By Councillor Clive Harriss - 29th June 2017 4:00pm
Following the most recent county council elections, carried out on 4th May, here is an update from newly elected councillor for Bernwood division, Clive Harriss.
It was a great honour to be selected as candidate to replace Margaret Aston following her decision to stand down from the County Council after so many years of hard work and service to the community for which we must thank her. Like Margaret I am an experienced councillor having sat on a London Borough Authority as well spending the last 10 years representing the people of Wycombe on Wycombe District Council.
My responsibilities as a Councillor over the years have been forward planning for the Local Area Plan, Town Planning Committee and Deputy Cabinet member for Transport , whilst on Harrow Council. Subsequently I've been both Deputy and Full Cabinet member for the Environment Portfolio, responsible for negotiating the current waste contract and inter authority waste agreements between Chiltern District Council and Bucks County Council for Wycombe DC.
My new post on BCC is as Deputy Cabinet Member for the Environment and Planning Portfolio. The role is interesting and covers a considerable number of areas ranging from forward planning to flooding, waste, mineral extraction and parks and recreation.
The Bernwood Division extends from Chearsley to the Oxfordshire County border and includes Long Crendon, Shabbington, Ickford, Worminghall, Haddenham, Aston Sandford, Kingsey and Scotsgrove. The division faces many challenges with the impending commencement of construction on HS2, expansion of the numbers of residential dwellings and pressure on local resources to cope with the increase in the number of residents that are attracted to the area.
I therefore take this opportunity to thank all those who through their vote entrusted me to take on these challenges and to assure those who didn't that I am here to represent them and should they have an issue to contact me.
I have already identified a number of areas in need of road repairs and traffic calming; I myself almost fell victim to an oncoming speeding motorist who overtook a car on the A418 completely ignoring the new red painted road markings whilst I was trying to perform a right-hand turn into Church Way [Sic] from the A418 on my bicycle. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to take his number.
I've also managed to get cleared some fly tipping which plagues the rural areas.
On a lighter note, I visited Haddenham and witnessed the May Day celebrations and attended the Chearsley village meeting. I've been taking time to visit the various local hostelries to familiarise myself with the villages and all they have to offer. I'm looking forward to more events which I can attend with my wife and daughters and share in the local village life.
Despite the workload I am gradually working my way around to visit all the Parish Councils and Councillors many of whom I met at the Local Area Forum held in Chearsley. I want to be sure that I can assist each Parish with their particular issues where possible or add my support where they must lobby other authorities.
In closing I confirm that I'm very much looking forward to the next few years and to meeting with more of the local residents.