Workshop invitation open to all
The first of two sessions to gain further insight into the thoughts of local people of all ages and backgrounds regarding the Community Vision Update is this Friday, 2 to 8pm. Friday 23 March, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, HP16 9AE
Do pop in for a chat and a cuppa – if you can’t make this Friday then you have a second opportunity on Friday 20 April, again 2 to 8pm in Prestwood Village Hall.
In the meantime, please do complete the on-line questionnaire.
For further information see previous news item.
Consultation closes 15 May 2018
Members of the public are invited to attend the HS2 Community Liaison Forum at the Chiltern District Council offices on Monday 26th March. HS2 and their contractors will give a presentation on the current work programme and future plans for the local area.
This is an opportunity to hear directly from the contractors, to understand their approach to the work and to ask questions to the experts delivering the work on the ground.
||Monday 26th March
||Chiltern District Council offices, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW
Please confirm your attendance via email to HS2Team@Chiltern.gov.uk
Kind regards – HS2 Project Team | Chiltern & South Bucks District Council, Chiltern District Council, King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AW
Wycombe Road between Prestwood and Great Kingshill is to be resurfaced this year some time between April and July. The work is expected to take between one and two weeks. During this time, there will be road closures and diversions. The details of these will be announced as soon as decisions have been made. Provision will be made for access for residents and businesses.
Peter Martin, our Bucks County Councillor, will also be reviewing other resurfacing priorities in the near future. He will advise us of progress as soon as it is available.
Please also refer to our earlier news page to make your views heard at Potholes – it is time to have your say.
If you have any concerns, please contact our local councillors. Peter Martin (BCC) or John Gladwin (CDC).
Potholes are obvious to us all. There are many areas in Bucks competing for limited funds right now. Several of our local residents are prepared to do something for you to highlight the scale of the problem in Prestwood and the poor standard when roads are repaired. They are prepared to lead a campaign NOW to reflect the strength of local feeling on this for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Crucially this should increase the funding for Prestwood. But they need to hear from YOU. It really is NOW or NEVER.
If you are interested in helping to identify roads and paths of particular concern to you or your family, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org Your email address will not be passed on unless you specifically ask that it is included. If there is sufficient response from you, we will report back here on what further action will be taken. Or to make a comment here, please use “Leave a comment” towards the top of this page.
And Thursday was National Pothole Day. There was an hour long program on ITV. And Bucks Free Press ran a big article last week. Also, click here to see what has happened in Northampton .
Alternatively, you can report directly via Bucks CC report a pothole .
Below are some comments from local residents. Continue reading Potholes – it is time to have your say
Litter Pick Weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th March
Due to the current wintry weather
The arctic conditions have destroyed any chance of a litter pick taking place this weekend. I was hopeful that a thaw on Saturday or Sunday might facilitate an opportunity, but judging by today’s freezing winds and temperatures, that’s most unlikely now. So, thank you to all those who have already enquired, volunteered or even given it some thought, but I have decided to cancel this one and reschedule for 27th/28th/29th April. Perhaps Spring will have arrived by then! Wishing you all well – stay warm. Jeanette (& Orinoco, who clearly came out of hibernation too soon!) Continue reading Orinoco will be out of hibernation soon….
Wednesday 28 February 2018 between 2 and 6 pm in Great Missenden Memorial Centre
A Drop-in Event being run by Fusion JV, the HS2 Enabling Works Contractors – plans for the construction of the HS2 Haul Road to run from the A413 up to the Chiltern Tunnel portal will be on display.
Designs will be shared with the community on proposed scheme of alterations to Link Road and the A413 roundabout as well as the A413 Frith Hill roundabout. Staff will be on hand to talk to.
email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk Tel: 08081 434434 www.gov.uk/hs2
News in from Vanessa Martin, Great Missenden Parish Councillor:
Here’s a link to Chiltern Railways Car Parking at Great Missenden Railway Station where it states:
“Save Money and the environment with our 3 For Free Car Share offer
We offer free parking when three or more people share a car and arrive at our stations and board our trains *
- Valid Mondays – Fridays between 0600 and 0900
- Free parking applies to 3 or more adults sharing 1 car
- Free parking applies on the day of arrival only
- The offer is not valid for overnight parking
- Just get your 3 For Free Car Share voucher from the station ticket office before 09:00 am on the day of travel and display it in your vehicle.
- Free parking applies to rail users only
Do please leave a comment below as to how you get on.
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
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….
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…..
Here’s Bucks County Council’s update on HS2 for September.. Update September 2017
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
Message from the National Grid
Essential maintenance work on the overhead electricity lines between East Claydon substation and Amersham substation – Road Closures
“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)
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.
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 email@example.com
The timetable for the Prestwood Commuter Cab and further information on Kingshill Cars’ other services, eg. Share-A-Fare, are on their website.
See 2017 E update August 2017 for the latest HS2 news.
From Jackie Copcutt, Lead Project Officer HS2, Buckinghamshire County Council, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UA Tel: 01296 383793 Mobile: 07885 269120 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.buckscc.gov.uk
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
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
Japanese Knotweed has been spotted growing near the Chequers Tree pub on Chequers Lane. Transport for Bucks has been notified and will be spraying weedkiller to eliminate it. They will liaise with local landowners to request they tackle any growing on private land. Continue reading Japanese Knotweed
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