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More information on HS2

Message from Mike Johnstone, HS2 Lead, Great Missenden Parish Councillor

Following Royal Assent, the local HS2 Engagement team have arranged two ‘drop-in’ information events with emphasis on property compensation schemes for local residents and to enable you to find out more about HS2 in your area.

 The events are planned for:

 – Wednesday 29th March 2.00 -7.00 pm at Ballinger Village Hall

 – Friday 31st March 1.30 – 8:00 pm at Wendover Memorial Hall

 HS2 Drop in event 29th March is the HS2 leaflet providing more details.

There will be other events arranged by the local councils and by HS2 Ltd to keep you informed of developments.

Cllr Mike Johnstone – HS2 Lead, GMPC



Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks. 



Sprinters Leisure Centre Changing Room Refurbishment

Sprinters are delighted to announce that  their Gym Changing Rooms have been transformed.    Extensive work through January has seen the rooms update massively.   New floors and shower cubicles as well as new hair dryers and hair straighteners have been added and feedback has been great.

Come down to Sprinters and see for yourself!

Also, as a New Year starter, Sprinters are offering a no joining fee offer to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…




Chiltern Community Lottery?

Chiltern District Council would be pleased to have your views for or against a local lottery.   There is a link to a short survey on this CDC web page:

Kind Regards   David Gardner BA (Hons), Active Communities Officer, Joint Community & Leisure Team, Chiltern District Council & South Bucks District Council   01494 732759



Next Community Litter Pick in Prestwood

Message from our Wombling friend, Jeanette

The Great British Spring Clean  –  The first litter pick weekend of 2017 will take place over three days – 3rd, 4th and 5th of March. 

Tools, hi viz tops and refuse sacks will be available between 10am and 2pm on each day from Jeanette at 18 Orchard Lane, HP16 0NN.  Please bring your own protective gloves.  Volunteers can choose to litter pick any area of the village and at any time over the extended weekend.  The gathered rubbish will be collected by CDC on Monday 6th March – collection point will be advised to individuals participating.

The event is in conjunction with the Great British Spring Clean, which you can view on the Keep Britain Tidy website.  Let’s make this the biggest community Wombling event ever!

See you then – Jeanette  email:




Chiltern Townscape Character Study

 Stakeholder Workshops

A series of workshops are being held in February, on behalf of Chiltern & South Bucks District Council, across the districts to inform the on-going Chiltern & South Bucks Townscape Character Study.

The informal drop-in sessions will allow parish and town councils, other community groups and local residents to contribute their views on what they value most about the character of their towns or villages.

The workshops will be facilitated by consultants, Chris Blandford Associates, who have been commissioned to undertake an updated and consistent Townscape Character Study of key settlements across both Districts on behalf of the Councils.     Continue reading Chiltern Townscape Character Study



Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops

Latest timetable

Since its inception, we’ve kept you updated on the progress of the Local Development Scheme (LDS) which Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils have jointly agreed to pursue.  Search under Local Plan to read the history.

On 19th December 2016 the Joint Cabinet for Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to amend the LDS timetable which included agreeing to the principle of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and key dates for the Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036).

The updated LDS timetables are available below:

Emerging Local Plan Local Development Scheme (LDS) (December 2016) [134kb]

CIL Local Development Scheme (December 2016) [214kb]

Key dates for Emerging Local Plan –  (italics indicate completed stages):

1.  Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation incorporating an ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation [Complete – 19th January to 14th March 2016];

2.  Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation [Complete – 31st October to 12th December 2016];

3. Publication (Draft Plan) (Regulation 19) Consultation [October/November 2017];   THIS WILL BE YOUR FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO INPUT YOUR COMMENTS.

4. Submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22) [March 2018];

5. Examination in Public (EiP) (Regulation 24) [June 2018];

6. Adoption (Regulation 26) [November 2018].  Continue reading Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops



Do you know about these?

Various grants and loans available from Chiltern District Council

Have a look at CDC’s website for details of eligibility and how to apply for Flexible Home Improvement Loans, Grants and Loans for Repairs and Grants for Disabled Facilities and Affordable Warmth.

All links below:



Youth Awards 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Chiltern District Council Youth Awards – the closing date for nominations is 3 February 2017 with presentation evening being 16 March.

Know a youngster in Prestwood who goes the extra mile, or has excelled in academics, arts, sport?  Or a young carer?  Nominate them in CDC’s Youth Awards 2017 and make their day.  It’s simple – do it online or download a form.




TVP seeking your three policing priorities

As part of Thames Valley Police’s engagement process, every three months they’ll  be asking for your views on what you think the top three priorities should be for policing your community.

The responses will be collated and the most frequent three concerns given priority.  TVP will feed back to you on what they’ve done to help with these priorities.

Please respond by the   6th  February 2017 to:-

Thank you.



Beat the New Year Burglar

Now that Christmas is over many of us make New Year resolutions.  Try this one for a quick and easy way to protect your property

Think about how many new things you have.  It would be wise to mark any new items you have received.

Property marking is a way to help protect your belongings by deterring burglars and help the Police trace and return stolen property.  Deter would-be thieves by marking your property with your postcode and house or flat number (or the first three letters of the house name).  Then, if your property is stolen it will be much easier to trace, as it can be positively identified as yours.  Continue reading Beat the New Year Burglar



Stop – Think – Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks if money is tight….

They never let you go!

After the Christmas and New Year sales, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council is asking people to think again before borrowing money to avoid debt spiralling out of control.

At this time of year it is all too easy to get persuaded to use high cost  ‘buy now pay later’  catalogues, payday loans, doorstep lenders and even loan sharks.   All these sources of credit will lead to high interest rates and in the case of loan sharks, intimidation and possibly harm.  Check out the following advice:-  Continue reading Stop – Think – Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks if money is tight….



Proposals & options for changing local government structures

Your thoughts on Unitary options?

PVA first reported  this on 13 July.

Useful Links

Here’s a link to a website dedicated to the subject.

The Bucks Free Press has also substantially covered this topic.

County Council option

Bucks County Council has published its proposals.

District Council Options

Attached is a summary of the options paper commissioned by the 4 district councils in Buckinghamshire.

Community Impact Bucks is asking volunteers, charities and community groups to review This Link and send in your views before next Friday, 16th December.  If you would like to talk to someone about it or ask questions, then please phone or email:   Tamsin Ireland, Modernising Local Government Project Manager, or phone: 01296 585004.    The report has no pre-determined outcome and is looking at all possible options.   It focuses on finding how best to strengthen local decision making, improve and protect the future of local services, save taxpayers’ money and keep the people of Buckinghamshire at the centre of everything that is done.



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.

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



Removal of public phone box in Honor Road

BT have notified Chiltern District Council that, within its current programme of public payphone removals,  it is intending to take away the phone box in Honor Road near the junction with Gryms Dyke.  Only one call has been made from it over the last year.

There is a notice to this effect on the call box – if you have any comments to make about this please send them by Friday 9th December to Mike Shires, Area Planning Officer – West Team, Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road,  Amersham HP6 5AW    01494 732044:  01494 586508 email:



Replacement of Chiltern Pools, Amersham?

Chiltern District Council is undertaking a public consultation that is considering the development of a new leisure and community hub facility to replace the existing Chiltern Pools, community centre facilities, library and youth centre in Amersham.    As probably the nearest swimming pool to Prestwood, PVA thought you would wish to comment.

happy children kids group at swimming pool class learning to swim
happy children kids group at swimming pool class learning to swim

The Council is really keen to understand if residents (young and old) are supportive of developing a new leisure/community hub and also what facilities they would like to be included.

The following link will take you directly to the Consultation page on the CDC website.



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?



Local Plan Presentations

Green Belt Preferred Options Public Consultation is now active.

Your opinion counts!

An exhibition covering 15 Green Belt Preferred Options will be presented at Great Missenden Memorial Hall on Friday 11 November between 6pm and 9pm

If you cannot make that and wish to know more there are some other dates and venues on the attached poster below. Click on it to open it full screen.

Click on the image to see the poster full size

Prestwood Village Association are looking at the details in this consultation and may come out with some further information localised to Prestwood later this month.

Local Plan Evidence base and other documents can be located here on the CDC website.



Abbey Gym Club needs your votes TODAY

Message from Sue Egan, Chairman Abbey Gym Club (Registered Charity Number 1156313).    Tel: 01494 866524 | Mobile: 0788 411 5905 | Email:

Dear Prestwood Residents,

We have applied for £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to buy the gymnastics floor in our new building and we need you to vote for us.  Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva website gets 10 votes for free.  Voters can be any age.  We hope that you will cast all of your 10 votes for Abbey Gym Club here:  and also ask your friends and family members to vote for us.


You can find out more about the fund here:

How to vote:

  1. If you already have a log-in for Aviva, please log in; alternatively you will need to register to cast your votes.  To register, you will be asked for an email address, a password, your full name and whether or not you are over 18 (this does not affect voting).
  2. You will then be sent an email with a link to confirm that you have entered a valid email address.
  3. Once you have registered and clicked the link in the email, you will be taken to the main projects page where you can enter “Abbey Gym” into the project name and click “Search”.
  4. Our page will appear (you will see a picture of our younger gymnasts sitting on the bench during registration) and you can click the “+” button to move the votes to 10, then click the button to cast your 10 votes for us.

Continue reading Abbey Gym Club needs your votes TODAY