Unitary Council Decision


The District Councils were very disappointed with the recent decision of the Secretary of State regarding the way in which the new unitary Council will be set up. All four District Councils decided at recent meetings of their Cabinet not to consent to the Regulations which were laid before Parliament on Monday.

On 21st January 2019 Chiltern District Council and Wycombe District Council took their concerns further and have written to the Secretary of State as a preliminary step to legal proceedings.

The letter raises specific concerns about the lack of local consent, the recent changes to what was proposed and the lack of reasons given for making them as well as failure to ensure appropriate checks and balances.  

The Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, made his announcement on 1 November 2018 that ‘the right course of action is to establish a new single unitary district council for Buckinghamshire.”

In a joint statement, Councillor Isobel Darby, Leader of Chiltern District Council and Councillor Katrina Wood, Leader of Wycombe District Council, said: "We are doing this with great reluctance but feel that the MHCLG has left us with no alternative.”

“We have obviously thought long and hard about whether to take this step. But in this case we believe that it is in the best interests of our communities in Buckinghamshire to challenge the process being used. Our aim is not to hinder the creation of the new Council but to ensure we get an excellent, new Council, giving us the opportunity to start afresh and form a Council that serves our residents and businesses well, and one we can be proud of.”

Action on Anti-Social Behaviour in Chiltern District Car Parks

December 2018 update from Amersham Neighbourhood Policing Team

You said; you were concerned about Anti-Social Behaviour by youths and young drivers around the multi storey car parks.
We did; We developed with Chiltern District Council a new Public Spaces Protection Order covering over 20 public carparks in Amersham, Chesham, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Little Chalfont, Gt Missenden and Prestwood prohibiting persons from causing noise or behaving in a way that would cause nuisance or annoyance to a member of the public. This will allow the police to deal with this type of crime more effectively. Operation Ghostbuster was an operation put in place to deal with anti-social behaviour in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire night. This resulted in there being no major reports of ASB. This was achieved by dedicated high visibility patrols.

The police are currently investigating a spate of bin fires being caused by youths in Chalfont St Peter and are working on leads.

Vacant allotments in Great Missenden Parish

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Parish Council HS2 Working Party

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