Welcome to the Radclive-cum-Chackmore Parish website
The civil parish of Radclive-cum-Chackmore is in the Aylesbury Vale District of north west Buckinghamshire. The parish consists of the hamlet of Radclive and the small village of Chackmore
Radclive is situated on a bend in the river Great Ouse just over one mile to the west of Buckingham. Chackmore is one and a half miles to the north of Buckingham adjacent to the grounds of Stowe Gardens.
According to the 2011 census the parish has 95 homes and a population of 231.
Radclive appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Radeclive”, the name believed to be Old English for “Red Cliffs”, relating to the local soil colour and the cliff overlooking the bend in the river Great Ouse.
Chackmore is believed to date from the Anglo Saxon period and means “Ceacca’s moor”
The parish covers 1185 acres, bisected by the river Great Ouse in the south of the parish, the main Buckingham to Brackley road, and the avenue from Buckingham to Stowe in the east of the parish.
Radclive hamlet includes the church of St John The Evangelist. The oldest part of the church, the chancel arch and the south doorway of the nave date back to c1200. The west tower was built in the fourteenth century. The church was restored in 1903
Source; A history of the county of Buckingham. Vol 4 ed William Page 1927.
Meetings: The Parish Council meet bi-monthly in the Parish Hall, Main Street Chackmore
The meetings start at 7.30 pm and are an open forum so all are welcome to attend.
Annual Meeting: The Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for 3rd April at 7 30
Agenda: The agenda is available to view on request on this website in advance of the next meeting
Schedule of meetings:
Schedule for 2017
Monday 20th March
Monday 15th May
Monday 10th July
Annual Parish Meeting - Monday 3rd April at 7.30, all welcome
Parish Council Members
Chairman: Colin Beckett
Councillors: Fran Davies
Clerk to the Council: Jennifer Beckett
Parish Councillors’ Register of Interests
Under the Localism Act 2011, Aylesbury Vale District Council is required to maintain a register of the interests of the Parish Councillors within the district. To view the Register please click on the link: http://democracy.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/documents/s504/RadcliveCumChackmore.pdf
Chackmore Parish Hall
Chackmore Parish Hall, situated on Main Street is the former Victorian school building. It has since become one of the most important village assets. In 2010 the hall underwent a major refurbishment.
The responsibility for the upkeep and general maintenance of the hall falls to a small group of villagers. Additional volunteers and supporters are always welcome
The hall is used for regular meetings by the Parish Council and at elections it becomes the polling station for the parish
Other regular users are
Table Tennis league
The Hall is also available for hire for social events, to both residents of the Parish and those outside
Bookings: contact Fran Davies at the Queens Head, Chackmore 01280 813004
Parish Council Minutes
Minutes of the most recent meetings are draft minutes and subject to approval by the Council
Annual Audited Accounts
The grounds of the church in Radclive contains a war memorial to those parish men who fell in the First World War, 1914-1918
Currently the memorial is showing signs of age and is in need of repair and refurbishment. A committee of residents has been formed to manage the renovation in time for its centenary
For further details contact Paul Holland
At the Parish Council meeting in March, the council agreed to support the required refurbishment work. The aim is to seek match funding from community contributions in order to meet the estimated £3.5k cost. The committee welcome any contributions or indeed ideas for fund raising.
Transport and Traffic
Speeding: The Parish Council have noted residents’ concerns regarding speeding through Chackmore. We have investigated options and this has shown that additional signage and prevention measures such as flashing advisory signs, would have to be funded by us and are prohibitively expensive.
HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles): Radclive is experiencing problems with HGVs running through the village despite designation of the road as “unsuitable for large vehicles”.
Most vehicles are travelling from the Brackley road where signage is poorest and indeed conflicting. We have raised this with Transport for Bucks and are attempting to get a resolution
Meanwhile offending transport operators are being logged and contacted, and residents should note and advise any transgressions. Persistent offenders include;
Muller Wiseman Dairies
Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan
In 2015 residents of the Parish determined that we did not wish to undertake a Neighbourhood Development Plan with the Parish being so small. Instead focus would be on understanding the impacts of other plans in the area, particularly the Buckingham Town Neighbourhood Development Plan and working with AVDC on their revised Local Plan.
The resident’s meeting however established a number of principles which should guide the Parish Council response. In particular was a desire to preserve the “village feel” of both communities and to keep them identifiably distinct from the outward growth of Buckingham.
Buckingham Plan: The Council successfully objected to the initial Buckingham Development Plan which involved development within the Parish boundary. The subsequent version of the plan now reflects changes that keeps westward development within the town boundary.
Draft VALP: This plan is currently out for consultation. It defines proposeddevelopment for the area through to 2033, focusing on housing and employment land. Supporting infrastructure definition is due to follow with Bucks CCs’ Infrastructure Development Plan
In our area the focus is on the development of Buckingham which will need to provide 2571 homes. Currently, against the Buckingham Development Plan there is a shortfall of 557 homes. The AVDC plan has identified an additional 1212 home sites and so all development areas should have been designated in the plan.
For Radclive-cum-Chackmore, whilst western Ouse Valley sites are reduced in scope, this is development around the river which already has flood issues. As the plan evolves we will monitor carefully how any plan proposes to address the flooding issue and its possible impact on Radclive.
Chackmore, as a small village, has a targeted housing requirement of 4 in the plan. With one completion and one commitment, that becomes an additional two sites required over the life of the plan.
Local Landscape Area: The plan proposes taking LLA status away from the Great Ouse Valley (west). The council are concerned over that proposed move and will be raising the concern with AVDC as part of the consultation exercise.
Conservation Areas: No changes are proposed to either in the plan and they will therefore remain the main planning control mechanism in both parts of the parish.
Consultation comments on the Draft Plan have to be in to AVDC by September 5th 2016.
Alert - Neighbourhood Watch
Suspicious activity near Radclive church reported at 05.30 March 7th - individuals fled area
The flooded road on Radclive hill which has received coverage in the local paper, has missed several promised repair dates from transport for Bucks. Robert chased them again on 10th march and they are due to return to repair on the 13th or 14th. we continue to watch with interest.. Having failed at that date, we have been advised that they will undertake the works on the 22nd. The council discussed and agreed further escalation at the March meeting if this date fails to materialise.The latest, which is obvious to anyone driving through, is that TfB have yet again failed on their commitment. We continue to write to them and encourage all others to do so. Councillor Stuchbury has escalated within the County Council - and remember - elections are coming up!
As Radclive residents will be only too aware, broadband in the village runs at a snails pace. Openreach have no plans at this time to put superfast into the village and so we have been looking at alternatives. Robert has been in touch with a broadband supply company called Sugarnet. They are currently working on a similar project with Barton Hartshorn. Sugarnet have suggested that if we can get 40 residents signed up between the two then they would erect a mast to give line of sight connectivity. sugarnet would then install a receiver box on each house to then connect to a router.
The one off connection charge would be £169 per house, but for anyone receiving less than 2 mb/s a grant of £160 is available. After that packages range from £20 per month for 5 Mb/s to £50 per month for 30 Mb/s. Details on https://www.sugarnet.co.uk/home-broadband/ . Robert is currently collecting expressions of interest so please contact him directly at email@example.com
Currently we have 10 expressions of interest against our target of 20.
April 3rd Annual Parish Meeting 7.30pm Parish Hall, Chackmore
April 7th Parish Church 7 pm Beetle Bingo Bangers evening in the Parish Hall, Chackmore. Tickets (£8 adults £4 children) from Sally Howarth (01280 815555)
July 22nd Parish Family Fun Day - Chackmore Primary School playing fields
2.30pm till 5.30pm
6pm Barn Dance
Dance tickets £15 adults, £7.50 for children, includes fish and chip supper. Available from fran at the Queens Head - 813004 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers required to help with stalls and games - no fee, pay as you play
Make a scarecrow - weekend before - best scarecrow to be used locally as a scarcrow!!
Surplus funds raised will go towards the all weather pitch fund for the primary school and the restoration of the war memorial
Aylesbury Vale District Council:
County Councillor – Buckingham West, Robin Stuchbury
District Councillor – Tingewick Ward, Patrick Fealey
MP – Buckingham, John Bercow
St John The Evangelist:
The Queens Head:
Martin White vice chairman, Radclive cum Chackmore Parish Council