Council Tax Information from the County Council

Council tax bills for 2014/15 have just been delivered to households in Buckinghamshire. The County Council has put together some information for residents, which helps to explain more about council tax and budgets.

How are we balancing the books?

These are very tough times for local government as there is less and less money coming to us from central government. We also face rising costs and ever increasing demands for vital services, particularly those supporting the elderly and most vulnerable people in our local communities.

Whilst we support the overall economic strategy of reducing the national deficit, the reductions in our central Government funding mean that this year we have had to make savings of £15 million to balance the books, on top of savings of £85 million over the last four years.

To achieve this, we’ve looked very carefully at what we do and how we do it.

We’ve made good progress in changing the way that we deliver services, sharing costs with other councils, reducing the Council’s running costs, increasing income and using some of our budget reserves.

This year we have had to make a prudent council tax rise, the first in four years, of 1.5%  – that’s just an extra 31p per household per week (for an average band D household).

This small rise has allowed us to add some important additions to our Strategic Plan, our set of key priorities for the next four years: new objectives of combatting child sexual exploitation; and integrating the provision of NHS healthcare and local authority social care.

We know that roads are one of the most important priorities for residents and to help get our roads into better shape, we have committed to investing £60 million on road repairs as well as almost £5 million on pavement and footpath repairs up to 2018, a total of almost £65 million. This is part of our overall capital spending of £407 million over the next four years, in areas such as schools and day care services.

More information can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/about-your-council/finance/council-tax/council-tax-2013-14/

March 31, 2014Permalink

Superfast broadband coming to Akeley!!!

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On Wednesday 19th March 2014 we received confirmation from the government team at the Department of Culture Media & Sport that the bid for funding Superfast broadband has been approved. This amounts to over £580k (75%) from the government and a further £190k+ (25%) from BT making a total of over £770k for our North East Bucks community along with 1 other in South Bucks and 1 in Herts.

Our 4 villages – Lillingstone Lovell, Lillingstone Dayrell, Akeley and Leckhampstead –  should have access to Superfast Broadband within 12 months. Many thanks to all of the residents of Akeley who signed up as well as the Superfast Broadband Group, “Czars of Akeley”  and Villagers of Lovell, Dayrell and Leckhampstead – what a great team effort – your passion for superfast broadband is ultimately why we were successful. Our thanks our Bucks CC Councillor – Warren Whyte and our AVDC District Councillor’ Pearl Lewis; and of course, a big thank you to our MP John Bercow. John’s intervention was key to our bid being a success.

The next step is a lot more paperwork including a formal change request to the Bucks Broadband rollout programme. That will lead to detail timing which we will of course share when it’s known.

Finally a very big thank you to Ian Flexer and Chris Rawson of  Bucks Business First who wrote and submitted this winning bid in partnership with our community and the 2 other community groups.

For more information please click here.

 

 

March 24, 2014Permalink

The Big Jubilee Tidy Up is nearly here…register your group NOW!

Calling all Big Tidy Up groups – Keep Britain Tidy are planning the country’s biggest ever tidy up to help celebrate Keep Britain Tidy’s 60th anniversary and they want you to be a part of it! From Sunday 1 June 2014 until Sunday 8 June 2014 groups from all over the country will be organising and taking part in a huge tidy up event.

Big Jubilee Tidy Up kits will be available from April. In the meantime, please register your interest so they can let you know as soon as the kits are ready to order. Please visit Big Tidy Up website (http://www.thebigtidyup.org/) for information and guidance about organising and planning your tidy up event.

At the moment all you are asked to do is go to www.keepbritaintidy.org/jubileetidyup and register your group.

Since 2008, The Big Tidy Up has mobilised more than half a million people in more than 25,000 groups to collect nearly 120,000 bags of rubbish. Why not help make Keep Britain Tidy’s jubilee year the biggest one yet!

March 24, 2014Permalink

MONITORING the state of the PUBLIC FOOTPATHS and BRIDLEWAYS in the PARISH

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There are numerous public footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing our village and surrounding area within the parish limits. The ultimate responsibility for the upkeep of these ‘rights of way’ lies with the County Council and the landowners. The Parish Council is asking for volunteers to walk one (or more if you are feeling energetic) of these routes during the month of May in order to identify and report back on any problems such as broken stiles, missing directional signs, areas that have become overgrown etc. So, if you enjoy walking and getting out in the fresh air, or giving your dog (or children!) a good dollop of exercise, pick a nice day and a Footpath number and get out there! It would make sense to liaise so that routes are not covered twice. Therefore, we would be grateful if you would call Alice Guise (860 158) and advise her of your planned route and she will be able to tell you if that particular one has been walked already. The website has a section displaying the routes of our footpaths and there are hard copies also available. Please click here to visit the maps page.

Happy rambling!

March 24, 2014Permalink

A43 Resurfacing Schemes

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Resurfacing schemes are taking place between Wood Burcote junction and Northampton Road roundabout from 15th March for 5 weeks.

The works will renew the existing worn carriageway surface and the road markings will also be reinstated.  Works will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption to road users.  Apologies have been made in advance as some disruption will be generated.

Hours of work are:

  • Monday to Sunday 7:00pm to 6:00am 
  • Friday to Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00am
  • Saturday to Sunday 6:00pm to 6:00am

Further information can be found by clicking the following link: www.highways.gov.uk/roads?projectregion=midlands&s

March 23, 2014Permalink