Waste Collection over the Easter weekend

As Friday this week is Good Friday, the recycling and food waste bins will be collected on Saturday 26th March.

As usual, please leave your bins out by 6:30am.

The garden waste bins will be collected on Saturday 2nd April instead of Monday 28th March – Easter Monday. (Please note – the dates printed in the recent edition of the Aylesbury Vale Times were incorrect and the correct date is 2nd April).

Collective Switching Campaign – make savings on your energy bills

Collective switching is where a group of consumers join together to negotiate a better deal with their gas and electricity suppliers. An auction then takes place where energy companies will offer competitive prices for the group.

Buckinghamshire County Council are working with iChoosr, the Government’s approved organisation for collective switching, to bring you the opportunity to join the scheme for the next auction taking place on 2 February 2016.

The supplier that offers the cheapest tariffs gets to offer registrants a new contract. You can compare the offer with your current supplier, see how much you’ll save, and decide whether to switch. There is no obligation to do so.

For more information or to sign up, please visit the Big Community Switch website.

BCC Budget Consultation

Budget consultation – ‘The toughest decisions yet’, says the Council

People across Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important spending decisions on next year’s budget, in a survey launched  on Thursday 26 November.

The survey, which will run online until 17 December, aims to get people involved in helping to decide which areas of the Council’s work spending should be focused on. The short, easy to complete survey is available at www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget.

People who don’t have access to the internet or a computer can take part at any of the county’s libraries, where staff will help people to complete the survey. Computers with internet and wi-fi access are available in all libraries where people can access the consultation for free.

Leader of the Council, Martin Tett, said: “This really is the toughest budget yet. People will know that we’ve put in place a spending freeze until the end of this financial year, which will help us to manage the potential overspend that we have identified. But next year, given the growing demands on us, particularly in looking after vulnerable children and the elderly and the Living Wage requirements, we still need to save another £31 million to cope.

“We were originally proposing to increase council tax by 1.99%, the maximum the Government normally allows. However, in yesterday’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, the Chancellor, George Osborne, recognised the extra pressures facing those councils like Buckinghamshire with social care responsibilities. He told councils that they can raise up to 2% extra from council tax to spend solely on adult social care, which will also help relieve pressure on the NHS. We are planning to accept the Government’s proposal and are therefore now suggesting a 3.99% rise for next year.

“I realise that the Government’s announcement means that everyone pays a bit more; however, in previous budget consultations, our residents have indicated that they would support a higher increase if it meant more local services being protected. This extra money will go some way to meeting what residents have told us.”

Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, says it’s absolutely vital that people take part in the survey: “This year, more than any other year, decision-making for the budget will be very, very challenging. We will need to take some extremely difficult decisions on where we continue to fund services and where we will have to stop doing things.

“This process affects everyone in the county and I urge you to please let us have your views: tell us what’s important to you, where we should reduce spending, where we should continue to invest, and what you think of our council tax proposals.”

The survey is online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget until the closing date of Thursday 17 December.

Pump hunt for sewage station owners

Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.

The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.

Please click the link below for further information.

Parish Council Press Release – Private sewage pumping station transfer

New Ickford Community Website

Ickford has a brand new website full of information about our wonderful village and everything that it offers.

If you think there is anything missing from the website, or you would like to send in details about an event, or if you just want to write in to tell us how great the site looks, please contact us below.