HADDENHAM VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


Issue 115 - July 2021
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New entrance to Parish Council Office
Parish Office Opening
 
The Parish Council office will be reopening to the public from 19 July 2021, following the removal of Covid-19 restrictions. 

A new office space has been created as part of the refurbishment of the former day care centre. The new entrance to Parish Council office can now be found opposite Fit Life. 
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Community Speedwatch
 
Following approval from Thames Valley Police to restart the Community Speedwatch, volunteers have been back out with the speed monitoring equipment In Haddenham during recent weeks.

Sadly, many vehicles were captured around the village exceeding the 30mph speed limit, with speeds as high as 57mph recorded!

The following data was collected:

Pegasus Way - 1st June, 15:25 - 16:45
25 vehicles exceeding 35mph. Highest recorded speed: 55mph. 

Stanbridge Road - 5th July 2021, 15:35 – 16:50:
58 vehicles exceeding 35mph. Highest recorded speed: 57mph. 

What is Community Speedwatch?

Community Speedwatch is a Thames Valley Police scheme run in conjunction with local communities, where volunteers are trained to use a detection device to monitor the speeds of vehicles travelling through their local area. 

The registration numbers of vehicles exceeding the speed limit are stored by Thames Valley Police on a database and a warning letter is issued to the registered vehicle owner. Should the vehicle be identified speeding again, a further letter will be sent to the owner informing them that the information has been passed to Roads Policing (RP) for possible further action.

Haddenham shares speed monitoring equipment that was purchased by Bucks County Council with other local villages. We have several approved sites located at speeding hot spots around the village. 

We would like to thank the volunteers for all their hard work in trying to make our local roads safer for everyone! Anyone interested in volunteering with speed monitoring should contact the Parish Office
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Hybrid Meetings
 
For the Planning Committee and full Parish Council meetings held on 28th June 2021, we successfully trialled our first hybrid meetings with over 20 members of the public joining us via zoom, whilst the councillors met in the newly refurbished conference room. 

The new video conferencing equipment in the conference room means that members of the public can see and hear what is being discussed and ask questions directly to the councillors.

The expiry of regulations permitting local authorities to meet remotely means that councillors are now required by law to attend meetings in person. However, we plan to continue hosting meetings remotely as it remains a convenient and safe option for members of the public who may prefer to participate at a council meeting from the comfort of their own home. 

With Covid-19 rates currently very high, we encourage residents to continue to attend meetings remotely for everyone's safety for the time being. Attendance in person will be limited.

To join a meeting via zoom, please contact the Clerk by 5pm on the day of the meeting for the password and use the link found on the relevant agenda. 
Tonwsend Community Orchard sign with wildflowers
Wild Aylesbury Vale Prize for Community Orchard

We were delighted to hear Townsend Community Orchard Committee has been awarded a runner-up prize in the Wild Aylesbury Vale Competition! 

Owned by the Parish Council, and maintained by a volunteer committee and work party helpers, Townsend Community Orchard was established in 2015 following community consultation.

The orchard aims to provide a wildlife-friendly space for villagers to enjoy and features a mixture of fruit trees (with fruit for residents to pick!), areas of long grass and wildflowers, and animal shelters, amongst other things. There is also a small seating area with log benches for use by community groups.

Well done and thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who work hard to ensure the orchard remains a welcoming space for villagers and wildlife alike!

Anyone wishing to volunteer at the orchard should contact the Parish Council.
layout for new equipment at Woodways playground, showing a wooden fort at the centre
Playgrounds Update
 
Woodways Refurbishment
Work to refurbish the playground is scheduled to begin week commencing 9th August 2021. We are very excited for work to get underway and can't wait to see the finished result with the playground due to be completed by the first week of September. To ensure everyone's safety and to allow for the work to take place as quickly as possible, the playground will be closed during this time. 

Aspen Park
Repairs to the equipment at Aspen Park playground have now been completed and the closed equipment was re-opened on Thursday 1st July. 

Ground works are taking place on 14th and 15th July. The playground will be closed while work takes place. It is hoped that this will be the last of the work needed to rectify the faults that were identified when we took over the playground earlier this year.
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wildflower in grass verge 2
Helping Support Nature

We were thrilled to see the above pictures taken recently by a resident showing beautiful wild flowers in the verges around the village and hope that this will be a more common sight in future!
 
As a public authority, the Parish Council has a duty to regard conserving biodiversity as part of its policy and decision making under Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

To this end and to help support local nature and wildlife, the Parish Council is incorporating the following measures:
  • Optimising roadside verge management and cutting regimes to maximise benefits for wildlife, including leaving verges to grow where it is safe to do so and allowing wild flowers to seed before cutting
     
  • Zero tolerance on pesticides and herbicides.
     
  • Introduction of more bird and bee boxes around the village.
     
  • The planting of mixed seeds and bulbs in areas around the village.
     
  • Continuing to support and work with volunteers to maintain and enhance Snakemoor Nature Reserve.
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Buckinghamshire’s Family Information Service
 
Buckinghamshire’s Family Information Service has a brand-new website and directory making it even easier for families, parents to be, children and young people to find local support, activities and childcare.

Head over to Bucks Council's website to take a look and find:
  • Support with family problems
  • What’s on at family centres
  • Things to do and holiday activities, including details of free holiday activities for school-aged children under 16, who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.
  • Support and inclusive activities if your child has SEND
  • Childcare and early years providers
  • Advice on managing challenging behaviour
  • Help managing budgets or debt
  • Support with health issues  
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Meetings and Minutes:
19 July 2021 - Planning Committee
19 July 2021 - Finance & Governance Committee
19 July 2021 - Banks Park Recreation Ground Charity
Latest Minutes:
7 June 2021- Informal Planning Committee 
7 June 2021- Informal Facilities Committee 
28 June 2021 - Planning Committee (draft)
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