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.
Your help is needed for the next community litter pick!
If you have not yet participated in one of these events, then please consider joining this one. It’s a great way of getting to meet other like-minded villagers and very satisfying to see a lovely clean village when the task is complete.
Here’s how to join in – call at Jeanette’s house 18 Orchard Lane, off Prestwood High Street, between 10am and 2pm on litter pick days to collect a litter picking tool, refuse sacks and a hi viz top. Please bring your own gloves.
It’s your choice where to litter pick and when and how much time you give. Gathered rubbish is deposited at a central collection point which is then cleared by CDC on Monday 5th March. Please tell your local friends and family about this event – bring them along – and if you have children, spread the news through their schools and clubs. The more volunteers we have, the more litter we can clear from our beautiful village.
County Councillor Mark Shaw, BCC Cabinet Member for Transportation, urges road users in Buckinghamshire to report potholes when they see them:
“Transport for Buckinghamshire will investigate every pothole reported to them, and react on a risk based prioritisation process – put simply, that means the worst ones will be attended to first, as a matter of urgency. But we’re not mind readers, and the road network is far too vast for us to possibly know where all the potholes are, so we need members of the public to report them to us either using the online form, which only takes a few minutes, or by calling if it’s dangerous or an emergency. I would ask that everyone be patient while we deal with the fallout of a bad winter – potholes are as inevitable as weather, roads are made of a porous material so that they don’t flood constantly in rain and so when water within the structure freezes, defects will form.”
This winter’s weather has been tough on Buckinghamshire’s roads – while the heavy snowfall in December was the most remarkable weather event, the worst conditions for roads are actually when the ground temperature fluctuates constantly between just above and just below zero. Continue reading It’s pothole season….→
“Band A speeding fine category would be appropriate if you are caught speeding between 31-40 in a 30mph zone, with a fine equivalent to 50% of your weekly income and 3 penalty points on your driving licence.
“For those doing between 41-50mph in 30mph zone, Band B category speeding fine means potentially facing a fine equivalent to 100% of your weekly income, and 4 penalty points on your driving licence, or disqualification from driving for up to 28 days.
“The Band C speeding fine category comes into place to anyone speeding at 51mph or above in a 30mph limit (for example) and they could face a fine equivalent to 150% of their weekly income and 6 penalty points on their driving licence. They could also face disqualification from driving for up to 56 days.”
A huge ‘THANK YOU’ from Jeanette Hedley to all those who participated in last weekend’s litter picking exercise in Prestwood.
“There were 25 volunteers in total including 4 eager children. Without your help, 30+ sacks of rubbish, 2 old wheelbarrows, discarded wood, metal, netting and glass would still be fouling our beautiful village green spaces, pathways, car parks, roads and play park. What a difference we can make if we all work together to clean up Prestwood.
“Take a look at the photo to see the quantity of rubbish you managed to pick up in a few hours and I’m sure you’ll agree that the effort was worth it. Well Done!
“Keep watch on the Prestwood Village Association Website for dates of the next community litter pick weekend.” Jeanette
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.
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.”
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
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.
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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
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→
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→
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→