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Dog walking at Sprinters Leisure Centre

Better logoThree local clubs (tennis, cricket and football) all have pitches and courts at Sprinters Leisure Centre in Honor End Lane, Prestwood.

The land at Sprinters is private ground leased by Chiltern District Council to the charity that runs the centre, PSLA  (Prestwood Sports and Leisure Association).

Unfortunately the level of dog walking linked with the leaving of “evidence” and over-excitable dogs bounding up to children having tennis lessons has reached an unacceptable level.

Following a joint decision by the management of PSLA and Better GLL, it is with regret that dogs on leads with their owners will now only be allowed to use the clearly marked public footpath on the north side of the field as they pass through the sports centre  and signs to this effect will be displayed.



Local Area Priorities Review

A reminder from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer,  Bucks County Council:

“Would you be able to spare a few minutes so your voice can be heard in your local area surrounding local area priorities ? Your views will play a part in how funding and resources towards the issues agreed are then carried out.   We are refreshing priorities and it would be good to get as many views as possible, especially from local residents/professionals who run OR know a community group:

Current top 3 priorities are:

  • Road Safety
  • Speeding
  • Community Transport   The survey closes on the 26th September.  

Tel: 01296 382140; Mob: 07876 257 406 Email:

Your opportunity to put your priorities and ideas forward for Prestwood …

It will soon be three years since the current local priorities were set within the Missendens Local Area Forum (LAF).  

In order to refresh and gather feedback from residents about local priorities for the future, the following online survey has been created:

The survey will close September 26th at which point the report will be finalised for the LAF.
Continue reading Local Area Priorities Review



Flytipping Alert

Have you had any garden work carried out?

8th September 2016


A resident has reported:

“A pile of garden waste has been tipped on the side of Hangings Lane, Prestwood, about 20m beyond the Footpath gate — from the size of it I would guess it was a small flatbed tipper or a van load.”

It is a substantial load including new lawn turf trimmings, and mature shrubs that have been cut back and a lot of soil.

If you have any information about this please report it to the relevant authorities, here is the link:

Everyone pays for the clear up in our council taxes.



Free Family fun on 27 August – Prestwood Village Games

Better – the UK’s largest network of public gyms and leisure centres – will host an open day on Saturday 27 August at Sprinters Leisure Centre to get more people more active in our local community and celebrate Team GB’s achievements at the Rio 2016 Games.


The FREE ENTRY open day running from 11am to 3pm will have sports and activities for the whole family to join in including a Penalty Shootout, Team Ski Walk, Tug of War, Egg & Spoon Race,  Welly Wanging, Tennis Taster Sessions and Walking Football Tasters.

Jamie Webster, General Manager for Sprinters Leisure Centre, Prestwood said,  “All staff at the Sprinters Leisure Centre are proud to fly the I Am Team GB flag and host the open day.  We’re inviting our members and local residents to come and join in with the different activities alongside our staff and be part of this nationwide celebration of sport, and see what we have on offer in the centre for families throughout the rest of the year.”

An additional bonus – come and see the completed car park including diffused lighting and the Tennis Club’s new pavilion.  Sprinters is really on the up.

More info at  IATGB Open Day 27th Aug press-release-Sprinters



Do you hold a regular event for 55s plus?

David Gardner, Active  Communities Officer, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council, is putting together an article for the Bucks Older People Forum newsletter which  will be celebrating  UK  older people month.  It will include news of  October events and general service information  appropriate for the 55s and older.

Do you have a regular event which could do with an extra push?

If you would like him to include information please let him have : DATE,  TIME,  EVENT /   SERVICE  DESCRIPTION, BOOKING   OR  CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:   YOUR WEBSITE / FACEBOOK:   BY THE DEADLINE OF  MONDAY 22nd  AUGUST

David Gardner,  Active  Communities Officer, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council Telephone 01494 732759  email



Team GB Prestwood Scores Gold for Wombling!

From Jeanette:

Congratulations to all volunteers for rising to the Olympian Wombling Challenge this weekend.   An astonishing amount of fly-tipped rubbish and litter was collected by a dedicated team of 20 litter picking volunteers, some of whom had extensive previous experience of Wombling and several who were newcomers to the ‘sport’.   All enthusiastic participants exceeded expectations and the impressive results of their labours amounted to a huge stack of refuse sacks, shopping trolleys, carpets, washing airer, glass, light fitting and wood.

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Well done everyone – a brilliant team effort!  Thank you all so much for helping to clean up our lovely village.

I hope to see you all during the next Wombling Weekend – 29th and 30th October.         Jeanette Hedley



Don’t be shy – GIVE WOMBLING A TRY …

Hello Litter Picking friends, old and new,

I am writing to let you know that the next community litter pick is taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August and hope that you and like minded friends and neighbours can join in with this worthwhile exercise.   Previous litter picks have produced an inordinate amount of discarded rubbish which never fails to amaze me. 

Please do spread the word about this event.  The more volunteers that join in, the more litter we can gather from our lovely village. 

Hi-viz tops, litter picking tools and refuse sacks (PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES) can be collected from my house Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane, between 10am and 2pm on both days and litter picking can be done at any time during that weekend, in any area and for any length of time. 

Filled refuse sacks can be left at the Scout Hut car park, Nairdwood Lane, for collection by CDC on Monday 15th.  If anyone wishes to speak to me prior to this event, my number is 866460 or email me.  Thank you.

Kind Regards,  Jeanette Hedley  – email:



Theft from motor vehicles

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Drivers are being urged to take simple steps to avoid falling victim to thieves targeting parked vehicles – vans in particular.  Between May and June 2016, there were 14 reported thefts from vehicles in Chiltern District.  These thefts were from cars and vans parked on the road and driveways with many left insecure.  Vans are a prime target, and tradesmen are advised to keep vans locked and secured at all times.

To avoid becoming a victim:

  • Ensure you empty your vehicle of all valuable items.
  • Mark your tools using a CRE Marker or permanent marker pen with your house number and postcode.
  • Do not leave your car or van unlocked at any time.

You can contact Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s joint Community Safety team on 01494 586535 for further information.




Don’t let thieves steal your summer!

Don’t invite thieves into your home!

Thames Valley Police

With summer here people will be making the most of the warmer weather, spending time in the garden, enjoying a barbecue or taking a holiday.  Thieves know that this time of year people are more likely to leave doors and windows open making it easier for an opportunist burglar to gain access to your home.

To help you avoid becoming a victim of burglary Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils joint community Safety team is encouraging residents to take a few minutes and read the simple things you can do to protect your home.  Continue reading Don’t let thieves steal your summer!



Is there a case for a Unitary Authority in Bucks?

Are you aware that Bucks County Council is currently preparing a business case for A Unitary Authority to streamline local government in Buckinghamshire?

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Community Impact Bucks (CIB) wants to make sure that views, comments and concerns from the Voluntary and Community Sector are all taken into account.

There are 2 ways you can do this:

  • And/Or come along to one of the workshops CIB are running to enable you to discuss and share your thoughts

Register here for Aylesbury event:  25 July 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Register here for Wycombe event:  27 July  2:30pm – 5:00pm

View the Buckinghamshire Business First report – Strategic Financial Case for Local Government Reorganisation in Buckinghamshire, produced in 2014.   This will give background information which you may find useful and informative and is the basis for the Bucks County Council Business Case.

For questions, please contact 01844 348820 or email to discuss further.



Next stage – Chiltern Local Plan up to 2036

Preferred Options Consultation

You may recall that Chiltern (CDC) and South Bucks district councils are undertaking a joint Local Plan 2014-2036 for which an initial public consultation incorporating Issues & Options was carried out earlier this year with many of you contributing to it.   Our local Parish and District Councillors also  held an invited-audience-only meeting in Prestwood Village Hall for local organisations, including PVA.

CDC propose to repeat these as part of the next public consultation on Preferred Options,  along with holding a number of exhibitions across the two districts and want to give you advance notice of key dates.  This will be limited to development options in the Green Belt that the councils consider should be taken forward in the Local Plan in order to help meet development needs.  Consultation responses will help inform decisions on a draft Local Plan (expected for consultation in March/April 2017).

The details for the Preferred Options Consultation will be determined by the Councils joint Cabinets on 12th October 2016 (a Joint Committee meeting) and as such the following details are subject to confirmation.

It is anticipated that the public consultation will be for 6 weeks from 31st October until 5pm on 12th December 2016.  There will be two key events/activities as part of the consultation set out below.  Continue reading Next stage – Chiltern Local Plan up to 2036



HS2 Latest

The House of Lords Select Committee has set out its hearing programme from 7 – 9 June;  all are  Locus Standi challenges.

Eight  MPs with constituencies directly and specially affected by the proposed route for Phase 1 of HS2  have joined together to write to the House of Lords regarding the latest petitioning process in that House.  The letter is attached.

Bucks County Council’s petition response document is available here.    It may well take some time to upload as it is 56 pages long.

HS2 Alerts

If you would like to be kept up to date will all the latest information on HS2 matters please contact Andrea Polden  email  who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.



Last and next litter pick weekend

Jeanette has told PVA that the Litter Pick last weekend produced a sterling effort once again by many regular participants and several newcomers, including 5 children who happened to be passing Jeanette’s  house and saw the signs so decided to join in.  At least 20 sacks of litter were collected and a stack of other assorted rubbish. Reporting back from their ‘Wombling’, many remarked that there seemed much less litter than on previous occasions.  Well done to all participants and thank you for giving up precious time at the weekend to tidy  our lovely village. 

Jeanette’s planning the next Wombling Weekend for 13th and 14th August (to be confirmed nearer the time).  So, don’t be shy – give Wombling a try!

Message from Jeanette:

(first published on 27 April 2016)  The next litter pick weekend will be Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May.  Please volunteer an hour or two to help with tidying up the village.  Litter picking tools, refuse sacks and Hi-vis tops will be available from 18 Orchard Lane between 10am and 2pm on both days.  Please bring your own gloves.  Volunteers can choose any area to litter pick and collected litter in refuse sacks can be left in the Scout Hut Car Park Entrance (off Nairdwood Lane) for disposal by Chiltern District Council.   Please contact Jeanette on 866460 if you need further information, or just turn up on the day.   Please tell your friends, neighbours and clubs about this event.  Together we can make our lovely village a cleaner, safer environment for everyone to enjoy.                DON’T BE SHY – GIVE IT A TRY!



Prestwood parking area under review

The following applies to the public car park opposite Prestwood Motors on the High Street and was received from John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor.

Prestwood Car Park

Recently Chiltern District Council was approached to see whether it would be prepared to sell the rear part of the Car Park off Prestwood High Street to facilitate the building of 4 affordable Housing units. This was initially considered an attractive proposition given the shortage of affordable housing in the District.

However on further consideration, taking into account the Recycling Centre and the varied utilisation of the Car Park, the proposal has been passed to CDC’s Affordable Housing Group for further consideration. Before any decision is made about this, the community will be consulted.

John Gladwin

District Councillor.



INVITATION to all our PVA subscribers

Latest draft programme:

PVA AGM Programme 

Please come and support our Third Anniversary Celebration and AGM…  Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 26 April – doors open at 7.00pm.


We aim to get through the AGM formalities as quickly as possible so that we can celebrate PVA’s third year together for the rest of the evening.

Many thanks to Nick & Jenny from MALT who will once again be bringing their Taster Bar and the ladies from the Village WIs who will tempt you to a cuppa and cake.   The evening’s programme includes latest updates on Chiltern District Council’s emerging Local Plan up to 2036, Abbey Gym Club’s funding campaign for their new building at Sprinters, MALT’s successful venture and much more, including savoury nibbles from PVA and displays from local groups.


7.00pm  Doors open to visit displays, Malt the Brewery’s taster bar and the WIs Cafe.

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting PVA-AGM-Calling-notice-260416 including draft minutes of the AGM held on 21 April 2015.    

[Please print these off and bring with you, having previously read the draft minutes of the last AGM.]

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members, especially if you’d like to contribute by helping with the website – training given.  To apply, here’s the form – AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2016 which needs to be back with PVA by 19 April.

7.45pm – 8.15 ‘ish   PVA Chair’s report, latest updates on Abbey Gym Club’s plans for the gymnasium building at Sprinters,  MALT the brewery on its continuing success, and CDC’s emerging local plan from John Gladwin, 

followed by Refreshments and Mix & Mingle until 9.30pm Chairman’s Summing Up.  Bring your friends and neighbours – tell us what you like or don’t like about PVA and help to shape its future.  If you plan to attend and can let us know in advance, please do so via Contact Us.  It will assist us with seating and catering arrangements.

Many thanks – Mark & Sue, Katy, Colin, Ian, Caroline,  Simon, Steve, Karine, John and Barbara – PVA Committee



National Citizenship Service 2016

From Christine Gardner, Active Communities Officer, Chiltern District Council & South Bucks District Council       01895 837220        07964132689

Th 2016 National Citizenship Service programme is currently recruiting 15-17 year olds to participate in the  June – August programme. Young people need to register now at the following link:

We are also looking for community projects that the young people can work on. The young people are very flexible about the type of work they will do or assist with, but to give you some idea these are just a few of the projects that have been done before:

  • Entertaining older people at a day centre
  • Raising awareness with the public about dementia
  • Publicity campaign on domestic violence
  • Painting a mural for a rowing club to thank volunteers
  • Party for volunteers
  • Path clearance/planting projects
  • Family fun day

If you know of any potential projects please let me know.

I am also looking for potential “Dragons” for the programme. This could be a community leader or Chief Executive/senior manager who can spare half a day giving feedback to young people’s project pitches. It’s good fun and very rewarding.  If you would like to meet someone directly from the programme we are holding a question and answer session at Chiltern District Council, Amersham, 10.00 -11.00 am on the 13th April 2016, Small Committee room. Please let me know if you will be attending.            Christine Gardner.



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  



Please Clean for the Queen this weekend

Update on how the event went – 08 03 16 

Undeterred by the chilly winds, hailstones and snow shower, 20 enthusiastic Prestwood residents took up the challenge over three days to collect litter and fly-tipped rubbish throughout Prestwood village.  Approximately 50 refuse sacks filled with bottles, cans and other discarded litter were picked up.  In addition, a myriad of other items, including a large umbrella, a canvas tent, several heavy chunks of wood and metal, many broken pieces of glass, two smashed plastic chairs, two tyres, three traffic cones, part of a litter bin, a garden hose on a reel, plastic mesh, a metal post holder, metal grills, broken car parts and a bike frame were picked up. 

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Interestingly, one of the volunteers was pleased to be reunited with the sparse remains of her bicycle which had been recently stolen from her house. As you will see from the photographs, a staggering amount of waste was gathered by a disappointingly small number of  willing volunteers.  All participants deserve to be congratulated for their wonderful efforts.  Thank you for joining me in the ‘Clean for the Queen’.     Kind Regards  Jeanette Hedley

Our own Madame Cholet is leading “Clean for the Queen” in Prestwood 4th, 5th and 6th. ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers needed to help during this weekend with the Prestwood Litter Pick. This is a nationwide event. Tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops available from 18 Orchard Lane.   A  great opportunity to join together with Prestwood residents to clean up our lovely village. Please spare an hour or two and make Prestwood a cleaner place to live. See here for further information.