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At any given time the Council will be working on several projects, details of which for the current year can be seen below.
An EMR is an Ear Marked Reserve, this is a pot of money that has been agreed to be spent on a particular project and has been 'reserved' for that purpose. EMRs and larger projects are agreed when the annual budget is set, often projects will take more than one year to complete and so EMRs may be agreed to span several years. A full list of current EMRs can be seen within the monthly income & expenditure reports which can be found here. Any money left in an EMR after the project has been completed will be transferred back into the general reserves.
The perimeter and fencing have been repaired and pathways improved. However we continue to look for funding support to remove dead trees from the water and reduce the ongoing spread of the lilies which can affect the quality of the water.
There are four pairs of white wooden gates at the approach to Wendover Village. The locations are, London Road, Aylesbury Road, Tring Road and Ellesborough Road. Over a period of time, the wood on the gates has steadily deteriorated and despite the best attempts of the Groundsmen to repaint them they are rotten and beyond economic repair.
£15k was budgeted in 2020/21 in an EMR, however the project did not move forward. £15k has again been budgeted via an EMR for 2021/22.
UPDATE: Buckinghamshire Council have agreed to do these works at no cost to WPC, once the work has been done the EMR funds will be released back into the general reserves.
The Council has a dedicated working group dealing with the council response to HS2 and pushing for a mined tunnel for Wendover. Part of this process is continued lobbying of parliament, costs associated this and other HS2 costs can be seen at the bottom of the finance page under HS2 project cost (here.)
Canal Tow Path
The Wendover stretch of the canal tow path is in desperate need of work, the project has now secured an outside grant, so work is now being done to finalise the details and timing for the refurbishment in conjunction with the Canal and Rivers Trust. Wendover Parish Council will be contributing £25k towards this project. Removal of vegetation and temporary repairs are complete between Wharf Road and Halton Bridge and path works are due in Spring 2023
Climate Action Wendover (CLAW)
We continue to support CLAW in their ambition to plant trees and create a community garden with fruit trees and bushes that can be foraged by the local community.
Waste Bin Replacement
On 20th July 2021 the amenities committee agreed to proceed with replacing four concrete bins with 120 litre, 100% recycled Enviropol 100 bin. The total cost, including concrete bases, removal of old bins and new bins installed is £4484.24, which would be charged against the replacement bin EMR of £5k.
The new bins have now been installed at both Ashbrook Park and Witchell Meadow.
Wendover Parish Council commissioned Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) to undertake a parking review in the parish. Multiple levels of consultation have been undertaken and it is not a surprise that residents have strong opinions on the parking outside of their house and around Wendover. The report and recommendations have been discussed by the Parish Council but they have requested more details before giving their support. In Jan 2023 Buckinghamshire Council proceeded to give notice that they will be implementing the recommendations. The funding for this is covered by the local Community Board and will not be coming from Parish Council funds.
The original idea behind the Highway Trees project was that the Parish Council would look to adopt the existing highway trees from Buckinghamshire Council. The money set aside for this would then be used to maintain and replace as required. The adoption has not taken place and the trees are currently still the responsibility of Buckinghamshire Council. The dedicated EMR for this project is £10k.
UPDATE: We are now waiting for 16 new trees to be planted in locations around Wendover.
Princess Mary Gate Signage
There are signifiant signage issues existing on the Princess Mary Gate estate, including give way signs and priority signage. Wendover Parish Council is working with Transport for Bucks to address these issues.
The EMR for this project is £1.5k and this budget was kindly donated by Cllr Steve Bowles.
Clock Tower Wall and Fountain
It was proposed that the old wall adjacent to the Clock Tower is refurbished with consideration towards the installation of a suitable water fountain once the refurbishment is complete. It now appears that the damage to the wall is greater than originally envisaged and the focus will have to be on preservation and may no longer include a water fountain. As the work requirements have significantly changed the listed buildings team have had to report. There is a budget of £10000 for this work.
The former skate park on London Road was removed in 2019 as the site was dangerous. The working group are looking to create a new park in Wendover.
There are allocated funds from the Parish Council and Community board and we are about to appoint a contractor to lead on the process of gaining further funding and designing and building a new park at the Ashbrook ground.
We are working to renew and refresh the Christmas lights which are currently old and prone to breakages and need constant maintenance. We will be looking to keep the character and charm that people enjoy on the high street with new units that reduce electricity consumption and do not need as much maintenance.
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