Unitary Council Decision Pending (from Chiltern District Council)

Update – original news items published on 23 March 2018 – You’ll probably have received this leaflet through your letterbox recentlyModernising local government A5 leaflet_R6_Single Pages_PROOF v.3

As at 23 March 2018 – The following is on the Chiltern District Council website. Link is at the bottom.


The Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, has announced in parliament that he is “minded” to implement Buckinghamshire County Council’s proposal to replace the existing five councils in Bucks with a single county-wide unitary.

While we are extremely disappointed, the “minded to” decision is not set in stone, and as the process allows, we will be making the strongest possible representations to the Secretary of State that this decision is not the right one. We don’t believe that this decision is in the best interest of our local residents, businesses, community groups, parish councils and various other stakeholders across the county and, based on our own engagement, we don’t believe it has strong local support. Continue reading Unitary Council Decision Pending (from Chiltern District Council)



Don’t be a silent majority……..

Yes, we mean you!

There is a group trying to represent the interests of Prestwood (& Great Missenden).  They have the potential to influence improvements in Prestwood and throughout the parish. But they need your help. We live in an age of “if you don’t ask you don’t get”.

No Evidence = No Opinion = Nothing Changes

Continue reading Don’t be a silent majority……..



Wick Trimmers @ The Chequers Tree – Wednesday 18 April

Dear Chequers Folk folk…

April 18th is a date to remember – yes, it is the day on which, 50 years ago, an oil tycoon from Arizona bought London Bridge, but yes it is also the next date for Chequers Folk!

We hope that the latter will be both as silly, and as successful, as the former (London Bridge is the second biggest tourist attraction in Arizona – after the Grand Canyon!). So expect some bridge sections to appear in the music… and not too much falling down!

We’re looking forward to welcoming Clive and Sue back to the club, and our regular contributors too with maybe a few items from either side of the Atlantic.  So, make a date in your diary to come and enjoy some music that spans the years – and please do bring along some friends for a great night out.
Continue reading Wick Trimmers @ The Chequers Tree – Wednesday 18 April



Good news – A 4128 resurfacing in Prestwood

Update of 13 March news item, to keep you informed, from Peter Martin, Bucks County Councillor:

“As many of you will have noticed, Transport For Bucks sent the jet patcher along Wycombe Road A4128 Prestwood on 13 April to fill defects whilst we await the resurfacing to take place later this year.

“The team has recognised how concerned residents are about the road and 139 defects have been filled which hopefully will tide us over until the main works can be done.”

News item – 13 March 2018 – 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).



It seems unbelievable……

Partial recovery of groundwater but risk of restrictions remain later this year 

Message from Mike Pocock, Director of Asset Strategy, Affinity Water

We have welcomed the rain in March, which has been significantly above the long term average; we have continued to see a partial recovery in our groundwater sources and restrictions will not need to be introduced this spring.  However, our groundwater sources are still slightly below average due to the overall below average rainfall of the last two autumn and winter recharge periods.

The possibility of restrictions later on in the year remain in place and this will be dependent on the demand for water, particularly if demand is higher than usual over the spring and summer.   While we continue to undertake significant investment in infrastructure and drive down leakage in our network, we also need our customers to change how they view and use water to help manage the situation. Continue reading It seems unbelievable……



Orinoco’s finally making it out of hibernation….

Message from Jeanette Hedley:

Next Village Litter Pick Weekend

As the village litter picking weekend scheduled for the beginning of March was cancelled due to weather conditions, the next takes place over 3 days – 27th, 28th and 29th April.

Please do join with other like-minded villagers and help clean up our lovely surroundings.  Litter picking equipment (tools, refuse sacks and hi-viz tops) will be available between 10am and 2pm on all three days from me at 18 Orchard Lane, HP16 0NN – please bring your own gloves and perhaps a wheelbarrow if you have one – a full refuse sack can be quite heavy!

Litter/fly tipped items can be deposited at the Scout Hut car park in Nairdwood Lane during that weekend and this will be collected on Monday 30th April.

If you are thinking about joining in, even if you only have an hour to spare, your efforts will be rewarded by seeing a beautifully tidy village by the end of that weekend.

Never ‘Wombled’ before? – then contact Jeanette on 866460 or by email to  coltonhed@googlemail.com for more information.



Community Vision Update – Drop-in Workshop 20 April

A second drop-in workshop will be held in Prestwood Village Hall on Friday 20 April from 2.00-8.00pm, the first having been held in Great Missenden.

Come along for a chat,  a cuppa and cake with the Great Missenden & Prestwood Revitalisation Group and see some of the inspirational ideas that people are coming up with for inclusion in the Community Vision Update.   GMPRG needs your ideas too as the results of the input from everyone will form a specific evidence-based document to be used to back-up grant funding applications for future projects in Prestwood.

screenshot of community vision surveyAs you’ll have seen in the four-page supplement in the last edition of the Source, you can input to the survey questionnaire either on-line   or use the hard copy available in the last edition of the Source, or collect a form and complete at the workshop on 20th.

You can hand in the form either in Gt Missenden Library or JNP Estate Agents, Prestwood but do try and use the on-line version as the preferred option.

There’s also a photograph competition running alongside the Update with a prize of a £50 Amazon voucher kindly sponsored by Chiltern District Council and Bucks County Council Missenden’s Local Area Forum.

The closing date for inputting your thoughts to the Community Vision Update is 15 May 2018 but please DON’T DELAY – DO IT TODAY – HAVE YOUR SAY.



Community Vision Update

Your chance to input to the future  of your village – deadline for comment 15 May

Photograph Competition

Please don’t forget, as part of this consultation.

Thanks to funding from Chiltern District Council and Bucks County Council Missenden’s Local Area Forum, GMPRG has a £50 Amazon voucher to give to the person who sends in the best    photograph illustrating their views about this area.

The competition will be decided at the first committee meeting following the end of the consultation period.

Don’t forget to complete the on-line questionnaire by 15 May deadline – all information on GMPRG website.



Invitation to all PVA subscribers

Please support our Fifth Anniversary Celebration and AGM…Prestwood Village Hall on Thursday 3 May 2018

We aim to get through the AGM formalities as quickly as possible so that we can celebrate PVA’s fifth year together for the rest of the evening.


7.00pm Doors open to visit the displays including the Chiltern Society with latest on HS2’s construction timetable, the A413 Link Road roundabout, the Haul Road and North Portal; GMPRG on the Community Vision Update , Laura from the Wool Nook; The Committee & Trustees of the Village Hall in celebration of its 90th year and the latest from Prestwood Gardening Society.

7.30pm  Annual General Meeting  – AGM calling notice 2018 and  draft PVA AGM Minutes 2017 attached.  [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 Election Nomination form at AGM which needs to be back with PVA by 25 April.  

8.00 – 8.30pm – Presentations include John Cadman’s Chair’s report; Paul Mes on promoting a local business network;  Simon Laurie on local “champions”.  Further information to follow as the programme develops.

8.30 – 9.30pm Refreshments and Mix & Mingle followed by Chair’s Summing Up

  •  Beer Taster Keg kindly donated by MALT the Brewery
  • Complimentary Wine & Cheese Buffet
  • Tea/coffee – nominal charge – ladies of the Prestwood WI.

If you plan to attend and can let us know in advance, please do so via Contact Us.  It will assist us with seating and catering arrangements.

Many thanks – John,  Katy,  Simon,  Mark W,  Sue,  Colin, Ian,  Karine, Mark C,  Madeleine and Barbara – PVA Committee



There’s still a need for Neighbourhood Watch

Chiltern District Council Community Safety is actively promoting new and revitalised Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, especially in areas which have experienced incidents of recent burglary. Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives.

Behind it lies a simple idea: Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime. Everyone knows that the police are there to fight crime, but they need your help to do an effective job, Neighbourhood Watch is all about an active partnership with the police. Continue reading There’s still a need for Neighbourhood Watch



National Bike Week 9-17 June 2018

Message from Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council Community Safety Team

CDC is encouraging residents to be more conscious of how secure their bikes are and if they haven’t already,  get them marked to reduce the risk of theft.

Whilst some bicycles are returned to their owners, most are never seen again because they have no markings on them, or no recorded details such as frame serial numbers and size, make, model, colour or a picture. Continue reading National Bike Week 9-17 June 2018



Between Rocky Lane & Wendover A413 – HS2 temporary works

As part of HS2’s continued programme of surveying works in our local area, it needs to carry out investigations into the services (gas, electricity, water, cable etc) running below ground under the A413 just to the south of Wendover. HS2 has said there will be no disruption to any of your services during these works.

HS2 need to use temporary traffic lights to reduce traffic to one lane on the A413 between Rocky lane and Wendover. Works are scheduled to start on Tuesday 3rd April and investigations are expected to last no longer than one week.

HS2 has also supplied a list of FAQs 26 March 2018 which may answer some of your ongoing questions.



A Capella Group Saturday 28th April


25-strong a cappella choir The Damon Singers will be bringing their vocal skills to Holy Trinity Church in Prestwood on Saturday 28th April to help raise funds for a local initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

Founded in 1957, The Damon Singers is one of the Chilterns’ longest running and best-loved choirs and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes over the years. This is the first time the choir will perform in Prestwood, and Music Director David Cooke comments, “We’re thrilled to be singing in this lovely church so soon after it was renovated, and we’re planning a programme to ensure it will be a night to remember.” Continue reading A Capella Group Saturday 28th April



Reality begins to dawn……. HS2

Following the Community Liaison Forum hosted by Chiltern District Council at its Amersham offices last night,  more information is now available on the  current work programme by HS2 and its contractors for Phase 1 of the HS2 construction plan, from the South Portal at the M25 through to the North Portal at Great Missenden on to the viaduct at Wendover Dean.

To get up to date and keep in touch as the line progresses through the Chilterns, PVA suggests you have a look at:

Schemes-Proposals- Details 

Notice of HS2 Works in your Area

Proposed Haul Road Concept Option

and also keep an eye on the HS2Watch website which has been set  up by Chiltern Society, Chesham Society and Against HS2 Groups who jointly will be monitoring progress of HS2 construction within the Chilterns AONB.

Rather than  having to go through the Government’s portal, HS2 now has its own website which will keep you up to date as the work progresses.

The presentations made at the 26 March meeting at CDC’s offices can be found here.

HS2 has also supplied a list of FAQs 26 March 2018 which may answer some of your ongoing questions.



Unitary Council Message (Bucks County Council proposal)

To balance the recent press release from Chiltern District Council you can find out the views of Bucks County Council in this item.  BCC made a proposal for a single unitary authority in Bucks in 2016 which is currently being considered favourably by the Government.

To see their news check out this website: http://futurebucks.co.uk/

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Community Vision Update – pop-in Friday for a chat and a cuppa…..

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,  between 2 to 8pm, 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 between 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



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