Quainton Mobile Library Service under threat
Bucks CC library service has generated savings of £2,350,000 over the last eight years and this represents a reduction in the budget of approximately 40%. The library service still has a challenging savings target, with over £500,000 needed to be saved over the next two years.
A review of the number of customers using ther library services found that 511 customers solely use mobile libraries and do not visit a library building. Also found was that at one third of the service stops made by the mobile library vehicles, there was only one mobile customer using the service. The cost of running the mobile service is also high and increasing, with the average cost per item issued at a mobile library being substantially higher than items issued at library buildings.
Bucks CC are proposing that from May 2018 the current mobile library service is discontinued. They are however, committed to ensuring that all of the mobile library customers will still be able to access library services, and it is proposed to put in place alternative community-based options. Under the proposals, mobile library customers could be served by a range of different options including the Home Library Service, wider provision of online library lending services and working with interested local communities to develop community-based options such as ‘click and collect’ schemes.
Bucks CC are asking customers and residents to let them know what they think of the proposals, and have designed a survey available online until the closing date of 31 December 2017 at www.tinyurl.com/bucksmobile. Paper copies of the consultation will be available, on request, at main libraries and at mobile library service stops. Bucks CC will be emailing all of the customers who solely use mobile libraries and for customers who have not provided an email address will be posted a letter, a copy of the survey and a freepost address.
Thames Water continue to replace mains water pipes in Quainton village which will lead to temporary traffic light controls and road closure.
Currently, Church Street work in progress and road closed until Friday 1 December.
Station Road (road closure) expected start Monday 5 February 2018 for completion 23 March.
The Strand (road closure) expected start Monday 26 March 2018 for completion Friday 27 April.
Lower Street (traffic lights) expected start Monday 30 April 2018 for completion Friday 25 May.
Stage 7 of the 2017 Tour of Britain Cycle Race, from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham, took place on Saturday 9th September. Famous names from the world of road cycling took part including Caleb Ewan, Alexander Kristoff and Mark Cavendish.
The cyclists’ route took them through Whithurch, Oving, and Pitchcott (around 11:40am) along Blackgrove Road towards Waddesdon and Upper Winchendon before turning right at the crossroads at the top of Cannon’s Hill towards Ashendon, Wooton and Brill.
The period for the public right to inspect the parish council accounts for 2016/17 commenced 3rd July and ended on 11th August 2017. Click on Public Right to Inspect Accounts in the parish council section of website.
Land south of The Strand – A public enquiry was be held from 18 to 25 July 2017 when a Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State heard the appeal by PAG Ventures Ltd on the refusal by Aylesbury Vale District Council to grant planning permission to build 31 new houses at land south of The Strand in Quainton (east of Old Police House). The inspector’s decision is expected on or before 9 November.
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North End Nursery – Developer Laxton Properties arranged a public consultation event at Quainton Memorial Hall on 28 June to present the current indicative proposals for up to 31 new homes.
Major conservation project work has been completed at Holy Cross & St Mary’s Church to conserve 2 nationally known 17/18th century monuments to the Dormer family who lived in Quainton.
High Speed Two held a public event at Quainton Memorial Hall on Saturday 25th March 2017.
The session focussed on land and property compensation schemes and Home Owner Payments.
Additional information was also available on some of the works likely to be starting this year, and the continued programme of environmental and ground investigations.
Residents who live up to 1km either side of the line received an invitation to attend direct from HS2.