Category Archives: Roads

Anything to do with the roads, and conditions of the roads in Prestwood.

Late for work? Think twice before speeding…..

An interesting article has recently been published by Warranty Direct with a strict new set of rules in force as from 24 April 2017, splitting speeding penalties into ‘bands’ which could see fines for those caught dramatically increase.  For simplicity, these bands have been dubbed A, B and C.  Full article  –  http://blog.warrantydirect.co.uk/2017/06/18/the-rules-of-the-road-are-changing-are-you-at-risk-of-being-caught-out/#.WXdQsemQzIU

“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.”

What is currently being done locally to  help increase your awareness and remind you to stick to the speed limit?
Continue reading Late for work? Think twice before speeding…..

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A huge THANK YOU

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

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Essential Maintenance Work: Road Closures

Message from the National Grid

Essential maintenance work on the overhead electricity lines between East Claydon substation and Amersham substation – Road Closures

(Extract)

“As part of this work, we’ll need to temporarily close part of Frith Hill, between the B485 and King’s Lane, for around 4 weeks, and part of Leather Lane for around 3 weeks. “

You can read the full advisory letter here. (opens in a new browser window)

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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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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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Water works in Honor End Lane UPDATE

Honor End Lane road closure for 7 weeks from August 10 – WE HAVE A MAP.

We have pursued this with the contractors and we attach a map showing the closures.  The closure is in BLUE .  According to the contractors, the road will be completely closed for through traffic for up to 7 weeks, although it is hoped that completion will be sooner than that.  Road diversion signs will be in place. To see the full map, click on the image or use this link 

Our original page for this topic is here

 

 

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Water Works in Honor End Lane

Honor End Lane road closure for 7 weeks from August 10

Thames Water are coming to a road near you soon.  We have received the following message from them.  For info, Glade Road is at the very end as you leave Prestwood, by the John Hampden memorial.

From Thames Water

We’ll soon be starting work in your area to replace the water pipes along a section of Honor End Lane. The new plastic pipes are much stronger and will ensure that we continue to provide a top quality service.       For the duration of our works there’ll be a road closure in place on Honor End Lane at the junction of Glade Road.  There will be a diversion route in place.  Please look for our street signage during our works. Continue reading Water Works in Honor End Lane

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Two road closures – Station Approach and Rignall Road

 

Transport for Bucks road closures – Station Approach and Rignall Road

Transport for Buckinghamshire will be undertaking highway maintenance carriageway resurfacing works in two places as part of their Capital Road Investment Programme to improve the condition of the road in order to prolong its life.

To the carriageway of Station Approach.  The works here are scheduled to take place during week commencing the 30th May, and are expected to take up to three nights. This work will be carried out utilising a road closure that will be in operation between 19.00 and 06.00 Information signs will be erected on site prior to the commencement of the works, giving the actual dates and durations.

To the carriageway at Rignall Road, Little Hampden from The Old Gated Road to the London Road, Great Missenden. This will be carried out in two phases. The surface dressing preparatory works here are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 30th May 2017 and it is anticipated they will take up to 3 weeks to complete.  Actual surface dressing dates have yet to be confirmed, however we anticipate this will be completed by the end of August and reinstatement of road markings completed by the end of September. This work will be carried out utilising a daytime closure that will be in operation between 09.30 and 15.30hrs. Information signs will be erected on site prior to the commencement of the works, giving the actual dates and durations.

Further information about this work can be found on Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Service Information Centre at http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/transport  or alternatively you can call 01296 382416 and one of my colleagues will be able to pass your enquiry through to me.

Yours sincerely Mary McElhinney Schemes Delivery Co-ordinator/Technician

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Cycling in Prestwood

Paul Francis writes:

“Both my wife and I have this weekend attempted to leave our pushbikes securely attached to something fixed whilst visiting the Prestwood Village Centre & also John Hampden Doctors surgery, and we have both discovered that there is nowhere in the village to secure push bikes to whilst visiting !

I’ve written to GMPC about some possible investment in these facilities but heard nothing back – even some secure rings attached to premises walls would be a good start, in order to encourage more people to leave their cars behind and get some fresh air and exercise instead of clogging up the village.

Any thing you can do to move this forward would be appreciated.”

Any other comments on this? Please let us know by adding your views below or get in touch directly with Great Missenden Parish Council or Prestwood Revite Group.

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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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Despite the rainy weather…..

….. The Great British Spring Clean was a phenomenal success in Prestwood

An unprecedented number of volunteers, including parents with their children, gave their time to gather up a staggering quantity of litter and fly tipped rubbish.

At least 80 sacks of litter, chunks of wood and metal, glass, broken paving stones, supermarket trolleys and a myriad of other junk was collected from the roads, pavements, alleyways, allotments and open spaces throughout the village.  By Sunday afternoon, the whole of Prestwood was pristine, and this could not have happened without the wonderful 50 volunteers who responded to the plea for help.

Anyone interested in joining the next ‘Wombling Weekend’, planned for 24 and 25 June, please contact Jeanette Hedley

A BIG thank you from PVA to our Wombling pal Jeanette, for all her hard work in not only organising the Litter picks in Prestwood, but for her dedication to the  ongoing campaign to Keep Prestwood Tidy.

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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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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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