Category Archives: Roads

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

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  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



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.



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



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.



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



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



School Journey Survey

Message from Bucks County Council

Closing date for responses 3 February 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Councillors on the Transport, Environment and Economy Select Committee are undertaking an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from schools in Bucks and how schools and communities can affect behaviour change to encourage people to adopt more sustainable travel options and reduce car use for the school journey.

With the planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building, Members feel it may lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools.  It is believed that enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn’t always the most effective solution, so Members want to look at other methods that do work.

In this inquiry members will be exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school to reduce the use of cars for the school journey.  They want to consider how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely.  Through hearing about what’s being done, what works, and what more can be done, Members want to understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers to encouraging sustainable travel for the school journey.

On the 7th and 8th February, the BCC Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.

Members would like to provide Local Councillors/Community Representatives with the opportunity to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following survey to give your views, experiences and knowledge of the schools within your local areas.

A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet in April.

Committee Members would be most grateful if you would be willing to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following very short survey.  The survey will provide Members with your views and experiences of school travel, examples of successful activity and the challenges that takes place with schools and communities within your areas.

You can complete the survey following this link:   The closing date for responses is the 3rd February.





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



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:




Removal of public phone box in Honor Road

BT have notified Chiltern District Council that, within its current programme of public payphone removals,  it is intending to take away the phone box in Honor Road near the junction with Gryms Dyke.  Only one call has been made from it over the last year.

There is a notice to this effect on the call box – if you have any comments to make about this please send them by Friday 9th December to Mike Shires, Area Planning Officer – West Team, Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road,  Amersham HP6 5AW    01494 732044:  01494 586508 email:



HS2 gives Bucks more promises


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]



Next Prestwood Litter-Pick weekend

Hello Litter Picking Volunteers

If you are able to join this weekend’s litter pick, please collect hi viz top, refuse sack(s) and litter pick tools from my house 18 Orchard Lane between 10 and 2 on Saturday/Sunday.  Filled refuse sacks will be collected by CDC from the usual place, The Scout Hut Car Park, next to my sign.  Hope I will see you at the weekend – we can make a big difference to this village by litter picking for just an hour or two.  THANKYOU     Jeanette Hedley

Everyone is invited to join the Prestwood Litter Picking Weekend taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.   Call at Grasmere, 18 Orchard Lane (off High Street) between 10am and 2pm either/both days to collect your litter picking tool, hi-viz top and refuse sack(s).   Bring your own gloves please.   Choose any area in Prestwood village to pick up litter, at any time over the weekend, and then deposit it at a central collection area.  For further info please contact Jeanette  email:




TfB working on it – now starting 26 September

Transport for Bucks will be undertaking highway maintenance road treatment works to the carriageway of London Road, Great Missenden from Church Street running south to the A413 as part of their Capital Road Investment Programme. This work is being undertaken to improve the condition of the road in order to prolong its life, and will be carried out in two phases.

The first phase, the preparatory patching works, will take place from 26/09/2016 (not 21st) and is expected to take up to 5 days to complete.

The second phase involves the application of a micro-surfacing treatment to the carriageway, programmed for completion during late summer / early Autumn.  Both phases will be carried out utilising formal daytime road closures and these will be in operation between 09:30 to 16:30.

Further information can be found in this letter from Bucks County Council.



Local Area Priorities Review

A reminder from Natalie Judson, Community Links Officer,  Bucks County Council:

“Would you be able to spare a few minutes so your voice can be heard in your local area surrounding local area priorities ? Your views will play a part in how funding and resources towards the issues agreed are then carried out.   We are refreshing priorities and it would be good to get as many views as possible, especially from local residents/professionals who run OR know a community group:

Current top 3 priorities are:

  • Road Safety
  • Speeding
  • Community Transport   The survey closes on the 26th September.  

Tel: 01296 382140; Mob: 07876 257 406 Email:

Your opportunity to put your priorities and ideas forward for Prestwood …

It will soon be three years since the current local priorities were set within the Missendens Local Area Forum (LAF).  

In order to refresh and gather feedback from residents about local priorities for the future, the following online survey has been created:

The survey will close September 26th at which point the report will be finalised for the LAF.
Continue reading Local Area Priorities Review



HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

Crucial that you lobby our MP, Cheryl Gillan,  Martin Tett, Bucks County Council and HS2 Ltd

(direct contact details below)

Message from John Skrimshire, Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group

“Dear All,        You may not be aware of the latest proposals made by HS2 Ltd with regard to Great Missenden which will also greatly impact on the residents of Prestwood who pass through en route to work, local schools, hospitals etc.

“HS2 is proposing to push ahead with its plans for the current Haul Road site off the Link Road roundabout at Great Missenden,  [see previous news item last November to see the effects that this is expected to have on Prestwood] whilst suggesting  “mitigation” which would include widening the Link Road from two to three lanes, with the accompanying loss of the 20 short-term car parking spaces on the Link Road adjacent to Buryfield.   So HS2’s “solution” for Great Missenden is more tarmac and less parking.

“Despite agreeing to an assurance with Bucks County Council in January to develop an alternative Haul Road site, [see PVA’s news item in January 2016] the promoter has failed to provide the full life-cycle costs promised within 28 days of the assurance agreement.   Without this baseline information, it is extremely difficult for Bucks County Council to develop an alternative, bearing in mind that the agreement also requires them to foot any additional bill. Continue reading HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now



Consultation reminder – Prestwood revitalisation proposal

Please take the opportunity to input to the public consultation, due to finish on Monday 11 July .

With the kind permission of JNP, there will be a display of the designs and consultation forms available from Monday 4th to Monday 11th July at their Prestwood office.

The comments and issues raised will be considered and addressed to create a project that has the support of the maximum number of people, and, in due course, help towards the long-term process of fund-raising.

Watch the video, read all about the proposal at  and then please complete the on-line questionnaire/feedback form.

No need for anyone in Prestwood to be excluded from expressing a view – please participate now.

Information about the proposal for the revitalisation of the village centre and its entry points has reached every household in Prestwood via the Front Page and Page 6 of  issue 44 of The Source for HP16.    Now please check out p.2 of  issue 45 due through your letter-box this weekend.  You can already see it on-line at

Continue reading Consultation reminder – Prestwood revitalisation proposal