residential burglary. Year to date I can report a 51% fall in this crime overall in Chiltern and South Bucks.

To beat the burglar we need to work, with the most important partner in tackling crime, you! the public. We all hope that you will take the first step in helping us to help you create a safer, more resilient and friendly neighbourhood for you all to live in.
The Best Way To Keep Hackers Out of Your Online Accounts

Enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) is the single most important thing you can do to improve the security of your online accounts.

What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It's similar to how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access your account and withdraw cash. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.

Enabling 2FA will help to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

How do I enable 2FA on my accounts?
Here are links you can use to enable 2FA on some of the most popular online services and apps:
Gmail
Yahoo
Outlook
AOL
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website

£15M Lost To Online Shopping Scams Last Christmas

Online shopping scams cost shoppers £15.4 million over the Christmas period last year.

New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, reveals that 28,049 shoppers were conned out of their money when shopping online over the Christmas period last year – an increase of almost two thirds (61 per cent) when compared to the same period in the previous year.

Ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online as reports of online shopping fraud have continued to surge. Here are some simple tips to help you and your family enjoy a secure online shopping experience this festive season.

Where to shop
Buying from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase.


Your information
Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.


Payment method
When it's time to pay for your items, check there's a 'closed padlock' icon in the browser's address bar. Use a credit card when shopping online, if you have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases.

Phishing
Some of the messages you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. If you’re unsure about a link, don’t use the it – go separately to the website. Report suspicious emails you receive by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to: 7726.

Email accounts:
Make sure that your really important accounts (such as your email account or online shopping accounts) are protected by strong passwords that you don't use anywhere else.

Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook, BT, AOL


If things go wrong
If you've lost money to an online shopping scam, tell your bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland). By doing this, you'll be helping to prevent others becoming victims of cyber crime.

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website

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Buckinghamshire Council’s Adoption Readiness Checker reaches 4,000 users

Buckinghamshire Council’s Adoption Readiness Checker has reached 4,000 users. The tool is aimed at people considering adoption who are unsure of where to start. The Adoption Readiness Checker can help anyone to determine if they are in a position to adopt and gives practical advice with a personalised plan to prepare people to take the next step in their journey.

Since the site launch in October 2019, over 250 plans have been created with over 4,000 people using the site. Between April 2020 and April 2021, the Council approved 30 people or couples as adopters – many of whom used the Adoption Readiness Tool.

Karen, a prospective adopter (name changed for confidentiality reasons), said:

“I'd been putting off looking into adoption because I was afraid of finding out I'm not what they're looking for but I'm so glad this tool exists as it put my mind at rest. I learned loads and the advice is way more practical than anything else I've come across. Couldn't recommend it enough to anyone thinking of adopting."

The tool is continuing to evolve based on feedback from users, with new sections coming soon. An online tool helping to connect Special Guardians and young people to support, is due to launch early next year.

Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, commented:

“Buckinghamshire has approximately 25 children at any one time waiting to be adopted. The Adoption Readiness tool aims to dispel myths about adoption and who can adopt, to enable more people to apply.

“We welcome all enquiries, so if you think you could provide a safe and loving home for a child who needs adopting, then please get in touch with our friendly team. You may be able to make a positive difference to a child’s life.”

Anyone considering adopting with Buckinghamshire Council can use the Adoption Readiness Checker to see if they are in a position to adopt, and learn more about the process. All enquiries are welcome so if you think you could provide a safe and loving home for a child who needs adopting then please get in touch with the Council’s friendly team.

Visit the adoption webpage or get in touch with the team by calling 01494 586 349 or emailing adoption@buckinghamshire.gov.uk to find out more about adopting with Buckinghamshire Council.

Added November 12th 2021

Epilepsy Society

We have been very grateful for the support of the local community during the pandemic, but we need your help again. There is an ongoing shortage of staff in social care but the need for all care workers in England to be double vaccinated has exacerbated the situation. We are certainly feeling the pinch across all six of our care homes at the Epilepsy Society in Chalfont St Peter. We would love to hear from anyone who has experience of working in a care home or similar field, or who has lived experience of supporting someone with complex care and would consider coming to help us care for our 93 residents. It is rewarding work: we are a friendly and dedicated team and have lots of fun. But we need more help. You can find out more and how to get in touch here. We would love to hear from you.

Bucks County Council

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Buckinghamshire Council lodges appeals against six HS2 lorry route decisions

 

The Council has issued judicial review proceedings against decisions made by the Planning Inspectors in respect of Schedule 17 lorry route approvals submitted by HS2 Limited.

 

HS2 had appealed against the non-determination of two of the applications by the Council – those relating to Brackley Road and the Wendover Green Tunnel. The appeals were allowed by the Planning Inspector; the Council has lodged challenges against these decisions. 

 

A separate Planning Inspector has dealt with the other four appeals relating to:

 

  • Small Dean Lane, Wendover to the Strategic Road Network

  • Small Dean Viaduct, Wendover to the Strategic Road Network

  • Chiltern Tunnel North Portal to the Strategic Road Network, and

  • three worksites at Little Missenden, Chesham and the North Portal to the Strategic Road Network

 

The Planning Inspector again allowed all four of these appeals.

 

The Council has submitted the claims and is waiting to receive leave to appeal, i.e. to take these matters to the High Court to quash the decisions, and the court decision is pending.

 

Community boards explore the realities of living with dementia

What is it really like to live with dementia? Three of Buckinghamshire’s community boards have been finding out as they took part in a series of special events last week.

 

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK. One in 14 people over 65 have dementia and 1 in 6 people over 80 have the condition. There are also over 42,000 people under the age of 65 who are living with dementia. There is currently no cure but with the right level of support and treatment many people continue to live active and fulfilled lives for many years.

 

One of the best ways to help someone with dementia is to gain a greater understanding of how the condition affects them and that is where the Interactive Dementia Awareness Experience provided by Training2Care comes in.

 

The activity offers an interactive, virtual experience of what it is like to live with dementia and gives people the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into how the condition affects individuals. The mobile unit is unique in the way it works and is scientifically and medically proven to give a person with a healthy brain, the chance to experience what having dementia really feels like.

 

The Beeches, Beaconsfield & Chepping Wye and South West Chilterns Community Boards  joined forces with other partners to hire the mobile unit to visit their local areas last week. The request came from local organisations Make Marlow Dementia Friendly and Marlow Bridge Rotary Club. Guests were invited to take part in the experience to discover for themselves what it really feels like to live with dementia. The aim of the exercise was to raise awareness of the condition and to start the process of thinking about what local communities can do to better support residents with dementia.

 

Buckinghamshire has 16 local community boards, set up to work in partnership with local people and organisations. The boards aim to work with communities to listen and take action on matters of importance to local people. For more information visit our website:

 

Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Road Safety team are helping drivers to stay safe this winter

Winter is approaching rapidly, which means now is the perfect time to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for winter.

 

Driving in the winter can be more hazardous than driving during the rest of the year, thanks to the darker days and adverse weather conditions. It’s important that drivers keep their vehicles in a safe and useable condition throughout the year, but especially in the winter months. Make sure you check your tyres, screen wash, wiper blades and that your lights are all working so you can see and be seen. If you can’t do this yourself, then get a local garage to give your vehicle a check over before winter.

 

It’s also essential that drivers know how to drive safely in poor weather. To help with this, Transport for Buckinghamshire’s road safety initiative, Travel Safe Bucks, is once again promoting their award-winning e-learning Winter Driving module, and encouraging drivers to take the course as a ‘refresher’.

 

The online module, takes about ten minutes to complete and is totally free to use, containing essential advice for all drivers, but especially for drivers facing their first winter driving. The module can be accessed by visiting here.

 

While drivers should be taking extra care to stay safe on the roads this winter, they also need to look out for vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists or horse riders. As a vulnerable road user there are ways you can help to keep yourself safe too. Wear hi-vis or bright colours where possible, so that you can be easily seen as it gets dark. If you’re on a bike, make sure your lights work – and that you are using them! Remember: Be Bright Be Seen.

 

Nominations are open for this year’s Proud of Bucks Awards!

 

Nominations are now open for Buckinghamshire Council’s Proud of Bucks Community Awards 2021 - generously sponsored by The Clare Foundation.

The awards aim to recognise and applaud outstanding community contribution carried out by local individuals, groups and organisations. They celebrate Buckinghamshire’s communities that have made a positive impact in their local areas.

 

This year, each of Buckinghamshire’s 16 Community Boards will be celebrating local people in three award categories. Members of the public are invited to send in their nominations for those who they feel deserve recognition and praise. The three award categories are:

 

  • Buckinghamshire Community Award Best Adult Contribution - For an individual (aged over 21) who has contributed to their local community during 2021 by improving lives for others or improving their local environment.

  • Buckinghamshire Community Award Best Young Person Contribution – For young people (aged under 21) who have had a positive impact on the local community or peers through community engagement or activism.

  • Buckinghamshire Community Award Best Community Group Contribution - Recognises and celebrates a group in the community board area who has made a clear and positive impact on the community during 2021.

 

Nominate someone today using the Proud of Bucks Awards online nomination form. You can also download a Proud of Bucks Awards nomination form and return by email to awards@buckinghamshire.gov.uk, or pick up and drop off your nomination form at one of Buckinghamshire’s libraries. Find your local library.

 

The closing date for nominations is Friday 31 December. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced early next year.

 

The Clare Foundation is delighted to be sponsoring the Proud of Bucks Awards for the second year running. Mike Clare, Founder and Chairman said: "We are really pleased to be able to congratulate those who have gone above and beyond helping those in need in their local community. We look forward to hearing all the amazing stories from the individuals and groups who have made an impact."

 

More information on the awards including how to nominate someone from your local area can be found on Buckinghamshire Council’s Proud of Bucks Awards webpage.

 

Have your say on the Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Licensing Policy draft

Buckinghamshire Council is preparing their review on the Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Licensing Policy draft and is keen to hear from any individuals and organisations who can offer feedback before 10 December.

 

The Council is responsible for issuing permits and licences for premises where gambling takes place – such as bingo halls and betting shops. The Gambling Act 2005 policy is reviewed at least every three years and is next required to be published by 1 April 2022, with a statement of principles proposed to apply when exercising functions under the act.

 

What is the Gambling Act 2005?

 

The Gambling Act 2005 sets out licensing objectives that underpin the legislation and must be taken into consideration by the Council and by people who provide gambling facilities or carry out small scale lotteries or raffles. The single draft policy sets out the Council’s approach to promoting the licensing objectives when considering and deciding applications. The policy includes information which is required by legislation and by the Gambling Commission’s Guidance to Local Authorities and sets out the Council’s expectations for applicants and licence holders to ensure that they can comply with the licensing objectives.

 

The objectives are:

 

  • Preventing gambling being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder, or being used to support crime.

  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way.

  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

 

After reviewing the feedback, the final version of the policy will go to the Council’s Licensing Committee on 2 February 2022, followed by Full Council on 23 February 2022 for approval.

 

The consultation is running until 10 December. You can have your say here

 

Buckinghamshire Council will contact all of the statutory consultees directly. A printed version of the survey is available on request by emailing licensing@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Added November 10th 2021

0800 555 111 - A Number To Remember

Thames Valley Police have frequently repeated that their success in fighting crime is very dependent on the efficient gathering of relevant information – ‘criminal intelligence’ – from the public. So, we all have a personal stake in helping this process.

The Neighbourhood Watch national website - ourwatch.org.uk – offers ideas of what to look out for under various crime headings. Even those living in peaceful, low-crime areas may occasionally overhear or see something that is suspicious or ‘doesn’t look right.’ Putting together criminal intelligence has been described as a bit like a jigsaw, and even little bits of information can help – by confirming other pieces perhaps. So, it is important that we all report things that we feel could help the police.

I am sure you know that you should immediately call
999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency. And you should call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so. This, of course, involves you in providing your own contact details, and even though these will be treated in complete confidence by the police, sometimes we can be reluctant to ‘get involved’ to that extent. That is understandable, but we do not want your ‘piece of the jigsaw’ to be missed. It could be vital!

So, we are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number
0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer. Please view this link, and consider adding the number to your mobile phone speed-dial list so it is quickly ready when needed.

While contacting the police directly – especially if you could be an important witness – is what we hope most people will do most of the time, having the CrimeStoppers anonymous alternative plays a vital part in helping the police to ‘complete the criminal-intelligence jigsaw’.

Whichever way you do it – please report it!

New Burglary Prevention Initiative

A new crime reduction initiative has been launched in the Chiltern area by Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with Thames Valley Police, and supported by Buckinghamshire Council. This can help you to minimise the risk of burglary, by requesting a free survey.

A team of Neighbourhood Watch volunteers has been trained as Crime Reduction Advisors (CRAs) to work with local residents to help ensure that their homes are protected from potential burglars. They will carry out home security surveys and advise on measures that could be taken to improve home security and reduce the risk of falling victim to burglary.
Training for the volunteers has been provided by Thames Valley Police in assessing homes and security weaknesses that criminals have been known to exploit and in the various different crime prevention measures that can be taken to provide further protection.

The free, confidential home security survey and assessment takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. All Crime Reduction Advisors are experienced Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators who have also been CRB checked. Once a survey booking has been confirmed, a security password will be provided to the individual, which the CRA will need to quote on arrival to confirm their identity.

David Alder, Neighbourhood Watch Representative for the Chilterns area, said: “We see this as a very important project. Our CRAs will be pro-actively supporting both TVP and residents in a way we have not tried before. Burglary risk remains a top concern for the local population, so I was delighted to get so many volunteers offering to take the role on. Our trained volunteers can make a positive contribution to better home security, while freeing TVP to focus on other areas of concern.”

Inspector Richard Vine, Neighbourhood Inspector for the Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire policing area, said: “I’m really pleased to see this initiative launching in the Chilterns to help ensure our residents feel safe in their homes and confident in their home security.

“The impact of a burglary is incredibly far-reaching and something that I wouldn’t want anyone to experience. It is excellent to be able to work in partnership with the local Neighbourhood Watch schemes to help keep our communities safe and I look forward to hearing how this progresses.”

To request a booking form to arrange a free home security survey, email bucksnhw@gmail.com.

November 2021 OUR NEWS

The November newsletter edition for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales can be read here.

Do you know someone affected by ASB? 43% of victims say it’s affected their mental health. Our ASB webinar, featuring an expert speaker from the charity ASB Help, on the 15th November is open to the public but spaces are limited. Find out more including a link to book on page 2 of our newsletter.

The newsletter also features articles on: saying NO to ASB and tackling it as a community; fraud trends; staying safe as the nights draw in; looking closer to protect children from county lines; the relaunched Neighbourhood Watch Community Grants Fund; keeping Covid-19 at bay this winter; and more.

Read the November OUR NEWS newsletter here.