Breaking News: A404 Volvo Footbridge return confirmed for January 2019. We have been advised that the planned weekend closure of the A404 near Marlow has been scheduled to take place in January 2019 to allow the refurbished footbridge to be reinstalled, following completion of the repair works. Details from Highways England are here.
GMPC has a Vacancy for a Part-Time Parish Clerk
A vacancy has arisen for the post of Clerk to Great Marlow Parish Council. Further details of the role and how to apply can be found here.
Unitary Authority Announced
Secretary of State announces the replacement of Buckinghamshire County Council and the District Councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe with a single Unitary Authority effective 1st April 2020.
M4 junctions 3-12: Smart Motorway
Here is the latest information on the M4 junctions 3-12: smart motorway scheme. The information about this scheme on the Highways England website has been updated, including the October newsletter. Please visit the scheme web page to view the most recent details about the scheme.
Tell Wycombe District Council About Your Experience Using Council-Owned Car Parks
Wycombe District Council manages more than 3,000 parking spaces across 29 car parks in the Wycombe district. In total, their car parks had more than two million visitors in 2017.
They want to make sure the car parks are safe and welcoming to visitors. They also want to make sure they generate enough income so that they can continue to make sure that the car parks are in good condition and provide a good visitor experience.
You are invited to tell them about your experience of using the car parks, to help inform any decisions they may make about changes within them.
To find out more about the questionnaire and to take part, visit https://www.wycombe.gov.uk/pages/About-the-council/Have-your-say/Consultations/Consultation-customer-experience-of-our-car-parks.aspx
The questionnaire will close on 24 October.
Highways England A404 Volvo footbridge works
A404 Marlow weekend closures for footbridge works - August/ October 2018. Highways England will be carrying out essential maintenance to the footbridge which crosses over the A404 near Marlow. Find details of timings and diversions here.
Thames Valley Police Open Day
This year’s Thames Valley Police Open Day will be taking place on Saturday 18 August, celebrating 50 years since the formation of the force. More
A404 Volvo Footbridge
Work to apply a new paint system to the footbridge which crosses over the A404 near Marlow, has been postponed by four weeks. More
Three Wycombe District Parks Recognised as among the UK’s Very Best Green Spaces
Three Wycombe District parks have retained their Green Flag status in the Green Flag Award Scheme.
The Rye in High Wycombe and Higginson Park in Marlow were this week awarded Green Flags for the year ahead, while Hughenden Park is due a mystery shop later this year. More
Marlow Obelisk Restoration to Begin
On 22 August Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) will start work on restoration of the Marlow Obelisk. The work will take three weeks to complete and will be carried out using temporary traffic lights on weekday nights between 8 pm - 5 am, when the roads will be at their quietest. Work will not be undertaken during the bank holiday weekend and will resume on 28 August. More
Join the WW1 Group and Make History!
Wycombe District Council is looking for about 15 volunteers of all ages for a Lottery-funded project about conscientious objectors in World War One. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join up – there are no specific skill requirements. More
High Heavens Waste Complex
A planning application has been submitted for substantial reconstruction work at the High Heaven site. The development is to equip the facility to fulfil its role as a recycling centre and a transfer station for non-recyclable waste to the 'Electricity from Waste' plant at Greatmoor. Great Marlow Parish Councils welcomes the upgrade, however has a number of concerns about the scale of the project and its impact upon local residents. These concerns have been sent to Wycombe District Council and can be view here.
A404 Volvo Footbridge (Marlow) – Essential Works – Weekend Closures
Highways England has instructed Kier Highways to undertake essential maintenance work to the footbridge which crosses over the A404 near Marlow. For safety reasons the bridge requires work to the staircases and a new paint system applying to the footbridge. More
Red Kite Neighbourhood Awards 2018
Red Kite are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Neighbourhood Awards. See information poster. The Neighbourhood Awards aim to capture all the amazing gardens, people and communities in your local area and showcase them.
There will be up to £1,000 worth of garden vouchers to be won across the categories.
Please find here an application form, where you can enter your garden or a neighbour/Red Kite Volunteer in the awards. They would like to know the reason for your nomination, if your garden has been a labour of love, do you have an interesting story to tell or maybe your neighbour has gone above and beyond for you and your community? More
Controversial Parking Plans for Marlow Town Centre Scrapped in U-turn after Hard Fought Campaign
Controversial parking measures for Marlow’s town centre have been scrapped in a dramatic U-turn following a hard-fought campaign by residents and businesses. More
Annual Parish Meeting 17 May 2018
Click here for your invitation to the APM on 17 May at The Bovingdon Green Village Hall
Marlow Bridge to Close Overnight to Prevent HGVs from 'Abusing' Weight Limit During A404 Roadworks
Marlow Bridge will be closed overnight on three different dates next week in a bid to prevent HGVs abusing the weight limit while work is carried out on the A404. More
Buckinghamshire Unitary Council Plan Backed by Minister
Proposals for a new unitary authority covering Buckinghamshire have been given the backing of the government.
The plans would see the county council and four district councils - Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, High Wycombe, and South Bucks - replaced with one authority.
The scheme for one local authority had been backed by the county council while a plan for two unitary councils was proposed by the districts.
The government said it was "minded" to back plans for a single authority.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: "There is broad local consent for change in Buckinghamshire. More
Following reports of dogs attacking sheep across the country, Thames Valley Police are reminding all dog owners and dog walkers that they should keep their dogs away from sheep and livestock at all times. When walking dogs on public footpaths that run through private land please ensure that your dog(s) are under proper control and remain within the public area. Even well controlled dogs can cause stress to sheep and other animals which may result in their injury or death. Owners are also reminded that compulsory micro-chipping of dogs became law on 6th April 2016. It is also important to keep your micro-chip details updated.
Thank you PC 2719 Claire Marchant – Marlow Police Base Claire.Marchant@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
A404/M40 Junction 4 Handy Cross Roundabout - CANCELLATION this weekend (Friday 2 to Monday 5 March)
Due to the poor weather forecast, the remaining works at the Handy Cross roundabout for this weekend have been cancelled (Friday 2 to Monday 5 March).
Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead will be working to re-programme the outstanding works as soon as possible.
Snowdrop Walk 2018
The annual Snowdrop Walk at West Wycombe Park will be held on the 11th February 2018.
The Snowdrop Walk is a special day to remember the babies and children who have died and the children who are bereaved each year.
The park is available for you to walk around at your leisure with the addition of a children’s Treasure Hunt along the route. Snowdrops are available for purchase on the day and charity staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with the planting at The Temple of Venus within the park. Hot food and refreshments will be available from West Wycombe Village Hall at the end of the walk, where some extra children’s activities will also be taking place including colouring and puzzle building.
A404 / M40 Junction 4 Handy Cross Roundabout Resurfacing
Work will be taking place to resurface the roundabout of the A404/M40 Handy Cross Interchange, to ensure the network remains in a safe condition for road users. Work will involve planing out and replacing the carriageway surface, replacing the traffic signal and census detection loops, renewal of the road markings and studs, and laying of anti-skid material at selected areas of the roundabout.
For the safety of the workforce and customers and due to the activities involved, the Handy Cross roundabout will be follyclosed over the three weekend periods. Click here for details of dates, times and diversions.
See For Yourself How Your Non-Recyclable Waste is Treated
Do you ever wonder what happens to the things you put in your waste bin? Your recycling is sorted and passed onto recycling companies, but what about your non-recyclable waste? So far over 2500 visitors to Greatmoor Energy from Waste have found out. All of the residual (non-recyclable) household waste generated in Buckinghamshire is now processed at the Greatmoor Energy from Waste facility, at Woodham, near Aylesbury. Greatmoor is operated by FCC Environment, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council.
Greatmoor processes your parish’s non-recyclable household waste, generating electricity and stopping the waste being disposed of in landfill. Find out here how you could experience it for yourself.
Chiltern Conservation Board Need Your Help!
Today, the Chiltern Conservation Board are launching a survey on the Chilterns. They want to hear from local organisations and members of the public about what they value about the Chilterns, what their concerns are and what the priorities should be for the future.
The link to the survey is here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/FutureOfTheChilterns
Christmas Drink Drive Campaign
Please find attached details of the Bucks CC Christmas drink drive campaign designed to raise awareness about making sure that drivers are not still over the limit the morning after a night out.
They have introduced a link to an online calculator that can be downloaded. This can help to calculate how many units are in each type of drink and approximately how long it can take for alcohol to leave the system.
Road Safety has been out with Thames Valley Police conducting roadside checks and breathalysing drivers and this will continue throughout the festive period. These checks take place from early in the morning to late at night throughout the county.
Help UK Air Ambulance Services by Recycling your Used Postage Stamps!!!
The UK’s Air Ambulance Services are charities which receive no government funding and rely entirely on charitable donations to continue flying and responding to life threatening medical emergencies. Click here to see how you could help.
Give your views on Bringing Care Closer to Home across Buckinghamshire
In 2016, the Buckinghamshire Health NHS Trust ran a programme of events where they asked the public what they wanted from healthcare closer to home. This helped them shape and develop the community hubs now running at Marlow and Thame Community Hospitals. Community hubs are all about providing a range of services to help people stay healthy and independent and to avoid having to be admitted to hospital. They would now like to invite you to go and hear about how those community hubs are progressing. Click here for further details
School Appeals Panel Member Shortage in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire County Council are currently recruiting people for the School Appeals panel, and there is a shortage of volunteers who want to take part. If you are interested more details are available here.
IM Land - A Statement from GMPC Chairman
Following their recent local public promotion of two housing schemes in Marlow, IM LAND intend to make a formal submission to Wycombe District Council on Monday 27th November for these two housing developments to be considered for inclusion in the forthcoming, yet to be finalised, latest Wycombe District Local Plan. GMPC Chairman, Kenneth Muller, in a statement released today urges residents to consider the implications and let their views be known.
New Homes in Marlow?
Developers want to build new homes on Green Belt land on the edge of town. Residents were invited to a consultation recently 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