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Wooburn and Bourne End parish councillors discuss unitary authority

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Wooburn and Bourne End parish councillors discuss unitary authority

Wooburn and Bourne End parish councillors were updated on the unitary Buckinghamshire Council – which comes into effect in two months.

Councillors heard from county councillor Mike Appleyard (Con, The Wooburns, Bourne End & Hedsor) on Tuesday last week.

He told members in Town Lane about the 16 ‘community boards’ to be set up across the county, made up of residents, town and parish councils, police and health organisations.

Cllr Appleyard said: “Each board would have [about] £250,000 to spend. It is £5million divided by 16.

“These boards would determine, in that area, where the priorities are. We have got Marlow [in ours], which is going to want to dominate proceedings.”

The unitary council will also contain 17 ‘Council Access Points’, which will be a face-to-face contact point for residents with queries.

The nearest one in the parish would be located at Marlow Library in Institute Road.

“There is a lot of effort going in to make sure there are no hiccups after changeover,” Cllr Appleyard added.

Councillors agreed to be kept up-to-date with unitary council developments.

W Also at the meeting, it was revealed that the parish council’s fourth village show would take place on Sunday, September 6.

Meanwhile, a VE Day 75 event will be held in the parish on Friday, May 8, marking the Allied victory in Europe in 1945.

Readings will be made on Wooburn Green and Penny’s Corner, while on May 9, there will be a ‘picnic in the park’.

Councillors agreed on a £3,500 budget for the occasion.

Grab a team and raise money for charity as a Marlow bar hosts another quiz night.

On Thursday, March 5 at Claytons Marlow in Oxford Road, Quizmaster Tosh will put brains to the test from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

There is a maximum of six people per team – £3 per person – with all proceeds going to the charity Build on Books, which works with schools and communities in Sierra Leone to help them overcome the effects of poverty.

Booking is essential. To guarantee a table get in touch on 01628 488404.

Visit www.claytons for more information on the quiz and other events happening at the bar.

People passing through Marlow will be able to get water on tap after a second water refill station was installed. It can be found in Higginson Park on the edge of Court Garden House.

The station has been made possible thanks to Marlow Town councillor Suzanne Brown who used her ward budget as a Wycombe District Councillor to pay for it.

Wycombe District Council paid for the connection. Phil Irving is a Marlow-based environmental professional on the Marlow Town environment working group who championed the scheme.

He said: "I am really excited that we have another refill point for the people of Marlow.

“It's becoming easier and easier to carry a water bottle and refill it.

“And that means fewer bottles bought, drunk and thrown away. Well done Suzanne Brown for making this happen."

The only other refill stations in the town can be found outside Resolute cafe at the entrance to Higginson Park.

Bottles can also be refilled free of charge at a number of places displaying Refill stickers.

The Marlow Jazz Club is preparing for the appearance of ‘two of Britain’s finest saxophonists’ this month.

On Tuesday, February 18, club favourites Alan Barnes and Simon Spillett will be taking to the stage for a rare gig together.

The pair will be at the Royal British Legion Hall in Station Approach at 8.30pm, with backing by the Frank Toms Trio.

Admission at the door is £10, but the best seats can be reserved by ringing 01628 486571.

Network Rail work will start at Bourne End railway station next week.

Shift dates are Tuesday, February 11 to February 14 from midnight to 6am, Tuesday, February 18 to February 21 midnight to 6am, and Saturday, February 22 to February 24 continuously from midnight to 6am.

A youth club in Wooburn has ceased operations, a parish council meeting was told last week.

At the full council meeting of Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council in Town Lane on Tuesday (January 28), it was revealed that The Wooburns Youth Club had decided to close as of December 31 last year.

The club was based at the Community Church Hall in The Green.


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