Issue 100 - January 2020 
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2020/2021 Precept
At its January meeting, the Parish Council agreed its business plan and set its budget and precept for the 2020/21 financial year.
It was good to carry out a review of last year’s business plan and see that we have made good progress on many of our objectives. This includes installing new play equipment at Sheerstock Recreation Area, repairs to the wall at the front of St. Mary’s Church, upgrading our accounting and computing systems, launching a new website, extending the Tennis Courts and improving the car park at Woodways, as well as recruiting a new Assistant Clerk to help with it all. 
As we start the new financial year, we will be focusing on delivering some of our long term projects. The sports pitches and land to build a pavilion at the Airfield site will soon be transferred to the Parish Council so work can begin on building the pavilion. Phase 1 of the improvements to the Village Hall will see the former Day Centre refurbished to provide a new Parish Council Office and a good size meeting room that will be available to hire. Work will continue to find ways to reduce commuter parking on roads near to the station and a traffic impact study for the whole village will be commissioned. 
This year, the budget setting process was complicated by a discrepancy between the tax base set by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and the Parish Council’s own forecast, based on the trajectory of house building numbers in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan.  AVDC's figures showed a reduction in the tax base by one house from 2019/20 to 2020/21, which was queried by the Parish Council. AVDC’s officers have checked their calculation and say that an over estimate in new builds for 2019/20 has caused the difference. They have reassured us that the figure will be corrected in 2021/22 if it is inaccurate. Therefore, the Parish Council has set the precept, at £366,500 for 2020/21 based on a budget with reduced transfers to reserves for some projects. The band D charge will be £147.25, a 2.6% increase from 2019/20.
The full business plan and budget for 2020/21 can be viewed on the Parish Council website.
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Update from the Police
In recent weeks, local police have received reports of thefts from vehicles, specifically in the villages of Haddenham and Stone. CCTV footage from residents has shown persons walking around trying vehicle doors. No damage has been reported to any vehicles at this time. The police have provided the following crime prevention advice:
  • When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Park your car in an attended car park.
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don't have a garage, park in a well-lit area.
  • Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website.
  • Do not store your car's documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.
Please contact TVP on 101 or email the Waddesdon Neighbourhood Team on waddesdonnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk  if you have any information or would like any further advice with regard to these issues.
Aylesbury Garden Town poster with silhouettes of figures among trees and buildings.
Aylesbury Garden Town Draft Masterplan Consultation
The draft Aylesbury Garden Town (AGT) Masterplan is a town-wide plan, covering both the town centre and the residential and employment development sites at the edge of Aylesbury, as identified in the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP). Acting as an advisory and guidance framework, it supports and provides further guidance in relation to the policies contained within the VALP, covering the period to 2033. Looking beyond 2033, it identifies further opportunities and aspirations, setting ambitions and an identity for the Garden Town to 2050. 
The draft Masterplan is open for public consultation until
5pm Friday 14th February 2020. To download the full draft Masterplan, visit Aylesbury Garden Town's websiteYou can also find a copy of the document in libraries across Aylesbury Vale and in the reception area of Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Town Council. Feedback can be provided by completing the online survey.
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Fix My Street
During the winter, adverse weather conditions often lead to a deterioration in the road surface and an increase in the number of portholes. Fixmystreet.com is an online service that allows users to report issues which are then forwarded to the council responsible. In addition to potholes and road surface issues, fixmystreet can be used to report many other problems including fly-tipping, blocked drains and damaged street signs. 
Climate Change Project Update
At the meeting of the full Parish Council on 6th January 2020, a presentation was provided on the research conducted and resultant proposals for the climate change project. Initially, the project will focus on a few keys areas, such as: reducing food waste, supporting the installation of infrastructure for electric cars around the village and working with reLEAF to plant more trees to act as a carbon sink. For more information, see the presentation slides
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Buckinghamshire Community Safety Survey 
The new Safer Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership, which will come into effect in April 2020, would like your feedback about how safe you feel in Buckinghamshire. Your feedback will be considered alongside crime and safety data to help shape the priorities for the next year.
The partnership includes Thames Valley Police, Bucks Fire & Rescue, the health service and probation service in Buckinghamshire and the new Buckinghamshire Council.
The online survey must be completed by Sunday 23 February 2020.
A calendar.
Meetings and Minutes:
Upcoming Meetings:
Planning Committee - 17th February 2020
Finance & General Purposes Committee - 17th February 2020
Latest Minutes:
Full Council - 6th January 2020
Extraordinary Full Council - 30th January 2020
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