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news, information and features from your district councilISSUE 10 | Spring 2013

Waste and Recycling:

Lights, camera, action:

Working to improve your service

TV productions choose Wycombe

Sports Centre:

Council tax:

Plans are taking shape

What you’re paying for

Local heroes:

Arts and Museum:

Do you know a community champion?

Be part of the local cultural scene

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Contact Wycombe District Council on

01494 461 000

Anti-social behaviour

Green spaces

01494 421 087

01494 421 821/421 878

asb@wycombe.gov.uk

groundsmaintenance@wycombe.gov.uk

Benefits – council tax and housing

Housing options housingneeds@wycombe.gov.uk

benefits@wycombe.gov.uk

Licensing – alcohol, entertainment

Building regulations

Main office: Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1BB is open from 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and until 4.45pm on Friday.

01494 421 222/421 346

01494 321 403 building_control@wycombe.gov.uk

licensing@wycombe.gov.uk

Business rates (NNDR)

Licensing – taxi and private hire vehicles

01494 421 324

01494 421 713/421 741

localtax@wycombe.gov.uk

licensing@wycombe.gov.uk

Community safety

Noise nuisance

01494 421 117 communitysafety@wycombe.gov.uk

Composting

01494 421 734 environmentalhealth@wycombe.gov.uk

Marlow Information Centre, 55a High Street, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1BA. 01628 481 717, email: marlow_office@wycombe.gov.uk Risborough Information Centre, Tower Court, Horns Lane, Princes Risborough, Bucks HP27 0AJ, 01844 274 795, email: risborough_office@wycombe.gov.uk

Parking

01494 421 415 wastecleansing@wycombe.gov.uk

Council tax

01494 421 417

Follow us on

parking@wycombe.gov.uk

Planning applications and appeals

01494 421 324 localtax@wycombe.gov.uk

@wycombedc

01494 421 539

Councillors – Wycombe District Council

to receive short, timely updates on our services, council news and local events

planning@wycombe.gov.uk

Planning enforcement

01494 421 210 committeeservices@wycombe.gov.uk

Dog warden

01494 421 539 planning@wycombe.gov.uk

Play areas

0844 482 8342 environmentalhealth@wycombe.gov.uk

Electoral services

01494 421 878 groundsmaintenance@wycombe.gov.uk

Recycling and refuse collections

01494 421 223 elections@wycombe.gov.uk

01494 421 415

Flooding – sandbags supply

wastecleansing@wycombe.gov.uk

01494 421 415

Woodland Service

wastecleansing@wycombe.gov.uk

01494 421 825

Graffiti

Wycombe Museum

01494 421 415

01494 421 895

wastecleansing@wycombe.gov.uk

museum@wycombe.gov.uk

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if the service you want to contact isn’t listed, or visit us online at

www.wycombe.gov.uk

01494 421 609/421 212

01494 421 325

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Council Services

For services such as education, schools, flytipping, libraries, public transport, roads, social services, trading standards contact

Buckinghamshire County Council on 0845 370 8090 Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 6.30pm or email customerservices@buckscc.gov.uk

If you’re not on the Register of Electors you’ll miss your chance to vote in the County Council elections on 2 May. You can apply for your name to be added at any time up to 17 April, so if you aren’t registered, just ring or email us and ask for a registration form.

Our contact details Telephone: 01494

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contents • 3

Working hard to deliver better services Spring is the time of year for new beginnings and growth and you’ll see from this issue of Wycombe District Times that we’re working hard to deliver both for local people.

Updates on new waste services

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New sports centre is taking shape

What does your council tax buy you?

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Lights, camera action!

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Our recent survey showed that 58% are satisfied about how we run things – that’s up by 15% since 2009, despite the cuts in our funding. In the coming months we’ll be rolling out our new waste and recycling service to not only give you an improved and enhanced collection service, but also to deliver savings for local council tax payers. The new contract is set to save an estimated £500,000 a year for the next seven years. These behind the scenes changes mean we can save money but keep delivering high levels of service to local people. This has enabled us to deliver a council tax freeze for the third year in a row. In the longer term our work to help our district grow and flourish will see us delivering on key projects such as rebuilding High Wycombe Sports Centre. We are now developing a new local plan for the district which will help to shape the future of housing, development, transport and business development. I invite you to be part of it. ALEX COLLINGWOOD, LEADER, WYCOMBE DISTRICT COUNCIL

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Working on waste: update on new services

P11 Growing: census shows local population growth

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Taking shape: plans for new sports centre

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Getting better: but we’re not complacent…

P12 Forward planning: planners are looking ahead to 2031

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Community champions: celebrating local heroes Council tax: what your money buys

P10 Stop Hate: 80% of hate crime is unreported

Wycombe District Times is printed on environmentally friendly paper; please recycle it after reading. Editor: Sue Robinson 01494 421 557 sue_robinson@wycombe.gov.uk Design: Mention Ltd, www.mentionltd.co.uk If you’d like a free copy of this magazine in large print, or on tape or CD, phone 01494 421 557. The views expressed by individuals in Wycombe District Times are not necessarily the views of Wycombe District Council. Every effort is made to ensure that all information is accurate at the time of going to press. External advertising in the magazine does not imply an endorsement or promotion of the advertisement, nor its content, products or services by Wycombe District Council. Some stock images are used in the production of this magazine to help illustrate an article, this is in part to ensure costs are kept to a minimum.

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01494 461 000 www.wycombe.gov.uk Queen Victoria Road High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP11 1BB @wycombedc

P13 Out and about: local news P14 Arts update: plenty to do and see for culture vultures! P15 Fast forward: news from Wycombe Museum

Wycombe District Times is delivered to 70,000 homes across Wycombe District. It costs less than 20p per copy – less than the cost of an egg

Cover shot: This fantastiic display of spring daffodils is at Hughenden Park, one of the green spaces Wycombe District Council looks after.

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4 • news WDC Cllr Bill Bendyshe-Brown spent a day with our waste crews

NEWS IN BRIEF

JOINT WASTE CONTRACT

KEEP THE NOISE DOWN An innovative project to reduce motorway noise along the M40 is set to get a £125,000 cash injection from Wycombe District Council to help fund development work on a local scheme to reduce motorway noise and simultaneously generate energy. If the trailblazing local noise barrier project is rolled out, it could improve the quality of life for over 20,000 local people whose lives are blighted by motorway noise through stretches of the Chilterns.

Joining forces to improve service

The innovative energy project could result in the UK’s first solar energy power generating motorway panels being installed at Lane End, near High Wycombe.

PARKING PILOT With the increase in popularity of paying by card these days, fewer people carry coins. Finding loose change for parking machines is often a problem. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems will be tested out in Easton St and Railway Place car parks in High Wycombe this spring and could then be introduced at other car parks across the district to make it easier for customers to pay for their parking. HAVE YOUR SAY ON HOUSING We work with the other district councils in Bucks to provide a service for people who are looking for social housing. We’re working on some changes to improve the way we can match people’s housing needs to the housing supply we have available locally. You can find out more about these proposed changes and tell us what you think during April and May 2013. Go to www.buckshomechoice.gov.uk for further information.

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In the last few months we’ve been busy negotiating a new recycling and waste contract which will not only save money but will also offer improvements to our rubbish, recycling and street cleansing services. Wycombe District Council has joined forces with neighbouring Chiltern District Council to award a new contract to Serco Limited. The new combined contract is worth over £7 million per year and is set to run for seven years.

for our residents. By teaming up with Chiltern District Council we are confident that we can still deliver a good local service, and at the same time increase our recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.”

We collect hundreds of thousands of tons of recycling and waste across the district each year, and our recent residents’ survey (see page 6) showed that most residents are satisfied with the service we provide.

The new waste contract starts this month. Improvements to your service will be introduced this autumn and we will update you with more information in due course.

Most importantly for your council tax bill, the new waste and recycling contract should help us make a significant saving for both councils each year as we meet government savings targets. Councillor Audrey Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment at Wycombe District Council said: “We’ve worked hard to get a quality service and value for money

Until then, please continue to use your rubbish and recycling collections as normal. All information on our recycling and waste service, including where to find your nearest recycling site or your nearest tip, is on our website www.wycombe.gov.uk and search for waste and recycling. We also put out regular updates on Twitter @wycombedc Now it’s really quick and easy to find out when your next collection day is using our new ‘My Wycombe’ service. Simply log on to mywycombe.wycombe.gov.uk, type in your postcode and you’ll see details about your next recycling and waste collections.

Part of our ‘Pounds’ commitment to improve efficiency and save money

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news • 5

FIT FOR THE FUTURE

New sports and leisure centre

We’ve had positive reactions to our plans to build a new sports and leisure centre up at Handy Cross to replace the facility on the site which is now showing its age. The new centre will be built with modern facilities fit for the 21st century. People who use the sports centre now and local clubs have been giving us feedback on outline plans and telling us what facilities they would like the new sports and leisure centre to offer for local people. We’ve used their input to help refine outline plans which now include the following facilities: • eight lane 50m pool with subaqua pit and 25m moveable floor • 20m by 8m learner pool with moving floor 1.2m deep • fun water for toddlers • 150 station gym • dance studio • climbing wall • 12 court sports hall • bowls (four rink) • two squash courts • two party or meeting rooms • café and vending area

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The current Wycombe Sports Centre will remain open while the new sports and leisure centre is being built next to it, on the site of the running track which is to be relocated. We are aiming to start work on the new facility in Autumn this year, so that the new sports and leisure centre will be built by 2015. The Sports and Leisure Centre is part of a wider plan for the Handy Cross Hub. Redevelopment proposals aim to deliver three things: a new sports and leisure centre, new jobs through an office and hotel complex (enhanced by a foodstore and proposed medicentre / day nursery) and new transport connections through a Coachway Park and Ride. Part of our ‘Place’ commitment to develop local sports and community facilities

RE-WORKING OUR WEBSITE

Top tasks – our website More local people are choosing to use our services using the council website at www.wycombe.gov.uk. We’re working to make it quicker and easier for you to perform the ‘top tasks’ – the things you need to do the most. You should start seeing the results on our website by early summer. To find out more, visit www.wycombe.gov.uk and search for “top tasks”. TWITTER

Top Tweets We’re also posting regular updates on our Twitter @wycombedc-now over 2,600 people follow us and Tweet with us. Lots of people found our snow updates this year really helpful and retweeted our posts to many others.

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6 • news

residents survey

Getting better

85%

The results of our most recent resident survey are out and show that the top five most important issues for local people haven’t changed in the last five years. Responses from over 1,000* Part of our ‘People’ local residents showed commitment to listen to that crime, health services, local residents clean streets, education and affordable decent housing are top of people’s agendas. Nine out of ten (89.6%) of respondents said they were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with Wycombe district as a place to live.

Cllr Alex Collingwood, Leader of Wycombe District Council, commented: “It’s important that we find out what’s important to local people and get an idea how well we are measuring up to their expectations. I’m encouraged that a large majority of residents value our services and we’ve achieved high levels of satisfaction, but we’re by no means complacent so we’ll be looking closely to make improvements where we need to.”

The postal survey, which was conducted by an impartial market research company, asked questions about people’s satisfaction with and perception of council services and the local area. There were encouraging levels of satisfaction with many of the council’s services with 85% of respondents saying they are satisfied with waste collection (up by 15% since our last survey in 2009), and more people satisfied with keeping land clear of litter and refuse (up from 63% in 2009 to 75%). Parks and open spaces, Wycombe Swan Theatre, and recycling collection all scored very well with over two out of three respondents being satisfied with these local services. Most people said they regularly use council services such as recycling facilities, car parks, parks and open spaces. More people are recycling regularly (85%) now than they were in 2009 (70%). We asked people what they think about value for money for council services and 42.5% of respondents said they think Wycombe District Council provides value for money – a jump of almost 10% since we did our last survey three years ago. We also asked people whether they were satisfied about how the council runs things and almost 6 out of 10 people (58.2%) told us they are very satisfied or fairly satisfied.

ut how o b a d e satisfi cil runs n u o c e th things

Four out of ten people said they got most of the information about the council from Wycombe District Times or from the council website and compared with results three years ago, more people (54%) felt well informed. For more information about the survey go to www.wycombe.gov.uk and search for residents survey

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*1183 survey forms out of 4,230 sent out.

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community • 7

Community champions

Community grants

Local heroes

Helping hands Local organisations provide an invaluable service within our community, helping people of all ages and in all kinds of circumstances. In difficult economic times, people turn to them for help and support. This year the Council is giving a total of £526,517 in community grants to help support many local groups in the next financial year. The money these groups get in community grants will be used to help a wide range of local organisations, all of whom work tirelessly to support people both young and old, to support families and people threatened by homelessness or other difficulties. We’re also giving money to support popular local cultural activities such as the Wycombe Arts Festival, Wooburn Festival and Marlow Museum.

Winners at our last community awards event met Olympic champion Katherine Grainger OBE

Do you know someone who is a local hero? Why not nominate them for a Community Champion award this year? Now in its sixth year, the awards celebrate the vital contribution that local people make in Wycombe district. Nominations will open in April and close in July so there is plenty of time to apply!

Organisations including Age UK, Wycombe Homeless Connection, Citizens Advice Bureau and Skidz are among the organisations who will be getting community grants for 2013/2014.

The award categories for 2013 are: • Volunteer of the Year • Young Volunteer of the Year • Community Group of the Year • Community Project of the Year • Business in the Community Award (new for 2013) • Lifetime Achievement Award (new for 2013)

More information about the grants is available on the council website at www.wycombe.gov.uk. Below: Cllr Katrina Wood presents Wycombe Citizens Advice Bureau with a grant Above: Cllr Wendy Mallen (R) finds out how ‘One Can Help’ and SV2G’s steelpan band took to the stage.

The awards will be formally launched this month and all the details you need to apply will be put on our website. The awards ceremony will take place in September. The Community Champion awards recognise ordinary people in our communities, along with voluntary and not for profit sector groups who give their time so that other people have can have a better, more fulfilling life. We want local people to nominate their local heroes who will receive a special gift and trophy to celebrate their achievements. Nominate your local hero – go to www.wycombe.gov.uk and search for ‘community champions’ or email Gemma Brooks (gemma.brooks@wycombe.gov.uk) to get a nomination form.

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8 • council tax

Your council tax –  t These are challenging financial times, not just for Wycombe District Council, but for local residents as well. That’s why we’ve decided to freeze our share of the council tax bill for the third year running, which means that an average band-D household will continue to pay Wycombe District Council £2.44 a week for a wide range of services, equivalent to £126.99 for 2013/14. This is one of the lowest taxes in the country for an equivalent district council. One of the ways that we have achieved this is by making changes to the way we do things – changing our organisation to a leaner structure and delivering our services in more cost effective ways. This is part of our ‘Pounds’ commitment to deliver value for money for local people

24/7, every day of the year The council tax you pay doesn’t just cover the services Wycombe District Council (WDC) provides. We also collect money for Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) services, including local roads and schools, and for services at the very heart of your community provided by your local town or parish council. In addition, your council tax bill helps to pay for vital 24 hour emergency services such as Thames Valley Police and Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire Authority.

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For many people, collecting waste and recycling is one of the most obvious council services they use. In fact, your council tax pays for literally hundreds of other local services. Where you live •  WDC checks that work on houses complies with Building and Planning Regulations and that development is in keeping with the local area. •  WDC collects household waste and recycling from your home and takes away your garden waste. •  WDC gives housing advice and homelessness support, looks at local needs for housing and businesses and plans for sustainable development in the future. •  WDC helps ensure that shared, rented accommodation (HMOs – Houses in Multiple Occupation) is safe for people to live in and that landlords treat their tenants properly.

Shops and restaurants •  WDC checks local food   outlets and scores their   food hygiene. •  WDC ensures that local   bars and off licenses are licensed and are selling alcohol responsibly. •  BCC Trading Standards protect consumers against rogue traders.

Market •  all of your local councils promote local trade. Roads and streets •  council tax pays for street lighting in many areas. •  WDC’s CCTV service helps detect crime and reduce anti social behaviour. •  Bucks County Council   grits roads in bad weather   and will spend £25m on repairs (including potholes) next year.

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  this year and next Museums and libraries •  WDC manages Wycombe Museum which reflects our local history. Your council tax also pays for Buckinghamshire’s network   of Libraries and the service they provide. Young people •  Council tax helps to fund Buckinghamshire County Council’s network of primary and secondary schools and BCC’s services for children and young people.

Trees and parks •  BCC and WDC both look after hundreds of hectares of local woodlands and footpaths and protect   our countryside. •  WDC’s planning team sets out local policies which protect green spaces, Green Belt and local Area(s) Of Natural Beauty. •  WDC’s tree officers protect trees and ensure developments preserve and sustain local   tree planting.

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•  WDC protects local heritage and conservation areas •  WDC looks after 365 hectares of local parks and green spaces, installing and maintaining play equipment. Cleaner streets •  WDC keeps streets, verges and other open areas free from dog mess. •  WDC empties litter bins and cleans streets and pavements. Fire service •  some of your council tax pays for Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire service.

Council offices and town hall •  Local Councillors are elected every four years. Find your local Councillor at mywycombe.wycombe.gov.uk. •  All Council and Cabinet meetings are open to   the public. •  WDC pays housing benefit and council tax relief to help people in need. •  WDC’s planning team   works with local councillors and local people to balance local views and local priorities with national planning policies and where necessary, stop inappropriate or unauthorised development in the district. •  BCC registers births, marriage and deaths. •  WDC local offices help with council services and the tourist information staff can help you get the most out of where you live.

Bottle banks •  WDC provides bottle banks and other recycling facilities across the district. Car parks •  Wycombe District Council runs 45 off   street car parks with 4,500 parking places. Police •  we collect the funding to pay for local policing by Thames Valley Police. •  WDC’s Community Safety team works closely with the police to reduce crime and anti social behaviour. Community •  WDC supports Dial a Ride   and other community organisations (see p7). Leisure centres •  WDC provides sports centres in High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow. Taxis •  WDC licences local taxis local taxis and private hire vehicles to check passengers will be safe. For the full range of services check out www.wycombe.gov.uk www.buckscc.gov.uk

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10 • community

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Stop Hate Stop Hate UK is working with Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Victim Support and Thames Valley Police to make it easier for local people to report hate crime 24/7 thanks to a new website, freephone and text service.

Hate crime is a result of hostility, prejudice or hatred of disability, gender identity, race (ethnicity or nationality), religion or belief or sexual orientation. While incidents across the Thames Valley police area are low, national research suggests that 80 percent of hate crime goes unreported. The new service makes it easier for people to report hate crime incidents and to get the help and support they may need as a result. The scheme is being trialled as a pilot in Buckinghamshire for a year.

To report hate crime to Stop Hate UK: phone 0800 138 1625 text 07717 989 025 email talk@stophateuk.org or visit www.stophateuk.org Stop Hate UK is also on and Twitter. Facebook In an emergency always dial 999 or 101.

2013 Dates and venues 23rd March – Princes Risborough 21st April – Chesham 18th May – Bletchley 15th June – Aylesbury th 7 July – Aylesbury – *Ladies Day* 3rd August – Marlow 15th September – Bletchley th 19 October – Princes Risborough

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Be a Better Biker assessment days will be held once again this year as part of the continuing campaign to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes on Buckinghamshire’s roads. Eight assessment days, supported by the Road Safety Team at Transport for Buckinghamshire will be held across the County. There are 12 places available on each course. The cost for each attendee on the subsidised course is £50. Riders will be shown manoeuvring, overtaking and cornering techniques during the morning 2 hour classroom session. These new skills will then be put into practise on roads where motorcycle crashes have previously occurred during the afternoon 3 hour on road assessment. For more information and to book a place visit

www.beabetterbiker.co.uk

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trends • 11

CENSUS

ON LOCATION

Our local population

is growing Early results from last year’s national census have been published by the Office for National Statistics and show that the population in our district has gone up by almost 10,000, or 5.9% since the last census in 2001. The headline results are that more people live in Wycombe district than ten years ago - the total population of Wycombe District went up from 162,105 in the last census (2001) to 171,700 in 2011. The increase of 9,595 people represents a 5.9% growth in our local population (but this is less than the average of 7.9% growth in the population of the South East.) The results show a general pattern within rural areas where a decrease in younger people is offset by an increase in older people. Only three out of the twenty-eight census wards or areas which make up our district saw increases above 10%. (These areas were Abbey, Totteridge and Ryemead in High Wycombe.) There’s been a small increase in the number of children and young people aged 0-19 living in the district (up 3.8%), and there has been a 23% increase in the number of people aged 60 or over living in the district. For more census information visit www.ons.gov.uk/census More local analysis of the census and how it affects Buckinghamshire will appear on www.buckinghamshirepartnership.gov.uk as it is released.

CENSUS HISTORY

The first census took place in the UK in 1801 and there’s been a census every decade since then, with exception of 1941. Having a picture of how many people live in the country and collecting information about their age, occupation and number of children helps organisations like the council deliver the right kind of services to match today’s local population and, importantly, to plan ahead for the future. Here in Wycombe information from the census will help us to shape our new local plan, looking at our needs for housing, transport and other services up to 2031. See page 12 for more information.

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Lights, camera action! In the last few months several TV productions have chosen High Wycombe and the surrounding area as filming locations. ITV drama ‘The Town’ and Channel 4’s ‘Black Mirror’ both used High Wycombe locations including the Abbey Way underpass and the High Street for filming. Production company Zeppotron was based at Daws Hill for five months making the Black Mirror series which was broadcast in February. The crew spent two weeks in High Wycombe shooting scenes in the High Street, Eden Centre, Abbey Way underpass and in the studios at Buckinghamshire New University. Tim Maw, the Location Manager for the Black Mirror 2 series said: “I looked at many towns in the area but the one on our doorstep turned out to be the best. The town has some beautiful architecture both old and new, in a small area, enabling us to shoot a variety of scenes on each day without having to travel far. Wycombe District Council were instrumental in the planning phase and assisted with all the permissions for filming in public places and with the parking of a large number of equipment trucks. Thanks to them and the local people it went very smoothly and we hope everyone enjoys the contribution their town makes to this film.” Wycombe District Council’s communications team and local Councillors are helping to pave the way for a major US feature film with a stellar cast who are planning to film in the district in May.

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12 • planning ahead

NEW LOCAL PLAN

Local Plan Latest Last November, we started the review of our local plans. The new Wycombe District Local Plan will consider important issues which affect us all in one way or another: providing housing, community facilities, attracting jobs, employment opportunities, protecting and enhancing our natural and historic environment and improving our transport network. This is a long project, but because we want to get local people’s views right from the start,

we began by asking for some early input last winter. Thank you to all of those who have already responded to our initial “call” for issues and sites. Thanks to you, we already have an idea of where the main priorities are: appropriate level and type of housing in appropriate locations, a strong need to focus on environmental issues and the need for continuous community involvement. The consultation also showed that some of you

are already thinking about possible new development sites around the district. Right now, we are working with local stakeholders to carry out some technical studies which are looking at the district’s needs for housing, its future economy, and potential sites where new homes and businesses could go. In the next few months, we will be doing more work with local communities to look at other local issues – this will be your next opportunity to play your part in the Plan. Keep an eye on the website at www.wycombe.gov.uk/newlocalplan

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out and about • 13

BEST FOOT FORWARD

DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW

Local cinema puts best foot forward

Full of bright ideas for spring

Cineword High Wycombe came to the rescue when an exercise class for older people had nowhere to meet. Wycombe District Council’s health promotion team wanted to help the falls group to find a location right in the centre of Wycombe which was easy for people to get to. Sam Tomlinson Manager of Cineworld High Wycombe stepped up to the plate and offered the use of their premises in Eden free of charge. Cllr Katrina Wood, Cabinet Member for Community at Wycombe District Council said: “The falls class is fantastic as well as fun and it helps so many local people build up their confidence, strength and balance. A big thanks has to go to Cineworld for doing their bit and making a difference in their local community. “

Spring is a great time of year to explore new Why not explore a local woodland or flower places in and around where you live – find a meadow this spring? new footpath, pick a new park or head for a new high street to shop in. Our district has a great mix of town and country to get out and explore and staff in our local offices in Marlow, Princes Risborough and High Wycombe are brimming with ideas to give you a great day out. Each of our area offices has activity ideas for all the family and can help you find plenty of local things to do to fill the Easter holidays. They can even help you to explore further afield with day trips and short breaks and can book National Express tickets. For the very latest news and updates on local events, follow your local information office on Twitter @wycombetic @marlowtic @risboroughtic

Find out more about falls prevention classes running locally on 01494 426 866

TAXI FARES

Town for pound Local taxi drivers in the Wycombe area are trying out a new scheme to make taxi travel cheaper. If you hail a cab which is heading into High Wycombe town centre, they will drop you at the nearest taxi rank for only £1 per person. Unlike private hire vehicles which have to be pre-booked, Hackney cabs display a ‘taxi’ sign and can pick up passengers who hail them. If the scheme proves popular the ‘Town for a Pound’ offer may become a permanent fixture. The ‘Town for a Pound’ offer is available seven days a week between 9am and 4pm.

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Where older people find care in housing Austenmead, Chalfont St Peter is a home to eleven older people who enjoy a unique blend of privacy, security and companionship. Residents furnish their own accommodation (one or two rooms) with their treasured possessions - all rooms have en-suite facilities. A resident house manager provides the main meals of the day and a committed group of volunteers ensure the society is well run and that residents receive every possible support. Austenmead is a member of the Abbeyfield Society - a UK-wide charity that provides high standards but affordable housing and support for older people.

For further information please contact The House Manager on 01753 887267 or visit our website:

www.abbeyfieldchalfonts.co.uk The Abbeyfields Chalfont Society

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Over 500 local artists and makers will open their doors to show their work in June

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LOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL

VISIT LOCAL ARTISTS

Wycombe Arts

Festival 2013 Well known local actor Colin Baker is president of Wycombe Arts Festival this year. Now in its 49th year, this annual local celebration of arts brings al Festiv year’s this at rm perfo will s Moonraker a wealth of performing and visual arts to communities in Wycombe District. This year’s Festival from 27 April to 2 June includes professional and amateur performances, music, art exhibitions, theatre productions and activities at Wycombe Museum. Tickets are on sale through local Tourist Information Offices and the Festival brochure is available in public buildings around the district and at www.wycombeartsfestival.org

LOCAL OPERA

Road Rage –

a Community Opera Local residents are playing a big part in this year’s Garsington community opera at the Wormsley Estate. The huge community cast has been working alongside stage professionals, and a team of 50 backstage volunteers will be working behind the scenes as project assistants, programme sellers, car park attendants, chaperones and ushers. The story, inspired by local people, follows local villagers as a huge road scheme threatens to divide a community. The words are by Richard Stilgoe, music by Orlando Gough. Booking opens 22 April. Tickets £10/£5. www.garsingtonopera.org/ our-season/community-opera

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Open Studios From 8 to 23 June, the Visual Images Group presents the work of 500 artists and makers in Bucks Open Studios. One of the largest of its kind in the country this event is in its 28th year. Many Buckinghamshire artists are based in Wycombe District and amongst those welcoming the public will be Commercial Square Studios, Leigh Street, High Wycombe. A former factory once the hub of Wycombe’s furniture-making industry it is now home to 19 local artists working in painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles, mosaic, glass, sculpture, ceramics and more. In Commercial Square other artists studios will also be open. During Bucks Open Studios you can meet the artists, learn about their work, buy an original piece of art or simply enjoy a cup of tea in the café. www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk or arts@wycombe.gov.uk

SATURDAY SPECIALS

Arts4every1 Get along to ARTSaturday from 11am to 3pm each Saturday at the Centre for Arts, Creativity and Enterprise, Desborough Road, High Wycombe Current groups are: Words4every1, Songs4every1, Visual Arts, and Marketing and everyone is welcome. www.arts4every1.com with a Tradition meets contemporary arts chair arch at Arts4Every1

GET INVOLVED

New Heritage and Arts Trust & Wycombe Museum Developments Are you passionate about the arts in our area? Find out more about the Trust and have your say in new developments: www.wycombe.gov.uk/council-services/leisure-and-culture/ wycombe-museum.aspx or museum@wycombe.gov.uk or 01494 421 895.

Community rehearsals at Garsington Opera

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FAST FORWARD AT WYCOMBE MUSEUM

Your Museum

needs you! Applications were recently invited for a Chairman and Trustees to lead Wycombe’s new Heritage and Arts Trust. The establishment of the trust is part of the project to expand and relocate the current district Museum from Priory Road to a new site next to the Council offices at Queen Victoria Road. Wycombe District Council was awarded £78,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 to develop the exciting new plans for the museum and soon we’ll be appointing a design team for the project. Local people will get a chance to view and comment on preliminary designs later this year, and updates on the project will be given regularly on www.wycombe.gov.uk/ museum

Wycombe Wanderers 125 From 13 February to 8 September This new exhibition of fantastic footballing fun celebrates 125 years of our local team. There’s plenty to see and do for all ages and lots to find out. Why do they have a reputation as Giant Killers, how do they train and why are they known as The Chairboys? Find out the answers to these and lots of other quirky facts. There’s also plenty to get your hands (and feet!) on. In partnership with Wycombe Wanderers Football Trust.

The Museum needs general volunteers who can devote some time to welcoming and guiding visitors, running our shop and basic cleaning and preparation of objects ready for display. Please telephone 01494 421 895 if you can offer some time. Wycombe Museum is full – inside and out.

of things to discover

Museums at Night The Museum’s new brochure for the summer is out this month with loads of ideas and activities for children and adults to celebrate the plans for new museum development. ‘Museums at Night’ organised nationally by Culture 24 is marked on May 17 with a special programme of activities hosted in the museum grounds under the Castle Motte. Museum volunteers and new Youth Collective will be helping to organise an exciting programme of music, star gazing, bug hunting, stories… plus a chance to meet the new Museum Trustees and learn about the design ideas for the new museum.

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Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make a difference to a foster child’s life.

Give a child their best days. www.buckscc.gov.uk/fostering 0800 160 1900

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