Council announces plans to reopen Bledlow Household Recycling Centre

06 September 2022

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

Buckinghamshire Council is putting forward plans to reopen the Household Recycling Centre in Bledlow, near Princes Risborough.

The Council currently operates nine Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) across the county, providing an essential service for residents to dispose of and recycle household waste; our HRCs receive some 1.2 million visits every year.

In 2019 the former county council took the decision to close Bledlow HRC due to budgetary pressures but now the council is in a position to consider reopening the site to meet current and future demand, subject to a decision by the council’s Cabinet. If the plans move forward, the proposal is to reopen the site in November 2022, to allow for time to prepare and modernise the current facility, and it will open five days a week (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays). The site will be free to visit for all Buckinghamshire residents, as it is at all Household Recycling Centres in Buckinghamshire, with charges for non-household waste.

Residents from Oxfordshire will still be able to use the site but will have to pay a fee depending on the type and amount of waste they bring to ensure the cost isn’t borne by Buckinghamshire residents.

Councillor Gareth Williams is Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment.

He said: “Our HRCs provide an essential service to our residents and help us all to recycle more, playing a part in our overall approach to tackling climate change. I’m therefore delighted the council is in a position to be considering reopening the Bledlow site to provide another such facility for Buckinghamshire residents and to bolster the overall service.

There’s a full report going to Cabinet that will be fully scrutinised and considered before a final decision is made.”

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Buckinghamshire Council launches cost of living crisis appeal

08 September 2022

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

Buckinghamshire Council is today outlining how it is helping its residents through the cost of living crisis.

Together with partners Heart of Bucks, the council has launched an appeal to raise extra funds for local people in need, channelling offers of financial help in the most effective way.

Alongside the new ‘crisis fund’, the council will be enhancing the comprehensive support it already provides to residents experiencing hardship through its Helping Hand programme.

For residents who need to access help, the following support will be available

  • Individuals or households in need can contact our Helping Hand team. The team offers advice, help and information to people who need it, including financial help to cover the food and energy costs to households in crisis
  • We will be joining forces with other organisations across Buckinghamshire to create a network of welcoming spaces this winter to assist when the weather turns colder. These spaces will provide a warm, welcoming and supportive space for anyone who needs it
  • We’re joining up with partners across Buckinghamshire to offer specialist advice and information and have created a dedicated section on our website for residents who need extra support to search and find the right help for them, depending on their circumstances.

The Council is also working hard to channel offers of help and support. If residents want to offer help to others they can:

  • donate to the new Heart of Bucks crisis fund
  • volunteer your time to vital local organisations such as Citizens Advice Bucks, Foodcycle, community growing projects such as Grow It, Cook It, Eat It, and other general volunteering opportunities that help in the local community
  • donate to a local foodbank or community fridge

Councillor Martin Tett is Leader of Buckinghamshire Council. He said:

“Alongside the national support that’s already available, with more on the way, it’s key for us as a council to do all we can to support our most vulnerable residents through this crisis.

This support package is built around our Helping Hand offer, available for residents facing hardship. We’re also launching the new crisis fund where we hope to raise money as another means of helping those within our communities who need it most this winter. Importantly this is the start of this support programme – we are evolving these plans with partners across Buckinghamshire and this support package will develop and change as we move into winter and beyond.

If you’re struggling and worried about what winter will bring, please start by taking a look at the dedicated new Cost of Living section on our website where you can read more about all of this.”

Henry Allmand is Chief Executive of Heart of Bucks. He said:

“We are delighted to be working in close partnership with Buckinghamshire Council to support the most vulnerable in the county. Using our unique network of advocates within the community, we are able to reach those who are in desperate need of financial assistance during these unprecedented times.

The support of private philanthropists, local residents, volunteer advocates, and the Council means we are able to have an even greater impact. We are grateful to everyone who is supporting our Crisis Appeal.”

  • For more information on the Cost of Living, and to donate to the Heart of Bucks Crisis Fund, go to
  • Martin Tett is available for interviews on the Cost of Living; please contact the Council’s Communications Team via to organise
  • Check the Government’s website at for up to date details of the national ‘Help for Households’ support available.

Extreme temperatures and impact on waste collection services ​

Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

15 July 2022


With Buckinghamshire braced for extremely hot weather during the weekend and at the start of next week, Buckinghamshire Council wants residents to be aware of potential impact to council services.

The forecast for Monday and Tuesday (18 and 19 July) currently predicts temperatures to be around 35-37c, potentially making it unsafe for waste collection crews to carry out their work during the hottest part of the day.

In line with other local authorities and health and safety guidance, we will be starting collection rounds earlier all week to get more done before the hottest part of the day. It also means some rounds may have to finish early, before completion. This is because the bin crews have to wear heavy duty protective clothing and their work is very physical meaning it could pose a risk to health in very hot weather.

All waste collections will start at 6am for the whole of next week (Mon 18 – Fri 22 July inc) so please leave your bins out no later than 6am each day for the whole week or put them out the night before.

If your bin isn’t emptied on your normal collection day please leave it out as we may be running slightly behind due to the heat.

Councillor Gareth Williams is Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change. He said:

“Obviously we don’t want bins being left on hot days in an ideal world, but we have to put the safety of our crews first and if it gets too hot for them to work, we may fall slightly behind our usual schedule. We hope to minimise this by starting early every day next week (w/c Mon 18 July). If your bin is not collected when expected, we will pick it up at the earliest opportunity.

It’s pleasing to see cooler temperatures forecast further into next week so we hope any delays are kept to an absolute minimum – and we will do our best to catch up as quickly as possible if collections are held up. I’m sure residents appreciate the need to put the health and wellbeing of our crews first and we thank them for their patience and understanding.”

New Playground Equipment ‘Fort Radnage’

Fort Radnage is now complete with its little brother Acorn Run. 
I think you’ll agree it looks fantastic and at last we have a centre piece to our playground area and something for the toddlers with a picnic bench nearby.
Thanks again to the whole of the RPC and Poor’s Charity, without which this would never have happened.
The Official Opening took place at our Jubilee celebration on Saturday 4th June.
The next stage will be to put some more seating areas in for parents to relax .

Jubilee Fun Day 4th June 2022

Radnage Parish Council would like to thank everyone involved in making the Platinum Jubilee event so successful for all. It was a fantastic village team effort and would not have happened without everyone below, and all of you attending too !
In no particular order…
Thank you to all the Councillors of Radnage Parish Council for all the planning, funding, keeping the kids busy all day with the inflatables and all their efforts to deliver a great and memorable day.
Thank you for Emily and the school for organising and running the kids run a mile, the children loved it along with their gold medals 🏅!
Thank you for Mark and his team from the Radnage Primary school for delivering a fantastic barbecue!
Thank you to Sam and his team from the Radnage Primary school, for running the bar all day.
Thank you to Steve for the atmospheric and fabulous music we enjoyed all day in the sun ☀️!
Thank you for all the ladies that helped to find the brilliant face painter.
Thank you for the Radnage Poors’ Charity and Parish Council for funding the amazing Jubilee Fort, and officially opening it for use by all !
Thank you to the Radnage Raiders for the fabulous footie ⚽️ entertainment !
Thank you to Jane and the WI for their delicious cakes 🍰 and teas.
Thank you to Gabriel for the outdoor Zumba fun!
Thank you to Tony, Darren and Steve again for setting up the live Derby and running the sweepstake !
Thank you to Georgina for lending us the tug of war rope, and the fun that ensued !
Thank you to the Garden Sunday team for lending us the Welly Wanging kit !
Thank you to the Scouts for running the final entertainments of the day…. Welly Wanging, Splat the Rat and others, it was great to see you out in your uniforms !
Thank you to Pat for all the help with organising the photos on the memory boards, lending us some display boards and everyone who lent photos or albums. Also, Jez too for lending us his display boards. The old photos provoked memories and were fascinating. An album will be made of The Platinum Jubilee😁
Thank you to Simon Watts for lending us his huge marquee so we could continue our festivities come rain or shine… and Julie for lending us lots of bunting !
Thank you to Sue and Jane for ensuring the event was publicised in Contact Magazine and around the village ….
Thank you to everyone else that helped on the day to make the event run so smoothly, helping with set up and set down and all the other little things that go unnoticed.
And finally thank you to the residents of Radnage …. Thank you all for coming out on the day to support us… without you all being there it would not have been such a special and memorable day.
Happy Platinum Jubilee year all!

What a happy day with so many!. We were overwhelmed to see the community come together over the weekend. #platinumjubilee2022