Public consultation on the future of Buckinghamshire’s Household Recycling Centres

Buckinghamshire’s Household Recycling Centre Service are conducting a consultation process with residents until April 2019 to set out proposals for the future of the service. The service needs to reduce spending by £1.2million, however they are committed to getting a clear insight into how residents and service users would like the recycling centre service to be improved or changed.

Some of the proposals made so far include:

  • Reducing the number of opening days at our Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham and Chesham sites, from 7 days a week down to 5

  • Closing down completely one site, and maybe two sites

  •   Introducing charges at all sites for some types of waste

  •   Consider charging residents from outside Bucks for disposing of all waste types at sites, or preventing them from using sites altogether

Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, Bill Chapple OBE said the review was a ‘reluctant but necessary step’. He said: ‘We have an extremely tough budget to meet from April 2019 onwards and this means facing up to some difficult decisions. There definitely needs to be changes, but my overall aim is to retain a service that still works for the majority of the people going forward.”

To help develop plans for the future service of Buckinghamshire’s Household Recycling Centre please visit:

Latest Unemployment Statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury in September 2018 was 795

  • This represents a rate of 1.3% of the economically active population aged 16-64.

  • The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in June to August 2018.

  • The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 65 higher than September 2017 and 35 lower than August 2018.

  • There were 135 claimants aged 18-24 in September 2018, 20 higher than September 2017.


David's article for local media on the RAF

“The RAF has a strong presence in Buckinghamshire, nowhere more so than in Walters Ash, Naphill and Bradenham.

I recently spent a day at RAF High Wycombe. I was wearing two hats. I am both the local constituency MP and also a member of the National Security Council, chaired by the Prime Minister , which brings together senior ministers with armed forces, civil service and intelligence chiefs to discuss both domestic and international threats to our country.

It was a fascinating visit. I spent the morning being briefed on current challenges, from issues to do with recruitment and equipment through to operational matters. We discussed the steps being taken to recruit more women and more people from ethnic communities, the long timetable needed to procure and design new aircraft and the challenges presented by advances in both air and space technology. Every day of the week, RAF men and women are taking action to deter and protect the United Kingdom and to defend our interests around the world.

A visit of a few hours can only give you a snapshot, but even that helps when you faced with decisions on security policy.

In the afternoon I was honoured to be invited to present awards to RAF people (some in uniform, others civilian staff) who had contributed that bit above and beyond normal expectations of duty.

The recipients were men and women from many different parts of the RAF family. But what their stories had in common were two distinctive features. First, they had all in different ways demonstrated a capacity for leadership, to take the initiative to get something done. Second, they had all shown an ability to motivate and work with others,

In the RAF’s centenary year, it was a reminder how much we all continue to owe to their service.”

David visiting a local RAF base.

David visiting a local RAF base.