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Please Clean for the Queen this weekend

Update on how the event went – 08 03 16 

Undeterred by the chilly winds, hailstones and snow shower, 20 enthusiastic Prestwood residents took up the challenge over three days to collect litter and fly-tipped rubbish throughout Prestwood village.  Approximately 50 refuse sacks filled with bottles, cans and other discarded litter were picked up.  In addition, a myriad of other items, including a large umbrella, a canvas tent, several heavy chunks of wood and metal, many broken pieces of glass, two smashed plastic chairs, two tyres, three traffic cones, part of a litter bin, a garden hose on a reel, plastic mesh, a metal post holder, metal grills, broken car parts and a bike frame were picked up. 

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Interestingly, one of the volunteers was pleased to be reunited with the sparse remains of her bicycle which had been recently stolen from her house. As you will see from the photographs, a staggering amount of waste was gathered by a disappointingly small number of  willing volunteers.  All participants deserve to be congratulated for their wonderful efforts.  Thank you for joining me in the ‘Clean for the Queen’.     Kind Regards  Jeanette Hedley

Our own Madame Cholet is leading “Clean for the Queen” in Prestwood 4th, 5th and 6th. ‘Clean for the Queen’ volunteers needed to help during this weekend with the Prestwood Litter Pick. This is a nationwide event. Tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops available from 18 Orchard Lane.   A  great opportunity to join together with Prestwood residents to clean up our lovely village. Please spare an hour or two and make Prestwood a cleaner place to live. See here for further information.

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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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Clean for the Queen

The biggest ever clean-up of the country will be taking place in March

LATEST UPDATE:  11 January 2016 Clean for the Queen

Our local Madame Cholet, Jeanette Hedley, is running Prestwood’s campaign to “Clean for the Queen” for 3 days  – the 4th, 5th and of 6th March.   “Litter picking equipment (tools, hi viz tops and refuse sacks, but not gloves) can be collected from my house, Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane, Prestwood, between 10am and 2pm on each day and directions will be given to volunteers on areas to litter pick and where to deposit the filled refuse sacks.

“Any amount of time given to clearing up the village is most appreciated.  Anyone wishing to contact me prior to the event is welcome to ring on 01494 866460.  Thank you.”

In the run up to The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April 2016, all of the litter charities across the country have come together in support of the campaign to “Clean for the Queen”, together with a growing range of companies, land managers and associations.  The aim is to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter-picking to make the places where we live more beautiful.

“For Her and for us all, we want to attack the blight of litter and reclaim our beautiful countryside, our fabulous cities, our world class parks, our wonderful beaches and waterways.”

There will be ‘Clean for The Queen’ litter blitzes throughout the UK in January, February and March, and the most monumental of all litter clear-ups from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March 2016.

Prestwood’s Chief Wombler, Jeanette Hedley, will be spearheading Prestwood’s grand litter-pick during this period – so please put the dates in your diary now with more info to follow nearer the time.  Your support in making this event truly spectacular will be appreciated.  If you know of a local “grot spot” then join in and give it a go.   If you’d like to also support the campaign directly via your school or workplace then go to www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk to find out more and register your interest.

Keep Britain Tidy Bin it  Clean Up Britain Cleaning UK  Marine  CPRE

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BREAKING NEWS: 76 new homes

NB: deadline for comments to CDC Planning has been extended to Friday 8 December

Planning Application has re-appeared

Households nearest the potential site have started receiving their Neighbourhood Notification letter from CDC today regarding a further application for 76 new homes off Lodge Lane with access via Widmere and Dell Fields.

You can access the papers on the Chiltern District Council Planning portal under application CH/2015/1901/OA.   Our local CDC Councillor, John Gladwin, has already called it in to be discussed and determined by CDC Planning Committee.

What can I do?  – Don’t leave it to someone else

Chiltern District Council  Representations should be made either in writing to the Development Control Manager, Chiltern District Council, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW or by e-mail to planning@chiltern.gov.uk, or on-line.  Please be sure to include your postal address and the reference: Application No. CH/2015/1901/OA .   Your comments need to be received by Tuesday 1 December 2015.
Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: 76 new homes

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Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

Deadline to petition re HS2 changes via Parliament gone…BUT you still have an opportunity to respond to this consultation, by 27 November

Background

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

The deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally) on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 has now closed ie. Friday 13th November. You’ll recall we sent out an ALERT following our latest news item being posted, on 8th November.

Despite the short time window to petition individually, ie. from latest info update supplied by HS2Ltd on 30 October with individual petitioning closing on 13 November, you can still make your voice heard by Friday 27 November. Here’s the response form to complete: SES3 Consultation Response Form

How Prestwood may be affected

Now that it has been agreed to extend the tunnel to the west side of South Heath by an extra 2.6km (AP4), a Chiltern Tunnel North Portal Access Road will be constructed off the Gt Missenden Link Road Roundabout on the A413. Continue reading Another opportunity to input to HS2 consultation by 27 November

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13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

We thank Mike Johnstone and John Gladwin for bringing this to our attention.

We wish to bring to your attention two opportunities to respond to HS2 public consultations. The first which is a Petition responding to AP4 (see below)  closes this week, and there are two ways of making a submission; by the 10th November (Tuesday) of this week via Cheryl Gillan’s office, or direct to the Government by the 13th November. This article explains what it is about and proposes how it may affect Prestwood residents, and what you can do about it below.
At the bottom of this article is a Consultation on SES3 and AP4 which closes on the 27th of November. 

AP4 Petition

Since HS2 was first hatched and became a Hot Topic, PVA has published 26 articles to keep you updated including http://prestwoodva.org.uk/petitioning-against-the-hs2-bill/ on 24 April 2014 which was your first opportunity to petition on the subject.

Now, the deadline for individual petitioning against Additional Provisions (AP4 locally)* on the Hybrid Bill in the House of Commons regarding HS2 is Friday 13th November.  If you wish to, an easier route is to get your completed petition to Cheryl Gillan MP’s office in Amersham by mid-day this Tuesday 10 November. Continue reading 13 November Deadline to petition re HS2 changes

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Litter pick weekend – 26 & 27 September

Wombling message from Jeanette:

“Do you hate the sight of litter in our village?  Every few months I have been organising litter pick weekends – you may have seen my posters around the village or read about the ‘Wombling Weekends’ on this website.  I’m hoping to encourage more volunteers, especially our younger generation, to join the next session.

“Tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops are provided and these can be collected from 18 Orchard Lane between 10am and 2pm on Sat/Sun 26 & 27 September.  All I’m asking is for you, your friends and family, to join in at any time during the weekend and collect a sack or two of litter – the choice of location is yours.  Full sacks are then deposited in the Scout Hut Car Park, off Nairdwood Lane, for collection by Chiltern District Council.

“My theory is that less rubbish seen on the ground will make those people who discard litter think twice about fouling our lovely village.  My contact details are 866460, email: coltonhed@googlemail.com or speak to me the next time you see me ‘wombling’ in our village.  Thank you – Jeanette”.

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Active Bucks Team’s message to PVA

STOP PRESS:  The meeting this Thursday from 6-7pm in Gt Miss Memorial Hall has been cancelled – so most important to complete the survey by deadline of 31 August please.  To do so you need to go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/activebucks and click on .under 16 or .over 16 – this will bring up the survey to complete.

“Don’t miss this opportunity to engage Prestwood residents and help them become more active!”

Visit Great Missenden Memorial Centre this Thursday 6 August from 6 – 7pm to find out more.

The Active Bucks team have now been on the ground across the County since early May and have so far engaged almost 1000 people to have their say on what physical activity provision they want to see in their local areas.  In The Missendens LAF, which is Prestwood’s Local Area Forum, only 16 people have engaged so far and the Active Bucks team wants to increase this number.

PVA have promoted the survey twice now  – see news item on 19th May and 27th July.

The Active Bucks Team have asked PVA to encourage more residents to have their say before the end of August to ensure funding decisions reflect what local residents want?
Continue reading Active Bucks Team’s message to PVA

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Prestwood Photography Social Group?

Dragonfly emerging from nymph stage. Prestwood July 2015. Click on the image for a larger version
Dragonfly emerging from nymph stage. Prestwood July 2015

The general idea is that we create a network of people interested in photography and periodically meet on an informal basis, share images, discuss equipment, share our knowledge on photography with the goal that we can all improve our skills.

Over say a one or two month period, work on assignments, this will generally encourage you to take photographs you might not have otherwise taken. This will help grow your knowledge and skills. Continue reading Prestwood Photography Social Group?

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Group of the Month: Prestwood Nature

Prestwood Nature LogoPrestwood Nature was founded in 2003 by a group of people determined to try to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of the local residents.

Sheepwash Pond on Honor End Lane in Prestwood was one of the first projects undertaken by the group and over the years it has been transformed from a boggy and overgrown area into an oasis of calm a few hundred yards from Prestwood High Street.

These pictures below show Sheepwash Pond before and after restoration:-

Sheepwash 2007-001Sheepwash 2015-001

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WildlifeGarden1On Kiln Common near the allotments, fruit trees have been planted and hopefully in the not too distant future, Kiln Common Orchard will produce old fruit varieties for all to enjoy. Close by, the Wildlife Friendly Garden is sown with pollinator-friendly flowers to show some of the plants which can be grown in your own gardens to attract bees and butterflies.

But it’s not all work parties and digging. Prestwood Nature arranges evening talks by local experts on subjects related to our area. Recently, subjects have included butterflies, chalk streams, bats, orchards and glow-worms, all of which can be found in Prestwood and Great Missenden. Continue reading Group of the Month: Prestwood Nature

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HS2 Select Committee of MPs visit to our area

STOP PRESS:  MONDAY 22ND JUNE

To update you following PVA’s last news item on HS2.  The HS2 Select Committee of MPs’ visit to Cheryl Gillan’s patch – our local MP’s constituency including Great Missenden – is coming next Monday 22nd June.  The Select Committee and entourage will be mini-bused around according to the schedule 22 06 15_Cttee_visit_Amersham .  All Prestwood villagers are welcome and encouraged along the route but it’s thought that easiest parking will be at Annie Baileys on Frith Hill or Weights & Measures Gym, South Heath.  Another suggestion is to gather along the Link Road in Great Missenden.  If you wish to don your walking boots then an alternative is to walk to Mantles Wood etc from Hyde Heath Village Gate alongside the Select Committee. As you’ll no doubt be aware, the thinking now is to press for a fully bored tunnel throughout our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Bike marking is simple

Summer is without doubt the time to get your bike out and get those pedals turning.  Bikes are also a popular target for thieves – and if yours is taken, there’s a much better chance of getting it back if it’s property marked.

As well as promoting health and well being and environmentally friendly transport, Chiltern District Council is encouraging residents to be more conscious of how secure their bikes are and if they haven’t already, to get them marked to reduce the risk of theft. While some bicycles are returned to their owners, most are never seen again because they have no markings on them.

Bike marking is simple and means that the police are more likely to identify the bike and return it to the owner: a simple sticker with your postcode on, stuck to the inside of your bike frame, will inform the police of ownership. You can apply for your free sticker by contacting the Community Safety Team on 01494 586535 or emailing communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk  Continue reading Bike marking is simple

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Last weekend’s Wombling efforts

A thank-you from Jeanette to those who braved the weather over the weekend:

“Twelve volunteers (including myself) managed to collect another substantial heap of litter and ‘fly-tipped’ junk from the village highways and byways over the weekend.  Thank you very much for giving up your precious time and braving the rain on Sunday.

“Prestwood is looking much better since the ‘Wombling Weekends’ began – I am convinced that the absence of litter on the streets deters people from adding to it, and I know that some residents, like me, have now got the Wombling bug and can’t walk past litter without picking it up. How wonderful it would be if everyone in the village adopted this attitude to litter!

“I look forward to the day that I go out for a regular Womble and find nothing to pick up.  Thank you again for your support.  Jeanette”

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Morning Chorus

Something a little different

Blackbird
Blackbird (attrib: This photo was taken by Andreas Trepte. www.photo-natur.de.)

We post lots of items on this page, generally the items carry an image, or just text. On this one we have a sound file.

Most of us are not up early enough to hear the morning chorus from the bird population in Prestwood. The mornings are getting lighter earlier, and often we may be woken up by the birds welcoming the new day. If you don’t like being woken up by birds, then this is not for you!

If you do, or are curious what they sound like at sunrise (generally more vocal than during the day), here is a recording of them to brighten up your day. (Recorded at 4am 30th May)

(click on the play button below).

You might be curious why I have put this up on the website. I was searching my man cave yesterday (I am a bit messy), and could not find some gadget I had bought many years ago. However I found another one, a portable voice recorder for recording meetings. I woke up too early this morning, so set it up at the end of the garden to see what it might capture.

 

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Bonfires

Press Release from Chiltern District Council – Bonfires can leave neighbours fuming – so think before you burn

CDC LogoThe gardening season is well underway and with it comes a lot of garden waste to dispose of.   The temptation to have a bonfire is powerful – but this is not the best way to get rid of  garden waste and can all too easily annoy neighbours, who often don’t appreciate the smell or smoke.
So, before lighting a bonfire, consider other ways of getting rid of those hedge clippings and other garden debris:

  • Can it be composted? See www.chiltern.gov.uk/homecomposting for more information
  • If you have a green bin, will it go in there? If not, you can take it to any local household waste recycling centre where it will be composted. In Chiltern, these are at
    • Amersham, London Road East, HP7 9DT
    • Chesham, Latimer Road, HP5 1TL

However, if a bonfire is the only option, we ask residents to follow these simple guidelines: Continue reading Bonfires

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Please “Bag It and Bin It”

Message from Mandy:

Thought you would like to see this email that we have sent to EnvHealth@chiltern.gov.uk.

“The public footpath between Nairdwood Lane (almost opposite Church Path) and Atkins Wood suffers badly from dog poo that has not been picked up by dog owners. 14 instances were noted recently and decrepitating bags of poo have been left at the entrance to Atkins Wood (where there is a notice warning of the fine for such behaviour). It would be a good idea to have a notice about the penalty at the start of the path at Nairdwood Lane and a bin for dog poo bags which could be fixed to the pole of the footpath sign. Please could you arrange this?”

A lot of people, including children walking to school, use the path and it is not only unpleasant but is a serious danger to health. We have made a laminated sign and attached it to the gate at the beginning of the footpath in Nairdwood Lane. Let’s hope we get a result from the Council. – I’ll let you know.”

PVA regularly highlights that not picking up dog poo is punishable with a large fine, even if people think that they are in the country and it doesn’t matter.   See Dog Fouling and Bag It And Bin It!

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