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Misbourne School Exam Results 2017

Exam results – well done The Misbourne

Students at The Misbourne have achieved another set of great results.

At GCSE, 80% of the students achieved passes in both English and Mathematics.  In all other subjects, the school results were again higher than previous years with a continuing upward trend.  And for A Levels, the average points score has increased.

Below, Headteacher, Robert Preston, with twins Lauren and Mia Agar-Rea celebrating their GCSE results.

To see the full media announcements from The Misbourne,  Continue reading Misbourne School Exam Results 2017

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Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy

The Chiltern Academy was established in 1973 by Jane Anderson’s mother, Elaine, when she took over a High Wycombe dance school where Jane had been a student.   It was a wonderful challenge for Elaine to run her own business – her husband came up with the new name and Chiltern Academy’s journey began.

The Prestwood studio opened in 1976 and started with a handful of eager students attending class on Friday afternoons.  Little did they know that, over 40 years later, Chiltern Academy would still be thriving with nearly 300 students coming through the door each week.

What started as a local village dance school, offering ballet classes one afternoon a week, has since become one  of Buckinghamshire’s most prestigious performing arts schools with students travelling from as far as Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire to attend.  Numerous students go on to vocational colleges and successful careers within the dance world.  Continue reading Group Spotlight – The Chiltern Academy

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The Rock Project comes to Prestwood

Aspiring young pop and rock stars can start to climb the ladder of success with the launch of a new music school in Prestwood!

The Rock Project is the UK’s leading school for children’s contemporary music tuition. It offers group lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals for young people aged 7-18 years old.

Weekly sessions at The Rock Project offer budding chart-toppers the chance to develop their musical talents as well as experience in playing together as a band. Continue reading The Rock Project comes to Prestwood

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Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fourth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April

PVA AGM Programme 250417

7.00pm  Doors open – an opportunity to visit displays

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – Notice of meeting AGM Calling notice 250417 including PVA AGM Minutes 2016 v.2  and proposed amendments to the Constitution PVA Constitution-2017 Final [Please read and print these off and bring with you].

We have a few vacancies for PVA committee members so if you’d like to contribute then please apply –  here’s the form AGM-Nomination-Form-Election-Committee-Members-2017 which needs to be back with PVA by 17 April.   For further information see here.
Continue reading Invitation to all PVA subscribers

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RUWise to It?

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.

Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers.   Visit www.RUWise2it.co.uk to find out more.

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Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  ivanlovegrove@gmail.com  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks.  www.prestwoodinfants.org/ 

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Local Plan Consultation … and Prestwood

Another consultation?

Yes, and this one does affect the whole of  this area for years to come.  So it should involve us all now.

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Click on the map to see it full screen and then return to read more……

 

To help you, we have created user friendly maps for you to see how you are affected.  These highlight the sites under consideration and make it easy for you to get further official (CDC) information.

We have already informed you about the Local Plan Consultation which is reviewing 15 preferred Green Belt options a few weeks ago. As usual there is a lot of information to go through in the evidence base which is normal for these exercises.

PVA has extracted the current status around Prestwood and displayed them on a map. There are 22 of them.

But aren’t they all rejected?

Yes they are, however some of those have been rejected twice. As this process moves through to a conclusion we should remind ourselves of the current status of the plan as far as Prestwood is concerned.

Any of these can come back, and as you can see in one case; two adjacent areas next to Lodge Lane have both been rejected, the area was made even larger (10 Ha) and appeared again with a proposal for a school to be built there. See this item for area 2.02.

You can get the big picture here: Local Plan Nov-Dec 2016

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Reduction of Prestwood High Street Car Park?

(Comment from Prestwood Village Association: Many thanks to the community for providing your feedback on the end of this item we will ensure it is flagged up to CDC and the Parish Council should this come up for consideration. Immediately below is a comment from CDC Councillor John Gladwin, added 24th October 2016 on this subject)

“The development of affordable housing in the District is a Government Imposed Target for CDC. Since the formation of a Working Group to look at it, a number of sites have come forward, giving the opportunity to provide a significant number of affordable homes. However there are not unlimited sums of money to fund these all these opportunities. Thus there is a need for the opportunities to be reviewed in more depth. As such this will take time.  The proposal for a proportion of the Prestwood Car Park to be converted to Affordable Housing has not gone away, but is being considered as part of that further evaluation.

As said previously, any proposals will to be recommended by the working group, supported by the Council, and be subject of a Consultation.”

-John Gladwin

co_op-car-park2Some of you will have already heard that Chiltern District Council is looking at the need to provide Affordable Housing in the District and has set up a committee to review this.

As part of that review, Prestwood High Street Car Park has been brought forward as it borders the Paradigm housing in Maybush Gardens.  PVA understands that the proposal would be to take a small portion of the car park towards the rear.  This along with a large number of other sites is still under consideration by the committee, but no recommendation has been made.

Our local CDC Councillors, John Gladwin and Peter Martin, are members of the committee and tell us that before it can become a reality, it will need to be

  • Recommended by the committee
  • Considered and recommended by the CDC cabinet
  • Be subject to a local consultation

Please air your views by Leaving a Comment (see above in headings) and PVA will feedback to our local District Councillors.

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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   http://www.gmprg.org.uk/

“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

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Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement

Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) is seeking local residents’ views on proposals to create a more vibrant village centre.

By following this link you can  take a look at a short video, produced and edited by local company Five on a Bike, which gives a brief introduction on how the village centre could look and you can give your feedback via the online consultation form.

For those that would like to know more, there is also a film of the presentation given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie of Hamilton-Baillie Associates to the village on 22 March, and an accompanying report Prestwood Report 02b small Final which explains the approach and the original brief, where you can find out how and why this project has come about.

Sketch proposal for a “recognisable village centre with its own identity which will help lower speeds, significantly improve pedestrian links and the environment for local shops and businesses”:

Chequers after

Continue reading Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement

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100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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Prestwood has been identified as a potential candidate for urban extension to meet part of the housing needs in the CDC area over the next 16 years. One large site has been identified by Lepus Consulting which is an enlarged plot in the same location of the 76 New Homes site adjacent to Lodge Lane.  Refer to this document: “Sustainability Appraisal of the Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan Initial Consultation (Regulation 18) Incorporating Issues and Options” (follow the link to download it) and look on page 91.

This area is approximately 9.75 Hectares in size. More than 4 times the size of 76 New Homes area.

Follow this link to open this in a larger screen.

The Local Plan is currently seeking feedback in terms of a formal public consultation which is underway, and closes on the 14th of March at 5pm.

What would you like us to do?

  • Can PVA encourage people to respond to this consultation?
  • Is it worth a small group of people digging through this mountain of paperwork to locate what is important to Prestwood?

Let us know please by posting a comment at the bottom of this article.

If we get a sufficiently large response we will put something together and send out an alert through the website in the next 10 – 14 days. Continue reading 100s of new homes proposed for Prestwood?

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CDC’s Emerging Local Plan

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On 20 January, Graham Winwright, CDC’s Planning Policy Manager, unveiled the next stage of the Emerging Local Plan for Chilterns & South Bucks 2014-2036 and PVA went along to find out more.    His presentation can be seen here.

To catch up from the beginning see previous articles, 13 January, 12 February 2015,  Emerging Chiltern & South Bucks Local Plan and 14 January 2016.

This current public consultation, on Issues and Options, is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging participation amongst local groups and organisations as well as the public.  It will be carried out in accordance with both councils’  Statement of Community Involvement and runs from 19th January  to 5pm on 14th March 2016.

As Chiltern District Council has now joined forces with South Bucks District Council in this exercise, the whole process has once again been re-started and, therefore, all submissions by everyone in previous public consultations need to be repeated and re-emphasised.
Continue reading CDC’s Emerging Local Plan

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New themed building for Infant School

Following the official opening celebrating the completion of Prestwood Infant School’s Little Hall last December, the children are now using the themed building, based on Roald Dahl’s story of Fantastic Mr Fox, for lunch time dining.

468143-320x240.scale_type-center_cropArchitects De Rosee Sa and PMR turned to the pages of Dahl’s books  for the new dining hall – and the cunning character, Mr Fox, inspired them by declaring he intended to make “A little underground village, with streets and houses on each side – separate houses for badgers and moles and rabbits and weasels and foxes.”

The £158,000 colourful new building is called Little Hall and will also be rented out as a facility for the local community, bringing in much-needed revenue for the school.  Continue reading New themed building for Infant School

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Further news on the public consultation for a new Local Plan

As we reported earlier,  Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils have agreed to undertake a Joint Local Plan (2014 to 2036) and from 19 January until 14 March the councils will be undertaking an initial public consultation on a Local Plan incorporating consultation on key issues and options.

The councils want to help local groups and organisations that have an interest in the Local Plan engage in the consultation process and to help raise awareness within their communities/groups and encourage local residents and other interested parties to engage.   PVA will be represented at a briefing session on 20 January where officers and lead Council members will be available to explain the consultation, the process, options and answer any questions.

Graham Winwright, Planning Policy Manager, Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils, points  out “This is an important time for Chiltern and South Bucks which, like many districts across the country, will see significant development pressures over the next two decades.

“The councils are required to plan to meet their communities development needs, which for Chiltern & South Bucks will be a very significant challenge given the level of needs, the Green Belt, our environmental constraints and likely infrastructure needs (eg roads, schools, health facilities, utility services) required to support development.”

Continue reading Further news on the public consultation for a new Local Plan

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