Our next meeting is on 31st July at 7.30pm in Farnham Common Village Hall. All residents are welcome and may have their say – through the Chair – during the first 15 minutes of the meeting. Andy Barnard will be there to update us on the outcome of the consultation relating to PSPOs. We expect feedback and debate on the issues relating to the travellers encampment on Blackpond Lane. We will be debating what can be done about dog fouling on FCSC amongst other issues relating to improving life in the parish. Please see the agenda on the relevent page of this website.
Monthly Archives: July 2017
We are of course aware that many residents are distressed about issues relating to the travellers who were until recently camping in a private field in Blackpond Lane.
As a Parish Council we have no power to act in this situation. We are however active in trying to pass on information and liaise with those who do have the authority to act. We are liaising with South Bucks District Council about the litter issues and we are talking to the County Councillor about what if anything could be done to prevent them returning to this site.
Following a complaint it seems that one email on the issue from a resident was not received by the Clerk. The Clerk aims to respond to emails within one working day ( the Clerk does not work Fridays) so if you do not get a response to an email you send please try ringing the Clerk and leaving a message.
In response to a request put by us to the police we have received a link to the Thames Valley Police policy on dealing with travellers encampments. This is attached below.
It is with deep sadness that we advise of the sudden death of Brian Bilgorri whose funeral took place on 14th July. He will be a real loss to the Parish Council and the community. He was a man of great integrity and a passion to improve the facilities available to residents. He championed many causes including rights of way issues and support for Burnham Beeches which was an area he loved. He will be especially remembered for the work he undertook to secure the provision of the defibrillators in the villages. Our condolences go to his wife and family.
Residents are being asked for views on a proposed new approach to supporting children and families with early help in a ten week consultation launched today.
Available online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/earlyhelp until 22 September 2017, the consultation seeks feedback on a new way of supporting families earlier to prevent them needing help from social care services in the future.
There has been a steady increase in the number of children and families needing support from children’s services in the last few years. This, along with less money in the public purse means that the Council are reviewing how to deliver services better to help the children and families who need it the most.
Proposals for a new service outlined in the consultation focus on helping children and families, in a joined up way earlier, to ensure small problems don’t get bigger and too difficult to manage. From money worries, parenting tips, behavioural issues right through to support with mental health and domestic abuse, the proposal is to work with families to tackle all of their problems at the same time.
A new Early Help service would bring together all the services that currently support families in this way, to be one service with teams of family workers based in the local community. This will mean they can reach out to these families to work with them at home or in places they are most comfortable. This could be a local community venue or a coffee shop.
A number of County Council services already provide some form of early help. As a result of these proposals, some services could remain relatively unchanged and others could be delivered differently, to enable workers to focus on working with whole families, not individuals or single problems, and targeting those who need help the most.
Proposals for change follows a review of current services supporting children and families and best practice taking place across the country. This highlighted that support isn’t always reaching children and families who are most in need of our help, quickly enough or in the right ways. It also showed there are many families who get support from a number of organisations to help with problems they are facing as a family but this isn’t always joined up.
The consultation proposes a new model where families only have to tell their story once, have one person they work with and trust, and a service that reaches out to interact with families in the community.
Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “Our aim is to make sure we provide the right early help services at the right time to the families that need them most. We know that some of our current services don’t always reach those families, and our public services don’t have the resources to continue to support services for all in the same way anymore. We want to join up services for families to make it much easier for residents who need help to obtain it. This is your opportunity to have your say. We hope that as many as possible will respond to the consultation so we can help shape the very best services for children and their families for the future.”
The consultation runs from 14 July – 22 September 2017. It is available online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/earlyhelp and residents can also complete it online in their local library.
For further information on Early Help, the Early Intervention Foundation website provides information and resources: http://www.eif.org.uk/
The Parish Council has adopted a new donations policy. Upon request the Parish Council may from time to time make grants to organisations or voluntary groups for specific things within its remit.
To be eligible, an organisation or voluntary group must have a constitution, membership rules, a bank account and keep accounts.
All grants will only be made where there is a clear benefit to the local community within the parish – for example to improve local facilities, free events to enhance community spirit or a charitable donation for services received that were of benefit to the local community in the Parish.
All applications are considered on their merits according to this policy.
It will never make grants to:-
- any individual,
- for ongoing running costs,
- to political parties,
- to any profit making organisation,
- organisations raising funds to be passed upwards to a central HQ for redistribution or
- to any non profit organisations to increase their funds.
For more details, please see the full policy on donations set out in the Constitution and Policies page under the parish Council banner of this website.