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News Alert

Section of Frieth Road to be closed on 13th August between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.  For details see article below.

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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.

 

Planned Road Closure - Frieth Road, Marlow

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has made an Order, which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in that length of Frieth Road, Marlow, which commences from junction of Bovingdon Green to its junction with Marlow Common Road. Details

 

High Heavens Remediation Works - Public Exhibition Invitation

You are invited to submit your comments and/or attend the public exhibition on the remediation works being planned at the High Heavens Waste Complex. More

 

Free NHS Health Check

Buckinghamshire NHS are offering free health checks at Court Garden Leisure Complex on 8th - 11th August. Should you live in Buckinghamshire and be aged 40 - 74 years old you may be eligible for a checks. For more information please see the attached poster and to book visit the website:

http://buckinghamshire.nhshealthchecks.com/%3Flocations%3Dcourt-garden-leisure-complex-aug-8th-1th

  

Marlow Museum - Summer News Letter

Please find attached the Marlow Musem Summer Newsletter.

 

Red Kite Community Housing Neighbourhood Awards 2017

Red Kite are pkeassed to announce that their Neighbourhood Awards 2017 are now open for entry!  For further details click here to see the accompanying poster.  An application form is also available. The deadline for entries close on Friday 7th July 2017.

 

National Terrorism Threat Raised to Critical 24/05/2017

Thames Valley Police issue assurances following the terrorist attack in Manchester as the government subsequently raises the terrorism threat to 'Critical'.

 

Annual Parish Meeting - Chairman's Report

The evening of Thursday 18th May saw the GMPC Annual Parish Meeting held at Bovingdon Green Village Hall.  In the presence of Steve Baker MP, representatives of Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council, and parish residents the Chairman of GMPC, Kenneth Muller, delivered his annual report, summarising the activities of the Parish Council during the previous 12 months.  This was followed by a reception at which visitors were able to engage their represenatives in an informal and convivial atmosphere. 

 

A404 and A404(M) Road Marking Renewal During May

A programme of renewing the road markings along the A404 and A404(M) north and southbound carriageways will take place during May.  In order to carry out the work as efficiently and safely as possible, work will be undertaken whilst closing sections of the A404 and A404(M) overnight, between 10pm and 6am (Monday to Friday only).  For details please click here.

 

Thames Water Local Engagement Forum

Thames Water would like to invite you to their Marlow Local Engagement Forum. This event is an opportunity to find out more about what they are doing in your area, how they do it, and how this might change in the future. The event is taking place from 6.30pm, Thursday 25 May 2017 at Marlow Rugby Club, Riverwoods, Marlow, SL7 1QU.  For further details of the event click here.

 

Thames Challenge in aid of MIND

On 20th May in Hyde Park, London, an attempt will be made on a Guinness World Record in aid of MIND and in support of Heads Together - a campaign spearheaded by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The aim is to have over 200 people run 5km linked together.
 They will be representing the parishes along the River Thames - one for every mile
.  Needless to say, the pace will be slow and the distance is low - just over 3miles.
 So participants don’t have to be super-fit, just keen on helping to raise money for a good cause, and enjoying the fame and camaraderie .


Here is the link to register and for further information : https://race-nation.com/run-together-4-heads-together

 

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

 

A Call to all Aspiring Photographers

Bucks & Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils are in the process of renewing their existing website as well as resurrecting their newsletter and would like to appeal to talented amateur photographers in our area for photographs that capture our county. They will need high quality resolution photographs with details of the location captured, the photographer, their contact details and permission to reproduce the photographs within their website and newsletter. Ideally you should avoid pictures including recognisable images of people as they may not be in a permission to get their permission to use the photograph.  If you are interested contact Mel Woof on tel: 01296 383154 of email: BALC@bucksalc.gov.uk.

 

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.

 

Pothole Repairs on Marlow Common Road

Buckinghamshire County Council has given notice of a Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic order on several roads in the Wycombe District.  This will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, on the nominated roads.

The closure is required whilst plane and patch works takes place and is scheduled for between 16 March and 16 April 2017.  Details of the actual day a particular road is to be repaired will be will be posted on the road in question ahead of the work. So drivers need to be aware and watch out for the notices.

One road within the Parish of Great Marlow is affected:

Marlow Common Road from the Junction with Frieth Road to the junction Lower Woodend Road.  Work is scheduled to take place between 0700 hours and 1900 hours. The actual day has yet to be confirmed.

 

Wycombe Air Park - Have Your Say on Proposed Changes to the Way Aircraft Approach the Aerodrome

Wycombe Air Park is proposing to introduce a new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) procedure for aircraft making an approach to runway 24 only. This will be used in conjunction with the existing visual approaches to runways 06, 24 and 35. The aerodrome is consulting with the local community and stakeholders and  you have an opportunity to participate in this important consultation.  

The purpose of this consultation is to provide you with the chance to express your opinion and to comment on the airspace change proposal, and for the aerodrome to share information with you. As part of the consultation the aerodrome will also be holding two informal ‘drop-in’ sessions where members of the public and interested stakeholders can discuss the proposal in more depth with the consultation team and ask any questions that they may have, refreshments will be available. A comprehensive report of the proposals and the consultation process is available.

 

Reminder Regarding Dogs and Livestock

The purpose of this consultation is to provide you with the chance to express your opinion and to comment on the airspace change proposal, and for the aerodrome to share information with you. As part of the consultation the aerodrome will also be holding two informal ‘drop-in’ sessions where members of the public and interested stakeholders can discuss the proposal in more depth with the consultation team and ask any questions that they may have, refreshments will be available. A comprehensive report of the proposals and the consultation process is available.

 

We 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, preferably on a lead and that they 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.

 

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

 

Marlow Museum New Exhibition - The Stoy of Marlow Bottom

A new exhibition is to be lauched at Marlow Museum on 18th March and will run until August 2017.  Entitled 'Tin Town' to 'Des Res', the exhibition will tell the story of how Marlow Bottom has evolved over the years.  See poster for details.

 

Marlow Bridge Weight and Width Restriction Enforcement

Marlow Bridge is a Grade 1 listed structure and its use is restricted to vehicles under 3 metric tonnes maximum gross weight (MGW) and less than 6’6” wide. From March 1st 2017 Police will be turning around vehicles over 3 metric tonne MGW.  More

 

Changes to Bus Service in the High Wycombe Area in March 2017

Changes are being made to some bus services in the High Wycombe area from 19th March 2017 by bus operators Arriva and Carousel. These reflect current and anticipated patronage and will affect services that are generally operated commercially.  For more details click here.

 

Thames Valley Police Rural Crime Campaign Starts Today 06.02.17

Between Monday 6 and Tuesday 28 February, Thames Valley Police is working with our partners on a campaign that targets rural crime affecting businesses and farms in our region. We need your support. Events are taking place all across the Thames Valley aiming to help our rural businesses to prevent themselves, their properties and in many cases their livelihoods, from becoming victims of crime.  More

 

Message from Transport for Buckinghamshire

Every day during the winter our teams are on standby, ready to go out. When we receive a snow forecast, we look at timings and temperatures in order to make the most appropriate plan.

Today (12.01.17) we are presented with an extremely challenging forecast which indicates possible snow just before rush hour. More

 

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. 

 

A Reminder of Transport for Buckinghamshire's Gritting Operations for this Winter

Transport for Buckinghamshire has issued a Bulletin which outlines their gritting operations for this winter and provides important contact details should you want further information.

 
 

"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

 

  

Annual Parish Meeting Thursday 26th May

The Annual Parish Meeting for Great Marlow is being held on Thursday 26th May 2016 in Bovingdon Green Village Hall commencing at 8.00 pm.  We are very pleased to offer you an invitation to join us on this important local occasion.

This annual meeting provides the opportunity for local parishioners and organisations within the Great Marlow Parish to get together to review the work of the Parish Council and the activities of local organisations during the last twelve months, and to raise and discuss any pertinent issues.

The Annual Report for Great Marlow Parish Council, over the last municipal year 2015 – 2016, will be given by Councillor Kenneth Muller, the current Chairman of Great Marlow Parish Council.

Refreshments will be provided at the Meeting, which offers an excellent ‘networking’ opportunity.

 

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