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News about the Kings Head Pub

Latest News about the Kings Head

Updated 21/07/17

Message from Cara Nix

We are delighted to let the local community know that the application to create a childrens day nursery at the Kings Head in Prestwood was finally approved by the planning committee at the council meeting on 20th July.

We would like to say a huge thank you for all the support that the
application has received.  We believe the nursery will have a golden future.

Andy and Cara Nix Continue reading News about the Kings Head Pub

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Polling District and Places Review

Message from Katherine Petty (Chiltern District Council)

Chiltern District Council is carrying out a review of polling districts and polling places within its area as required by the Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006.

Note: this is not a review of District Ward boundaries.

  • A polling district is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a parliamentary constituency or ward into smaller parts.
  • A polling place is the building or area in which polling stations will be located.
  • A polling station is the area within the polling place where voting takes place.

The requirements are that: Continue reading Polling District and Places Review

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Comment on mobile phone coverage

Mary Wiles writes:

“Am I the only person who cant get a mobile phone signal in the Nairdwood Lane area? When I recently bought a new phone, the salesman  showed me a map indicating that Nairdwood Lane was a “black hole” as far as reception is concerned, and it seems to be getting worse. I don’t give people my mobile number as I know they wont be able to get hold of me! Does anyone know how to put pressure on phone companies to erect a mast in this area?”

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A big THANK YOU from PVA

THANK YOU AND PLEASE HELP US – SEE BELOW

We held our 4th Annual General Meeting at the village hall last night (25th April 2017). Many thanks to our supporters and subscribers for such a great turn out.

You can view the slides that were presented by clicking on the links further down this page.

Do you want PVA to become a Pressure Group?

This part is really important. The main theme at the AGM was about how PVA evolves. With your support over the past 4 years we have gone from nothing, to 900+ subscribers, and have a very effective website run by volunteers. We could do more, much more, but here we need your advice, help and participation – today please.

To help make this very easy and quick for you we have an online form.

PVA Feedback online

Continue reading A big THANK YOU from PVA

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Public Spaces Protection Orders

CDC seeks your opinion (before the 14th of May)

Message from John Gladwin (CDC Councillor)

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are currently reviewing our powers of dog control and anti-social drinking in public spaces, and we would like to hear your views.

The results of this consultation will inform our plans for the introduction of new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs are one of a number of new powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area.

To help us carry out this review, we would like to invite you to complete our consultation here.

The deadline for responses is Sunday, 14 May 2017. For more information and a link to the consultation go to www.chiltern.gov.uk/PSPO or www.southbucks.gov.uk/PSPO.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk or communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk

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Co-Op Car Park

Car Park by Prestwood Co Op and Social Housing

You may not be aware, but the proposal by Paradigm to CDC to take some of the car park by the Co Op to increase the level of affordable housing in the District is still under consideration, and is one site on the list of possible proposals that are being considered.  One of the reasons it is still there is because doubt has been raised as to how full the car park actually gets.

 If you wish to express an opinion regarding this topic, in particular the loss of some of the car park area, you may want to consider approaching one or all of your local councillors, possibly providing photographic evidence of when the car park is full and your views regarding the facility it offers to the wide community.

If you would like to make contact with them to share your views and provide any evidence you have in terms of the demand for spaces in the car park, their contact details are:

List of Chiltern District Councillors. 

Cllr Martin, Peter:             PMartin@chiltern.gov.uk
Cllr Wallace, Heather:     Hwallace@chiltern.gov.uk
Cllr Jones, Robert:             RJones@chiltern.gov.uk
Cllr Gladwin, John:            JGladwin@chiltern.gov.uk

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Reshaping Council Services (from Bucks County Council)

It’s time for a fresh start in Buckinghamshire

Click on the image to download

Buckinghamshire’s current system of county and district councils is too expensive, bureaucratic and confusing. Cuts in funding, along with a rapidly growing population, mean that unless there is change, some frontline services will have to be reduced or even stopped altogether. That’s why we are proposing to abolish all five councils and replace them with one new council for Buckinghamshire, saving millions each year to protect and improve services.

One new council could:

  • Invest more money into road and pavement repairs, social care and other services which matter to you
  • Reduce council tax for the majority of residents
  • Give you and your community more control over local services
  • Provide a local hub for public services in your community. We would like to know what you think of our proposals.

You can download the full details by clicking on the button below:

Reshaping Council Services (PDF document)

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Cycling in Prestwood

Paul Francis writes:

“Both my wife and I have this weekend attempted to leave our pushbikes securely attached to something fixed whilst visiting the Prestwood Village Centre & also John Hampden Doctors surgery, and we have both discovered that there is nowhere in the village to secure push bikes to whilst visiting !

I’ve written to GMPC about some possible investment in these facilities but heard nothing back – even some secure rings attached to premises walls would be a good start, in order to encourage more people to leave their cars behind and get some fresh air and exercise instead of clogging up the village.

Any thing you can do to move this forward would be appreciated.”

Any other comments on this? Please let us know by adding your views below or get in touch directly with Great Missenden Parish Council or Prestwood Revite Group.

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Male cat found

A local resident is currently looking after a cat which was found in Lodge Lane. He is currently looking after it, but has just housed it temporarily while trying to establish the owner. He states:

“I’ve just housed but, can’t keep a largish fluffy male cat. He is very well manicured so I can’t believe that he hasn’t got a frantic owner somewhere.
He’s been taken to vets to establish his condition etc. 

Vets comments-

  • Very well behaved
  • 2-3 years old
  • Been doctored

Is chipped but, original owner in MK does not want him back as has partner allergic to cats. Chip info not updated with current owners details.

Found in Lodge Lane area, possibly pedigree

Please contact 01494 866246 for more details”

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You don’t want to see one of these……

Ransomware

I support a lot of charities across the UK. I was passed the following message in a text file from a small regional charity. It was on the start up screen when the computer was turned on. It had been there for 2 weeks!

ATTENTION!
All your documents, photos, databases and other important personal files
were encrypted using strong RSA-1024 algorithm with a unique key.
To restore your files you have to pay 0.49965 BTC (bitcoins).
Please follow this manual:1. Create Bitcoin wallet here: https://blockchain.info/wallet/new2. Buy 0.49965 BTC with cash, using search here: https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins3. Send 0.49965 BTC to this Bitcoin address:1FkFRVWCvTyimcAAxq19dhYGspQ4KaeoabL4. Open one of the following links in your browser to download decryptor:http://tt-metall.ru/counter/?a=1FkFRVWCvTyimcAAxq19tidShQ4KaeoabL
http://technocooks.com/counter/?a=1FkFRVWCvTyimcAAxqsHyiLppQ4KaeoabL
http://projectdare.co.uk/counter/?a=1FkFRVWCvTyimcAAxq19ssHppQ4KaeoabL
http://grutorax.com.br/counter/?a=1FkFRVWCvTyimcAAxq19mITppQ4KaeoabL
http://www.wordbaasoverdebal.nl/counter/?a=1FkFRVWCvTyimcAAxq13SDppQ4KaeoabL5. Run decryptor to restore your files.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

– If you do not pay in 3 days YOU LOOSE ALL YOUR FILES.
– Nobody can help you except us.
– It`s useless to reinstall Windows, update antivirus software, etc.
– Your files can be decrypted only after you make payment.
– You can find this manual on your desktop (DECRYPT.txt)

(In the above example I have edited all of the links to make them void just in case anyone was curious to take a look and land in more trouble.) 

A bitcoin at today’s rates is worth £613.78. So 0.49965 of a bit coin is worth £306.67. It is very unlikely this is real. Ransoms in £1000’s have been charged for this type of scam in the past.  Continue reading You don’t want to see one of these……

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Local Plan Consultation … and Prestwood

Another consultation?

Yes, and this one does affect the whole of  this area for years to come.  So it should involve us all now.

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Click on the map to see it full screen and then return to read more……

 

To help you, we have created user friendly maps for you to see how you are affected.  These highlight the sites under consideration and make it easy for you to get further official (CDC) information.

We have already informed you about the Local Plan Consultation which is reviewing 15 preferred Green Belt options a few weeks ago. As usual there is a lot of information to go through in the evidence base which is normal for these exercises.

PVA has extracted the current status around Prestwood and displayed them on a map. There are 22 of them.

But aren’t they all rejected?

Yes they are, however some of those have been rejected twice. As this process moves through to a conclusion we should remind ourselves of the current status of the plan as far as Prestwood is concerned.

Any of these can come back, and as you can see in one case; two adjacent areas next to Lodge Lane have both been rejected, the area was made even larger (10 Ha) and appeared again with a proposal for a school to be built there. See this item for area 2.02.

You can get the big picture here: Local Plan Nov-Dec 2016

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Gift A Book Prestwood Event

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Message from Prestwood Junior and Infant Schools

5th -19th December 2016

Our 2 local schools need your help to provide additional books for their libraries.

We are asking all parents and local businesses to gift a book from the Usborne range of 2700 fiction and non fiction titles starting at £1.99 to widen the range of topics available for the children to read and borrow from their school library.  If more than £600 of books are purchased, Usborne books will give the schools another 60% in FREE Usborne books of their choice!  If we raise £1,000, the schools will get another £600 to spend with Usborne books!

The schools have made a “Wish List” of books that the children would like to see in their library and these books will be visible on our Facebook Event Page.

All participating children who gift a book will be given a free silicone wristband in January showing their support for their school as a way of thank you. Parents and Business Donors will be thanked in a January Newletter

Contact your local school or Victoria Stacey or call 07525 084099 to find out more.

Part of this campaign is also aimed at businesses in and around Prestwood. Please download this information on Gift a Book which explains how it all works.

 

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The Kings Head

Community Asset

(Message from Mark Cunnane)

A group of Prestwood business men have proposed to purchase the currently closed Kings Head pubic house for the community. Last year they were on the verge of completing the deal, only to be gazumped at the last minute. At present the pub is listed as a community asset and it is very unlikely it would get a change of use to residential accommodation granted by the local authority while there is a community bid on the table.

 Residential use is only allowed at the Kings Head provided it remains a public house. The property cannot be converted to exclusively residential accommodation without a change in use permission being granted by the local authority.

The group of Prestwood businessmen have stated they would offer the market price for the premises, just as they offered to  the previous owners. A spokesman for the group said “ We are very keen to return this pub back to the community where it has been for the last 130 years.”

Comments from the community?

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