We aim to be as interactive as possible so do come back regularly to see what's happening in Grendon Underwood and make your views and concerns known. Contacts on the 'Councillors' page.
We represent ALL members of our community so we welcome any and all suggestions, comments and even criticism as our community develops & grows into the 22nd century. Our web site contains information about the Powers & Duties and responsibilities of the Parish Council, as well as much online content such as planning applications and meeting information.
We are a village of some 400 dwellings and spme 1600 residents [2011 census] and their dependents in the rolling green countryside of Aylesbury Vale in Buckinghamshire and are proud of our special heritage as a linear village of some historical importance. For more go to the Fact Pack
Our church of St. Leonard has stood here for about 800 years, undergoing considerable modifications over the centuries, and remains a mainstay of our community.
Part of the Swan Group of Parishes around Grendon, it publishes a monthly newsletter, 'Life Together', free to all residents in the parish.
We have a thriving Village Hall and large recreational playing field, home to our own soccer club, scout group and hosting a wide variety of other groups, clubs, entertainments and meetings. More information on hiring rates etc here.
Our 'local' pub & restaurant, the Swan, is back up and running whilst it goes through some changes of management. The landlord & his team extend a warm welcome to all.
We are home to Grendon Underwood Combined School for children from age 3 (Nursery) to 11, in the catchment area of Waddesdon Secondary and Aylesbury Grammar Schools.
We have a much appreciated Post Office & village shop run by a wonderful couple ... and Amy's Coffee Shop is just up and running at the Lawn Farm Business Centre and Amy is already getting a good number of customers. We wish her every success.
We are home to several businesses and all welcome your local patronage. We hope to have a businesss directory soon and if there is anything else you would like to see; like local births, marriages & deaths or a 'pre-used' classifieds, let us know.
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We hope to use this section to highlight matters of more immediate concern to residents. Check the Parish Council meetings pages for what we are discussing currently. But if you would like to bring anything else to our attention, use the Contact form on the 'Councillors' page.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
There are plans to build a large compound at Charndon employing around 300 construction workers to facilitate the building of the East West Rail Link. Works are planned to start later this year and could last for at least 5 years. This is in addition to & separate from the massive and permanent Maintenance Depot at Calvert for HS2 works also scheduled to employ up to another 300 workers.
The designated and approved construction & worker commuter traffic route currently being considered by the EWR consortium and the Local Authority for this site will run from the A41 along Broadway onto Edgcott Road to Grendon Road to Buckingham Road, Perry Hill and left at the crossroads at School Hill. The villages along the route - Edgcott, the St Leonards junction in Grendon Underwood, Calvert Green and Charndon itself - will see a huge increase in traffic.
If approved the additional traffic affecting the villages en route will include HGV’s and and LGV’s as well as private vehicles for workers travelling to and from the site 6/7days a week. Traffic forecasts have yet to be published but residents need to keep in mind that the vehicle movements will be in addition to those that will be generated by HS2 works that we have yet to see – as well as the additional traffic from residents of Calvert Green that we already notice.
Charndon Parish Council opposes the compound and is seeking its relocation to a more suitable location with less impact on local communities. They recently held an open meeting at their Village Hall attended by over 120 residents. They have an action plan in place for further action.
Edgcott Parish Council will be sending a leaflet shortly to their residents encouraging everyone to consider helping their Parish Council to actively support their own and neighbouring communities in an effort to have the depot moved.
Your Council has the matter under advisement and we will let you know our intentions, through this site, as more information comes to hand. Whilst the route will pass down one end of our village, it is inevitable that the junction at St Leonards will become intolerable and more traffic will go down Main Street to avoid the A41 junction with Broadway. We feel this can only re-enforce our objections to any further developments along Broadway/Grendon Road which will just add to an already unacceptable infrastructure loading.
You can follow developments on this site or the Charndon Voice Facebook page (this is a closed group but I have discussed with the moderator and you should be accepted if you seek to join it).
We have been asked to draw your attention to the work of Active Bucks, a Bucks County Council initiative to get meore people active in our County. They have lots of ideas and activities of all kinds for young and not so young. Check out their web site here.
Based on the reasons a few people have expressed in support of certain developments, there seems to be some confusion over why we make our objections as we do. Please see our reasoning as to why we object to unsympathetic development in our village and our constructive alternatives on the Planning Applications page.
For information; following a question to HS2 Ltd, they project, starting from next year and lasting some 10 years, traffic volumes, along Broadway, Grendon Road through to the HS2 Calvert Infrastructure Maintenance Depot, vehicle movements, related to the project, to rise to 128 vehicles per day, per direction during the peak period of construction. Parishioners will no doubt take a view as to how independent and reliable figures from HS2 are but even at these levels on top of planning proposals in train, we are in for a torrid decade.
IN ADDITION; We are now made aware that a construction depot for the East/West Rail project is now proposed as yet a further burden to our local infrastructure. The route currently under consideration by the local authority for construction traffic & commuting traffic for some 300 workers [on top of 300 workers for the IMD for HS2], from the A41, is along Broadway, onto Edgcott Road, into Grendon Road and then on up to Charndon. A well attended public meeting was held in Charndon recently and there is a video of proceedings on their parish council web site. If you have any concerns please make sure we know about them. Contact your local parish councillor, your AVDC councillor and you Bucks CC Councillor - full details on the Councillors page.
VALP (Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan) - our local plan.
Now the Government has published its much anticipated Housing White Paper last month (February 2017), the VALP continues to be 'under review'. We can be sure, however, that the proposals will have major implications for planning decisions in the Vale. As a consequence, the timing for the final stages of development of the VALP are still to be established. Meantime, AVDC have confirmed the March pre-submission meetings are cancelled. Detailed discussions with Government & other Councils are on-going and AVDC will publish revised timing as soon as possible. - Rest assured we will be pressing for details of how these proposals filter down to us ... or you can use the link to AVDC planning on the Planning page. AVDC do confirm this will alter timing for progression of the plan as shown on the Planning Page.
You can still see our response to the original Plan, as it affected Grendon Underwood there also.