Letters to the editor in this week’s Bucks Herald newspaper include:
An application by the Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee to build a crematorium between the villages of Bierton and Rowsham has been submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council for consideration by its Development Control Committee.
The CJCC have been discussing its proposals with AVDC planners for a considerable time and has no doubt that its planning application will be subject to the same rigorous criteria that all planning applications have to meet.
Like all councils AVDC has a planning process which is entirely separate from its other activities, and its own applications have to be decided on an arms’ length basis, exactly like any others.
Both informal and formal public consultations have taken place and local people and elected Members have had full opportunity to comment on the proposals.
The CCJC welcomes the public scrutiny that its application has attracted and wants to take on board the views of residents, elected Members and other interested parties as much as possible.
We note that at least one of the objections to the CCJC proposal comes from a commercial rival that is considering a significantly inferior site for a crematorium near Watermead. This was one of the first sites the CCJC considered back in 2007 and after a full evaluation it concluded this was as a wholly unsuitable site for a crematorium.
The results of informal consultation undertaken by the CCJC can be seen on the Chilterns Crematorium website –chilternscrematorium.co.uk/article/4071/Aylesbury-Crematorium-Proposals and those of the formal planning consultation can be seen at publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/application
Whilst it is correct that AVDC is part of the CCJC (as are Chiltern District Council and Wycombe District Council) it must be stressed that the committee, which has been in place since the 1950s, and currently manages the well-regarded Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham, is an ethical and professional committee comprising and elected Cabinet Members.
Clerk to the Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee
The Bucks County Council must be aware that potholes are particularly dangerous to cyclists but I wonder what is being done to ensure the safety of the Tour of Britain which is scheduled to pass through Buckinghamshire this September.
The major group - the Peleton- will no doubt be closely packed so making any avoidance of potholes impossible without causing a major crash and injuries.
So I hope the Council is surveying the route through to ensure that any repairs necessary are completed well before the event. The same consideration should have applied to the local Aylesbury Vale Tour.
Shrove Furlong, Longwick Road, Princes Risborough
CHEERY BIN TEAM
When I caught sight of the garden waste collection truck turn down the next road my heart sank as I realised I had forgotten to put the bin out.
I am a new customer for this service and this was to be our first collection.
I went to check on the space left for the next fortnight’s cuttings only to discover that it had been taken from the space cut into the hedge at the top of the drive, emptied, and replaced in its hideaway.
This was beyond the call of duty! When I flagged down the vehicle in order to express my thanks my words were dismissed with a smile and carefree wave.
I have always found the waste disposal teams to be cheery and efficient, and the office is equally friendly.
Special thanks go to last Monday’s crew.
Bates Lane, Weston Turville
I read with interest your article in the 4th June edition of The Bucks Herald in which you report “Motorcyclist clocked at 127mph”.
What you may not realise is that this happens every Sunday on and off all day.
It started today the 8th June at 0815 this morning and it was still going on at 2030 in the evening. Not only are these selfish people creating a great danger to other road users, they are also destroying the peace and quiet of the residents in this otherwise tranquil area, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Last year I had lengthy contact with the police about the matter who did all they could to combat the problem but of course they have limited manpower and cannot supervise the road all day every day.
I have also written to the council pleading for permanent speed cameras but they stated that this could not be done because there was not a nearby electricity supply.
I think that this is an opt out because I believe there are street lights on the road bridge over the bypass which do not run on hot air.
I think it is high time that something was done to control this unsociable behaviour before there is a fatality.
Following on from the Bucks Herald story about a motorcyclist clocked at doing 127mph on the Wendover bypass you would have thought that police would have put a stop to this hugely dangerous ritual by now.
It has been going on for many years. But alas despite numerous complaints from residents, motorists and councillors the problem has continued unabated.
I am not an advocate of speed cameras per se but where you have such huge abuses of speed and a road with a growing reputation of a great place to ‘ton it up’ you would think some sort of action would be justified.
No doubt the lack of action is down to money.
But I wonder what price the authorities put on the lives of those road users who are put at risk week in week out?
Name and address supplied
WHY NO VOTE?
At a time when Aylesbury Vale District Council services to the community are being cut back, and with the prospect of further cuts to council services over the next few years, it seems quite wrong that councillors allowances have been increased by 1.5% and their fuel expenses by 12.5%.
This decision was taken following no more than: “consultation with the Leader and the Director responsible for Finance”. It was not discussed by councillors.
While I accept that such action may be legal, the council leader must have realised, particularly in these difficult times, that such matters ought to be publicly debated and voted on by all councillors.
Covert decisions directly benefitting councillors, made away from the light of public scrutiny, bring both the council and councillors into disrepute.
AVDC Councillor (Cheddington Ward)
NEED FOR A BYPASS
I would like to add to D Thomas’s letter of June 4th.
The need for improved infrastructure BEFORE more development in/around Aylesbury, as advocated by our local MP, is key to preventing ever increasing traffic problems.
Already the A41 between Bedgrove and Oakfield Road has been repaired in a number of places since Arla have been in operation, and they are not up to full operating capacity yet. Arla not to blame, the extra traffic they generate is easily handled travelling south east on the Aston Clinton bypass (which bypasses at least 5 towns) but we are left to cope with everything coming north, west and east without the benefit of a bypass.
The existing ‘ring road’ (actually half a ring) starting at Oakfield Road/Tring Road junction amounts to not much more than a cut through of what is largely a housing estate.
Much traffic, including heavy and often very long vehicles not using the ‘ring road,’ continue on through Aylesbury using roads not adequate for the purpose.
Looking at a map of the local area it is clear that ‘all roads lead to Aylesbury’, 6 major roads in and out and right at the heart of the country.
Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire, it is an important and busy place, but we live here and expect our various councils to make life as pleasant as possible.
A bypass would go a long way to improving all residents quality of life, there can’t be many (if any) county towns in England the size of Aylesbury that haven’t got a bypass.
Surely with the fight against HS2 effectively lost it is time to use capitulation as a bargaining tool.
The various councils should, I suggest, have a list of improvements for the town in mitigation for the disruption that is going to be caused by the building of the new line, as well as its permanent intrusion through our town, with no benefit other than what we can negotiate now. Bypass being at the top of the list.
time to be united
NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
Buckinghamshire’s two tier local government structure of County and 4 District Councils is no longer sustainable or fit for purpose.
Central government are implementing budget cuts that are forcing our councils to slash services whilst continuing to pay for five lots of councillors, administrations and overheads.
Our councils are out of date, out of touch and need urgent reform.
Some political leaders refuse to acknowledge reality and consistently block any changes that might threaten their positions.
We need local government that provides residents with services rather than squandering cash on itself.
Bucks Business First (The organisation that represents most of the Bucks business base) has offered to organise fund raising for an independent study in to the potential savings of a rationalised council structure for Bucks.
It is proposed to do this in a new innovative way that could potentially involve thousands of ordinary people, thus giving the project real impetuous. The proposal is to seek ‘Crowd Funding’ with a fund raising target of £25,000.
There are 50 local business people who will put up the first £2,500 (10%) by each contributing £50.
The balance will be raised by contributions from anyone who wants to see local government working for them.
The general public can contribute whatever amount, large or small, they feel appropriate.
Full details of the Crowd Funding scheme and how to contribute can be found at the following link. www.make-a-donation.org/articles/cutting-cost-local-government/
This is a very direct way for individuals to make their wishes known and to send a strong message to entrenched political leaders that they must listen.
Cllr Peter Cooper
Independent Aylesbury Vale District Council (Wingrave Ward)
DISGUSTED AT HOSPITAL
I was at the hospital a few weeks ago with my neighbour.
Our final visit was to the pharmacy and I have to say it was disgusting the way the people working there behaved.
They were like children.
There are two windows and you can sit and observe the people working on your prescriptions.
We saw staff laughing, eating biscuits, adjusting their hair etc.
Do these people not understand we on the outside are not well, we just want to get home.
The way these people put together the medicines it must be very simple. So why does it take so long for our tablets?
Maybe they should all just shut up and get the job done.
I wonder how many other people have seen this behaviour and said nothing.
Come on Stoke Mandeville up your game.
Mrs Wilson Derryman
FILL IT WITH FISH
The glass Travel Information Centre outside Aylesbury bus station appears to have been abandoned.
I suggest it should be filled with water and tropical fish to soothe people as they contemplate just how much money has been wasted on this white elephant.
Giles du Boulay
Malvern Road, Aylesbury
Your item headlined ‘ Church’s fears over HS2 graves’ in last week’s edition, highlights the concerns of people about the treatment of burial grounds and human remains as a result of the building of HS2.
One of the sites mentioned is that of the former 12th century church of St.Mary the Virgin at Stoke Mandeville.
The church was first built in 1170 and remained in use until 1866 when the current church was built nearer to the village centre although burials continued there until 1908.
Descendants of some of those buried in the churchyard and surrounding area still live in the village.
The church was destroyed for safety reasons in 1966, de consecrated in 1993 and sold to the Stoke Mandeville Parish Council by the Church Commissioners in 1994.
The Parish Council currently maintains the site where grave stones can be seen and part of the ruined church wall which lies beneath rubble and debris.
Work undertaken by the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Association has revealed that 2,600 graves could remain.
Not only will tracks for the high speed line pass directly through the site it will also include a maintenance loop to provide two sidings, alongside the proposed high speed line, for stabling maintenance trains.
The Parish Council in its Petition against the hybrid Bill therefore contends that this is one of the most archaeology important sites impacted by HS2 between London and Birmingham and construction proposals could destroy important historic remains that are yet to be discovered.
Chairman, Stoke Mandeville Parish Council