Tuesday, 1 April 2014

TfB Think Community

Monday 1st April Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) recently held a successful conference to engage with parishes in the north of the county. Their ‘Think Community’ conference, held at the Oculus in Aylesbury, was well attended by around 50 local councillors and is the first of three similar events to be held across the county. Representatives from parish, town, district and county councils met together to share examples of successful schemes and share advice to help deal with similar issues. Presentations were made on topics chosen by the attendees prior to the conference. Road and footway maintenance and speed management were covered in detail to give attendees a greater insight to the extent of our road network, the work we carry out on footways and how parish projects can help with managing excessive speed. Parishes with successful schemes reported on how they worked with TfB to deliver these projects and encouraged other parishes to investigate further. The role of TfB’s Local Area Technicians (LATs) was highlighted with a short video outlining a day in the life of a LAT to show the councillors the range of work that is undertaken by these hard working officers. Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport hosted the event and said: “We wanted to make sure we were speaking directly to the community about issues that were important to them. We also wanted to provide a forum for the community leaders so that they could talk directly to the decision makers of Transport for Buckinghamshire and feel that they were being heard. The feedback we have received from parishes has been really positive and we are looking forward to the next two!” The remaining conferences are in the South Bucks and Wycombe areas on April 3 and 10 respectively and are still open for bookings for parish, town, district and county councillors. Please email tfbcomms@buckscc.gov.uk if you are a councillor and wish to attend.