Issue 110 - January 2021
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Covid-19 Support Available

As we enter a third lockdown, this will be a very challenging time for many people. However, there is support available for those who need it. 

Support available to Haddenham Residents

The Parish Helpline is still open for those who need help with accessing groceries/medication whilst self-isolating or shielding. For help, please contact us on help@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk. Those without internet access can call 07760 458079. To help us deal with requests as efficiently as possible, please use the email address if you are able to do so, including ‘Help’ as the subject title. We have lots of wonderful volunteers from the village, so please don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

24/7 Mental Health Helpline for Bucks and Oxon - The round-the-clock helpline provides advice for those struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Adults should call: 01865 904997
Children and Young People: 01865 904998

Local Emergency Support Payment - This is intended to cover urgent short-term emergencies (i.e. no immediate food, no heating or lighting) through the use of food banks, food vouchers, and utility meter top-ups. Those unable to access the website can call 01296 382414 for more information and to apply.

Buckinghamshire Council Support for Businesses – If your business has been badly affected by Covid-19, Buckinghamshire Council's website has information on support available, including grants.  

Test and Trace Support Payment – You may eligible if you have to self-isolate and are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result. 

The ‘shielding’ programme is starting again and all residents who are classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will get a letter from the Government. This means there is special advice for people who are classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’. If you are classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ you can also register on the government’s website for extra help such as getting priority supermarket deliveries. Buckinghamshire council can be contacted on 01296 395 000 if you have any questions about the ‘shielding’ programme.

Further support, including links to organisations that can help with mental health, domestic abuse and debt management can be found on the coronavirus page of our website. Additional information can also be found on Buckinghamshire Council’s coronavirus support and information page.

For up-to-date information on coronavirus, including the most recent restrictions, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Vaccination Update from Haddenham Medical Centre

Vaccinations for Haddenham Medical Centre (HMC) patients will take place at the Aylesbury vaccination hub at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttman Road, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP. 

Vaccinations will begin week commencing 11th January and will be rolled out as quickly as possible. HMC staff will be working at the vaccination hub. As this will include clinical and non-clinical staff, please be aware that there will be fewer staff on site at HMC than normal and your patience is appreciated.

There is not an unlimited supply of the vaccine. The amount of vaccine received and the timings of those deliveries are not under HMC's control. There is a strict policy determining who will be offered the vaccine first, devised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This policy is designed to ensure that people receive the vaccine quickly but fairly, according to their risks of harm from the virus. Please be aware it is not possible overrule this or bump people up the queue.

To coincide with the deliveries of the vaccine, patients will be contacted at short notice and HMC will ring patients initiallyYou will not be sent a letter. Patients will be contacted twice but the vaccine needs to be used in a short period of time so cannot wait for people. Calling people will take reception and admin staff away from their normal duties so please be patient when ringing or contacting the reception team at HMC. 

Transport to vaccination hub
Please start thinking about your transport options now as the appointment may be at short notice. You will only be able to enter the centre 5 minutes before your appointment and if you arrive early you will need to wait in your car. The appointment should take approximately 30 minutes and you will not be able to wait inside the building after your appointment for transport to collect you due to the social distancing requirements.

The Patient Participation Group has been working with local Parish Councils to arrange options for patients who can't travel to the vaccination hub themselves and don't have friends or family who can take them. Patients living in Haddenham can contact the FISH scheme by calling Jeanne Watt: 01844 291337 or Alison Green: 01844 292088Details for other parishes are being put together and will be available when patients are contacted to book the appointment. The Haddenham Community Vehicle “Carrie” is available to all patients within our catchment area and the co-ordinator is David Hammond and he can be contacted on 07495 366779 or by email at haddenhamcv@gmail.com.

All patients will need to wear a mask for their vaccination appointment.

Whilst patients may prefer to go to HMC for their vaccination, this is not possible at the moment because of the need to store the Pfizer vaccine at very cold temperatures and to use it quickly once it has thawed. It is hoped that the Oxford vaccine will be available to practices in the future, however, don’t wait for this to happen. It is very important that you take the appointment if offered at the Aylesbury hub as it is not known if or when HMC would be able to offer a vaccination at the medical centre and a waiting list will not be kept.
Woodways Playground, Haddenham
Woodways Playground Refurbishment

The ongoing pandemic has underlined just how important playgrounds are. As much of the ageing wooden play equipment at Woodways is beginning to show signs of wear, we will be undertaking a refurbishment to ensure that the playground remains a safe and enjoyable place for our younger residents to use.
We're keen to know what residents think about the existing facilities and what they would like to see going forward, so if you have 2 minutes to spare, please complete our playground survey. The survey closes on 14th February 2021. 
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Updates to Buckinghamshire Council services during lockdown

Libraries 📚 
All Buckinghamshire libraries will be closed until further notice.

Loans have been extended and no fines will be charged during the lockdown, so customers are advised to keep their books at home.

The online library is still available for eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewpapers and online reference services such as Ancestry, and new members can join online by visiting Buckinghamshire Council's libraries page.

Internet access as well as ‘emergency assistance’ will be available for residents through the Council Access Points located at:
  • Walton Street, Aylesbury
  • The Gateway, Aylesbury
  • King George V House, Amersham
  • Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe
Schools and colleges 🏫
All have now switched to remote learning. However, children of key workers and vulnerable children can still go to school.

Funerals and weddings 💒
Funerals can still take place with up to 30 guests. Weddings and equivalent ceremonies will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and with up to six people.

Household bin collections 🚮
These will continue as normal, and residents can check their bin collection dates by going to Buckinghamshire Council's recycling and waste page.

Household Recycling Centres ♻️
All sites will remain open during the lockdown.

Road repairs and street cleaning 🚗
These services will carry on as normal.

Parks and green spaces🌳
Buckinghamshire’s three country parks will remain open.

Leisure centres and sports facilities 🎾 
All Buckinghamshire Council leisure and sports centres – with the exception of playgrounds – will remain closed during the lockdown. This includes The South Buckinghamshire Golf Course and outdoor sports courts and multi-use games areas.

If you need to contact Buckinghamshire Council, please do so by calling 0300 131 6000 or by visiting Buckinghamshire Council's contact page
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Coronavirus Vaccination Scams - Advice from Action Fraud

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:
  • ask for your bank account or card details
  • ask for your PIN or banking passwords
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent then hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, please forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
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Help Keep Haddenham Litter Free
Unfortunately we have seen an increase in the amount of litter left around the village in recent months. Whilst we know that the majority of residents act responsibly, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone in the village to to help keep our beautiful village clean and safe and use the nearest bin or take their litter home with them. This includes bags of dog waste. 

We are unable to organise our usual village-wide litter pick due to the current restrictions, however, you may spot some of our councillors helping to keep Haddenham litter free. Any volunteers wishing to help can collect litter pickers and bags from the Parish Office (via prior arrangement) for use with another member of your household or support bubble.
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Budget and Precept Setting 2021-22

Haddenham Parish Council will be reviewing its budget and precept for 2021-22 at the upcoming Full Council meeting on 25 January 2021, after discrepancies with the tax base meant the precept could not be agreed at the council's meeting in December. 

The public are welcome to attend council meetings, so if you’re interested in how the Parish Council sets its budget and where it spends its money, then why not come along?

All meetings are currently being held by zoom. To join the meeting, please follow the zoom link found in the agenda for the meeting, available on our website 5 days in advance. Registered electors of the village wishing to join the meeting can obtain a password for the meeting by emailing the Parish Clerk up until 5pm on the day of the meeting.

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Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan Update

The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP) is entering its next stage, with consultation now open on the Further Main Modifications until 9 February 2021. These are a second stage of Main Modifications and are different to the ones that were consulted on in late 2019.

The modifications mainly deal with minor errors in the existing plan and updates to information such as expected timelines for house building. Some more significant changes relate to:

  • How the plan deals with housing for older people, including new allocations
  • The transport schemes policy 
  • Changes to retail and employment policies

What is the VALP?
The VALP is set to replace the previous local plan adopted in 2004 and sets out a vision for future development across Aylesbury Vale.

It will cover the period up to 2033 and sets out what development will take place and where. Once adopted, it will be the basis for all planning decisions.

More information on the VALP, including the Further Main Modifications and how to have your say, can be found on Buckinghamshire Council’s website. The consultation ends on 9 February 2021

Witchert wall at Townsend Community Orchard
Orchard Wall Restoration

We are pleased to say that work to repair the wicthert wall at the entrance to Townsend Community Orchard was completed in December. 
Work to parget the orchard logo onto the newly rendered surface will take place in Spring when weather allows. 
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Have Your say 

See below for the local issues currently out to consultation.  

Thames Valley Police Front Counter Provision - a consultation on the future of front counter provision across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire is open until 31 January 2021.

VALP Further Main Modifications - feedback is invited on the the Further Main Modifications until 9 February 2021.

Buckinghamshire Design Awards - People's Choice Award 2020  The Buckinghamshire Design Awards aims to showcase good quality design across the county and set expectations for the council’s Planning & Environment Service. 10 Schemes have been shortlisted. Voting closes on 12 February 2021.

Aylesbury Gardenway - local residents, businesses and visitors are invited to take part in the design process for the creation of an 18-kilometre orbital park circling Aylesbury. A series of online community conversations, design sessions and exhibitions began in December. 

Meetings and Minutes:
All upcoming meetings will be held remotely by zoom.
Planning - 25th January 2021
Full Council -  25th January 2021
Latest Minutes:
Environment Committee - 4th January 2021
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