An Update from Your County Councillor Luisa
Enjoying the longest and hottest summer I recall for many years. Will soon be drifting into my favourite season of Autumn leaves, frosty mornings and long dark evenings..
Other than Highways matters here are noted a couple meetings I’ve attended over the summer..
Household RECYCLING Centres, including Langley site on Trenches Lane.
Briefing from Cabinet member for Environment Consultation on Household Recycling Centres across Bucks. The county are looking at all their centres, and evaluating the different sites. Cost saving efficiencies and geographical coverage need to be considered. Langley site received a payment from Slough BC into County for Slough residents to use the Langley Site. This may somewhat protect the site with a financial incentive contribution from Slough, there may also be opportunities to expand the Langley site to more efficient recycling methods.
Please respond to the consultation and details of the consultation assessment on BCC website.
9th August Natural Environment Partnership
Did you know that Chiltern and South Bucks districts use more gas per household than any other districts in England? Or that Buckinghamshire is the 9th from bottom of all English counties for CO2 emission per capita?
Suddenly our rural districts, lush countryside and areas of outstanding natural beauty don’t seem so green after all.
Added to this, in the coming years the county is facing huge swathes of development as much needed new homes, schools, road and rail infrastructure comes forward. Therefore, it’s vital that we protect, preserve and promote the natural environment that we have in Bucks, so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come. That’s where the Bucks and MK Natural Environment Partnership (NEP) comes in; a county-wide partnership which aims to drive positive change and recognition of our natural environment.
South Bucks District and Chiltern Councils are represented on the NEP board by myself, Cllr Luisa Sullivan and Cllr Jane MacBean from Chiltern Council. Other district councils, the county council and environmental bodies make up the NEP to provide one collective voice to champion the county’s natural environment.
The NEP looks at what natural capital we have got, what it’s used for, what its value is and how it can be protected, and the partnership provides feedback on behalf of partners on matters such as the Heathrow expansion, Oxford Cambridge Growth Corridor and London and local Plan.
Two key projects the NEP is currently working on are green infrastructure mapping and biodiversity auditing.
Green infrastructure refers to areas with features such as accessible open space, biodiversity and water. The NEP identifies these then looks at any threats and possible mitigation. This is particularly important when it comes to planning decisions, as the NEP wants developers to incorporate green infrastructure into designs rather than building over it. To aid this, the NEP is proposing to create a developer task group, to encourage developers to get on board with incorporating effective green ideas and initiatives into their developments.
Please enquire with me directly if you would like more information on this partnership. Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a brief on a couple of items I wanted to share with you an update on Highway repairs happening around us!
Mansion Lane resurfacing and line refresh is complete.
Such an improvement along that route, leading into Langley. Council leaders and senior officer level counterparts, are talking with Slough BC to look for a way forward to keep this road open. Discussions with Network Rail continue. It is a key route connector for Heathrow and M4/A4, for us all. Both authorities are in agreement that this road is a critical connector for the road network.
Denham Road quarry roundabout and dual carriageway, completed on overnight program of resurfacing works.
Night works are frustrating, but convenient to avoid major daytime congestion and closure at Denham pushed us all back through Uxbridge Roads on a very large diversion... Best time for works whilst schools out as traffic volumes are low, a long awaited task.
Thorney Mill Road, outside North Star Resurfacing work to highway imminent
Slough Road, Black Horse PH to LB Hillingdon boundary.
Contractors are continuing their work laying fibre optic cable. I did challenge the standard of the work between 5 points and Swallow Street junction. The ditches were re excavated of the contractors waste and the verge and tarmac quality was renewed. This stretch of pavement was repaired and the soil bund was repaired and reseeded. The street gang are presently at the end of Slough Road, just of the Hillingdon border, single way traffic lights are causing some congestion. I’m told another week 10 days approx. until the gang move along into Uxbridge and into Waterloo Road.
After these optic works are completed, Slough Road will be next in line for surface repairs.
5 points roundabout and Pinewood Road
Pinewood studios as the client are obliged to consider the construction of the cycle/foot pathway along Pinewood Road. This Drawings and design is a commitment from their studio developments program and is part of the sustainable travel plan which councillors have also acknowledged collectively that the connection should link through to Iver Station. This ultimately benefits the Ivers as the route remains wholly within the parish boundary.
Richings Park Trees
I have pledged my remaining county councillors allowance towards pollarding work on the trees in This area. Wayne our area technician advised me this week that he has managed to secure a contractors quotation, although this quote initially exceeded my budget allowance .
He has since negotiated a match fund agreement with County maintenance to cover all if not most of the mature trees. All of Somerset Way and Wellesley Ave have been on my radar in particular as residents have requested attention to the mature trees which are also causing some pathway lift damage and falling branch problems.
We await a firm commitment to quotation and a schedule date for work to commence. Of course residents and the IPC will be made aware when work commences, I would assume safety areas will need to be cordoned when works are scheduled…will forward further updates when confirmed.
Iver Heath Fields - tree survey report commissioned by TIPC
Further to being advised by TIPC that there are some urgent tree works required. SBDC have commissioned the work and instructed a contractor on our behalf to carry out the maintenance and tree works recommended. Three trees are under a TPO order so checks are being made that work are permitted.
SBDC will be carrying out the tree report recommendations.
Thorney Mill Road footpath canal bridge to Thorney Business Park junction
A thank you to Step Properties, landowner to the boundary of this footpath. For another cutback of shrubbery and overgrowth which clears the footpath area again.
The Slough Road flower planters are looking lovely.
They should hold out well into September…later I will be speaking to Flowerland Iver team to replace the planting to an Autumn/Winter display. Thank you to the Cottrell family for helping me keep the planters watered through the Summer heat.
Also a big thank you to Ray and Ricky, the groundsmen team, from The Ivers Parish Council for fixing the planters to the railings for me. Also timely to acknowledge and thank Perri Sullivan ( name match…no relation! ) Clerk at The Ivers parish Council for administration work for the planters on Slough Road and the 20 mph tsid signs., most recently. Thank you to all at TIPC for their support and team working. It makes all the difference working on things together, I don’t have an admin or Comms Team so the parish Clerk and support teams help in my local projects and our local schemes have been invaluable.