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By County Councillor Tricia Birchley
Watching the Prime Minister and MPs debating the rioting and looting across England and Wales on television just 12 months before the Olympic games was an unedifying experience for Britain. Fortunately the disturbances in mid-August were minimal in Buckinghamshire and Ian Hunter, the Chiltern LPA Commander based in Amersham, did his best to gather information and support the community to keep the peace. Updates are available at www.twitter.com/TVP_Chiltern.
London 2012 has now announced ticket prices for the Paralympic Games and remembering their Buckinghamshire connection I thought you might be interested to know that tickets for the Rowing Competitions at Dorney Lake will be available from 9th September priced at £10, as are special Olympic Park passes for each day of the Paralympics.
Future Healthcare Bucks
Our ‘Vision’ is now open to ‘engagement’ with the Ox & Bucks Cluster PCT. In October they will be out to consultation with the public and five meetings will be held across the county so that everyone has the chance to learn about the changes they are proposing. One of the main ones is to treat many more people in the community, releasing hospital beds. They say for a population of 500,000 people it is estimated that one district hospital is needed, but it is certainly not the plan at present to go down that route. However different specialisms will be based at Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe, with A & E based at Stoke and a GP-led urgent care service available at both hospitals. Of the 43,000 people that attended A & E in Wycombe last year (no longer a full A & E), 31,000 were able to walk in and these are some of the people they want to treat closer to home.
Country can’t afford HS2
Images in the press of the Chinese high-speed train crash showed just the sort of viaducts that could be constructed in the Chilterns AONB towards Wendover if the Government’s proposals go ahead. I’m pleased to say that the County Council has written to the Transport Secretary Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP expressing concern about the sum of money he may be committing at this stage and asking for an estimate of the cost to the public purse of administering the procurement exercise; this request must be treated under Environmental Information Regulations. Several local residents have had letters published in the national press and many have voiced their concerns in the media, and hopefully the current financial climate will play its part in stopping this monstrous project!
Pothole repairs in pipeline
During the next few months you will see Transport for Buckinghamshire out working on a number of local roads, with Chartridge Lane/Rocky Lane being treated by the road-fixer gang and Swan Bottom Road in the programme for patching and surface-dressing in 2012.
Do please let me know if I can raise your concerns with colleagues at County Hall.
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