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5 days ago

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Weekly Covid update from Bucks Doctor, Dr Jamil.

Keep on the case everyone, let's keep the infection rate down.

Hands - Keep washing them
Face - Cover it with a mask
Space - Stay 2m away from others, or 1m with masks.
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1 week ago

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Update from Leader of Bucks Council, asking us to act now to avoid moving into Tier 2.

Dear Resident,

With everything moving so fast I am writing to again update you on how things are in Buckinghamshire, what we are asking people to do to keep us all safe and the campaign we will be running to help keep Buckinghamshire out of the ‘High’ category for COVID.

The situation in Buckinghamshire
This week there is a clear message as unfortunately we are starting to see more hospital admissions in Buckinghamshire due to the coronavirus. These are still small numbers but rising.

On a slightly more positive note, in the past week we have seen a small drop in our weekly infection rate overall in Buckinghamshire, from 87 cases per 100,000 people to 76 cases per 100,000. While on the face of it this is encouraging news, fewer tests were carried out in Bucks during this seven day period yet the percentage of people testing positive is around the same as the previous week.

More worryingly, we are now seeing a rise in cases in more vulnerable age groups across the county, with a bigger number of people aged 60+ in Buckinghamshire testing positive. We are also seeing high case numbers in the former South Bucks and Chiltern District areas; South Bucks has a weekly rate of 122 cases per 100,000 people and Chiltern stands at 81 cases per 100,000.

I completely understand that someone ‘testing positive’ does not mean that they are admitted to hospital. Many people, particularly the young, suffer few symptoms and recover quickly. However, amongst the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, this disease can be serious and even fatal.

We need to act now
We know from elsewhere how quickly things can change and with rates remaining high and more people going into hospital locally with COVID-19, we must all do what it takes to bring the virus under control here whilst it is still mainly confined to younger people. With the government currently pursuing a localised approach to restrictions we have the power here in Buckinghamshire to determine our own fate. I desperately want us to avoid being moved into ‘Tier 2’, the so called ‘High’ infection category. This would mean tighter restrictions that will harm our local businesses, endanger jobs and stop us doing the things that help make life enjoyable like meeting our friends and loved ones in a safe way.

What we are asking you to do
We all have a part to play in what happens next. So this week I am writing with a big, but vital ask to stop us moving into Tier 2.

The evidence is that the virus is being spread in Buckinghamshire between groups we don’t live with, such as friends, particularly in people’s homes. Being indoors with the windows closed is one of the worst environments for spreading the disease.

So, we are asking everyone to recommit to observing the current rules in place and, if possible, to voluntarily go a bit further, and especially to consider avoiding meeting people in our homes who we don’t live with. This isn’t currently a legal requirement but more of us choosing to meet people outside or in a COVID safe environment instead could and should make a real difference.

Please do the following, which includes and slightly expands on the current Tier 1 ‘Medium risk’ guidance that applies in Bucks at the moment:

Don’t socialise with other households at home - meet up outside instead or in a COVID safe environment
Observe the rule of six indoors and outdoors
Always stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart
Wash your hands thoroughly and often
Wear a face covering where required (unless you’re exempt)
Stay at home and book a test if you have symptoms

It’s vital that if you develop symptoms, no matter how mild, that you book a test and isolate immediately. Anyone else you live with must isolate too.

I also wanted to share with you our guidance on seasonal events as we move into the autumn.

Throughout 2020 we’ve had to do things differently and it’ll need to be the same for the events we enjoy at this time of year like Bonfire Night, Halloween and Remembrance Sunday.

With the current levels of coronavirus transmission, the council is strongly discouraging holding or attending any events that physically bring large numbers of people close together at this time. Even though it’s lawful, gathering people together simply carries more risk at this precarious time in the pandemic locally.

Needless to say, activities like trick or treating or bonfire parties just can’t happen in the same way this year. It’s not all doom and gloom though - there are lots of other ways to mark these occasions in a safe way. Take a look on our website for ideas on celebrating Halloween this year.

Please also read our important advice and information about all upcoming events.

Looking after ourselves and each other
If we do the right thing now, we can turn this around and stay out of Tier 2 - that’s what we all want.
We want to safeguard our jobs, our health and our freedoms so please, let’s pull together and do all it takes to stop the spread of the virus in Buckinghamshire.

Stay safe and protect Bucks,

Martin Tett
Leader of Buckinghamshire Council
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1 week ago

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We’re recruiting members of the community to join the steering group who will develop our Neighbourhood Plan for Beaconsfield.

Please see attached for details of how to apply or follow the link to our website.

www.beaconsfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/general/join-the-neighbourhood-plan-steering-group/
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2 weeks ago

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Regular Corona update from Bucks doctor, Dr Jamil

Stay safe everyone.
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Upcoming Meetings

Nov
12
Thu
2020
7:30 pm Planning Committee 12-11-2020
Planning Committee 12-11-2020
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm
The Agenda and Minutes for this meeting are not yet available.
Dec
3
Thu
2020
7:30 pm Planning Committee 03-12-2020
Planning Committee 03-12-2020
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm
The Agenda and Minutes for this meeting are not yet available.
Dec
17
Thu
2020
7:30 pm Town Council 17-12-2020
Town Council 17-12-2020
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Agenda and Minutes for this meeting are not yet available.

Council Meetings

Live streams of Town Council meetings will be on You Tube here

Not all meetings are live streamed.

04/04/20 Legislation has been passed to enable virtual meetings to take place.

Beaconsfield Town Council meetings are generally held on a Thursday evening and the timings may vary.

 

Coronavirus update

During this difficult time, Beaconsfield Town Council are committed to keeping you connected with the services and activities that are going on in our town.

As part of the measures to manage the Coronavirus Public Health situation Beaconsfield Town Council have made arrangements for staff to be able to work from home.  As they won’t be in the office to pick up the phone, the best way to contact is via email on info@beaconsfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk and this can be accessed by our office staff who will be able to respond to you.

For the time being, both the Town Hall and the Public Conveniences at Windsor End will be closed until further notice.

In the meantime, please make sure you know where to go to keep up to date with the latest advice.

A useful resource from Buckinghamshire Council if you are looking for help is here - Directory

If you feel ill please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For government advice please see  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

And https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Locally, the Beaconsfield Coronavirus Volunteer Network is an initiative that is being co-ordinated through Better Connect Beaconsfield http://www.betterconnectedbeaconsfield.org.uk

You can follow them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/betterconnectedbeaconsfield/

 

For the advice around the county please look at the Bucks Community Hub on the following link.

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/community-and-safety/coronavirus/volunteer-groups-in-your-area/

Heart of Bucks has launched the Bucks Coronavirus Appeal, please give generously as many will face hardship dealing with this crisis https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/coronavirus-response-appeal

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Schools

Beaconsfield is served by a range of schools, both public and private from Pre-school to secondary.
Learn more about Beaconsfield Schools

Who to contact?

The three councils covering Beaconsfield are Beaconsfield Town Council, South Bucks District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. Each is responsible for different services and amenities.

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Useful Contacts

The link below has useful numbers for transport, utilities and support services in case you need to get in touch with them
Useful numbers for transport, utilities and support services.

Planning

Beaconsfield Town Council is a consultee of South Bucks District Council’s (SBDC) Planning Committee for Beaconsfield applications.

For the latest information on planning and planning application visit SBDC’s planning website.

Sporting Facilities

From Tennis to Rugby, Golf to working out in the Gym, Beaconsfield boasts a wide range of Sports clubs and facilities. If you wish to find out more or give it go click the link below for their contact details.
Beaconsfield Sporting Facilities

Response to Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation

summary this is what we said:-

“Beaconsfield Town Council believes that growth in the Town is essential in order that the community continues to prosper. Without growth it is likely that there will be decline as the existing population ages and the needs of the next generation continue to be ignored.

For the Town Council to support release of Green Belt land it must be demonstrated that exceptional circumstances exist. The development must not only address the key issues of infrastructure but also achieve the maximum amount of affordable housing. In this context the development must seek to include an appropriate volume of housing capped at a maximum of £350,000. .

Further development work will require a detailed framework masterplan, with infrastructure needs such as schools and medical facilities as well as roads and mains, with timing, phasing and so on. These needs should be assessed holistically on a town-wide basis to ensure any complementary enhancements required to the existing town are integrated. We therefore strongly recommend that at least three representatives from the local community including one from the Town Council work with landowners and developers as part of a multi-disciplinary group having responsibility to safeguard the interests of the existing population”.

12th December 2016

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