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  • Government inspector rejects appeal for new homes in Buckingham
    The planning inspector has rejected an appeal that would see 170 homes built east of the town.
  • These eight tips will protect your home from the ‘Beast From The East’
    A viciously-cold weather front is set to sweep in from Siberia over the coming weekend, bringing freezing conditions and bitter winds with it.
  • EDITOR’S COLUMN: The government needs to act now on growing social care crisis
    This week The Bucks Herald explored the issue of adult social care - and the problems faced by Bucks County Council to provide services for an increasing aging population.
When I started on local newspapers a decade ago we would think nothing of challenging councils on seemingly needless or cruel cuts to services. 
We frequently highlighted where money was being wasted, and where not enough money was being spent - it was an important part of our job. 
That was no matter what the political persuasion of the council or councillor involved, and local newspapers pride themselves on their political neutrality. 
But times have changed for our councils - and after rounds and rounds of government imposed cuts, which last year resulted in a complete slash of the government grant for Bucks County Council - it is clear that all services are being stripped back to the bone. This is bad news for local people - especially our most vulnerable and it is the government’s fault.
  • BAFTA for Aston Clinton man who transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill
    Aston Clinton’s David Malinowski and his team picked up the prize for makeup and hair for their work on Darkest Hour at this year’s BAFTA awards, staged on Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • The Duke of Kent opens University of Buckingham's new medical centre
    The University of Buckingham has officially opened it's new £8.5m medical training centre, with the help of The Duke of Kent.
Nightingale Celebrations
Friday, 09 May 2014 08:05

To celebrate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, Claydon House is putting on a weekend of themed activities including falconry, a children's trail and a special exhibition including items on loan from the Florence Nightingale Museum, London..

Read more: Nightingale Celebrations  [Nightingale Celebrations]
Watch your speed
Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:22

New 30mph speed limit in forceVisitors and locals may have noticed that there have been several changes to speed limits around the town and new signage has appeared in the last week.

New 30mph limits are now in force on Bourton Road and the section of Stratford Road from Page Hill Avenue near Buckingham Athletic Football Club to the roundabout junction with the A413/A422. Both these roads previously had 40mph limits. Additionally, sections of the A413 and A421 ring road have had their limit reduced from national speed to 40mph.

The new limits make good sense from a safety viewpoint and will make it easier for drivers to join the ring road when turning on from the housing estates, so we welcome them. However, drivers who are familiar with the previous limits are already being caught out by the new ones so need to keep their eyes open and take note of where the changes have been made.

UPDATE: It's already been reported in the local press that the police are enforcing the new speed limits so drivers need to be sure they know where the limit changes affect.

Buckingham Turns Out for Olympic Torch
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:27

The Olympic torch handover outside the New Inn pubIn scenes reminiscent of the Jubilee in London, the residents of Buckingham and surrounding villages turned out in force, lining the streets to watch the Olympic torch relay come through town. It was great to see so many people out showing such community spirit.

Three runners, Sarah Williams, Paul Barter and Jemma Moore, carried the torch along the route and were cheered along the way.

See photos from the day  [Buckingham Turns Out for Olympic Torch]
BBC's Antiques Roadshow at Stowe
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:27

The Antiques Roadshow comes to Stowe HouseBBC one's long running programme the Antiques Roadshow will be recording at Stowe House on Thursday 19 July 2012. The programme, now in its 35th series, will be on site with experts on hand to examine items brought by the public. Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm and entry to the show will be free.

If you would like to take your own antiques for a valuation or would just like to be a spectator you can find more details on the Stowe House website or on the show's website.

Olympic Torch Relay
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:32

The Olympic Torch will come through BuckinghamThe Olympic torch will makes its way through Buckingham en-route to Oxford on Monday 9th July. The arrival of the convoy is expected at 10:19am and will travel from Straford Road through the high street, across Bridge Street and out on London Road as far as Swan Pool before leaving at 10:34am to be driven to Winslow. The full route can be seen on this helpful PDF from Bucks County Council which also shows "safe" areas for children.

Based on attendance at other locations around the UK, it seems likely that large crowds should be expected as people travel into town from far and wide to see the procession of the torch through the town.

The route will not actually be closed to traffic but drivers should be aware that progress through the town will be slow for this period of time and should probably make use of the ring road to minimise delays. Parked cars may be removed by police up to 2 hours beforehand and some side roads may be temporarily closed 20 minutes beforehand. Police, traffic marshals and stewards will be positioned along the route to offer help and advice.

If you're unable to make it into town for the actual event or just don't fancy the crowds you can still watch the events live from the comfort of your own home on the dedicated page of the London 2012 website.

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