Prestwood is represented on the Misbourne Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG), created by Thames Valley Police (TVP) to bring together local community police with Parish, District and County Councillors, Paradigm Housing, group leaders and residents within the parishes of Gt Missenden and Little Missenden.
Influencing Safety in Prestwood
Rev Deiniol Heywood chaired the NAG for three years from 2008, when three priority issues identified by Prestwood people were speeding, anti-social behaviour and parking. The NAG supported proposals for the pedestrian crossing near the Co-op, better security for the Hazell Road flats and organised volunteer usage of Community Speedwatch equipment in Prestwood.
Under the next chair, John Cadman, between 2011 and 2014, the NAG backed the provision of moveable vehicle speed activated signs (MVAS) within the Parish, introduced in 2013. Serious acquisitive crime (burglaries and vehicle related crimes) also became a new priority.
The Misbourne NAG is currently chaired by Mark Wingrove with the Community Speedwatch programme and the schedule of the two moveable vehicle speed activated signs (MVAS) still ongoing by volunteers from within the local community. More volunteers for these two activities are always welcome so that a bank of local people can be built-up to cover for holidays etc. Community Speedwatch only involves an hour periodically in conjunction with Community Police helping collate information by the roadside in notoriously fast local roads and rat runs, whilst moving and swivelling the MVAS units involves at maximum 1 hour per month, so the task is not onerous – the more volunteers we have available, the fewer times during the year you need to be called upon. 3 are needed at any one time for Community Speedwatch and for a MVAS move. If you’d like to join the merry band of volunteers, then please contact Anne Mitchell, Clerk to Great Missenden Parish Council on 01494 864792, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thames Valley Police (TVP) also gains from information about previously unreported crimes, suspicious activities, and from having a forum through which to publicise crime trends and prevention measures.
Police efficiency measures mean that it has become more difficult for TVP to meet Prestwood people at NAG meetings which are held at around 2-monthly intervals, 5 times a year. However, the Misbourne NAG has a regular slot in the Source newspaper and PVA intends to help bridge the gap. See also TVP’s website devoted to The Missendens.
You may also be interested in signing up to receive Thames Valley Alerts. As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also learn about those in your community who are subject to anti-social behaviour orders, help identify suspected or wanted criminals from the Gallery pages, or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.
Community Safety Information
The Community Safety Information (CSI) newsletter contains information to keep people informed about what the Community Safety Partnership has been involved with in the Chilterns over the previous two month period. Please follow this link to the Chiltern CSI Newsletter page.
If your road does not already have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in place, please visit the Neighbourhood Watch website