Sign up for Thames Valley Police Alerts

You can sign up to Thames Valley Alert via email, text, or even receive voice messages about what’s happening in your local area.

The service is completely tailored to you, so you can choose what sort of alerts to receive – whether you’d like:

  • news on local incidents
  • community news
  • to be alerted to significant or high priority messages

When you sign up to Thames Valley Alert (a free service) you’ll be given login details that allow you to change your settings at any time. There’s also a business watch service and a country watch service.

If you’d like to sign up to Thames Valley Alert, you can:

If you already have an Alerts account, you can sign into the app with the same login details.

You can also follow Thames Valley Police on Facebook for updates straight to your news feed:

Be a Better Biker is back for 2019

Transport for Bucks is hosting Be A Better Biker again this year.  Assessments allow all bikers to take their skills to a level that helps improve safety and enjoyment.


The day covers the principles of advanced riding, including:

  • Manoeuvring
  • Overtaking
  • Cornering Techniques
  • On-road assessment with observers
  • A review of the on-road sessions, discussing lessons learnt.


At the end of the sessions, each candidate will receive a copy of the book ‘How to Be a Better Rider’.


The workshops cost £20 per biker and are being held in Thame and Marlow.


To find out more, and to book your place, visit the web page here:

Thames Valley Police Community Forum 1 May 2019

Thames Valley Police will be holding our next community forum on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at Wing Village Library between 18:30 – 20:30 hours.

This will be an opportunity to discuss any issues/concerns residents have in the Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe Neighbourhood area. We will use it as an opportunity to revise the area policing priorities which are currently:-

  • Prevent and reduce rural crime
  • Prevent and reduce Theft from Motor vehicles.


PC 5688 Matt Craker

Neighbourhood Supervisor

Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe District NHPT


Pitstone Windmill: Become a Volunteer

Pitstone Windmill is the oldest post mill in the country – We need volunteers to tell the story of this ancient landmark and the part it played in its rural community – from the intricate way the mill worked, to the history of the people who worked there.

Pitstone Windmill will be open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from

5 May – 26 August from 10am – 4pm.

We are looking for volunteers to work either 9.45am – 1pm or 12.45pm – 4pm.

Training will be provided for everyone who volunteers so you don’t need to be an expert! We don’t expect anyone to be word perfect, enthusiasm and approachability are far more important.

Volunteers who have made a significant contribution of time during the year (50 hours) will be eligible for a Volunteer Card. We understand that as volunteer shifts are short it may be a challenge to reach this 50 hours milestone at the Windmill alone. There are a number of other volunteering opportunities across the Ashridge Estate such as outdoor engagement, sharing the story of the Bridgewater Monument or event volunteering.  This card gives you free entry to National Trust, National Trust for Scotland properties. If you are already a member of the National Trust you can use the card to get free entry for a guest who is visiting with you. Additionally it gives you a discount in National Trust shops, restaurants and tearooms

If you are interested please contact:

Poll Clerks needed to work at the European Parliamentary elections on Thursday 23 May 2019

Aylesbury Vale District Council would like to hear from people who are available to work as a Poll Clerk at Polling Stations on Thursday 23 May 2019.  The fee payable is £135.


No previous experience is required.  Poll Clerks are required to work from 6.30am to 10pm.  The job primarily involves marking the Register of Electors to show that electors have presented themselves to vote, and to assist the Presiding Officer with other electoral tasks on the day.


Further information on working at elections is available on the Council’s website at .  Please note, polling staff will not be required to complete an e-training session for these elections.


If you are able to work, please contact Craig Saunders at Aylesbury Vale District Council on 01296 585043 or

Remember bin day is Thursday this week

Just a reminder that your bins (green lidded general waste plus food) will be collected on Thursday, not Wednesday, this week due to the bank holidays.

Ivinghoe and Pitstone roadworks 23/4-23/10/19

B488 Horton Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
23 April — 23 October
Delays likelyDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Great Gap
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Buckinghamshire
Current status: In progress

B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
25 April — 27 April
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: Priority Sign on bollard next to Church & Allotments
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH00216053459

Westfield Road, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
24 April — 07 May
Delays unlikelyNo carriageway incursion
Works location: Westfield Road, Pitstone, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, South East LU7 9RH
Works description: MJ Quinns are to install a new DSLAM cabinet and run approx. 10m of ducting.
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005MQ1W000CHEDDINGTON9

Can you help at St Mary’s Church in Pitstone?

St Mary’s Church in Pitstone is open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from May to September.  They need more people to help them keep it open at these times. Please ring 01296 661745 if you think you can volunteer some time to help.   Thank you.

Pitstone Town Lands Charity receive donation

Party in the Park Donation to Pitstone Town Lands Charity

Richard Cato emailed Gill Lowe chair of the Pitstone Town Lands Charity on 01 January 2019, stating that the Party in the Park committee made a unanimous a decision to donate unspent funds no longer required, to Pitstone Town lands Charity, as the best place for the good of the community.

Due to the cessation of The Party in the Park’s further activities, the monies held in abeyance for 2017 & 2018 events which regrettably never came to fruition, have been kindly donated to Pitstone Town Lands Charity.

At the Pitstone Town Lands Charity meeting of the 21 January, treasurer, Kate Smethers, confirmed the donation of £4011.00 was received into the Pitstone Town Lands Charity bank account on 18 January 2019.

A letter of thanks to the party in the Park Committee, which also stated confirmation of receipt of monies, has been issued to the chair, Richard Cato.

The Trustees felt this kind gesture should be recognised, published and announced to the wider community of Pitstone.

B489 Road Closure in Ivinghoe from 6/4/19

THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (B489 High Street, Church Road, Station Road, Windmill Close junction, Ivinghoe)

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has made an Order, which will temporarily prohibit any vehicle from proceeding, except for access, in that length of B489 High Street, Chruch Road, Station Road, Windmill Close junction, Ivinghoe, continuing for a distance of approximately 45 metres.

The alternative route for vehicles affected by the closure will be via Tring Road, Upper Icknield Way, Vicarage Road, Marsworth Road, Cheddington Road, Pitstone Road, High Street, Mentmore Road, Station Road, Horton Road, Great Gap.

The closure is required whilst Anglian Water works take place and it is anticipated that the works will commence on 6 April 2019 and will take approximately 13 days between 00:00 and 23:59 each day to complete. The Order will come into operation on 6 April 2019 when the appropriate signs are lawfully displayed and will continue for a period not exceeding eighteen months or until the said works have been completed whichever is the earlier.

Penalties for not observing these restrictions will be as prescribed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Road Traffic Act 1991.

Dated 3 April 2019

Spring update from County Councillor Anne Wight

Welcome to the spring update for Ivinghoe Division!


There is quite a lot going on at the moment, and I have tried to provide a summary of some of the key issues and changes around our division.


Local Government Reorganisation Update

As I am sure many of you know by now, on 1 November 2018 the Secretary of State announced that a brand new, single council for Buckinghamshire will be established on 1 April 2020. This is a great opportunity to improve services for residents, local communities and businesses. A single council will be simpler for residents to access the services they need, make better use of public money, and be more local to communities.

It is vital through the transition period to the new council that services continue as normal. The business critical transformational programmes and Medium Term Financial Planning savings must be delivered as planned and any decisions on new areas of work must be made with the new council in mind.

All service areas will be involved in the change programme although some will be much more directly affected than others. Services will need to be flexible in responding to the programme as it develops. Key for all of the five councils will be retention and engagement of employees who will be critical in ensuring that high quality services to residents and communities continue.

Over the next year all five councils will work together to support the effective and seamless transition to the new council.

Key Dates

  • New Council 1 April 2020
  • To minimise the impact on critical ‘business as usual’ activity.
  • Election for members to the new council 7 May 2020
  • To ensure there is continuity of service delivery to residents, communities, businesses and service users.

There will be an overarching programme of work to deliver this change and establish the new council. The programme will be overseen by county and district members. The priority is to establish a new council and deliver on the key commitments in the business case.


Early Help and Pitstone-Ivinghoe Children’s Centre Update      


On 4th March, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed changes to Children’s Services which will mean a new Family Support Service and Early Help strategy for the county.

The recommendations for change were prepared following a recent public consultation, conducted by independent consultation agency BMG Research. This asked residents and organisations for views on how to deliver early help services to support children and families. The changes will take effect from September 2019.

The new integrated Family Support Service will consist of three area-based family support teams working in partnership with other organisations, particularly schools and health, to improve access to services and provide more joined-up services.

The service will include a network of 16 family centres across the county, which were previously used as children’s centres. It will also ensure that a further 19 buildings, which will no longer be used as children’s centres, will continue to be used for early years services and community benefit. The cabinet also agreed an Early Help Strategy, setting out the ambition of the service and how the Council and its partner organisations will work together.

Other key elements of the changes include:

  • A named key worker for each family who will create a team around that family to help them tackle the issues they face. This will help ensure they only need to tell their story once, to their key worker.
  • Investment in the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website to ensure there is effective promotion of community activities together with information and guidance for families.
  • Open access to stay and play sessions for babies and toddlers at family centres.
  • Each school will have a named link family support worker to co-ordinate family support.

Hopefully, the new approach will allow for even greater focus on helping vulnerable children and families and on avoiding the escalation of their problems.

Thanks to resident input during the consultation period, the views of our residents were taken into account and so now BCC will be opening 16 family centres – two more than previously proposed. This is so ensure that we get the right professional support to children and families when they need it the most. The changes should enable BCC to support the most vulnerable children and families. I will be providing more details of this and to the repurposing of the Ivinghoe-Pitstone Children’s Centre within the community, as these become available.



Brexit Update


For the latest government updates as to how residents and businesses can prepare for Brexit, the government has issued detailed information on their website below.  Pet passports, driving abroad on holiday, and preparing your business for Brexit is all covered in detail and updated regularly.


For local businesses wishing for more information as to how they may explore the opportunities Brexit presents, there is also the Buckinghamshire Business First website.  Bucks Business First is a business-led, business-focused community for new, established and growing businesses across Buckinghamshire.  They provide support and guidance to grow businesses through a service which can provide tailored support from their team of experienced business advisers. Through the following services, a dedicated adviser can assist with planning and implementation for business growth strategies:

  • Face to face meetings, telephone and email backup
  • Growth-focused workshops
  • Investment readiness support
  • Referrals to other specialist advice and services

In addition, business can benefit from their team’s expert knowledge of local and national support and funding opportunities, which will help Bucks businesses to access the existing support networks and programmes relevant to their business.


There is also a BBF webpage dedicated solely to Brexit and how business can best prepare for the various negotiation outcomes, as well as get support and advice on these issues.  This can be accessed on the link below:


EU Settlement Scheme


To make people aware, if you are an EU citizen, you and your family members will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. Further details of the process are available using the following link


Transport for Bucks Update


Our Division’s new Local Area Technician, Matt Whincup, has definitely hit the ground running!  I was very pleased to welcome him at the Local Area Forum meeting on 28 February, which was held in Ivinghoe Town Hall.  Matt has a lot of ideas as to how we can improve road surfaces, gullies, and Transport for Buckinghamshire’s response times on some of these issues through better internal networking and an innovative and proactive approach.  I know that our parishes will join me in welcoming him to Ivinghoe Division and I am sure that residents will be seeing quite a bit of him around the area as he undertakes his new supervisory role as our key TfB liaison.


I am pleased to say that this quarter in our division, TfB have improved road surfaces on the following roads, to name just a few!  Thanks to the milder winter and consequently fewer gritting runs, they were able to get an early seasonal start on filling in potholes and repairing road surfaces.


Albion Road, Glebe Close and Cheddington Road in Pitstone,


Church Road, Mill Road and Grove in Slapton,


Dunstable Road in Dagnall,  Slapton Lane and Eaton Bray Road in Northall,


Slicketts Lane and Leighton Road in Edlesborough,


Cheddington Road in Mentmore


Ledburn Road in Ledburn,


New Street and Church Lane in Cheddington,


Church Road, High Street and Ivinghoe Aston in Ivinghoe,


and Lower End, Lower Icknield Way and Long Marston Road in Marsworth to name a few!


In terms of the longer term plan, Cheddington High Street is my next designated large scale resurfacing project for the Capital Maintenance Programme.  I hope that this work can be done over the coming months, and I will provide more details of that once the schedule has been finalised.


The Brownlow Bridge

As I am sure most of you know by now, the Brownlow Bridge is likely to be subject to a Temporary Traffic Restriction Order (TTRO) weight limit of 18 tonnes from 23 April, 2019 for several months. This is due to the bridge having been damaged last spring and is the result of a Canal and River Trust recommendation as CART own the bridge and subsequently repaired it.

A diversion route for HGVs will be put in place in the short term, but in the longer term, it is uncertain as to whether the TTRO would become permanent or whether the bridge would be reinstated, among other possible options. For residents and businesses wishing to express a view on this, please get in touch via the email address below:

I will be keeping residents and parish councils informed as this issue develops.

Home to School Transport Update

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet recently agreed a series of changes to the way the county’s home to school transport service operates.  The recommendations for change were prepared following a recent public consultation which asked residents and organisations for views on how home to school transport services are delivered in Buckinghamshire. They were agreed by Cabinet on 4 March.

The changes aim to modernise services, making sure they remain high quality and are sustainable for the future. They will also address the unsustainable budget pressures which increasing demand on services has caused. Between April 2018 and November 2018, demand has increased budget pressure on this service from £1.4m to £1.9m.

Some of these changes will take effect at the start of the next academic year, in September 2019, while others are expected to be phased in over the next few years.

There will be no change to arrangements for more than 5,000 pupils who are eligible for free travel. The revisions only apply to children and young people who are not eligible for free statutory home to school transport.

The main changes are as follows:

  • How we provide school transport– Many school and public bus services currently duplicate routes. Starting from September 2019 we will aim to reduce this. We will work with service providers to make routes more efficient and offer children and young people more flexibility in their travel options. We will be working to ensure that routes are reliable; that children’s safety is prioritised in any arrangements; and that children will be assured of places on any public routes.
  • Phasing out two historic local transport arrangements- in Ivinghoe [relating to Cottesloe School and Tring School] and Evreham [relating to Chalfont Community College].

This means that parents in these two areas who choose a school which is not the nearest appropriate one for their child will be required to pay for transport. This brings these arrangements in line with the rest of the County meaning fair and consistent transport charges are applied to families. This will take effect from September 2020.

  • Charging for transport for pupils with SEND aged over 16– A contribution to the cost of home to school transport for children with SEND (who are older than 16) will be introduced from September 2019. This will replace the free transport offer currently in place. Costs for SEND transport have increased by over £3m in the last five years (from around £6m to £9m). Students with SEND who attend college can apply for a bursary to assist with costs.

Eligible children with SEND aged between 14 and 19 years old will be offered an increase in provision of independent travel training, which we expect will enable us to reduce transport costs.

While many families will be unaffected by the changes, BCC wants to ensure anyone who is will be managed in as fair and considerate a way as possible.


Fostering and Adopting with BCC

For anyone who is thinking about fostering or adopting, Buckinghamshire County Council is very happy to assist you throughout the assessment process and throughout the journey.  While a lot of people wonder if they might qualify for fostering or adopting—and worry unnecessarily that they might not—there are a lot of myths around this that BCC is committed to clearing up.

BCC’s teams have a great record of finding foster carers and adoptors from many different backgrounds and no one will be discriminated against on the basis of ethnic origin, gender, gender orientation, sexual orientation, age or disability.  If you would be interested in learning more about how you might help to transform the life of a vulnerable child through the provision of a safe and secure environment, why not come along to one of our information events or get in touch with us?

Our fostering events are informal. You can come along and speak to our fostering recruitment team and current foster carers.

We know that deciding to become a foster carer is not a quick decision. You are likely to have many questions about what it involves, what you need to do, and how it all works.

Our fostering information events are the place to help you start your fostering experience!

We give a presentation explaining:

  • what’s involved in the assessment process
  • the training and support offered to approved foster carers

You can ask questions and take away all the information you need. There’s no pressure to make any decisions straightaway. We simply want to make sure you have the opportunity to find out everything you want to know.

If you are interested in fostering, please get in touch.

Online: fostering enquiry form
Telephone: 0800 160 1900


The National Paralympic Heritage Trust Heritage Centre Opening

I was very privileged to have attended the recent opening of the NPHT Heritage Centre on the 29th March at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. Over 180 guests were welcomed to the launch on Friday where Sir Philip Craven, Paralympian, spoke of his wheelchair basketball experiences in the 1960s and Eva Loeffler shared fond memories of her father, Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the Paralympic Movement.

On Saturday the 30th March the centre was opened to the public. Diane Hands won the competition to cut the ribbon with guest Paralympian, John Harris. Visitors had guided tours around the centre; participated in ‘have a go’ Paralympic sport sessions; watched drama performances from ‘I Have a Voice Too’ theatre group; and listened to John Harris’s story of his gold medal win at the 1984 Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Heritage Centre is open daily, admission is free and all are welcome. For more information about opening times, group tours and upcoming activities visit the website or contact the NPHT at




Notice of review of polling districts and polling places


The Council is to conduct a review of existing Polling Stations in accordance with compulsory legislative requirements.

Submissions on any aspect of the Polling Stations will be welcomed from:

 Any elector or Local Council.  Any local constituency political party.  Any person/group having a particular interest and/or expertise in access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability.

More information, current Polling arrangements and a submission form can be obtained from:

The Council’s website: or Electoral Services, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury HP19 8FF (01296) 585701

First round of submissions close on Friday 26 April 2019

Dated: 1 April 2019 Published by the Electoral Registration Officer, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road Aylesbury HP19 8FF

Spaces available for Ride London Cycle Event on 4-8-19

National Paralympic Heritage Trust – Ride London

We have been asked by one of the Trustees of the NPHT to let residents know that WheelPower currently has 23 available places in the Ride London cycle event which takes place on Sunday 4th August 2019. This unique fundraising event is over a 100 mile course on closed roads around London and Surrey.


The Closing Date is 30th May 2019 and the Entry Fee is £25.  WheelPower set a minimum sponsorship (fundraising target) of £500 per place.  Riders also receive a specially designed WheelPower cycle jersey to wear for the event.


If you would like any more information please contact Joanne Hall,


Thank you in advance for helping us to raise funds which will enable WheelPower to transform the lives of young and newly disabled people through sport and physical activity.  Next month WheelPower will host our Inter Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium for around 120 newly paralysed men and women from around the UK and this is just one way we help disabled people to lead healthy active lives.  Sport has such a positive impact on the lives of newly paralysed people and builds confidence and improves both physical and mental wellbeing.  With your help we can Transform Lives Through Sport for even more disabled people.

Forthcoming Cricket Season 2019

Ivinghoe & Pitstone Cricket Club have their preparations for the coming season well underway.  It’s a big cricket year with the one day World Cup and the Ashes in England this summer and IPUCC are a cricket world cup focus club. There will be chances to take part in events see games and enjoy a game or two. Visit the club website to see what they have planned.


Although winter nets have finished senior training will be getting underway on Thursday evenings starting on the 4th of April at Pitstone Recreation ground so if you fancy trying out please pop down. Colts training will be on Sunday mornings from early May and the  Allstars (5 to 8 year olds) gets going  on Friday evenings from the 10th of May (6-6.45pm). See the ECB website for details, it’s a great fun introduction to cricket for boys and girls and a chance for Mum and Dad to wind down with a glass of beer or wine at the end of the week.


Take a look at the club website for upcoming events or if you want to find out about playing or volunteering in any way .



Big Moments.  All Stars Cricket gives children a chance to play, learn great skills and meet new friends.  Ivinghoe & Pitstone United Cricket Club.  Pitstone Recreation Ground.  6-6.46pm Fridays (10 May – 28 June 2019).  Contact David.Frankum  Register at

Pitstone Film Club is back! A Star is Born. 12/4/19

Pitstone Film Club presents : A Star is Born (certificate 15)

Friday 12 April 2019.  Doors open 7pm.  Film starts 7.30pm.  Tickets on the door.  Adult £5.  Drinks and snacks available from the bar.

TfB local roadworks this week w/c 25/3/19

B489 Lower Icknield Way, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
26 March — 28 March
Delays likelyTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: Access required to Underground Openreach structure to repair network – No structural changes. Work being carried out on existing BT Plant.
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005CC1W007JANIBQ3NETYA

The Crescent, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
26 March — 28 March
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: Access required to Underground Openreach structure to repair network – No structural changes. Work being carried out on existing BT Plant.
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005CC1W007JANIBQ3NETYC

Vicarage Road, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
26 March — 28 March
Delays possibleTraffic control (multi-way signals)
Works description: Access required to Underground Openreach structure to repair network – No structural changes. Work being carried out on existing BT Plant. In conjunction with permit number BC005CC1W007JANIBQ3NETYA. *GRID REFERENCES FOR APPROX SIGNAL HEAD LOCATION ONLY*
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005CC1W007JANIBQ3NETYB

Yardley Avenue, Pitstone, Buckinghamshire
26 March — 29 March
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: OUTSIDE 17
Responsibility for works: SGN
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: XW041W116120508-02041

Appeal for witnesses following burglary in Cheddington Rd 14/3/19

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a burglary on Cheddington Road between 11am and 1pm on Thursday (14/3).

Offenders attempted to force the front door of a house but were unsuccesful. They then smashed the rear patio door to enter the house and stole jewellery.

If you have CCTV or dash-cam footage from the area between 11am and 1pm or if you saw or heard anything suspicious please get in touch.
You can contact us using the online form on our website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43190078616. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To reduce your risk of becoming a victim of burglary, follow these steps when leaving your home.
• close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
• double-lock any door
• make sure that any valuables are out of sight
• keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
• never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
• in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
• if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
• set your burglar alarm
• make sure the side gate is locked
• lock your shed or garage

Message Sent By
Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Bulbourne Road B488 closure 22-23 March 2019

Traffic interruptions
B488 Bulbourne Road, Tring, Hertfordshire
22 March — 23 March
Delays likelyDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Icknield Way
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Hertfordshire
Current status: Planned

B488 Bulbourne Road, Tring, Hertfordshire
22 March — 23 March
Delays likelyRoad closure
Name: Bulbourne Road
Location: Bulbourne Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Hertfordshire
Current status: Planned

B488 Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Hertfordshire
22 March — 23 March
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: 80m before the lights at the HFS panel to 80m past the railway bridge
Works description: Carriageway resurfacing under road closure 20.00-05.00
Responsibility for works: Eurovia
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: RG002BA0080000003933

B488 Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Hertfordshire
22 March — 23 March
Delays likelyRoad closure
Works location: 80m before the lights at the HFS panel to 80m past the railway bridge
Works description: Carriageway resurfacing under road closure 20.00-05.00
Responsibility for works: Eurovia
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: RG002BA0080000003933

Free entry to Stowe gardens & visitor centre 23-3-19 before 10am

23 March, 7.30am-10am FREE entry to the gardens and New Inn visitor centre

Support our Head Gardener Barry Smith as he begins his 129 mile march at 9.30am on 23 March from the Palladian Bridge at Stowe to the one at Prior Park, Bath.

Arrive early to help us send him off in style and entry to the gardens will be free of charge if you arrive before 10am.

For centuries Stowe Gardens has inspired poets, artists, its owners and now our Head Gardener Barry Smith who has dedicated his life to Stowe Gardens. Barry will be walking 129 miles to the Bath Prior Park Palladian Bridge to help restore Stowe forever for everyone.

Celebrating The Start of the Palladian Way Walk:

Date:                     Saturday 23rd March 2019

Timings:               Entrance to the gardens between 7:30am and 10am is free

Barry’s Charity Breakfast at New Inn 7:30 – 8:15am please book ahead by calling 01280 817156.

Wave Barry off at 9:30am from the Palladian Bridge at Stowe to Aynho

Venue:                 National Trust Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ

Car Parking:        Free all day


Stowe has been a visitor attraction for over 300 years offering fantastic walks along with amazing views across the gardens, temples and monuments.  National Trust Stowe looks forward to welcoming you or members of your community for an early dog walk, run or a family day out.

The funds raised will go a long way to ensuring everyone can enjoy this special place for years to come. We’re looking for people to dig deep and help Barry reach his £5,000 target.

To donate, please visit:

A word from Barry:
“Those who know me understand how much Stowe means to me and so I wanted to step up to the plate, challenge myself and get fit all at the same time.”

Buckingham, MK18 5EQ | Telephone 01280 817156 Registered Charity: 205846

Opening of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Saturday 30th March 12-6 pm

On Saturday 30th March the new accessible National Paralympic Heritage Centre will be opened at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.


Telling the story of the Paralympic Movement, the Heritage Centre showcases objects, documents and memorabilia including tickets, medals, sports kit, photographs and programmes that were previously held in storage and not available to the general public. The Heritage Centre also incorporates interactive displays, videos and a handling collection, highlighting sports unique to the Paralympics such as goalball and boccia.


The Paralympic Movement began in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury. This led to local competitions, to the Stoke Mandeville Games and to the Paralympic Games which today attracts international support and a global broadcast audience of more than 4 billion.


The National Paralympic Heritage Centre will celebrate and explore this unique history. The displays illustrate the determination, sportsmanship and vision that gave the world the Paralympic Games including:

  • The life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
  • Key milestones in the journey from the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games

to the present day Paralympic Games.

  • The development of wheelchair sports and technical innovations.
  • Paralympic ceremonies.


This inspirational project would not be possible without the support of the British Paralympic Association, WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council. With grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund, AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ Programme, Rothschild Foundation, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, Heart of Bucks and the Wellcome Trust. The local community, who played an integral part in the establishment of the Paralympic Movement, continue to help by sharing their stories and volunteering as Ambassadors at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre.


Sir Philip Craven, Honorary President of the NPHT, said: “My first recollection of Stoke Mandeville was from the 1967 National Games when as a 17-year-old I saw wheelchair basketball being played outdoors and thus dependent on the weather. Looking back, I recall a small area of not too attractive land sandwiched between the back of a large hospital and a railway embankment. To think that this is where the unique Paralympic sporting spirit was born fuelled by the human energy of the athletes, coaches and volunteers. To know now that this fiery furnace of positive human energy will be remembered forever makes me very happy”.


Nigel Purse, Chairman of the NPHT, said: “Sports heritage has a wide appeal to the British public and with the support of our funders and founding partners we are able to celebrate the story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the development of the Paralympic Movement where it all began at Stoke Mandeville.  As well as protecting the unique heritage that could so easily be lost, the real satisfaction will be to share the inspiration behind the Paralympic heritage sport stories which are ‘life changing’.”

AVDC New Homes Bonus micro grants to double to a maximum of £2,000

At its meeting on 12 March, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Cabinet recommended an increase in the maximum New Homes Bonus (NHB) micro grant from £1,000 to £2,000, effective from 1 April 2019.

Since the scheme launched in September 2017, 60 town and parish councils and community groups have benefitted from these micro grants, using the funds for a variety of purposes such as, village hall refurbishments or the purchase of sports equipment.

Micro grants are funded from the existing 20% NHB allocation set aside for town and parish councils, and in the last two financial years, this represented £80,000 per annum. The total amount available in 2019/20 will remain at £80,000.

Micro grants are open to applications from across the district, unlike larger project grants – which are only open to town and parish councils in areas affected by growth. All awarded grants are listed on AVDC’s website.

Speaking after the Cabinet decision, Cllr Angela Macpherson, Leader of AVDC, said:

“New Homes Bonus micro grants are clearly appreciated, especially by smaller parishes and voluntary organisations, and provide valuable benefits to local communities. We have kept the application process as simple as possible and by making awards on a monthly basis, groups can approach us throughout the year, as and when the need arises.”

Kaya Mallinder, Fundraising and Communications Officer at Buckinghamshire Mind, commented:

“We were awarded a £1,000 micro grant from AVDC in May 2018, which we used to purchase suitable chairs for our counselling rooms in Aylesbury. Given our experience with the scheme, I’d have no hesitation in recommending it to other local community groups – especially now that the amount been raised to a maximum of £2,000.”

To find out more about the scheme, town and parish councils or representatives of community organisations should go to or contact the Grants Officer, Jan Roffe, at

Applications from community organisations must be endorsed by their local town or parish council, and the closing date for applications is the 15th of each month.

Bus Diverted due to road closure in Ivinghoe 6-18/4/19

6 to 18 April


Due to works in Ivinghoe by Anglian Water, bus services will need to divert.


Passengers are advised that the nearest served stops are as follows:


Service 61 / 61A: After serving Pitstone ‘Playing Fields’ stop, buses will divert via Vicarage Road and vice versa.


167 (Tuesday only): Services will start / terminate at ‘Albion Road’ stop in Pitstone


164: 6:20am service will terminate at the Pitstone ‘Playing Fields’ stop


50 (Sunday only): After serving the ‘College Lake Nature Reserve’ stop in Marsworth, buses will divert via Vicarage Road and then serve the ‘Playing Fields’ stop in Marsworth.

Please note works are subject to change at short notice.

 Keep up to date on our Service Disruption page at:

BCC will be displaying notices at affected shops and asking bus operators to display notices in their buses.

School buses are not affected as these works are during the school easter holidays.

Changes to Buckinghamshire Recycling Centres from 1/4/19

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed a series of changes to the county’s Household Recycling Centre (HRCs) service in January 2019. A public consultation about possible changes ran in Autumn 2018 for 8 weeks and received over 6,000 responses. For more information you can see the full decision report and associated documents or view the cabinet meeting webcast.

Key changes which start on 1 April 2019, are:

  • all sites will introduce charges for non-household waste
  • Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham, and Chesham household recycling centres will close 2 days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Bledlow Household Recycling Centre will permanently close

The changes will make important cost savings that the council’s budget requires. They will also make sure that Buckinghamshire residents, as a whole, experience as little change as possible when using their local recycling centre.


New charges for non-household waste

From 1 April 2019 you will be charged for disposing of non-household waste items such as, bags of rubble, kitchen units, fence panels etc.

Read about what constitutes chargeable waste and how much this will cost.

Weekday closures

Aylesbury (Rabans Lane), Burnham, and Chesham household recycling centres will close 2 days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Read more about why they were chosen and alternative sites.

Bledlow household recycling centre closure

Bledlow Household Recycling centre will permanently close at 4pm on Sunday 31 March 2019.

Read about why this site is closing and alternative sites.

Stocks Road, road closure, 7-13/3/19

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Hertfordshire
07 March — 13 March
Delays likelyRoad closure
Name: Stocks Road
Location: Stocks Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Hertfordshire
Current status: Planned

Stocks Road, Pitstone, Hertfordshire
07 March — 13 March
Delays likelyDiversion route
Name: Diversion
Location: Stocks Road
Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks
Responsibility for event: Hertfordshire
Current status: Planned


London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) is pleased to let you know that today we’re announcing our preferred option for the long-term sustainable growth of the airport.

LLAL is the Luton Council company that owns London Luton Airport (LTN), and we’ll be targeting expansion to a capacity of 32 million passengers a year (mppa) from the current cap of 18 mppa, using the existing single runway.

The proposals are of a scale that require an application to the government for a Development Consent Order to authorise the expansion.

LTN is the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airport. At its existing rate of growth, the airport will be operating at its current planning limit by 2020.

Our proposal is aimed at moving towards making best use of our existing single runway, in line with government policy and contributing to the projected shortfall in national aviation capacity.

It will seek to deliver maximum benefit to the local, regional and national economy and actively manage environmental impacts.

Please click below to find out more, including how the proposal has evolved since our initial public consultation in summer 2018.

Visit the Future Luton website

Representatives from Luton Airport will be at the Local Area Forum being held at Ivinghoe Town Hall this Thursday from 7pm if any members of the public wish to attend and ask questions.

TVP Neighbourhood Watch E:newsletter

The February 2019 edition of Our News is out now.

In it we reveal the theme of this year’s Neighbourhood Watch Week in June. We also report from the pre-launch of a new NW force association that will cover the West Midlands and we round up the national media coverage in recent weeks since we challenged portrayals of our members in the media.

All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.

Please find the newsletter attached or download it form our website here:

BCC Local Area Forum, Ivinghoe Town Hall, 7pm 28-2-19

The role of Local Area Forums is to strengthen local democratic accountability by empowering locally elected councillors to take decisions, shape and influence service delivery and Council priorities in the local community area.

Membership includes County, District and Parish Councillors and representatives from the Police, Health Authority and other organisations.   Local people are encouraged to participate, and there will be time set aside at each meeting for public questions.

The next Local Area Forum meeting is being held at Ivinghoe Town Hall, so is a perfect opportunity for local residents to attend and put their questions to BCC.

The agenda can be found here:

and includes:

  • Luton Airport Expansion – staff will be on hand to answer your queries
  • updates from Thames Valley Police, Transport for Bucks, Bucks County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council
  • A local priorities updates

(Please note that BCC will hold a separate public meeting to discuss proposals for Brownlow Bridge at a future date and therefore this topic will not be covered at this LAF meeting.  Due to the very large amount of correspondence the council has received regarding this matter, transport officers are currently considering very carefully the views expressed and all aspects of the issue are being explored.)

Learn to Nordic Walk – new sessions aimed at older adults or those that are currently inactive

Learn to Nordic Walk

This activity is aimed at inspiring you to get fitter and is specifically for older adults or if you are currently inactive.  These walks include exercises that will help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using poles to improve general fitness and increase joint mobility.

Every Thursday from 7 February.   £4 per session.  2-3pm.  For 24 weeks.

Meet at Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY.

All equipment provided

For more information contact Karen Lem


Tel: 07766 366388

Possible 18 tonne weight limit for Brownlow Bridge – BCC wish to hear your views

You may be aware that The Canals & Rivers Trust have recommended an 18 tonne weight limit be imposed on Brownlow Bridge in Ivinghoe, and a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order to this effect will soon be in place.
Bucks County Council and Transport for Bucks understand that this is a complex issue with some residents keen to see a reduction in HGV traffic yet some local businesses likely to be severely impacted if such a restriction becomes permanent, and routing difficulties for all HGV traffic.  They are keen to hear from anyone who wishes to express a view on the TTRO 18 tonne Weight Limit which is soon to be placed on the Brownlow Bridge.
While not every email will receive an individual reply, all of them are being read by the team who is dealing with the Brownlow Bridge issue, and all views will be considered as decisions are taken regarding the best way forward for the bridge.
If you wish to submit any comments, please email:

Emergency Road Closure – Ivinghoe High Street

Road Closure. Ivinghoe High Street. Due to water leak repairs. Could be closed for a week. Water will probably be turned off later today until repaired maybe just overnight.
Will affect most of Ivinghoe and probably all of Pitstone

Closure requested from 7-13/2/19

No emergency vehicle or bus access through closure.

Diversion route:

National Paralympic Heritage Trust crowdfunding efforts in advance of the opening of the new Heritage Center in Aylesbury at Stoke Mandeville

By spring 2019 there will be a brand new Paralympic Heritage Centre of 54sqm situated within Stoke Mandeville Stadium, close to the entrance and café. It will tell the story of Paralympic movement starting with its pioneer Dr Guttmann, followed by a timeline, the technical development of sports wheelchairs, celebrations and ceremonies and an area devoted to changing displays selected by the public from our growing collections. To enhance the visitor experience we wish to purchase a range of items and develop a range of activities that will enable our public to learn more and leave with a level of understanding about what makes a good inclusive society. We aim to make everything accessible, meeting a wide range of needs . Volunteers will be recruited to support this area of activity including the building of relationships with many communities, local schools, deaf and disabled groups.

What we’ll deliver:

  • 2 iPads for exploring additional information in more depth
  • An online tour of the Centre to help people with autism prepare for a visit, or the housebound to visit virtually
  • Purchase of sports wheelchair parts for technology exploration
  • Activity sheets design and print
  • A handling collection that relates to Dr Guttmann’s experience of being a war refugee
  • A handling collection that relates to equipment used in different summer Paralympic sports
  • A handling collection that relates to equipment used in different winter Paralympic Sports
  • An audio visual display that shows how the sports wheelchair has evolved.
  • Makaton software to enable greater access for people with learning needs and talking cans for visually impaired
  • Seating and tables for resting and handling items

Why it’s a great idea:

The Paralympic Movement is a story with unique British involvement; there is nothing comparable to it. As well as showing how disability sport has developed it also captures and tells the story of the prowess, courage and endeavour of hundreds of individual athletes over its 65-year history. It starts with the story of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a German Jewish refugee, his success in keeping spinally injured people not only alive but also fit and active shows that one man can literally ‘change the world’. The athletes within the story are powerful and inspiring role models for people from all walks of life. They also provide particular resonance for the ten million disabled people in the UK who have very few ‘celebrity’ or ‘historical’ role models to refer to. The UK has continued to play a key leadership role in the development of the Paralympic movement, However, further attitudinal shift is still required with disabled people still experiencing societal barriers and discrimination.

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase of furniture – End March 2019
  • Purchase of iPads – End March 2019
  • Commissioning of virtual display and audio – Early April 2019
  • Purchase of sports wheelchair parts – End March 2019
  • Purchase of items for Refugee handling collection – End March 2019
  • Purchase of items for summer sport handling collection – April 2019
  • Purchase of items for winter sports handling collection – May 2019
  • Audio Visual for technological development of the sports wheelchair
  • Makaton software – Early March 2019
  • Talking tins for audio description – May 2019
  • Activity sheets design and print


The interest from the general public in Britain in the Paralympic Games has grown enormously since London 2012 and engendered an interest in sports heritage. The national Cultural Olympiad project, ‘Our Sporting Life’, of which Stoke Mandeville was a part, included over one hundred exhibitions attracting over a million visitors in the run up to 2012. This, alongside the outcome of our extensive audience development work inspires confidence that an audience is ready and waiting to hear this story. Local pride has generated interest in the history of the Paralympic movement in and around the area where it began in Buckinghamshire and, evidenced through several local Cultural Olympiad projects involving the public and many local schools with the story, alongside on going audience development research in 2015-2018. The National Paralympic Heritage Trust was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and registered with the Charity Commissioners as a Charity in July 2015

Link to Crowdfunding page:


Quarterly updates from County and District Councillors

For the quarterly updates from County Councillor Anne Wight, and District Councillors Derek Town and Sandra Jenkins, please follow the link to Issue 119 of PPP:

Pitstone Parish Post Issue 119

Updates include:

  • changes to local government in Buckinghamshire
  • AVDC comments, compliments and complaints policy
  • AVDC car parking strategy
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • Brexit
  • Transport for Bucks update
  • Brownlow Bridge weight limit proposals
  • Time to Change Champion
  • NPHT Update and Heritage Centre


Bin collection will be one day late next week

Unfortunately, the adverse weather conditions are making all recycling and waste collections dangerous. As such, we’ve reluctantly decided to cancel collections for today, Friday 1 February. This means that today’s collections will be rescheduled to Monday 4 February, and all of next week’s collections will be a day later than usual

If the weather gets worse there’s a chance we may have to revise the collection times again, but we are hopeful that we’ll be able to stick to the schedule shown in the image below.


Please help us spread the word by sharing this post and talking to your friends, family and neighbours in Aylesbury Vale.


We apologise for any inconvenience.


Inform magazine from London Luton Airport (Jan 19 edition)

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The latest update from London Luton Airport is available by clicking the link.  This edition includes updates on passenger numbers, noise monitoring, airspace change update, Department for Transport Green Paper on new avaiation strategy and public surgeries.

Please note that their Noise Monitoring Program will be in Pitstone in October/November 2019.  If you are interested in hosting their equipment for 6-8 weeks, you are able to email them with your details.  (See bottom of second page.)

BCC Dignity in Care Awards – is there someone you’d like to nominate?

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The Dignity In Care Awards celebrate outstanding examples of how carers demonstrate dignity and respect across Buckinghamshire.

We want YOU to nominate individuals, teams and organisations that have gone above and beyond to support you, your family or friends in a way that promotes dignity, respect and wellbeing.

Full information here:

Marsworth roadworks 23-25/1/19

B489 Lower Icknield Way, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire
23 January — 25 January
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: The traffic calming island on the left as you come into Marsworth from Pitstone direction
Responsibility for works: Buckinghamshire
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BH00216053443/1

New, Local, Home Cooked Meal Delivery Service

Local cafe & catering firm, CuriosiTea, has set up a new home delivery service for fresh, home cooked meals.  Whilst we don’t normally share commercial business information, we are are letting residents know about this new local service as it may be a valuable service for some of our residents.  With the bad winter weather coming, some of our more vulnerable or elderly residents may not be able to get to the shops as easily and may find this service particularly useful.

If you know someone local who may benefit from a home cooked meal and a local person to check that they are ok, you might like to consider passing the information along to them or getting in touch with Hayley at CuriosiTea.

TVP appeal for witnesses following collision in Slapton


Officers are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury collision in Slapton, Aylesbury Vale.

At 8am on Wednesday a black Hyundai Coupe was travelling on the B488 Horton Road when it was involved with a collision with a pedestrian near Willow Park.

The pedestrian, a 50-year-old man, was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital with serious head injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening, where he remains.

If you witnessed the collision or have dash-cam footage please call 101.

Further details ➡️

Ivinghoe roadworks 7-11/1/19

B489 High Street, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
09 January — 11 January
Delays likelyTraffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: next to 43 but connection for 41
Works description: New supply off site
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD02910451652

B488 Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
07 January — 07 January
Delays unlikelySome carriageway incursion
Works location: 48
Responsibility for works: Anglian Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: AD01454575611

Footpath 2 and BOAT 2 Closure 7/1/19 to mid February

Footpath 2 Jan 19 Closure

We understand from Bucks County Council that BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic) number 2 (which runs alongside the brook next to Brookmead school) and part of public footpath number 2 (the section through the new houses) will be closed from 7 January 2019 to allow for the surface to be upgraded.  Works are estimated to be complete by mid-February.

Alternative access will be available via the normal path on Williamson Way, Rushendon Furlong and then B489/Marsworth Road.

Any queries should be directed to

Tis the season to recycle plus revised refuse/recycling collection dates

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) is encouraging residents to make the most of their recycling bins this Christmas and to be aware that over the festive period all Aylesbury Vale households will be affected by revised waste collection dates.

Over the festive season households generate around 30% more waste, so it’s even more important to reduce, reuse and recycle. As most of the extra waste created at Christmas can be recycled, AVDC will collect extra recycling if it is presented in a clear bag or cardboard box next to your recycling bin on collection day.

So at a time when your home is overflowing with wrapping paper, boxes and empty bottles of festive fizz, please help us by filling your blue-lidded recycling bin with; Christmas cards and crackers (without the snap), paper hats, non-glittery wrapping paper, chocolate boxes, gift packaging and all the usual items you regularly recycle. If in any doubt over which items can and cannot be recycled, check out the online Waste Wizard:

Residents who have subscribed to AVDC’s garden waste collection service can put natural Christmas trees, wreaths, holly and mistletoe in their brown garden waste bin. Remember to remove any decorations and cut the tree down to smaller, manageable pieces first. Garden waste collections will recommence from Monday 28 January 2019. If you are not subscribed to AVDC’s garden waste collection service you can still recycle your Christmas tree by taking it to a local recycling and waste centre. Find your nearest centre and its opening times here:

Your revised Christmas bin collection dates can be seen here:

Revised refuse collection date table

The latest news on any further changes to bin collections due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather, can be found on the AVDC website or on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

Next step for VALP as Planning Inspector responds to council comments

AVDC is making progress towards a final version of the Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan, after the independent Planning Inspector who assessed it during the summer gave his response to the council’s comments on his Interim Findings.

Following the issuing of his Interim Findings in August, which set out areas where further work was needed to make the plan ‘sound’, the Inspector agreed to consider a number of comments from the council about the issues he’d raised; he has now supplied his response to these comments.

Amongst the content in this document is an acceptance from the Planning Inspector that the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor should not affect the housing figure used in the VALP, as AVDC had suggested. The Inspector has also asked the council to suggest what adjustments should be made to matters such as migration and housing affordability which affect the calculation of housing need in the Aylesbury Vale.

The council will now take these matters into account in producing modifications to the plan, and it will be offering the public a chance to give their views on these latest changes. The timetable for this further work, the consultation and the next phases of the work to progress VALP to adoption will be published as soon as it has been confirmed.

Cllr Carole Paternoster, AVDC’s Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “VALP will be crucial in shaping the future development of the Aylesbury Vale and ensuring its ability to respond to future needs of residents, communities and businesses alike. We are pleased to receive the Inspector’s latest response and to see that he has agreed with our assessment of the impact of the Oxford-Cambridge Corridor on housing numbers. We are investigating the issues he has raised, so we can continue to progress the plan.”

Anyone interested in reading the Planning Inspector’s latest response in full will find the document (called Discussion Document D5 – Acting on Interim Findings) on the council’s website at The Vale of Aylesbury Local Plan and other related documents can also be found on the website.

Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result

The Ivinghoe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum took place on the 6 December 2018. The result of the referendum was 137 votes ‘yes’ out of 186 Votes cast (73.6% ‘Yes’). The Turnout was 24.5% of the electorate. The plan will in due course be ‘made’ by AVDC.

If you click the word “result” above, it will take you to the AVDC page with the breakdown of the voting.

Views invited on changes to social housing allocation policy in Bucks

The policy that guides the allocation of social housing in Bucks is changing due to alterations in government legislation and increasing demand for social and affordable properties to rent – and Bucks Home Choice is asking people for their views on the plans.

Bucks Home Choice is a partnership of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils. Officers manage the Housing Register through Bucks Home Choice, where applicants are prioritised according to their needs and circumstances and placed in different housing ‘bands’. In addition, Vale of Aylesbury Housing also works closely with AVDC to manage applications in the Aylesbury Vale.

The proposed changes are designed to prioritise accommodation to those who need it most and make the best possible use of the housing stock available. The partnership wants to prevent people and families at the highest risk from becoming homeless. Some groups will now have greater priority than before and others will be classified as lower priority.

Cllr Mark Winn, AVDC’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Faced with the huge demand for social and affordable housing in Bucks, we have decided to look again at how we identify those in greatest need. We have worked hard to create what we think are simple, fair and transparent rules, ones which should help anyone applying to the Housing Register to understand their realistic prospects. By making more efficient use of the housing stock we plan to cut down on the use of emergency or temporary accommodation for applicants who are actually homeless.

“I’m urging you to have a look at what we are suggesting and give your comments, so we can do the best job possible with the available housing, in a very challenging situation where demand is increasing all the time.”

Bucks Home Choice wants to hear from residents, those on or applying to the Housing Register, Registered Providers of social housing, community groups, those providing support and those with an interest in how housing is allocated across Buckinghamshire. The consultation can be found at and runs until 5.15pm on Monday 7 January 2019.

Rennie Grove Santa Float confirmed to visit Pitstone 17 & 18/12/18 – make sure you are home

Rennie Grove Hospice Care Santa Float

Thank you to all the residents that volunteered to help Santa this year.  Rennie Grove Hospice are pleased to confirm that they are able to visit on 17th December (around Castlemead) and 18th December (around the rest of the village).  Below you will find the route maps for each date.   Please be aware that Santa’s sleigh needs lots of space to turn around and we have many cul-de-sacs and tight roads in Pitstone, so whilst Santa will try his best, he may not be able to pass right by your door.  Santa hopes to set off at about 5.45pm and won’t be out later than 8.15pm as he needs his rest before Christmas Eve.

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Santa Float Pitstone-Castlemead 171218

If you would like to find out more about the amazing work of Rennie Grove, please visit the website:

Please provide a donation when Santa visits, if you are able, to help fund their vital work.