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Missendens Neighbourhood Policing Update

Missendens Neighbourhood TVP September Newsletter

Catch up with the local news   31149_Missendens_September_2017

Do you know when to ring 999 and when to ring 101?

Thames Valley Police has devised a short survey for all ages across Thames Valley, to better understand how you use these services.   Please take this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/101or999

Next Have Your Say Event in Prestwood
Wednesday 6th  September 2017 11am–12noon – Chequers Parade, Prestwood
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Please don’t be shy … give Wombling a try…

Orinoco has returned from his summer holiday on Wimbledon Common and is ready to join Prestwood villagers in the next litter picking weekend, which will take place on 30 September and 1 October. 

Tools, refuse sacks and hi viz tops will be available from Jeanette at 18 Orchard Lane, Prestwood, between 10am and 2pm on both days.  Please bring your own gloves.

Volunteers can choose their preferred litter-picking location and collected rubbish will be picked up from a specified location.  If you need further information on this event from Orinoco, ring Jeanette on 01494 866460.

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Chilterns Walking Festival 2017 – HS2 walks

Chilterns Walking Festival
16 September – 1st October 2017

Prestwood & Heath End Councillor John Gladwin emailed us about the Chilterns Walking Festival.

As part of this Festival, the Chiltern Society has organised 3 circular walks to access the proposed route for HS2. These walks are free, but you need to book on-line and places are limited. Continue reading Chilterns Walking Festival 2017 – HS2 walks

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Prestwood Commuter Cab Service

From Prestwood to Great Missenden Station @ £2 a head

Message from Kingshill Cars:

We can transport you for £4 a day to and from Prestwood.  The timetable is designed to get you to the fast trains and pick you up from the same as well.

Why are we doing this?  Because we are aware that there is a huge parking problem in Great Missenden so if we can help people to leave their car at home we will.

If you regularly commute and would like to use such a service at a particular time then please get in touch with anna@kingshillcars.co.uk

The timetable for the Prestwood Commuter Cab and further information on Kingshill Cars’ other services, eg. Share-A-Fare, are on their website.

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Bus service changes from 3 September

Message from David Horsler, Passenger Transport Development Officer, Transport for Buckinghamshire, New County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UY 

“I am writing to advise of a number of changes to bus services being introduced from 3 September 2017.

“The change that will directly affect Prestwood is that Service 48A, which operates on Sundays between Great Missenden, Prestwood and High Wycombe, is being withdrawn.

“This route linked operationally with the Sunday service 40 timetable, but this will not be possible in future and running a replacement service is not affordable.   Passenger numbers are low, with an average of only 4 passengers per journey who will have no alternative service;  the section of the route between Hazelmere and High Wycombe is covered by Service One.

“There are no changes planned for service 48, the Monday to Saturday route operated by Arriva.

“Further changes in the High Wycombe area are also planned.   Full timetable details will be on the Buckinghamshire County Council website www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport in early August and information for passengers will be provided on buses, in the bus station and at bus stops.”

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Pharmacy Cuts – Important Update

High Court Judge “regrets” funding cuts, in watershed moment for local pharmacies. This affects Prestwood.

Julie Horslen from Prestwood Pharmacy has news of the outcome of the high courts judicial review on the pharmacy cuts and she is very concerned.

The judge, Mr Justice Collins, said “with some regret” that although he cannot overturn the government decision to impose the massive cuts, he criticised the government approach.  Overall this is a compelling  judgement that recognises the important role of community pharmacy in primary care. For the details of the judicial review follow this link

https://www.npa.co.uk/news-and-events/news-item/high-court-judge-regrets-funding-cuts-watershed-moment-local-pharmacies/

For more comment from Julie Horslen Continue reading Pharmacy Cuts – Important Update

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Reshaping Council Services (from Bucks County Council)

It’s time for a fresh start in Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire’s current system of county and district councils is too expensive, bureaucratic and confusing. Cuts in funding, along with a rapidly growing population, mean that unless there is change, some frontline services will have to be reduced or even stopped altogether. That’s why we are proposing to abolish all five councils and replace them with one new council for Buckinghamshire, saving millions each year to protect and improve services.

One new council could:

  • Invest more money into road and pavement repairs, social care and other services which matter to you
  • Reduce council tax for the majority of residents
  • Give you and your community more control over local services
  • Provide a local hub for public services in your community. We would like to know what you think of our proposals.

You can download the full details by clicking on the button below:

Reshaping Council Services (PDF document)

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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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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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Changes to pothole reporting

As from February 1, the County Council is encouraging all residents and Parish Councils to use its online reporting system to make them aware of potholes.

PVA’s been informed that significant improvements have been made to this tool which allows customers to receive updates direct to their inbox on how the council is resolving the issue.  If a customer who phones in feels that a pothole presents a risk of serious injury, they will be put through to the council’s Emergency Team.

In addition, online ‘contact us’ forms have been created on the County Council’s website, making it easier to deal with enquiries. These forms will direct people to the appropriate page to assist them, alternatively there is a general enquiry form to complete if they cannot find the answer or page they are looking for.

The forms are designed to gather the appropriate information required to answer enquiries at the first point of contact  as they ensure all the necessary information has been logged right from the start.  Currently many emails sent to the council contain incomplete information, causing delays in response.  Continue reading Changes to pothole reporting

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Next Community Litter Pick in Prestwood

Message from our Wombling friend, Jeanette

The Great British Spring Clean  –  The first litter pick weekend of 2017 will take place over three days – 3rd, 4th and 5th of March. 

Tools, hi viz tops and refuse sacks will be available between 10am and 2pm on each day from Jeanette at 18 Orchard Lane, HP16 0NN.  Please bring your own protective gloves.  Volunteers can choose to litter pick any area of the village and at any time over the extended weekend.  The gathered rubbish will be collected by CDC on Monday 6th March – collection point will be advised to individuals participating.

The event is in conjunction with the Great British Spring Clean, which you can view on the Keep Britain Tidy website.  Let’s make this the biggest community Wombling event ever!

See you then – Jeanette  email: coltonhed@googlemail.com

 

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Chiltern Townscape Character Study

 Stakeholder Workshops

A series of workshops are being held in February, on behalf of Chiltern & South Bucks District Council, across the districts to inform the on-going Chiltern & South Bucks Townscape Character Study.

The informal drop-in sessions will allow parish and town councils, other community groups and local residents to contribute their views on what they value most about the character of their towns or villages.

The workshops will be facilitated by consultants, Chris Blandford Associates, who have been commissioned to undertake an updated and consistent Townscape Character Study of key settlements across both Districts on behalf of the Councils.     Continue reading Chiltern Townscape Character Study

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Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops

Latest timetable

Since its inception, we’ve kept you updated on the progress of the Local Development Scheme (LDS) which Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils have jointly agreed to pursue.  Search under Local Plan to read the history.

On 19th December 2016 the Joint Cabinet for Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to amend the LDS timetable which included agreeing to the principle of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and key dates for the Emerging Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036).

The updated LDS timetables are available below:

Emerging Local Plan Local Development Scheme (LDS) (December 2016) [134kb]

CIL Local Development Scheme (December 2016) [214kb]

Key dates for Emerging Local Plan –  (italics indicate completed stages):

1.  Initial (Regulation 18) Consultation incorporating an ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation [Complete – 19th January to 14th March 2016];

2.  Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation [Complete – 31st October to 12th December 2016];

3. Publication (Draft Plan) (Regulation 19) Consultation [October/November 2017];   THIS WILL BE YOUR FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO INPUT YOUR COMMENTS.

4. Submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22) [March 2018];

5. Examination in Public (EiP) (Regulation 24) [June 2018];

6. Adoption (Regulation 26) [November 2018].  Continue reading Update of scheduling as Local Plan develops

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BCC’s budget plans to be put under microscope by committee

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

The details of Buckinghamshire County Council’s proposed £324m budget will be put under the microscope this month – and for the first time members of the public will be able to quiz council bosses, but you need to be quick!

A cross-party committee of councillors will question cabinet members on their departmental spending plans during three days of hearings from January 10 to 12 and will then produce a report listing any recommendations.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s proposed net operating budget for 2017/18 is £324m, down from £325.6m for 2016/17.

You can view the draft budget here: https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=5597

For the first time, residents will be able to submit their questions on the budget which will be asked during the meetings, either by emailing democracy@buckscc.gov.uk or tweeting using #BucksBudget

The meetings will be held in public and also webcast online.

For further information please contact: Adam King, on 01296 383401 or out of hours on 07825430978 Continue reading BCC’s budget plans to be put under microscope by committee

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Proposals & options for changing local government structures

Your thoughts on Unitary options?

PVA first reported  this on 13 July.

Useful Links

Here’s a link to a website dedicated to the subject.

The Bucks Free Press has also substantially covered this topic.

County Council option

Bucks County Council has published its proposals.

District Council Options

Attached is a summary of the options paper commissioned by the 4 district councils in Buckinghamshire.

Community Impact Bucks is asking volunteers, charities and community groups to review This Link and send in your views before next Friday, 16th December.  If you would like to talk to someone about it or ask questions, then please phone or email:   Tamsin Ireland, Modernising Local Government Project Manager,  tireland@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk or phone: 01296 585004.    The report has no pre-determined outcome and is looking at all possible options.   It focuses on finding how best to strengthen local decision making, improve and protect the future of local services, save taxpayers’ money and keep the people of Buckinghamshire at the centre of everything that is done.

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BCC Budget Consultation 2017/18

Buckinghamshire County Council launched its budget consultation for 2017/18 on Monday 7 November.

It would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this consultation as the results will feed into its budget setting process in the new year and will help to decide on  spending priorities for next year.

This year’s consultation is very quick and easy to complete and BCC would like to ask for your help in raising awareness of the consultation and encouraging you and other local residents and communities to take part.  Simply go to their website and click on the Take Part button: www.buckscc.gov.uk/budget

The survey will run until Sunday 8 January 2017.

Please note there is only one over-arching consultation this year unlike previous years where BCC created separate ones for residents and businesses.

Those who don’t have internet access can still take part by visiting their local library and making use of the free computer access there.

If you have any queries or problems please get in touch via email (ampoulton@buckscc.gov.uk) or phone (01296 383593).  Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

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The Kings Head

Community Asset

(Message from Mark Cunnane)

A group of Prestwood business men have proposed to purchase the currently closed Kings Head pubic house for the community. Last year they were on the verge of completing the deal, only to be gazumped at the last minute. At present the pub is listed as a community asset and it is very unlikely it would get a change of use to residential accommodation granted by the local authority while there is a community bid on the table.

 Residential use is only allowed at the Kings Head provided it remains a public house. The property cannot be converted to exclusively residential accommodation without a change in use permission being granted by the local authority.

The group of Prestwood businessmen have stated they would offer the market price for the premises, just as they offered to  the previous owners. A spokesman for the group said “ We are very keen to return this pub back to the community where it has been for the last 130 years.”

Comments from the community?

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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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