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The Misbourne’s 60th anniversary celebrations

Misbourne logo 60 yersMisbourne School is holding a celebration day on Saturday 25 June.  See further information in the March 2016 Misbourne newsletter.

PVA subscribers may be particularly interested in the initiative We [the school] have set up a Facebook Misbourne Alumni group for former students and staff and more than 1000 members have already joined. The group has been sharing their pictures and memories of their school days and reconnecting with their former friends and teachers.” 

The Misbourne is also keen for local groups and businesses interested in having a small stand at the celebration day on 25 June,   to advertise their group and/or business, to contact the school via Cathy Hillier, email




Next Dementia-Friendly Alliance meeting

Message from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer, Prevention Matters – Communities, Bucks County Council Health & Adult Social Care,  6th Floor New County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UA  Tel: 01296 382140,  Mob: 07876 257406     

The next dementia-friendly alliance meeting for Great Missenden Date:  Wednesday 20th  April   Time: 12- 1.30pm at Great Missenden Library, HP16 0AL.

Chris Holden (Trading Standards) will Chair the meeting and an agenda will be sent earlier next week ahead of it.   As the meeting runs over a lunchtime please feel free to bring your lunch for ease.  Tea and Coffee will be provided.  Please confirm attendance by emailing or calling 01296 382140.  It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.

Email:    Twitter: @PrevMatters  



Comment on local transport by 29 January deadline

Update – 13 April 2016 – Bucks County Council’s Local Transport Plan up to 2036 has now been published following the public consultation that finished at the end of January 2016.  To see the results go to this link and have a look at the accompanying documents/appendices.  

Particularly relevant to Prestwood is specific information on the bus network proposals under “Total Transport: the bus network Buckinghamshire needs in Appendix 1. page 58   and another interesting section is Road Safety on page 62.

Appendix 2 makes interesting reading too and well worth skimming through the comments made in green, especially on bus networks and parking.

There appears to be scope for local groups to liaise directly with BCC in the future to try and achieve satisfactory conclusions to local problems – anyone prepared to take the lead on this in Prestwood?

Originally published on PVA website on 23 January 2016 – Everyone in Prestwood is affected by local transport, whether we  use buses, trains, drive, cycle or walk.  Until 29 January, we all have an opportunity to send in our views on the Local Transport Plan (LTP) developed by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC).

The LTP is a policy document setting out the Council’s priorities until the year 2036,  so will impact on us for decades.  BCC is in charge of transport locally, including buses, school buses, trains, roads, parking, cycling, pavements, rights of way and so on.  Continue reading Comment on local transport by 29 January deadline



You’re invited to a meeting ….

Have you booked your place yet to ensure you’ve got a seat?
A “new heart” in Prestwood – your feedback appreciated

Message from John Skrimshire, Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group

We hope you can join us on Tuesday 22 March, when highway designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie of Hamilton-Baillie Associates will be presenting his thoughts on how to put a “new heart in Prestwood” by creating an improved village centre as a focal point for the community and promoting road safety.

Bucks County Council and Chiltern District Council have granted funding to Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) for this project.   PRG have in turn briefed highway experts to consider the problems associated with the village centre, such as the lack of a defined centre to the village, parking issues and traffic management.  The link to the brief explaining the background to this project is here.

Feedback to the concept is needed from local residents and stakeholders, so we do hope you can come along.   Please book your place in advance by emailing  as space in the hall is limited.

7pm on Tuesday 22 March  at  Prestwood Village Hall,  1 Wycombe Road, Prestwood, Bucks HP16 0NZ

With best wishes,  John Skrimshire,  Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group  



One-way system in Orchard Lane

Many thanks to local resident Malcolm in the High Street for delving into the reason for the one-way system currently operating in Orchard Lane, Prestwood.   Our local TfB Area Technician, Rusty, ie Kathleen Wilmhurst has got to the bottom of it:

“Apparently this is a temporary change turning Orchard Lane into a one way system to facilitate Thames Water utility works. Prior to the works being programmed a meeting was held (last year) with all the residents concerned at the village hall & in addition to this a letter drop was sent out as well for confirmation.

“This is a temporary change (not permanent) & should be back to normal early April at the completion of the utility company works.

“Our streetworks inspector is regularly checking to ensure that this site is safe & complying with the TTRO (temporary Traffic regulation order).      Hope this helps – Kind regards,  Rusty.”

Thanks Malcolm for the information.     Prestwood Village Assn





Training for your volunteers


Training Dates for your Diary – February through to May 2016

Funding & Governance Advice Surgery – Amersham11 Feb

Volunteering Advice Surgery – Amersham11 Feb

Minute Taking Workshop for Trustees16 Feb

Smarter Management Committees – How to Run Effective Meetings – 17 Feb

Buckinghamshire Community Funding Fair 2016 – 23 Feb
Continue reading Training for your volunteers



CDC’s Emerging Local Plan


On 20 January, Graham Winwright, CDC’s Planning Policy Manager, unveiled the next stage of the Emerging Local Plan for Chilterns & South Bucks 2014-2036 and PVA went along to find out more.    His presentation can be seen here.

To catch up from the beginning see previous articles, 13 January, 12 February 2015,  Emerging Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan and 14 January 2016.

This current public consultation, on Issues and Options, is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging participation amongst local groups and organisations as well as the public.  It will be carried out in accordance with both councils’  Statement of Community Involvement and runs from 19th January  to 5pm on 14th March 2016.

As Chiltern District Council has now joined forces with South Bucks District Council in this exercise, the whole process has once again been re-started and, therefore, all submissions by everyone in previous public consultations need to be repeated and re-emphasised.
Continue reading CDC’s Emerging Local Plan



HS2 concedes more mitigation measures to Bucks

Hard-won concessions came on Wednesday (20 January) in an eleventh hour offer from HS2 Ltd, when Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) was back in front of the Commons HS2 Select Committee.

The County Council, working with district and parish councils, made submissions to the Select Committee in October, which won mitigation measures for damage and disruption the high-speed rail line is expected to cause.    These included flood alleviation and monitoring measures, rights-of-way changes, school and public transport concessions, a pledge to recycle 95% of construction, demolition and excavation waste, and the removal of two controversial spoil dump sites from the plan.

Two major issues dominated the eleventh-hour negotiations and were particularly tough to reach agreement on, one being:

Local communities in Great Missenden and Prestwood expressed their concerns to the council about the proposal to provide a haul road for construction traffic from the Link Road roundabout on the A413.   The council asked that an alternative haul road be provided further north.   HS2 Ltd has agreed to this, subject to the council securing the necessary consents and that any alternative proposal doesn’t increase the cost.

See here  for last news item reported by PVA on this.

Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the hard work to achieve this.

There are three information releases related to this that you can download and open below:

The documents have come from Bucks County Council.



Are you affected by Bucks CC’s Budget Cuts?

To those in the Voluntary & Community Sector

Community Impact Bucks has been asked to submit an evidence paper to Bucks County Council on the likely impact of its draft budget on the Voluntary and Community Sector.   So that it can accurately reflect what is happening in the Voluntary & Community sector, it would be helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to provide CIB with information in this quick survey.

Please see the following link: Proposed Budget Cuts Survey

Thank you –  your response is appreciated.

If there is anything CIB can do to assist you please call: 0300 111 1250, email or visit our website



Transport Consultation

This article was originally uploaded here on 8 December 2015:

A REMINDER:  Many Prestwood residents are concerned about the inadequate bus service provided by the 48 Route – now is your chance to have your say – you need to have responded by deadline of 29th January.

If you are unable to complete the on-line survey BCC have confirmed that it welcomes written responses to:

Bucks County Council, Transport Strategy, 7th Floor, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UY

or email:

PVA provided feedback to the Bucks County Council about the relative short time the last transport survey was conducted at the end of the summer holiday period this year. It was only open for a two week window and not particularly well advertised. We have no idea if a valid sample was achieved. 

We would like to encourage all residents to participate in new extended survey as it will affect everyone that uses transport. Closing date is  29th January. 

Have Your Say

Don’t leave it to someone else!

Have your say on Buckinghamshire’s transport plan for the future

Monday, December 7 was the launch day for an extended eight-week public consultation on Buckinghamshire’s draft Local Transport Plan and I’d be really grateful if you would take part.

As our economy and population grow, good transport will become more important.  In fact, one can’t happen without the other.

The draft Local Transport Plan is a blueprint for travel in Buckinghamshire in the future, covering all types of transport and looking ahead to 2036.  It sets out how transport can play a vital part in realising the County Council’s vision to make Buckinghamshire a great place to live and work.

It is clear about maintaining and enhancing the county’s special environment, and helping residents and businesses to thrive and develop one of the strongest and most productive economies in the country. It sets out the policies that show the route we intend to take to make these aims a reality. Continue reading Transport Consultation



Clean for the Queen

The biggest ever clean-up of the country will be taking place in March

LATEST UPDATE:  11 January 2016 Clean for the Queen

Our local Madame Cholet, Jeanette Hedley, is running Prestwood’s campaign to “Clean for the Queen” for 3 days  – the 4th, 5th and of 6th March.   “Litter picking equipment (tools, hi viz tops and refuse sacks, but not gloves) can be collected from my house, Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane, Prestwood, between 10am and 2pm on each day and directions will be given to volunteers on areas to litter pick and where to deposit the filled refuse sacks.

“Any amount of time given to clearing up the village is most appreciated.  Anyone wishing to contact me prior to the event is welcome to ring on 01494 866460.  Thank you.”

In the run up to The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April 2016, all of the litter charities across the country have come together in support of the campaign to “Clean for the Queen”, together with a growing range of companies, land managers and associations.  The aim is to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter-picking to make the places where we live more beautiful.

“For Her and for us all, we want to attack the blight of litter and reclaim our beautiful countryside, our fabulous cities, our world class parks, our wonderful beaches and waterways.”

There will be ‘Clean for The Queen’ litter blitzes throughout the UK in January, February and March, and the most monumental of all litter clear-ups from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2016.

Prestwood’s Chief Wombler, Jeanette Hedley, will be spearheading Prestwood’s grand litter-pick during this period – so please put the dates in your diary now with more info to follow nearer the time.  Your support in making this event truly spectacular will be appreciated.  If you know of a local “grot spot” then join in and give it a go.   If you’d like to also support the campaign directly via your school or workplace then go to to find out more and register your interest.

Keep Britain Tidy Bin it  Clean Up Britain Cleaning UK  Marine  CPRE



Vehicle Speed in Prestwood

Prestwood Village Association has been provided with some data collected on behalf of Transport for Bucks. This uses the strips across the road rather than a laser or radar based speed detection device. It monitors throughout the day and collects statistics.

These statistics are now more than 3 years old. We have asked Great Missenden Parish Council to provide PVA with updated information based on the MVAS devices we use around the village.

This first set of data was recorded over the period 12/09/12 to 19/09/12 60m south west of Barley View on the A4128 (Prestwood High Street). These graphs record eastbound traffic. (Traffic heading into Great Missenden) Continue reading Vehicle Speed in Prestwood



Behind Closed Doors: Fraud & the Vulnerable Adult

According to the National Fraud Authority £3.5 billion is lost to scams every year in the United Kingdom, a significant proportion by vulnerable and older people, specifically targeted by Organised Criminal Groups via, mail, telephone, cyber frauds doorstep crime.  Especially vulnerable are people with dementia and those who care for them.  Victims’ losses can be enormous; a couple in Amersham in their 80s, both with dementia, have been conned out of almost £1million by rogue builders and a lady in Denham has paid out over £140,000 to bogus lotteries.

When investigating these crimes and more than 1000 similar frauds and scams perpetrated over the last 5 years in Buckinghamshire, Trading Standards Officers have increasingly become aware of a process of grooming akin to that seen in Child Sexual Exploitation where elderly, infirm, socially isolated and lonely older people are the target for unscrupulous criminals who are keen to exploit their vulnerability.  Continue reading Behind Closed Doors: Fraud & the Vulnerable Adult



Help BCC make important budget decisions

Budget consultation – ‘The toughest decisions yet’,  says Bucks County Council

People across Buckinghamshire are being asked to help the County Council make important spending decisions on next year’s budget, in a survey launched today (Thursday 26 November).

The survey, which will run online until 17 December, aims to get people involved in helping to decide which areas of the Council’s work spending should be focused on. The short, easy to complete survey is available at

Continue reading Help BCC make important budget decisions



Next Dementia-friendly meeting

Here’s the Agenda-19.11.15 for the next Great Missenden Dementia Alliance meeting on 19th November.   Please note that this is a lunch time meeting, tea & coffee will be provided but please feel free to bring along your lunch as we help and support each other to make your community more Dementia-Friendly. If you are unable to make the full 1.5 hours, please do still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you.

Take a look at the Dementia-Friendly Communities video to find out why being Dementia-Friendly is so important:

To confirm attendance, call: 01296 387821.

We look forward to seeing you soon.  Kind Regards, Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council.



Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

Deadline to petition re HS2 changes via Parliament gone…BUT you still have an opportunity to respond to this consultation, by 27 November


Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

The deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally) on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 has now closed ie. Friday 13th November. You’ll recall we sent out an ALERT following our latest news item being posted, on 8th November.

Despite the short time window to petition individually, ie. from latest info update supplied by HS2Ltd on 30 October with individual petitioning closing on 13 November, you can still make your voice heard by Friday 27 November. Here’s the response form to complete: SES3 Consultation Response Form

How Prestwood may be affected

Now that it has been agreed to extend the tunnel to the west side of South Heath by an extra 2.6km (AP4), a Chiltern Tunnel North Portal Access Road will be constructed off the Gt Missenden Link Road Roundabout on the A413. Continue reading Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November



13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

We thank Mike Johnstone and John Gladwin for bringing this to our attention.

We wish to bring to your attention two opportunities to respond to HS2 public consultations. The first which is a Petition responding to AP4 (see below)  closes this week, and there are two ways of making a submission; by the 10th November (Tuesday) of this week via Cheryl Gillan’s office, or direct to the Government by the 13th November. This article explains what it is about and proposes how it may affect Prestwood residents, and what you can do about it below.
At the bottom of this article is a Consultation on SES3 and AP4 which closes on the 27th of November. 

AP4 Petition

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

Now, the deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally)* on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 is Friday 13th November.  If you wish to, an easier route is to get your completed petition to Cheryl Gillan MP’s office in Amersham by mid-day this Tuesday 10 November. Continue reading 13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes