Don’t put yourself at risk swimming in the quarry or a lake

Please be aware that the quarry at the end of Westfield Road is within private ownership and is not open to the public.  Anyone accessing the quarry lake (which is not suitable for swimming due to contamination and submerged equipment etc) without the express permission of the landowner is committing trespass and may be subject to prosecution.

Repeat of a previous message from Thames Valley Police:

“Thames Valley Police is appealing for people to be sensible and stay safe near open water, especially during the summer holidays when warmer weather might make it tempting to take a dip in a lake, quarry, river or canal. Aylesbury Vale has plenty of excellent swimming pools and leisure centres; these provide the cleanest and safest environment for swimming.

We are reminding members of the public to be aware of the following:

  • 60% of all drownings occur in canals, lakes and rivers.
  • You can drown in just a few centimetres of water.
  • If you fall or jump into the water, the cold will shock your body, making your muscles seize up so you can’t move.
  • You could easily cut yourself on rubbish or rocks and you may become ill due to bacteria in the water.

Summer is a fantastic time and we want everyone to enjoy the weather, but more importantly, please take this safety advice seriously. If you want to go swimming please go to a swimming pool or your local leisure centre – don’t put yourself or your friends in danger by swimming in a lake, quarry, pond or canal.”

Thames Valley Police/Hertfordshire Constabulary are able to take action against those who park dangerously, drink drive, drug use/driving, dangerous driving or anti-social behaviour.  Please report all instances of such behaviour via 101 or 999 accordingly.  Your reports will help to identify repeat offenders, catch offenders and potentially save a life.  Police resources are also allocated based on volume of reported crimes/instances so your reports will also help ensure a greater number of patrols.  TVP will also patrol this area on hot days/evenings when possible.

Bucks County Council owns the grass verge.  Following investigation in previous years they have declined to erect bollards to prevent parking.  You can report any problems with the verge to BCC via this link:  https://www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk/

Whilst outside our remit, the parish council does employ a litter picker to visit the verge after sunny weekends, however we can not trespass onto private property.  Any litter within the private land is the responsibility of the landowner, along with any queries regarding access/fencing/signage.