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

Temporary Usage Ban imposed by seven Water Companies from 5th April 2012

Background

After below-average rainfall for 20 of the last 25 months, parts of England are officially in drought. As a result, seven water companies (Anglian Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Thames Water, Veolia Water Southeast and Veolia Water Central) announced temporary usage bans (commonly known as hosepipe bans) from 5th April 2012.

Implications

Buckinghamshire is affected by this temporary usage ban, as Anglian Water, Thames Water and Veolia Water Central all supply water to the County’s residents. Each water company has published details of its temporary use ban on its website, as well as using other methods of communication to publicise this information.

The temporary usage ban means that residents cannot use a hosepipe to:

  • water their garden, allotment or other green space
  • wash a private motor vehicle
  • water plants that are in containers or in the ground but under cover
  • draw water for domestic recreational use
  • clean windows, walls, patios, paths or other surfaces
  • fill or maintain a domestic pond
  • clean a private leisure boat

There are also restrictions on filling and maintaining:

  • domestic swimming pools
  • domestic paddling pools
  • ornamental fountains

People who ignore the ban can be fined up to £1,000 per offence. The restrictions apply whether residents are on a water meter or not. There are some exceptions – for instance, if the water use is for health and safety reasons. People with mobility problems may also be able to use hosepipes in specified circumstances.

As it can’t be predicted when and how much rain will fall, there is no way of knowing how long the temporary usage ban will need to remain in force. It seems likely that the ban will continue into Winter 2012, if not further. The ban is regrettable but necessary, and it is hoped that it will reduce the likelihood of moving to a full drought order. In order for water companies to serve a full temporary use ban (or drought order) they need to seek approval from the Secretary of State and go through a consultation period. This is a ten week process. It is likely that the water companies will go through this process sooner rather than later, so that it is in place and ready, if required, for the summer months. The water companies do not have to use the drought order if it is granted.

Section 83 of the Water Act 2003 imposes a duty on Public Authorities (which includes not only all Ministers and Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and NDPBs, but also Local Authorities and other public bodies) to conserve water.

http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/

http://www.thameswater.co.uk/

https://central.veoliawater.co.uk