As a follow-on to our Stop Press: Breaking News – Message from Sue Egan, Chair of Abbey Gym Club:
“I heard today (29 October) that Sport England has raised no objections to Abbey Gym Club’s proposed gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site in Prestwood. This means that Chiltern District Council (CDC) will now be able to issue planning permission for us to build our centre. I am delighted and very excited by this news, as are our other trustees and our coaches.
“You may already know that Abbey Gym Club has been operating within Prestwood and Great Missenden since it was formed as part of the Buryfield Sports & Social Club in March 1984, originally named “Buryfield Gym Club”. It became a separate entity at the end of December 1985, and was renamed “Abbey Gym Club”. Throughout its history, our Club has provided gymnastics training for local children in a friendly, child-focused setting, from a variety of school halls before moving to Prestwood Junior School in autumn 1989, where it has remained ever since.
“Looking back over the minutes of committee meetings since our Club was formed, there have been several common themes, including: Continue reading Sport England supports Abbey Gym Club
Prestwood’s first big step for better infastructure in the village – the Abbey Gym Club
At tonight’s Chiltern District Council Planning Committee meeting, the Council members unanimously voted to grant permission for Abbey Gym Club’s application to build a dedicated gymnastics facility at the Sprinters Leisure Centre site in Honor End Lane, Prestwood. More to follow shortly…… in the meantime see information on the project.
Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly and vulnerable residents, having an unexpected caller can be distressing and frightening.
To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.
These are free of charge and available at Chiltern District Council Offices, King George V Road in Amersham. Posters can also be downloaded at www.chiltern.gov.uk/halloween. Residents without access to a printer can request a poster by phoning 01494 586535.
Tricks like throwing eggs and other vandalism will be treated as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law. Extra police patrols will take place during the Halloween period.
Continue reading Halloween – Thames Valley Police and your District Council
PVA’s been informed by Greene King, the owners of the Chequers in Prestwood, that it has retaken possession and plans to spend way in excess of £300,000 on its refurbishment into an upmarket facility. An A-star operator will then be introduced to run it. Architects are due to start work early next week and, dependent on any planning permissions which may be necessary, it is hoped to start on the renovations as soon as possible with the aim of re-opening in December at the latest.
In the meantime, the building will not be boarded up but made secure with alarms and CCTV. It is also planned that a much improved Function Room will be available for hire for weddings, parties and local events.
As Greene King move forward with their plans, PVA will keep you updated – so watch this space – many of the things that villagers have wished for may well come to fruition, so let’s hope that, at the heart of the village, the Chequers will once again be a true village asset.
If you’d like to leave your comments via the facility below, then please do so and we’ll pass them on to Greene King.
Over the last few months PVA’s brought you news of the developing Dementia Friendly Community within our Parish and, following the last meeting, Great Missenden Local Dementia Alliance minutes – 23.7.15, a more definite framework has been put in place.
Useful information can be found at:
Behind Closed Doors – Dementia-Friendly Communities
Healthy Minds CBT for carers with dementia
Members of our local Dementia Alliance – Alliance Members.
The next meeting of the Alliance will be 24th September – Agenda 24.9.15 (1) If you are unable to make the full two hours, please still come along for as long as you can as it would be great to see you. Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail or calling 01296 387821. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Gemma Workman, Dementia-Friendly Community Manager and Alliance Chair, Buckinghamshire County Council
Wombling message from Jeanette:
“Do you hate the sight of litter in our village? Every few months I have been organising litter pick weekends – you may have seen my posters around the village or read about the ‘Wombling Weekends’ on this website. I’m hoping to encourage more volunteers, especially our younger generation, to join the next session.
“Tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops are provided and these can be collected from 18 Orchard Lane between 10am and 2pm on Sat/Sun 26 & 27 September. All I’m asking is for you, your friends and family, to join in at any time during the weekend and collect a sack or two of litter – the choice of location is yours. Full sacks are then deposited in the Scout Hut Car Park, off Nairdwood Lane, for collection by Chiltern District Council.
“My theory is that less rubbish seen on the ground will make those people who discard litter think twice about fouling our lovely village. My contact details are 866460, email: email@example.com or speak to me the next time you see me ‘wombling’ in our village. Thank you – Jeanette”.
Your views needed by 16 September please
Your local Chiltern District Councillors, Heather Wallace, John Gladwin and Robert Jones, wish to hear your views on extended Sunday trading hours for larger shops as they need to ensure there is “balance between the interests of businesses and of local residents”.
“The Government has launched a consultation aimed at giving local areas the freedom to let large shops stay open for longer on Sundays.
“The consultation, which is open until 16 September, will consider two proposals on devolving powers on Sunday trading laws to local authorities in England and Wales more generally. ‘District councils are looking forward to having the power to decide Sunday opening hours as it ‘fits in with the local and accountable decision-making that district councils already provide on licensing and planning.’
“Firstly, however, they wish to know the views of residents in order to help make the right decision locally. Please leave your comments below. Thank you from Cllrs John Gladwin, Robert Jones and Heather Wallace.”
Mary Wiles asks:
“Does anyone know what is happening with the car park at Sprinters? Half the area has been fenced off but work appears to have stopped. Rumour says there is a problem with the lease?
“It will make parking very difficult when all the daytime classes start up again. Also the entrance has become very rutted and difficult to navigate.”
Select Committee update
The HS2 Select Committee has this week heard the substantive case for the Chilterns Long Tunnel proposed by the Buckinghamshire Councils. These presentations have been led by Chiltern District Council and The Chilterns Conservation Board. As well as this, on Tuesday 14 July, The Chiltern Society, Halton Parish Council, Wendover Parish Council, The Wendover Society and Wendover HS2 presented to the Committee on the extended tunnel. Next week the Select Committee will be hearing from The Chiltern Ridges HS2 Action Group (CRAG) and the Residents Environmental Protection Association (REPA) who will each present further options for an extended Chilterns Tunnel.
The Select Committee has also published a draft schedule for September and October which will see individual petitioners on an extended Chilterns Tunnel appear. Continue reading Latest update from BCC HS2 Team
STOP PRESS: MONDAY 22ND JUNE
To update you following PVA’s last news item on HS2. The HS2 Select Committee of MPs’ visit to Cheryl Gillan’s patch – our local MP’s constituency including Great Missenden – is coming next Monday 22nd June. The Select Committee and entourage will be mini-bused around according to the schedule 22 06 15_Cttee_visit_Amersham . All Prestwood villagers are welcome and encouraged along the route but it’s thought that easiest parking will be at Annie Baileys on Frith Hill or Weights & Measures Gym, South Heath. Another suggestion is to gather along the Link Road in Great Missenden. If you wish to don your walking boots then an alternative is to walk to Mantles Wood etc from Hyde Heath Village Gate alongside the Select Committee. As you’ll no doubt be aware, the thinking now is to press for a fully bored tunnel throughout our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A thank-you from Jeanette to those who braved the weather over the weekend:
“Twelve volunteers (including myself) managed to collect another substantial heap of litter and ‘fly-tipped’ junk from the village highways and byways over the weekend. Thank you very much for giving up your precious time and braving the rain on Sunday.
“Prestwood is looking much better since the ‘Wombling Weekends’ began – I am convinced that the absence of litter on the streets deters people from adding to it, and I know that some residents, like me, have now got the Wombling bug and can’t walk past litter without picking it up. How wonderful it would be if everyone in the village adopted this attitude to litter!
“I look forward to the day that I go out for a regular Womble and find nothing to pick up. Thank you again for your support. Jeanette”
Chiltern District Council’s Planning Committee refused planning permission for the Kings Head to become residential at its meeting on Thursday evening. See the decision and case officer’s report under the Documents tab on CH/2015/0085/FA and previous news item.
Press Release from Chiltern District Council – Bonfires can leave neighbours fuming – so think before you burn
The gardening season is well underway and with it comes a lot of garden waste to dispose of. The temptation to have a bonfire is powerful – but this is not the best way to get rid of garden waste and can all too easily annoy neighbours, who often don’t appreciate the smell or smoke.
So, before lighting a bonfire, consider other ways of getting rid of those hedge clippings and other garden debris:
- Can it be composted? See www.chiltern.gov.uk/homecomposting for more information
- If you have a green bin, will it go in there? If not, you can take it to any local household waste recycling centre where it will be composted. In Chiltern, these are at
- Amersham, London Road East, HP7 9DT
- Chesham, Latimer Road, HP5 1TL
However, if a bonfire is the only option, we ask residents to follow these simple guidelines: Continue reading Bonfires
It’s not too late to add your voice
Although the official closing date for comments on planning application CH/2015/0085/FA for change of use etc of the Kings Head on Wycombe Road, Prestwood, has passed, it’s not too late to add your voice on the subject before it goes to CDC Planning committee for a decision on 28th May. See PVA’s original news item and the 9 comments left as a result of it.
There has also been chat on Your Prestwood and Great Missenden Facebook Group and Pete Harte also highlighted the Kings Head to the PVA Facebook Group, but hardly anyone to date has officially input their comments to CDC Planning. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/651058441580588/ to catch up on this.
The planning appln is CH/2015/0085/FA . Check it out and see Contributors letters so far. The Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) inputted yesterday to the CDC Planning Dept, as follows: Continue reading Urgent update on the Kings Head
Message from Mandy:
“Thought you would like to see this email that we have sent to EnvHealth@chiltern.gov.uk.
“The public footpath between Nairdwood Lane (almost opposite Church Path) and Atkins Wood suffers badly from dog poo that has not been picked up by dog owners. 14 instances were noted recently and decrepitating bags of poo have been left at the entrance to Atkins Wood (where there is a notice warning of the fine for such behaviour). It would be a good idea to have a notice about the penalty at the start of the path at Nairdwood Lane and a bin for dog poo bags which could be fixed to the pole of the footpath sign. Please could you arrange this?”
“A lot of people, including children walking to school, use the path and it is not only unpleasant but is a serious danger to health. We have made a laminated sign and attached it to the gate at the beginning of the footpath in Nairdwood Lane. Let’s hope we get a result from the Council. – I’ll let you know.”
PVA regularly highlights that not picking up dog poo is punishable with a large fine, even if people think that they are in the country and it doesn’t matter. See Dog Fouling and Bag It And Bin It!
A message from the Trustees of Abbey Gym Club (Reg. Charity No.1156313)
“We are pleased to announce that we will very soon submit our plans to build a new gymnastics centre at the Sprinters site on Honor End Lane to Chiltern District Council for their review and (we hope!) approval.
“Abbey Gym Club is a community sports club that has operated in the Prestwood / Great Missenden area for around 30 years and became a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) in 2014.
“Throughout our Club’s history, we have operated out of village halls and school halls. Our current home is Prestwood Junior School, Clare Road, where we have been (and continue to be) very welcome for over 20 years. However, operating out of the school hall gives us three major problems: Continue reading Abbey Gym Club plans
Message from HS2 Action Alliance:
“It’s important that the community pulls together and gives as much help as possible on the day of the site visit which is Wednesday 20th May – we have to give it our best shot and we need your help.”
Tunnel Through The Chilterns
“We are writing to let you know about the most important phase of the campaign for a tunnel through the Chilterns.
You are probably aware that current plans would see HS2 emerge from a tunnel in Mantles Wood near Little Missenden and cut through open country past Hyde Heath, Hyde End, South Heath and the Lee before going on a viaduct past Dunsmore and then skirting past Wendover.
The environmental impact of constructing this current route and HS2 operating the line would be dramatic and highly damaging to the local area. Plans include a large spoil dump in land between South Heath and the Lee, as well as up to 7 years with thousands of lorry movements and a number of semi-permanent work camps, not to mention road closures and diversions. Once constructed HS2 trains would be a highly visible and noisy presence across the area.
But there is a better way – local groups have come up with tunnel proposals which would dramatically reduce the environmental impact of HS2 on the area. Continue reading HS2 – It’s time to think again
Closing date for responses to be received by Chiltern District Council is 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015
PVA was represented at a “limited-attendance-due-to-space” meeting hosted by GMPC’s Planning Committee at the parish office last night (12th February). Here’s a brief update to encourage you to input to Chiltern District Council’s first public consultation on their emerging Local Plan which will be in place up to 2036 … so for the next 20 years, by the time it’s in place.
Please note that SHLAA sites have now become HELA’s in latest jargon.
Links to background articles 13 January and 6 February explain the whole picture and, all PVA subscribers will have received an ALERT email on the 6th as well.
It’s particularly important that if you individually, or your organisation or club, inputted to the CDC during the previous public consultation under the DDPD [now abandoned], you adapt and re-state everything again to ensure that your thoughts and/or project ideas are carried forward into the emerging Local Plan wish list.
If you are able to use any of the 6 Questions within the Local Plan Initial Consultation (Regulation 18) document as a base for your answers then that is the ideal situation from CDC’s point of view. However, this may well not be possible but it should not deter you from having your say. CDC have confirmed that a letter or email clearly stating your name, address, contact details and whether you’re replying as an individual or on behalf of a group (name the group), stating your input, will also be taken into account.
The official form is Local_Plan_Reg_18_Response_Form and the closing date for responses to be received by Chiltern District Council is 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015.
Following our 13 January news item, when we confirmed that Chiltern District Council has withdrawn its DDPD in favour of an Emerging Local Plan (2014-2036), this is to remind you that you have until 6th March to input to the initial consultation and the ‘Call for Sites.’
This gives all interested parties the opportunity to submit suggestions for site options they would like the Council to consider for future development within the District. Suggested sites can be for housing, employment uses, town centre uses, community facilities, sport and recreation, mixed uses or other development uses where there is considered to be a specific or general need or opportunity over the period to 2036.
All details can be found at http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/localplan2014-2036
The PVA was invited, along with other local groups and councillors, to a presentation explaining more, in Great Missenden on 26th January, by CDC’s Graham Winwright,Temporary Planning Policy Manager and CDC Councillor for Sustainable Development, Graham Harris. They’re keen to engage locally to identify issues for inclusion in the Local Plan. Continue reading CDC’s emerging Local Plan
Chiltern District Council has now withdrawn its Draft Delivery Development Plan in favour of preparing a new (emerging) Local Plan, following the Planning Inspector’s suspension of the examination in public of it. Last article of 29 November 2014 refers here. The new Local Plan will replace the adopted Core Strategy (2011) and adopted Local Plan (1997), The new (emerging) Local Plan will run from 2014 to 2036.
The timetable for the emerging Local Plan is contained in the Council’s adopted Local Development Scheme [72kb] (Opens in a new window).
Between 8th January and 5pm on 6th March 2015 the Council is carrying out its Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation on the Local Plan. All documents and response forms are available to download from the ‘downloads’ box on the right hand side on CDC’s website – see link here.
This Initial Consultation encourages early input in to the Plan from all stakeholders including members of the community, business sector, Town and Parish Councils, statutory bodies and other bodies to help identify the scope of the new Local Plan and what this plan should seek to address.
Continue reading DDPD withdrawn in favour of a Local Plan