Archive for April, 2013

Library Access

It has been mentioned to me that I have not discussed anything about the library service. Anyone who knows me will appreciate that I am a supporter of the library service, and the provision of accessible knowledge and culture. In Buckingham we are lucky to have a popular library with good opening hours, but what many residents do not know is that there is a vast array of online facilities too (though these are of limited value if you are in a broadband “not-spot”). See the library website for info on downloadable magazines, books and audiobooks, and also access to various newspaper archives. And don’t forget the mobile library that visits various surrounding villages.

Bucks Home Choice

Bucks Home Choice is reviewing its allocations policy. Following the Localism Act, there is more flexibility about how subsidised housing is allocated, and I’d be interested to here if there is support for the concept of “local housing for local needs”. The consultation will runs from now until 2 June 2013 – see the Bucks Choice website for more details.

Buckingham Plan

Buckingham Town Council has issued some interim polices based on emerging themes from the various consultation events. Hopefully some, if not all, of these will find their way into the formal Neighbourhood Plan later this year. I am pleased to have been part of the process, and if elected to the county council on 2 May, I will aim to support the objectives of the plan as it develops.

Fly Tipping Action

I recently passed the Lone Tree pub near Thornborough, and I was very disappointed to see the amount of fly tipping in the adjacent lay-by. I have reported this, and received confirmation today that it will be removed. If you see flytipping in lay-bys, field entrances or verges, do please report it via the county council web site as it is not only unsightly and encourages further illegal waste disposal, it can be dangerous for the environment and wild life.

St George’s Day

It is delightful to see the St George’s Cross flying proud in Buckingham’s town centre today, courtesy of the town council.

Road Repairs

Some readers may find the “Road Treatment Works: What We Use and Why” from the county council informative to the types of different road repairs, and their costs. I am interested to hear from readers about any innovative alternatives that should be considered.

MyBucks – April issue out now

The latest issue of MyBucks is out now, with information about the benefits changes, road repairs investment, the forthcoming elections and other topical issues relating to the county council.

Buckingham Hustings

I look forward to meeting fellow Buckingham residents at the Hustings tonight, organised by the Buckingham Society. Further details on the Buckingham & Advertiser website.

Stowe Visitor Centre

As the chairman of Buckinghamshire Society of Architects, I was delighted to hear that the New Inn visitor centre at Stowe has been shortlisted for a RIBA Award.

A421/A413 “Tesco” roundabout

As chairman of the town council planning committee, I have been demanding details from the district council and county council about the number of trees that have been cut down for the realignment of the roundabout. I am still waiting for details of the replacement planting (which I truly hope there is). There are clearly lessons to be learned from this debacle, and as with the future of the A421 in general, will be a key priority should I be elected. Read the rest of this entry »

Warren Whyte



4 Fishers Field,
Buckingham,
Buckinghamshire MK18 1SN

01280 820531

warren.whyte@buckinghamcca.co.uk

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