Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1972 (various sections), notice is hereby given that the next meeting of Grendon Underwood Parish Council will be a
GENERAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
to be held in the Village Hall, Main Street, Grendon Underwood at 19.30 on

Tuesday, 24th September 2019 - [no meeting in August by agreement]

The AGENDA will be posted onto the village notice board & the Meeting Information page 3 clear days before the meeeting.

Additions to the Agenda can be requested for consideration, by using the contact form on the Councillors page, up to 7 days before the meeting.

Your Parish Council exists to represent the interests of the whole community.  But we need your input; so let us have your comments, requests, concerns, ideas. Do come along to meeetings, use the form on this web site or email your local Councillor at councillors' details.

We represent ALL residents 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 with some 880 electors on our role and their dependents. The Council is the lower tier of a three tier 'Shire County' governance system in the rolling green countryside of Aylesbury Vale in Buckinghamshire. We are especially proud of our cherished heritage as a linear village of some historical importance. For more go to the Fact Pack

For more information on the special heritage of which we are the temporary custodians, go to Wikipedia  or the Village website here.

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Trendin' in Grendon ....

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 or email your Councillor.

FOR INFORMATION ...

NOTICE - RESOLUTION to BORROW

  • The Council's application to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government for approval to apply for a PWLB loan of £5105 over the borrowing term of 5 years to upgrade all parish footpath lights from obsolete SOX technology to current LED technology, previously advised here, has been granted. The contractor is currently estimating a start date in mid-October . We will keep you updated.

NOTICE - Oxford - Cambridge Expressway -

Some residents have made Council aware of their concern over this project and have requested Council support a local meeting of the Expressway Action Group in Grendon Underwood. Their concern is that there does not seem to be a local awareness of the scale and just how devastating this project would be to our local environment & community. Council needs to guage the extent of support there would be for such a meeting and would suggest anyone prepared to attend such a meeting come to the next meeting of Council [see above] or use the contact form on the Councillors page to express their support.

A Public Event on the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, featuring leaders of Bucks County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Cherwell District Council, was held at Brill Memorial Hall, Monday 24th June 2019 at 19:30. About 300 residents fom Brill & surrounding villages attended a very hot & humid gathering. Very passionate feelings and comments were aired with keenly felt points made by residents & councillors. Minutes to follow as we get them. 

 Attended the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway presentation in Charndon Community Centre at 7pm on Thursday, 30th May 2019. All the villages in the area were represented. Everyone was shocked by the sheer scale of what is being proposed based on information Professor Rogers, Expressway Action Group, has been able to obtain hidden behind the information that is being 'fed' to the people most affected. Updated selective information as released by Highways England can be seen on the map here. As shown, the route corridor options appear to come up south of Marsh between Edgcott, Grendon and Charndon and merge and join the line of EWR at Calvert & intersect with HS2 ALL in the same area. He suggested this raod is a smokescreen for a far larger strategic plan being developed behind closed doors to make an outer ring road round London to relieve the M25, to build about 1 million houses and two'towns the size of Oxford within the corridor with resultant impact on local infrastructure, especially around Grendon, Calvert, Marsh & Edgcott. Digging will start in 2025 for completion in 2030 - unless it can be stopped. See Expressway Action Group web site or their FaceBook page if you want to have your say; https://www.expresswayactiongroup.com/ 

Saye & Sele Foundation - did you know there are grants available for young people in Grendon Underwood?

The Saye and Sele Foundation is a registered charity whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to residents, under the age of 25, of the Parishes of Grendon Underwood and Quainton in connection with educational studies, vocational training and for activities that increase life skills and experiences.
Apply through the Clerk to the Trustees, Tim Friedlander, Parrott and Coales, 14 Bourbon Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2RS.

SPEEDING - Go30 - Speeding down Main Street and the steadily increasing volume of traffic from developments and avoidance of the A41 / Broadway junction are perhaps the most urgent cause of concern for residents. The June Parish Council meeting continued the theme seeking ways to support a local, residents led initiative called Go30. They have a presence on FaceBook and they are active throughout the Parish. Go30 volunteers have been trained to use the Sentinel speed camera equipment and they will be using it in earnest soon. Contact them for more details or if you want to be involved. Our local police, our AVDC councillor and our BCC councillor are all on board. Get involved if you can. We will keep you posted.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE UPDATE

Members of our local Neighbourhood Police Team and their contacts can be seen here.

There have beeen a number of opportunist thefts from garden sheds. Please check your security measures. Lots of good advice here.

VILLAGE HALL BARnow open on Fridays starting 25th May from 5 to 9pm until the Swan re-opens or until further notice.

Buckinghamshire County Council News;
1. Pot Hole still a problem?
Bucks Highways have worked hard over the winter season and since but if you are still awaiting a repair, report it here using the contact form on the 'Councillors' page or go to 'Fix my Street' on the Buckinghamshire County Council web site - we have asked for all reports in the Parish to be forwarded to us by way of courtecy.
2. Active Bucks

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.

3. Rights of Way - footpaths & bridleways 

Buckinghamshire County Council is about to launch a new Rights of Way reporting system which will allow members of the public to log and track their Rights of Way problems online. Using the new online system, path volunteers can also sign up to carry out minor Rights of Way tasks and agree to undertake path surveys.

You can access the page at https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/environment/public-rights-of-way/report-a-rights-of-way-issue/ 

By all means let Council know how you get on.

EWR & HS2 & Oxford / Cambridge Expressway

Eiffage Kier, the government contractor for the start phase of HS2 [not the enabling works already in progress] made a presentation to the councils of Grendon Underwood, Marsh Gibbon, Poundon, Edgcott & Quainton on 5th September. Their handout can be seen here .

They propose a further public "community engagement" meeting in October or November to hear your concerns. Your Council is happy to support but we do need to estimate numbers likely to attend. Use the contact form on the Councillors page. 

Aylesbury Vale District Council News;
1. Planning Matters

Residents are recommended to regularly check planning applications in the village by accessing the AVDC Planning web site -  link on our Planning Matters page. If you have any concerns, use the contact form on our Councillors page or let a Councillor know by email. Each application has a fixed consultation period so make sure you let Council know in good time.

Should you see a development in the Parish not notified on the AVDC website and that you feel contravenes regulations, use the contact form to notify the Council. 

2. the 'Broadway' name plate has been reinstated.
3. Council was successful in its application to the AVDC New Home Bonus micro grant scheme and has been awarded £1800 for the Memorial Benches community project. Other contributors are the Parish Council & the Scouts.
4. Council was successful in its application to the AVDC New Home Bonus project grant scheme and has been awarded £16000 to upgrade the toilet facilities at the Village hall. Other contributors are the Parish Council & the Village Hall Charity.
5. Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan [VALP] submission to the Secretary of State

After an initial period of public comment (now closed), the Proposed Submission of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (PSVALP) for period 2013 to 2033; issued November 2017 (PSVALP 2017) was submitted to Government on 28th February 2018 when the HMG Inspector was appointed by the Secretary of State. His examination started on 10th July 2018 and he has issued his interim findings suggesting that - following some recomended changes to include more land for housing - he thinks the plan can be made sound. In March 2019, AVDC and the VALP Inspector agreed on a revised housing target of 30,100 in the Vale as well as various other points raised in these interim findings. These "agreed" modifications were drafted with an AVDC target of sending the revised VALP to the Inspector by the end of June 2019. This approval must be obtained before they can publish for a public consultation excercise to be held over a 6 week period anticipated to over this Summer. Revised proposals for allocations to satisfy the Inspector's new housing requirements will be published as part of this public consultation process. The Inspector has advised he will consider any responses to the revised modifications in the Autumn and issue his final, binding report thereafter. AVDC anticipate therefore that adoption of the new local plan can reasonably be expected by the end of 2019.

It is not known if these additional 30,100 dwellngs are in addition to the extra 30000 dwellings estimated [ref: the No Expressway Alliance website at www.noexpresswayalliance.org] to be generated by the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway plans or not. 

You can find out more at https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/valp. You can see the VALP examination web pages at http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/section/valp-examination 

The PSVALP 2017 can still be accessed from our Planning Page. Whilst it is yet to be adopted & depending on outcomes, Council considers many of its principles are relevant to Grendon Underwood and has therefore used it as the basis of its Planning Response Policy for large scale development applications in the village. The Policy can be seen on the Policies page.

6. Local Government in Buckinghamshire

 HMG have reviewed a radical revision of local governance in Buckinghamshire - proposing one large unitary authority for the whole of the County. The Secretary of State has now decreed one unitary authority will govern the whole of Buckinghamshire (not Milton Keyns). An interim Council has been constituted drawing councillors from the old Bucks CC and from the District CCs. Elections will be held in May 2020.

7. Aylesbury Garden Town - they are keen to get as much community input as possible and you can see more on their social media or website on aylesburygardentown.co.uk