Issue 117 - September 2021
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New playground fort in Woodways
Woodways Playground Refurbishment

We're pleased to say that work to refurbish the playground is scheduled to be completed shortly. Once the playground has been inspected and we have confirmation that the equipment is safe to use, the fencing can be removed and the playground will be opened. We're very much hoping that this will be possible by the end of next week.

We are also planning a formal opening of the playground, complete with goody bags! We will be announcing a date shortly for those interested in joining in with the celebrations.

Unfortunately, we also have some less good news to report and we're sad to say that some of the equipment was targeted by vandals earlier this month, extending the time taken to complete the project whilst repairs were undertaken. We hope that will be the last incident of this type but if you spot any misuse please report it to either the council office or the police.

On a more positive note, we hope everyone enjoys the playground and thank villagers for their patience whilst the work has taken place. 
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VALP Update

At its meeting on 15 September 2021, Buckinghamshire Council voted to adopt the The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP).

This concludes a long running process that began in 2014 and went through several stages of public consultation as well as consideration by a nationally appointed independent Inspector. 
The VALP sets out a long-term vision and strategic context for managing and accommodating growth within Aylesbury Vale until 2033. It sets out how and where land can be used to:
  • meet housing need
  • provide key infrastructure elements
  • protect and enhance the area’s key natural features
  • incorporate climate control policies
  • provide employment land
The VALP replaces the previous local plan adopted in 2004 and will remain in force until it is superseded by the new Buckinghamshire Local Plan in 2025.  
For more information, visit the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) page of Buckinghamshire Council's website. 
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 Haddenham Educational Charity
Applications are closing soon for grants from Haddenham Educational Charity!

The charity provides small grants to support residents of Haddenham who need help with the costs associated with education or vocational courses.

Whilst the Parish Council does not have the resources to means test applications, in order for the grants to have the greatest impact, they are intended for those most in need of financial assistance. 

All forms of study, from Reception to Post Graduate, will be considered, including arts, sports and apprenticeships.

More information can be found on the Parish Council website, including the grant awarding policy and application form, or by contacting the Parish Clerk.

The next meeting of the charity will take place on 11th October 2021. Those who would like their application to be considered should submit a completed application form to clerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk or the Parish Council Office by 4th October 2021.
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Calling all local photographers!

Would you be interested in having your photographs of Haddenham displayed in the Parish Office?

We're looking to decorate the office, visitor reception and conference room with photos of our beautiful village taken by some of our many talented residents. 

If you would be willing to share your photos of Haddenham with us, then please select your favourite 3 pictures of the village and send them to us at assistantclerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk

Photos for display will be selected by Councillors and Staff. 
The Rising Sun pub, Haddenham

Successful Registration of Community Assets

We’re very pleased to report that Buckinghamshire Council has accepted Haddenham Parish Council's nominations to register The King’s Head and The Rising Sun as Assets of Community Value.

What are Assets of Community Value?

A building or land can be listed as an Asset of Community Value if its main use has recently been, or is presently used, to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future.

If the nomination is successful, the land or building is added to Buckinghamshire Council’s register of assets and will remain on the list for 5 years.

During this time, if the owner of the land or buildings that are listed wants to sell them, they must inform Buckinghamshire Council.

This starts a six-month period during which an asset can only be sold if it is to a community interest group. After the six-month period the owner can sell to whomever they choose.

The Rose and Thistle

An application to register the Rose and Thistle was previously submitted, however, it was declined due to 'insufficient evidence demonstrating that current use of the property furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community and as a result the property cannot be considered of community value'.

Buckinghamshire Council states that for a nomination to be successful, evidence must be submitted to show that the asset furthers the social wellbeing and interests of the local community. This means evidence of regular community use, for example evidence of multiple community events, gatherings, or meetings. It is often helpful for nominators to submit as much supporting information as possible detailing when and how the asset furthers the social wellbeing of the community (i.e. how often certain events take place, and the section of the community that they benefit).

In order for a successful application to be made, we require further evidence of community use. If you were part of local group that met regularly at the Rose and Thistle until its closure, please contact assistantclerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk with details of the group and how frequently it met there. 

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Winter Hours for Bucks Recycling Centres 

Buckinghamshire Council's nine household recycling centres will switch to winter opening hours on Friday 1 October. The new opening hours will be 9am to 4pm.

The household recycling centres will continue to open on the same days as before:
  • Amersham, Aston Clinton, Beaconsfield, Buckingham, High Wycombe and Langley – open every day.
  • Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham and Chesham – open five days a week, closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Remember to take proof of address. Only residents who pay council tax to Buckinghamshire Council can use the sites. (Slough Borough Council residents are able to use Langley and Burnham sites only.)

Further information, including what waste the centres do and don’t accept, can be found on Buckinghamshire Council’s Household recycling centres webpage.
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Have Your say on Local Issues
The following consultations on issues affecting Buckinghamshire are currently open:

Buckinghamshire Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services Survey  Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking for feedback to help plan future services. This survey can be answered by either: Secondary school age children (age 11 and over) and young people or, Adults, including those who may have looked after a child or young person who has used these services. The survey closes on 29 October 2021

Bucks Community Safety Survey 2021
Safer Bucks is a partnership of organisations that work together to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol issues. It is seeking community feedback on these issues. The survey closes on 22 October 2021.

Design Code for Buckinghamshire 
Buckinghamshire Council has been selected as one of 14 local authorities to participate in the national pilot to test the new National Model Design Code. A Design Code is a document that contains design rules for new developments, covering the design of streets, public spaces and buildings, as well as spaces created for water and nature. The Design Code for Buckinghamshire will set rules that developers need to follow. Bucks Council is seeking your opinion on developments in the local areas as well as the problems and issues you may face living in Buckinghamshire, and what you would like to see in future.
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Meetings and Minutes:
11 October 2021 - Planning Committee
11 October 2021 - Full Council
11 October 2021 - Banks Park Recreation Ground Charity
11 October 2021 - Haddenham Educational Charity
Latest Minutes:
23 August 2021 - Climate Emergency Committee
20 September 2021 - Facilities Committee 
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