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Proposed new approach for early help

Future help to support children and families

Consultation on changes to early help services for children and families extended until 16 October 2017

The consultation on improving early help services for children and families has been extended to 16 October 2017 and further detail on the proposals added following a mid-consultation review.   Find out more about the consultation and how to get involved,

Message first received in August 2017 from Joanne Fowler, Active Communities Officer, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council – Tel: 01494 732103,  Email:

Buckinghamshire residents are being asked for views on a proposed new approach to early help support for children and families.

The consultation lasts until 22 September and seeks feedback on a new way of supporting families earlier to prevent them needing help from social care services in the future.

Please complete the survey either as an individual and/or on behalf of your organisations.   Feel free to pass this email on to ensure a good response.



Have a fright-free Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween

Hannah Tomlin, Community Safety Officer, sent us this article:

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows indicating whether or not they welcome Halloween callers. Continue reading Have a fright-free Halloween



30 Hours Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

From Buckinghamshire Family Information Service – application deadline 31 August

The 30 hours free childcare scheme will be available for 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017 in Buckinghamshire.  The scheme aims to help eligible families to get back into work or extend their working pattern by offering an additional 15 hours free childcare per week.   We have put together a guide to help parents, carers, childcare providers and professionals understand the eligibility criteria and sign up process which we hope you find useful. Continue reading 30 Hours Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds



Bus service changes from 3 September

Message from David Horsler, Passenger Transport Development Officer, Transport for Buckinghamshire, New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UY 

“I am writing to advise of a number of changes to bus services being introduced from 3 September 2017.

“The change that will directly affect Prestwood is that Service 48A, which operates on Sundays between Great Missenden, Prestwood and High Wycombe, is being withdrawn.

“This route linked operationally with the Sunday service 40 timetable, but this will not be possible in future and running a replacement service is not affordable.   Passenger numbers are low, with an average of only 4 passengers per journey who will have no alternative service;  the section of the route between Hazelmere and High Wycombe is covered by Service One.

“There are no changes planned for service 48, the Monday to Saturday route operated by Arriva.

“Further changes in the High Wycombe area are also planned.   Full timetable details will be on the Buckinghamshire County Council website in early August and information for passengers will be provided on buses, in the bus station and at bus stops.”



Good Neighbour Scheme (Updated)

Latest news from Debi Game (Community Impact Bucks)

There was a very good turnout for our recent information evening about the potential of developing a Good Neighbours Scheme for the Great Missenden Parish. We have agreed to meet again to discuss and hopefully agree the following:

  • The focus and scope of the Good Neighbours Scheme
  • The geographical coverage of the scheme
  • Identify volunteers to a) form the GNS committee and/or b) be prepared to volunteer to help deliver support
  • Agree how Community Impact Bucks can best support you to develop and launch your scheme.

Continue reading Good Neighbour Scheme (Updated)



Two road closures – Station Approach and Rignall Road


Transport for Bucks road closures – Station Approach and Rignall Road

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking highway maintenance carriageway resurfacing works in two places as part of their Capital Road Investment Programme to improve the condition of the road in order to prolong its life.

To the carriageway of Station Approach.  The works here are scheduled to take place during week commencing the 30th May, and are expected to take up to three nights. This work will be carried out utilising a road closure that will be in operation between 19.00 and 06.00 Information signs will be erected on site prior to the commencement of the works, giving the actual dates and durations.

To the carriageway at Rignall Road, Little Hampden from The Old Gated Road to the London Road, Great Missenden. This will be carried out in two phases. The surface dressing preparatory works here are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 30th May 2017 and it is anticipated they will take up to 3 weeks to complete.  Actual surface dressing dates have yet to be confirmed, however we anticipate this will be completed by the end of August and reinstatement of road markings completed by the end of September. This work will be carried out utilising a daytime closure that will be in operation between 09.30 and 15.30hrs. Information signs will be erected on site prior to the commencement of the works, giving the actual dates and durations.

Further information about this work can be found on Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Service Information Centre at  or alternatively you can call 01296 382416 and one of my colleagues will be able to pass your enquiry through to me.

Yours sincerely Mary McElhinney Schemes Delivery Co-ordinator/Technician



Discussion on Unitary Proposals

Chance for your organisation to shape discussion on unitary proposals

Buckinghamshire County Council wants to hear the views of town and parish councils and the voluntary and community sector over plans to modernise local government.

Independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS), is conducting a number of workshops in Wycombe, Saunderton, Chesham and Aylesbury for stakeholders to give their important insight into the proposals.

The workshops will provide a platform for discussion around the core themes of the proposals, including the need for change and the benefits and challenges created by changing the way local services are delivered. Continue reading Discussion on Unitary Proposals



Reshaping Council Services (from Bucks County Council)

It’s time for a fresh start in Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire’s current system of county and district councils is too expensive, bureaucratic and confusing. Cuts in funding, along with a rapidly growing population, mean that unless there is change, some frontline services will have to be reduced or even stopped altogether. That’s why we are proposing to abolish all five councils and replace them with one new council for Buckinghamshire, saving millions each year to protect and improve services.

One new council could:

  • Invest more money into road and pavement repairs, social care and other services which matter to you
  • Reduce council tax for the majority of residents
  • Give you and your community more control over local services
  • Provide a local hub for public services in your community. We would like to know what you think of our proposals.

You can download the full details by clicking on the button below:

Reshaping Council Services (PDF document)



Proposed unitary authority – latest

Plans would save £18m a year to invest in services

Plans have been submitted to central government to save taxpayers £18m a year through reducing the number of councils in Bucks from five to just one.  Under the proposals, both the County Council and four district councils would be abolished and replaced by a new Buckinghamshire-wide ‘unitary’ authority responsible for all council services.

The money saved through cutting unnecessary bureaucracy could be invested in front line services, including roads and pavements, libraries, schools, help for older people, community safety and pubic transport.  For more information log onto



More information on HS2

Message from Mike Johnstone, HS2 Lead, Great Missenden Parish Councillor

Following Royal Assent, the local HS2 Engagement team have arranged two ‘drop-in’ information events with emphasis on property compensation schemes for local residents and to enable you to find out more about HS2 in your area.

 The events are planned for:

 – Wednesday 29th March 2.00 -7.00 pm at Ballinger Village Hall

 – Friday 31st March 1.30 – 8:00 pm at Wendover Memorial Hall

 HS2 Drop in event 29th March is the HS2 leaflet providing more details.

There will be other events arranged by the local councils and by HS2 Ltd to keep you informed of developments.

Cllr Mike Johnstone – HS2 Lead, GMPC



Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks. 



Dignity in Care Awards

Do you know a Dignity in Care Star? Someone who has gone the extra mile to treat people with dignity and respect?

Nominate them for an award today, especially as time is short – the deadline for nominations being 5pm on 24 February. 

To find out more and download a nomination form visit  or call 01296 387087.

The Awards celebrate outstanding examples of how dignity and respect are demonstrated across Buckinghamshire –  individuals, teams and organisations that have gone the extra mile in supporting people in Buckinghamshire in a way that promotes dignity, respect and well-being.

Nominations are being sought from members of the public as well as people working in the health and care sectors . If you know of a person, team, group or organisation that has gone above and beyond supporting people in Buckinghamshire then why not recognise them for their excellence and nominate them as a Dignity in Care Star for 2017.

Shortlisted nominations will be shown at the Dignity & Awards event on FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2017 at The Gateway in Aylesbury where the audience will vote for the winner in each category.   Bookings for the award ceremony will open on 13 March following shortlisting.  To book your place please email from 13 March.



School Journey Survey

Message from Bucks County Council

Closing date for responses 3 February 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Councillors on the Transport, Environment and Economy Select Committee are undertaking an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from schools in Bucks and how schools and communities can affect behaviour change to encourage people to adopt more sustainable travel options and reduce car use for the school journey.

With the planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building, Members feel it may lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools.  It is believed that enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn’t always the most effective solution, so Members want to look at other methods that do work.

In this inquiry members will be exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school to reduce the use of cars for the school journey.  They want to consider how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely.  Through hearing about what’s being done, what works, and what more can be done, Members want to understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers to encouraging sustainable travel for the school journey.

On the 7th and 8th February, the BCC Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.

Members would like to provide Local Councillors/Community Representatives with the opportunity to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following survey to give your views, experiences and knowledge of the schools within your local areas.

A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet in April.

Committee Members would be most grateful if you would be willing to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following very short survey.  The survey will provide Members with your views and experiences of school travel, examples of successful activity and the challenges that takes place with schools and communities within your areas.

You can complete the survey following this link:   The closing date for responses is the 3rd February.





Changes to pothole reporting

As from February 1, the County Council is encouraging all residents and Parish Councils to use its online reporting system to make them aware of potholes.

PVA’s been informed that significant improvements have been made to this tool which allows customers to receive updates direct to their inbox on how the council is resolving the issue.  If a customer who phones in feels that a pothole presents a risk of serious injury, they will be put through to the council’s Emergency Team.

In addition, online ‘contact us’ forms have been created on the County Council’s website, making it easier to deal with enquiries. These forms will direct people to the appropriate page to assist them, alternatively there is a general enquiry form to complete if they cannot find the answer or page they are looking for.

The forms are designed to gather the appropriate information required to answer enquiries at the first point of contact  as they ensure all the necessary information has been logged right from the start.  Currently many emails sent to the council contain incomplete information, causing delays in response.  Continue reading Changes to pothole reporting