This page is relevant to all villages.

Unchanging useful links/info
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

@btinternet, @btopenworld email addresses

If you have an @BTinternet internet email address you will not always get the emails that are sent on Wednesdays. They are often seen as spam by your ISP and you won't even get the option to decide for yourself. Check these pages manually rather than wait for the reminder. Also emails to personal domain names are often blocked, for example, farmer.giles@moocowfarm.x
The new weekly crossword is on its own page now here.

Added Nov 25th 2020

VCSE & Community Development Officer - 2 Full Time roles (35 hours), £27,000: Are you passionate about helping Buckinghamshire’s communities, charities and voluntary groups to be strong and resilient?  If you have experience of developing and delivering activities in a community setting, or knowledge of what it takes to run a voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE), this could be the role for you.

Head of Finance & Operations - Part Time (21-28 hours per week), £37,000 pro rata: Could you provide the financial and business leadership to help us grow our impact and ensure financial sustainability?

Finance & Operations Assistant - Full Time (35 hours), £20,000: Could you carry out the financial and administrative tasks that keep this busy charity running? If you are highly organised, with an eye for detail and great Excel skills, then this could be the role for you.

Our office in Monks Risborough has free parking and good bus and rail links. Our team is currently working mainly from home, but with access to the office when needed.
Diversity & Inclusion
Community Impact Bucks is committed to challenging inequality and values the diversity of our communities in Buckinghamshire. We recognise that reflecting that diversity will only ever make our organisation better. We work to ensure an inclusive culture where colleagues feel welcomed and supported to succeed and thrive. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those from under-represented communities.

How to apply
For more information  please visit our website to download the Job Description and application form.
IT'S A SCAM

We know of a recent scam incident of a CSG resident:

If the police phone you about your bank account
IT’S A SCAM

If you are ever told not to tell anyone
IT’S A SCAM

If you are told to ring back (do not – it will be an open line, use a different phone)
IT’S A SCAM

This is happening all the time. We think we know this, but it’s not until it happens that we see how clever these scammers are.
Constant reminders help us – so please stay aware and remind your families.

Bucks County Council

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Bucks Business Grants update

 

Eligible local businesses can apply now for one of the two Bucks Business Grants the council is setting up to help support businesses who have been impacted by the current national lockdown.

 

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), which is now open for applications, is available to businesses that are required to close because of the national restrictions and is linked to the level of rateable value. A business may qualify for financial support for the duration of the current lockdown with further support if restrictions are extended.

 

For other affected businesses who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the LRSG, the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which opens later this week may provide some support. The ARG is open to businesses which have been adversely impacted by the latest lockdown restrictions but are not eligible for other government support schemes. For qualifying businesses, the ARG offers a one-time grant allocation based on the number of employees.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

This grant is available to eligible businesses that are required by government to close during the current national restrictions, from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December, or until restrictions are lifted. Eligible businesses include those in non-essential retail, leisure, entertainment, personal care and hospitality. Payments are based on the rateable value of the business property:

 

  • For properties with a rateable value less than £15,000 the grants are £1,334 for the 28-day restriction period

  • For properties with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 the grants are £2,000, and

  • For properties with a rateable value higher than £51,000 the grants are £3,000.

 

One payment will be made covering the four-week period. Applications will be accepted while national restrictions remain in place.

 

To check eligibility and to apply, go to https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-support-hub/coronavirus-business-grants/local-restrictions-support-grant/

 

Additional Restrictions Grant

 

If your business does not qualify for the LRSG but has been severely impacted by the lockdown, you may qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant. This is a discretionary scheme which the council will run. This grant is aimed at providing support to businesses that have not been able to access other government support initiatives

 

Businesses will be eligible if they can evidence a 30% reduction in their income over the lockdown period, provided they aren’t already eligible for the LRSG. Self-employed people can apply if they meet these criteria and are not already claiming from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

 

The amount awarded will vary based on the number of employees in a business:

 

  • Self-employed people (not already claiming SEISS) will be eligible for grants of £1,000

  • Businesses of fewer than five employees will be eligible for grants of £1,500

  • Businesses of five or more employees will be eligible for grants of £3,000.

 

Applications for this scheme can be made at the above web address from midday Friday (20 November) and will be accepted until Friday 18 December.

 

Freeze out doorstep cold callers this winter

Doorstep crime increases during the winter months due to bogus callers and rogue traders taking advantage of our need for a safe, warm and dry home during bad weather.

 

When rain, sleet or snow sets in it can be difficult, especially for vulnerable residents, to check their property is in good order so when they are told by an individual posing as a legitimate workman that they have a tile missing, or that their chimney is in danger of falling down and killing someone, they struggle to argue and feel compelled to have the work done.

 

And with most of us at home due to the latest Covid lockdown, unscrupulous traders know there’s a greater chance of finding someone in who will answer the door or be tempted by a flyer through the letterbox.

 

Of course, winter is also the time of year where genuine issues become more apparent, such as a leaking roof or gutters, or if more urgent work is needed after extreme weather.  Distressed residents may become more tempted to contact a stranger who posted a flyer through their door.

 

Fraudsters will often do shoddy or unnecessary work for hugely inflated fees, or simply take money for a job they have no intention of carrying out. In many cases, the property is left in a worse condition than before with the home owner facing additional costs to rectify the damage.

 

Fred Wilson, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Buckinghamshire Council, says “With a lockdown, fraudsters may think it’s an ideal opportunity to catch vulnerable people stuck at home and pile on the pressure for a job.

 

However I would encourage residents to get in contact with our team if they are concerned, want to report anything suspicious or just want to get one of our free information packs.”

 

Fred added, “By taking a few simple precautions, we can all freeze out cold-callers this winter.”

 

Trading Standards bosses offer the following top tips to avoid getting tricked out of your money:

 

  • Be sceptical, don’t be afraid to say ‘no thank you, please leave’ and shut the door.

  • Take your time, don’t be rushed.

  • Know who you’re dealing with, if you need help talk to someone you know or get in touch with the council.

  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know.

  • Never engage with someone or allow them access to your home unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.

 

We urge all householders to only use Trading Standards approved traders traders4u.co.uk

 

If you would like to report a concern or receive one of our No Cold Calling packs, call 0300 123 2329

 

Council warns of green homes grant scammers

Council warns of green homes grant scammers

 

The government’s Green Homes Grant offers eligible home owners in Buckinghamshire up to £10,000 of energy saving improvements, but doorstep fraudsters are already trying to cash in according to trading standards officers.

 

The chancellor’s scheme helps homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their property while also giving the economy a much needed boost.

 

However, only approved and checked traders who officially register with the government can carry out the work. 

 

Trading Standards Officers from Buckinghamshire are concerned the door may be left open for unscrupulous traders to exploit the trust of consumers who may not be aware and just want to access a voucher to get home improvements made cost-effectively.

 

You can apply for the scheme and see if you are eligible here. Also all tradespersons who deliver the work must be registered on the TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

 

Trading Standards advises residents not to engage with cold callers either on the doorstep or on the phone. They say:

 

Never engage with someone or allow them access to your home unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.

As with all scams: Be sceptical, stay calm, and don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door

 

 

To deter visits from cold callers, residents can display a no cold calling sticker by their front doors. To obtain a Stop Cold Calling Sticker Pack or to report an incident please contact Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

 

Keep informed on the latest scams affecting your area by following Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading standards via social media.

 

      https://www.facebook.com/BucksSurreyTS

 

      https://twitter.com/Bucks_Surreyts/

 

To receive trading standards information directly into your in-box subscribe to our TS Alert newsletter, published every two weeks it includes, scam alerts, product/food recalls, and more. https://scc.newsweaver.co.uk/tradingstandards/ywh4mymr502

Added Nov 18th 2020

Plastic Pollution Solutions

Join marine plastics expert and award-winning conservationist, Emily Stevenson, as she describes some of the untold issues with plastics, but more importantly, what we can all do to tackle them.

Free online talk 7.30pm Weds 25th November

Register here: http://speakupforourplanet.com/2020/09/03/plastic-pollution-solutions/
Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child ensures that thousands of children receive Christmas presents and are introduced to the real Christmas story. Last year our village sent an amazing 39 boxes of joy to children. It’s not too late to help us reach our goal of 50 for this year. All you have to do is pack a shoebox with stationery, games, hygiene items, anything a child who has nothing would want, but please no liquids. The deadline for bringing your shoeboxes has been moved to December 13th, just after lockdown. Please drop your shoeboxes at the parish church which is open on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s from 12-2pm. There is also an option to pack a shoebox online. If you do this, please contact christmas_lauren@yahoo.com so that your box is added to the final tally. Pack a box online at:  Shoebox Online
Live Chat Improves Access To Support For Victims of Crime

Victims First which supports victims of crime and abuse across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, has launched a Live Chat service to improve access to support for victims.

The Live Chat service which is now live on Victim First’s website www.victims-first.org.uk, offers a new way to access support, enabling victims to talk online with a Victims First Officer, safely and in confidence.

Live Chat enhances the existing Victims First service, providing an additional and valuable route to support. It offers a discreet way for victims to access support, which is especially important for victims of domestic abuse who may be living with their abuser, and will be of particular benefit to people who prefer using online channels to reach out for help.

Anyone needing support can get in touch via the Live Chat button on the Victims First website www.victims-first.org.uk or by calling Victims First on 0300 1234 148 to speak to a trained Victims First Officer who will be able to provide free confidential emotional and practical support. 

Live Chat will be staffed by trained Victims First Officers during Victims First opening hours.

Victims First is managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.  It offers free support to any victim or witness of crime in the Thames Valley regardless of the crime, when it took place or whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

Latest Community Safety News from Buckinghamshire Council

The Buckinghamshire Council Community Safety Team produce monthly newsletters to keep residents, partners and businesses informed about what we have recently been involved in.

Our latest edition is now available to view: https://spark.adobe.com/page/4fz9pME6Cmk5O/

If you do not wish to follow the link please view through the Buckinghamshire Council website.

Romance Fraud

Tuesday 17 November saw the launch of a new romance fraud e-booklet that has been developed by Thames Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit alongside Dr Elisabeth Carter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Forensic Linguist at the University of Roehampton.

What is a romance fraud?

Romance frauds happen when the victim thinks they’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with them. They’re using the site to gain the victim’s trust and ask them for money or enough personal information to steal their identity.

How does it happen?

Romance fraudsters are masters of manipulation and will go to great lengths to create a false reality in which an individual feels that they are making reasonable and rational decisions.

The challenge for many family and friends of romance fraud victims is being able to disrupt the false reality created to enable the victim to see the situation for what it really is – a fraud.

This booklet has been designed to demonstrate the clever tactics used by romance fraudsters with a view to empowering the knowledge of our communities.

It also dispels the myths of shame and embarrassment often associated with this crime by highlighting the link to coercive control.

Bucks County Council

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2020 Christmas present appeal for vulnerable children more important than ever

Today sees the launch of the annual Buckinghamshire Christmas present appeal, run this year for the first time by the new Buckinghamshire Council as part of it's 'Helping Hand' community support initiative. And with the difficulties and disruption caused by coronavirus, the need for this popular seasonal campaign is greater than ever.

 

Now in its sixth year, the annual present appeal brings together council employees, councillors, and local communities in a massive drive to get presents to children and young people who otherwise might not receive that much at Christmas.

 

Unlike previous years, because of the national coronavirus restrictions that are in place during November, this year we're not asking people to bring gifts to our council offices. Instead, there's a new Just Giving web page through which supporters can donate  to a fund which will then be used to purchase gifts.

 

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/buckinghamshirecouncilchristmasappeal2020

 

But for those people who would prefer to select a gift themselves, presents can be bought online and delivered by the store to:

 

Christmas Present Appeal

Buckinghamshire Council

The Gateway

Gatehouse Road

Aylesbury

Bucks HP19 8FF

 

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services Mark Shaw – who has also been known to double up as Santa in the lead-up to the festive season – said: "Now that the five former local authorities in Buckinghamshire have become one, we can work more closely than ever and hopefully surpass even the amazing results of last year's appeal - because with the anxieties and pressures brought about by Covid-19, our less fortunate children and young people are more in need of Christmas cheer than ever."

 

Cllr Paul Irwin – aka Santa's Little Helper – added: "So here's a call to our council colleagues, and people throughout our communities, to really pull out the stops and get more presents than ever to children and young people. But so that we can all be safe, this year's Christmas appeal is focusing on our Just Giving page, which will allow Santa's elves to use your donation to make sure there are suitable gifts for all those who need them, including older children and young people leaving the council’s care.

 

"However, I know some people really enjoy selecting the gift that a child or young person will receive - so if you'd prefer to order online, you can have your selected gift delivered to the Council's Gateway Offices in Aylesbury."

 

Visit the appeal on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/660257581326951

 

Latest updates to your recycling and waste service

Residents across Buckinghamshire are reminded of the latest information and updates to Buckinghamshire Council’s recycling and waste service, including: new collection calendars available to download for residents in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas, an update on the county’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) and the suspension of garden waste collection for residents in the Aylesbury Vale area.

 

Please be advised that currently the new national restrictions, in place between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 2 December, have no impact on weekly household collections or Buckinghamshire’s HRCs.

 

Household Recycling Centres remain open across Buckinghamshire

 

With the new national restrictions in place, it’s likely residents will be spending more time at home and more waste may be produced. Buckinghamshire’s HRCs will remain open as usual throughout this time, so it’s still possible for those that need to, to make a trip to the tip. However, please note that the reuse shops will be closed in line with government guidance.

 

Residents who choose to visit later in the afternoon are reminded to please make sure plenty of time is left to make a trip. Last entrance to the site may be before 4pm, to allow those already onsite to unload their waste and exit by 4pm.

 

More information on the county’s HRCs, including taking a virtual tour of the site and locating a HRC, can be found by visiting: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/bin-collection-recycling-and-waste

 

New calendars for the Chiltern and Wycombe areas

 

Residents from the Chiltern and Wycombe areas are encouraged to download their new recycling and waste calendars.

 

The calendars last for 6-months only as collection dates for these residents may change in spring 2021, when new collection vehicles will be introduced as part of ongoing service improvements to reduce round sizes and make collections more efficient. Residents will receive new information in advance of any changes.

 

Please print your calendar at home or save a copy to a mobile phone/tablet. It is also possible to search for the addresses of relatives and/or neighbours if you know of someone who may require a helping hand. The calendars can be downloaded from Buckinghamshire Council’s website, with printed paper copies also available upon request by calling Buckinghamshire Council’s friendly customer services team on 01494 586550.

 

Garden Waste suspension for Aylesbury Vale areas

 

Aylesbury Vale garden waste customers are reminded that the 2020 service will soon be coming to an end. For customers who normally have their brown garden waste bin collected on the same day as their green rubbish bin, the last collection for 2020 will take place the week commencing Monday 16 November. For customers who normally have their brown garden waste bin collected on the same day as their blue-lidded recycling bin, the last collection for 2020 will take place the week commencing Monday 23 November.

 

If you have additional garden waste, please remember that Buckinghamshire’s HRCs remain open.

 

Additional information for Buckinghamshire residents

 

Buckinghamshire Council’s street cleansing teams will be out and about collecting fallen leaves to keep our paths and roads safe this autumn.

 

Please avoid blowing leaves from gardens onto public highways as this can make pavements and paths extra slippery for users, especially in wet weather. The teams operate a schedule to clear leaves and having to return to clear sections that have previously been done has extra cost, and impacts on other roads that need clearing. Please use our garden waste collection service for your area to dispose of garden waste, or alternatively please take any additional garden waste to your local HRC.

 

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Cllr Bill Chapple OBE commented:

 

"We strive to provide timely information to our residents regarding their recycling and waste service and are pleased that, despite the new national restrictions, there is minimal disruption to the service.

 

“I’d like to thank residents for your continued cooperation and understanding, and share a friendly reminder to please keep up the good hygiene practice of wiping down bins and washing hands after handling bins."

 

Residents can view the latest service updates regarding recycling and waste at: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/service-changes/coronavirus-waste-services-all-districts

 

Help your health and care services in Bucks by choosing them well this winter

This winter Buckinghamshire’s health and care services will be working hard to make sure you stay safe and well – and you can help them by using the right service at the right time.

 

You can find lots of advice and links to a range of local services at our ‘Ready for Winter’ information page, along with guidance on travel and how to be a good neighbour - www.yourcommunityyourcare.org.uk/ready-for-winter.

 

With coronavirus still spreading, some people may feel nervous or reluctant about using health services. It is vital, however, that they still seek care when they need it – delaying could have extremely serious consequences for their health.

 

The health and care options available in Bucks include:

 

  • A&E - remember, A&E should be used for serious and life-threatening conditions. If it is not an emergency, or you are not sure, please check with the NHS 111 service first. But if it is, don’t delay – call 999.

  • The 111 online service at 111.nhs.uk is a great source of information and advice, especially if you are not sure which service to use for your illness or injury.

  • The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) in High Wycombe is accessible from 8am – 8pm via 111. Wherever possible ring 111 first to check if this is the best place for you to receive treatment, this will also save you a longer wait if you need to be seen there.

  • Pharmacies are staffed by healthcare professionals and offer excellent advice. At the first sign of illness, check to see if an over-the-counter treatment or medicine is suitable. Don’t wait until you are really unwell.

  • Contact your GP surgery for an appointment – this will probably be over the telephone or remotely at the moment, but your GP can still invite you for a face-to-face appointment when they think it is medically appropriate. And if you are concerned about possible cancer symptoms, don’t delay – contact your GP today.

  • Self-care - many minor injuries or ailments can be treated at home, with medicines or treatments you may already have. Make sure you keep some of these in stock.

 

And remember, if you should develop one or more symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, please book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Other advice on treatment of COVID-19 is also available at that website. Symptoms include a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

 

Communities and council come together in next round of Community Board meetings

 

Across Buckinghamshire over the next few weeks, the latest round of Community Board meetings will bring together local people, groups and organisations, to focus on how to tackle the issues that matter most in their area. These 16 boards are the local link between Buckinghamshire Council and the community, enabling communities to have a stronger voice, influencing how services are delivered, identifying local priorities and deciding the focus over the coming months, with money available to support local projects and ideas.

 

At their first public meetings in September and October, each board identified its local priorities. Over the coming weeks and months the boards will bring together people to tackle these areas and are keen to hear from those interested in getting involved. In addition to meetings, there are other ways for people to get involved and play their part in improving their area.

 

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said: “ The Community Boards welcome everyone interested in finding ways to tackle local issues and all contributions are valuable to the important work that is planned.  There are a variety of areas each board will be addressing over the next few months including improving the environment, promoting healthy lifestyles, supporting older and young people and Covid recovery and we're keen to hear from local people about what matters to them in their local area. We know that some people want to make a difference but prefer to get involved in ways other than attending meetings and there are lots of other ways to get involved."

 

The meetings are taking place online on the following dates – anyone is welcome to join the meeting but will need to register to attend by emailing the relevant board’s coordinator via the council website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-boards. These meetings are recorded so anyone can watch them after the event.

 

  • Beaconsfield and Chepping Wye Community Board - Tues 17 Nov at 7pm

  • Aylesbury Community Board - Tues 17 Nov at 6.30pm

  • Beeches Community Board - Weds 18 Nov at 2pm

  • Wing and Ivinghoe Community Board - Thurs 19 Nov at 7pm

  • North West Chilterns Community Board - Thurs 19 Nov at 6.30pm

  • Wendover Community Board - Tues 24 Nov at 7pm

  • South West Chilterns Community Board - Tues 24 Nov at 6.30pm

  • Haddenham and Waddesdon Community Board - Weds 25 Nov at 7pm

  • Winslow and Villages Community Board - Thurs 26 Nov at 7pm

  • Chesham and Villages Community Board - Thurs 3 Dec at 7pm

 

A number of Community Boards have already met this month. Webcasts of these meeting are available to view online.

 

Each Community Board is chaired by a councillor from Buckinghamshire Council, supported by a board coordinator whose role is to make connections and encourage residents, groups and organisations to get involved. For more information about how to get involved, the priorities identified by each of the Community Boards, to see the criteria for applying for funds or to submit an application visit www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-boards or email localities@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

Lockdown 2 won’t stop Bucks cataract surgeries – it is safe and crucial for patients to attend

 

Buckinghamshire Healthcare's innovative ophthalmology team has been leading the way nationally, not only by being one of the first NHS trusts to have resumed surgery just weeks after the first government-instigated lockdown in March but by charging ahead to tackle Buckinghamshires cataract surgery waiting list with a safe, sustainable approach throughout the pandemic and beyond.

 

Since resuming surgeries in May, the team have safely and successfully completed 1,500 operations. Ophthalmology worked closely with the infection control team, putting in place COVID-safe measures to reduce the risk of infection for cataract patients, many of whom are considered vulnerable during the pandemic. All patients are tested for COVID-19 prior to their operations and asked to report any symptoms post-op. So far, there has not been a single case of COVID-19 reported for the cataract procedure. Cataracts usually get slowly worse over time, so it is important that patients due to receive the surgery attend all their appointments.

 

It is the most common procedure worldwide and, according to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO), the number of people in the UK needing this operation is set to double by 2035. The team is planning to kick-start the next phase of recovery with an intensive project delivering 500 operations in just two weeks.

 

Following this and building on the success of a pilot project in 2019, a bespoke standalone theatre will be built to enable the team to perform an additional 4,000 cataract operations over the next year, as well as offer 2,000 additional appointments to patients. The first of these operations will take place mid-November 2020 with the aim, within a year, to have worked through the Trust’s current cataract surgery waiting list.

 

Sarah Maling, consultant ophthalmologist and joint lead for the cataract service at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Our Trust is well known for delivering an excellent cataract service. It has managed to deliver over 1000 successful cataract operations during the last lockdown and has been supported by NHS England to establish a stand-alone cataract facility. We are delighted with this support and look forward to continue to care for all of our patients during these challenging times.”

 

The operating theatre was designed and installed by Vanguard Healthcare Solutions and Alcon, who worked closely with the Trust’s ophthalmology team to create a tailored solution for tackling the cataract surgery waiting list.

 

Applications welcome for Bucks Business Grants

Eligible local businesses can apply now for one of the two Bucks Business Grants the council is setting up to help support businesses who have been impacted by the current national lockdown.

 

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), which is now open for applications, is available to businesses that are required to close because of the national restrictions and is linked to the level of rateable value. A business may qualify for financial support for the duration of the current lockdown with further support if restrictions are extended.

 

For other affected businesses who do not meet the eligibility criteria for the LRSG, the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which opens later this week may provide some support. The ARG is open to businesses which have been adversely impacted by the latest lockdown restrictions but are not eligible for other government support schemes. For qualifying businesses, the ARG offers a one-time grant allocation based on the number of employees.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

This grant is available to eligible businesses that are required by government to close during the current national restrictions, from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December, or until restrictions are lifted. Eligible businesses include those in non-essential retail, leisure, entertainment, personal care and hospitality. Payments are based on the rateable value of the business property:

 

  • For properties with a rateable value less than £15,000 the grants are £1,334 for the 28-day restriction period

  • For properties with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 the grants are £2,000, and

  • For properties with a rateable value higher than £51,000 the grants are £3,000.

 

Two payments will be made, each covering a two-week period. Applications will be accepted while national restrictions remain in place.

 

To check eligibility and to apply, go to https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-support-hub/coronavirus-business-grants/local-restrictions-support-grant/

 

Additional Restrictions Grant

 

If your business does not qualify for the LRSG but has been severely impacted by the lockdown, you may qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant. This is a discretionary scheme which the council will run. This grant is aimed at providing support to businesses that have not been able to access other government support initiatives.

 

Businesses will be eligible if they can evidence a 30% reduction in their income over the lockdown period, provided they aren’t already eligible for the LRSG. Self-employed people can apply if they meet these criteria and are not already claiming from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

 

The amount awarded will vary based on the number of employees in a business:

 

  • Self-employed people (not already claiming SEISS) will be eligible for grants of £1,000

  • Businesses of fewer than five employees will be eligible for grants of £1,500

  • Businesses of five or more employees will be eligible for grants of £3,000.

 

Applications for this scheme can be made at the above web address from midday Friday (20 November) and will be accepted until Friday 18 December.

Added Nov 11th 2020

Anti-Bullying Week 2020: United Against Bullying

ABA are official organisers of Anti-Bullying Week. Anti-Bullying Week 2020 will take place from
Monday 16th November - Friday 20th November 2020. The theme is United Against Bullying
With the above in mind a Chalfont St. Giles family are doing their bit.

"Kimberley and I have been talking about an anti-bullying campaign for the past year. Kimberley luckily has never been bullied, however, she does have a high inbuilt level on intolerance for injustice, and therefore feels compelled to speak for others.

Those who are bullied often feel alone and in despair and by collectively standing up to bullies in a public way, we are showing those who feel victimised, that we support them. This was the idea behind the tshirts.

The tshirts are all available on ebay and can be found quickest by searching @littlerobinkimberley or here on Facebook

They are £12 with profits going to The anti bullying alliance."

Emma Peel
Press Release from Neighbourhood Watch

NHW ENTERS CYBERSECURITY SPACE WITH NEW ‘PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd’ CAMPAIGN

Click here to read a pdf of the scheme

Older Drivers Forum Webinars

We are working with the Older Drivers Forum to run a series of free webinars aimed at older drivers, as well as their families and friends, with advice on how to drive safely for longer.

The webinars will take place next week (starting 16 November) coinciding with Brake’s National Road Safety week.

The chair and founder of the Older Drivers Forum Rob Heard said : “In these difficult times we wanted to be able to still communicate with the mature motorists and help them, especially when getting back to driving after the lockdown, so they can carry on driving safely for longer.

“We can all become complacent about our driving and often pick up bad habits, which if not addressed can increase our risk of an incident on the roads. This series of webinars will help give advice on a number of subjects from Confidence building appraisals to Safe driving tips.

“We hope this will be the first of many webinars we host to help and support older motorists and interested family and friends.”

To register your place for a webinar, please visit https://olderdriversforum.com/webinars/

Places are limited.

Webinars:

Monday 16 November – 10.30am to 11.30am – ‘Confidence building appraisals’
Wednesday 18 November – 10.30am to 11.30am – ‘Driving with a Medical Conditions and Eyesight advice’
Friday 20 November – 10.30am to 11.30am – ‘Safe Driving tips’

Catalytic Converter Thefts
We are experiencing a rise in thefts of catalytic converters. This crime trend is taking place at all hours of the day, frequently in broad daylight, and at a variety of locations.

Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions. The devices contain small amounts of three precious metals: platinum, palladium and rhodium. In recent years, the price of these metals has soared to record levels, which means that catalytic converters can provide a substantial return to a thief for just a few minutes work.

Analysis from the start of this year in Chiltern & South Bucks showed that the following makes were particularly being targeted; Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi. Transit/Sprinter vans and other vehicles with high clearance are especially vulnerable.

Advice for vehicle owners
• Where possible, park in your garage
• Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle
• Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle or parking where CCTV captures your vehicle
• Consider security lighting
• Install a Cat Converter anti-theft bracket
• If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut
• Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number (see Retainagroup) and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers)

If you see something suspicious call it in. Keep those eyes peeled.

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Update on Buckinghamshire libraries during lockdown

All libraries in Buckinghamshire are now closed with the second period of national lockdown restrictions underway. However, nine library buildings will reopen from tomorrow (Tuesday 10 November) to offer our “Request and Collect” service plus provide essential access to computers for customers who need it.

 

The libraries that will open again from tomorrow are:

 

Aylesbury (closed Tuesdays, open from Weds 11 Nov)

Beaconsfield

Buckingham

Chesham

High Wycombe

Little Chalfont Community Library

Castlefield Community Library

Beacon Villages Community Library

Stokenchurch Community Libray

Please check the opening hours for these individual libraries before you do make a journey so you don’t turn up on a day they’re usually closed.

 

Customers won’t be able to browse for books at these sites but will be able to use the computers and collect books from these locations that they’ve borrowed using Request and Collect.

 

All current loans will be extended until we are able to reopen and no fines will be charged. You can return items at Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, Chesham and High Wycombe libraries from tomorrow (Tuesday 10 November) if you would like to do so.

 

To borrow a book, please make use of the “Request and Collect” service that we successfully ran during the first lockdown period. You can let our library staff know the kind of books you’re interested in and they will choose something suitable based on your preferences. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover something new!

 

Obviously the safety of our staff and customers is paramount - you don’t have to enter the library to collect requested books and it’s a contactless service. Strict social distancing measures will be in place for anyone using the PCs.

 

Our eLibrary is always open too with eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital newspapers and emagazines and online resources, available. Some of our library staff will also be redeployed to help assist in our response helping vulnerable residents while the libraries are closed.

 

So do make use of our eLibrary and our Request and Collect services and we look forward to welcoming you back in person again when the current restrictions are lifted

 

Buckinghamshire Council asks the Government to think again on planning reforms

We have responded to the government’s “Planning for the Future” consultation and have asked government to think again on changes that could have a negative impact on Buckinghamshire residents.

 

Whilst welcoming some of the proposed changes we believe the planning reforms would:

 

  • Reduce local democratic accountability - the proposals in the White Paper seek to over-centralise and standardise decision making at the expense of local accountability and democracy.

  • Reduce engagement in Local Plans - the proposals would reduce the opportunity for public engagement in the drafting of policies and it will only become clear what has been permitted later on in the process when their involvement will be too late.

  • Impose inflated housing targets - the council has expressed grave concerns about how the Government’s methodology is derived, again raising significant issues of reducing local democratic accountability in the planning process.

  • Reduce properly funded affordable housing - the government proposes that local authorities borrow money in order to forward fund affordable housing. The council believes this to be an ill-considered solution. Tax payers would effectively be subsidising loans to developers and landowners. The Council would also not support reducing the number of development sites that are required to provide for affordable housing – particularly as small developments play such an important role in Buckinghamshire’s rural areas.

  • Put a burden on council resources - developers should fund the full cost of development - the council opposes the proposed delay in payment of the infrastructure levy as set out in the White Paper. Upfront payment is essential if the infrastructure to support development is to be in place prior to occupation.

  • Improve design, planning enforcement and local authority cooperation with other public bodies - the council welcomes the emphasis on design, greater penalties for people who break planning rules and the abolition of the ludicrous ‘duty to cooperate’.

Councillor Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement said: “The Council meticulously scrutinised the government’s consultation paper and our response not only raises some very important points with the government but also provides alternative suggestions that we feel would benefit our residents and the planning process overall. We hope our response highlights our areas of concern and will assist the government to develop a planning system for the future that is democratic, fair and simple to use and encourages good quality, sustainable development that enhances our area.”

 

To read our full response, download the Buckinghamshire Council response to the Planning for the Future consultation.

New rules for taxis in Buckinghamshire – you’re in the driving seat.

 

Taxi licensing consultation runs from 10 November to 21 December.

 

Buckinghamshire Council is asking people who use or drive taxis or mini cabs to comment on proposed new rules which it will bring in next year. The Council has drafted a taxi licensing policy which sets out how the council proposes to regulate taxis and minicabs across Buckinghamshire. The new licensing policy has been drafted based on national legislation and on local public feedback from a survey which was run earlier this year.

 

Over 500 people gave their comments and feedback in a four week survey which the council ran in September.  Using comments from the survey and working within national guidelines, the Council’s Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy aims to:

 

•          protect the public

 

•          maintain and develop professional and respected hackney carriage and private hire trades

 

•          enable access to an efficient and effective local transport service

 

•           update the policy to reflect current best practice

 

A summary of the policy and the full draft document is available online. You can comment on the draft licensing policy online until 21 December

 

https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/communities/taxi-licensing-consultation/

 

or by phoning 01494 421222 to request a paper copy.

 

Fred Wilson, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Buckinghamshire Council said:  “We know that the policy we put in place will affect a lot of people in many different ways. Every day hundreds of people use taxis and mini cabs to get to or from work, for shopping and getting to and from school or for pleasure and over three thousand people earn their living through driving taxis or mini cabs. Now’s the chance for those people to have their say in helping us to finalise the licensing framework we will put into place next year.”

 

The new policy aims to balance the needs of taxi passengers as well as the needs of local taxi operators and drivers.

Added Nov 4th 2020

Burglaries At Religious Establishments

Chiltern & South Bucks has suffered three burglary offences to religious establishments, over recent weeks. This is an unusual series of occurrences and it is requested that those managing places of worship, review their existing security arrangements; especially as imminent lock-down measures will reduce the frequency upon which these buildings are attended.

Additionally, please be vigilant for a white male, approximately 6’2” tall, in his mid-twenties, tall and thin build, gaunt looking face, with no facial hair, and dirty blonde short hair; wearing a black puffer jacket, black jeans and black trainers.

This male was recently disturbed masturbating into a baptismal font in the South Bucks region, and may be connected to other criminal acts involving religious venues. Please report potential sightings to the police via 101, or 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.

Dark Nights
As we go into the winter months please ensure your shed and any outbuildings are secure. Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your shed door unlocked if you are not around.
Consider checking that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.

The top five most common items stolen from sheds are:
1. Bikes
2. Mowers
3. Sports equipment
4. Power tools
5. Garden tools

It is worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they are secured with wire mesh or grills.
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm.
Do not give thieves the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime, lock them inside a locker or box or secure with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage.
It is always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.

Detached garages
These are often tucked away from the view of passing traffic or local residents, so are often targeted by thieves.
When was the last time you visited your garage and ensured the garage door lock actually works?
Garage doors are usually light weight and supplied with only a basic type lock that can be forced with a screwdriver or similar bladed tool so could benefit from the installation of additional security locks. Mortice locks or lockable bolts fitted down towards the bottom corners reduce the risk of offenders gaining access by prising the bottom of the door outwards.
Think about chaining items to secure shelves and installing anchor points to which motor bikes or bicycles can be padlocked inside your garage.
Consider installing a battery-operated alarm. They look low key but respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Consider security marking and registering tools and other items that you store in your garage so they can be identified at www.immobilise.com
Encourage your friends and relatives to sign up to Thames Valley Alerts at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
You can find further crime prevention advice on our website https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

Please contact us if you have any information relating to crime in your neighbourhood. Report online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk call us on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111.
Neighbourhood Watch Ournews November E-Newsletter

Our popular monthly newsletter OUR NEWS November 2020 edition is here!

This month we introduce you to our new Spotlight on Associations feature starring Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch, and our new cybercrime campaign which we will be launching imminently.

We take a moment to celebrate our volunteers and the fantastic contributions they have made, and we share ways in which we can support you through the Covid-19 crisis. 

We also take our first look at the findings from our recent Neighbourhood Watch England and Wales Crime Survey. And finally in the run up to Christmas, don't miss out on exclusive member offers from ERA!

Read it all here

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New online resources and virtual delivery available to promote recycling to children.

Exciting new online educational resources and interactive presentations are now available for Buckinghamshire’s schools from the Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility.

The virtual sessions aim to teach children about the impact our actions have on the environment, ways to promote recycling and how to encourage good recycling behaviour.

In Buckinghamshire, waste that isn’t recycled or composted is taken to Greatmoor EfW facility. The facility treats up to 345,000 tonnes of residual (non-recyclable) waste, diverting it from landfill and generating 25MW of electricity in the process, producing enough energy to power 40,000 homes.

Since it opened in 2016, the Greatmoor EfW facility has delivered educational events to over 5,800 children, but to protect against the spread of coronavirus, visits to the facility had to be suspended. 

However, despite the current pandemic, children are still able to learn remotely through a variety of new materials developed by Jez Elkin, Greatmoor EFW facility’s Education Manager. 

Jez takes up the story, “It's more important than ever that we understand the impacts our waste has on the environment and how we can make positive changes. It’s really great that we can continue online so that children can still get the information and tools they need to help reduce their waste and recycle more.”

Jez added,“There are ten different sessions available for primary and secondary schools which we can offer remotely that help promote waste reduction and cover important topics such as food waste, recycling, packaging and biodegradation.

Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, Bill Chapple OBE, added:

“We all have a part to play in helping the environment, with good recycling behaviour being a key element. This is one of the reasons I’m so excited about the new online resources from Greatmoor EfW.

“These engaging and interactive presentations are a fantastic opportunity to bring environmentally-friendly information to our youngest residents, positively shaping their understanding and knowledge of recycling while instilling good recycling behaviours at a young age.”

To find out more about the resources available for schools or to book an online session for your school, please visit https://www.greatmoor.co.uk/on-line-schools-sessions/

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