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Great Missenden Parish Council related

Don’t be a silent majority……..

Yes, we mean you!

There is a group trying to represent the interests of Prestwood (& Great Missenden).  They have the potential to influence improvements in Prestwood and throughout the parish. But they need your help. We live in an age of “if you don’t ask you don’t get”.

No Evidence = No Opinion = Nothing Changes

Continue reading Don’t be a silent majority……..

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Community Vision Update – Drop-in Workshop 20 April

A second drop-in workshop will be held in Prestwood Village Hall on Friday 20 April from 2.00-8.00pm, the first having been held in Great Missenden.

Come along for a chat,  a cuppa and cake with the Great Missenden & Prestwood Revitalisation Group and see some of the inspirational ideas that people are coming up with for inclusion in the Community Vision Update.   GMPRG needs your ideas too as the results of the input from everyone will form a specific evidence-based document to be used to back-up grant funding applications for future projects in Prestwood.

screenshot of community vision surveyAs you’ll have seen in the four-page supplement in the last edition of the Source, you can input to the survey questionnaire either on-line   or use the hard copy available in the last edition of the Source, or collect a form and complete at the workshop on 20th.

You can hand in the form either in Gt Missenden Library or JNP Estate Agents, Prestwood but do try and use the on-line version as the preferred option.

There’s also a photograph competition running alongside the Update with a prize of a £50 Amazon voucher kindly sponsored by Chiltern District Council and Bucks County Council Missenden’s Local Area Forum.

The closing date for inputting your thoughts to the Community Vision Update is 15 May 2018 but please DON’T DELAY – DO IT TODAY – HAVE YOUR SAY.

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Reality begins to dawn……. HS2

Following the Community Liaison Forum hosted by Chiltern District Council at its Amersham offices last night,  more information is now available on the  current work programme by HS2 and its contractors for Phase 1 of the HS2 construction plan, from the South Portal at the M25 through to the North Portal at Great Missenden on to the viaduct at Wendover Dean.

To get up to date and keep in touch as the line progresses through the Chilterns, PVA suggests you have a look at:

Schemes-Proposals- Details 

Notice of HS2 Works in your Area

Proposed Haul Road Concept Option

and also keep an eye on the HS2Watch website which has been set  up by Chiltern Society, Chesham Society and Against HS2 Groups who jointly will be monitoring progress of HS2 construction within the Chilterns AONB.

Rather than  having to go through the Government’s portal, HS2 now has its own website which will keep you up to date as the work progresses.

The presentations made at the 26 March meeting at CDC’s offices can be found here.

HS2 has also supplied a list of FAQs 26 March 2018 which may answer some of your ongoing questions.

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Come and meet your local councillors

Our local Bucks County Councillor, Peter Martin, and Chiltern District Councillors have a schedule for the year where you have the opportunity to meet them to discuss your concerns and ideas for our local community.

Our Great Missenden Parish Councillors also hold drop in surgeries once a  month – here’s the 2018 timetable.

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HS2 Preliminary Works have started

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.  

Thanks – Cllr Mike Johnstone, GMPC

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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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