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Welcome to the Cuddington Village website

Welcome to the website for Cuddington, Buckinghamshire.  There is lots of content to explore, and the site is constantly updated by editors in the village.  Never miss out on village news and events that interest you by registering for Website Membership.

The site has been created to be a hub of village activities and news and our ambition is that, as well as keeping everyone up to date, the website will become an interesting record of village life.  We would love to hear what you think of the website and any suggestions that you have on how we might improve it.  You can get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Postcode of village centre and Bernard Hall: HP18 0AP
Postcode of Playing Fields Clubhouse: HP18 0AJ
Street map of Cuddington
Parish boundary map

Many of the banner photographs on this and other pages were taken by Cuddington photographer and environmental campaigner Doug Kennedy.  www.doug-kennedy.com

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News

 

Government Gives Green Light to Single Unitary Council

A brand new county-wide unitary council will be established in Buckinghamshire, the Government has confirmed.

The announcement by Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been hailed as a “truly historic day” by County Council leader Martin Tett.

The new council, which will replace the county council and four districts, will be simpler, better value and more local to Buckinghamshire communities than the current two-tier system, ultimately moving to a more sustainable future for the county.

Services which complement one another but are currently divided between the district and county councils such as bin collections, waste disposal, planning and roads, would be brought together under the single unitary council, resulting in more efficient, joined-up services for residents.

The Secretary of State said in his statement: “Having assessed both proposals against the criteria that we announced to the House on 28 February 2017 (PQ 65271), I have concluded that whilst both proposals meet the criterion for a “good deal of local support”, only the proposal for a single unitary council satisfies the criteria for “improving local government” and for “being a credible geography” and that in any event the proposal for a single unitary council is better able to meet the criteria overall.

“Accordingly, I am today announcing that I have decided to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval, the locally-led proposal to replace the existing five councils across Buckinghamshire – the two tier structure of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe – by one new single unitary district council, and that I have decided not to implement the proposal for two new unitary councils.”

View the Secretary of State’s full statement at: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-11-01/HCWS1058/ .

Results of Village Survey and Update on VALP

An Overview of the Summer Village Survey has been circulated in the November issue of Village Voice and is attached here.

A second Village Consultation is planned to start in December, culminating with an Exhibition early in 2019.  The Neighbourhood Plan Task Groups have now been set up and are collecting information to guide policies on housing, design, parking and the protection and enhancement of green spaces, footpaths and community assets.  The Task Groups will be reporting back early in the New Year.  Please keep an eye on the website/sign up to email alerts to keep informed.  

Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (VALP)

The Planning Inspector has issued his interim report on VALP.  This can be found on the AVDC website as ED 166: https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/examination-documents

In order for the Plan to be approved the Inspector has asked AVDC to find locations for additional housing and to amend some of their planning policies.  If major modifications are required to VALP these will be considered in early 2019 and will be subject to further public consultation.  As far as we are aware these changes are not likely to affect the position for Cuddington, but we will keep you informed through Village Voice and the website.  You can also follow progress on the AVDC website shown above.

 

Matinée Cinema

The next Matinée Cinema presentation will be “Dad's Army” (with subtitles) on Monday 19th November at 1.30pm (doors open 1pm) in the Bernard Hall.  This 2016 British war comedy, set in 1944 after the events depicted in the BBC sitcom, stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Mark Gatiss.

The entry fee £5/£4 conc. includes tea and cake at the interval.

To book phone 01844 291 526 (office hours) or buy on the door subject to availability.

 

The Hiding Place

St Nicholas’ Church, Cuddington

Monday 3rd December, 2018 at 7.30pm

The Oddments Theatre Company presents The Hiding Place.

This powerful performance of Ten Boom’s incredible story of an amazing rescue mission of Jews from their devastating circumstances during the Second World War is highly recommended.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door and may be obtained from:

  • www.oddments-theatre.co.uk for direct online booking
  • The Benefice Office, St Mary’s Centre, Station Road, Haddenham, 01844 291108
  • Caroline Saker, 01844 291825

Watch Found in Nether Winchendon

Some weeks ago a Dunhill watch was found on the grass verge at the side of the church, at the bottom of Barrack Hill in Nether Winchendon.

If you believe the watch is yours, please email Ben Crowther at cbcrowther@gmail.com

 

Flying Tipping and Household Recycling Centres

Bucks Waste Partnership has launched a new S.C.R.A.P. campaign to rid the County of dumpers who think nothing of ruining Buckinghamshire’s beautiful countryside.

The message behind the campaign is that if it’s your rubbish, it’s your responsibility to dispose of it properly and legally.  Otherwise dumpers face the possibility of a £400 fixed penalty notice or, if court action is taken, typically fines of several thousands of pounds or even a custodial sentence.

The S.C.R.A.P. campaign (Suspect, Check, Refuse, Ask and Paperwork – a helpful five-point checklist to help people stay on the right side of the law) also features useful advice for both householders and businesses to thoroughly check anyone who they use to dispose of waste on their behalf.  Failure to do so means people are not complying with Duty of Care requirements and they may get a nasty surprise if their waste is found fly tipped.

You can report fly tipping here: www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/fly-tipping/report-fly-tipping/

Don’t Forget to Have your Say – Household Recycling Centres

Residents are encouraged to give their views on the future of Household Recycling Centres so that Bucks CC can get as much insight as possible into how Buckinghamshire residents think the household recycling centre service could be changed.  Please have your say at www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc-review by 22nd October 2018.

Traffic Feasibility Study

Cuddington Parish Council commissioned a Traffic Feasibility study in May this year. 

The report giving a series of recommendations for traffic calming in the village has now been received and can be viewed here

The recommendations will now be assessed by the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Traffic Task Group.

 

Dinton Folly on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

The first episode of a new series of Grand Designs, aired on Wednesday 19th September, features the Dinton Folly.

Kevin McCloud meets “boundlessly optimistic” Spanish Architect Jaime Fernandez and his English wife Mimi, who have been working to convert this Grade II* listed building into a family home.

Not least of their problems was the discovery of a Saxon burial ground below the folly, leading them to have to call off the diggers and bring in an archaeologist.

The programme is available to watch on the All4 catch-up service, here.

Best Kept Village Presentation

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, presented Cuddington with the Tindall Cup in the Bucks Best Kept Village Competition last Saturday.  The Tindall Cup is awarded to the best village out of all those that won their category in the previous year.

Richard Pushman, chairman of the Competition, congratulated Cuddington on its win and praised the efforts of residents in keeping the village so well maintained.  He said that Cuddington had won the competition 13 times, which was believed to be a record.

After the presentation, both the Competition delegation and villagers were invited to a reception in the Bernard Hall.  The splendid lunch comprised a fine buffet provided by The Crown, supplemented by some delicious cakes produced by Sharon Hayward and Viv Birkby.  In addition Carol Hayward had baked some shortbread biscuits in the shape of aeroplanes, to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

Thanks are also due to Christine Luckett and Gilly Cottman, for their help “behind the scenes”, and to Charlotte Cooper for replanting the pots outside the Hall.

Public Consultation Launched on the Future of the County’s Household Recycling Centres.

Council to consult on ‘realistic’ options to make household recycling centres affordable.

An eight week consultation to hear the public’s views on a series of proposed cost-saving and future growth measures to make the County’s household recycling centres (local tips) affordable for the future is underway.

The ten centres are well used and extremely popular, however, the County Council is having to reduce costs across all its services as funding reductions in the public sector continue to bite.

National figures show that in comparison with other areas, Buckinghamshire has a much higher number of sites serving its population.  In addition, centres currently take certain waste like rubble, soil, plasterboard and car tyres for free where other Councils make a variety of disposal charges.

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said the review was a ‘reluctant but necessary step’.

He said: “We have an extremely tough budget to meet from April 2019 onwards and this means facing up to some difficult decisions.  There definitely needs to be changes, but my overall aim is to retain a service that still works for the majority of people going forward.

“Looking at all the data available, the responses to our user surveys and what other councils do, and bearing in mind the views of residents at four focus groups we held in July, there are some preferred options that we are setting out in the consultation.  Realistically, without these, we’re not going to get anywhere near our financial savings target.

“For example, there is a proposal to permanently close at least one site, with the preferred option being Bledlow.  We are also including other proposals for closing two sites, Bledlow and Burnham, and to bring in selected weekday closures on days when the sites at Burnham, Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) are less used.

“We’re also proposing to introduce charging at all sites for specific waste that we don’t legally have to accept for free.  I completely understand that people don’t like being faced with extra charges, however, I have taken into account the fact that less than a third of waste falls into this category, so the charges won’t affect everyone and it also brings us into line with what other councils do.

“Of course, there are other areas where we have genuine choice and that’s where an open and honest consultation is so important.  For example, we’re looking for views on which two weekdays people would prefer Burnham (if this site remains open), Chesham and Aylesbury (Rabans Lane) to be closed, and also what Buckinghamshire residents think about people from outside the county using our recycling centres, which is of course an extra cost to local county taxpayers.”

The Council also plans to extend the operation of reuse shops (currently at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe and run by South Bucks Hospice) so more can be recycled and sold with the money going to charity.

Bill added: “I hope people will see the reasons for the changes I have to bring in and I look forward to hearing views on the areas where there is genuine and open choice.”

The consultation runs until midnight on Monday 22nd October.  Access to the online survey and supporting information is available at www.buckscc.gov.uk/hrc-review.  A series of drop-in events is also planned in local libraries so people can find out more details about the proposals.

Feedback please to Rectory Homes proposals for the Allotments

On 18th June in the Bernard Hall, Rectory Homes presented proposals for 7 to 10 homes on the NW corner of the allotment. These were uploaded on the village website and can be viewed here

Whilst Rectory Homes and the Parish Council asked for feedback on the proposals, there has been a limited response so far. The Parish Council are keen to understand the views of as many village residents as possible, so please can you take a few moments to review the proposals and send your comments to cuddingtonpc@gmail.com

We appreciate that it is a busy time of the year but its really important that we can get as many views as possible. Don’t worry if you can’t send a long response we are keen to get a feel for the general opinion so a simple comment in favour or against is still helpful.

Thank you 

Land Availability Survey for the Cuddington Neighbourhood Plan

Developers, landowners and the wider public are invited to put forward potential development sites (for any use(s)) in order to inform the preparation of the Cuddington Neighbourhood Plan

The survey includes potential sites for uses other than housing, such as employment, retail, and leisure uses.

Please enter the relevant information on the use(s) you consider appropriate for the site, including mixed uses, on the attached form.  

It is important to note that the promotion of land does not mean the site will proceed to a detailed assessment in the Neighbourhood Plan and also does not imply that the Steering Group considers that the site is suitable for development either now or in the future. Potential sites that have been identified will be further tested through the Neighbourhood Plan process including Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment, several stages of public participation and independent examination.

How do I submit sites?

Please complete the sites proforma (attached here) with a site plan with the land clearly shown etched in red and send to:

Email: cpc.neighbourhoodplan@gmail.com

Post: Cuddington Neighbourhood Plan team, c/o Parish Clerk, Prospect Cottage, The Green, Chearsley, Ayelsbury, Bucks, HP18 0DJ.

Sign up for Email Alerts or Update your Preferences to keep informed of the Neighbourhood Plan Process

A reminder that Cuddington’s Neighbourhood Plan has a dedicated section on the website.  You’ll find the pages under 'Neighbourhood Plan' located on the menu on the left hand side of the page.

To be notified by email as soon as a new article concerning the Neighbourhood Plan is published, simply register as a website member (click ‘Register Here’ at the bottom of the menu on the left hand side of the page) and click ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ as a preference (in addition to any other areas of interest to you in the village).  Make sure that the ‘Tick this box to receive email notifications…’ checkbox is ticked.

If you’re already a website member, update your preferences to include the Neighbourhood Plan pages:
  ✧ Select ‘Register Here > Sign in’ from the menu and sign in using your user name and password
  ✧ Click the ‘Your Preferences’ tab
  ✧ Tick the ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ area of interest (and any others that relate to your interests)
  ✧ Make sure that the ‘Tick this box to receive email notifications…’ checkbox is ticked
  ✧ Click the ‘Submit’ button 

We look forward to keeping you informed.

 

Find us on Facebook!

Cuddington has a new Facebook page to help you stay connected with news and events in your village.

Are you planning an event?  Do you want to promote your club or society?  Need a recommendation for someone to fix that leaky tap?  Then get involved online.

We welcome contributions from all villagers.  To help you out we have formulated a code of conduct which can be viewed here as well as on the Facebook page itself.

Please like and follow our page: www.facebook.com/Cuddingtonvillage

 

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