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AYLESBURY GARDEN TOWN NEWS

AUGUST

Welcome to the Aylesbury Garden Town Newsletter. You have been added to this mailing list because you have either been involved in our consultation and engagement workshops, or have been involved in the process of helping with the development of the Aylesbury Garden Town Masterplan. Should you wish to unsubscribe please click the link at the bottom of this email.

At the AGT Strategic Oversight Board in July Councillor Steve Bowles, Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration was appointed Chairman to the Board with Councillor Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, elected as Vice-Chairman.
                Cllr. Steve Bowles                                                           Cllr. Bill Chapple OBE

Update on Aylesbury Garden Town

Firstly, on behalf of the AGT Team we'd like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in helping to support businesses and residents living in and around the garden town during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. It has been heartening to see the strength of community endeavor that has supported the most vulnerable members of our society.
 
The Aylesbury Garden Town Strategic Oversight Board
The first Board Meeting of the newly constituted AGT Strategic Oversight Board met in July and the AGT team had a chance to welcome new faces and update them on current projects. With increased community involvement, to reflect the new Community Boards and the important role of the Town and Parish councils in delivering services, the governance arrangements of the AGT Board have been revised and approved by Buckinghamshire Council. The minutes of AGT Board meetings can be read on our website. 

AGT in the news
In July our local MP Rob Butler spoke in the House of Commons about the local economy as a result of Covid-19 and publicly mentioned the efforts of the Aylesbury Garden Town team in supporting Aylesbury naming our Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Town Centre and Regeneration Manager Diana Fawcett who has worked throughout the lockdown to keep markets and local businesses open. She has played a key role in the reopening of the town centre and continues to work with the Town Centre partnership to tackle the challenges posed by Covid-19 and to ensure the prosperity of Aylesbury town centre for the future.

Community

Pictures showing before and after shots and volunteers hard at work 

Gardening Schemes get growing again

Funded by Aylesbury Garden Town the Healthy Living Centre Community Garden started in early January and was warmly received by local-residents and visitors to the centre. The public garden area was tired and overgrown but with the help of volunteers the area was cleared, spring bulbs planted and preparations made to build raised beds to extend the growing space.
 
Like many community projects the Covid-19 lockdown stopped work but in the first week of August the project was back on track with the help of a team of twelve National Citizen Scheme students and two leaders who worked to return the area to pre-covid state contributing 56-hours of voluntary work. The result was a large mound of garden waste which was kindly removed by Idverde, VAHT grounds and maintenance provider. We will continue to work with the community to prepare the area for winter planting. 

Aylesbury Town Centre

Town Centre and its future development
Aylesbury Garden Town has commissioned Hatch Regeneris, alongside Cushman and Wakefield, to undertake a socio-economic and commercial study for Aylesbury Town Centre. This commission will provide an update on the baseline information for the Town Centre including an assessment on the impacts of Covid-19. The report will look at the potential future opportunities for Aylesbury as a town centre and inform redevelopment proposals. 

One of the key outputs and purpose of the work is to help to scope a potential implementation plan for two priority opportunity areas, the Station Quarter and Waterside North areas of the town. The report will be considered at the next AGT Board in September.

Kingbury and Market Square rejuvenation
A £4.5m plan to regenerate Kingsbury and Market Square has been announced by Buckinghamshire Council who have appointed Untitled Practice, specialists in public realm architecture, to lead on the project and carry out the planned improvements in line with the principles set out in the AGT Masterplan. You can find out more and have your say by visiting www.kmspublicrealm.org.
Open for business - pedestrianised spaces enable outside dining
AGT have been assisting the Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership to reopen-up the town centre for business. To support social distancing two roads in the town have been pedestrianised to allow people to safely use the narrow streets of Cambridge and George Street. Local businesses have taken the opportunity to place tables and chairs in the road giving a continental feeling to the space a chance for customers to sit and dine al fresco. AGT Sponsored flower planters enclose the roads at each end of the streets and have added to the charming and relaxed atmosphere of the space.  

 
                       AGT Chairman Cllr. Steve Bowles opening up George Street to pedestrians

Aylesbury Garden Town Projects

Active Travel
The AGT Masterplan has a bold ambition to see all local car journeys reduced by 50% by 2030. Active travel means healthier citizens as well as delivering lasting economic and environmental benefits with improvements in air quality and no carbon emissions at the point of use.
 
Getting active has soared in popularity since the coronavirus outbreak in March. More and more people are cycling and walking for commuting and leisure to stay healthy, travel safely and, maintain social distancing.

Aylesbury Garden Town has seen several local projects adopted as a result of new government initiatives to implement innovative ways to make a journey.
E-Scooter pilot being considered for Aylesbury
As lockdown restrictions continue to ease and more people return to work or are out and about new innovative green ways of public transport are being looked at to enable people to travel safely whilst maintaining social distancing.
 
If approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) the 12-month trial would take place in and around Aylesbury town centre and would be one of a number approved and funded by the DfT with data being collected to decide whether e-scooters could be used across the UK in the future. Only those e-scooters participating in the trial will be classed as legal.  

The scheme would offer e-scooters for hire which allow people to pay and unlock the e-scooter using an app. If approved by the DfT the trial will commence in September and will allow these rental e-scooters to be used on roads, cycle ways and shared cycle/pathways. They will not be allowed on pedesrian only pathways. 

Engagement with local stakeholders is beginnig, so a suitable and safe trial zone can be identified.  
 
Follow this link to find out more about the government’s e-scooter trials.
                                                 Generic e-scooter
In our September newsletter we will be sharing a number of exciting updates on key projects so do look out for it in your inbox. 

We would love to hear your feedback on the newsletter so if you have any comments or would like to suggest topics you would be interested to hear about please email us on contactus@aylesburygardentown.co.uk.
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