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By County Cllr Tricia Birchley

You may have noticed that the County Council will not be raising Council Tax this year and has worked diligently to produce a budget which is focussed on cutting back office services whilst protecting services to local residents.
Roads will benefit from a much better capital settlement with at least £20 million to repair large stretches of roads in the next two years. I have every expectation that Potter Row will have been resurfaced at the end of March and other local roads will follow.

During the consultation on HS2 it will be important not to answer too quickly but to see how the process develops so as to have maximum effect in responding. The business case is far from proven and I am pleased that the County Council has been advised by Queen’s Counsel that it holds some important cards and has made £500,000 available to seek the best advice and challenge these proposals.

In Buckinghamshire 74% of people use the nine main county libraries and plans to turn 14 smaller libraries into community partnerships are progressing. I am passionately keen to ensure that each community has a library which meets its particular needs and that unlike neighbouring counties, they all remain open despite cuts in other areas. I am working with members of the community in Great Missenden and across the county to ensure that sustainable business plans are agreed to keep these libraries open. BBC Breakfast News was filmed in Great Missenden library followed by interviews with local residents.

Finally, a reminder about the Exhibition of Art which opens on 9th April at Aylesbury Museum with works from important local collections. The county has a fantastic archive and I would be pleased to arrange a visit for anyone who might be interested.

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