News for the Parishes (October 2014)

October 2014 Number 5/2014

Clerks – Please share the following information with your Parish Councillors Opportunities to work as a Poll Clerk at the General Election – Thursday 7 May 2015 

AVDC is seeking to recruit additional staff interested in working as a Poll Clerk at the General Election, which will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015.  We already have a database of people who have assisted in the past, who we will contact later this year, but we will need to recruit additional staff to work in May 2015.

Working as a Poll Clerk involves working at a Polling Station, which are located at various locations and villages across the District, from 7am to 10pm on election day.  An on-line election training module can be completed prior to election day to assist first time staff.  All Polling Stations are also managed by an experienced Presiding Officer who will explain to new staff what is required when working on election day.  The fee paid to Poll Clerk is usually £122 + £20 for completing the election training.

If you are aware of local people who would be interested in working as a Poll Clerk could you please ask them to contact Craig Saunders at AVDC on or (01296) 585043.


Operation Arctic  

Operation Arctic is a seasonal crime prevention campaign raising awareness about the increased risks of burglary as the evenings draw in.  The campaign starts on Monday 6 October and runs to the end of January.

Darker evenings afford the burglar greater cover to commit burglary offences and also a period where it is more obvious if you’re not at home.  Occupied houses have lights on, during the winter months lights are often required from 4pm and so a timer switch, which enables lamps to come on, can be an effective and low cost solution.  We recommend that timer switches on lamps are used in the house and that they are set to follow a pattern of someone living in the house, for example one comes on late afternoon in the lounge area, followed by one upstairs from around 6.30/7pm making it appear there is someone home.

For more advice on keeping your home safe this winter or for a timer switch visit 

Administration  The Gateway  Gatehouse Road  Aylesbury  Bucks  HP19 8FF

Tel: 01296 585041



The Annual General Meeting of the Aylesbury Vale Association of Local Councils is to take place on Saturday, 1 November 2014 at 10 am at Quainton Community Hall to which Parish and Town Councillors and Parish Meetings are invited to attend.  Coffee is available from 9.50 am for 10 am start with presentations on Resilience Planning with Bucks County Council; Haddenham in Transition (Conserving Energy in Homes by Air Tightness Testing); Bucks Community Foundation – Working with Local Communities.

In addition there will be a “Market Place” for Parishes and Community Organisations to display details of their work and innovative projects in order to invigorate their communities for which candidates are sought.

The Annual General Meeting takes place at 11.45 am.

For further details please contact the Chairman of AVALC at or telephone 07831 241877


Community Chest Grants Panel 

In September, the Community Chest Grants Panel awarded £79,600 through six grants to these organisations:-

I Have a Voice Too, Oakley Bowling Club, PACE Centre, Puzzle Centre, Thomley Activity Centre and Westbury Parish Council

The next closing date for project applications is 5 December 2014.  If you are aware of projects in your area in need of funding – charities, voluntary or community organisations, clubs, societies or Parish Councils, visit for a summary and criteria for eligible projects, or contact the Grants Officer, Sarah Rothwell 01296 585634.


Garden Waste Bin (Brown Bin) Collections 

The last date for collection of garden waste bins, (brown bins), this year will be either Monday 24 November or Monday 1 December, depending on which week the green lid waste bin is collected. Collections will start again in 2015 on 2 or 9 February.

If anyone wants to sign up to the service or wants more information please follow this link Aylesbury Vale District Council • Garden waste service.

Any other queries please see the website Aylesbury Vale District Council • Recycling and Waste collections or call the waste helpline on 01296 585510.

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