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£4,376
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    Weʼve raised £4,376 to Re open Bledlow Household Recycling Centre as a community facility with the money raised being used to apply for planning permission etc.

    Bledlow Ridge, Buckinghamshire
    Funded on Tuesday, 12th November 2019

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    Bledlow Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Action Group has been set up by 14 local town and parish councils with the aim of reopening the HRC as a community facility which was closed by Buckinghamshire County Council on 31st March 2019 despite huge opposition from local residents. The money raised will be used to apply for planning permission and then to set up the site for operation. However, people have asked the following questions:

    • Why does an existing recycling facility need planning permission at all? Answer: For historical reasons, and almost uniquely to Bledlow HRC, planning permission was vested in BCC not with the site. It used to be a landfill site up until 1974 owned by Wycombe Borough Council but after the reorganisation of local government in 1974 where WDC became responsible for collection and BCC became responsible for disposal, the site was passed to BCC who then obtained planning permission to turn it from a landfill into to a HRC. BCC were not willing to port the planning consent to us as legally we could have challenged them for their closure.

    • Even if it does need planning permission, why does the permission cost £10,000 to obtain? Answer: The cost of the planning permission is likely to cost circa £10k+ but we will then need , in addition, to reinstate the site for use by a commercial company. Any funding obtained above the £10k will help us to achieve this.

    • How much are the local councils contributing? Answer: Thame has contributed £500; PRTC has agreed on £1k; Bledlow cum Saunderton has agreed £500; Longwick has agreed £500. As the other Councils are currently in recess until September I have asked them to make a contribution (suggested £1k) and add it to their September agendas.

    • Who will operate the facility if and when it is permitted? Answer: This will depend on who the successful company bids to operate it. We have obtained agreement to set up a Community Interest Company (CIC) to act as a host organisation.

    • What does self funding mean? Answer: Self-funding means that we hope that the entry charge the company will level will sufficient to allow the site to operate without having to seek any funding from the CIC.

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    • William Bendyshe-Brown8 days ago
      William Bendyshe-Brown

      William Bendyshe-Brown

      8 days ago

      Our 12 Parish and Town Council have been amazing in their support apart from Bledlow cum Saunderton Parish Council who, although providing support and £500 decided at their last meeting not to support the venture further. We have solicited expressions of interest from 4 companies to operate the site selecting one who is working closely with the CIC. They have even offered 30% of their operating profit towards local charities/public amenities. Just to reiterate, the site will only operate as a HRC and not taking commercial waste.

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    • William Bendyshe-Brown8 days ago
      William Bendyshe-Brown

      William Bendyshe-Brown

      8 days ago

      I am so sorry it has taken me so long to update all our followers on Facebook about the progress towards reopening the Bledlow Household Recycling Centre. We have raised over £20,000 in our fundraising and have been promised match funding up to £20k which is amazing news. So we have applied for planning permission to transfer the existing consent held by Bucks County Council (BCC) to our newly set up Community Interest Company (CIC) which we hope will be granted by end of March or April time. We have a commercial company ready to commence!

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    • William Bendyshe-Brown4 months ago
      William Bendyshe-Brown

      William Bendyshe-Brown

      4 months ago

      We have now raised £4,287 through our JustGiving website from 106 supporters which is fantastic. Additionally we have raised £4,500 from 8 Town and Parish Councils which has been paid into our Business Bank account. Further, we have received an additional £420 from private donations into our Bank account taking our overall total raised to-date to a magnificent £9,207! We are holding our public meeting on Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Princes Centre, Princes Risborough. Please do come along to hear our exciting plans for the site reopening.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 11, 2019

      Hope you are successful in re-opening what was a vital community resource for the whole area.Thank You

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 4, 2019

      Thank you for all your time and effort to reopen a valuable community facility

      £30.00

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      Nov 4, 2019

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      Anonymous

      Oct 23, 2019

      £10.00

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      Oct 23, 2019

      £10.00

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      Oct 16, 2019

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      Oct 11, 2019

      Good Luck!

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    Bledlow Ridge, Buckinghamshire

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