Matters Arising, April 2019

View from the Chair
In the natural world April is a time for the new. In the WPC world I’m in a more reflective mood.

Wendover has had an interesting year. The Best Kept Village accolade has sat well with us and the grounds team and the WI, who are now caring for the planting outside “Istanbul”, are keen to succeed again. I’ve resisted the Istanbul humour. The PC’s resurfacing of the Heron Path is completed, one year ahead of programme, and looking great. Our Neighbourhood Plan Group, through incredibly hard work, has developed an excellent draft plan that I’m pretty sure will lead to an acceptable, made plan being incorporated into The Vale of Aylesbury Plan (VALP). The new Parish Clerk, Keith, has settled in and he and his team are extremely approachable and engaging so service delivery is continuing to improve.

For the future the PC needs to keep an eye on some big stuff. The Unification of AVDC/ BCC etc. VALP and the RAF Halton closure rumble on. HS2 is it seems always with us. More locally I’m concerned at the difficulty local clubs and organisations seem to have in recruiting helpers, members and all kinds of doers. Wendover is an interesting place and much of that interest is generated by the wide range of activities offered by volunteers. They are struggling more than ever to recruit though, and so their future is threatened. The PC has two vacancies at present.

I must mention one little project that the WPC is moving forward on. That is to refurbish the area beside the clock tower where the water trough is. It’s looking a bit neglected so a refresh and repair to brick and stonework and reconnection to the water supply is on the cards. Tom Walsh

Bonfires in Allotments
We have banned bonfires at our allotments at Hogtrough Lane and London Road in line with our new Environmental Policy. There are health concerns about air pollutants in smoke, including carbon monoxide, dioxins and particles. Burning waste can prevent people from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging out washing. Smoke and fumes affect air quality and can damage health. Let’s all try and play our part in making Wendover that much more environmentally friendly.

Responsible Dog Ownership
As of late there has been an increase in complaints and incidents regarding dog fouling. On 27 February 2019, the Deputy and Assistant Clerk walked down the first 100 metres of Heron Path and counted 22 incidents of dog fouling! No one should have to put up with the actions of irresponsible dog owners. Dog mess is a health hazard and can be particularly horrid for those playing sports, using the fitness trails and our team of grounds men when they strim the grass. Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or a fine of up to £1000!

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