Do you want to do something positive to make a difference by influencing decisions that affect your community? Then please consider being co-opted as a volunteer Great Marlow Parish Councillor. Here you will work together with your fellow Councillors to serve residents by bringing local issues to the attention of the Council, and help make decisions on behalf of the local community. To learn more about the role click here.
News Alert: Have your say on IM Land's proposal for 2 new housing estates in Marlow. The Perch Cafe, 91 High Street on Wednesday 22nd November 3.30pm - 7.00 pm. See below for more details.
New Homes in Marlow?
Developers want to build new homes on Green Belt land on the edge of town. Residents are being invited to a consultation next Wednesday (November 22nd) at The Perch café, in the High Street, by IM Land who want to build between 30 and 40 new homes on one site and 60 to 70 on the other. The developers are interested in land for two “small, bespoke” developments on Berwick Road and Seymour Court Road. See accompanying leaflet for details.
ePetition - Say No to Parking Meters in Marlow
Thousands of people have signed a petition against controversial parking measures planned for Marlow’s High Street, which could see residents and visitors paying to park in what are currently free parking bays.
It comes after it was revealed that Bucks County Council (BCC) wanted to charge people £1 per hour or 20p per 12 minutes to park along the busy shopping street – replacing the current “limited waiting bays”, where people can park for free for one hour between 8am and 6.30pm with no return within an hour.
Now a petition has been launched by Marlow Town Council, Marlow Chamber of Trade and Commerce and The Marlow Society, which has garnered in excess of 3000 signatures so far.
The organisations said they were “totally against” paid parking being introduced.
It was hoped by the County Council that the move would encourage more people to use off-street car parks, which are cheaper, to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
But residents and businesses hit out at BCC, saying the plans would “destroy” shopping in the town, with Marlow Town Council, Marlow Chamber and The Marlow Society all saying they were “totally against” the proposals.
The plans were withdrawn two weeks ago in what appeared to be a dramatic U-turn by the County Council. However, a slightly modified plan with the same basic proposal has now been resubmitted, totally ignoring the views of Marlow residents and businesses.
The ePetition runs until 14th November and can be found Here
If you are against the proposals please sign the petition NOW!
Council approves new Local Plan and launches final 6 weeks consultaion
At their meeting on 9th October, Wycombe District Council approved the final draft of its New Local Plan. The local plan is an important document which sets out the policies which will help to map out the future of the district and which will be used to guide local development and planning decisions for the next 15 years. More
Book a Free NHS Health Check now!
If you live in Buckinghamshire and are aged 40 – 74 and you could be entitled to a free NHS Health Check*.
It only take 20 minutes and may keep you healthier for longer. Contact your GP or go online here to book.
*see website for eligibility
High Heavens Remediation Work and Biowaste Transfer Station Update
Buckinghamshire County Council has recently engaged with the community on plans for remediation works at High Heavens Waste Complex. The feedback helped develop a planning application which reduces impacts, thus ensuring the project runs as smoothly as possible.
A building at the High Heavens site formerly used for waste processing (the Keppel Seghers DANO® DRUM) but now unused for 20 years has recently been demolished. This work has left an area of land at a lower level than the rest of the site. It is proposed that this area is filled in with soils to bring it up the same level as the surrounding waste complex. A concrete hard standing will be laid over the top to allow it to be used as part of the complex, though it will still remain below the level of the old landfill site.
In its current derelict state, this area of the site is not available for operational use as part of the High Heavens Waste Complex. However, once the remediation work has been completed, the area can be used for a variety of waste management activities such as:
- Storage and/or repair of empty containers used at Household Recycling Centres
- Storage of items from Household Recycling Centres suitable for re-use
- An emergency storage and management area if other sections of High Heavens Waste Complex are not available
It is now further proposed that a new Waste Transfer Station (WTS) will be built on the High Heavens site to:
- Replace existing transfer infrastructure at High Heavens with a modern, more flexible facility;
- Help the Council comply with Waste Disposal Authority (WDA) statutory duties;
- Achieve beneficial interfaces with other WDA projects/contracts e.g. bulky waste shredding, Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) etc.; and
- Provide continued value for money for the Council’s rate-payers.
An update of both these plans are available in a presentation document delivered at a recent meeting of the High Heavens Liaison Committee
Funds Available for Local Projects
The Chairman of GMPC has written a newsletter outlining funds which are available for projrcts within the parish and has invited residents to to contact the council with any suggestions they would like to make. Newsletter.
Wycombe District Council sets the ball rolling to support local good causes with Wycombe Lotto
Wycombe District Council will be among the first few local authorities in the country to launch its own online community lottery to benefit good causes. When they go on sale in June, Wycombe Lotto tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes. That is more than double the 28p in the pound which the National Lottery passes on from its ticket sales. More
Study to Seek Safety Options for Marlow Bridge
Engineers from Transport for Buckinghamshire will carry out a safety study of options to give added protection to Marlow Bridge from the threat of use by overweight vehicles. The study, due to start in April, is expected to take around four months, and produce a shortlist of preferences. It follows extensive inspection and testing of the bridge structure during a two-month closure, after a 37-tonne lorry forced its way across in September. More
Marlow Information Centre Changes
From 1st April 2017 Wycombe District Council’s information centres in High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough will merge with the Buckinghamshire County Council Library service. Following the successful move of the information centres into their respective town libraries Buckinghamshire County Council will now be working in partnership with Wycombe District Council to deliver Library, council and tourism services. The new integrated service will offer many benefits including a better customer experience with one team on hand to assist with enquires during Library opening hours.
Chairman Encourages Engagement with Parishioners
The chairman of Great Marlow Parish Council has wriiten an article in the current edition of Valley News. In it he highlights the possible move towards a Unitary Authority to replace the current Local Authority and encourages paritioners to engage with the efforts of the Parish Council. Read his article here.
The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme
The UK government is committed to providing every home and business across the country with access to a basic broadband service. If you can’t get a broadband speed of at least 2Mb per second, you could qualify for a subsidised connection worth up to £350 to boost your internet speed. Find ou ifyou are eligible here.
Wycombe District Council Opt to Support a Future Two Unitary Council Model
Wycombe District Council recently consulted on the options for unitary government in Buckinghamshire which our Chairman covered in an open letter carried below in our news items. They have taken into account the discussions they had with their parishes and town councils and with many people across the county and beyond. They have also considered evidence about the current performance of services and the geography, topography, economies and communities which make up this diverse county. They have looked at models of delivery across the country and abroad and have looked at the challenges which local government is likely to face in the future. They are drawing up a proposal for two unitary councils in Buckinghamshire. You may recall that we carried a news item that the county council announced its preferred, single unitary council option in early summer and members of the county council reached their decision on 22 September 2016. To help you understand why we believe that two councils is the best option for Buckinghamshire we have provided a high level explanation in the document attached. We will continue to keep you informed of any significant developments.
"Times Are A Changing - and we need to be all need to be prepared" A letter from the Chairman of Great Marlow Parish Council
The structure of our local councils in Buckinghamshire is currently facing a seismic shift, which, if implemented, will impact on us all, over the coming years.
For a number of years, there has been an ever increasing series of warnings from Buckinghamshire County Council that local authority funding has been in a growing state of crisis and, accordingly, numerous services to the towns and parishes throughout the county, normally provided by BCC, have had to be reduced or even terminated completely. More
Bucks CC Leader Opposes Precept Capping for Parish Councils
Government proposals forcing town and parish councils to hold costly referendums over increases in tax have been opposed by Buckinghamshire County Council. Currently only principal authorities such as district and county councils must hold a referendum if they want to raise tax by more than two per cent. Read More
Bucks County Council Cabinet Backs Case for a Unitary Authority
Buckinghamshire County Council councillors will vote on whether to submit the business case for a new single council for Buckinghamshire to Government on Thursday 22nd September, after it was backed by Cabinet. More
High Heavens Transfer Station Vehicle Concern
High Heavens Transfer Station Vehicle Concern A £275 million revolution in the way our household waste is to be dealt with has now been launched at High Heavens Waste and Recycling Centre with the opening of a new waste transfer station. The transfer station is part of the Buckinghamshire County Council’s ‘Energy from Waste’ (EfW) initiative. Household waste will now be collected and brought to the transfer station where it is loaded on 'bulkers' and taken to the Greatmoor facility (near Waddesdon) where it is incinerated to generate electricity. The power generated will be equivalent to the output of 96 wind turbines and will power 36,000 homes, the size of the entire Chiltern district. More
"Feeding Red Kites Causes Concern" - Chiltern Conservation Board
Red kites are now a familiar and much-loved sight over the Chilterns. Since their re-introduction to the area in the early 1990s, their numbers have risen dramatically, and the local population is now estimated to be well over 1,000 breeding pairs. But is this all good news? Read more