HANDY CROSS CLOSURE FOR ROADWORKS

Transport for Buckinghamshire is preparing for the disruption to traffic from the weekend closures of the A404/M40 Handy Cross roundabout from mid-February. Highways England will be carrying out resurfacing on roundabout over three consecutive weekends, from 9pm Friday night to 5am Monday morning on the weekends of Friday 16th February, 23rd February, and 2nd March. The resurfacing works require a full closure of the roundabout, as well as the approach roads leading to the junction.

While these are not TfB works, they are preparing for the disruption to traffic that the closure is likely to cause in surrounding areas and have placed an embargo on any other non-essential road works in a 10 mile radius of the M40 works. Additional traffic management will also be used on diversion routes, particularly the smaller roads less well equipped to deal with heavy traffic.

About the works:
Highways England is carrying out the resurfacing to ensure this essential junction remains in a safe condition. The existing road surface will be dug out and fully resurfaced, the traffic signals and detection loops will be replaced, and anti-skid material will be laid at selected areas of the roundabout. During the closures various clearly signed diversions will be in place, primarily using the M40 junctions 3 and 5, the A40, Wooburn Green and Little Marlow. Emergency services will have access through the closure, as will TfB gritters should they need to get through to salt the roads, although gritting routes have been adjusted to minimise disruption.

The X80 and 800/850 bus routes – which serve High Wycombe, Marlow and Reading – will be diverted during the weekend closures, and National Express will not be serving the Handy Cross Coachway during the closure. Details can be found on the bus service disruption page on the county council website.

TfB will be collaborating with Highways England to make use of the road closures on the approach roads, and carry out maintenance works such as small scale resurfacing, gully clearing, sign cleaning, and street lighting repairs.

If you have any questions or would like to know about the works, you can contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk. TfB have set up a webpage with FAQs about the closure, bus information, and diversion information and maps. Visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/handycrossclosure

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LED Footway Lighting Renewal

The council has successfully replaced or upgraded all its footpath lights, 520 of them, at a cost of £190,000. Not only were the old lights expensive to run and maintain but they were also coming to the end of their useful lives.

The new warm-white lanterns from Bicester-based ZETA use just 16 watts , compared to the old 84 watt yellow sodium lights, and will quickly repay an interest-free loan from SALIX, a government aided scheme to help reduce carbon emissions.

Also as part of the project we replaced 173 aluminium columns that were corroding internally and 102 iron brackets with galvanised steel columns.

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POWER CUT INFORMATION

POWER CUT? CALL 105 irrespective of who you pay your bills to.

If you need extra support during a power cut please call 08002943259 to register for Priority Services which aim to provide hot drinks, hot pack meals, charging points, emergency lighting and other support as appropriate, including proactive updates during prolonged power outages.

We can also provide support with your own resilience plan to be better prepared in the event of a power cut.

 

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M40 NOISE BARRIERS

New M40 noise barriers: find out more

Date(s):
30 June, 2017
Time:
1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:
Wycombe Leisure Centre
Contact:
For further details and to keep up to date about the project, visit www.highways.gov.uk/m40-junction-3-to-8.
If you have any further queries about the project, please email  M40noise@highwaysengland.co.uk.
A £5 million plan to cut traffic noise for many people living along an 11.5 mile section of the M40 in Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire is now on show. Information about the project including the proposed nature and exact location of the barriers is available online now at www.highways.gov.uk/m40-junction-3-to-8 and a public information event where people will be able to talk to the project team, will take place on 30 June between 1pm and 8pm at Wycombe Leisure Centre, Handy Cross, High Wycombe, HP11 1UP.
Highways England will install new noise reducing barriers at eight locations along the M40 between Loudwater (near junction 3 of the motorway) and Stokenchurch (near junction 5) in Buckinghamshire.
The noise reduction barriers will be installed at the following locations:

Stokenchurch
Wheeler End/Lane End
Booker Cressex
Daws Lea
Flackwell Heath
Loudwater
Wooburn Moor (north)
Wooburn Moor (south)

Highways England project manager David Owen said: “These new barriers will help to cut traffic noise for many people living in these eight locations. Together with the resurfacing work that we have already completed, they should bring real improvements for communities along the M40.
“We have been working hard with our partners to make sure that the plans will deliver the most benefit for the greatest number of people, and we’re now able to share our plans with people locally and answer their questions. This is a great opportunity to find out more before we start work, both online and in person, so please visit our website and come and see us on 30 June.”
The proposals have been developed by Highways England in partnership with the M40 Chiltern Environmental Group (M40 CEG), Wycombe District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council.

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Victims First Website

Victims First launches to support victims of crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched his ‘Victims First’ brand and website.

Victims First is the new overarching title for the PCCs work in providing support, increasing accessibility and improving services for victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The first initiative under ‘Victims First’ is a new online resource which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

The website has information and advice to help people to recognise hidden crimes such as modern slavery, domestic abuse, including coercive control, and hate crime. Victims First also provides a third party reporting mechanism for hate crime so that those who don’t want to report directly to the police can either complete a reporting form on the website or call 0300 1234 148.

The PCC has undertaken extensive work to improve support for victims of crime, including commissioning new services for young victims, victims of sexual violence, a victim-led restorative justice service and a local support service to assist other victims.

Victims First encompasses all of this work and will expand over the coming year, with the PCC reviewing his services to ensure that victims continue to have appropriate support in place, are able to easily access it and that agencies, including the police, are victim-focussed.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I recently launched my new Police and Crime Plan which reaffirmed my commitment to making sure that victims have access to the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of crime. The launch of Victims First and the website is a key milestone in my work in this area and will allow victims to easily find information and support in one place.

“I believe it will be a valuable resource not just for victims but also for people and organisations that come into contact with victims of crime who can now use the website to find and refer people to an appropriate service.

“Victims First will continue to develop over the next year with plans to create a single referral doorway, a specialist counselling service and community signposting points with the aim of simplifying access and improving support for victims.”

The website is www.victims-first.org.uk

The Police and Crime Commissioner will be available for interview. If you would like to arrange an interview please email opcc.comms@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or call 01865 541950

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Website

The website is having a ‘facelift’.  Items will be moved and sometimes temporarily taken off the site over the next few weeks as changes are being made.  If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact the office on 01494 814600 or email clerk@cwpc.org.uk

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Graffiti Kits

 

Want to show graffiti artists that they are not welcome in Chepping Wycombe?

 

The Anti-Social Behaviour Team loan graffiti response kits to local residents and businesses.

The kits are easy to use, fast acting and non-hazardous.

A kit includes a tub of graffiti wipes, three litres of liquid remover which work on a variety of materials. Other items are also included to help you successfully remove graffiti in a safe way.

If you would like to borrow a kit you can ask your local police neighbourhood team or contact the ASB Team on 01494 421087.

You will need to ask the property owner(s) for permission before you request a kit.

Graffiti is an offense and by removing it quickly you are showing the perpetrators that someone is caring for the area.

Removal should stop further incidents from occurring.

Email your photos to asb@wycombe.gov.uk and we will use them as intelligence to find the perpetrator(s).

 

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