Sep 202017

Three district councils in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council are working collaboratively to increase food waste recycling. Households in Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe districts with a food recycling service will soon receive an information pack about the benefits of food recycling, including introductory rolls of plastic bags to line kitchen caddies. read more

At the same time, yellow stickers are being placed on rubbish bins to encourage residents to separate and recycle food waste.

The councils now accept food waste wrapped in plastic bags and newspaper. The idea is to make this service easy and convenient, by using bags you would find around the home. And, with weekly food waste collections food isn’t lingering in the rubbish bin for two weeks.

Recycling your food waste has two environmental benefits. Firstly the gases produced during reprocessing create energy. Secondly the residue from this process produces fertiliser used in agriculture.

This activity coincides with National Recycling Week 25th September – 1st October

The Fighting Food Waste project is fully funded by DCLG and managed by the Buckinghamshire Waste Partnership. The project aims to encourage residents to recycle as much of their unavoidable food waste as they can, and reduce as much avoidable food waste as possible.

for more information visit the Council websites:  




Jul 032017

News from Buckinghamshire County Council, 21 June 2017

Help us plan for tomorrow’s lorry traffic SURVEY to be completed by 6th July

Residents and businesses are being invited to help plan how to handle tomorrow’s rail and road freight in Buckinghamshire.

Heavy lorries make up between 10% and 20% of traffic on main routes through the county, and with a steady increase in freight forecast over the next decade, County Council transport planners want to prepare for the future.

They’re asking people to help them identify local problem areas, explore untapped opportunities, and pinpoint solutions. A ten-minute online snapshot survey will run for the next fortnight at to allow residents and businesses to feed into their thinking. The results will inform a draft strategy for full consultation later in the year.

Paul Irwin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport said his team needs to chart how things have changed with the way freight is transported, as Buckinghamshire has developed in the past decade, and prepare a blueprint for freight for the future.

He said nearly a quarter of what comes into the county by lorry is what residents eat and drink. As the county grows, so will the volume of that essential goods traffic.

“Shopping on line has really taken off over the past decade and now accounts for 14% of what we buy,” said Paul. “In the next three or four years, that’s forecast to grow to around 22%, which will add to the number of delivery lorries driving around the county.

“We’re working with residents and businesses on this critical question now so they have an early opportunity to influence the development of a new strategy that will make freight work for Buckinghamshire without imposing inappropriate costs on them or our unique environment. We want to keep Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive.”

The survey is available in Buckinghamshire County Council’s website ‘have your say’ section at BCC HVG SURVEY

Jul 032017

Village Show-Stopper 

The Village Hall hosted the 48th Village Show. Despite strong competition from the beer festival we still welcomed familiar faces and plenty of first-time entrants.

The gardeners take the weather in their stride and once again produced a vibrant display of flowers, fruit and veg.  The range of vegetables continues to expand and included an artichoke and a near perfect cauliflower.

Jane Creasy, Andrew Barrow, Annie Deung and Mary Hunnings all picked up trophies.  Jane held onto the Ramsay Trophy and beat Mary by a single point to take the Cuthbert Cup as overall show winner.  Annie is a true all-rounder gaining 1st’s in horticultural, decorative and preserve classes.  Andrew yet again produced most wonderful (and straightest) sweet peas.

Marie collected Gilbert Knight’s Jubilee Rose Bowl and the Knights will be eating prize winning marmalade for a while having scooped 1st and 2nd place.

In the bake-off afterglow, Paul Farmer won the Ken Stephens Trophy for the men’s cooking whilst last year’s winner Roger Brodie (and Oliver) won the Clive Greaves Family Trophy with a reprise of his winning pork pies.

One of the stand-craft out entries was Marian Raszpla’s handmade boat which won the Jollye Cup and must have taken many hours of patience. The preschool and Brownies’ play dough “cakes” and colourful butterfly pictures, filled the junior tables.

The junior classes were closely contested by new entrant Olivia Caffrey, Ruby Deadman, and last year’s winner William Monniot.  Special mention must go to William who age 6 entered almost all the junior classes including 11-13 year olds. He was the overall winner of the Boyles Trophy again. Olivia won the Timperley-George Cup, whilst Ruby won the Laing and Ann Wolfe trophies and was runner-up in the junior section.

The painting and photographic classes have common themes of “Still Life”, “Summer” and “Entrance”, Special mention must go to Sophie Creswell who entered two remarkable paintings.  They were so lifelike that they almost looked like photographs.  Not surprisingly, Sophie’s pictures won the Doris Jennery Trophy. Nick Alcock snatched the Village Voice trophy away from the Holmes Lubiewski’s, however Fiona didn’t go home empty-handed, picking up the White trophy for the best preserve.

The show alternates between June and September and next year’s show will be in September.  Look out for the schedule in the New Year on the Village Voice website.

We would also like to thank the evening WI who again produced a fine array of homemade goods for the produce stall.  The show is run by volunteers and is non-profit making, donating proceeds to local organisations.  Entrance money this year was donated to Charlie’s footsteps. Finally, one family of visitors shared memories of the show and it may, in fact, be much older than we think.  Please do get in touch again so we can find out more (see contacts in Village Voice).

Please see the list of all winners: V Show winners Jun17



Jun 272017

The meeting had been requested by Penelope Tollitt (PT) Head of Planning and Sustainability at Wycombe District Council, to brief the Ashwells Forum on the current status of the Development Brief (DB). Representing the Forum were Miles Green, Gill Markham, Gerry King and Ken Cooke. The full report of the meeting and follow up notes is available report

It was agreed that the following list of topics would form an agenda for the meeting:

• Cock Lane/Spine Road
• Size of gap between Parcel 8 and Ashwells
• The Copse
• Density
• Hammersley Lane access to Parcel 1
• Traffic levels in P&TG
• Bus Routes
• Construction Traffic Access to Ashwells site
• Car Parking
• Green space in perpetuity

The Developmnent Brief will be considered for adoption at the 10 July meeting of the WDC Cabinet. This final version of the Brief will ‘go live’ on the Council website 5 days in advance of the Cabinet meeting.

It is not clear what the timetable will be for the presentation of planning applications. It is likely that the overall plan for the GVA reserve site is currently being reviewed by AVIVA as the new landowner, and although there have been expectations of an OPA being submitted for over a year, so far there has been no request for a Pre-application meeting. Proposals for the Ashwells site will be reviewed in-house with the property section of WDC (Charles Brocklehurst), but again there is no timetable for this.

the full report and response to this report from Penelope Tollitt is published in full in the Ashwells Development section of this website

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