Please see the agenda for this meeting on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website. All welcome. Residents may have their say during the first fifteen minutes of any meeting. This meeting will cover amongst other things approving a new illegal signage policy and more Christmas lights as well as trying to tackle problems caused by speeding and parking in the parish. There is real progress on Kingsway Green to report not to mention the outcome of the consultation meeting held on 17th April and how to move forward with the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan.
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There is currently a consultation underway on unitary authorities which ends on 25th May. The idea is to do away with a tier of government to save money.
Currently we have Bucks County Council based in Aylesbury mainly responsible for highways, education, social care and libraries. The second tier is the District Councils. mainly responsible for planning and licensing, waste and recycling .
Over the last few years BCC have been proposing themselves as a single unitary authority taking over the work of all the district councils whilst the district councils have been against a single unitary authority and had proposed two such unitary authorities – one in the north run by Aylesbury Vale and one in the south of the County run by an association of South Bucks, Wycombe and Chiltern District Councils.
The Secretary of State for Communities has announced he is minded to go with the BCC proposal and has put the matter out for further consultation until 25th May.
We would urge as many of you as possible to give feedback to Sajid Javid on this. Please send an email to him at email@example.com with your views.
Farnham Royal Parish Council supports the creation of two unitary authorities as proposed by the District Councils rather than just one unitary authority led by BCC because:-
There will be less local democratic representation if BCC is the sole authority
The needs of the north of the county are completely different geographically and economically from those of the south
BCC have a poorer performance record than the district councils
We are in the process of writing up the notes of the meeting on 17th April which will be published here and on noticeboards shortly.
Farnham Royal Parish Council has been approached by two separate developers in the last few months. They have asked for our views on their proposals to develop Green Belt land to the east of the A355 and to the west of Parsonage Lane.
There are a lot of issues on which the Council would like to consult with residents. The principles of protecting the Green Belt, the need for more housing particularly affordable housing and highway concerns being some.
We would also mention that if residents want more say in how developments unfold then the time to have that say might be now – in the pre-application stages.
The Council has decided to gauge local opinion on this issue and call a public meeting to be held at Farnham Common Village Hall on 17th April 2018 at 7.30pm
Please come to this consultation meeting and have your say so that we can properly represent what our residents want.
The Annual Parish Meeting took place on Monday 5th March .
The purpose of the meeting is for all the organisations and groups in the Parish (including local government reports) to have an opportunity to talk about what they have been up to in the year since the last meeting. It is about inclusiveness and getting to know who’s who and what is happening in the community.
This year there was also a keynote speech from County Councillor Ralph Bagge about how local government is meeting the challenges it faces.
The minutes are available on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website.
Our next meeting is on 23rd April at 7.30pm in Farnham Royal Village Hall. All residents are welcome and may have their say – through the Chair – during the first 15 minutes of the meeting. Please see the agenda on the relevant page of this website. The agenda will be put up on 18th April.
The Parish Council’s role is to serve the Farnhams and we are very glad of residents coming along and helping us to fulfill that role.
We are aware that there are some public spirited residents who go out and litter pick our public spaces. This is very generous but we would be grateful if you could make yourselves known to us so that we can overcome one of the issues we are having of people dumping collected litter in black bin bags by the bus shelter near the Kingsway.
Sadly SBDC refuse to pick up such bags and will treat them as fly tipping for investigation and possible prosecution. They are unattractive and cause problems for neighbours. However if you would like to carry on volunteering proper arrangements could be made to supply you with bags that will be collected and arrange a mutually convenient time/place for collection.
So please get in touch on 01753 648497 and please stop putting bags by the bus shelter.
This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and just below zero.
Pothole formation is accelerated by this ‘freeze-thaw’ effect, whereby moisture gets into small cracks in the the road surface and expands when it freezes, then thaws out when the temperature rises. This process repeats until the road surface begins to break up and potholes are formed.
County Councillor Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them” the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency. ”
On average, when there are no severe weather issues, TfB repairs over 4,000 potholes every month.
- You fixed one pothole, why didn’t you fix the one next to it while you were here?
Potholes are prioritised according to risk – if they are on very well used roads, they are more of a priority. Size and depth are also factors. Resources have to be used responsibly, and cannot be used up fixing a more minor road surface defect when there are more urgent defects needing attention just up the road.
- Why can I only report one pothole online at a time?
Our online reporting system works on an interactive map, so that each individual defect can be risk assessed and dealt with on a case by case basis. The map allows for accurate pinpointing, which saves time when it comes to inspections. There are drop-down menus to allow you to input as much detail, such as size and position, as possible.
- Why do you make temporary repairs that don’t last?
Temporary repairs, where the pothole is filled in with hot material and made smooth, are often carried out as a safety measure when a permanent repair cannot be carried out at that moment, likely due to the location of the defect. That is to say, where a larger area of road needs to be cut away to make a full repair, likely requiring a road or lane closure, a temporary or ‘make safe’ repair is an effective way of keeping the road safe in the meantime.
- How do I report a pothole?
You can report potholes, as well as any other road issue, using the Report It forms on the county council website. In an emergency, for instance a severe road defect, a flooded road, or a tree in the road, you can always call Transport for Buckinghamshire on 01296 382416 or 486630 (out of hours). The online reporting tool is at www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/report-a-problem/report-a-pothole/
The Parish Council has received the following press release which we would support;-
Brain Tumour Research is a national charity striving to fund a network of dedicated research centres. We support the UK’s largest group of laboratory-based scientists progressing world-class research into brain tumours, to improve treatments, survival rates and quality of life for patients, and ultimately find a cure. We are the only national charity dedicated to research into brain tumours and campaigning to increase the national investment in brain tumour research. We rely solely on local communities like yours and the generosity of the general public.
Here are a few simple and easy things the people you represent can do to help us fund the fight
- Take part in our Wear a Hat Day in March – the UK’s premier brain tumour research fundraising event. The event is being supported by businesswoman, model, actress, and television personality, Caprice, alongside actor and author, Sheila Hancock CBE. Since it started in 2010, Wear a Hat Day has raised well over £1 million.
- Visit our website, find out what’s happening and take part in some of the fundraising events that are taking place in your region.
- Spread the word by distributing some of our leaflets locally.
Please get in touch to discuss how we can work together. We look forward to hearing from you.
Communications Officer, Phone 01908 867200
Brain Tumour Research
Suite 3 Shenley Pavilions
Buckinghamshire MK5 6LB
At our meetings on 22nd January the Council decided to increase the Precept by £10,000 to £148,000 following extensive debate. It was agreed that it was likely in the foreseeable future that the subsidy we receive from Bucks County Council to carry out the devolved grass cutting and other services might stop and this sum represetns the loss to the council should this happen. Decisions were also taken to move forward with projects such as the redesign of Kingsway Green and the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Parish Council office will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday 20th December until 10 am on Thursday 4th January 2018. If a matter is urgent please contact the Chairman Trevor Clapp on 01753 643623.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.