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.
Tuesday 29th January 2019 @ 7.30pm in the Village Hall
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 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
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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 or email your Councillor.
FOR INFORMATION ...
Create a Village Archive
You have heard of “Who do you think you are?” This is more like “Where do you think you live?”
A small group of villagers, in association with restoring the church roof, are planning to update the village archive. They plan to look through what is currently available and to take photographs of the recent changes to the village, as well as work on projects about Roald Dahl, William Shakespeare and the history of the church. They would also like to put it onto digital media so that it is more accessible, user friendly and can be updated more easily.
This could be fun to do and people will learn a little more about the place where they live.
They are meeting in late August early September to plan how to proceed. Any help would be gratefully received.
If you would be interested in helping, please contact Alan Watt on 01296 770646.
UK Power Networks - have asked Council to let you know how to contact them in the event of a power cut affecting our street lights due to extreme weather conditions. You can see their bulletin here.
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
Our Neighbourhood Police Team attended the last Local Area Forum in June and our PC Chalk gave an update of crime in our area and advised on police initiatives in local communities. He also summarised the escalating consequences for offenders of speeding on our roads. You can see it here.
VILLAGE HALL BAR - now open on Fridays starting 25th May from 5 to 9pm until the Swan re-opens or until further notice.
SAVE OUR SWAN
This Community based project now has a skilled team of individuals dedicated to saving the Swan as a village asset, run by the community for the community. The funding stream was opened at a well attended BeerFest where we could get a taste of the range of real ale that could be 'on tap' in our own pub. The team has a presence on FaceBook and a web site where you can become a 'shareholder' and make a vital contribution to the acquisition & start up costs needed. We will let you know of progress.
Buckinghamshire County Council News;
1. Pot Hole still a problem?
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. EWR & HS2
HS2 have issued an update regarding introducing security and safety support vehicles as part of their plan to ensure that the public and those working on the project, as well as property and sites along the route, remain safe and secure. You can see the bulletin with contact details here.
HS2 held their next drop in Community Event on Wednesday 6th June and we went a representative. There are now two proposed construction routes to the two depots, one from the North, one from the South. They are now claiming 25% of expected construction traffic will use the northern route through Grendon & Edgecott and 75% will use the northern access route. In answer to questions they have no idea how this will be policed or sanctioned in the event of non compliance.
HS2 Utility Works are in progress at the location of the new Pressure Reduction Station on Perry Hill Road located between Steeple Claydon and Calvert & will include investigative works adjacent to Queen Catherine Road, east of Steeple Claydon. This work will continue until December 2018. See the notice here.
HS2 have offered to come along to a Council meeting to hear your concerns. Given enough interest, 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.
2. Proposed Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan (PSVALP 2017) 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 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 now indictaed his interim findings that - following some recomended changes to include more land for housing - he thinks the plan can be made sound. AVDC have responded to the findings and the Inspector will finalise his interim findings in due course. Then everyone will be offered an opportunity to comment. Timing is not available yet but they anticipate the consultation will start early 2019 with adoption of the VALP soon after that.
You can find out more at https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/valp
The PSVALP 2017 can still be accessed from our Planning Page. Whilst it is yet to adopted & depending on outcomes, Council considers many of its principles are relevant to Grendon Underwood and has therefore used it as a basis of its Planning Response Policy for large scale development applications in the village. The Policy can be seen onthe Policies page.
3. Local Government in Buckinghamshire
HMG are considering a radical revision of local governance in Buckinghamshire - proposing one large unitary authority for the whole of the County. There is an alternative proposal for two unitary authorities; a North Bucks and a South Bucks. The Secretary of State is now considering all the comments received before reaching a final decision over the summer.
4. 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