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Community Centre for hire

Your local Parish Council is delighted to offer its newly renamed Prestwood Community Centre for hire.   Situated on Prestwood Common (behind the Scout Hut) off Nairdwood Lane, the bright and light hall has a capacity for up to 120.

The excellent facilities include a newly equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and projection screen.

Good car parking space.

To hire the hall for one off or regular events please phone the parish office on 01494 864792 or email:  parishclerk@onetel.net

Prestwood Community Centre,
Prestwood Common, Nairdwood Lane
Prestwood HP16 OQF

The location can be found on the map below. The map is interactive, you can zoom in and out and pan to the left and right. You can also open the map up full screen by clicking on the icon in the top right hand corner. The blue marker shows where the access road entrance is, the home symbol shows the location of the community centre.

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Parish Clerk Vacancy

Great Missenden Parish Council – Vacancy

The parish council is looking for a new clerk to start August / September.  The role is part-time, approximately 25 hours per week, see the details below:

Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Great Missenden Parish Council

Part Time / Full Time – negotiable
Pensionable position – £26,000-£33,000 pro rata

Great Missenden seeks an organised, forward thinking and adaptable individual to work as Parish Clerk based in the parish council’s office next to the Memorial Centre Continue reading Parish Clerk Vacancy

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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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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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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  ivanlovegrove@gmail.com  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks.  www.prestwoodinfants.org/ 

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Provisional HS2 Construction Works Timetable

Mike Johnstone, Great Missenden Parish Council’s HS2 Lead officer, has kindly supplied the following:

Subject to change: the granting of Royal Assent and detailed design plans  – Provisional HS2 Construction Works Timetable

2017 End of January – Handover Hybrid Bill Directorate to the Construction Directorate;  finish ground investigation works; tender for main contract

Early February – Royal Assent tbc;

End of February – enabling works civil contractor (Fusion JV) to define the scope of prelimary works

March onwards – enabling works contractor to progress work on haul road, highways and open the vent shafts with further detail becoming available with their work plans

End June –  appoint main works civil contractors C1 and C2 (division is the north portal of the Chiltern tunnel)

End July – main contractors on-board

To July 2018  – Stage 1 – main contractor to design the scheme given cost and limits of deviation; continue enabling works

To November 2018 – Stage 2 – cost and sign off the scheme

2019  – End of April – all highways and enabling work should be completed

May/Spring – dig out of the portal

2025  12 months trial running of trains

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HS2 gives Bucks more promises

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With acknowledgement to Mix 96:

Buckinghamshire’s getting more out of HS2, to try and make things better for people living here when the line’s built.  After a whole load of negotiations, improvements HS2 will pay for include £80k to help traffic around Waddesdon, safety measures around Great Missenden and half a million just for cycle paths near the line in Wendover.

We already had a list of assurances from the group before, so this is on top of those.  The idea’s that these mitigation measures – as they’re known – will mean the train line won’t harm our environment and communities as much as originally thought.

So what have we got for our local area?

Measures include:

  • A commitment not to use the section of the A40 between junction 5 of the M40 and A40/A4010 for construction traffic.
  • HS2 to deliver 450m of footpath on the A413 London Road, Wendover connecting residents of London Road to the current footpath near the London Road roundabout.
  • A mitigation package for Great Missenden:  Safety measures including the upgrading of the roundabouts at Link Road and Frith Hill and a safety barrier for the skate park; a £500,000 contribution to the new coach and car park at Great Missenden Church of England Combined School; £500,000 worth of temporary landscaping; £250,000 towards replacement free-car parking in the village.
  • Wendover public realm enhancements: HS2 to undertake early tree planting; up to £500,000 towards cycle improvements on the A413 to the north and south of Wendover.

‘Like pulling teeth’

The mitigation was secured after intense negotiations with HS2 Ltd in the days running up to Buckinghamshire County Council leader Martin Tett’s appearance at the House of Lords last week.

Martin said he was proud of the way the county had worked with district, town and parish councils to present a convincing case for extra mitigation.

He said:

“Securing mitigation from HS2 Ltd can quite frankly feel like pulling teeth, so winning this new package of measures, which will make a real difference to local residents, is a testament to the hard work of the County Council and its partners.

“I’ve made no secret of my opposition to this vanity project – and it would be far better if the Government stopped at the £2bn it has already wasted on HS2 without a single piece of track being laid, rather than spend a further £53bn on it.

“The decision to expand Heathrow makes the case for HS2 even weaker, as the line was originally justified as an alternative to the third runway.”

What now?

There are three key mitigation measures which have not yet been agreed, although it is hoped the House of Lords will decide to recommend them.

These are a fully bored tunnel for Wendover, the relocation of the haul road for Great Missenden and surrounding villages and mitigation to reduce the impact of construction vehicles in Iver.

Local parish councils will appear in front of the House of Lords Select Committee over the next few weeks to make their case for further mitigation.     Mix 96

[Great Missenden Parish Council are due to present on 8 November]

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Reduction of Prestwood High Street Car Park?

(Comment from Prestwood Village Association: Many thanks to the community for providing your feedback on the end of this item we will ensure it is flagged up to CDC and the Parish Council should this come up for consideration. Immediately below is a comment from CDC Councillor John Gladwin, added 24th October 2016 on this subject)

“The development of affordable housing in the District is a Government Imposed Target for CDC. Since the formation of a Working Group to look at it, a number of sites have come forward, giving the opportunity to provide a significant number of affordable homes. However there are not unlimited sums of money to fund these all these opportunities. Thus there is a need for the opportunities to be reviewed in more depth. As such this will take time.  The proposal for a proportion of the Prestwood Car Park to be converted to Affordable Housing has not gone away, but is being considered as part of that further evaluation.

As said previously, any proposals will to be recommended by the working group, supported by the Council, and be subject of a Consultation.”

-John Gladwin

co_op-car-park2Some of you will have already heard that Chiltern District Council is looking at the need to provide Affordable Housing in the District and has set up a committee to review this.

As part of that review, Prestwood High Street Car Park has been brought forward as it borders the Paradigm housing in Maybush Gardens.  PVA understands that the proposal would be to take a small portion of the car park towards the rear.  This along with a large number of other sites is still under consideration by the committee, but no recommendation has been made.

Our local CDC Councillors, John Gladwin and Peter Martin, are members of the committee and tell us that before it can become a reality, it will need to be

  • Recommended by the committee
  • Considered and recommended by the CDC cabinet
  • Be subject to a local consultation

Please air your views by Leaving a Comment (see above in headings) and PVA will feedback to our local District Councillors.

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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 info@communityimpactbucks.org.uk to discuss further.

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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 andreapolden@icloud.com  who will add you to her mailing list. Andrea is a volunteer who shares daily information on HS2 matters.

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Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement

Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) is seeking local residents’ views on proposals to create a more vibrant village centre.

By following this link you can  take a look at a short video, produced and edited by local company Five on a Bike, which gives a brief introduction on how the village centre could look and you can give your feedback via the online consultation form.

For those that would like to know more, there is also a film of the presentation given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie of Hamilton-Baillie Associates to the village on 22 March, and an accompanying report Prestwood Report 02b small Final which explains the approach and the original brief, where you can find out how and why this project has come about.

Sketch proposal for a “recognisable village centre with its own identity which will help lower speeds, significantly improve pedestrian links and the environment for local shops and businesses”:

Chequers after

Continue reading Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement

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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.

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100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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Prestwood has been identified as a potential candidate for urban extension to meet part of the housing needs in the CDC area over the next 16 years. One large site has been identified by Lepus Consulting which is an enlarged plot in the same location of the 76 New Homes site adjacent to Lodge Lane.  Refer to this document: “Sustainability Appraisal of the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan Initial Consultation (Regulation 18) Incorporating Issues and Options” (follow the link to download it) and look on page 91.

This area is approximately 9.75 Hectares in size. More than 4 times the size of 76 New Homes area.

Follow this link to open this in a larger screen.

The Local Plan is currently seeking feedback in terms of a formal public consultation which is underway, and closes on the 14th of March at 5pm.

What would you like us to do?

  • Can PVA encourage people to respond to this consultation?
  • Is it worth a small group of people digging through this mountain of paperwork to locate what is important to Prestwood?

Let us know please by posting a comment at the bottom of this article.

If we get a sufficiently large response we will put something together and send out an alert through the website in the next 10 – 14 days. Continue reading 100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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CDC’s Emerging Local Plan

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On 20 January, Graham Winwright, CDC’s Planning Policy Manager, unveiled the next stage of the Emerging Local Plan for Chilterns & South Bucks 2014-2036 and PVA went along to find out more.    His presentation can be seen here.

To catch up from the beginning see previous articles, 13 January, 12 February 2015,  Emerging Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan and 14 January 2016.

This current public consultation, on Issues and Options, is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging participation amongst local groups and organisations as well as the public.  It will be carried out in accordance with both councils’  Statement of Community Involvement and runs from 19th January  to 5pm on 14th March 2016.

As Chiltern District Council has now joined forces with South Bucks District Council in this exercise, the whole process has once again been re-started and, therefore, all submissions by everyone in previous public consultations need to be repeated and re-emphasised.
Continue reading CDC’s Emerging Local Plan

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HS2 concedes more mitigation measures to Bucks

Hard-won concessions came on Wednesday (20 January) in an eleventh hour offer from HS2 Ltd, when Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) was back in front of the Commons HS2 Select Committee.

The County Council, working with district and parish councils, made submissions to the Select Committee in October, which won mitigation measures for damage and disruption the high-speed rail line is expected to cause.    These included flood alleviation and monitoring measures, rights-of-way changes, school and public transport concessions, a pledge to recycle 95% of construction, demolition and excavation waste, and the removal of two controversial spoil dump sites from the plan.

Two major issues dominated the eleventh-hour negotiations and were particularly tough to reach agreement on, one being:

Local communities in Great Missenden and Prestwood expressed their concerns to the council about the proposal to provide a haul road for construction traffic from the Link Road roundabout on the A413.   The council asked that an alternative haul road be provided further north.   HS2 Ltd has agreed to this, subject to the council securing the necessary consents and that any alternative proposal doesn’t increase the cost.

See here  for last news item reported by PVA on this.

Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the hard work to achieve this.

There are three information releases related to this that you can download and open below:

The documents have come from Bucks County Council.

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Vehicle Speed in Prestwood

Prestwood Village Association has been provided with some data collected on behalf of Transport for Bucks. This uses the strips across the road rather than a laser or radar based speed detection device. It monitors throughout the day and collects statistics.

These statistics are now more than 3 years old. We have asked Great Missenden Parish Council to provide PVA with updated information based on the MVAS devices we use around the village.

This first set of data was recorded over the period 12/09/12 to 19/09/12 60m south west of Barley View on the A4128 (Prestwood High Street). These graphs record eastbound traffic. (Traffic heading into Great Missenden) Continue reading Vehicle Speed in Prestwood

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