Issue 120 - December 2021
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Haddenham Parish Council! We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable festive period!

Office Opening Hours

Due to the increased circulation of Covid-19 and Government guidance to work from home, we can no longer guarantee the office will be open to walk-in visitors. Please contact us by phone or email instead. Full contact details for staff can be found on the Parish Council's website.  

Over the festive period, Parish Council staff will be taking a break from 23rd December - 3 January. The office phone and staff email addresses will not be monitored during this time but we will respond to any messages as soon as possible upon our return. In the event of an emergency only, please call 07760 458079. 
Climate Emergency Committee
Introducing the Climate Emergency Committee! Haddenham Parish Council is very concerned about the impact of Climate Change. Following the declaration of a Climate Emergency in 2019, the Council has been working with Zero Carbon Haddenham on ways to maximise the reduction of carbon emissions within the village. The Climate Emergency Committee was set up earlier this year to lead on the Parish Council’s strategy to address the climate emergency, implement policies and initiate community projects. It includes four working groups that feed back to the Committee:
  • The Food We Eat and The Food We Waste
  • Electric Vehicle Adoption
  • Home Energy
  • Land use
The Food We Eat and The Food We Waste Group
Producing food requires significant resources including land, energy and water. Not only does food waste have a big impact on the environment and carbon emissions, it also costs the typical family £100s each year. 

Set up to investigate how best Haddenham can reduce food waste and change food consumption to reduce carbon emissions in Haddenham, the working group has been working with Hubbub and local charities to encourage areas such as composting, batch cooking and reduced carbon recipes. As part of the education – food trolley demonstrations have been set up in Banks Parade and Vale Harvest which highlight the amount of food waste generated. The allotments holders are part of the ‘Grow to Give’ scheme, where surplus produce is donated and collected for the Aylesbury Vineyard Food Bank. Other initiatives include the trialling of food waste apps with interested residents undertaking pilots to see which one is the most useful.

Electric Vehicle Adoption Group
The EV adoption working group is looking at ways to support the village in switching over to electric vehicles as quickly as possible. There are many good reasons to cut down on car use where we can, but the majority of us still drive, and because private transport accounts for 13% of our household emissions, driving electric is one of the biggest impacts you can make.

Better still, you could share a vehicle, particularly if it isn’t your only car. Car club schemes could potentially save you a lot of money, and as the average car club car replaces 9 privately owned vehicles, they dramatically reduce the manufacturing impact from materials and energy consumed.

Local hire company 3B will be setting up an EV hire club in Haddenham in the new year, allowing members to hire an electric car for as long or short a period as they need, even for only an hour. So if you haven’t already, it’s worth contacting them (ross@3Bhire.co.uk) to get on the mailing list. Whilst not run by the Parish Council, this initiative is supported as part of its Climate Emergency policy.

We realise that ownership is the only practical option for some people, though, and would be particularly interested to hear about anything that is making it difficult for you to switch to an EV, whether it’s cost, availability or a lack of off-street parking. Contact Cllr Alan Thawley on a.thawley@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk. 

Home Energy Group
The Home Energy group is responsible for establishing what changes to their homes residents can make for the least cost but biggest impact on carbon emissions, including investigation of schemes and grants for the installation of renewable energy and insulation projects.

Cllr Nick Kidby is currently looking for volunteers interested in helping the group and would like to hear from Haddenham residents about their experiences with home energy conversion, particularly those who would be willing to advocate on behalf of the measures taken. Cllr Nick Kidby can be contacted on n.kidby@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk.

Land Use
The Land Use working group is responsible for investigating how land use in and around Haddenham can be changed most effectively to reduce carbon emissions.

To improve Haddenham’s carbon footprint, 150 hectares of the flood plains that surround the parish boundary would need to be given over to forestation and re-wilding. This will require extensive liaison with landowners to advise them of the business case for doing so. Other habitats such as wetlands and hedges also provide carbon reduction and should be included in any wilding schemes.

How you can get involved
Members of public are welcome to join the working groups. Anyone interested in joining one of the working groups should contact deputyclerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk
Help Us To Shape the Future of Haddenham!

Have you taken part in the bucks.place survey?

There is still time to get involved as the survey has been extended until 16th January 2022

What is the bucks.place survey? 
Buckinghamshire Council is asking residents for feedback on what they like and don't like about where they live. Residents are being invited to use the bucks.place website to comment on the design of existing streets, public spaces, buildings and spaces for nature. 

Why we need you to get involved!
We’re urging all Haddenham residents to get involved and use the site to provide feedback on the issues where they live. Not only will the feedback received be used by Bucks Council to help create design policies for new developments across Buckinghamshire, but the Parish Council will also be able to make use of the local information as part of its ambitious Streetscapes Project.

Example issues might include:
  • does your street feel safe?
  • is it safe to walk or cycle to school/ local shops?
  • are there enough habitats for wildlife?
  • could you get around easily if you were disabled or didn’t drive?
  • should there be a 20mph zone where you live?
  • what do you like/dislike about the developments in your area?
What is the Streetscapes Project?
Haddenham Parish Council is commissioning a village-wide assessment to plan and design safe access, travel and mobility throughout Haddenham. 

The Streetscapes project seeks to address the following issues affecting the village:
  • Creating a less vehicle-dominated environment.
  • Managing current traffic issues and the likely impact of future growth
  • Vehicle speeding problems, including the viability of 20mph zone(s)
  • Review and enforcement of weight limits and HGV movements
  • Prioritising walking & cycling
  • Parking problems
  • Protecting the heritage environment
  • Supporting School Travel Plans
  • Future-proofing for new technology & travel patterns 
  • Parish Council and Bucks Council ambitions to become carbon neutral and promote green agendas
  • Viability of local public transport to serve the station and link new developments with village services
How can you help?
By visiting the bucks.place website you can tag locations within the village and leave feedback on the design of the village. The site can also be used to upload photos and vote and support others’ comments.

By responding in good numbers to Buckinghamshire Council’s survey, we hope to have more evidence to support issues within the village and to have more weight with Buckinghamshire Council to implement projects resulting from Haddenham’s Streetscape Project.

Be sure to leave your comments before 16 January 2022 when the consultation is due to close!
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Green Homes Grant Scheme

Buckinghamshire Residents are being encouraged to check if they are eligible for a new scheme to improve the warmth of their homes, lower carbon emissions, and save money on fuel bills this winter.

Under the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, delivered by Warmworks on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council and through funding from the UK Government, householders can apply to receive improvements to their home.

The scheme offers a wide range of measures and renewable heating technologies which are designed to support homes to reduce their impact on the environment, including insulation, air source, ground source, and hybrid heat pumps.

The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme is open to homeowners, private tenants and people in social rented accommodation, where the home has a low energy rating and the applicant has an annual household income of less than £30,000 or is in receipt of certain benefits. 
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Financial Support in Bucks

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of people across Bucks who are struggling with their finances.  

The Buckinghamshire Financial Insecurity Partnership has been set up to help residents struggling with a wide range of issues, including:
- Risk of Homelessness
- Paying heating bills
- Putting food on the table

Working with several organisations, both in the county and nationally, the Partnership includes Buckinghamshire Council, Citizens Advice Bucks, Housing Associations, Food Support organisations, Mental Health organisations and many others.

Support is also on offer to families this Christmas via The Buckinghamshire Holiday Activity Fund.

The fund provides free holiday activity sessions and a healthy hot meal for children aged 5 to 16 who receive benefits-related free school meals. Activities on offer include sport, dance, cooking, art and festive parties. Some providers are even offering day trips to local venues so that children can enjoy a fun day out.

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 Buckinghamshire Local Plan Update
Buckinghamshire Council is preparing a new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire. The plan must be produced within five years of the Council being established, which will be April 2025. 

A Local Plan sets out where new development will be located and and protected places where it needs to be carefully controlled. It draws up rules, known as policies, for how development happens.

Development policies can cover a wide range of things that development must do, such as:
  • building the right number and size of homes
  • creating good places to live, which include shops and places to play
  • contributing to the infrastructure needed to serve the homes, such as roads, schools, and health facilities
  • protecting the environment by supporting wildlife, beautiful landscapes and historic places, and managing flood risk
How to get involved

Buckinghamshire Council is urging residents to take part in the first stage of producing the new local plan by completing its survey and providing feedback on issues you think are important in shaping the future of the area.

The survey can be completed online on the  yourvoicebucks website

Downloaded copies of the survey can be returned by email to planningpolicyteam.bc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk , or by post  to:
Planning Policy Team, Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1BB

The survey closes at midnight on 11 February 2022.
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Have Your Say On Local Issues
The following consultations on issues affecting Buckinghamshire are currently open:

Specialist Teaching Consultation 2021
Bucks Council is consulting on its proposal to modernise the way it provides specialist teaching across Buckinghamshire. Closes 19th December 2021. 

Healthwatch Bucks - Are you waiting for NHS treatment or care?
If you are a Bucks resident waiting for hospital treatment or care because of COVID-19, Healthwatch Bucks would like to know your experience waiting for the care you need, and what advice, information, or support the NHS has given you while you wait.
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Meetings and Minutes:
Upcoming Meetings
10th January 2021 - Planning Committee
10th January 2021 - Full Council
Latest Minutes:
13th December 2021 - Informal Planning Committee - To follow
13th December 2021 - Informal Finance and Governance (draft)
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