The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday October 10th at 8pm in the Village Hall. As there is no meeting in August, and to keep you updated, please see the following news and information for the summer!
(updated 19th September)
Certificate of Merit!! The full Judges Comments having now been received, together with a note of how impressed the judging panel was with our village hence the high score (we scored 88 out of a possible 100) and offering a well done to all concerned. Padbury won with 93 but the judges said the standard was high and the margins tight. Special mention was made of our Church and the wildlife area, playing field, the well used and enjoyed playground, beacon, pub area, war memorial, to mention just a few! Thank you so very much to everyone who works so hard to cherish our village and make it such a wonderful place to live. We have been awarded a Certificate of Merit to go with the award we received last year.
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING – HAVE YOUR SAY!
A consultation is underway (until midnight on October 22nd) to hear your views on a series of proposed cost-saving and future growth measures to make the County’s household recycling centres (local tips) affordable for the future. The current ten centres are well used and extremely popular, however the County Council is having to reduce costs across all its services. Buckinghamshire has a much higher number of sites serving its population and, in addition, centres currently take waste like rubble, soil, plasterboard and car tyres for free where other Councils make a variety of disposal charges. There is a proposal to permanently close the Bledlow tip! Access the online survey and supporting information at www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc-review
Regarding proposed closure of Bledlow Household Recycling Centre by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) …
The Radnage Parish Council (RPC) has noted BCC’s proposal for possible closure of this site, ostensibly as a cost cutting measure. Whilst we understand that all councils are looking at ways of more effectively using their increasingly limited funds, without putting more pressure on tax and rate payers, RPC do not believe that the closure of the Bledow Recycling Centre would be of benefit to our own community.
We discussed this issue in our September Parish Council Meeting and note the following points:
- The site is well used by Radnage residents, being closer than the alternate High Heavens site in Booker. Using an alternative site would entail longer journeys for our residents and increased vehicular use and pollution.
- We have concerns that, although BCC believes the contrary, there will be a possible increase in fly tipping due to increased distances between remaining sites. Due to its rural and dispersed nature, Radnage would be a likely target for these activities. As we only have 4 very narrow roads for entry to, and exit from, our parish, any fly tipping incident could easily mean that these roads can be out of use until ‘clear ups’ are made by the relevant bodies. Any road closure entails considerable re-routing and inconvenience for our residents.
- We believe that other neighbouring parishes would also not be happy to lose this site. For example, Princes Risborough is considerably increasing in population, with new housing already built and being planned. The loss of valuable infrastructure at a time of increasing need for that infrastructure, and corresponding increase in waste, would be short sighted.
- The use of Buckinghamshire facilities by residents of other counties, in the case of Bledlow being used by Oxfordshire residents just over our borders, is most likely made up for by Buckinghamshire residents using Oxfordshire infrastructure. For example Oxfordshire County Council has paid for fibre infrastructure to areas in Buckinghamshire as ‘overspill’ from their recent initiatives.
Whilst we object to the full closure of the Bledlow centre, we are willing to enter into debate, on behalf of our residents, regarding any sensible proposals for cost saving measures at this site.
BUCKS COUNTY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE Sept 24th 2018
Spend a few minutes and have your say on future of household recycling centre service says Cabinet Member
More than 3,000 people have already responded to the Council’s household recycling centre consultation, and County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment Bill Chapple OBE is continuing to urge as many as possible to spend a few minutes and have their say.
The County Council has a tough budget to meet from April 2019 onwards and needs the views of as many as possible before taking decisions about the future of the service.
The eight week consultation, which is open until October 22, asks for views on a wide range of proposed options, including:
- the closure of the Bledlow site and possibly also Burnham
- selected weekday closures at Chesham, Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) and Burnham (if this site remains open)
- charging for some waste items that sites legally don’t have to take for free
- charging or limiting access to Bucks recycling centres for people living outside the county.
Bill Chapple OBE said that with the ever-reducing funding in the public sector, difficult decisions have to be made across all services.
“I’m really grateful to everyone who has taken the time to respond to our consultation already. We’ve also talked to over 350 local residents at the drop-in sessions at local libraries that we’ve organised and there are at least 5 more sessions to go. Overall, it’s been a great response.
“We have also been invited to evening meetings at parish and town councils as well as local area forums, so we have more opportunities to get the views of as many as possible.
“Although, much of the focus has been around the one or two site closure options, we also need as many views as possible about the other proposed changes that we have set out. I would really like to hear people’s views.
“The site closure proposals have prompted concerns about increasing fly tipping. I was really concerned about this too, but research and the experiences of other councils show the link simply isn’t there.”
Bill added, “In my experience, fly tippers never have any intention of taking their waste to a tip, they simply off load it wherever they can. It’s also worth saying that around half of all fly tips in Bucks are caused by people who live outside the county. Fly tipping is a criminal act and we will continue our zero-tolerance approach and bring dumpers to justice.
“Please spare a few minutes to complete the online survey – the more responses we get, the better informed we will be when we take final decisions later in the year.”
For more information and to complete the consultation, visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc-review. You can still attend a drop-in session and talk through your concerns face to face. The dates and locations are:
Buckingham library – Wednesday 26 September – 10am to1pm
Burnham library – Thursday 4 October 4 – 10am to 1pm
Chesham library – Monday 8 October 8 – 2pm to 5pm
Beaconsfield library – Friday 12 October – 10am to 1pm
Drop-in sessions have already been held at the Bucks County Show, and High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Aylesbury libraries.
RECYCLING & BUCKS ‘WASTE WIZARD’
Many people in Buckinghamshire no longer think ‘bin first’ when it comes to disposing of rubbish, but instead consider first whether things can be recycled.
That’s an attitude that’s being celebrated in Recycling Week (24-30 September 2018) by the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire- the county’s five local authorities working together to provide its waste and recycling service.
Chairman of the Waste Partnership Cllr Mike Smith said: “We have impressive recycling rates in Bucks, thanks to the efforts of our residents. To support them, it’s our job in the Waste Partnership to make recycling as easy as possible, and our kerbside collections now accept more kinds of material for recycling than ever before. Even more people are recycling their food waste too, helped by the fact that householders can now use ordinary plastic bags in the kerbside collection. Over 1,400 extra tonnes has been recycled since October last year.”
Another initiative that has proved a popular way of helping people recycle is the Bucks Waste Wizard. This innovative online service lets you put in the item you want to dispose of, enter your postcode, and get up-to-date information on whether it can be recycled and how to do it. It will also give you details of how the item should be disposed of if recycling is not possible.
Mike Smith continues: “Since November 2017, well over 10,000 people have used the Bucks Waste Wizard. It really is a great way for anyone to make sure they’re doing the best for the environment and recycling when they can. Over 46,000 searches have been made for how to recycle items, ranging from the popular, such as mattresses and plastic, to the slightly more obscure – including fairy lights and nail clippings!”
Visit the Waste Wizard at www.recycle4bucks.co.uk/recycle-in-your-area
Find out more about your kerbside collection at www.recycle4bucks.co.uk/your-waste-service
RURAL CRIME IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
There has been a rise in the incidence of rural crime in our area and homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference. Please see the following information from Thames Valley Police to help keep your property safe.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn the key);
- Even when you’re in the property, make sure your doors are secured so that people cannot just walk in;
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox);
- Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home);
- Install good outside lighting;
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property;
- Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied;
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition;
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage;
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home;
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property;
- Ensure rear fencing is in good repair;
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges;
- Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise (opens in a new window);
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme (opens in a new window);
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows;
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
If you see anything suspicious, please call us on 101.
BEWARE OF ROGUE TRADERS AND COLD CALLERS
It seems that there are currently a number of people visiting our village uninvited offering goods and services that have not been asked for and are most likely not wanted!! Scammers, fraudsters, rogue traders……
If traders do not respect the wishes of householders it is possible that they are committing a criminal offence under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Our local Neighbourhood Watch works with police and others in regard to this matter and the Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards produce door stickers advising that the resident does not welcome cold callers and asking them to leave immediately. These are supplied free of charge and are available from the district council, library or police station. If you have any difficulty obtaining a sticker pack please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember – do not open the door or allow anyone access to your home to anyone you do not know, who has no reason for being there or has no valid proof of identity. Legitimate callers will not mind being challenged! If you have any concern report it to the Citizens Advice consumer service on: 0345 040506 Family, friends and neighbours please look out for those around you who are vulnerable and could fall victim to rogue traders or scams.
YOU AND YOUR DOG
The Kennel Club have recently teamed up with the National Farmers Union to provide advice to dog owners about ‘livestock worrying’. Most dog owners would recognize that dogs shouldn’t attack livestock but livestock can also suffer stress from more minor ‘confrontations’ or from being chased. Stress can cause pregnant sheep to miscarry, for example. A scary but true fact is that the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 sets out a fine of up to £1,000 for worrying livestock, which includes not having your dog under close control in a field of sheep, even if he doesn’t harm them. This Act also permits a farmer to shoot a dog which is worrying livestock.
What to do around cattle – Cows can be curious and calves skittish – move calmly and don’t linger. The Kennel Club advice is to put your dog on a lead and skirt around cattle, never passing between calves and adults. If you need to get away, drop the lead so that you don’t hinder each other’s escape.
Check your dog for ticks after a walk.
Don’t leave poo where it will be stepped on! Pick up that poop!!
If you’re out enjoying the countryside with your dog don’t forget to take some water and a bowl.
Next Meetings of the Parish Council –
Our next meetings are on the following Wednesdays: March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th, July 10th. Meetings are held in the Village Hall at 8pm.
You can contact the Council at email@example.com
and information can be found via the website at www.radnage.net
Your Parish Council:
Chairman: Cllr Mr Robert Nikiel
Cllr Ms Tamsin Addison
Cllr Mr Everton Merchant
Cllr Mr L Shelton
Cllr Mr Darren Ungless
Cllr Mrs Morag Wagstaff
Clerk: Mrs Lin Freeth