Agenda

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 472 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 January 2021.

3.

Declarations of interest

4.

Hot Topics

5.

Question Time

The following question has been received  and will either be responded to during the meeting or a written response will be included in the minutes:-

 

1.    Question from Councillor Cameron Branston to Councillor Martin Tett

 

As a Councillor for the Grendon Underwood Ward, I am writing to put forward the views of residents in Edgcott and Grendon Underwood, the villages most affected by this proposed expansion.

 

Both villages are under significant strain managing traffic from HS2 and EWR projects, can the villages manage more traffic to the prison site? Once the prison is operational, traffic movements will continue. None of this is environmentally sustainable. As a Council, we have agreed to some significant targets in line with national carbon reduction targets by 2050. Daily movements from 500 - 600 coupled with visitors will only increase carbon footprint in Buckinghamshire. A brand-new bus stop will not encourage more people to use public transit.

 

The proposal will increase the prison population to 1,400, which is larger than both Grendon Underwood and Edgcott and several residents have argued that this development moves away from organic growth to a point of being intrusive even artificial given its location in the countryside. Moreover, it is difficult to understand how trees could camouflage four story buildings with jarring colours in the open countryside, nor does it seem possible that trees and shrubbery will contain light pollution emanating from these large edifices at night.

 

Several major infrastructure projects have been viewed with scepticism in part because they are deemed expensive and offer little value locally and instead are perceived to harm the countryside. Can Cabinet assure residents living in the countryside, especially those living in Edgcott and Grendon Underwood, that it will do all it can to protect the environment and the countryside allowing residents to enjoy the amenities in the countryside?

6.

Forward Plan (28 Day Notice) pdf icon PDF 618 KB

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Buckinghamshire Council corporate response to the proposed new prison at HMP Grendon/Springhill, Grendon Underwood pdf icon PDF 495 KB

Additional documents:

8.

Exclusion of the public (if required)

To resolve that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

 

 

 

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Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular  person (including the authority holding that information)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

Confidential Minutes from the Cabinet Meeting held on 5 January 2021

10.

Date of next meeting

Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 10am.