Meeting Dates 2017

All meetings to be held at Ley Hill Memorial Hall in the Rear Committee Room (unless specified otherwise)
Start time 7.15pm
Thu 12th January

Thu 2nd March

**DATE CHANGE**
Thur 27th April

Annual Parish Meeting, 19:30, Ley Hill Methodist Chapel

Tue 2nd May
Annual Council Meeting, 18:45

Wed 14th June
19.15 St George’s Church, Tylers Hill

Thu 27th July
Latimer Parish Hall, Latimer

Tue 12th September
Latimer Parish Hall, Latimer

Wed 25th October

Wed 29th November

Hot Topics around Buckinghamshire, October 2012

Hot Topics in Buckinghamshire – October 2012

Hot topics for this month include:

  • You can help us tackling what’s important to you
  • A – Z guide to essential services
  • Should Local Area Forums (LAFs) continue?
  • Local area meetings make tracks
  • Villages act to cut motorists’ speed
  • New online: Nearest school checker for secondary schools
  • Bucks Connect online directory
  • What to do if you experience or witness abuse
  • Are you a carer? Need a break?
  • The Care Quality Commission reports
  • Community mental health services link to national survey results

 

You can help us tackle what’s important to you
Tell us what you want from your Council in the future

 

If you have an opinion on:

  • education
  • social care
  • roads
  • waste disposal or
  • libraries

Take part in the survey Your Council, Your Money, Your Choice

Visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/ourplans
or call the Research Team on 0845 370 8090 to request a hardcopy

If you would like to be entered into the free prize draw to win £100 please include your details on the form

A – Z guide to essential services

An A – Z guide to essential services was sent to you in September. The guide lists essential services that range from parking and pest control to bin collections and benefits. QR codes link to YouTube videos, case studies and web pages.

The guide was sent to you in a printed format, according to current statistics one in eight people in Buckinghamshire do not have direct access to the internet.

The guide is available in other formats; an interactive version is available online, a large format version or a cd is available on request please call 0845 370 8090.

To use Text Relay, a telephone service for the deaf or hard of hearing call 18001 0845 370 8090 or view www.textrelay.org

Your feedback is welcome. For more information please contact:

Margaret Wall
Communications
01296 382055

Should Local Area Forums (LAFs) continue?

A report was commissioned by the County Councils Overview and Scrutiny Committee into LAFs.

Local Area Forums meet 3-4 times a year and bring together local communities, their elected representatives and local public service delivery agencies.

The report showed the value of LAFs lies in their potential to influence and take action to address local issues, which can result in improved local service delivery, stronger communities and enhanced quality of life.

However it included a number of improvements that would help LAFs attract more people to participate in their local LAF and increase awareness of LAF activities, a key factor in their future success.

The report has been submitted to the County Councils Cabinet for consideration as they explore the future role of LAFs.

Councillor Brian Roberts, Chairman of the scrutiny review group said: “I would like to express huge thanks to those who shared their views with us on LAFs, particularly the parish councils who are integral to their success. I would encourage everyone to get involved in their LAF.”

Find out more about the review, visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/scrutiny
or find out about LAFs and get involved visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/mycommunity

Locality Services Team

Local Area Forums (LAFs) – meetings make tracks

The Action tracker is a new tool where you can find out what’s happening in your local area and view who is responsible for each action.

Up until now actions are agreed at a LAF meeting, minutes produced and reported back at the next meeting, this can take a long period of time. Using the new Action Tracker, actions can be published almost immediately, updated and the results published in real time on the web.

Find out what is happening in your area or for more information contact:

Mark Grindall
Localities and Communities
01296 387542
www.buckscc.gov.uk/communities

Villages act to cut motorists’ speed

Eleven Buckinghamshire villages staged Speedwatch demonstrations during September to encourage residents to form groups to monitor motorists’ speed through their communities.

They follow a successful demonstration at Stewkley in July when residents saw speed measurement equipment in action. As a result nine people volunteered to form a Community Speedwatch group.

The demonstrations are all part of a £13,000 initiative by the Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe Local Area Forum (LAF) to help residents tackle speeding through villages – a top priority for these communities.

The LAF would like to form Community Speedwatch groups in each of the 11 villages, and to buy three vehicle activated speed warning signs, which can be moved around sites in villages to encourage drivers to stick to speed limits.

Buckinghamshire County Councillor Netta Glover, LAF Chairman and a member of its Speed Awareness subgroup, said: ‘Community Speedwatch enables residents who feel strongly about speeding traffic to take positive action, and as a local area forum we’re putting our weight behind this top priority. It’s all about educating drivers to change their behaviour.’

Speedwatch demonstration to be held at Slapton, Mentmore and Edlesborough have still to be confirmed.

If you’d like to attend any of these demonstrations, please let us know:

Media Team
Buckinghamshire County Council
01296 382444

New online:
Nearest school checker for secondary schools launched to make it easier for parents to work out if their child will be eligible for free home to school transport

Following changes to Buckinghamshire County Council’s Home to School Transport Policy introduced earlier this year, secondary school pupils now only receive free home to school transport if they attend their nearest school and live more than 3 miles from the school. This is a change from the previous system which was based on catchment area schools.

To help parents check if their child will receive free transport, a new online checker has been launched.

All you need to do is visit the free school transport web page and input your postcode. The new checker will ask you to confirm your address as well as asking if you wish to include grammar schools in your search. It then calculates your nearest school by looking at the nearest gate of your nearest school and confirms whether or not your child would be eligible for free home to school transport.

You can also view a map of the route used to make that decision. There are some exceptions to this which are shown with the checker.

If you are currently making secondary school choices, the checker will help you to understand the new transport policy and this may influence the order of preference on your application.

For more information please contact:

Admissions Team
01296 383250

Bucks Connect online directory

The online directory provides information on care and support and how to get involved in your local community. If you belong to a club, society or provide care and support for adults you can advertise your details on the website free of charge and help us to make this is a really useful source of information for everyone.

For more information please visit www.bucksconnect.org.uk or call 0845 3708090 or email the Customer Services Team

What to do if you experience or witness abuse

People in Buckinghamshire are urged to Speak Up against Adult Abuse.

The most common type of alert is for physical abuse with neglect being the next highest. Together they represent 42 percent of victims aged between 18 and 64, and 49 per cent over the age of 75.

Abuse can happen anywhere, numbers for specific areas can be provided on request.

Please contact:
Bev Frost
1296 382173

Safeguarding is everybody’s business, if you suspect, witness or believe you are a victim of abuse then speak up and phone the Careline 0800 137 915. Or visit www.bsvab.org for more information. All calls are confidential.

Are you a carer? Need a break?

If you are feeling exhausted, stressed or depressed and your health is suffering as a result of your caring role ask your GP about the ‘Short Breaks’ scheme.

The NHS and the County Council are working together to organise the scheme funded by Social Care. The scheme is for carers needing a break from their caring role and gives priority to carers who have not had a break in the last 12 months.

If you are over 18, caring for a friend or relative for 20 hours a week or more unpaid, ask your GP about the scheme. You need to be registered with a GP in Buckinghamshire.

Please call Buckinghamshire County Council on 01296 383204 for more information about the scheme.

The Care Quality Commission reports

The latest reports for inspections carried out by the independent health and social care regulator – the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – are published every week.

Find the latest reports for inspections of care homes in your area.  You can search for inspection reports published in your local area on an interactive map available from the CQC website – www.cqc.org.uk

If you would like to request a printed copy of a CQC inspection report please contact CQC on 03000 61 61 61.

Community mental health services link to national survey results

More than 15,000 people have given their views in a national survey about community mental health services.  People shared their experiences of services such as outpatient clinics, local teams providing crisis home treatment and more.

To read more about the survey and get results for your local services visit www.cqc.org.uk