The first of two sessions to gain further insight into the thoughts of local people of all ages and backgrounds regarding the Community Vision Update is this Friday, 2 to 8pm. Friday 23 March, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE
Do pop in for a chat and a cuppa – if you can’t make this Friday then you have a second opportunity on Friday 20 April, again 2 to 8pm in Prestwood Village Hall.
Members of the public are invited to attend the HS2 Community Liaison Forum at the Chiltern District Council offices on Monday 26th March. HS2 and their contractors will give a presentation on the current work programme and future plans for the local area.
This is an opportunity to hear directly from the contractors, to understand their approach to the work and to ask questions to the experts delivering the work on the ground.
Monday 26th March
Chiltern District Council offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW
The arctic conditions have destroyed any chance of a litter pick taking place this weekend. I was hopeful that a thaw on Saturday or Sunday might facilitate an opportunity, but judging by today’s freezing winds and temperatures, that’s most unlikely now. So, thank you to all those who have already enquired, volunteered or even given it some thought, but I have decided to cancel this one and reschedule for 27th/28th/29th April. Perhaps Spring will have arrived by then! Wishing you all well – stay warm. Jeanette (& Orinoco, who clearly came out of hibernation too soon!)Continue reading Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….→
Following reports of Antisocial Behaviour associated with some car parks within Chiltern District, the Chiltern District Council propose to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to cover all the car parks within the area to combat this unwarranted behaviour (this includes Prestwood High Street Car Park).
This was taken on February 8 in the Co-op Car Park, several local residents having highlighted the condition that the recycling containers can sometimes reach. They have made their views known directly to the Waste Department at Chiltern District Council. If you would like to add your comments about this, the link is at the bottom of page http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/contact-us and their e-mail address is email@example.com
Many thanks to Fiona Waller for contacting PVA regarding the ongoing hot topic of LITTER:
Let’s start at home with Macroplastics in Prestwood…
We’ve all heard a lot about microplastics at sea and been appalled by the terrible conditions of birds and mammals being injured through ingesting plastic and the presence of plastic in their bodies. The scenes from BBC’s Blue Planet struck a chord with us all.
However, at a clean-up at Sheepwash Pond in Honor End Lane this month, we collected about 40 plastic drink bottles from the edges of the pond and the water showing that this problem is just as much an issue locally as it is globally.
It’s not just bottles though – small plastic bags and sweet wrappers
also litter the area and could easily be eaten by ducks or frogs and
newts which inhabit one of the few areas of permanent water in
There are lots of community-minded people in Prestwood who
litter pick and collect rubbish that others have left or thrown down
around our village. However, we need to make sure that we change
behaviours of our children and young people to discourage this
antisocial behaviour and whilst it’s great to support international
issues there is a real need now right at home in the village.
Information from Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Councillor’s HS2 Lead Officer
Temporary Traffic Lights
Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractor, is installing temporary traffic lights towards the A413 end of the Link Road to operate between 10 am and 4pm for this week, ie. from Monday 29th January. The aim is to investigate the verge prior to widening the road, later in the year.
Extension to two classrooms at Great Missenden School
Preparatory work starts on the 9th February and main construction work from 23rd February to October on the classrooms with access from the Link Road across the Buryfield car park.
“We would be very grateful if you could share the information below with local residents so that they are aware of who to contact in the event their electricity is interrupted by the weather. Anyone experiencing a power cut should:
Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
Do you love the Chilterns? Come to our events (Prestwood is Feb 1 2018) and tell us your views on its past, present and future landscape. It is free to attend, but please register by following the link below. Chalk cherries and chairs
Prestwood Village Association has been piloting a new page to show the approximate locations of planning applications in Prestwood as shown on the Chiltern District Council (CDC) website. We are doing this to make it easier for you to see what is happening in Prestwood.
The page is updated each week and can be found under the News drop-down menu or by clicking on the button below.
The first £1 million of the HS2 Woodland Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the
phase one route, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. You can
read more here. Continue reading HS2 News from Bucks County Council→
Fundraising for the next stage of the proposal to revitalise Prestwood by creating a “centre” based at Chequers Corner on the A4128 can be supported by signing up the Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group page on the new Chiltern and South Bucks lottery. For more information, go to Chiltern and South Bucks Lottery
Car park recycling bins now take glass, metal and plastics
PVA was alerted by a subscriber that the Prestwood Car Park glass recycling bins had been removed and it seemed that there were no plans to replace them.
PVA contacted local councillor John Gladwin, who informed us that in fact, the containers in the car park are now able to take glass, plastics and metal and it was not necessary to have separate bins for these. He wrote:
“Chiltern District Council are pleased to announce that the mixed recycling bins at Prestwood Car Park can now be used for recycling glass along with metals and plastics (in the same way as the blue domestic recycling bins). This will reduce the number of recycling bins in the car park with the removal of the 3 glass recycling containers.”
An update from Virginia Deradour about Collings Hanger Farm:
“As many Prestwood villagers will have heard from my presentation at PVA’s AGM and Social evening in April, our beautiful barn is being refurbished with the aim of bringing life back into the old buildings that have lain empty and neglected for too long. The restoration work is moving along and we are entering the next phase of the scheme with plans submitted to create space to be used by local residents for functions, such as meetings, events and social gatherings.
A talk by Tony Marshall from Prestwood Nature on the history and ecological significance of Prestwood’s Parish church estate with particular relevance to its flora and fauna and waxcap fungi. To be followed, if weather permits, by a tour of the estate.
Buckinghamshire Rural Affairs Group will hold their annual conference locally. This is an opportunity for the rural and environmental community to gather, network and debate the challenges and priorities for rural areas and the natural environment.
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher – Scene Setting: BRAG 2020
Rt Hon David Lidington MP – Government perspective – Rural Change post Europe
Affordable Housing and Urban Growth (Speaker tba)
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner – The Rural Crime Challenge
CPRE -Strategic Land Use (Land Lines) A Response to Rural Chance
NEP – State of the Environment/Biodiversity and responding to change