Category Archives: Environment

Anything relating to the environment

Good Neighbour Scheme (Updated)

Latest news from Debi Game (Community Impact Bucks)

There was a very good turnout for our recent information evening about the potential of developing a Good Neighbours Scheme for the Great Missenden Parish. We have agreed to meet again to discuss and hopefully agree the following:

  • The focus and scope of the Good Neighbours Scheme
  • The geographical coverage of the scheme
  • Identify volunteers to a) form the GNS committee and/or b) be prepared to volunteer to help deliver support
  • Agree how Community Impact Bucks can best support you to develop and launch your scheme.

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Thinning out of trees

Lawrence Grove Wood

You may have noticed on the PVA Facebook Group yesterday it was reported that trees were being felled in the woodland at the end of Widmere Field – known locally as the “potential 76 new homes site”.

However,  John Gladwin, our local CDC Councillor,  has kindly confirmed that Keith Musgrave, CDC’s Tree & Landscape officer, visited the site today and says “…. the work is taking place within the woodland of Lawrence Grove rather than the proposed development site of Widmere Field that is now protected by a Tree Preservation Order.”

“I was told that the work is being supervised by a reputable forestry company and that it has been approved by the Forestry Commission through a Felling Licence.  It is a thinning operation within the younger woodland removing mainly birch that will be used for charcoal production.  The work is expected to finish today.”

So, panic not … and thanks to Helen for her initial alert and also Caroline, Jake and John for following this up.

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Muddy Stilettos ….

The Brill family at Peterley Manor Farm Shop are absolutely delighted to have been voted the Muddy Stilettos Best Farm Shop/Deli in Bucks and Oxon 2017 –  and they’ve asked us to pass on their thanks to everyone who voted for them.

“It would not be possible without the support of all our wonderful customers, friends, family, suppliers, etc. We really owe it all to you, so we would like to express a mammoth and heartfelt THANK YOU!!   We feel truly humbled at the support we have been given.”

Roger and Jane, Roger’s parents, and now his daughters, work tirelessly alongside their brilliant team of staff.   Going from strength to strength, the Farm Shop and Wild Strawberry Cafe are proving very popular.

A reminder too that strawberry picking is now in full swing.

 

 

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Thank you for your help

Message from Jeanette Hedley:

Hello – thanks to you all for giving up time this weekend to participate in the community litter pick.  Here is a photo of the substantial heap of rubbish awaiting collection by CDC.  Prestwood is a cleaner, tidier, better place now thanks to your efforts.  Watch the PVA website for news of the next litter pick weekend, which I will organise for September, and please encourage your friends to join in this worthwhile event.  All the best and thanks –  Jeanette

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Callaghans to become a restaurant/café/deli?

Bob Hougham (GMPC) has brought to our attention the following planning application for the re use of Callaghans shop site:

See CDC planning application CH/2017/1036/PNA3 for further information. When you reach the CDC planning site you need to search on the planning application reference.

If you wish to comment you’ll need to do so either by letter, email or on-line to Chiltern District Council put in details of address etc by the 21 June 2017.

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Comment on mobile phone coverage

Mary Wiles writes:

“Am I the only person who cant get a mobile phone signal in the Nairdwood Lane area? When I recently bought a new phone, the salesman  showed me a map indicating that Nairdwood Lane was a “black hole” as far as reception is concerned, and it seems to be getting worse. I don’t give people my mobile number as I know they wont be able to get hold of me! Does anyone know how to put pressure on phone companies to erect a mast in this area?”

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Public Spaces Protection Orders

CDC seeks your opinion (before the 14th of May)

Message from John Gladwin (CDC Councillor)

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are currently reviewing our powers of dog control and anti-social drinking in public spaces, and we would like to hear your views.

The results of this consultation will inform our plans for the introduction of new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs are one of a number of new powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area.

To help us carry out this review, we would like to invite you to complete our consultation here.

The deadline for responses is Sunday, 14 May 2017. For more information and a link to the consultation go to www.chiltern.gov.uk/PSPO or www.southbucks.gov.uk/PSPO.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk or communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk

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Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April

PVA AGM Programme 250417

7.00pm  Doors open – an opportunity to visit displays

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting AGM Calling notice 250417 including PVA AGM Minutes 2016 v.2  and proposed amendments to the Constitution PVA Constitution-2017 Final [Please read and print these off and bring with you].

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members so if you’d like to contribute then please apply –  here’s the form AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2017 which needs to be back with PVA by 17 April.   For further information see here.
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Cycling in Prestwood

Paul Francis writes:

“Both my wife and I have this weekend attempted to leave our pushbikes securely attached to something fixed whilst visiting the Prestwood Village Centre & also John Hampden Doctors surgery, and we have both discovered that there is nowhere in the village to secure push bikes to whilst visiting !

I’ve written to GMPC about some possible investment in these facilities but heard nothing back – even some secure rings attached to premises walls would be a good start, in order to encourage more people to leave their cars behind and get some fresh air and exercise instead of clogging up the village.

Any thing you can do to move this forward would be appreciated.”

Any other comments on this? Please let us know by adding your views below or get in touch directly with Great Missenden Parish Council or Prestwood Revite Group.

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Collection of Honeybee Swarms

Message from Brian Bush, MBBKA swarm officer:

Every year in conjunction with the BBKA, Mid Bucks beekeepers plays its part in the collection of honeybee swarms throughout the UK.

Mid Bucks beekeepers have been very successful in recent years collecting on average over 100 swarms per year.  Most of this success has been due to the help received from local councils and other organisations in informing and educating the general public.

Research has shown that swarms that are not collected and allowed to find their own nest sites have only a 30% chance of surviving for a year. This falls to less than 10% for surviving 2 winters.

One of the main causes of these losses is the varroa mite that infests almost all bee colonies.  Beekeepers can treat these mites and reduce their effect on bees and increase the chances of survival – swarm document 2017.

As a beekeeping association we run a dedicated swarm line during the summer months. The line becomes active on April 1st. this year – Swarm Hotline = 07770370132, and I’m asking you to publicise this important service locally.  NB: Check the BBKA website first to identify that you have a honeybee rather than a bumblebee swarm.  Thanks in advance for your vital help.

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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

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Despite the rainy weather…..

….. The Great British Spring Clean was a phenomenal success in Prestwood

An unprecedented number of volunteers, including parents with their children, gave their time to gather up a staggering quantity of litter and fly tipped rubbish.

At least 80 sacks of litter, chunks of wood and metal, glass, broken paving stones, supermarket trolleys and a myriad of other junk was collected from the roads, pavements, alleyways, allotments and open spaces throughout the village.  By Sunday afternoon, the whole of Prestwood was pristine, and this could not have happened without the wonderful 50 volunteers who responded to the plea for help.

Anyone interested in joining the next ‘Wombling Weekend’, planned for 24 and 25 June, please contact Jeanette Hedley

A BIG thank you from PVA to our Wombling pal Jeanette, for all her hard work in not only organising the Litter picks in Prestwood, but for her dedication to the  ongoing campaign to Keep Prestwood Tidy.

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Botany and Genetics at Holy Trinity

Is a strawberry really a fruit?   Is a potato a root?

With a love of plants and the environment,  a biology graduate of Oxford University, Dr Karen van Oostrum, is running a taster course for four Saturday sessions, one in April, May, June & July at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Prestwood.  You don’t need to come to the first in order to understand what is in the second, etc.   For more info, or to book your course, please call or email 01494 256508/ 07910 684339   karenjvano@outlook.com

Please book in advance, as places cannot be guaranteed if you turn up on the day.

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Village Centre Revitalisation Project

Feedback from Prestwood Revite Group

Many thanks to the 177 who responded with their views during the consultation on the revitalisation of the village centre – details in the Source, Issue 44 May/June 2016  and at Prestwood Revitalisation Group.

Including Facebook likes and comments and varied brief messages via the PVA website, 143 were positive, 12 undecided and 22 against the scheme.

Many encouraging comments came in – “a real need for some TLC to improve the village centre – in particular, the area between the Chequers Tree and Village Hall which is crying out for an up-to-date quality image to give definition to what is the heart of the village”.  Continue reading Village Centre Revitalisation Project

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